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George Will Misses His Mark With An Arrow Aimed At Donald Trump

I’m generally a fan of columnist George Will, but in his December 23rd Washington Post opinion piece and attack on Donald Trump he misses his mark by a wide margin, which is unusual for this skilled writer.

His first point was Trump’s “unpleasantness” which has not been displayed at all in my opinion. I believe Trump’s humor and his willingness to oppose the standard, liberal, enlightened Washington line, and tell the truth about what’s disrupting America, is refreshing and is a big plus in his favor. But while I see Trump as telling the long overdue truth, Mr. Will sees his expressions as being embarrassing. But that’s Mr. Will’s problem as well as his protection, because as long as he has identified Trump as being crass and unacceptable to the silk-slippered upper crust of Washington and New York, he will still be invited to the correct crowd’s cocktail parties, so with this article he is home safe with these fashionable wastrels.

Mr. Will then consumes three paragraphs with remarks about Vladimir Putin and his recent, seemingly favorable remarks about Trump, but I believe Mr. Will has fallen into the trap of the crafty Putin: our Vlad assumes that if he speaks well of an American politician the American public, especially but not exclusively the cushy left, will oppose that politician.  But many American conservatives are favorably disposed to Trump for the opposite reason: Putin could only be speaking favorably of Trump to scare Americans and generate opinion against the Donald, and most of us can see through this veil and are not fooled. I think Putin fears a Trump presidency following the absolute incompetence and anti-American behavior of the Obama administration, just as the Iranian Mullahs feared a Reagan presidency following the foolish Jimmy Carter era.

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But the subject of Will’s article, “If trump wins the nomination, prepare for the end of the conservative party” was never really engaged head-on by him, and was absolutely not proven to be the case in his article. The main thing Mr. Will missed (and I know he knows better) is that there is no “conservative party” in American politics. Conservatives have traditionally been part of the Republican Party. But conservatives have been, at the very least, ignored and taken for granted, if not undermined and mistreated by the Republican Party, for at least the last 20 years. Republican establishment leaders know the right words to use to satisfy conservatives, but they never follow up on those words with conservative policy. Republican establishment leaders care more about maintaining their lofty positions than they care for the welfare of America, or the furthering of real conservative values and traditions.

As Ronald Reagan often said when he explained why he became a Republican after being a member of the Democrat Party for several years: he told us that he didn’t leave the Democrat Party, the Democrat Party left him.  Similarly, Establishment Republicans have left American conservatives, and it’s refreshing to have leaders like Donald Trump and Ted Cruz speaking like real conservatives for a change. Maybe the Republican Party can be salvaged and resurrected to its former, powerful and independent-thinking self, instead of being a yes-man to liberal policy just to keep the money guys happy and dealing out the dough.


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About Dave King

Retired AT&T supervisor and Verisign manager, 72 years old, living in the Kansas City area.


  1. George Will is the epitome of establishment Republicans, they have destroyed the Republican Party with their progressivism. And like a Democrat, he blames others for his shortcomings. Conservatism to him is the same thing as liberalism except it is fancy wrapped and tied with a bow on top.

  2. Ted Cruz is NOT a Constitutional Conservative.

    He IS a Political Opportunist in the likes of the usurper the “0”.

    Cruz is a Canadian born TRI-citizen at birth and is NOT eligible for an Executive Office under A2S1C5 and HE knows it, which makes him an ineligible political opportunist crawling through the legal-loop-hole called “Ambiguity”, the SAME as Obama has done.

    Just as the “Anchor Baby policy citizenship” has been exposed as NOT being supported by law, so too will the correct, legal and enforceable, understanding of a U.S. natural born Citizen become widely acknowledged, i.e.,

    “A person born to Two (2) U.S. Citizen Parents, (married or not), within the limits of the United States, (within any of the admitted States).

    There is NO “Tri /Dual citizen at birth” exemption modifying the Constitutional provision that excludes ALL persons EXCEPT U.S. natural born Citizens as being eligible for the Executive Offices.


  3. The only time, in the last 60 years, that Republicans were strong and powerful was due to the influence of Ronald Reagan. After that was worn away, they fell back into their back-slapping glad-handing modus operandi of going along to get along because they are almost entirely composed of “former prosecutors” who got where they are based on the number of people they sent to prison.