Skip to comments.Mark Levin: George Will is ‘trying to rationalize soft tyranny’
Posted on 10/22/2013 4:09:22 AM PDT by markomalley
On his Monday radio show, conservative talk show host Mark Levin took aim at The Washington Posts George Will, who in his most recent column pointed out the lack of will to compromise in Washington, something he says both the tea party and President Barack Obama have in common.
That call for compromise according to Levin an effort to rationalize soft tyranny by Will, which is in direct conflict with the U.S. Constitution.
I guess what Im troubled by is I do not see a will to fight or even articulate a rational position by so many on the so-called right, Levin said. I view [George] Wills column as trying to rationalize soft tyranny. Thats how I see it. I dont know how much further we can go in the country toward centralized government. The government is now making decisions about our medical care. The government actually involved in virtually every aspect of our life in one way or another, to some degree or another. To talk about Madisons document, the Constitution, as if were somehow still bound by it in many respects and in many respects were not, is to me absurd.
The individual is under attack, he continued. Private property rights are under attack. Capitalism generally is under attack. The Constitution is under attack, whats left of it. These institutions are out of control in Washington. The fiscal situation the federal fiscal situation is a complete and utter disaster and whats going on is unconscionable. The monetary system is out of control trying to fund the fiscal system. We have politicians who are demanding more power. We have politicians who are demanding to spend more. I dont see any governor on this. I dont mean state governor, I mean governor like on a car. I dont see any governor controlling this. And were told to tamp it down, to dial it back. Ladies and gentlemen, we dont control anything. We dont control the Supreme Court or the bureaucracy or the presidency.
Levin pointed to the presidency of Ronald Reagan as a time when conservatives controlled the government and noted the prosperity of the 1980s.
They do one party or the other. We dont control it. And when is the last time an unabashed conservative controlled anything in the federal government, other than Reagan? And look what happened economic activity exploded, job creation exploded. Freedom expanded, not only in this country but other countries around the world. The Soviet Union was on its way to dissolution. And now the Republican Party it has abandoned Reagan. It has abandoned the Constitution and it has abandoned conservatism. And were told to cool it, just cool it.
Levin called Democratic New York Sen. Chuck Schumers recent reference to the McConnell rule, which would allow automatic increases to the debt ceiling unless Congress disapproves them, is something that is in direct conflict with the Constitution and that should not be compromised on, as Will suggested.
This is no joke, he said. This is nothing to ignore. The McConnell rule destroys Congress. So we have these temporary politicians willing to almost do anything to muscle through a situation with Obama, and Will is writing about compromise. Compromise with what, about what? There are certain things you dont compromise. The Constitution is one of them. Slavery is one of them. And on and on and on.
Washington will not reform itself, Levin added. Why dont you address that? Washington will not pull back. Its got its foot on the gas pedal and its not letting up.
George Will is NOT as smart as he looks...
Once again, Bravo Mark!
Unfortunately, there are so many kids steeped in the entitlement/redistribution mentality that it is getting to be nearly impossible to vote in anyone with a sense of fiscal responsibility. A crash may be unavoidable.
Mark’s comment about reform did not refer to voting in a new crop of politicians. Einstein’s definition of insanity applies.
Reform can only emerge from us through our states, in an Article V amendment convention.
Where is the compromise position between liberty and tyranny?
Would George disapprove of the unwillingness of the founders to compromise with the Crown?
A new crop of politicians, who are not bought by unions, big business, etc., would make a difference.
The situation we have now is a result of politicians positioning themselves to amass more power. With that set of politicians entrenched in Washington, I do not think that any constitutional amendment will help—they will just ignore it, as they ignore the rest of the Constitution.
We don’t merely need new politicians—we need to keep them at home. Let them do their business by teleconference, but keep them at home where their constituents have easy access to them and can constantly remind them that they are not elected to increase their personal wealth and power, but to represent the people.
George Will should just stick to baseball stats.
I wish Mark had his own tv show.
I wish he would run for Prez.
Now that would make for awesome debates! I’d vote for him.
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One has come after him (George) whose typewriter ribbon he is not fit to change out, and his name is Daniel Greenfield.
This makes me sad. I learned how to write by reading George Will columns.
Will is a pretty smart guy, but nobody is as smart as they think they are. Over the years Will has been a tremendous spokesman for conservatism and has not shirked from carrying the conservative banner. But even George slips up from time to time, and I agree with Levin’s stance on the issue. However, I’m not throwing Will under the steamroller. Yet.
George Will is an elitist Northeastern twerp whose sole raison d’etre is to appear in the media as evidence that libs don’t hate ALL non-liberals.
He’s the new William Buckley, only way less scary because he’s not quite stupid.
He’s nearly a liberal.
Georgie Will is a moderate at best.
Pray America is Waking Up
He is one of the Washington Generals who puts points on the board, but, when it's all said and done, he is just a prop for the hard core commies to feign 'balance'.
Will is from Illinois.
He reminds you of Ruth Bader Ginsberg?
Instead, he sees politics as an extension of ethics and says that, whether one likes it or not, there is a moral component to many of our laws. Hence government is involved in affecting our habits, values and sensibilities. For example, the 1996 welfare reform bill was, at heart, a moral, not an economic, argument: welfare creates dependency. The goal with welfare reform was not to save money; it was to foster self-reliance and dignity.
Similarly, he says in a very good book . . . one which is a manifesto for Conservatism (if not Libertarianism), entitled Statecraft As Soulcraft, . . . that the Abortion issue, on which many Libertarians are unwittingly pro-choice because of their Laizzez faire attitude, is an example of how a Conservative government could have helped shape our attitudes in a good way. Instead, says Will, The Supreme Court, in Roe v. Wade, actually encouraged more abortion by giving its stamp of approval to it, as if to say "It's OK, now; go ahead and do it." He's right.
Will is an eloquent man. One does not always have to agree with him. But, cut him some slack, guys. He just recently had sense enough to leave Stephanopoulos and join Fox News. And he and Krauthammer are never very far apart. Both are intelligent men.
Your suggestion enhances the majoritarianism we have today. Our republic suffers from too much democracy, not too little.
But even George slips up from time to time, and I agree with Levins stance on the issue.
However, Im not throwing Will under the steamroller.
I’ve watched/read George for years... He has always been a collaborator.. VICHY!... a poseur... a fake.. a shill..
Any that carry his water most likely are too..
THATS even funnier...
Drat!!!! You have found me out....I confess (sob, whimper)...wait I have to put down this bucket of water....please, oh please, I beg of you.... don’t tell anybody else about my water carrying.
I disagree. Examples abound of politicians making laws to benefit themselves and their cronies, which are utterly against the will of the people. Obamacare, gay “marriage”, and amnesty for illegals are all recent examples of self-serving laws passed by and for the politicians. Okay, I know amnesty is not a done deal yet, but I also don’t have much faith that the will of the people will prevail on that. I have seen countless examples of politicians who say all the right things to get elected, and then go to Washington, DC and do the opposite—and after they have been there a while, they forget that the Washington, DC social scene and the news media are *not* representative of the people back home that they are supposed to represent.
My thinking is that if we could get them out of Washington, DC, away from the social scene and the agenda-driven media, and put them back to where they have to face their constituents on a daily basis, they would be insulated against the corruptive influences that infect almost all of the political class in DC.