Washington Times Columnists and the interesting times we live in

The Washington Times has been providing a lot of thoughtful commentary this week. Here’s a sampler.

TYRRELL: Another futile quest of the noble left, tilting at windmills – Liberals’ climate anxiety is offset by assurance of moral superiority.

“The American left has no practical solution for many of the problems that agitate it and that its neurotics hope will agitate us. Put another way, the left is given to setting the American people off on noble quests for which there is no solution. A case in point is global warming, or climate change.” … “Just as the left has no practical solution for global warming, it has had no solution for arms control, universal health care and, in fact, the expenses of the welfare state.”

DIAZ: Acceptance of a public God by the high court – Prayers don’t need to be generic to be constitutional.

“The court rightfully concluded the government has no place in directing the content of a person’s prayer. This was a 5-4 decision, though, and that is concerning. Should the dissenters have gotten their way, government would have the duty to police the content of every legislative prayer to ensure its “inclusiveness” and especially that no one’s feelings are hurt.” … “The dissenters want the court to assume nefarious motives to organized religion and to Christianity in particular. This is a dangerous view that promote distrust in our citizenry. It asks every citizen to presume those who are not like them are not to be trusted.”

CODEVILLA: Who’s afraid of the USA? No one – Liberals’ quest for a global order has emboldened adversaries.

“Ordinary Americans have more reason to fear the U.S. government than do our foreign enemies.”

“When Muslim jihadists began attacking Americans a generation ago, our progressive ruling class did not ask, “What is the obstacle to peace?” … Instead of addressing such questions, our ruling class empowered an apparatus of “homeland security” that supposes any American may be a terrorist, but which rejects focusing it on Muslims as “Islamophobic.” Thus, our ruling class made the designation “dangerous extremist” a matter of subjective likes and dislikes. It is impossible for officials who make up standards implicitly and unaccountably to do so apolitically. Barring explicit political decisions from the front door ensures that implicit ones come flooding in through the windows. When the line between peace and war is erased, when the definition of enemies is anybody’s guess, the sociopolitical opponents of the ruling class end up getting fingered as the “enemies of the people.”

PAPADOPOULOS: Bulldozers at the HAARP gate – Destroying an atmospheric research site would cost more than operating it.

“Alas, success does not go unpunished. Science agencies and laboratories, including the National Science Foundation, the Office of Naval Research, the Air Force Office of Scientific Research and the Los Alamos National Laboratory financed the research, and more than 15 universities shared the thrill of scientific discovery and success. Operations and management of the program were the responsibility of the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory, and the Air Force now wants to shut it down.” … “Sacrificing a $250 million investment and threatening the future of U.S. radio-science research to save $10 million is absurd and wasteful.”

SOWELL: The height of utopianism – Building-height rules should be set by markets, not busybodies

“What we are really talking about are little coteries of self-righteous busybodies, who have been elected by nobody, wrapping themselves in the mantle of “the people,” in order to oppose elected officials, who have been elected precisely in order to give such issues the professional attention they deserve, in a system of representative government.”

There’s Government FUD Mongering, oppression in the name of security, wasteful spending, and “self-righteous busybodies” pushing the government to get it done. We surely live in interesting times.

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