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The puzzling problem of vaping

From the Right / George Will /

SAN FRANCISCO -- A 29-story office building at 123 Mission St. illustrates the policy puzzles that fester because of these facts: For centuries, tobacco has been a widely used legal consumer good that does serious and often lethal harm when used as it is intended to be used. And its harmfulness has been a well-established and widely publicized ...Read more

Apollo 11's achievement still dazzles

From the Right / George Will /

WASHINGTON -- Thirty months after setting the goal of sending a mission 239,000 miles to the moon, and returning safely, President John Kennedy cited a story the Irish author Frank O'Connor told about his boyhood. Facing the challenge of a high wall, O'Connor and his playmates tossed their caps over it. Said Kennedy, "They had no choice but to ...Read more

To defeat Trump, Democrats should nominate Bennet

From the Right / George Will /

WASHINGTON -- With a disgust commensurate with the fact, Michael Bennet, the Colorado Democrat, says that during 40% of his 10 Senate years the government has been run on "continuing resolutions." Congress passes these in order to spare itself the torture of performing its primary function, which is to set national priorities. Bennet is too ...Read more

How can presidential candidates be so silly?

From the Right / George Will /

WASHINGTON -- If California Sen. Kamala Harris is elected president in 2020 and reelected in 2024, by the time she leaves office 114 months from now she might have a coherent answer to the question of whether Americans should be forbidden to have what 217 million of them currently have: private health insurance. Her 22 weeks of contradictory ...Read more

To construe the Constitution, look to the Declaration

From the Right / George Will /

EDITORS -- This column is intended to be published on Thursday, July 4, and is being sent a day early to help you plan your holiday pages.

WASHINGTON -- On this 243rd anniversary of the beginning of the best thing that ever happened -- "The Great Republic" was Winston Churchill's tribute -- many of today's most interesting arguments about ...Read more

Last century's immigration debate makes today's seem enlightened

From the Right / George Will /

"Wide open and unguarded stand our gates,

And through them presses a wild motley throng ...

O Liberty, white Goddess! is it well

To leave the gates unguarded?"

-- Thomas Bailey Aldrich (1892)

WASHINGTON -- If you think we have reached peak stupidity -- that America's per-capita quantity has never been higher -- there is solace, of sorts, in...Read more

Let flawed court precedent fall

From the Right / George Will /

WASHINGTON -- The doctrine that court precedents should have momentum for respect -- the predictability of settled law gives citizens due notice of what is required or proscribed -- is called stare decisis. This Latin translates as: "To stand by things decided." The translation is not: "If a precedent was produced by bad reasoning and has ...Read more

Bernie Sanders is FDR's unimaginative echo

From the Right / George Will /

WASHINGTON -- That the Democrats' two evenings of dueling oratory snippets this week are called "debates" validates Finley Peter Dunne's prediction that "when we Americans are through with the English language, it will look as if it had been run over by a musical comedy." Already a linguistic casualty of the campaign is the noun "socialism." So,...Read more

Oberlin has graduated from self-caricature to disgrace

From the Right / George Will /

"You Americans do not rear children, you incite them; you give them food and shelter and applause."

-- Randall Jarrell, "Pictures from an Institution"

WASHINGTON -- Oberlin College has an admirable liberal past and a contemptible progressive present that will devalue its degrees far into the future. This is condign punishment for the ...Read more

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