On Thursday’s “The Laura Ingraham Show,” Brooks said he still admired Obama, but conceded the president was more liberal than he originally thought.Now Brooks is promoting liberalism in his latest column:
“Yeah, I still like him — admire him personally,” Brooks said. “He’s certainly more liberal than I thought he was. And he’s more liberal than he thinks he is. He thinks he is just slightly center-left. But when you got down to his instincts, they’re pretty left. And his problem is he can’t really act on them because it would be political disaster. And so that means, I think he is doing very little — proposing very little.”
Why aren’t there more liberals in America?What? The financial crisis was caused by liberal policies of promoting home loans to people who were living beyond their means, and by Wall Street financiers who overwhelmingly vote Democratic and support liberal causes. The crisis was made worse by liberal bailouts. Yes, these liberal policies were proved wrong.
It’s not because liberalism lacks cultural power. Many polls suggest that a majority of college professors and national journalists vote Democratic. The movie, TV, music and publishing industries are dominated by liberals.
It’s not because recent events have disproved the liberal world view. On the contrary, we’re still recovering from a financial crisis caused, in large measure, by Wall Street excess.
We have had several years of liberal economic policies, and they have failed. The stimulus bills have made unemployment worse, no better.
But here is Brooks's solution:
Liberalism has not expanded because it has not had a Martin Luther, a leader committed to stripping away the corruptions, complexities and indulgences that have grown up over the years.Martin Luther is mainly known for arguing that a more literal reading of the Bible implies that salvation is an unconditional gift from God. I don't really see how this helps Obama get re-elected to expand liberalism. I would dismiss this as a silly liberal rant, except that Brooks is supposed to be a conservative.
If you’ll forgive some outside advice, President Barack Obama might consider running for re-election as Luther.