Bernie Sanders and David Brooks, both wrong: This year of Fox News and Donald Trump-fueled rage can’t be fixed by any candidate

Bernie Sanders and David Brooks, both wrong: This year of Fox News and Donald Trump-fueled rage can’t be fixed by any candidate

We are angry. We are afraid. We are exceptional. And the problem with America is that very combination

Everything was going smoothly these holidays just past. Then, on the last day of the year, David Ignatiuspublished an opinion piece in the Washington Post that subverted the mood somewhat.

“Making New Year’s predictions is tricky in this turbulent world,” the longtime Post columnist wrote, “but here’s one fairly safe bet: The next president will propose a more assertive U.S. foreign policy.”

I had not boiled things down to quite this extent. So Ignatius got me thinking—precisely what I had looked forward to not doing for a few meager days of guilt-free ease.

Not much to think about on the Republican side, of course: To one or another degree, these people remind me ever more of Mussolini. They promise to feed Americans a more aggressive, militarized foreign policy the way hunters use red meat to bait big game in the jungle. The only interesting aspect of this phenom is why it appeals to so many of us, and I will come back to this.

Then I thought about Hillary Clinton—but again, not for long. On the foreign policy side Killary (as some take to calling her) does not make the grade even by lesser-of-evils logic. She is not the lesser of anyone else’s evil insofar as she offers us a dangerous set of policies that will ineluctably exacerbate the problems of an ever more disorderly world that, as 2016 opens, is undeniably in grave crisis. I find her current assertions that “we must lead” to avoid a vacuum a tired, nonsensical, altogether contemptible trope. I fold my arms, naturally, at the thought of voting for her.

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