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Abortion Rights Show The Barbarity Of A Nation

From the Right / George Will /

WASHINGTON -- Executives of Planned Parenthood's federally subsidized meat markets -- your tax dollars at work -- lack the courage of their convictions. They should drop the pretense of conducting a complex moral calculus about the organs they harvest from the babies they kill.

First came the video showing a salad-nibbling, wine-sipping Planned...Read more

With Iran Deal, Obama Makes Bad History

From the Right / George Will /

WASHINGTON -- It came two days after the announcement of the nuclear agreement with Iran, yet little mention was made on July 16 of the 70th anniversary of the first nuclear explosion, near Alamogordo, New Mexico. The anniversary underscored that the agreement attempts to thwart proliferation of technology seven decades old.

Nuclear-weapons ...Read more

A Question from a 110-Year-Old Decision

From the Right / George Will /

WASHINGTON -- Today's most interesting debate about governance concerns a 110-year-old Supreme Court decision. Two participants in this debate are the chief justice of the United States Supreme Court and a justice on the Supreme Court of Texas. The latter is trouncing the former.

In his same-sex marriage dissent, John Roberts repeatedly ...Read more

A Tantrum Masquerading As Governance

From the Right / George Will /

WASHINGTON -- When Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras decided to call a referendum on a bailout offer from Greece's creditors -- an offer that expired before Sunday's referendum -- he informed the Greek nation in a televised speech. At 1 a.m.

Mediterranean lifestyles are different. Greece's chosen style of living is dependent on others' choices.

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The Wrinkle In The ACA Decision

From the Right / George Will /

"What chumps!"

-- Chief Justice John Roberts, June 29, 2015

WASHINGTON -- Roberts' intellectual complexity does not prevent him from expressing himself pithily, as he did with those words when dissenting in a case from Arizona. Joined by Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito, Roberts' dissent should somewhat mollify conservatives ...Read more

Some GOP Candidates Becoming Unhinged

From the Right / George Will /

WASHINGTON -- In 1824, in retirement 37 years after serving as the Constitutional Convention's prime mover, James Madison, 73, noted that the 1787 "language of our Constitution is already undergoing interpretations unknown to its founders." He knew that the purport of the text would evolve "with the changeable meaning of the words composing it."...Read more

The Damaging Doctrine of John Roberts

From the Right / George Will /

WASHINGTON -- Conservatives are dismayed about the Supreme Court's complicity in rewriting the Affordable Care Act -- its ratification of the IRS' disregard of the statute's plain and purposeful language. But they have contributed to this outcome. Their decades of populist praise of judicial deference to the political branches has borne this ...Read more

Statements for Candidate Clinton in the Form of Questions

From the Right / George Will /

WASHINGTON -- Hillary Clinton's reticence is drowning out her message, which is that she is the cure for the many ailments that afflict America during a second Democratic presidential term. Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., has called her "the most opaque person you'll ever meet in your life," but when opacity yields to the necessity of answering ...Read more

Let Greece Go

From the Right / George Will /

WASHINGTON -- Now come Greeks bearing the gift of confirmation that Margaret Thatcher was right about socialist governments: "They always run out of other people's money." Greece, from whose ancient playwrights Western drama descends, is in an absurdist melodrama about securing yet another cash infusion from international creditors. This would ...Read more

Mcdonald's, The 'Progressive Burger Company'

From the Right / George Will /

WASHINGTON -- In January, McDonald's, leaning against the winds of fashion, said kale would never replace lettuce on its burgers. In May, however, it said it will test kale in a breakfast meal (breakfast is about 25 percent of McDonald's sales). Kale might or might not cause construction workers to turn at 6 a.m. into McDonald's drive-through ...Read more

Our Long Path To Limited Government

From the Right / George Will /

WASHINGTON -- Americans should light 800 candles for the birthday of the document that began paving the meandering path to limited government. Magna Carta laid down the law about "fish weirs" on English rivers, "assizes of darrein presentment," people being "distrained to make bridges," and other "liberties ... to hold in our realm of England in...Read more

A Vote For TPA Is Not A Vote For Obama

From the Right / George Will /

WASHINGTON -- Before presidential politics -- the game of getting to 270 electoral votes -- completely eclipses governing, there is the urgent task of getting to 217 votes in the House of Representatives to pass Trade Promotion Authority (TPA). This would guarantee a vote without amendments on the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement. ...Read more

The Super Pac Minuet

From the Right / George Will /

WASHINGTON -- Campaign finance "reformers" think America would be better governed if the government could thoroughly regulate campaign speech, which is speech about the composition and comportment of the government. Reformers scold the Supreme Court for construing the First Amendment as though it says "Congress shall make no law ... abridging ...Read more

Bernie Sanders' Socialist Charade

From the Right / George Will /

WASHINGTON -- Does any stricture of journalistic propriety or social etiquette require us to participate in Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders' charade? Is it obligatory to take seriously his pose of being an "independent" and a "socialist"? It gives excitable Democratic activists a frisson of naughtiness to pretend that he is both. Actually, he is ...Read more

A Summer Break From Campus Muzzling

From the Right / George Will /

WASHINGTON -- Commencement season brings a respite from the sinister childishness rampant on campuses. Attacks on freedom of speech come from the professoriate, that herd of independent minds, and from the ever-thickening layer of university administrators who keep busy constricting freedom in order to fine-tune campus atmospherics.

The attacks...Read more

The Separation of Campaign and State

From the Right / George Will /

WASHINGTON -- A simple apology would suffice. Instead, campaign finance reformers, horrified by the predictable results of their handiwork, aspire to yet more regulatory wrinkles to limit political speech. These, too, would have consequences unintended and undesired by reformers, "requiring" a new round of reforms. But the Constitution, properly...Read more

Kaine's Quest For War Legitimacy

From the Right / George Will /

WASHINGTON -- The Revolutionary War and Civil War ended in Virginia, which was involved, by the 9/11 attack on the Pentagon, in the beginning of today's war with radical Islam. Now a Virginia senator is determined that today's war shall not continue indefinitely without the legitimacy conferred by congressional involvement congruent with the ...Read more

The Withering Of The Death Penalty

From the Right / George Will /

WASHINGTON -- Without a definitive judicial ruling or other galvanizing event, a perennial American argument is ending. Capital punishment is withering away.

It is difficult to imagine moral reasoning that would support the conclusion that an injustice will be done when, years hence, the death penalty finally is administered to Dzhokhar ...Read more

Santorum: The Return Of The GOP's Runner-Up

From the Right / George Will /

WASHINGTON -- A near miss can be a sharp spur, so Rick Santorum wants to say something to those who profess condescending puzzlement about his persistence in pursuing the Republican presidential nomination: You probably have no idea how close I came to defeating Mitt Romney in 2012.

Since 1968, he notes, the Republican presidential nominees ...Read more

In Childhood, Risk Is Inherent

From the Right / George Will /

WASHINGTON -- Controversies about "free-range parenting" illuminate today's scarred cultural landscape. Neighbors summon police in response to parenting choices the neighbors disapprove. Government extends its incompetence with an ever-broader mission of "child protection." And these phenomena are related to campus hysteria about protecting ...Read more

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