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  • Sanders and Trump: Two Peas in a Pod?

    08/19/2015 6:54:19 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 19, 2015 | Jonah Goldberg
    A new chapter in American politics has begun. Millions of Americans on the right and left have lost faith in their political parties, their government and even the economic system. Only 1 in 4 Americans are satisfied with the way things are going. Policy experts will offer various arguments why at least some of these people are wrong to feel this way, but the discontented will not tolerate arguments that amount to "don't believe your lying eyes – or wallets." In politics, feelings are more important than hard numbers. Consider immigration. I still believe that immigration is a net benefit...
  • A Clarifying Moment for Conservatism (Purge Trump & Trumpism)

    08/16/2015 12:44:47 PM PDT · by nhwingut · 93 replies
    Commentary ^ | 08/14/2015 | Peter Wehner
    In a compelling column, George Will – who knows a thing or two about conservatism – makes the conservative case against Donald Trump. Mr. Will refers to Trump as an “unprecedentedly and incorrigibly vulgar presidential candidate” who is coarsening our civic life. He labels Trump “a counterfeit Republican and no conservative.” And he argues that Trump is an affront to anyone devoted to the legacy of William F. Buckley, Jr., the founder of National Review and a giant in American conservatism. Just as Buckley excommunicated the John Birch Society from the conservative movement in the 1960s, so should conservatives today...
  • Hillary’s lame e-mail excuse: The server did it

    08/14/2015 8:19:19 PM PDT · by Mariner · 38 replies
    The New York Post ^ | August 14th, 2015 | By Jonah Goldberg
    It happened sooner than even the doomsayers predicted. The era of artificial intelligence is here. A computer has become self-aware, a moral agent responsible for its own actions. This breakthrough didn’t happen in Silicon Valley or at MIT. It happened, of all places, in Chappaqua, NY. And the person responsible isn’t even a computer scientist, but a lawyer and politician: Hillary Clinton. Clinton’s critics say a lot of things about her, but who would’ve believed she was Skynet’s mother? A little background. Clinton was forced to turn over her “home-brewed” e-mail server to the FBI this week, along with a...
  • Contra Media Spin, It’s Hillary Who’s Being Investigated, Not Her e-Mail Server

    08/14/2015 5:34:49 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    National Review ^ | 08/14/2015 | Jonah Goldberg
    It happened sooner than even the doomsayers predicted. The era of artificial intelligence is here. A computer has become self-aware, a moral agent responsible for its own actions. This breakthrough didn’t happen in Silicon Valley or at MIT. It happened, of all places, in Chappaqua, New York. And the person responsible isn’t even a computer scientist, but a lawyer and politician: Hillary Clinton. Clinton’s critics say a lot of things about her, but who would’ve believed she was Skynet’s mother? A little background. Clinton was forced to turn over her “home-brewed” e-mail server to the FBI this week, along with...
  • Neither Hillary Nor Bernie Is Up to the Task of Holding the Obama Coalition Together

    08/12/2015 6:19:05 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    National Review ^ | 08/12/2015 | Jonah Goldberg
    ‘We are trying to be reasonable,” an organizer for Bernie Sanders’s Seattle rally said. The black female protesters who stormed the stage became enraged. “We aren’t reasonable!” they shouted back. “If you do not listen to [us], your event will be shut down,” one of them declared to the crowd. Sanders caved to the protesters from the Black Lives Matter movement and gave activist Marissa Johnson the microphone. “I was going to tell Bernie how racist this city is, even with all of these progressives, but you’ve already done that for me. Thank you,” she said, apparently in response to...
  • Trump: You Will Know that He has Gone Too Far When Ted Cruz Criticizes Him Directly

    08/10/2015 8:15:45 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 173 replies
    National Review ^ | 08/09/2015 | Rich Lowrey
    People are again predicting his demise. The widely admired Megyn Kelly is definitely a riskier target for him than John McCain was. But since an enormous amount of his appeal is based on saying outrageous things and not apologizing for them, it’d be foolish to think that anything that has transpired since Thursday will sink him. I wouldn’t be surprised, though, if the debate and its aftermath check or reverse the progress he’d been making in the internals of the polls (higher favorable ratings, fewer Republicans saying they’d never consider voting for him, etc.). I basically only have one barometer...
  • The Trump Lesson that Bush and Clinton Should Heed

