Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Strange Notions Of Public Service

The always wonderful Attaturk points us to this delightful piece of asshattery from the steadily declining David Brooks. Brooks has clearly jumped the shark and is showing signs of blathering senility in this interview where he discusses John McCain’s “Estate-Gate”:
NORRIS: David, how much does this hurt John McCain, particularly as so many Americans are losing the one home that they have in the foreclosure crisis?

Mr. BROOKS: I’d say medium. You know, we’ve got a vast oversupply of houses. And if Cindy McCain is using her money to soak up some of that oversupply and build up the price, I think that’s a notable public service and we should all buy multiple homes.

This actually explains a lot. For one thing, it tells us why conservatives are so miserably inept at leading the government. They have no fucking clue what “public service” means.

Remember how Mitt Romney’s sons bravely served their country by working on their father’s presidential campaign?

Remember when President Bush told us to stick it to the terrorists by going shopping?

Remember how Senator Rick Santorum told us to serve our country by putting a yellow ribbon on our cars?

”What I'm asking all of you tonight is not to put on a uniform. Put on a bumper sticker. Is it that much to ask? Is it that much to ask to step up and serve your country?"

Yes indeed. Conservatives do have a very twisted view of “service” these days. That World War II idea of sacrificing your nylons and rationing your sugar and gasoline is so old-fashioned!

Of course, we can't really blame them. It seems for so many of these folks, the idea of service is an alien one because frankly they've had everything handed to them all their life and they wouldn't know how to "serve" if their life depended on it.

Here’s a clue: if it’s too easy and money is involved, you’re not doing it right.