Amazing that David Brooks, a conservative political writer, who usually preaches the virtues of law, custom and tradition, would shift gears in his January 12 editorial (Where Are The Liberals?”) by using Martin Luther, a 16th century church radical, who caused the Catholic church to splinter, as the historical model for President Obama to follow in restoring faith and trust in our government.
Also, unpredictably, Mr. Brooks looks to liberal democrats, not Republicans, to reform our system. Has he given up on Republicans, are they beyond redemption, or does he simply think they have achieved maximum ideological purity, requiring no change?
I suggest there is a less dramatic solution. Restrain the Senate’s destructive use of the filibuster rule. Without a constructive limit on that rule, no person (the next “Martin Luther” or otherwise) will be able to accomplish the progressive reforms necessary to make our system more just.
Paul G. Bursiek