    07/22/2015 1:21:07 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 60 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 22, 2015 | Jonah Goldberg
    For those of us who predicted the inevitable, watching Donald Trump verbally wander into a field of face-whacking garden rakes like Sideshow Bob fills one with a mixture of schadenfreude and affirmation. We knew it was coming, but it still feels good to be proven right. Of course Trump wouldn't hesitate to attack John McCain's war-hero status. Trump's bottomless insecurity cannot countenance the idea that his critics have any legitimacy. Of course Trump won't apologize -- because his dog-and-pony show is predicated on the idea that he "tells it like it is" and "fights." He's the omniscient master of "The...
  • Pundit's Death Marks End of An Era for Democrats

    07/03/2015 7:25:32 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 3, 2015 | Jonah Goldberg
    Ben Wattenberg died this week at the age of 81. He gave me my first job in Washington, as his research assistant at the American Enterprise Institute, a Washington think tank. (I returned to AEI as a fellow a few years ago, my office just a few doors down from where Ben used to work.) Ben was one of the last star pundits of what might be called the Old Order, before cable news and the Internet transformed the landscape. When everyone was rushing to CNN to shout at each other on "Crossfire," he launched a PBS show called "Think...
  • Fox News Special Report: Ted Cruz "conservatives across this country are frustrated"

    06/24/2015 5:50:45 PM PDT · by MN_Mike · 31 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 24, 2015 | Bret Bair
    Ted Cruz hits it out of the park.
  • **LIVE**: Ted Cruz on Special Report with Bret Baier FNC

    06/24/2015 3:35:36 PM PDT · by Textide · 156 replies
    FNC | 06/24/2015 | Self
    Ted Cruz live on FNC
  • Cruz: The last thing Republicans in Congress should do is codify President Obama’s lawlessness...

    06/24/2015 8:40:24 PM PDT · by Isara · 21 replies
    TedCruz.org ^ | 06/24/15
    Discusses Obamacare, ISIS on Special Report with Bret BaierHOUSTON, Texas — U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, today participated in the Center Seat panel on Special Report with Bret Baier, taking questions from Baier and panelists George Will, Mara Liasson, and Jonah Goldberg. They covered several issues including Trade Promotion Authority, the upcoming Supreme Court ruling on Obamacare, what must be done to defeat ISIS, and why Americans should vote for Ted Cruz for President.Select excerpts are below and full video may be viewed below:https://www.youtube.com/embed/zN3SP6reB7URegarding Trade Promotion Authority:“Two things have changed since that first vote. Number one, WikiLeaks released the text...
  • Liberals are still getting the South all wrong

    06/24/2015 4:28:24 AM PDT · by NJRighty · 133 replies
    New York Post ^ | 6/23/15 | Jonah Goldberg
    ‘Lots of folks expected us to do something strange and break out in a riot. Well, they just don’t know us,” the Rev. Norvel Goff told the packed, multiracial congregation of Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, SC, on Sunday. It was the first service since the horrific slaughter of nine innocent souls by a racist fanatic. Not being a Christian, I can only marvel at the dignity and courage of the victims’ relatives who forgave the shooter. If I could ever manage such a thing, it would probably take me decades. It took them little more than a...
  • Hillary Clinton Needs a Do-over

    06/10/2015 6:43:10 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 34 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 10, 2015 | Jonah Goldberg
    Almost exactly two months after Hillary Rodham Clinton's official announcement that she's running for president, she will give her first "official campaign announcement speech," on June 13, according to her Twitter account. In other words, the Clinton campaign wants a do-over. Her first rollout was the most disastrous nonfatal presidential campaign debut in modern memory, so she wants another. Her initial announcement video in April -- which most outlets accurately reported as her official announcement -- was well done. After that, everything went downhill; a steady stream of news stories and damning allegations about her family foundation and tenure as...
  • Absence of a Smoking Gun Doesn't Equate to Innocence

