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May 3, 2012 | By Dan Turner
I very seldom agree with conservative columnist Jonah Goldberg, whose work appears in the Times weekly, but he said something Wednesday morning in an interview on NPR that was dead-on: "Aggravation is a muse. " His interview aggravated me so much, and unintentionally revealed so much about what's wrong with conservatism in general and Goldberg's mindset in particular, that it inspired me to blog about it. Goldberg was on "Morning Edition" to promote his new book, "The Tyranny of Cliches: How Liberals Cheat in the War of Ideas.
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OPINION
April 26, 2014
Re “Obama's Keystone trap,” Opinion, April 22 Jonah Goldberg has a point. On one side there are the global warming deniers; on the other are the hard-line environmental activists. One side refuses to accept there is a problem; the other demonizes those who raise questions. Environmentalists who consider global warming an emergency should support the construction of safe, reliable nuclear power plants and the continued development of natural gas resources to replace petroleum and coal.
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January 8, 2014 | By Emmett Rensin
"In America," I once quipped, "the old are always ready to give those who are young the sad news that history, with its opportunities for fresh ideas, is over. " And they often do it in the columns of Jonah Goldberg. On Monday, The Times posted a throwback Cold War prose poem titled, " A millennial's Rolling Stone rant offers up some tired old 'solutions.' " In it, Goldberg takes time out of his busy schedule as a professional colonialism apologist and perennial Democratic crypto-fascist hunter to condescend to a slightly lesser white whale: millennial Rolling Stone contributor Jesse Myerson . Myerson's sins, it seems, are twofold: First, he has the audacity to call for an expansion of the welfare state to counteract the disproportionate impact of widening income inequality on young people.
OPINION
April 19, 2014
Re "Holder plays the race card," Opinion, April 15 According to Jonah Goldberg, Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. is guilty of playing the race card because he supposedly inferred that race was behind his ill treatment by a House committee. The divisiveness in Washington that Holder referred to has nothing to do with race. Goldberg then compliments former Atty. Gen. Alberto R. Gonzales for nobly declining to play the race card when he came under fire from Democrats. Gonzales had no cards to play at all, drawing fire from Republicans and Democrats alike for his ineptitude.
OPINION
June 21, 2011 | Jonah Goldberg
Suddenly and sadly, the Libyan war may be one of the most consequential adventures in recent American history. Libya's not important because it is vital to our national security. Nor is it a particularly significant country. It's important solely because the Washington establishment, led by President Obama, made it important. If you set out to take Vienna, Napoleon advised, take Vienna. Similarly, if you invest America's and NATO's prestige in an obstreperous North African backwater, you'd better recoup a worthwhile return on that investment.
OPINION
December 20, 2009
The Anglican divide Re "Anglican angst," Opinion, Dec. 15 Harold Meyerson is a bit uptight over "conservative" and "traditional" Episcopalians' failure to condone what the Bible condemns. Shame on them for not carrying the banner of liberal lunacy and for shying away from infecting the church with modernity-driven interpretation! For their taking Scripture seriously, rejecting trendy ecclesiastical political correctness and balking at playing church, Meyerson categorizes them as people who deal in "contingent bigotries masquerading as universal truths."
OPINION
December 25, 2011
Bethlehem memory Re "O little town of tourist dollars," Column One, Dec. 20 The article says that although tourists flock to the West Bank city of Bethlehem, they don't spend much money there. My experience is different. In February I traveled with friends to Israel and added an optional excursion to Bethlehem. At the border, we were transferred from our Israeli tour bus to one owned and operated by Palestinians. Our group of 20 was then taken to a restaurant for an excellent lunch, followed by an extended visit to a Christian woodcarving store where many in the group bought items to take to our next stop, the Church of the Nativity.
OPINION
November 13, 2010
Unclear on U.S. exceptionalism Re "America, the one and only," Opinion, Nov. 9 Like Jonah Goldberg and President Obama, I think the United States is a great country. It was great before we abolished slavery; it was greater afterward. What did conservatives think of that? It was great before women had the right to vote; it was greater afterward. What did conservatives think of that? It was great before workers had the right to join unions; it was greater afterward.
OPINION
July 25, 2011
Locked up, badly Re "The hidden hunger strike," Editorial, July 20 Thank you for your continued coverage of the hunger strike by California prisoners. California's prisons are perpetuating a system in which violence breeds more violence, thereby making our society less rather than more safe. No one has to condone the crimes that led these men to prison to be appalled at conditions of confinement that are tantamount to torture. As taxpayers and voters, these abuses are being committed in our name, and we should stop them.
OPINION
November 11, 2011
Seeing the future Re "Presidential crystal balls," Opinion, Nov. 6 There are formulas and even more formulas for predicting outcomes; Doyle McManus' column lists several for predicting the 2012 presidential election. All this notwithstanding, I recall a formula that never fails: You can't beat somebody with nobody, but you can beat somebody with somebody. As of this writing, the Republicans have got nobody. Ellis Katz Encino Money, and who has it Re "The wealth divide," Opinion, Nov. 7 Joyce Appleby ends her Op-Ed article by wondering "how long political equality can survive amid such economic inequality.
