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'Texodus' bodes badly for Republicans

From the Right / George Will /

WASHINGTON -- "I am a classically trained engineer," says Rep. Will Hurd, a Texas Republican, "and I firmly believe in regression to the mean." Applying a concept from statistics to the randomness of today's politics is problematic. In any case, Hurd, 42, is not waiting for the regression of our politics from the extreme ends of the ideological ...Read more

Progressives are all too willing to cut constitutional corners

From the Right / George Will /

WASHINGTON -- Presidential aspirant Beto O'Rourke, thrashing about in an attempt to be noticed, says tax exemptions should be denied to churches and other institutions that oppose same-sex marriage. O'Rourke's suggestion, and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren's plan to tax the "excessive" exercise of a First Amendment right, and the NBA's ...Read more

College diversity tinkering: What a tangled web

From the Right / George Will /

WASHINGTON -- The judge took 130 pages to explain that Harvard's "holistic review" admissions policies -- which include ascribing particular attributes to certain ethnicities, such as Asian Americans, and assessing the value to Harvard of those attributes -- are, considering 41 years of Supreme Court precedents, permissibly race-conscious. She ...Read more

Supreme Court to decide whether "sex" includes sexual orientation

From the Right / George Will /

WASHINGTON -- The beginning of the Supreme Court's term this week includes momentous oral arguments on Tuesday in two cases that illustrate clashing theories about how statutes should be construed. If properly decided, the cases will nudge Congress to act like a legislative body.

At issue is whether workplace discrimination based on sexual ...Read more

The Korean Peninsula: A dangerous neighborhood

From the Right / George Will /

SEOUL, South Korea -- In 1950, when Han Sung-joo was 10, shrapnel from an artillery shell lodged in his hip. This happened as Gen. Douglas MacArthur's troops, fresh from the bold Incheon landing, were retaking this city -- it would be lost and retaken again -- after North Korea's June invasion. The shell fragment was still there when Han served ...Read more

The best antidote for a bad election is a better election

From the Right / George Will /

WASHINGTON -- If Donald Trump were to tweet that 9 is a prime number, that Minneapolis is in Idaho, and that the sun revolves around the Earth -- "Make Earth Great Again!" -- would even five Republican senators publicly disagree with even one of the tweets? This matters in assessing the wisdom of beginning an impeachment process against the ...Read more

Time is on Taiwan's side -- but it needs U.S. support

From the Right / George Will /

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Now only 15 flags in the Foreign Ministry's foyer represent the nations that have not yet succumbed to Beijing's financial blandishments -- targeted at governments and individual politicians -- and other pressures to sever diplomatic relations with this island nation. There were 17 flags a few weeks ago.

The last time many ...Read more

Hong Kong's resistance offers lessons for Taiwan

From the Right / George Will /

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- What happens on Hong Kong Island does not stay there. The ongoing tsunami of discontent washes over this island, which, like Hong Kong, is navigating the choppy waters of relations with the same large and menacing mainland neighbor. This nation -- which is such psychologically, if not in diplomatic nomenclature -- has a ...Read more

Hong Kong stands athwart an increasingly nasty regime

From the Right / George Will /

HONG KONG -- Lee Cheuk-yan, unlike most Americans, remembers and reveres Lane Kirkland, a hero of the first Cold War. During 16 years as leader of the AFL-CIO, 1979-1995, Kirkland gave crucial support, both material and moral, to Lech Walesa and the Solidarity movement in Poland, where it was an early tremor in the political earthquake that ...Read more

Hong Kong is a 'hair's breadth from destruction'

From the Right / George Will /

HONG KONG -- Physically diminutive, intellectually acerbic and with an eye for the ironic, Margaret Ng -- lawyer, writer and former legislator -- is, at 71, a member of the generation for which this city's youthful protesters have scant patience. They say the elders have been too patient about Hong Kong's precarious situation. But, says Ng dryly...Read more

