George Will vs. The 1619 Project: The U.S. Founding Is ‘the Best Thing That Ever Happened
“History is made by intense, compact minorities,” says Washington Post columnist George Will, who believes that Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D–N.Y.) “and her squad or cohort have the energy in the Democratic Party. A lot of people say, ‘Gee whiz, I did not know Joe Biden was this far left. He’s not left, not a progressive, he’s a Democrat. And he goes where his party is being pulled.” Will says that starting in the mid-1960s, followers of Sen. Barry Goldwater (R–Ariz.) had the same effect on the Republican Party, eventually leading the recasting of the GOP as the party of small government and the election of President Ronald Reagan in 1980.
In 1973, Will was a young academic coming off a stint as a Senate staffer when he began writing columns for National Review and The Washington Post. Since then he has churned out “6,000 or so” pieces (his count) on a weekly schedule, calling to mind the longevity and endurance of Cal Ripken Jr., who played more consecutive baseball games than anyone in history and whose work ethic was lionized by Will in his 1990 bestseller, Men at Work: The Craft of Baseball.
Will’s newest book is American Happiness and Discontents, a collection of columns from 2008–2020 that covers the Great Recession and the Obama years to what he calls the cr
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