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Will France elect a Gallic Barack Obama?

From the Right / George Will /

WASHINGTON -- The French are too intellectually vain to borrow others’ political ideas, but too interested in style not to appreciate and appropriate that of others. So, on May 7 they might confer their presidency on a Gallic Barack Obama.

In 2008, Obama, a freshman senator, became a national Rorschach test, upon whom Americans projected ...Read more

The ‘Oh, never mind’ president

From the Right / George Will /

WASHINGTON -- In his first annual message to Congress, John Quincy Adams, among the most experienced and intellectually formidable presidents, warned leaders against giving the impression that “we are palsied by the will of our constituents.” In this regard, if in no other, the 45th president resembles the sixth.

Donald Trump’s “Oh, ...Read more

The battle against sex trafficking of minors

From the Right / George Will /

PHOENIX -- Three months ago, State Trooper Jonathan Otto, 33, of the Arizona Department of Public Safety pulled over a car that had caught his attention by traveling 104 miles per hour long after midnight, just south of Kingman. He smelled marijuana in the car. It was driven by a man with an adult female wearing only lingerie. Their passenger ...Read more

A Case for Preventing Children’s Scraped Knees

From the Right / George Will /

WASHINGTON -- When not furrowing their collective brows about creches and displays of the Ten Commandments here and there, courts often are pondering tangential contacts between the government and religious schools. Courts have held that public money can constitutionally fund the transportation of parochial school pupils to classes -- but not on...Read more

What the Freedom Caucus Stands For

From the Right / George Will /

WASHINGTON -- With a mellifluous name suggesting bucolic tranquility, Rep. Mark Meadows, a North Carolina Republican, is an unlikely object of the caterwauling recently directed at him and the House Freedom Caucus he leads. The vituperation was occasioned by the HFC’s role rescuing Republicans from embracing an unpopular first draft of ...Read more

Experience America at the Time of the Great War

From the Right / George Will /

“War is the health of the state. It automatically sets in motion throughout society those irresistible forces for uniformity, for passionate cooperation with the government in coercing into obedience the minority groups and individuals which lack the larger herd sense.”

-- Randolph Bourne (1886-1918)

WASHINGTON -- One hundred years ago, ...Read more

Our National Scourge of Misinformation

From the Right / George Will /

WASHINGTON -- Impulse control is unfashionable as well as unpresidential, but perhaps you should resist the urge to trip people who stride briskly down the sidewalk fixated on their phone screens, absorbed in texting and feeling entitled to expect others to make way. New technologies are shaping behaviors and dissolving civilities.

In 2005, ...Read more

Baseball Numbers Aren’t Difficult. But this Quiz Might Be.

From the Right / George Will /

Sportswriter: “You hit only two home runs all last year and already you’ve hit seven this year [1969]. What’s the difference?”

Reds outfielder Alex Johnson: “Five.”

WASHINGTON -- See? Baseball numbers aren’t difficult. But be precise: As players say after a close play, “Close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades.” And ...Read more

End the Filibuster’s Power of Obstruction

From the Right / George Will /

WASHINGTON -- The Senate’s coming confirmation of Neil Gorsuch will improve the Supreme Court, and Democrats’ incontinent opposition to him will inadvertently improve the Senate -- if Republicans are provoked to thoroughly reform the filibuster. If eight Democrats will not join the 52 Republicans in providing 60 votes to end debate and bring...Read more

An Oasis of Liberty in the Arizona Sun

From the Right / George Will /

PHOENIX -- As a boy, Barry Goldwater Jr., son of the former senator and 1964 Republican presidential nominee, would step out of his father’s house and shoot at tin cans 50 yards away. Now 78, he says he could fire in any direction and not endanger “anything but a cactus.” His father, born in 1909 in Arizona territory, three years before ...Read more

Whatever Replaces Obamacare Will Look a Lot Like Obamacare

From the Right / George Will /

WASHINGTON -- “Mend it, don’t end it” was Bill Clinton’s rhetorical straddle regarding affirmative action. Republican efforts to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) look increasingly like “mend it, don’t end it.”

The problem is not that, as is frequently said, no entitlement can be ended. The most ...Read more

Whatever Replaces Obamacare Will Look a Lot Like Obamacare

From the Right / George Will /

WASHINGTON -- “Mend it, don’t end it” was Bill Clinton’s rhetorical straddle regarding affirmative action. Republican efforts to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) look increasingly like “mend it, don’t end it.”

The problem is not that, as is frequently said, no entitlement can be ended. The most ...Read more

Questions for Judge Gorsuch

From the Right / George Will /

WASHINGTON -- This week, the Senate Judiciary Committee will question Neil Gorsuch about the judiciary’s role. Herewith some pertinent questions:

-- Lincoln’s greatness began with his recoil from the 1854 Kansas-Nebraska Act, which empowered residents of those territories to decide whether to have slavery. The act’s premise was that “...Read more

The NEA is a Government Frill That Should be Shorn

From the Right / George Will /

WASHINGTON -- Although the National Endowment for the Arts’ 2016 cost of $148 million was less than one-hundredth of 1 percent of the federal budget, attempting to abolish the NEA is a fight worth having, never mind the certain futility of the fight.

Let’s pretend, counterfactually, that the NEA no longer funds the sort of rubbish that once...Read more

A Place to Learn and Celebrate America’s Foundational Principles

From the Right / George Will /

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Encouraging developments are as welcome as they are rare in colleges and universities that cultivate diversity in everything but thought. Fortunately, state legislatures, alumni and philanthropists are planting little academic platoons that will make campuses less intellectually monochrome. One such, just launched, is Arizona ...Read more

Eugenics Was a Progressive Cause

From the Right / George Will /

WASHINGTON -- The progressive mob that disrupted Charles Murray’s appearance last week at Middlebury College was protesting a 1994 book read by few if any of the protesters. Some of them denounced “eugenics,” thereby demonstrating an interesting ignorance: Eugenics -- controlled breeding to improve the heritable traits of human beings -- ...Read more

New OMB Chief Tackles Rubik’s Cube of Federal Budget

From the Right / George Will /

WASHINGTON -- The dyspeptic Henry Adams was not nice but not wrong when he described what now is named the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, adjacent to the White House, as an “architectural infant asylum.” The granite pile, which once housed the State, War and Navy departments, was, Harry Truman said, “the greatest monstrosity in ...Read more

‘Big Government’ is Ever Growing, on the Sly

From the Right / George Will /

WASHINGTON -- In 1960, when John Kennedy was elected president, America’s population was 180 million and it had approximately 1.8 million federal bureaucrats (not counting uniformed military personnel and postal workers). Fifty-seven years later, with seven new Cabinet agencies, and myriad new sub-Cabinet agencies (e.g., the Environmental ...Read more

An Adult Voice Amid Pandemic Childishness

From the Right / George Will /

WASHINGTON -- In his 72 years, Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson III of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, who was raised in segregated Richmond, Virginia, acknowledges that he has seen much change, often for the better, including advances in the 1960s. But in his elegant new memoir, “All Falling Faiths: Reflections on the Promise and ...Read more

Congress, Not the President, Should Raise Tariffs

From the Right / George Will /

WASHINGTON -- In theory, if only occasionally in fact, Congress plays a role when a president wants to initiate military hostilities. Republican Sen. Mike Lee of Utah thinks Congress should also have a say when a president wants to initiate a trade war.

Lee is a constitutional, meaning an actual, conservative who is eager for Congress to ...Read more

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