    05/29/2015 5:39:57 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 29, 2015 | Jonah Goldberg
    Let's say, just for kicks, you murdered your husband (or wife). Your neighbors have been suspicious ever since your nightly arguments suddenly stopped, right around the time you put something large in your trunk and drove off in the middle of the night. Now they see you driving his car and putting his suits and golf clubs up for sale on eBay. The police find your explanations implausible and contradictory, and then you tell the cops to direct all future questions to your lawyer. The good news is that you have fans. Some neighbors think you're the cat's pajamas. They...
  • Huckabee’s Anachronistic Brand of Progressivism

    05/27/2015 1:14:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 49 replies
    The National Review ^ | May 27, 2015 | Jonah Goldberg
    Mike Huckabee doesn’t have a lot of prominent defenders, and I am not volunteering for the job. Huckabee has always struck me as a right-wing populist-progressive. A deeply religious — and by all accounts decent — man, Huckabee nonetheless has a view of the state that would have jibed almost perfectly with such forgotten titans of the Progressive Era as Richard Ely, Josephus Daniels, and even William Jennings Bryan. Ely, a mentor to Woodrow Wilson and Teddy Roosevelt and the founder of the “Wisconsin school” of progressivism, believed that “God works through the state in carrying out His purposes more...
  • Understanding the influence-peddling of Clinton Inc.

    04/23/2015 5:32:29 PM PDT · by canuck_conservative · 26 replies
    NYPost.com ^ | Thursday, April 23, 2015 | Jonah Goldberg
    The book isn’t even out yet, and Clinton’s team is already sheltering in place like Churchill’s cabinet during the Blitz. That’s in part because Schweizer, a conservative author and dogged investigative journalist, has teamed up with notorious right-wing rags The New York Times and The Washington Post to essentially re-report and expand on allegations made in the book. Because it would be absurd to claim these papers are part of the “vast right-wing conspiracy” — which won’t stop flacks from saying it — they’re better equipped to drop the payload over the target. Even Lawrence O’Donnell, a Democratic water-carrier of...
  • How Do 'Religious Freedom' Acts Encourage Discrimination?

    04/01/2015 9:52:02 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 46 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 1, 2015 | Jonah Goldberg
    "I could have handled that better." I don't know if the captain of the Titanic ever said that. But Mike Pence did on Tuesday. The Indiana governor has managed to step on an impressive number of parts of his own anatomy recently and in the process gravely injured what was already a long-shot ambition to run for president in 2016. Earlier this month he signed the Religious Freedom and Restoration Act in a private ceremony. In attendance were prominent opponents of gay marriage. In response, great algae plumes of righteous outrage erupted across the Internet. Gay rights groups, the...
  • Jeb Bush Is Not the GOP’s Ideal ‘Change’ Candidate

    03/13/2015 12:16:50 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 13 replies
    National Review ^ | March 13, 2015 | JONAH GOLDBERG
    Jeb Bush Is Not the GOP’s Ideal ‘Change’ Candidate by JONAH GOLDBERG March 13, 2015 He’s the only Republican candidate who would make the Clinton name an asset for Hillary, not a liability. Let us now make the case for Jeb skepticism. Jeb Bush is a fine man. He’s a conservative. He was a highly effective conservative governor. He would probably make a fine president. And, if he were the Republican nominee, there would be precious few good arguments — from a conservative perspective — for sitting out the election, never mind voting for the Democratic nominee (whoever she may...
  • THE LEFT IS TIRED OF PERSUASION

    03/02/2015 6:31:52 PM PST · by Bratch · 3 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | March 2, 2015 | JOHN HAYWARD
    “Is Liberalism Exhausted?” Jonah Goldberg wondered recently at National Review, surveying a movement that seems to have run out of intellectual gas after six years of dragging Barack Obama uphill. [...] All true, but to quote Obama’s presumptive successor on the Democrat ticket in 2016: “What difference, at this point, does it make?”It’s true that liberalism doesn't have anything exciting and new to offer – even its plans for the Internet are drawn from 1930s telephone legislation – but the only thing the Left is really tired of is selling its ideas to skeptics. It’s largely given up on that effort in exchange for...
  • Why The E-Mail Scandal Won’t Doom Hillary

