April 16, 2006
Re "D.C. -- on screen and unfiltered," Opinion, April 13 In his haste to manufacture a line of thought for his column, Jonah Goldberg makes the ridiculous statement that Hollywood has yet to make a great film about our nation's capital. As a former congressional aide and native of the Washington area, I object to this thinking. Goldberg has either forgotten or hasn't seen "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington," "The Senator Was Indiscreet," "All the President's Men," "The Contender," "Traffic" and, recently, "Syriana."
July 14, 2012
Re "Blame the sinner, not capitalism," Opinion, July 10 Jonah Goldberg has hit the nail on the head. We do need to hold the sinners accountable for their bad deeds. Now that Goldberg has diagnosed the illness, I would like to hear how he suggests we cure the patient, which is the electorate's failure to punish venal officials, the government's failure to punish the sinner and civil society's failure to police malice and buffoonery. Should we reintroduce public shame for these bad actors?
June 15, 2013
Re "A tale of two Obamas," Opinion, June 11 As Jonah Goldberg peeks out from inside his bubble and states that "most Democrats…[have] seen the last five years as a tale of tea-party-fueled madness and racism," he needs to be reminded that it's most Americans who have seen this. My perverse pleasure of occasionally listening to Rush Limbaugh is severely diluted when Goldberg's talking points are all but written versions of Limbaugh's sputterings. It's time for him to get past Benghazi and the IRS scandal and to deal with weightier issues, like the balance between freedom and security as it relates to the National Security Agency's surveillance of Americans - or else his column remains totally inside the bubble.
June 29, 2009
Re "Obama's Iran plan is a bomb," Opinion, June 23 Here is one immutable fact of Jonah Goldberg's columns: If it starts with, "Here is one immutable fact ..." then we know he is about to tell a lie and spend the rest of his column embellishing it. The most recent one is that President Obama's foreign policy relating to Iran was wrongheaded, naive and has been made irrelevant by recent events there. Nothing could be further from the truth, of course, but Goldberg and his friends on the increasingly irrelevant right will say anything to try to make the president look bad. When unsettling news arrives from Iran, their first impulse is to throw blame his way to see if it sticks.
May 4, 2013
Re "Sci-fi worthy of Malthus," Opinion, April 30 So, does "human imagination" to find new sources of energy apply only to fossil fuels? Doesn't it also extend to the ingenuity needed to develop clean, sustainable energy from the sun and other alternative sources? Maybe before Jonah Goldberg promotes fracking and asteroid mining (did I read that correctly?), he might first consider supporting solar energy. That's not pessimism because we think we are depleting our source of energy (fossil fuels)
April 27, 2009
Re "Belch, there goes democracy," Opinion, April 21 Does Jonah Goldberg expect us to be shocked -- shocked! -- that the Environmental Protection Agency can regulate our air? He objects to an "undemocratic" Supreme Court decision, but the court was only clarifying laws passed by a more democratic organization called "Congress" that Goldberg seems to be unaware of. He may not think that global warming needs immediate action, but fortunately, decisions about that are made by scientists who have devoted their careers to this issue.
January 26, 2008
Re "What 'The Daily Show' cut," Opinion, Jan. 22 Jonah Goldberg is the funniest political writer in America today -- right up there with Stephen Colbert. But while Colbert mocks the oafishness of "Fox News" commentators, Goldberg just parodies himself. His stint on "The Daily Show" -- where he promoted his book claiming that fascism was a term that, although it applied to a few extremists on the right wing such as Nazis, actually meant "progressives" -- was brilliant, worthy of Borat.
December 5, 2005
Re "Hold the holy in those happy holidays," Opinion, Dec. 1 Why does everything have to turn into a battle? Jonah Goldberg, the judges wouldn't be doing their jobs if, when the people bring cases to court, they just said, "Never mind -- we are supposed to mind our own business." This whole idea that by saying "happy holidays" you're anti-Christmas is bogus. I don't know what holiday everyone I meet celebrates -- there are actually other holidays of significance celebrated during this season.
April 10, 2006
Re "Egalite, liberte, 401(k)," Opinion, April 6 Once again, Jonah Goldberg has shown us that his contributions from the right-wing noise box are as devoid of logical coherence as they are of civility and relevance. Am I supposed to take away from his column that because I may have voted against President Bush and am unhappy with the way Congress has allowed many of our government's organs to be dangerously compromised, I am not only a radical leftist but French as well? How else am I supposed to interpret his assigning the positions of the latest incarnation of French protesters onto his vague "liberal left" in the United States?
September 4, 2006
Re "Give Bush a break," Opinion, Aug. 31 The litany of excuses Jonah Goldberg comes up with for President Bush is unbelievable. The federal government could have responded better to Hurricane Katrina? It could have responded at all! We all saw a pre-hurricane video of Bush declaring he had faith that then-FEMA Director Michael D. Brown and his disaster team were ready when they were being told by experts that it just wasn't true. Faith over facts -- the motto of this administration.