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What Happens In Puerto Rico Won't Stay There

From the Right / George Will /

Immigrant goes to America,
Many hellos in America;
Nobody knows in America
Puerto Rico's in America!
-- "West Side Story"

WASHINGTON -- Puerto Rico, an awkward legacy of America's 1898 testosterone spill, the Spanish-American War, is about to teach two things that few Americans know: If conditions get bad enough there, ...Read more

The 'Settled' Consensus Du Jour

From the Right / George Will /

WASHINGTON -- Authoritarianism, always latent in progressivism, is becoming explicit. Progressivism's determination to regulate thought by regulating speech is apparent in the campaign by 20 state attorneys general, none Republican, to criminalize skepticism about the supposedly "settled" conclusions of climate science.

Four core tenets of ...Read more

The Gift Of Trump's Ramshackle Campaign

From the Right / George Will /

"One fine day, in a fit of euphoria, after he had picked up the telephone and taken an order for zero-coupon bonds that had brought him a $50,000 commission, just like that, this very phrase had bubbled up into his brain. On Wall Street he and a few others -- how many? -- three hundred, four hundred, five hundred? -- had become ...Read more

Histories That Shouldn't Be Secret

From the Right / George Will /

WASHINGTON -- When President Obama departs for Saudi Arabia, an incubator of the 9/11 attacks, he will leave behind a dispute about government secrecy. The suppression of 28 pages, first from a public congressional inquiry and then from the 2004 report by the national 9/11 Commission, has spared the Saudis embarrassment, which would be mild ...Read more

The Destructive Threat Of Cyberwarfare

From the Right / George Will /

WASHINGTON -- There is a consensus that aggression by one nation against another is a serious matter, but there is no comparable consensus about what constitutes aggression. Waging aggressive war was one charge against Nazi leaders at the 1946 Nuremberg war crimes trials, but 70 years later it is unclear that aggression, properly understood, ...Read more

A Battle To Save A Battlefield

From the Right / George Will /

PRINCETON, N.J. -- One of history's most important battles happened here on a field you can walk across in less than half the 45 or so minutes the battle lasted. If George Washington's audacity on Jan. 3, 1777, had not reversed the patriots' retreat and routed the advancing British, the American Revolution might have been extinguished.

Yet such...Read more

Ted Cruz Is Surging By Design

From the Right / George Will /

"It's not the will to win that matters. ... It's the will to prepare to win that matters." -- Paul "Bear" Bryant

HOUSTON -- People here at Ted Cruz's campaign headquarters are meticulously preparing to win a contested convention, if there is one. Because Donald Trump is a low-energy fellow, Cruz will be positioned to trounce him in ...Read more

How Well Do You Know Your Baseball?

From the Right / George Will /

WASHINGTON -- Pitcher Jim Bouton said: "Baseball players are smarter than football players. How often do you see a baseball team penalized for too many men on the field?" To show how smart you are, identify:

(1) The team that won a record 26 consecutive games (but finished fourth).

(2) Among those with 3,000 hits, the player with the fewest ...Read more

Libya Debacle Undermines Clinton's Foreign Policy Credential

From the Right / George Will /

WASHINGTON -- Republican peculiarities in this political season are so numerous and lurid that insufficient attention is being paid to this: The probable Democratic nominee's principal credential, her service as secretary of state, is undermined by a debacle of remarkable dishonesty.

Hillary Clinton's supposedly supreme presidential ...Read more

Why The Future Will Disappoint

From the Right / George Will /

WASHINGTON -- Presidential campaigns incite both hypochondria and euphoria, portraying the present as grimmer than it is and the future as grander than it can be. As an antidote to both, read a rarity, an academic's thick book (762 pages) widely recognized as relevant to America's current discontents.

Robert Gordon's "The Rise and Fall of ...Read more

Can Automakers Redefine Mobility Again?

From the Right / George Will /

DEARBORN, Mich. -- If Mark Fields' theory is correct, his industry faces novel challenges. His theory about the changing role of driving in Americans' lives is one reason Ford Motor Co. now describes itself as an "automotive and mobility company."

Fields, Ford's CEO, remembers a time when, on the day a teenager became old enough for a driver's ...Read more

The GOP's Blocking Of Court Pick Is Indefensible

From the Right / George Will /

WASHINGTON -- The Republican Party's incoherent response to the Supreme Court vacancy is a partisan reflex in search of a justifying principle. The multiplicity of Republican rationalizations for their refusal to even consider Merrick Garland radiates insincerity.

Republicans instantly responded to Antonin Scalia's death by proclaiming that no ...Read more

Rethinking Crime And Punishment

From the Right / George Will /

WASHINGTON -- Sen. John Cornyn recalls visiting a Texas prison where some inmates taking shop classes could not read tape measures. Cornyn, who was previously a district court judge and Texas Supreme Court justice, knows that prisons are trying to teach literacy and vocations, trying to cope with the mental illnesses of many inmates and trying ...Read more

Donald Trump's 'Peak' Might Be Coming

From the Right / George Will /

WASHINGTON -- Frequently predicted but never reached, "peak oil" -- maximum possible production -- has been postponed yet again, this time because of fracking. "Peak Sanders" was prematurely announced because of persistent underestimations of how underwhelming Hillary Clinton is as a candidate. The Vermont senator's peak might not arrive soon ...Read more

Then Along Came Nancy

From the Right / George Will /

WASHINGTON -- They were just four words, but they denoted something that led to a wonderful swerve in world history. They were words Ronald Reagan repeatedly used when referring to something that happened long before he spoke his most famous four words: "Tear down this wall." The other four words described the most important event in his ...Read more

The GOP Battle For Michigan

From the Right / George Will /

DEARBORN, Mich. -- It is here in the industrial Midwest, not in the South, where Ted Cruz's audacious theory of the 2016 race was supposed to be put to one of its most important tests. Michigan's primary on Tuesday -- and especially what happens that day in the Detroit suburbs that in 1980 were ground zero for a new political species, "Reagan ...Read more

The Albatross Of A Trump Endorsement

From the Right / George Will /

WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump's distinctive rhetorical style -- think of a drunk with a bullhorn reading aloud James Joyce's "Finnegans Wake" under water -- poses an almost insuperable challenge to people whose painful duty is to try to extract clarity from his effusions. For example, last week, during a long stream of semi-consciousness in Fort ...Read more

How To Cool Down Trump

From the Right / George Will /

WASHINGTON -- "Hell," said Alabama's Democratic Gov. George Wallace before roiling the 1968 presidential race, "we got too much dignity in government now, what we need is some meanness." Twelve elections later, Wallace's wish is approaching fulfillment as Republicans contemplate nominating someone who would run to Hillary Clinton's left. ...Read more

Trump Relishes Wrecking Republicans

From the Right / George Will /

WASHINGTON -- Lyndon Johnson simply was exasperated. Barack Obama's mischief was methodical.

Four days before the 1966 congressional elections, Johnson, asked about criticism from Richard Nixon, testily responded: "I do not want to get into a debate ... with a chronic campaigner like Mr. Nixon." Johnson's disparagement endeared Nixon to ...Read more

Executive Overreach Meets Resistance

From the Right / George Will /

"For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction."

-- Newton's Third Law of Motion

WASHINGTON -- Notice the Newtonian physics of America's Madisonian system. Barack Obama's Woodrow Wilsonian hostility to the separation of powers, expressed in his executive authoritarianism, is provoking equal and opposite reactions from the judicial ...Read more

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