    03/06/2015 5:27:21 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 36 replies
    National Review ^ | 03/06/2015 | Jonah Goldberg
    Historically, the Clintons have proved to be politically indestructible. To paraphrase the movie Aliens, to truly destroy the Clinton-Industrial Complex, you’d have to nuke it from orbit. It’s the only way to be sure. Given that alone, I doubt that the unfolding controversy over Hillary’s e-mail schemes spells her doom. The basic details are as follows: In 2009, a week before she started her job as Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton had a personal Internet server registered at her home address. She then used her own domain name, “clintonemail.com,” to conduct all of her business — for the State Department,...
  • Email Scandal Won't Doom Hillary, but Supporters Should Feel Uneasy

    03/06/2015 5:26:28 AM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 6, 2015 | Jonah Goldberg
    Historically, the Clintons have proved to be politically indestructible. To paraphrase the movie "Aliens," to truly destroy the Clinton Industrial Complex, you'd have to nuke it from orbit. It's the only way to be sure. Given that alone, I doubt that the unfolding controversy over Hillary's email schemes spells her doom. The basic details are as follows: In 2009, a week before she started her job as Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton had a personal Internet server registered at her home address. She then used her own domain name, "clintonemail.com," to conduct all of her business -- for the State...
  • Brian Williams: Puffed Up Anchor, Puffed Up Tales

    02/11/2015 7:28:39 AM PST · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 11, 2015 | Jonah Goldberg
    By now everyone knows about his transgressions. If even only some of the reports are true, Brian Williams is a serial embellisher, a self-aggrandizing fabulist. No doubt everyone knows somebody like this, and if you don't it's probably because you're that guy. But Williams' case is special. This isn't some sad Willy Loman at the end of the bar who needs to invent impressive stories about himself. If anything, he needed to not tell such stories, given that he reportedly makes more than $10 million a year to be a trusted name in news. Yet he couldn't stop himself. "To...
  • Horse Pucky from Obama

    02/06/2015 8:12:27 AM PST · by Servant of the Cross · 11 replies
    National Review ^ | 2/6/2015 | Jonah Goldberg
    The president’s comparison of Christianity to radical Islam defies logic. On Tuesday, the so-called Islamic State released a slickly produced video showing a Jordanian pilot being burned alive in a steel cage. On Wednesday, the United Nations issued a report detailing various “mass executions of boys, as well as reports of beheadings, crucifixions of children, and burying children alive” at the hands of the Islamic State. And on Thursday, President Obama seized the opportunity of the National Prayer Breakfast to forthrightly criticize the “terrible deeds” . . . committed “in the name of Christ.” “Humanity has been grappling with these...
  • Obama's Comparison of Christianity, Radical Islam Defies Logic

    02/06/2015 6:38:55 AM PST · by Kaslin · 50 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 6, 2015 | Jonah Goldberg
    On Tuesday, the so-called Islamic State released a slickly produced video showing a Jordanian pilot being burned alive in a steel cage. On Wednesday, the United Nations issued a report detailing various "mass executions of boys, as well as reports of beheadings, crucifixions of children and burying children alive" at the hands of the Islamic State. And on Thursday, President Obama seized the opportunity of the National Prayer Breakfast to forthrightly criticize the "terrible deeds" ... committed "in the name of Christ." "Humanity has been grappling with these questions throughout human history," Obama said, referring to the ennobling aspects of...
  • Ducking Reality: Administration Goes to Rhetorical Extremes on Terror Attacks

    01/16/2015 7:17:55 AM PST · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 16, 2015 | Jonah Goldberg
    Could this argument be any dumber? The Obama administration has forced America and much of the world into a debate no one wanted or needed. Namely, does Islamic terrorism have anything to do with Islam. This debate is different than the much-coveted "national conversation on race" that politicians so often call for (usually as a way to duck having it), because that is a conversation at least some people want. The White House doesn't want a conversation about Islam and terrorism. White House spokesman Josh Earnest says, "We have chosen not to use that label [of radical Islam] because it...
  • Who’s Running the Country? Truth is, there’s no one behind the wheel.

