On a day when President Barack Obama is once again returning to Denver, as a public service announcement I’d like to make it clear that he is not visiting a foreign country. The West is America, and Americans live in the American West. So, please David Brooks, drop sentence constructions like these:
- “Americans still want to go west. The researchers at Pew asked Americans what metro areas they would like to live in. Seven of the top ten were in the West: Denver, San Diego, Seattle, San Francisco, Phoenix, Portland, and Sacramento.”
- “Americans may indeed be gloomy and hunkered down. But they’re still Americans. They are still drawn to virgin ground, still restless against limits.”
Metro areas as virgin ground? Creepy and just plain wrong.