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  • The Blatant Ignorance of Republican Presidential Candidates

    07/02/2015 9:30:44 PM PDT · by Mariner · 31 replies
    Esquire ^ | July 2nd, 2015 | By Charles P. Pierce
    The symptoms of the prion disease are beginning to become so obvious that even some of our more prominent pundits are beginning to notice them. For example, even former Karl Rove life-coach Ron Fournier has noticed the severe lack of Abraham Lincolns in the current GOP presidential candidates. And noted climate-denialist and baseball drone George Effing Will has staked out the bold position that many of these candidates have gone so far around the bend that they've crossed some kind of termination barrier. It is, therefore, especially disheartening that Cruz, who clerked for Chief Justice William Rehnquist and who is...
  • Protests don’t derail Will’s commencement speech

    12/15/2014 5:32:04 AM PST · by outpostinmass2 · 17 replies
    Will, who once taught political philosophy at Michigan State, said he is “still a Spartan who takes equal pleasure from good MSU football seasons and dismal ones in Ann Arbor,” referring to the University of Michigan. Connie Rzemien, whose daughter, Katie, was among those graduating, told The Detroit News she thought Will was not the right choice. “I believe it is contradictory to what they are doing here to have somebody with such an insensitive view of rape to speak today,” she said. “I think it’s insulting to young women.” The U.S. Education Department this year revealed a list of...
  • George Will says if Arab countries can’t ‘take out ISIS,’ we shouldn’t either

    09/01/2014 8:31:03 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 60 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | 09/01/2014
    George Will gave a surprisingly isolationist view on Fox News Sunday this morning when he said that if Iraq’s neighbors can’t take out ISIS with all their military might, then we shouldn’t either. Watch below: CLICK ABOVE LINK FOR THE VIDEO...
  • Responding to George Will's 'Welcome to America' Proposal for the Border Kids

    07/29/2014 9:53:37 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 33 replies
    Center for Immigration Studies ^ | 07/29/2014 | Jerry Kammer
    In the mid-1990s, when the collapse of the Mexican economy produced a wave of illegal immigration to Arizona, I did volunteer work at a Phoenix school that was struggling to meet the needs of a few hundred Mexican children who spoke only Spanish. Even as I sought to help ease the transition for both sides, I thought it would be better for everyone if the influx subsided. That explains my contradictory reactions of appreciation for and disagreement with George Will' s open-arms pronouncement on "Fox New Sunday" regarding Central Americans streaming across the Mexican border into Texas. It is burning...
  • George Will: Let Illegals Stay; 'Preposterous' US 'Can't Assimilate These 8-Year-Old Criminals'

    07/27/2014 3:44:22 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 94 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | July 27, 2014 | Tony Lee
    On Fox News Sunday, Republican writer George Will said that America should let all of the illegal immigrant juveniles from Central America remain and ensure they are allowed to "go to school and get a job." "My view is that we have to say to these children, 'Welcome to America. You're going to go to school and get a job and become Americans,'" Will declared. "We have 3,141 counties in this country. That would be 20 per county. The idea that we can't assimilate these 8-year-old criminals with their teddy bears is preposterous." Will was asked to respond to Republicans...
  • This Conservative Icon (George Will) Isn’t Apologizing for the Column that Has ‘the Rabble’ Furious

    06/21/2014 10:47:44 AM PDT · by beaversmom · 26 replies
    The Blaze ^ | June 21, 2014 | Zach Noble
    George Will isn’t backing down, even as critics are “calling for [his] head.” Will’s Washington Post column on sexual assault stirred up a great deal of controversy, as he acknowledged in an interview with C-SPAN published Friday. “Today, for some reason … indignation is the default position of certain people in civic discourse,” he said. “They go from a standing start to fury in about 30 seconds.” The internet has “erased the barriers of entry to public discourse,” Will said, which is good because more people can be involved in conversations, but it’s bad because a lot of those people...
  • St. Louis paper dumps George Will for Michael Gerson