    01/03/2015 6:36:42 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    National Review ^ | 01/03/2015 | Jonah Goldberg
    There’s an old joke in the newspaper business, now immortal on the Internet: “The Wall Street Journal is read by the people who run the country. The Washington Post is read by people who think they run the country. The New York Times is read by people who think they should run the country. USA Today is read by people who think they ought to run the country but don’t really understand the New York Times. They do, however, like their statistics shown in pie-chart format. . . . The Boston Globe is read by people whose parents used to...
  • Truth is, There's No One Behind the Wheel

    01/03/2015 5:31:11 AM PST · by Kaslin · 31 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 3, 2015 | Jonah Goldberg
    There's an old joke in the newspaper business, now immortal on the Internet: "The Wall Street Journal is read by the people who run the country. The Washington Post is read by people who think they run the country. The New York Times is read by people who think they should run the country. USA Today is read by people who think they ought to run the country but don't really understand the New York Times. They do, however, like their statistics shown in pie chart format. ... The Boston Globe is read by people whose parents used to run...
  • Jonathan Gruber Should've Been Time's Person of the Year

    12/17/2014 4:49:04 AM PST · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 17, 2014 | Jonah Goldberg
    Jonathan Gruber should have been Time's Person of the Year. The magazine gave it to the "Ebola Fighters" instead. Good for them; they're doing God's work. Still, Gruber would have been better. Time's Person of the Year designation has lost a lot of its stature over recent years. Part of its decline can probably be attributed to the fact that it's come to be seen as an honorific. It was originally conceived to recognize the person who, "for better or for worse ... has done the most to influence the events of the year." So Adolf Hitler (1938) and Josef...
  • Rand Paul is Right: Cig Taxes Factored into Garner's Death

    12/05/2014 9:09:46 PM PST · by Impala64ssa · 24 replies
    Town Hall.com ^ | 12/14/14 | Jonah Goldberg
    Reasonable people can disagree on whether racism was involved in the tragic death of Eric Garner. My own suspicion is that this misfortune could have transpired just as easily with a white man resisting arrest and/or a black cop choking him. And even though lots of people don't want to hear it, reasonable can disagree on whether illegally excessive force was to blame. Personally, watching the ubiquitous video of Garner's arrest, it looks like excessive force to me. But the simple fact is that a Staten Island grand jury saw evidence that led it to conclude otherwise. People should at...
  • The Torture Taboo: Being against torture is honorable, but sometimes the real world gets a veto

    12/12/2014 6:52:36 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    National Review ^ | 12/12/2014 | Jonah Goldberg
    For a long time I resisted the word “torture” when discussing the “enhanced interrogation techniques” used against high-value captives in the War on Terror. I don’t think I can do that anymore. The report put out by Dianne Feinstein and her fellow Democrats may be partisan, one-sided, tendentious, and “full of crap,” as Dick Cheney put it the other night on Special Report with Bret Baier. But even the selective use and misuse of facts doesn’t change their status as facts. What some of these detainees went through pretty obviously amounted to torture. You can call it “psychological torture” or...
  • Rand Paul Is Right about Eric Garner: NY cigarette taxes are partly to blame for his death.

    12/05/2014 7:45:12 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    National Review ^ | 12/05/2014 | Jonah Goldberg
    Reasonable people can disagree on whether racism was involved in the tragic death of Eric Garner. My own suspicion is that this misfortune could have transpired just as easily with a white man resisting arrest and/or a black cop choking him. And even though lots of people don’t want to hear it, reasonable people can disagree on whether illegally excessive force was to blame. Personally, watching the ubiquitous video of Garner’s arrest, it looks like excessive force to me. But the simple fact is that a Staten Island grand jury saw evidence that led it to conclude otherwise. People should...
  • Maybe President Obama is Just Trolling?

