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My questions for George Will

George Will

By Guy Page

One of the perks of the news biz is getting to ask interesting people any questions you want. 

This afternoon I am scheduled to turn on a recording device and ask Pulitzer Prize winning columnist George Will anything I want, until he or his handlers look at a watch and give me the ‘your time’s up’ look. Will is the honored guest and speaker at the Ethan Allen Institute 30th Annual Gala tonight in South Burlington. 

I and a gaggle of other newsies will fire away with our questions. Having spent more than a half-century writing and speaking on current affairs, the longtime Washington Post and syndicated columnist has heard and answered every question ever asked a pundit by his lesser-known brethren. 

But I’m going to tip him off, anyway. No doubt the man the Wall Street Journal once called “perhaps the most powerful journalist in America” will do his homework on the trip north from Washington, D.C. by reading today’s edition of the Vermont Daily Chronicle (link helpfully and hopefully provided). 

No doubt. 

To his credit, Will has already signaled that he’s not visiting Vermont to just talk about D.C. He’s loaded for bear with Vermont historical references – see his event-promoting video quoting the 1936 election quip, ‘as Vermont goes, so goes the nation.” That video is classic Will – using history to inform, amuse and encourage his conservative audience. 

George Will ‘As Vermont goes, so goes the nation’ video

I’ll start him off with a softball. “What’s your most memorable trip to Vermont?” If true to form, he will answer with an anecdote involving baseball, a colorful political figure and wrap it up with a reference to a current political event. “A Vermont Expos baseball Vermont baseball fans were saddened when the debt-ridden Montreal Expos had no choice but to move to the welcome confines of RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. – perhaps a harbinger of a desperate shift by Democratic voters to the stadium namesake’s son, 2024 presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr..”

Then I’ll follow up with the same question I asked Dennis Prager when he came to South Burlington last fall: “What do you think of Bernie Sanders?”

Then I will pivot to three questions that a Washington insider like Will might answer:

“Who REALLY makes the big decisions in the Biden White House?”

“Is there any way to reverse the trend of the growth of the federal bureaucracy and its unelected decision-making?

“What’s the one thing that non-Beltway insiders don’t understand about how Washington works?”

If there’s time, I will ask: “Do you believe in God, and does that belief inform your writing and political views?”

Finally, I will ask the John McClaughry of Washington, D.C. if he sees the similarity. Midwestern roots. Longtime conservative. Writes witty, incessant columns about current affairs. Often refers to history, some of which he made himself. DC background (McClaughry worked in the Reagan White House). Ivy League education (Will – Princeton, McClaughry – Harvard). 

At most of all – at ages four score and several years, both can still outshoot the young guns trying to make names for themselves in the writing biz.

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6 replies »

  1. Open question for anyone; As a nation, and particularly Vt.,Are we moving to Socialism and if so at what rate?

  2. Re: “Do you believe in God, and does that belief inform your writing and political views?”

    That’s none of your business, Guy. And even if Will tries to answer, how much time will it take for him to define who or what God is to him?

    Re: “Is there any way to reverse the trend of the growth of the federal bureaucracy and its unelected decision-making?

    The answer is obvious. Of course, there’s ‘a way’. And it will happen when the electorate votes for representatives who, first of all, understand why smaller government is preferable to the behemoth we now have. And second, vote for those people who will actually reverse government growth.

    The better question to ask is for George Will to explain why smaller government and individual liberty is preferrable to centralized, authoritarian rule?

    How can the bureaucracy’s participants (those currently elected, appointed, and employed by it) be expected to reverse the trend in its growth when they are being bribed with the taxpayer dollars and benefits that result from its continued development?

    Will the system have to go bankrupt to convince them to reconsider their ways?

    After all, if the electorate finally does come to its senses, if it returns to the libertarian roots of the U.S. Constitution and Free Enterprise, what then? Well, for one thing, both George Will and John McClaughry will have less reason to comment in the first place. And that alone should tell us something.

  3. These would be my questions for George Will: Are you happy with your vote for Joe Biden? Is he the president you thought you were getting when you voted for him. Is he really better than what we would have gotten with Trump? Were the tweets really that bad? Do you feel a sense of moral triumph for ridding us of Trump so that we could get whatever this is?

  4. My questions would be: Do Mika and Joe smell like sulphur or does it permerate through the whole studio? Is Mike Barnicle really a plagarist or just lazy? What are John Heilemann’s preferred pronouns? Who is under the mask of The Biden? I suggest starting with the God question, just to see if he recoils or shape-shifts to determine if his soul is still up for grabs.