Read George Will’s latest column if you have a high tolerance for extended Country Club indignation at the habits of the great unwashed. For those of us feeling a low level of tolerance, here’s just an abstract of the world according to George Will:
* People over the age of 18 who play video games should not be allowed to vote
* (People over the age of 18 who play fantasy baseball games are safe for the franchise)
* Jeans, and the people who wear them, are disrespectful, “infantile,” “slovenly” and “shabby”
* The problem with the modern world began when the French overthrew the aristocracy
* “Undifferentiated dressing” is a source of our social problems
* “Elitist” displays of class and distinction are the solution
* Men wishing to be respected ought to buy clothes to dress like Fred Astaire
* Women wishing to be respected ought to buy clothes to dress like Grace Kelly
A missing coda, surely to be supplied with Will’s next column, is this question: why do young people and union workers avoid the Republican Party?
It’s not unusual for crotchety old men to yell at the kids to get off their lawn and complain that nothing is the way it was when they were children. Crotchety old men with dementia can also confuse the way things were in the movies of their youth with the way things actually were. Think of Ronald Reagan, who told fond tales of his military service, tales that were actually scripts from his movie career. All this explains the fixation on Grace Kelly and Fred Astaire, whose wardrobes were fictional and Hollywood-financed. But going back all the way to 1789? What a stretch… unless George Will was Louis XVI in a past life. Perhaps he was Marie Antoinette.