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Octafish Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-17-03 01:53 PM
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34. George Will Gives Obtuse a Bad Name
The guy is almost as impossible to read as his mentors, the writing team of Robert Novak and the late Rowland Evans and their guru William F. Buckley. True masters of obfuscation, those guys wrote a lot without saying much about even very little.

In Wills current example, he makes out how stupid Tony Blair is for actually believing ignorant third-worlders would have a desire for Democracy, Western-style. Will writes these ignorant masses havent a clue in Hades about American and (ancient) Greek values. In Wills world, theyre lucky if we send them reruns of Dallas.

Wills main point of writing this particularly odious piece of trash is to protect his paymasters hairy and ample pimpled backsides. Its buried in graph five:

Neoconservatives seem more susceptible than plain conservatives are to such dodgy rhetoric and false assertions.

The guy works 24/7 to protect the worlds monied class. Showing hell do anything himself for a buck, the lying turd re-iterates his main point at the close:

The premise -- that terrorism thrives where democracy does not -- may seem to generate a duty to universalize democracy. But it is axiomatic that one cannot have a duty to do something that cannot be done.

Truly a master of providing a rationale for what is indefensible. All human beings deserve a decent life. How can anyone say otherwise? Oops! I almost forgot. The richest know when anyone talks about social justice, someone is going to have to pay for it, whether militarily or through taxes to support said military.

What is left unsaid is that this country once had a better approach. John F. Kennedy initiated the idea of the Peace Corps. Wouldn't it be more cost-effective, and moral, to win the hearts and minds, and build a better world, through initiatives to reduce hunger, poverty, want, ignorance, and enmity? Where's the profit for the weapons manufacturers, Will might ask.

Well, while Will is a turd, his efforts pale at the hypocrisy of William F. Buckley. That greasy pile of doggie-do seems to believe he is a good Roman Catholic.

Still, Buckley at least was open about his disdain for the working classes. I remember watching the guy on the Johnny Carson Show, bragging about how he sailed solo across the Atlantic. Buckley glowed as he recounted a mighty gale and how it was so liberating for a man to conquer the sea sort of man versus nature theme, as Steinbeck or Hemingway might write.

Carson then asked him if thats so for a wealthy conservative, why doesnt the American government create more opportunities for the nations poor to enjoy such liberating activities as yachting? Buckley said the society cant afford it. The poor, however, do have other recourses. They can go for a walk in the park and enjoy the trees and so forth. Truly enlightened, conservative approach: Protect my money. I dont want (or have an obligation) to pay for the happiness of others.

Is it legal? Yes. Is that moral? No.
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  -What is George Will Saying here... ???? salin  Aug-17-03 12:00 PM   #0 
  - I stopped reading him a while back  Jacobin   Aug-17-03 12:03 PM   #1 
  - I almost never read him - but did today  salin   Aug-17-03 12:09 PM   #2 
  - Same here...  IthinkThereforeIAM   Aug-17-03 12:22 PM   #7 
  - Exactly, that's an excellent way of putting it!  liberalhistorian   Aug-17-03 12:28 PM   #11 
  - I thought you must have posted his paragraphs out of order  roughsatori   Aug-17-03 12:11 PM   #3 
  - Ya know, I am glad you wrote this  salin   Aug-17-03 12:21 PM   #6 
  - I gave up reading this parasite's columns years ago.  lumpy   Aug-17-03 12:15 PM   #4 
  - He is saying that he doesn't understand  Feanorcurufinwe   Aug-17-03 12:20 PM   #5 
  - I thought he was more going to  salin   Aug-17-03 12:23 PM   #8 
  - I doubt if many people read George Will's columns anymore  GOPFighter   Aug-17-03 12:24 PM   #9 
  - In my local paper (the infamous Las Cruces Sun-News)  Gloria   Aug-17-03 12:24 PM   #10 
  - Interesting that your paper  salin   Aug-17-03 12:33 PM   #13 
  - My take?  aquart   Aug-17-03 12:32 PM   #12 
  - I think you have it  salin   Aug-17-03 12:36 PM   #14 
  - For a good example of Will's political schizophrenia and delusional  Jacobin   Aug-17-03 12:39 PM   #15 
  - Why is he still so widely carried?  salin   Aug-17-03 12:44 PM   #18 
  - He's good for creating an "out" for the republicans  Jacobin   Aug-17-03 01:04 PM   #23 
     - but will the be heard?  salin   Aug-17-03 01:13 PM   #25 
        - Good point.  Jacobin   Aug-17-03 01:25 PM   #28 
           - Read NSMA's response below  salin   Aug-17-03 01:29 PM   #30 
              - Unfortunately, he's probably right  Jacobin   Aug-17-03 01:41 PM   #32 
                 - I disagree.  nothingshocksmeanymore   Aug-17-03 01:58 PM   #35 
  - Fascinating....  Old and In the Way   Aug-17-03 12:58 PM   #22 
  - Repubs: "Some of us are smart! Look at George Will!"  maggrwaggr   Aug-17-03 12:41 PM   #16 
  - Mariah Carey has a voice?  liberalhistorian   Aug-17-03 12:47 PM   #20 
  - What George is saying is that  Droopy   Aug-17-03 12:42 PM   #17 
  - Don't think so either - but I think it is instructive  salin   Aug-17-03 12:47 PM   #19 
  - Yeah, but he said the exact opposite on March 13  Jacobin   Aug-17-03 12:58 PM   #21 
     - George Will, being a bombastic windbag, a chickenhawk,  bodhisattava   Aug-17-03 08:10 PM   #38 
  - Laugh! All of you are missing Will's point ....  jfxgillis   Aug-17-03 01:09 PM   #24 
  - that would make sense... except this particular White House  salin   Aug-17-03 01:16 PM   #26 
  - LA TIMES TITLE: Puncturing the Neocon Myth of Pax Americana  nothingshocksmeanymore   Aug-17-03 01:19 PM   #27 
  - What a title!  salin   Aug-17-03 01:26 PM   #29 
     - Most of his punches are aimed at Blair  nothingshocksmeanymore   Aug-17-03 01:39 PM   #31 
        - my local link  salin   Aug-17-03 01:44 PM   #33 
  - George Will Gives Obtuse a Bad Name  Octafish   Aug-17-03 01:53 PM   #34 
  - I think it's paleocon talk ...  gulliver   Aug-17-03 02:51 PM   #36 
     - Interesting (and effective) last paragraph  salin   Aug-17-03 04:57 PM   #37 
        - Even the pompous ass Will has come to recognize that the  bodhisattava   Aug-17-03 08:56 PM   #39 
 

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