We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Sure, there are plenty of issues to think about in the world and in the US. What Brooks misses in his condescending op-ed is that Trump was elected as a last-ditch effort to address the very things Brooks is upset about. We hope Trump can do that. Hillary would not and could not.
One thing Brooks does not suffer from is Toxic Masculinity.
He is right about one thing; the century is broken.
The problem is Brooks wants what he wants and Trump isn't it so he must go. This is the same problem for most Democrats and many Republicans. IMHO what happened beginning with the tea party is a lot of common people, and I don't mean that as an insult, realized we/America is in deep shit and getting deeper. While Trump may not be the answer it was abundantly clear that Hillary, Bernie and the collection of weak Rinos running were definitely not the answer. What we need is a statesman and what the Republicans and Democrats keep giving us is at best politicians and at worst thieves and scoundrels. Hillary even gave thieves and scoundrels a bad name and Obama was in a class of his own (I don't think Obama was a thief but I have this nagging suspicion that he was and is anti-American in his views and actions). We may well be going the way of Rome and this may be our 405 AD.