    06/19/2014 3:43:35 PM PDT · by rickyrikardo · 6 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 6-19-2014 | ERIK WEMPLE
    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Editorial Page Editor Tony Messenger writes that readers — both liberal and conservative ones — have lobbied the paper to change its lineup of conservative columnists. But apparently a bit of a push was necessary. That came from a recent controversial piece by Washington Post columnist George Will — the one about the “supposed campus epidemic of rape” and the way in which “victimhood” serves as a “coveted status that confers privileges.”
  • St. Louis newspaper ditches George Will after column on sexual assault

    06/19/2014 5:55:43 AM PDT · by don-o · 18 replies
    Wjhl TV / Raycom ^ | June 19, 2014 | Kimberly Wright
    (RNN) – The St. Louis Post-Dispatch axed conservative thinker George Will's syndicated column Wednesday. Editor Tony Messenger apologized to his readers. He stated the change had been considered for months, but "a column published June 5, in which Mr. Will suggested that sexual assault victims on college campuses enjoy a privileged status, made the decision easier. "The column was offensive and inaccurate; we apologize for publishing it," Messenger said. The newspaper announced Will's column would be replaced by Michael Gerson, "former speechwriter and top aide to President George W. Bush." In Will's column, Colleges become the victims of progressivism, he...
  • Petition to Fire George Will Launched By Wife of White House Media Director

    06/12/2014 9:27:00 AM PDT · by blueyon · 43 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 6/12/14 | MARK HEMINGWAY
    Last week, George Will wrote a column about how progressive politics have fomented "rape culture" on college campuses. The column was not well received by some, or even, as a great many of the histrionic responses would indicate, well understood. I received the following press release yesterday, headlined: "87,000 Call on The Washington Post to Address Sexism, Fire George Will." A group called UltraViolet was touting the success of an online petition they'd whipped up over the controversy. From the release:
  • MSNBC Host: George Will is a Rapist

    06/10/2014 6:55:37 PM PDT · by therightliveswithus · 31 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 6/10/14 | Aurelius
    MSNBC somehow hit another new low all over again. Filling in as host on The Ed Show, Michael Eric Dyson accused George Will of being a "rapist" and "re-raping" women by writing his opinion in the Washington Post. No. Seriously. Mr. Will stated that colleges have become a haven of progressivism, where so-called "vicimizations" are "ubiquitous." Mr. Will writes that empty buzzwords like "triggers" and "micro-aggressions" are now thrown around colleges to the point of ubiquity. The passage that Mr. Dyson took offense to was one in which Mr. Will stated that, at times, "sexual assault" accusations that are put...
  • George Will: ‘I’m an amiable, low voltage atheist’

    05/04/2014 12:34:25 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 582 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 9:10 PM 05/03/2014 | Jamie Weinstein
    Legendary conservative columnist George Will says he is an atheist. […] “I’m an amiable, low voltage atheist,” Will explained. “I deeply respect religions and religious people. The great religions reflect something constant and noble in the human character, defensible and admirable yearnings.” “I am just not persuaded. That’s all,” he added. …
  • George Will: ‘What I did see at CPAC was the rise of the libertarian strand of Republicanism’ [VIDEO

    03/17/2013 11:13:56 AM PDT · by Rufus2007 · 200 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | March 17, 2013 | Jeff Poor
    On this Sunday’s broadcast of ABC’s “This Week with George Stephanopoulos,” Washington Post columnist George Will criticized a New York Times article by Jim Rutenberg and Richard Stevenson that suggested the Conservative Political Action Conference revealed deep divisions in the conservative movement. “First, here’s The New York Times headline on the CPAC conference: ‘GOP divisions fester at conservative retreat,’” Will said. “Festering an infected wound — it’s awful. I guarantee you, if there were a liberal conclave comparable to this, and there were vigorous debates going on there, The New York Times headline would be ‘Healthy diversity flourishes at the...
  • George Will: 'Quite literally, opposition to gay marriage is dying'

    12/10/2012 6:54:14 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 65 replies
    Queerty and UPI Blog ^ | 12/10/12 | Kate Stanton
    When pundits on ABC's "This Week" Sunday discussed recent news that the Supreme Court would take up two major gay marriage cases -- challenges to the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and California's Prop 8 -- conservative commentator George Will issued a blunt characterization of same-sex marriage's opponents. There is something like an emerging consensus. Quite literally, the opposition to gay marriage is dying. It’s old people. According to a Politico poll out Sunday, Will is right in saying that older Americans are less likely to support gay marriage. The poll said that while 63 percent of 18 to...
  • George Will: “Opposition to Gay Marriage is Dying—It’s Old People”

