David Brooks [Email him] was quoted as saying : “For the life of me, I can’t figure out why so many Republicans prefer a dying white America to a place like, say, Houston.” [The National Death Wish, NYT, February 24, 2017]
I speak with some authority about the city of Houston. I was born here in 1950 (when it was a gracious southern city) and have lived here all of my life. David Brooks is a typical neocon idiot.
In the 1960s, and 70s Houston was dynamic and growing, but with a population that celebrated its Texas roots and history. Now it is what Theodore Roosevelt called a "polyglot boarding house" for the world.
This city has no spirit and is a multiculti nowhere land. Mr. Brook's vibrant immigrants, including hundreds of thousands of illegal aliens, have rendered we Americans foreigners in our own land. The Houston school district schools (which I attended) are now dropout factories.
The Third World school board voted to strip the names of Confederate heroes from schools that had born those names for over 80 years (including my own Robert E. Lee High school). Whole neighborhoods now have street signs in Chinese or Vietnamese.
Politically this demographic transformation has turned Harris County (in which Houston is located) into a liberal Democrat fiefdom. In the last election, while Texas as a whole went Republican, Harris county turned out of office every county wide Republican.
White Anglos have fled the city and now comprise only 25 % of the population. We have had a Lesbian mayor and now a Lesbian district attorney. Brooks opinion that these people are "patriotic" is a sick joke. Mr. Brooks, you can keep your vibrant immigrants and I'll remember what a great American city my hometown once was before you and people like you ruined it.