It is always intriguing to see an eminent conservative thinker get so hung up in his own empire of thoughts that he can't see how he ends up undermining his own case.

A recent example is George F. Will's article "Welfare state rises as exceptionalism declines" [featured below]. At the beginning of an all-Republican majority U.S. Congress, it is worth examining his argument, since it is designed to provide the sheet music from which all Republicans are meant to sing.

Will starts out his reflection with the ominous assertion that "America's national character will have to be changed if progressives are going to implement their agenda."