Monday, June 25, 2018

George Will: Now the Dumbest and Most Overrated Political Commentator

George Will suffers from a special brand of Trump Derangement Syndrome.

I think much of it comes from the fact that he went from uncertain agnostic to confirmed atheist.

"The fool has said in his heart 'There is no god'", after all.

When George Will remained an unsure agnostic, a sense of self-awareness remained in his writings. He didn't act like a priggish know-it-all.

He was vocally opposed to President Trump from the moment the moment he announced his campaign for President. It was in late June 2015, and many wondered if he was serious, let alone had a serious chance of winning the nomination.

George Will
with Trump Derangement Syndrome

George Will's hostility has reached a point in which the columnist has left the Republican Party, and is now actively advocating for voters to put Democrats in charge of Congress.

Amid the carnage of Republican misrule in Washington, there is this glimmer of good news: The family-shredding policy along the southern border, which was merely the most telegenic recent example of misrule, clarified something.

What misrule is George Will talking about, exactly?

The passage of comprehensive tax reform, which has jump-started the economy much like during the Reagan Administration?

How about the comprehensive, systemic rollback of the regulatory state? President Trump is relying on legislation passed by Congress to accomplish this limited government agenda. Did Will not hear that the Heritage Foundation praised the Trump administration for accomplishing 2/3 of the agenda which Heritage has laid out as essential?

Occurring less than 140 days before elections that can reshape Congress, the policy has given independents and temperate Republicans -- these are probably expanding and contracting cohorts, respectively -- fresh if redundant evidence for the principle by which they should vote.

The principle is: The congressional Republican caucuses must be substantially reduced. So substantially that their remnants, reduced to minorities, will be stripped of the Constitution's Article I powers that they have been too invertebrate to use against the current wielder of Article II powers.

Has Will forgot about Jeff Flake or John McCain? Ben Saase and Bob Corker (who is retiring, thank God!)? These Republicans along with some of the Democrats have been vocal, stalwart critics of the President and have sought diverse means for frustrating his agenda.

They do not vote against the President because they care about the country, however. They are rejecting the President's agenda because they don't like him. They don't like what he represents, and they don't care for the fact that Trump really intends to put American citizens first, not corporate interests or ideological pursuits.

They will then have leisure time to wonder why they worked so hard to achieve membership in a legislature whose unexercised muscles have atrophied because of people like them.

Congress has been ceding much of its powers for the last twenty years, under Republican and Democratic Presidents. Obama's executive orders were corrupt and lawless. He had no right to allow illegal aliens to remain in the United States under protective orders and VISAs. They took jobsm housing, and resources from American citizens, and the political class in both parties didn't seem to care.

True, Congress should retain the power for raising and lowering tariffs in order to reassert their power. It's disingenuous, however, for Will to blame the current Republican Congress only. The restoration of Article One powers is going to take longer than one Congress. Of course, we could comment on their ineffective, inexcusable incapacity to pass a final immigration package which stops the mass migration ruining our country while also securing our borders against foreign invasion and terrorism. Of course, globalists like George Will are not interested in secure borders and American sovereignty. They don't understand the struggles of working Americans nor do they care about the everyday challenges of citizens outside of the DC Beltway.

Consider the melancholy example of House Speaker Paul Ryan, who wagered his dignity on the patently false proposition that it is possible to have sustained transactions with today's president, this Vesuvius of mendacities, without being degraded.

Who is the one lying now? Paul Ryan has cast away his dignity when he announced that he was not going to run for re-election in April. He should have stepped down from office immediately and called a special election to replace him. He cannot lead the House because he is not leading in concert with President Trump and the American People's goals. He is still doing the bidding of Big Business, Big Money donors, and these moves are not acceptable.

In Robert Bolt's play "A Man for All Seasons," Thomas More, having angered Henry VIII, is on trial for his life. When Richard Rich, who More had once mentored, commits perjury against More in exchange for the office of attorney general for Wales.

Now Will thinks that Trump is like the blood-thirsty Henry VIII, the tyrant who had his wives disposed of because he could not sire a male heir? This is a misuse, a total abuse of history.

More says: "Why, Richard, it profits a man nothing to give his soul for the whole world ... But for Wales!" Ryan traded his political soul for ... a tax cut. He who formerly spoke truths about the accelerating crisis of the entitlement system lost everything in the service of a president pledged to preserve the unsustainable status quo.

