The mask of political moderation is now officially off George Will. His shameless column’s recitation this week of extreme far right Republican fringe drivel exposed his truly devious agenda. Joining the conspiracy theory fanatics, Will, without any evidence, claimed that the 1619 Project “may already be embedded in school curricula near you,” is a bald-faced effort to shake up the rabble deeper into their abject fear of “progressives” in the public education system. “Near you” is the personalization of the fear mongering.
Will says that the 1619 Project’s claim of systemic racism in America is a “racial obsession”. Somehow, his eagle eye for protecting America’s institutions glazes over and he misses the Proud Boys web sites, the Charlottesville neo-nazi marches openly shouting anti-semitic slogans and the authoritarian urgings of former President Trump. Somehow this paragon of conservative patriotic propriety has totally whiffed (in his ersatz baseball parlance) on these overt efforts to overthrow our government.
He whiffed on failing to condemn not only Trump, but all of Trump’s cowering, beholden Republican congressmen and senators who remain too fearful to uphold their oaths to uphold the US Constitution as they voted not to vote to accept the electoral results of the election. Crickets from Mr. Will, too cowardly to criticize his party’s ugly racist, white supremacist agenda. This cowardice allows the intellectual Will blissfully to ignore the systemic racism that has plagued this country since it’s totally white male-controlled beginnings proceeded to clear native americans of their land and murder any whose organized resistance was offered.
It is apparent that Will is part and parcel of the radical “1776” project, founded by Trump through an executive order during his presidency. This self-proclaimed “patriot” group, whose website is called “Flag and Cross” with renditions of the US flag and Jesus Christ’s Cross, sells T-shirts, flags, pins, mugs and glassware, much of which includes the “Let’s Go Brandon” theme, which refers specifically to an obscene chant, “F*** Joe Biden”.
Of course, our Founding Fathers made no room at the table for native americans, non-whites or women, including white women, either. Somehow, Mr. Will seems completely unwilling to acknowledge systemic racism exists today and that the Republican Party’s survival relies upon preventing massive numbers of non-whites from voting – making minimal pretense for hiding that monstrous truth. He needs to write a column announcing for self-identified constitutional “originalists” like Amy Coney Barrett to snap out of her ultraconservative coma. Under the original US Constitution, not only would she not have a place on SCOTUS (or any other court), she wouldn’t even have been able to vote.
As an alleged constitutionalist and historian, Will ought to be howling in the streets, not only over the Republican effort to overthrow the 2020 election, but the Republican-controlled governors’ and state legislatures’ efforts to overturn the results of 2020 and upcoming elections via arbitrary election fraud claims. He should be howling every day about his Republican cronies’ deep involvement in the brownshirt-style plot to steal the election. He should be adamantly demanding to see any evidence that conservative Republican officials have to claim the election was stolen. If they can’t produce it, Will should be demanding they resign in deference to our sacred American rule of law.
And speaking of resignations, Will’s second article this week called for SCOTUS to reign in police lawlessness citing two cases where federal police officers obviously abused their authority yet remain protected from prosecution under federal law. Yet Will completely whiffed again by utterly ignoring the often heinous abuse of power by state and local police, especially in abusing minorities. In fact, Will missed the clear responsibility of state and local police authorities to dismiss officers and administrators who are members of white supremacist radical organizations and/or openly espouse such ideology to their peers. Racism and white supremacist ideas are not illegal in our country, but when imposed on minorities by people in authority, they cannot be allowed to enforce the law on behalf of all citizens.
We won’t see that kind of candid commentary from men like George Will. Will is the nearly complete personification of what his former fellow Republican Spiro T. Agnew once called an “effete intellectual snob”.