    12/10/2012 5:39:44 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 137 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 10, 2012 | Pete Winn
    Syndicated columnist George Will, appearing Sunday on ABC’s “This Week,” said opposition to same-sex marriage is “quite literally” dying, because opponents tend to be older Americans. “There is something like an emerging consensus. Quite literally, the opposition to gay marriage is dying. It’s old people,” Will said. …
  • George Will and Jennifer Rubin Demolish Time's Joe Klein on Gun Control Laws

    07/22/2012 3:31:58 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 28 replies
    NewsBusters.org ^ | July 22, 2012 | Noel Sheppard
    Time's Joe Klein on Sunday found out what it's like to actually have to debate conservatives rather than the liberal media members he normally appears with on political talk shows. When he uttered the typical left-wing line on ABC's This Week about the need for more gun control in the wake of Friday's movie theater massacre in Aurora, Colorado, Klein got a much-needed education from George Will and the Washington Post's Jennifer Rubin (video follows with transcript and commentary): George Will and Jennifer Rubin Demolish Time's Joe Klein on Gun Control Laws GEORGE WILL: The killer in Aurora, Colorado, was...
  • George Will: Power of College Sports Threatens Education

    11/12/2011 8:49:23 AM PST · by Publius804 · 31 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 11 Nov 2011 | George Will
    A few millennia from now, when archaeologists from an ascendant Brazil or Turkey or wherever sift the shards of American civilization and find the ruins of the Big House in Ann Arbor, Mich., they will wonder why a 109,901-seat entertainment venue was attached to an institution of higher education. Today, the accelerating preposterousness of big-time college football is again provoking furrowed brows and pursed lips. But there probably were few of either among the 20 million who Saturday night watched Alabama's student-athletes play those of LSU. These teams' head coaches' salaries are $4.6 million and $3.75 million, respectively, and their...
  • George F. Will Compares Mitt Romney to Michael Dukakis

    10/24/2011 2:48:21 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 26 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | October 24, 2011 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Yesterday on This Week with Christiane Amanpour, George Will -- this was during the roundtable discussion, George Will discussing Mitt Romney. WILL: It has a lot to do with Romney. He is rising as more and more Republicans come to the conclusion that the Republican Party has found its Michael Dukakis, a technocratic Massachusetts governor running on competence, not ideology. RUSH: Did you hear that? George Will characterizing Mitt Romney as the Republican Party's Michael Dukakis. Michael Dukakis, a Democrat loser running for office in 1988, one of the most famous things that Dukakis did was he...
  • George Will On Romney: The Republicans Have Found Their Michael Dukakis

    10/23/2011 8:29:08 PM PDT · by Eagle Forgotten · 66 replies · 1+ views
    Mediaite ^ | October 23, 2011 | James Crugnale
    In a stinging comparison that is sure to leave a mark, on Sunday’s This Week With Christiane Amanpour, George Will said the rise of Herman Cain had a lot to do with Republicans coming to the realization that Mitt Romney is their Michael Dukakis. “A technocratic Massachusetts governor running on competence, not ideology,” Will observed.
  • George Will Is Right

    09/02/2009 1:56:52 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 46 replies · 1,217+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | September 2, 2009 | David Harsanyi
    This week, prominent conservative pundit George Will wrote a column advocating the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan. His piece, not surprisingly, was met with instantaneous anger, disdain and derision from most of the right. "But let's be honest," wrote noted neoconservative William Kristol on The Washington Post's blog. "Will is not calling on the United States to accept a moderate degree of success in Afghanistan, and simply to stop short of some overly ambitious goal. Will is urging retreat, and accepting defeat." Tossing around the words "retreat" and "defeat" -- or, as one critic more creatively asserted, Will's column...
  • George F. Will: California dug its own grave, and it's about to get deeper

