George Will's criticism of liberalism is exactly as trustworthy and
valuable as is a bank robber's criticism of police departments.
samhill,Your fawning "George, you're so awesome" me-too
attitude sounds far more feeble and befuddled to me. It's easy to stand
behind someone doing all the heavy lifting. George Will is articulate, but if
his point is hypocritical and founded in selective and poor logic, it means
nothing. Funny thing is, you conservatives argue the same thing about Obama,
don't you? Magnificent speaker, but the message doesn't make sense to
you. George Will used to be both articulate and reasonable. Now he
is just an articulate partisan hack.
Great message George! And, as always, incisively written with and articulate
style that leaves so many of the targets spinning in befuddled circles as they
fumble their feeble retorts (the first couple responses are some good
examples.)It reminds me of the sputterings by the intellectually
mismatched (to an astonishing degree) Sam Donaldson when he would attempt to
respond to some point made brilliantly by Mr. Will when the two would share the
panel on ABC's "This Week" Sunday morning show. Poor Sam would be
so completely out classed he was forever trying to catch up. Never quite made
freedomingood, he said, "trickle-down government." As in, build bigger
government, expand programs, give more people more money and and services so
they become ever more dependent on....gov't. Feels to me like liberals
these days are less likely to go to church because government is their religion.
Honestly, I call myself a Republican, but I know that many
criticisms of the GOP are valid (including above mentions of tax policies and a
certain Hollywood star's speech). But the policies of the Democrats are
worse. They have heart, most of them, but they do not see reality. They do not
see how a hand-out culture is eroding our country. They do not see how lack of
moral integrity is sapping our strength; hedonism is far easier, and it's
all about personal choice and nothing about accountability or consequences.
They say they want to help, and I think most sincerely do, but they don't
see what the policies are actually creating.The salvation of this
country is in re-learing work, personal accountability, and moral integrity.
While the GOP fails on many points, liberals fail on most of these points.
Grandma and Grandpa are not dumb. Medicare "as we know it" is on the
road to insolvency. Like all liberal projects, it is running out of other
people's money. If we don't reform it, it will come crashing down.
Replacing it with a more expensive entitlement is not the answer.The
decision we face now is, whether the failure of Medicare should be graceful, or
I like that phrase, "liberalism, as we know it". The term liberal has
been co-opted by a bunch of demagogues who give lip-service to rights, dignity
and the poor, all of which are solid second tier interests after paying campaign
contributors. i like George Will because he calls people to account for
professing values which their actions do not support.
"Say this for Democrats: They recognize a symbol of their sensibility when
they see one."Oh, indeed Mr. Will. Spoken without irony by a man
supporting the conservative party who has nominated a flip-flopper
extraordinaire to the presidential ticket, with a running mate who disdains the
federal government but has spent his entire career in the public sector. Neither
of whom could set down the self-congratulatory platitudes long enough in their
RNC speeches to provide us with any specifics on how they expect to fix the
economy. The candidate who wanted GM to go bankrupt but recently took credit for
GMs turnaround. The party who cheered a rambling and incoherent Hollywood movie
star for any weak insult lobbed at the president. The Party who intentionally
misrepresented a line in Obama's speech and re-engineered it into the We
Built It slogan of the 2012 RNC. You believe you spit upon us from a
great height, Mr. Will, but your ivory tower is built upon the shaky foundation
of hypocrisy and political muck that underlies the Republican Party as well. And
you lack the integrity to turn around and recognize that.
Obama's trickle down economics?????Wow. You mean
the tax cuts for the wealthy that republicans insisted on? Where do
you even decide to keep publishing these partisan stories DN? Not even trying to
seek truth are you? No, in fact I'm not suggesting you post
just as many left wing hacks as right wing hacks. I'm suggesting that you
post articles that primarily contain factual information, reasoned thoughts and
historically true context.