I just rattled off the following email to the editor at the Times. Read it here first after you've had a look at David Brooks' piece:
To the Editor:
Mr. Brooks, in addressing the "national humiliation" taking place in New Orleans, recalls only a partial list of the Bush administration’s more notably disastrous achievements: "… intelligence failures in the inability to prevent Sept. 11 and find W.M.D.'s in Iraq… incompetent postwar planning… the collapse of Enron and corruption scandals on Wall Street… the horror of Abu Ghraib… the steady rain of suicide bombings."
To this one might add: obscenely generous tax cuts to the wealthy and to corporations, Halliburton’s price gouging and war profiteering, Republican Gerrymandering schemes, and the repugnant hijacking by the religious Right of both Terry Schiavo’s right to die and her husband's right to protect her. And now this: leaving the poor to die.
Nevertheless, Mr. Brooks looks at America and concludes that our "moral culture" is "strong."