Commentary: The Day After Tomorrow
Esteemed columnist David Brooks of the New York Times wrote “The Day After Tomorrow” with concerns about recent action amongst the conservatives in the United States Congress. Brooks personally describes himself as originally liberal before “coming to [his] senses,” and moving towards a more moderate-conservative point of view. His purpose for the article is to expose a lack of focus, in his opinion, on the true intent of American government.
Brooks’ holds that America was founded on the basis of limited government, but shows specific cases throughout history in which our government has used vigorous federal leverage to promote growth and social mobility. Brooks has faith in the fact that he parallels the Founding Fathers in that the goal of our government is not just to serve the community, but to insure expansion and prosperity. Keeping these objectives in mind, there is a definite need for limitation.
The conservative republicans in Congress have demonstrated a largely revulsive attitude towards the recent actions and proposals of the Democrats. Brooks warns that if the current Republican Party continues to deem all recent governmental endeavors as steps in the direction of a masked feudal system, the the Party will be distancing itself from the genuine purposes of the government. In order to notify his readers of plausible consequences relating to republican actions, Brooks gives examples of the possible cataclysmic results.
The first example of governmental tragedy Brooks presents resides within the political arena. While many Americans naturally oppose tax increases, the country as a whole still largely relies on government spending. Brooks hypothesizes that the strong Republican opposition to spending may drive voters away from the Party. The next result, as given by Brooks, is that with the Republican resistance to tax increases, a financial agreement will not be met and the country will fall in to the fiscal black hole known as bankruptcy. Succeeding financial worries, Brooks reverts back to his greatest troubles involving the policies of the Republican Party and the conservative ideology as a whole. He proclaims that the “conservatism is supposed to be non-ideological and context-driven.” If all legislature is regarded as “socialistic” by republicans, the Brooks foresees the end of the “American story” within our government.
Following the negativity and potential destruction that the article depicts, Brooks provides a glimpse of hope; Congressman Paul Ryan (R) of Wisconsin and political journalist for the Wall Street Journal, Arthur C. Brooks. The author expresses his “[unbounded admiration]” for the two and hopes that Ryan and A. Brooks can resuscitate the Party and steer it in a direction that allows our government to function in the way for which it was intended.
The article is a very convincing one, with many frightening scenarios. However, the piece is based solely on opinion and hypothesis.
Most readers of this article will be reading with an open mind, considering the fact that the combination of liberals and moderates together outnumber that of the radical conservatives. While the radical conservative reader may develop positive insight on the subject and empathize with the author, others will hold rigid to their “extremist,” steadfast views and would more than likely become defensive; feeling that their morals have come under personal attack.
I found this article immensely interesting and must say it is by far my favorite yet (I’m sure you can tell by the drastic increase in effort). I classify myself as a moderate-conservative and previously was opposed to tax increases, large government, and substantial government spending. I continue to heir on the conservative side of the political spectrum, but this article has given me a different perception of how the Republican Party is currently operating and has given me a newfound respect and understanding for the liberal point of view. I certainly do hope that the party that I identify myself with, and politicians in general, can regain the attitudes and and fulfill the intentions of our forefathers.