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Before I start criticizing anyone, let me start with this: I appreciate any Republican who stands up to criticize this sorry excuse for a president. Two such anti-Trump Republicans are the NYT’s Ross Douthat and David Brooks. My appreciation for their efforts notwithstanding, they both managed to mangle the same topic in recent columns—American national identity.
In a piece titled “Who Are We?” Douthat put the back of his hand to his forehead (just do it and you’ll see what I mean) and lamented that liberalism has crafted a narrative of the American story too focused on oppression, one that ignores the traditionally understood elements—the “heroic founders-and-settlers narrative” of which it once consisted.