    05/03/2009 2:07:14 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 56 replies · 3,000+ views
    Mercury News ^ | 5/3/09 | George Will
    California's increasingly severe and largely self-inflicted economic crisis will deepen on May 19 if, as is probable and desirable, voters reject most of the ballot measures that were drafted as part of a "solution" to the state's budget deficit. They would make matters worse. ... Under Arnold Schwarzenegger, the best governor the states contiguous to California have ever had, people and businesses have been relocating in those states. For four consecutive years, more Americans have moved out of California than have moved in. California's business costs are more than 20 percent higher than the average state's. In the last decade,...
  • A Surprising Story on Crime ( George Will )

    06/22/2008 6:31:08 AM PDT · by kellynla · 13 replies · 183+ views
    townhall.com ^ | June 22, 2008 | George Will
    WASHINGTON -- Listening to political talk requires a third ear that hears what is not said. Today's near silence about crime probably is evidence of social improvement. For many reasons, including better policing and more incarceration, Americans feel, and are, safer. The New York Times has not recently repeated such amusing headlines as "Crime Keeps on Falling, But Prisons Keep on Filling" (1997), "Prison Population Growing Although Crime Rate Drops" (1998), "Number in Prison Grows Despite Crime Reduction" (2000) and "More Inmates, Despite Slight Drop in Crime" (2003). If crime revives as an issue, it will be through liberal complaints...
  • George Will: Confounding Expectations, Giuliani Upends Assumptions

    02/19/2007 6:38:26 AM PST · by meg88 · 75 replies · 1,418+ views
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | 2/18/07 | George Will
    Two Democratic presidential candidates with national campaign experience are stumbling. A Republican candidate who has run only municipal campaigns is confounding expectations, calling into question some assumptions about Republican voters. Regarding the Republican race, for many months commentators have said that when the Republican base learns the facts about Rudy Giuliani's personal life (an annulled first marriage, a messy divorce, then a third marriage) and views on social issues (for abortion rights, gay rights and gun control, in each case with limits), support for him will evaporate. But such commentary is becoming self-refuting. The insistent reiteration of it during Giuliani's...
  • George Will: The Abortion Argument We Missed

    12/01/2005 5:59:58 AM PST · by RWR8189 · 91 replies · 2,746+ views
    Washington Post Writers Group ^ | December 1, 2005 | George F. Will
    WASHINGTON -- Henry J. Friendly, who died in 1986, was perhaps the most distinguished American judge never to serve on the Supreme Court, and he almost spared the nation the poisonous consequences of that court's 1973 truncation of democratic debate about abortion policy. The story of that missed blessing was told recently by Judge A. Raymond Randolph of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, in an address to the Federalist Society. In 1970, Friendly, then on the Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit, was a member of a three-judge panel that heard the first abortion-rights case...
  • No Flinching From the Facts [George Will]

    05/11/2004 5:51:32 AM PDT · by AntiGuv · 40 replies · 110+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | May 11, 2004 | George F. Will
    Listen to the language. It is always a leading indicator of moral confusion. ...cut... The lawyer's client probably will offer -- this should deepen Americans' queasiness -- the Nuremberg defense: I was only obeying orders. If the abuse was the result of orders -- or of the absence of them -- fault must extend up the chain of command. So, forgive the lawyer's language. But note what it betokens: a flinching from facts. Americans must not flinch from absorbing the photographs of what some Americans did in that prison. And they should not flinch from this fact: That pornography is,...
  • George F. Will: Lap dancing may become next right

    06/27/2003 3:17:48 AM PDT · by kattracks · 87 replies · 193+ views
    Union Leader ^ | 6/27/03 | George F. Will
    EAGER TO IMPROVE their town’s moral tone, Los Angeles city councilors are considering an ordinance to improve decorum at strip clubs: No lap dances — dancers are required to remain six feet from customers — no direct tipping, no private VIP rooms in clubs with full nudity. Advocates of the ordinance say such goings-on lead to prostitution. Opponents of the ordinance, including the dancers, deny that prostitution flourishes at the clubs. And they call the ordinance an unconstitutional abridgement of free artistic expression. But a federal appeals court upheld a law in Washington state requiring dancers to stay 10...
  • In IRS scandal, echoes of Watergate

