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NY Times’ David Brooks Rips ‘Mental Corruption’ of Republicans

”The party abandoned traditional conservatism for right-wing radicalism,“ conservative columnist writes

New York Times columnist David Brooks wrote a scathing op-ed aimed at the Republican Party on Tuesday, ripping the “mental corruption” of a once conservative party that he argues has become radicalized.

“The Republican Party’s capacity for effective self-governance degraded slowly, over the course of a long chain of rhetorical excesses, mental corruptions and philosophical betrayals,” he wrote.

Brooks, a conservative columnist, criticized the GOP for straying from its foundations. “The party abandoned traditional conservatism for right-wing radicalism.”

He named names, pointing out how the emergence of Rush Limbaugh has coincided with the party shifting dangerously to the right.

“Over the past 30 years, or at least since Rush Limbaugh came on the scene, the Republican rhetorical tone has grown ever more bombastic, hyperbolic and imbalanced,” Brooks continued.

He also mentioned the “crisis mentality” cultivated by former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich and current Republican presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson.

“Civilization was always on the brink of collapse. Every setback, like the passage of Obamacare, became the ruination of the republic. Comparisons to Nazi Germany became a staple.”