Will Ya Give Us A Break!
by Joe Randazzo
The one thing I can count on each day; the one universal
constant I have is that George Will is alive and well and
spreading his blather on op-ed pages and talk shows everywhere.
One cannot escape this man; he seems to be everywhere. And
he, like Father, knows best. The man is a marvel! He is a
master of all and holds the high moral ground on every issue
(is that not a Conservative thing?). He is a virtual Buddha
when it comes to political, moral, and economic wisdom. In
short, Mr. Will is our worst nightmare....George Bush with
Let me quote from his column on April 28, 2001...
Bush's conservatism is more modest, which means
more truly conservative, than Reagan's, because it is subdued
by a more severe sense of possibilities...Bush's conservatism
is broader than Reagan's because it has a deeper cultural
What is this gobbledygook??? Does anyone know? Does Mr. Will
know? I strongly suspect he is trying to say something here,
I just don't know what. Mr. Will further goes on to state...
Bush's foreign policy is still embryonic, but
already suggests conservative realism about the limited sway
of power over events - even the power of 'the indispensable
nation,' as some conservatives in their triumphalism are too
pleased to say.
Is "embryonic" a nice way of saying Mr. Bush doesn't know
what he is doing in his foreign policy? I think we all know
this. Or, at least we're getting the picture more clearly.
Mr. Will goes on to criticize the media later in his column
He (Bush) has underestimated (should he have
used mis-underestimated?) the problems of governance
posed for a Republican by the media's increasing partisanship
and decreasing intelligence - witness the gullible and hysterical
coverage of environmental matters. However, his remarkable
carapace of confidence serves his executive temperment...
I don't know - I keep looking for "the media's increasing
partisanship." In my view, this partisanship is to the Right.
The only thing I see is Fox News with their extreme slant
and the many TV and radio talk show hosts who seem to lean
to the right of Attila the Hun. Even CNN and MSNBC enter the
la-la land of Faux News on a daily basis.
As to Mr. Bush's "remarkable carapace of confidence," well,
let's be real. Mr. Will is essentially comparing Mr. Bush's
demeanor to that Emperor who had no clothes.
I think conservatives like Mr. Will are very skilled at clouding
and confusing the issues when it comes to media "bias." I
think Mr. Will and his ilk would only be happy if all newscasters
had a Bible in one hand and a gun in the other and bashed
any and all to the left of Rush Limbaugh.
As to the media's "decreasing intelligence," I suspect the
media, like the rest of the world, doesn't understand what
the hell Mr. Will is writing about either. And of course,
Mr. Will, like a good conservative needed to include a jab
at former President Clinton in his latest column.
I should think most Americans would display a little hysteria
about Mr. Bush's domestic and environmental policies. I think
we should all have a healthy fear of this man.
Surely, where there's a Will, there's a way... to get
rid of him.