    05/14/2013 5:42:55 PM PDT · by what's up · 18 replies
    Washington Post ^ | May 13, 2013 | George Will
    The burglary occurred in 1972, the climax came in 1974, but40 years ago this week — May 17, 1973 — the Senate Watergate hearings began exploring the nature of Richard Nixon’s administration. Now the nature of Barack Obama’s administration is being clarified as revelations about IRS targeting of conservative groups merge with myriad Benghazi mendacities. This administration aggressively hawked the fiction that the Benghazi attack was just an excessively boisterous movie review. Now we are told that a few wayward souls in Cincinnati, with nary a trace of political purpose, targeted for harassment political groups with “tea party” and “patriot”...
  • GOP Subverting Framers' Intent In Pennsylvania

    10/11/2011 5:43:11 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 43 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | October 11, 2011 | GEORGE F. WILL
    Republicans supposedly revere the Constitution, but in its birthplace, Pennsylvania, they are contemplating a subversion of the Framers' institutional architecture. Their ploy — partisanship masquerading as altruism about making presidential elections more "democratic" — will weaken resistance to an even worse change being suggested. Pennsylvania's GOP-controlled Legislature may pass, and the Republican governor promises to sign, legislation ending the state's practice — shared by 47 other states — of allocating all of its electoral votes to the candidate who wins the statewide popular vote. Pennsylvania would join Maine and Nebraska in allocating one vote to the winner in each congressional...
  • Book Accuses (Ernest) Hemingway of Spying (For the KGB)

    07/10/2009 10:37:42 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 20 replies · 911+ views
    UPI ^ | 7/10/09
    A new U.S. book claims Ernest Hemingway was a not-very-effective spy for the KGB during the 1940s. The Nobel prize-winning author is listed in "Spies: The Rise and Fall of the KGB in America," Yale University Press, co-written by John Earl Haynes, Harvey Klehr and Alexander Vassiliev from notes Vassiliev took in Moscow archives. A former KGB officer, Vassiliev was provided with access in the 1990s to Stalin-era files, The Guardian reported. In the book, Hemingway is referred to as a "dilettante spy." His file says he was recruited in 1941 before he went to China, the book claims. He...
  • Republicans have found their Mr. Wright

    04/29/2008 8:49:30 AM PDT · by NCDragon · 28 replies · 62+ views
    Seattle Post-Intelligencer ^ | April 28, 2008 | George F Will
    WASHINGTON -- Because John McCain and other legislators worry they are easily corrupted, there are legal limits to the monetary contributions that anyone can make to political candidates. There are, however, no limits to the rhetorical contributions that the Rev. Jeremiah Wright can make to McCain's campaign. Because Wright is a gift determined to keep on giving, this question arises: Can people opposed to Barack Obama's candidacy justly make use of Wright's invariably interesting interventions in the campaign? The answer is: Certainly, because Wright's paranoias tell us something -- exactly what remains to be explored -- about his 20-year parishioner....
  • Gone With The Wind (column by George Will)

    06/25/2006 9:55:57 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 188 replies · 3,591+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | June 25, 2006 | George Will
    Confined to her bed in Atlanta by a broken ankle and arthritis, she was given a stack of blank paper by her husband, who said, "Write a book." Did she ever. The novel's first title became its last words, "Tomorrow is another day," and at first she named the protagonist Pansy. But Pansy became Scarlett, and the title of the book published 70 years ago this week became "Gone With the Wind." You might think that John Steinbeck, not Margaret Mitchell, was the emblematic novelist of the 1930s, and that the publishing event in American fiction in that difficult decade...
  • George Will: Carter continues lying about me

    08/11/2005 7:04:08 AM PDT · by StoneGiant · 103 replies · 3,495+ views
    New Hampshire Union Leader ^ | 8/11/05 | George F. Will
    <p>A QUARTER OF a century has passed since 44 states said "No, thanks" to Jimmy Carter's offer to serve a second term, yet he still evidently thinks his loss is explained not by foreign policy debacles, such as invading Iran with eight helicopters, and a misery index — inflation plus unemployment — of 22, almost triple today's index.</p>
  • Jimmy Carter,'recidivist fibber'