What a lie. The tax reform package has turned into one set of victories after another. The only reason Will doesn't like what Ryan and McConnell accomplished (the same McConnell, by the way, whom Will had praised as "winning the long game")

Ryan and many other Republicans have become the president's poodles, not because James Madison's system has failed but because today's abject careerists have failed to be worthy of it. As Madison explained it in Federalist 51: "Ambition must be made to counteract ambition.

Madison's system has not failed. The gridlock we have witnessed on a number of issues over the last 500 days comes from the true conflict and confrontation of diverse factions and the diffusion of power. The Framers intended for the government to function slowly. Alexander Hamilton recognized the virtue of the current constitutional system because it prevented bad laws, not just passed good laws.

The interest of the man must be connected with the constitutional rights of the place." Congressional Republicans (congressional Democrats are equally supine toward Democratic presidents) have no higher ambition than to placate this president. By leaving dormant the powers inherent in their institution, they vitiate the Constitution's vital principle, the separation of powers.

The members of Congress work for We the People, but of course they must respect the rule of law an uphold their oaths of office. They are not supposed to just give away the store to any popular demands. Still, American voters expected their representations not just to ease business and economic growth, but also to secure our borders, protect American sovereignty, and end the nightmare of Islamic terrorism, foreign and domestic, toward the United States.

Recently Sen. Bob Corker, the Tennessee Republican who is retiring, became an exception that illuminates the depressing rule. He proposed a measure by which Congress could retrieve a small portion of the policymaking power that it has, over many decades and under both parties, improvidently delegated to presidents. Congress has done this out of sloth and timidity -- to duck hard work and risky choices.

He is not the only US Senators who has bucked the President. There is Susan Collins and Ben Saase, along with John McCain. This kind of friction within one party is normal and accepted. Why does Will willfully not see any of this?

Corker's measure would have required Congress to vote to approve any trade restrictions imposed in the name of "national security." All Senate Republicans worthy of the conservative label that all Senate Republicans flaunt would privately admit that this is conducive to sound governance and true to the Constitution's structure. But the Senate would not vote on it -- would not allow it to become just the second amendment voted on this year.

Once again, Will doesn't target Mitch McConnell, the US Senate Majority Leader. Also, I would like to know what exactly President Trump has lied about? What makes him the Monarch of Mendacities, exactly?

This is because the amendment would have peeved the easily peeved president. The Republican-controlled Congress, which waited for Trump to undo by unilateral decree the border folly they could have prevented by actually legislating, is an advertisement for the unimportance of Republican control.

So what if legislation does or does not upset the President. Of course, for legislation to pass, the President does have to sign it into law. That's part of Madison's brilliant system, there, Georgie!

The Trump whisperer regarding immigration is Stephen Miller, 32, whose ascent to eminence began when he became the Savonarola of Santa Monica High School. Corey Lewandowski, a Trump campaign official who fell from the king's grace but is crawling back (he works for Mike Pence's political action committee), recently responded on Fox News to the story of a 10-year-old girl with Down syndrome taken from her parents at the border. Lewandowski replied: "Wah, wah." Meaningless noise is this administration's appropriate libretto because, just as a magnet attracts iron filings, Trump attracts, and is attracted to, louts.

Why does Will calls Stephen Miller a "Savonarola" and then a lout in the same paragraph? Savonarola, based on a quick Google search, was a Dominican friar who opposed the secular decadence overtaking the Italian peninsula and fought to restore respect for Christian values and leadership. Oh, I forgot: George Will is a loutish atheist.

In today's GOP, which is the president's plaything, he is the mainstream. So, to vote against his party's cowering congressional caucuses is to affirm the nation's honor while quarantining him. A Democratic-controlled Congress would be a basket of deplorables, but there would be enough Republicans to gum up the Senate's machinery, keeping the institution as peripheral as it has been under their control, and asphyxiating mischief from a Democratic House.

And to those who say, "But the judges, the judges!" the answer is: Article III institutions are not more important than those of Articles I and II combined.

Final Reflection

Wow. Just wow.

It is sadly official: George Will has lost his mind, gone off the rails. It's too bad Charles Krauthammer has passed away. The Chicago would-be philosopher needs a check-up from the neck-up.

Now he's mixing his metaphors, and nixing the conservative victories racked up by this President. What happened to this Pulitzer-prize winning columnist?

Perhaps Will still smarts from the prescient smackdown that Trump had given him during the 2012 Presidential campaign:

Donald Trump was right on when he had declared long ago that Will wasn't very smart to begin with, not just for his newly-determined atheist, but his disdain for President Trump because ... why, exactly?

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