Probably twenty years ago or more, George Will made a point that has never left me. He said, that in the panoply of presidential elections, given time for history to reflect, the people almost always get it right. No matter the campaign lies, misdirection or shenanigans; no matter the chaos or confrontations; no matter the personalities or lack thereof; and no matter the marketing, money or outright bribery, enough people see through it to get it right. Their decisions may shock us and leave us convinced they got it wrong, but in the most profoundly democratic way, they see the greater good and vote in accordance.
Now George Will is no populist. As a matter of fact, there have been very few political commentators in our nation’s history who could be viewed as more solidly elitist. A Rhodes Scholar, who completed his Ph.D. in political science at Princeton, before going on to teach political philosophy at Harvard. In 1972 he began writing one of the most respected syndicated columns in the United States as member of the Washington Post Writer’s Group. In 1977 he won a Pulitzer Prize for Commentary and has appeared in television forums from Fox News to MSNBC. He was a long-time member of the inside the beltway, good-old boys journalism team of Agronsky and Company and was an original panelist on This Week with David Brinkley. As they say, he knows whereof he speaks.
Here’s a guy who has every reason to believe he knows more about politics than almost anyone else, and he says, trust the people. I don’t know what’s going to happen tomorrow, but I’m with him.
God Bless America.
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