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The ‘war on women’ incantation is a mindless substitute for thought

By George F. Will
DENVER One of the wonders of this political moment is feminist contentment about the infantilization of women in the name of progressive politics. Government, encouraging …

Tackled by the language police

By George F. Will
WASHINGTON Wretched excess by government can be beneficial if it startles people into wholesome disgust and prompts judicial rebukes that enlarge freedom. So let’s hope the Federal Communications Commission embraces the formal petition inciting it to deny licenses to broadcasters …

Who should be allowed to whiten teeth?

By George F. Will
WASHINGTON Come Tuesday, the national pastime will be the subject of oral arguments in a portentous Supreme Court case. This pastime is not baseball but …

Is Christie running?

By George F. Will
NEWARK, N.J. Gov. Chris Christie could be forgiven if he had chips on both shoulders as big as those shoulders. This year, the first of his second term, has been overshadowed by often partisan investigations of the involvement of several …

A Bell-ringer of a Senate election in New Jersey

By George F. Will
PRINCETON, N.J. Every 36 years, it seems Jeff Bell disturbs New Jersey’s political order. In 1978, as an apostle of supply-side economics and a harbinger …

New case for term limits

By George F. Will
“The legislative department is everywhere ... drawing all power into its impetuous vortex.” — James Madison Federalist 48 WASHINGTON Unfortunately, Congress’ vortex now spins the other way, throwing off powers that the executive scoops up. Hence this autumn’s spectacle: House …

A battle royal in Iowa for a U.S. Senate seat

By George F. Will
URBANDALE, Iowa The Machine Shed restaurant, where the waitresses wear bib overalls and suggest a cinnamon roll the size of a loaf of bread as …

High stakes in Kansas

By George F. Will
SHAWNEE, Kan. Tacked to the wall of Greg Orman’s campaign office is a print of a John Steuart Curry painting, “Tragic Prelude,” that hangs in the capitol in Topeka. It depicts John Brown of Osawatomie, 39 miles south of here, …

Cashing in on voting

By George F. Will
WASHINGTON The pursuit of perfection is usually foredoomed but the Los Angeles City Ethics Commission, which has a latitudinarian understanding of ethical behavior, has a …

Approval of Congress required

By George F. Will
WASHINGTON The United States last declared war on June 5, 1942, on Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria. Today’s issue is not whether to declare war but whether the president should even seek congressional authorization for the protracted use of force against …

Extremism in defense of re-election

By George F. Will
WASHINGTON Since Barry Goldwater, accepting the Republicans’ 1964 presidential nomination, said “extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice,” Democrats have been decrying Republican “extremism.” Actually, real extremism — measures or movements that menace the Constitution’s architecture of ordered …

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