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Sophisticated Rant

As my readers know, I love a good rant. I’m particularly enamored of that rare rant that takes things to a higher level of refinement. And this one from Pulitzer-Prize-winning columnist George F. Will has the added patina of being authored by a conservative who was a staunch Republican (until Donald Trump was elected). It is titled “Trump must be removed. So must his congressional enablers.

Yes, that’s right. Will demands that not only must Donald Trump be defeated, but also his GOP enablers:

The measures necessary for restoration of national equilibrium are many and will be protracted far beyond his removal. One such measure must be the removal of those in Congress who, unlike the sycophantic mediocrities who cosset him in the White House, will not disappear “magically,” as Eric Trump said the coronavirus would. Voters must dispatch his congressional enablers, especially the senators who still gambol around his ankles with a canine hunger for petting.

Here are a sampling of the epithets Will uses to describe Trump:

  • Crybaby-in-Chief
  • this weak person’s idea of a strong person
  • chest-pounding advertisement of his own gnawing insecurities
  • low-rent Lear
  • malignant buffoon
  • small man who is the great exacerbator
  • vulgarian
  • his Niagara of lies
  • unhinged

Will concludes that regarding Trump:

There is no such thing as rock bottom. So, assume that the worst is yet to come. Which implicates national security: Abroad, anti-Americanism sleeps lightly when it sleeps at all, and it is wide-awake as decent people judge our nation’s health by the character of those to whom power is entrusted. Watching, too, are indecent people in Beijing and Moscow.

I couldn’t agree more. Trump and his collaborators have managed to turn the entire civilized world against America. Not just our enemies, but — much worse — our allies, who must dream of weakening of America’s reputation and dominance in order to save the world from the power hungry madmen that we now elect, who traffic in lies, hatred, and greed.



  1. Sam Foster wrote:

    George Will: The party that me and my fellows designed to be monstrous, horrible, racist, sexist and, in general, shitty to anyone who isn’t an oligarch has a buffoon saying the quiet parts loud. Can you all fix that for me?

    Wednesday, June 3, 2020 at 7:35 pm | Permalink
  2. Ray Gergen wrote:

    I have only one nit to pick with your excellent comments: “sycophants” should have been “collaborators.”

    Peace and good health to you, sir.

    Thursday, June 4, 2020 at 8:14 am | Permalink
  3. Iron Knee wrote:

    Ray, you’re right. I fixed it.

    Sam, I’m no fan of George Will. He may be a buffoon, but this was an enjoyable rant.

    Thursday, June 4, 2020 at 9:50 am | Permalink