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The Platonic Ideal of Hackery Has Been Achieved


It’s Live at the Improv, with David Brooks:

Flyover Man: I haven’t really had time to look into it. There’s always some fight between Trump and the East Coast media. I guess I just try to stay focused on the big picture.

The big picture is this: We knew this guy was a snake when we signed up. But he was the only one who saw us. He was the only one who saw that the America we love is being transformed in front of our eyes. Good jobs for hard-working people were gone. Our communities in tatters. Our kids in trouble. I had one shot at change, so I made a deal with the devil, and you’d have made it, too.

Nothing in this impeachment mess makes me rethink this bargain. If people like you are unable to acknowledge my dignity and see my problems, I’ll stay with Trump.

It actually gets worse from here. But while the hackiness of the “Flyover Guy drives like this” routine and the fact that the Flyover Guy seems inordinately fond of repeating memorized sentences from previous David Brooks columns speak for themselves, I must leave you with a line of pure perfection:

Two, the cultural liberalism you preach but don’t practice is leading to the breakdown of families up and down my block. Children out of wedlock. Young men with no dad when they’re young and no wife in their life when they’re grown.

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