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In Wisconsin, A Measure Of The Country's Metabolism

From the Right / George Will /

MILWAUKEE -- In 49 states, when you order breakfast in a restaurant you might be asked if you would like pancakes or an omelet. In Wisconsin, you are asked if you would like pancakes with your omelet. Ron Johnson would, thank you. This Republican U.S. senator, who is burning prodigious amounts of calories campaigning for a second and final term,...Read more

Colleges Should Encourage -- Not Suppress -- A Diversity Of Viewpoints

From the Right / George Will /

WASHINGTON -- A specter is haunting academia, the specter of specters -- ghosts, goblins and "cultural appropriation" through insensitive Halloween costumes. Institutions of higher education are engaged in the low comedy of avoiding the agonies of Yale.

Last October, the university was rocked to its 315-year-old foundations by the wife of a ...Read more

A Judicial Slap To A Careless Congress

From the Right / George Will /

WASHINGTON -- Another small step was taken last week on the steep and winding ascent back to constitutional norms. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, the nation's second-most important court, did its judicial duty by reprimanding Congress for abandoning constitutional propriety.

The court declared unconstitutional the unprecedented...Read more

Trump's Vile Candidacy Is Chemotherapy For The GOP

From the Right / George Will /

"Freedom's just another word for nothin' left to lose."

-- "Me and Bobby McGee," Janis Joplin

WASHINGTON -- What did Donald Trump have left to lose Sunday night? His dignity? Please. His campaign's theme? His Cleveland convention was a mini-Nuremberg rally for Republicans whose three-word recipe for making America great again was the shriek "...Read more

Vladimir Putin Is Bringing Back The 1930s

From the Right / George Will /

WASHINGTON -- Vladimir Putin's serial humiliations of America's bewildered secretary of state regarding Syria indicate Putin's determination to destabilize the world. Here is an even more ominous indication of events moving his way: On just one day last week, Italian ships plucked 6,055 migrants from the Mediterranean.

What has this to do with ...Read more

The 'Quiet Catastrophe' Of Men Choosing To Not Seek Work

From the Right / George Will /

WASHINGTON -- The "quiet catastrophe" is particularly dismaying because it is so quiet, without social turmoil or even debate. It is this: After 88 consecutive months of the economic expansion that began in June 2009, a smaller percentage of American males in the prime working years (ages 25 to 54) are working than were working near the end of ...Read more

Why All The Love For The Cubs' Consistent Failure?

From the Right / George Will /

"Lots o' folks confuse bad management with destiny."

-- Kin Hubbard

WASHINGTON -- The good news, a commodity in short supply, is that Americans are about to get a respite from the inundating Niagara of candidates' blather. The bad news is that the respite will be a tsunami of Cubs Gush, which will slosh from sea to shining sea. So, brace ...Read more

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


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