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Yale offers a tutorial in social descent

From the Right / George Will /

WASHINGTON -- Summer brings no respite for academics committed to campus purifications, particularly at the institution that is the leader in the silliness sweepstakes, Yale. Its Committee on Art in Public Spaces has discovered that a stone carving that has adorned an entrance to Sterling Memorial Library since it opened 86 years ago has become ...Read more

Trump, the novice protectionist

From the Right / George Will /

WASHINGTON -- Sooner or later, and the later the better, the president's wandering attention will flit, however briefly, to the subject of trade. So, let us try to think about the problem as he seems to: Wily cosmopolitans beyond our borders are insinuating across our borders goods that Americans, perhaps misled by British economist David ...Read more

Laws that subvert the rule of law

From the Right / George Will /

WASHINGTON -- When John Adams wrote into Massachusetts' Constitution a commitment to a "government of laws and not of men," he probably assumed that the rule of law meant the rule of laws, no matter how many laws there might be. He could not have imagined the modern proliferation and complexity of laws, or how subversive this is of the rule of ...Read more

The GOP's Southern Gothic page-turner

From the Right / George Will /

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Southern Gothic is a literary genre and, occasionally, a political style that, like the genre, blends strangeness and irony. Consider the current primary campaign to pick the Republican nominee for the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Jeff Sessions. It illuminates, however, not a regional peculiarity but a national perversity, ...Read more

Our diminished trust in government can be traced to the bungles in Vietnam

From the Right / George Will /

One day [Marine Theodore Wallace] saw an officer casually aim his rifle and try to shoot a Vietnamese boy in the distance.

"Sir, what are you doing?" he'd asked.

"He's probably supplying the [North Vietnamese Army]," the officer said. "What's he doing out here anyway?"

"It's his country!" said Wallace.

-- Mark Bowden, "Hue 1968: A ...Read more

When a diminishing president is a good thing

From the Right / George Will /

WASHINGTON -- Looking, as prudent people are disinclined to do, on the bright side, there are a few vagrant reasons for cheerfulness, beginning with this: Summer love is sprouting like dandelions. To the list of history's sublime romances -- Abelard and Heloise, Romeo and Juliet, Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy -- add the torrid affair between ...Read more

The slovenly institution that is Congress

From the Right / George Will /

WASHINGTON -- In January 1988, in Ronald Reagan's final State of the Union address, he noisily dropped on a table next to the podium in the House chamber three recent continuing resolutions, each more than a thousand pages long. Each was evidence of Congress' disregard of the 1974 Budget Act. Reagan fumed:

" ... budget deadlines delayed or ...Read more

The wild blue yonder ain't what it used to be

From the Right / George Will /

MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- The aircraft arrayed around the spacious lawn of Maxwell Air Force Base, home of the Air University, mostly represent long-retired types. The largest, however, is a glistening B-52 bomber, which represents a still-employed component of the Air Force's aging fleet: The youngest B-52 entered service in 1962. Sons have ...Read more

 

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