    08/10/2005 9:50:14 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 53 replies · 1,540+ views
    The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | 08/11/05 | George F. Will
    Ronald Reagan won because he won the only debate. He won it not because of Carter's debate performance ("I had a discussion with my daughter, Amy, the other day, before I came here, to ask her what the most important issue was. She said she thought nuclear weaponry ... "), but only because Reagan had Carter's briefing book. And Reagan had it because this columnist gave it to him.
  • This War Is Worth Fighting

    06/16/2005 8:53:25 PM PDT · by neverdem · 41 replies · 884+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | June 16, 2005 | George F. Will
    Exasperated by pessimism about the "war on drugs," John Walters, director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, says: Washington is awash with lobbyists hired by businesses worried that government may, intentionally or inadvertently, make them unprofitable. So why assume that trade in illicit drugs is the one business that government, try as it might, cannot seriously injure? Here is why: When Pat Moynihan was an adviser to President Richard Nixon, he persuaded the French government to break the "French connection" by which heroin came to America. Moynihan explained his achievement to Labor Secretary George Shultz, who...
  • George Will's Acceptance Remarks at the 2005 Bradley Prizes Awards Ceremony - (eloquent)

    04/18/2005 8:26:42 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 4 replies · 489+ views
    BRADLEY FOUNDATION.ORG ^ | FEBRUARY 16, 2005 | GEORGE F. WILL
    Thank you, Mike. Thank you, Fred. Brevity is not only the soul of wit and the essence of lingerie, it is, in moments like this, when you stand between an audience and strong drink, mandatory. But let me just say this. If I were empowered to design the perfect day, this would just about be it. It began in Mesa, Arizona today at HoHoKam Park with five beautiful words: “Cubs pitchers and catchers report.” And it concludes with the privilege of sharing the stage with Ward Connerly, Robert George and Heather Mac Donald. Ward mentioned his family in his remarks....
  • Why Filibusters Should Be Allowed

    03/19/2005 10:26:40 PM PST · by neverdem · 93 replies · 1,956+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | March 20, 2005 | George F. Will
    With Republicans inclined to change Senate rules to make filibusters of judicial nominees impossible, Democrats have recklessly given Republicans an additional incentive to do so. It is a redundant incentive, because Republicans think -- mistakenly -- that they have sufficient constitutional reasons for doing so. Today 60 Senate votes are required to end a filibuster. There are 55 Republican senators but not five Democrats who will join them. Republicans may seek a ruling from the chair -- Vice President Cheney presiding -- that filibustering judicial nominees is impermissible, a ruling that a simple majority of senators could enforce. Democrats say...
  • Retire the Civil Rights Commission

    03/10/2005 1:14:04 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 16 replies · 712+ views
    The Pittsburgh Tribune Review ^ | 03/10/05 | George F. Will
    WASHINGTON..In contemporary American politics, as in earlier forms of vaudeville, it helps to have had an easy act to follow. Gerald Reynolds certainly did.The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights new chairman follows Mary Frances Berry, whose seedy career...
  • Wrong On All Counts!(George Will hits another homer!)

    03/06/2005 6:22:59 AM PST · by kellynla · 53 replies · 2,055+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | 3/6/2005 | George F. Will
    In 1992, before delivering the Supreme Court's ruling in an abortion case, Justice Anthony Kennedy stood with a journalist observing rival groups of demonstrators and mused: "Sometimes you don't know if you're Caesar about to cross the Rubicon or Captain Queeg cutting your own tow line." Or perhaps you are a would-be legislator, a dilettante sociologist and a free-lance moralist, disguised as a judge. Last Tuesday Kennedy played those three roles when, in yet another 5-4 decision, the court declared it unconstitutional to execute people who committed murder when they were under 18 years old. Such executions, it said, violate...
  • AHNULD'S AMERICA

    02/13/2005 2:09:13 PM PST · by Hawk44 · 15 replies · 406+ views
    New York Post ^ | 02/13/2005 | George F. Will
    February 13, 2005 -- GOV. Arnold Schwarzenegger, Austria's gift to American politics and other entertainments, cannot be president because he is not a "natural born citizen," but that does not mean his political power is confined to California. This state is so big — the economy of Los Angeles County is almost as large as Russia's economy — that the continent can reverberate from what happens here, and Schwarzenegger expects much to happen in the next 10 months.
  • George F. Will: Be wary when government resorts to propaganda

