Letters to the Editor

Letter: Where there’s Will

June 14, 2014


To the editor:

George Will’s columns usually convey keen intellect and command of the language, however dubious some of his conclusions. Lately, though, he appears to have gone off the rails on several occasions when addressing women’s issues. Several cheap shots leveled at Sandra Fluke and her testimony on women’s health issues were basically parenthetic to the issue of the day and only a cut above the scurrilous comments of Rush Limbaugh.

The column “Progressive culture hurts colleges” (June 9) seemed to imply that violence against women on college campuses is a creation of attempts to heighten awareness of this serious issue. It featured tasteless details of a questionable case of rape, the “welfare Cadillac” technique, often used to tar all recipients of aid with an outrageous example. 

Then there was the “simple arithmetic.” If 20 percent of college women were assaulted, but only 12 percent of the incidents reported, then 2.4 percent would have reported assaults (by pure coincidence, about the percentage of actual attacks as calculated from statistics at virtuous Ohio State). He seems to have concluded that the numbers above mean 160 percent of college women were assaulted, which is “preposterous,” unless multiple assaults are tallied.

Finally, the conclusions: Surely conservatives and liberal/progressives can agree that governments exist to provide a framework of law and order and to “promote the general Welfare” of We, the People. (Gadzooks! Welfare is in the Constitution!) That goal necessarily requires some regulations, which therefore should be “celebrated.”


Ken Lassman 4 years ago

Just as it is disengenuos or openly manipulative to use "Cadillac outliers" as representative of the mainstream of welfare supports provided, George Will has become a Cadillac outlier of conservative thinking, an irritant who draws ire upon the entire conservative endeavor, as it were. Surely the Journal World can find it within itself to replace this cocklebur under the conservative saddle with a more suitable blanket. George Will it seems, represents more and more only himself in all his curmudgeonly glory. I don't necessarily consider myself a hard core conservative, liberal or any particular political persuasion, but I enjoy a good writer expounding a good case with legitimate points. Some examples on the conservative side of things include folks like Arthur C. Brooks of the American Enterprise Institute, or even better, David Brooks of the New York Times. Folks might actually discuss and debate the more nuanced ideas presented with folks like these gentleman instead of recoil at both the message and increasingly, the messenger,

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