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 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?
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
February 13, 2009
Re "Centrists over the line," Opinion, Feb. 10 I would like Jonah Goldberg to tell me where the "fiscal conservatives" have been the last eight years. So far, all I hear from the Republicans is that they have a better plan. The only thing they mention is more tax cuts, and the rest of this better plan is practically a state secret known only to Republican insiders. William Ash Santa Monica -- If, as the saying goes, art "feeds the soul," and if, as right-wing pundit Goldberg writes, the National Endowment for the Arts is a "liberal priority," my suspicion that conservatives have no souls would appear to be well-founded.
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.
November 16, 2013
Re "Uh, your character is showing," Opinion, Nov. 12 Jonah Goldberg nails it: Teenagers must grapple with their digital identities when trying to stand out in college admissions. But we should consider these same issues regarding future employers and others. How you use social media can be a reflection of who you are. The old way of Googling someone to see what you can dig up ahead of an interview (or a date) has given way to cursory searches and reviews of social feeds. So, what do your last 20 tweets say about you?
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.