    01/20/2005 11:10:44 AM PST · by immigrationreformactivist · 28 replies · 1,484+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | January 13, 2005 | Gearge Will
    In communist East Berlin, one sign of the government's swollen self-regard was the cluttering of public spaces with propaganda banners by which the government praised itself for providing socialism... Democrats, too, have violated the spirit, and perhaps the letter, of various laws... It is impossible to draw, with statutory language, a bright line between legitimate informing and illegitimate propagandizing by government. What is indispensable is common sense, and that is atrophying as this lawyer-ridden nation sinks deeper into the delusion that sensible behavior can be comprehensively codified...
  • Washington’s historic Christmas story

    12/26/2004 4:32:16 AM PST · by StoneGiant · 8 replies · 626+ views
    Manchester Union Leader ^ | 12/26/2004 | George F. Will
    Washington’s historic Christmas storyBy GEORGE F. WILL LET’S GET this straight: The greatest Christmas in American history was not the result of the Germans being drunk or hung over. Gen. George Washington lost most of his battles — it has been said the Revolutionary War was won by brilliant retreating — so let’s not diminish any of his victories, and certainly not the one without which American independence probably would have been extinguished like a candle in a gale. Among the many things that “everyone knows” that just are not so is that the 2,400 men of the Continental Army...
  • George F. Will: College campuses fail on diversity of thought

    11/27/2004 10:37:51 PM PST · by rhema · 37 replies · 1,124+ views
    Minneapolis Star Tribune ^ | November 28, 2004 | George F. Will
    Oh, well, if studies say so. The secret is out: Liberals dominate campuses. Coming soon: "Moon Implicated in Tides, Studies Find." One study of 1,000 professors finds that Democrats outnumber Republicans at least 7 to 1 in the humanities and social sciences. That imbalance, more than double what it was three decades ago, is intensifying because younger professors are more uniformly liberal than the older cohort that is retiring. Another study, of voter registration records, including those of professors in engineering and the hard sciences, found nine Democrats for every Republican at Berkeley and Stanford. Among younger professors, there were...
  • Academia, Stuck To the Left

    11/27/2004 9:16:28 AM PST · by Pokey78 · 29 replies · 2,066+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 11/28/04 | George F. Will
    Republicans OutnumberedIn Academia, Studies Find-- The New York Times, Nov. 18Oh, well, if studies say so. The great secret is out: Liberals dominate campuses. Coming soon: "Moon Implicated in Tides, Studies Find."One study of 1,000 professors finds that Democrats outnumber Republicans at least seven to one in the humanities and social sciences. That imbalance, more than double what it was three decades ago, is intensifying because younger professors are more uniformly liberal than the older cohort that is retiring.Another study, of voter registration records, including those of professors in engineering and the hard sciences, found nine Democrats for every Republican...
  • Democracy Under Siege (George Will Takes Putin to Task)

    11/26/2004 4:10:02 PM PST · by TapTheSource · 6 replies · 559+ views
    MarkRiebling.Com ^ | George Will
    <p>On Europe's western edge, in Ulster, democracy is producing unlovely results. On Europe's eastern edge, in Russia, the results are even more unsavory. Those whose mission is to finish regime change in Iraq by constructing democracy can sense how long their task may take by noting the difficulties in Europe, which is more politically mature than the Middle East.</p>
  • The South Rises With The Tide

    11/20/2004 9:55:05 AM PST · by Pokey78 · 7 replies · 764+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 11/21/04 | George F. Will
    Don Cole, aka the Heart Guy, was ailing and wore a beeper. He was a candidate for a heart transplant and was not supposed to ever be more than a two-hour drive from his Nashville hospital, in case it received a heart that could be transplanted. He said that, if the hospital learned that he left the two-hour radius, he would be removed from the list of recipients. So why, weekend after weekend, was he 3 1/2 hours from Nashville, in Tuscaloosa, Ala.? "If I can't go to Alabama football games, what's the point in living?" Then there is the...
  • Validation By Defeat (Belief That Everyone Else Is Dumber Than They Are Is a Core 'Rat Principle)