    11/26/2014 8:34:20 AM PST · by Kaslin · 39 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 26, 2014 | Jonah Goldberg
    For those who don't know, in Internet parlance, trolling is an effort to elicit outrage from a specific group or the public generally. As the always useful -- but not always G-rated, or spell-checked -- Urban Dictionary explains, "Trolling requires deceiving [sic]; any trolling that doesn't involve decieving [sic] someone isn't trolling at all; it's just stupid." (Pro tip: When spelling "deceiving," remember it's "i before e except after c.") The definition continues: "As such, your victim must not know that you are trolling; if he does, you are an unsuccesful [sic] troll. I don't like the president's executive action...
  • Big GOP Win a Rebuke of The President

    11/08/2014 5:11:44 AM PST · by Kaslin · 35 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 8, 2014 | Jonah Goldberg
    We know Barack Obama is good at least one thing -- getting Barack Obama elected president of the United States. How good he is at being president of the United States is a subject of considerable debate. A less debatable proposition: He is just plain awful at running a political party. People often forget that among the many formal roles the president has -- commander in chief, first diplomat, etc. -- he is also the leader of his own party. And in that role, he stinks. It wasn't supposed to be like this. In 2008, Obama was supposed to herald...
  • It's Not Obama, It's You

    11/03/2014 6:45:40 AM PST · by Rummyfan · 23 replies
    NRO ^ | 1 Nov 2014 | Jonah Goldberg
    Reader (unless you’re the kind of chickens**t who calls people “chickens**t” anonymously), Obama fatigue is setting in. Indeed, I’ve gone from Obama fatigue through full-on Obama Epstein-Barr to end-stage Obama narcolepsy. I hear him talking, or hear some MSNBC-type rhapsodizing about how misunderstood he is, and I start dozing off like a truck driver who took the drowsy-formula Nyquil by mistake. “Gotta stay awake! This is my job!” But then 20 seconds later, Jonathan Alter starts telling me how misunderstood the president is, and suddenly orange traffic cones are bouncing off my truck’s grill as I somnolently drift into a...
  • Is the Islamic State Really Un-Islamic?

    09/12/2014 8:36:13 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 12, 2014 | Jonah Goldberg
    "Now let's make two things clear: ISIL is not Islamic. No religion condones the killing of innocents, and the vast majority of ISIL's victims have been Muslim. And ISIL is certainly not a state." -- President Barack Obama in his address to the nation on Wednesday. About the second point reasonable people can quibble. The terrorist army that calls itself the Islamic State is certainly trying to build a state -- and not just a state, but a super state or caliphate. They're not there yet; their delivery of social services seems spotty at best, though they do collect taxes...
  • It's Always About Me, But Always Someone Else's Fault

    08/10/2014 5:05:50 AM PDT · by markomalley · 12 replies
    National Review ^ | 8/10/2014
    In yesterday’s G-File, I wrote about Obama’s tendency to insist that he has done everything right. Failures are always the result of people or institutions not pulling their weight the way he does. An excerpt: At the press conference, the president made no mention of this in his prepared remarks about the Africa summit, which he read aloud with all of the passion of a DMV bureaucrat explaining the different methods of payment for a parking ticket. He then took questions. Chris Jansing of NBC asked whether the sanctions against Russia were working. With his customary logic-chopping defensiveness, the president...
  • For the Left, Cool Is King

    07/26/2014 6:33:07 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 9 replies
    National Review ^ | 7-26-14 | Jonah Goldberg
    Conservatives need to get over their insecurities about not being cool in the eyes of liberals. ear Reader (including the many new anti-Semitic and just plain bat-guano crazy people who’ve wandered into my life in recent days), Last night I said on Twitter: Forgetting may not be the right word. Though if this was the Soviet Union, teams of fat-fingered bureaucrats would be airbrushing his likeness from all official records. In case you’re not up to speed, let’s recap. It’s really a wonderful, feel-good story for the whole family. In the Halbig decision this week, the court ruled that according...
  • Resentment Behind the Waning Patriotism of Liberal Americans

    07/04/2014 5:06:29 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 58 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 4, 2014 | Jonah Goldberg
    You wouldn't think, five years into the Obama presidency, that so many liberal Americans wouldn't like America. A new Pew survey found that 44 percent of Americans don't often feel pride in being an American, and only 28 percent said that America is the greatest country in the world. Respondents who "often feel proud to be American" were overwhelmingly conservative (from 72 percent to 81 percent depending on the kind of conservative). A majority (60 percent) of "solid liberals" said they don't often feel proud to be an American. The polling data only proves what has been obvious for...
  • A Questionable Game of 'Shut Up' on Iraq

