February 23, 2013
Re “ Leave Hollywood to liberals ,” Opinion, Feb. 19 For once, I agree with Jonah Goldberg: In the name of freedom, let Hollywood continue to produce whatever politically tinged films it wants. Whether it's shoot-em-up violence, drama, comedy or liberal high-mindedness, the viewers will decide what they want to watch without any coercion. And yes, as Goldberg notes, Archie Bunker of “All in the Family” did have a bigger impact on Americans' values than his “meathead” son-in-law, but probably not for the reason he thinks.
October 4, 2008
Re "No one's clean in this mess," Opinion, Sept. 30 Jonah Goldberg is understandably anxious to stop the blame game for the economic crisis, but we're in the midst of an election for the presidency, a third of the Senate and all of the House. The culpable parties, which by my count would include every Republican and a substantial number of Democrats in Congress, plus the Bush administration, don't seem inclined to admit their folly and greed and resign from office. We the voters will therefore have to sort out who's responsible and to what degree, and punish at the polls those who have advocated the deregulation of the financial industry.
December 7, 2008
Re "An ugly defense of gay rights," Opinion, Dec. 2 The Mormons have publicly advertised themselves as champions of the family. They have defined their public face as friendly, clean-cut men knocking on doors to spread the word. They used that public face to push Proposition 8. So where was the "religious slander" in the No-on-8 ad that depicted smiling Mormon missionaries knocking on a door and taking away a lesbian couple's wedding license? Jonah Goldberg did not say, and I suspect that he doesn't really think there was any. No on 8 used Mormon-advertised images to dramatize Mormon-advertised actions.
November 30, 2013
Re "Hail the panderer in chief," Opinion, Nov. 26 According to Jonah Goldberg, President Obama is rigidly ideological and shamelessly pandering at the same time. Neat trick. The president's Affordable Care Act may be many things, but the ideologically progressive position it is not. We progressives wanted a single-payer, Medicare-for-all program. Failing that, we wanted a "public option. " What we got instead was a market-based program first proposed by the Heritage Foundation and first put in place in Massachusetts by the last Republican presidential candidate.
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.
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.
July 20, 2013
Re "Rand Paul's paleo pal," Opinion, July 16 According to Jonah Goldberg, Jack Hunter - the aide to Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) who toasts John Wilkes Booth on his birthday - is just a throwback to the "paleolibertarian" movement, a pragmatic attempt to bolster support for libertarianism through kinship with white supremacists and neoconfederates. As Goldberg frames it, Hunter represents an old mistake, an attempt to connect two movements that really have nothing in common. In other words, now that the most racist examples of white resentment have become too embarrassing, conservatives want to pretend they were never a meaningful part of their movement.
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.
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.
April 6, 2013
Re "Disability: the new welfare?," Opinion, April 2 Jonah Goldberg is correct that the increase in Social Security disability beneficiaries deserves scrutiny, but he shows a misunderstanding of how the program works. It is relatively challenging for a claimant to qualify for benefits. The Social Security Administration does not simply accept certification from a physician, and it has its own evaluation units that comb through medical records. So why are there so many more people receiving disability?