    11/15/2004 12:28:42 AM PST · by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle · 34 replies · 2,608+ views
    MSNBC/Newsweek ^ | 11/22/04 | George F. Will
    A small but significant, because articulate, sliver of the Democratic Party seems to relish interpreting the party's defeat as validation. This preening faction reasons as follows: the re-election of George W. Bush proves that 51 percent of the electorate are homophobic, gun-obsessed, economically suicidal, antiscience, theocratic dunces. Therefore to be rejected by them is to have one's intellectual and moral superiority affirmed.
  • Reelect Bush, Faults And All

    10/30/2004 2:02:16 PM PDT · by Pokey78 · 7 replies · 913+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 10/31/04 | George F. Will
    "THEODORE! with all thy faults -- "-- The New York Sun's 1904endorsement of Teddy RooseveltThis column has expressed abundant skepticism about the grandiosity of George W. Bush's foreign policy. And about his passivity about spending (he has vetoed nothing), his enlargement of the welfare state (the prescription drug entitlement), his expansion of inappropriate federal responsibilities (concerning education from kindergarten through 12th-grade, through the No Child Left Behind Act) and his complicity in vandalizing the Constitution (he signed the McCain-Feingold bill, which rations political speech). Still, this column prefers Bush.
  • Liberalism uses judiciary as its legislature

    10/16/2004 8:01:27 PM PDT · by StoneGiant · 1 replies · 337+ views
    Manchester Union Leader ^ | 10/15/2004 | George Will
    George F. Will: Liberalism uses judiciary as its legislature By GEORGE F. WILL .... Liberalism, having lost its ability to advance by persuasion, increasingly relies on litigation. In its flight from arenas of representation, liberalism has used the judiciary as its legislature. Hence the exultation of Ron Brown, then Democratic Party chairman, addressing an American Bar Association forum immediately after the 1992 election: “My friends, I’m here to tell you that the lawyers won.” The Democratic Party’s love — the word is too weak for the phenomenon— for lawyers is expressed in countless courtesies, from blocking tort reform to the...
  • NRA is about to start roaring[George Will on Bush NRA endorsement]

    10/13/2004 5:40:03 PM PDT · by 45Auto · 23 replies · 2,081+ views
    Daily Press ^ | 13 October 2004 | George F. Will
    Billboards now seen in at least 10 key states show a prancing French poodle, its fur fancily clipped for show, wearing a pink ribbon and a blue Kerry-for-president sweater. The text says: "That dog don't hunt." And: "For 20 years John Kerry has voted against sportsmen's rights." As Election Day approaches, the National Rifle Association is clearing its throat, ready to roar. By now, most of the persuading has been done and attention is turning to mobilization — getting intense constituencies to the polls. Few are more intense than the NRA. If New England is Red Sox Nation, the NRA...
  • Why America Leans Right (good political science read)

    10/09/2004 12:46:44 AM PDT · by Cableguy · 14 replies · 1,031+ views
    Wash Post ^ | 10/9/04 | George F. Will
    If by the dawn's early light of Nov. 3 George W. Bush stands victorious, seven of 10 presidential elections will have been won by Southern Californians and Texans, all Republicans. The other three were won by Democrats -- a Georgian and an Arkansan. This rise of the Sun Belt is both a cause and a consequence of conservatism's rise, which began in 1964 with, paradoxically, the landslide loss of the second post-Civil War major-party presidential nominee from that region -- Arizona's Barry Goldwater, four years after the first, Richard Nixon. His campaign was the first stirring of a mass movement:...
  • Bad News for Kerry

    09/08/2004 9:07:13 PM PDT · by crushelits · 19 replies · 1,686+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | Thursday, September 9, 2004; Page A27 | George F. Will
    Thursday, September 9, 2004; Page A27 After two testosterone-charged conventions, try to remember that three years ago there was much talk about the "feminization" of politics. The change since Sept. 11 explains the bind John Kerry is in and why he, more than George W. Bush, is hostage to events. The idea, current then, that "the end of history" had arrived was partly a response to a sense that mankind's elemental economic problem -- mastering growth -- had been solved. Henceforth the tone of politics, even for conservatives of the "compassionate" stripe, would mimic the "caring professions." Everyone would be...