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Donald Trump's Rise Reflects America's Decay

From the Right / George Will /

WASHINGTON -- Looking on the bright side, perhaps this election can teach conservatives to look on the dark side. They need a talent for pessimism, recognizing the signs that whatever remains of American exceptionalism does not immunize this nation from decay, to which all regimes are susceptible.

The world's oldest political party is an ...Read more

In The High Plains, A Republican Worth Voting For

From the Right / George Will /

AURORA, Colo. -- Here on the High Plains, where the deer and the antelope once played, Denver's suburbs roam toward the Rockies' front range and the nature of today's polyglot politics is written in the local congressman's campaign schedule. One day last week, Republican Mike Coffman went from a Hispanic charter school in a strip mall, to ...Read more

Deepen Charleston's Port, And The Big Ships Will Come

From the Right / George Will /

CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Technology has put powerful computers in billions of pockets, but an invention much more mundane than the smartphone -- the shipping container: a rectangular steel box -- also has changed the world. Because of it, two of today's preoccupations -- infrastructure and globalization -- are connected by a chain of events that ...Read more

This Year's Most Consequential Senate Race

From the Right / George Will /

GLENOLDEN, Pa. -- From Erie in the west to Scranton in the east, Pennsylvania is flecked with casualties the stubborn economic sluggishness and relentless globalization have inflicted on industrial communities. But in this middle-class Philadelphia suburb, Tom Danzi knows that the economy is denting even his business repairing damaged cars.

His...Read more

Putin's Post-Factual Politics

From the Right / George Will /

"In the walls of the cubicle there were three

orifices. ... Similar slits existed in thousands or

tens of thousands throughout the building. ... For

some reason they were nicknamed memory holes."

-- George Orwell, "1984"

WASHINGTON -- Documents inconvenient to the regime went into the Ministry of Truth's slits and down to "enormous furnaces...Read more

The IRS Commissioner Merits Impeachment

From the Right / George Will /

WASHINGTON -- Republican congressional leaders ardently want conservative members of the House to not force a vote on impeaching the IRS commissioner. The public does not care about John Koskinen's many misdeeds. And impeachment will distract attention from issues that interest the public. And because Democrats are not ingrates, the required two...Read more

In a 'Change' Year, Sen. Portman Deserves Re-Election

From the Right / George Will /

TERRACE PARK, Ohio -- Sen. Rob Portman probably will win a second term, despite the fact that he deserves to. The swarm of young people who gathered on a Saturday morning in this Cincinnati suburb to feast on doughnuts and his gratitude are among the 5,000 volunteer interns, including students from 35 campuses, who have made 3.5 million voter ...Read more

Baseball's Storyteller, Our Friend

From the Right / George Will /

Irish poets learn your trade

Sing whatever is well made. ...

-- William Butler Yeats, "Under Ben Bulben"

LOS ANGELES -- For 67 years, the son of Vincent and Bridget Scully, immigrants who came to New York City from County Cavan, Ireland, has been plying his trade. For eight years on the East Coast and 59 on the West Coast, on radio and ...Read more

A 'Slush Fund' By Any Other Name

From the Right / George Will /

WASHINGTON -- Because truth in labeling laws are among the laws from which Washington feels exempt, the titles of congressional legislation often take liberties with the facts (e.g., the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act). The Stop Settlement Slush Funds Act, however, precisely names the ailment for which it is the remedy.

The Justice ...Read more

All Eyes On The Silver State

From the Right / George Will /

LAS VEGAS -- Nevada, which calls itself the "Battle Born State," actually was born prematurely because of Republicans' anxiety. Now, 152 years later, it again is a subject of their anxiety.

Entering 1864, Abraham Lincoln and his party were intensely, and reasonably, in doubt about his re-election. So, scrambling for every electorate vote, ...Read more

Illinois Exemplifies Our Fiscal Foolishness

From the Right / George Will /

CHICAGO -- Seated in his office here, wearing neither a necktie nor a frown, Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner is remarkably relaxed for someone at the epicenter of a crisis now in its second year and with no end in sight. But, then, stress is pointless when the situation is hopeless. Besides, if you can ignore the fact that self-government is ...Read more

The Sinking Fantasy That Trump Would Defend The Constitution

From the Right / George Will /

WASHINGTON -- Like shipwrecked mariners clinging to a floating mast, many Republicans rationalize supporting Donald Trump because of "the court." This two-word incantation means: Because we care so much for the Constitution, it is supremely important to entrust to Trump the making of Supreme Court nominations. Well.

In a Republican candidates ...Read more

Trump's Shallowness Runs Deep

From the Right / George Will /

WASHINGTON -- In the 1870s, when Boss Tweed's Tammany Hall controlled New York City, and in the 1950s and 1960s, when Chicago's Democratic machine was especially rampant, there was a phenomenon that can be called immunity through profusion: Fresh scandals arrived with metronomic regularity, so there was no time to concentrate on any of them. The...Read more

How Entangled With Russia Is Trump?

From the Right / George Will /

WASHINGTON -- To gauge the opportunism and hypocrisy that define Donald Trump's Republican Party, consider this: Imagine the scalding rhetoric that would have boiled from the likes of Newt Gingrich, that Metternich of many green rooms, if Hillary Clinton had offhandedly undermined the collective security architecture of U.S. foreign policy since...Read more

The Path Ahead For Clinton

From the Right / George Will /

PHILADELPHIA -- En route to fight one of his many duels, French politician Georges Clemenceau bought a one-way train ticket. Was he pessimistic? "Not at all. I always use my opponent's return ticket for the trip back." Some Hillary Clinton advisers, although not that serene, think her victory is probable and can be assured.

Her challenge is ...Read more

Pence The Pliable

From the Right / George Will /

WASHINGTON -- Crucial political decisions often concern which bridges to cross and which to burn. Donald Trump's dilemma is that he burns some bridges by the way he crosses others. His campaign depends on a low-probability event, and on his ability to cause this event without provoking a more-than-equal and opposite reaction.

Extrapolating from...Read more

A Wall Too High For The GOP?

From the Right / George Will /

WASHINGTON -- Political conventions are echo chambers designed to generate feelings of invincibility, sending forth the party faithful with a spring in their steps and hope in their hearts. Who would want to be a wet blanket at such moveable feasts?

Steve Munisteri would. Although he calls himself "the eternal optimist," he respects reality, ...Read more

GOP Minds Are At Sea -- But Not The Right One

From the Right / George Will /

WASHINGTON -- Neither the unanimous decision by the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague, nor China's rejection of it, was surprising. The timing of it was, however, as serendipitous as China's rejection is ominous. Coming as Republican delegates convene on Lake Erie's shore, the tribunal's opinion about the South China Sea underscores ...Read more

The Travesty Of Teacher Tenure

From the Right / George Will /

LOS ANGELES -- The mills of justice grind slowly, but life plunges on, leaving lives blighted when justice, by being delayed, is irremediably denied. Fortunately, California's Supreme Court might soon decide to hear -- four years after litigation began -- the 21st century's most portentous civil rights case, which concerns an ongoing denial of ...Read more

Is Anemic Growth The New Normal?

From the Right / George Will /

ST. LOUIS -- America's economy has now slouched into the eighth year of a recovery that demonstrates how much we have defined recovery down. The idea that essentially zero interest rates are, after seven and a half years, stimulating the economy "strains credulity," says James Bullard, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. But last...Read more

 
 

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