OPINION
March 22, 2014
Re "Not your father's Cold War," March 18 I agree with Jonah Goldberg that the West and talking heads are mistaken in their reactions to what's happening in Ukraine. For one, it is much more complex than any of us can see. Also, Russian President Vladimir Putin has been canny in the way he has achieved his goals. He has truly befuddled the West. The same goes for members of the European Union. Goldberg is right that Europe essentially dismantled its military capability after World War II. NATO (meaning the U.S., the only member with a military large enough to serve as an effective deterrent against aggression)
OPINION
February 21, 2014
Re "Imperial, shrinking president," Opinion, Feb. 18 As Jonah Goldberg insinuates, what we all learned in fifth-grade civics class about the "three branches of government producing checks and balances" now appears doubtful. Something of an honor system must operate to keep President Obama and Congress on the constitutional level. Obama contends that Congress has granted him authority for his various executive orders, even where they purport to make unilateral changes to legislation.
OPINION
February 15, 2014
Re "Bet on a dark horse in 2016," Opinion, Feb. 11 Jonah Goldberg refers to the Allied invasion of Normandy in World War II as "that whole invading-Europe-and-defeating-Hitler thing. " Thousands of Allied soldiers gave their lives for freedom in that "thing. " Referring to one of the most important events of the 20th century as a mere "thing" goes too far. Were it not for that "thing," Goldberg might not have the freedom to be so nasty in print. Joseph R. Tripp Palmdale ALSO: Letters: The DWP's solar woes Letters: The British aren't coming Letters: When the target is an American
OPINION
February 8, 2014
Re "Free the pipeline, Obama," Opinion, Feb. 4 Those who oppose Keystone XL aren't doing so primarily to make the pipeline a "litmus test issue for climate seriousness," as Jonah Goldberg writes. Rather, they're taking a principled stand. We must stop the juggernaut of business-as-usual that is leading inexorably to climate disruption. Environmentalists recognize that our civilization depends on vast amounts of energy and we cannot stop using fossil fuels overnight. But with more frequent extreme weather showing up right on schedule and rising sea levels, we absolutely must replace fossil fuels with sustainable energy as soon as possible.
OPINION
February 1, 2014
Re "Film and liberal politics," Opinion, Jan. 28 When it comes to health, TV is among the most effective teachers. One study found that 26% of the public cited entertainment television as a top source of health information. The trouble is that TV story lines aren't always accurate. That's why our health foundation has supported USC Annenberg's Hollywood, Health and Society project since 2007, when George W. Bush was president, to help educate television writers about health issues so they can both entertain and inform through shows watched by millions of people.
BUSINESS
January 24, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
It may have lasted only a few minutes, but Twitter users rapidly fired off Google-themed jokes Friday morning after Gmail stopped working for many around the globe. Here are the highlights. Hey, I need to fax you something. What's your number? - Roberto Baldwin (@strngwys) January 24, 2014 Resist the urge to talk to other humans. #gmaildown - Matthew Knell (@MatthewKnell) January 24, 2014 "Forget Gmail, what am I gonna do with out Google+?
OPINION
March 27, 2006
Re "Right invasion, wrong explanation," Opinion, March 23 How many times do we have to explain it to Jonah Goldberg? Of course we didn't know for sure that Saddam Hussein didn't have weapons of mass destruction. But we sure didn't know that he did, did we? A prudent, or even intelligent, president would have waited for more evidence -- and so spared us a catastrophe that can only bring pain to those who truly love America. JOHN MCCUMBER Los Angeles I can't tell you how delighted I am that Goldberg called White House correspondent Helen Thomas a "thespian carbuncle of bile" for daring to pose a discomfiting question during Tuesday's presidential news conference, because he abandons, in his first sentence, any pretense that his is anything other than a hatchet job on Thomas and most of the Washington press corps.
OPINION
December 5, 2011
Christmas present? Re "GOP rejects payroll tax break bills," Dec. 2 Just in time for Christmas, hardworking taxpayers Bob Cratchit and his family (the downtrodden American public) will be wondering what decisions Jacob Marley and Ebenezer Scrooge (Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker John Boehner) will be making about their economic futures. It will be interesting to watch how this modern-day "Christmas Carol" plays out. Will lawmakers side with the Cratchit family and Tiny Tim and raise taxes on themselves and banker Henry Potter (Wall Street CEOs)
NEWS
January 8, 2014 | By Emmett Rensin
"In America," I once quipped, "the old are always ready to give those who are young the sad news that history, with its opportunities for fresh ideas, is over. " And they often do it in the columns of Jonah Goldberg. On Monday, The Times posted a throwback Cold War prose poem titled, " A millennial's Rolling Stone rant offers up some tired old 'solutions.' " In it, Goldberg takes time out of his busy schedule as a professional colonialism apologist and perennial Democratic crypto-fascist hunter to condescend to a slightly lesser white whale: millennial Rolling Stone contributor Jesse Myerson . Myerson's sins, it seems, are twofold: First, he has the audacity to call for an expansion of the welfare state to counteract the disproportionate impact of widening income inequality on young people.
OPINION
January 4, 2014
Re "Myths to ditch in 2014," Opinion, Dec. 31 In a departure from speaking like one of the insular Republicans who criticize the Democrats in tones guaranteed to meet with closed-mindedness, Jonah Goldberg did both sides a service with this column. He got my attention by confessing that polarization by the right is as deleterious to the legislative process as that of the left. He closed with a plea in 2014 for more tolerance and effort at mutual understanding on both sides. My wish for 2014 is that he become an exemplar of his own advice.
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