Hong Kong's having a summer of heroic dissent

From the Right / George Will /

HONG KONG -- The masked men who recently tossed firebombs at Jimmy Lai's home targeted one of this city's foremost democracy advocates. Lai, a 71-year-old media billionaire, calls this summer's ongoing protest "a martyrdom movement" and "a last-straw movement." It has an intensity and dynamic that bewilders the protesters' opponents in Beijing ...Read more

An all-too-real parable of 'privilege-hoarding'

From the Right / George Will /

WASHINGTON -- Nestled on the Front Range of the Rockies, the city of Crystal was a largely upper-middle-class paradise, chock full of health-conscious and socially conscious -- meaning, of course, impeccably progressive -- Coloradans. Then in slithered a serpent in the form of a proposal for a new school, to be called "Crystal Academy," for "...Read more

Trade war shows reality of 'America First' in action

From the Right / George Will /

WASHINGTON -- In a trade war, as in a real one, people are wounded by friendly fire from their side. Consider some casualties in Donald Trump's "easy to win" -- his promise -- trade war. Begin with the company whose green machines bear the name of the blacksmith who, in the 1830s in Grand Detour, Illinois, invented a self-scouring plow that ...Read more

'The Nickel Boys': A searing reminder of what's not unthinkable

From the Right / George Will /

WASHINGTON -- Because of the investigation led by three University of South Florida researchers, and because of exemplary journalism by the Tampa Bay Times, we now have an intensely discomforting but welcome enrichment of American literature. It requires artistry to write beautifully about children suffering at the hands of evil men, and from ...Read more

Amash's independence shows voters they don't have to settle for binary choice

From the Right / George Will /

GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan -- It is difficult to discourage and impossible to manage Justin Amash because he, unusual among politicians, does not want much and wants nothing inordinately. He would like to win a sixth term as congressman from this culturally distinctive slice of the Midwest. He does not, however, want it enough to remain in today's ...Read more

The land of the free and the home of the rent-seekers

From the Right / George Will /

CHICAGO -- Given its surplus of violence and scarcity of resources, Chicago surely has bigger things to worry about than the menace, as the city sees it, of Laura Pekarik's cupcakes. Herewith redundant evidence of regulatory government's unsleeping solicitousness for the strong.

Pekarik, a feisty 33-year-old single mother and embodiment of ...Read more

"National conservatism" is "Elizabeth Warren conservatism"

From the Right / George Will /

WASHINGTON -- Regimes, however intellectually disreputable, rarely are unable to attract intellectuals eager to rationalize the regimes' behavior. America's current administration has "national conservatives." They advocate unprecedented expansion of government in order to purge America of excessive respect for market forces, and to affirm ...Read more

Trump doesn't just pollute the social environment. He is the environment.

From the Right / George Will /

"It is remarkable by how much a pinch of malice enhances the penetrating power of an idea or an opinion. Our ears, it seems, are wonderfully attuned to sneers and evil reports about our fellow men." -- Eric Hoffer

WASHINGTON -- It is 1,218 miles from the Aaron Bessant Park Amphitheater in Panama City Beach, Florida., to the ...Read more

For the Democrats, it's winnowing time

From the Right / George Will /

Winnow: verb. To expose (grain or other substances) to the wind or to a current of air so that the lighter particles (as chaff or other refuse matter) are separated or blown away. -- Oxford English Dictionary

WASHINGTON -- It is time to dust off this marvelously appropriate verb for its quadrennial use to describe the thinning of ...Read more

The Democrats and the 1919 World Series were both trying to lose

From the Right / George Will /

WASHINGTON -- Watching Democratic presidential aspirants is like watching, a century ago, the 1919 World Series, when discerning spectators thought: Some of the White Sox are trying to lose. Michael Boskin, chairman of President George H.W. Bush's Council of Economic Advisers and currently at Stanford's Hoover Institution, pays the ...Read more


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