The fact that David Brooks feels optimistic about the future of America makes pensive because he is not only more often wrong than right, but things narrowly about too many issues:
In sum, the U.S. is on the verge of a demographic, economic and social revival, built on its historic strengths. The U.S. has always been good at disruptive change. It’s always excelled at decentralized community-building. It’s always had that moral materialism that creates meaning-rich products. Surely a country with this much going for it is not going to wait around passively and let a rotten political culture drag it down.
I, too, feel optimistic about America's future. However, reading Brooks makes me realize that too many Americans as educated as him live in a bubble. They have no real experience outside of the United States, which is worrisome because the world isn't a plus size America.