    06/25/2014 2:05:00 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 25, 2014 | Jonah Goldberg
    It's a fact of human nature that it's easier to talk about who's to blame for a problem than it is to figure out what to do about the problem. Case in point: There's a near-riot in liberal circles over the very idea that supporters of the Iraq War should even be allowed to criticize the president's handling of the current Middle East crisis, never mind offer advice on how to proceed. The Atlantic's James Fallows says Dick Cheney and company "have earned the right not to be listened to." Slate magazine's Jamelle Bouie says that prominent public intellectuals...
  • Of the Bureaucrats, by the Bureaucrats, for the Bureaucrats

    06/25/2014 10:12:27 AM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 14 replies
    National Review ^ | 06/20/2014 | Jonah Goldberg
    For understandable reasons, the IRS scandal has largely focused on the political question of whether the White House deliberately targeted its opponents. To date there’s no evidence that it did. That’s good for the president, but it may not be good for the country, because if the administration didn’t target opponents, that would mean the IRS has become corrupt all on its own. In 1939, Bruno Rizzi, a largely forgotten Communist intellectual, wrote a hugely controversial book, The Bureaucratization of the World. Rizzi argued that the Soviet Union wasn’t Communist. Rather, it represented a new kind of system, what Rizzi...
  • The Naked Self-Interest Of The Bureaucratic Class

    06/20/2014 5:06:37 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 25 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 20, 2014 | Jonah Goldberg
    For understandable reasons, the IRS scandal has largely focused on the political question of whether the White House deliberately targeted opponents. To date there's no evidence that it did. That's good for the president, but it may not be good for the country, because if the administration didn't target opponents, that would mean the IRS has become corrupt all on its own. In 1939, Bruno Rizzi, a largely forgotten communist intellectual, wrote a hugely controversial book, "The Bureaucratization of the World." Rizzi argued that the Soviet Union wasn't communist. Rather, it represented a new kind of system, what Rizzi...
  • The IRS Email Scandal: Where's the Outrage?

    06/18/2014 10:20:46 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 32 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 18, 2014 | Jonah Goldberg
    "Congressional investigators are fuming over revelations that the Internal Revenue Service has lost a trove of emails to and from a central figure in the agency's tea party controversy." That's the opening sentence of the Associated Press story on the IRS's claim that it lost an unknown number of emails over two years relating to the agency's alleged targeting of political groups hostile to the president. But note how the AP casts the story: The investigators -- Republican lawmakers -- are outraged. Is it really so hard to imagine that if this were a Republican administration, the story wouldn't be...
  • The Peculiar Madness of 'Trigger Warnings'

    05/21/2014 4:34:01 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 31 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 21, 2014 | Jonah Goldberg
    Trigger warning: I am going to make fun of "trigger warnings." Of course, if you're the sort of person who takes trigger warnings very seriously, you probably don't read this column too often. So maybe my mockery will miss its target, sort of like making fun of the Amish on the Internet -- it's not like they'll find out. In fairness, the Amish are actually very impressive people. Even though some Amish communities are more tolerant of technology than the stereotypes suggest, their Anabaptist puritanical streak leaves me cold. On the whole, I like modernity. I may not love every...
  • What the Living Constitutionalists Don’t Get about Public Prayer

    05/09/2014 7:00:19 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    National Review ^ | 05/09/2014 | Jonah Goldberg
    The notion that something can simultaneously be wrong and constitutional really seems to bother a lot of people. Consider the Supreme Court’s recent decision on public prayer. In Greece v. Galloway the court ruled, 5–4, that the little town of Greece, N.Y., could have predominantly Christian clergy deliver prayers at the beginning of city-council meetings. As a constitutional matter, the majority’s decision seems like a no-brainer to me. The authors of the Constitution permitted — and required! — prayer at similar civic gatherings when they were writing the document and for years afterward, when many served as congressmen, senators,...
  • BENGHAZI MADE SIMPLE

