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Searching for Words That Unite Us

Two days before last year’s presidential election, Frank Luntz walked away from a CBS 60 Minutes focus group leaving people uncontrollably screaming at one another. He couldn’t stop it. Nobody could. America’s political frustration has boiled f...

 
 By George Will    Commentary    June 22, 2017 

Nurturing our Capacity for Regeneration

Sparkling in the sunlight that inspired 19th-century romantic painters of the Hudson River School, Sing Sing prison’s razor wire, through which inmates can see the flowing river, is almost pretty. Almost. Rain or shine, however, a fog of regret per...

 

The Supreme Court gives the country some necessary guidance on free speech

The United State is engaged just now in a freewheeling debate about - freewheeling debate. Or, to put it more precisely, about how freewheeling debate should normally be. The struggle is being waged across various battlegrounds - college campuses,...

 

The Comey crisis is unprecedented. Or is it?

Journalists are warned to never use the word “unprecedented” in their articles, and for good reason: There is very little that is new under the sun. That said, plenty of commentators have used that adjective to describe the Great James Comey...

 

Engineering Without a License

Beginning this week, Washington hopes that infrastructure, which is a product of civil engineering, will be much discussed. But if you find yourself in Oregon, keep your opinions to yourself, lest you get fined $500 for practicing engineering without...

 

Why are Republicans getting so little done? Because their agenda is deeply unpopular.

Every new president tries to claim a mandate for his agenda, that because they won the election that means the public supports everything they want to do. But ask yourself this: Is there anything - anything - on the agenda of the Trump...

 

Reaction to Paris Accord Pullout is Overblown

Reactions to President Donald Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris accord on climate change are -- forgive me -- overheated. The ACLU is calling it an “assault on communities of color,” for some reason, and environmental activist Tom Steyer says...

 
 By George Will    Commentary    June 8, 2017

Public Broadcasting: Superfluous Yet Immortal

As changing technologies and preferences make government-funded broadcasting increasingly preposterous, such broadcasting actually becomes useful by illustrating two dismal facts. One is the immortality of entitlements that especially benefit those...

 

Trump Seems Powerless to Stop Leaks

A few weeks after Inauguration Day, White House policy adviser Stephen Miller declared on national television that “the powers of the president to protect our country are very substantial and will not be questioned.” Three months later, it is...

 
 By George Will    Commentary    June 1, 2017

How to Restore American Self-Reliance

When in the Senate chamber, Ben Sasse, a Nebraska Republican, sits by choice at the desk used by the late Daniel Patrick Moynihan. New York’s scholar-senator would have recognized that Sasse has published a book of political philosophy in the form...

 

American Wheat Great Again as Exports to Overtake Russia

The U.S. and Russia are engaged in a rivalry for dominance once again, this time in the wheat market. After Russia recently pulled ahead, the U.S. has fought back, with the help of a weaker dollar. One irony of the situation is that the U.S. is takin...

 

Here Comes the GOP Blood Bath

Republicans like to point out how disastrous President Barack Obama’s tenure was for the Democratic Party. During his presidency, Democrats reached new lows in state legislative, gubernatorial and congressional seats. More than 1,000 state and...

 
 By George Will    Commentary    May 25, 2017

'Baumol's disease' explains flagging productivity

Although William J. Baumol, who recently died at 95, was not widely known beyond the ranks of economists, all Americans are living with, and policymakers are struggling with, “Baumol’s disease.” It is one reason brisk economic growth is...

 
 By Hugh Hewitt    Commentary    May 25, 2017

Republicans should be relieved Mueller will be special prosecutor

As the Trump presidency enters its fourth month, conservatives are eager for more legislative successes, more nominations and confirmations of judges, the rapid confirmation of a new FBI director and other achievements. Given the charges of...

 

Trump's Critics Need More Than Vague Insinuations to Stop Him

If President Donald Trump’s critics in the Democratic Party and the news media want to bring him down -- which manifestly they do, at all costs -- they had better come up with something better than vague insinuations and clumsy metaphor-heavy...

 
 By George Will    Commentary    May 18, 2017

Culture Thrives When It's 'All Shook Up'

By George Will In July 1954, a 19-year-old Memphis truck driver recorded at Sun Studio the song “That’s All Right.” When a local disc jockey promised to play it, the truck driver tuned his parents’ radio to the station and went to a movie....

 
 By Joni Balter    Commentary    May 18, 2017

Amazon has Made Seattle Wealthier, and Angrier

Strolling through the bustling construction zone of Amazon’s urban campus in Seattle, you instantly recognize the charm offensive the company has aimed at its hometown. “Banistas” at two outdoor stands offer bananas -- a visual cue to...

 

My son has a preexisting condition; he's one of the reasons I voted for the AHCA

Hearing late-night host Jimmy Kimmel’s emotional monologue this week about his son’s condition and his family’s experience in the moments after his birth, I had a flashback to the day my son was born and we learned he had Down syndrome. My...

 
 By George Will    Commentary    May 11, 2017

A President Who Does Not Know What It Is to Know

It is urgent for Americans to think and speak clearly about Donald Trump’s inability to do either. This seems to be not a mere disinclination but a disability. It is not merely the result of intellectual sloth but of an untrained mind bereft of...

 
 By Charles Kock    Commentary    May 4, 2017

Trump's Policies Must Not Benefit Only Big Businesses Like Mine

Like Alexis de Tocqueville nearly 200 years ago, I believe American society thrives when people act out of an enlightened regard for themselves that constantly prompts them to assist each other. I remain optimistic that our nation can unify around...

 

Alas, the Mortgage Interest Deduction Won't Go Away

Attempting comprehensive tax reform is like trying to tug many bones from the clamped jaws of many mastiffs. Every provision of the code -- now approaching 4 million words -- was put there to placate a clamorous faction, or to create a grateful...

 

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