    05/04/2014 7:21:19 PM PDT · by Dqban22 · 34 replies
    NRO | 5/3/2014 | Jonah Goldberg
    Benghazi Made Simple The White House’s political and ideological instincts overpowered everything else. By Jonah Goldberg NRO 5/3/2014 On Wednesday, Jay Carney explained — as if he was talking to a room full of children — that the Benghazi e-mail the White House refused to release until the White House was forced to release its Benghazi e-mails wasn’t in fact about Benghazi, even though the e-mail talks about Benghazi. This is Monty Pythonesque of “Dead Parrot” proportions. That’s not a Benghazi e-mail, it’s just an e-mail about Benghazi, in a folder marked “Benghazi” e-mails, idiot. As I said on Fox...
  • Why Is ObamaCare a Rube Goldberg Contraption?

    04/26/2014 4:54:51 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 26, 2014 | John C. Goldman
    Have you ever wondered why ObamaCare is burdened with so much complexity? Here's the answer: Barack Obama. Obama? Yes, the president himself. He campaigned on the promise that he would put partisanship aside and unite the country behind sensible answers to pressing problems. Then he didn't. How could that possibly have worked in health care? Easy. Obama could have adopted the approach taken by his 2008 opponent, John McCain. In fact we now know that Zeke Emanuel and others on the White House staff were urging him to do just that. Also, before he became the president's chief economic adviser,...
  • Holder's Race Card

    04/16/2014 4:33:33 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 16, 2014 | Jonah Goldberg
    Last week, the president's lap dog blew his dog whistle. In case you didn't know, in politics a "dog whistle" is coded language that has a superficial meaning for everybody, but also a special resonance for certain constituencies. Using dog whistles lets politicians deny they meant to say anything nasty, bigoted or controversial. Speaking to the National Action Network the day after a testy but racially irrelevant exchange with Republican members of a House panel, Attorney General Eric Holder said, "The last five years have been defined ... by lasting reforms even in the face of unprecedented, unwarranted, ugly and...
  • The Value of Everything: Why the price of things are a mystery ISN'T a mystery

    04/06/2014 7:10:29 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    National Review ^ | 04/06/2014 | Jonah Goldberg
    Prices are storehouses of knowledge.​ One person whose grammar is impeccable except on the rare occasions when it isn’t is Kevin Williamson. He had a great piece the other day on the mystery of prices. I loved his opening sentence: “Prices are a mystery, and why that is is a mystery.” This reminded me of a great line from this wonderful video essay on Hayek’s “On the Use of Knowledge in Society” over at the Marginal Revolution University. It’s arguably Hayek’s most important contribution — which is saying a lot. It’s like saying Michael Jordan’s best slam dunk or Bill...
  • Leland Yee, the Kochs, and the Press

    03/29/2014 10:31:00 AM PDT · by rktman · 19 replies
    Nationalreview ^ | 3/28/2014 | Jonah Goldberg
    Leland Yee, a Democratic state senator and candidate for secretary of state in California, has been a longtime champion of gun control. This week he was arrested on numerous charges, including conspiracy to deal firearms without a license and conspiracy to illegally transport firearms. Yee, a prominent foe of assault weapons, allegedly took bribes to set up a meeting between an undercover agent and an international arms dealer to broker the sale of automatic weapons and shoulder-fired missiles. A lengthy FBI affidavit also describes Yee’s ties to a Chinese triad and his desire to help out Islamist militants.
  • The Limitations of Capitalism

    03/02/2014 11:05:06 AM PST · by re_tail20 · 14 replies
    National Review ^ | Jonah Goldberg
    Dear Reader (Including the growing number of you who don’t want this “news”letter to be a safe place where you can share things), Here’s something I don’t say everyday: Capitalism ain’t all that. Don’t get me wrong. I’m still the artist behind the spoken-word album, Capitalism Is My Bag, Baby. But here’s the problem. Because most people on the right love and respect capitalism and pretty much everyone on the right feels the very real need to defend capitalism from the Occupiers, technocrats, sans-culottes, nudgers, equalizers, faux pragmatists, and other members of the Social Justice League, we don’t spend enough...