In this issue

Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review May 2, 2011 / 29 Nisan, 5771

Can't fathom The Donald as presidential

By Mitch Albom

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | There are two ways you can walk with Donald Trump -- toward him or away from him.

There are two ways you can hold a camera with Donald Trump -- facing him or facing away.

For the life of me, I can't figure out why people don't choose the second choice ALL THE TIME. Why does anyone care what Donald Trump has to say -- unless he's your landlord? The only question anyone should ask Trump is: "The hair -- why?"

Instead, Trump is given credence in some circles as a presidential candidate. A presidential candidate? This only proves that as a nation, we are becoming so addicted to celebrity it is soon going to replace plasma in our bloodstream.

Donald Trump as president? Really? You are really going to make that argument? Based on what? His stellar business record?

Well, despite what he says, Trump's finances have seen more hot water than a lobster. His Taj Mahal casino was in bankruptcy. His Trump Plaza Hotel was in bankruptcy. Two years ago, his Trump Entertainment Resorts filed for bankruptcy. He has been repeatedly forced to sell properties to pay his debts, and was only kept afloat because driving him into the ground would have left his backers worse off than dealing with him. Loans went unpaid. The Securities and Exchange Commission brought a case against him.

Why doesn't everyone know all this? Because Trump has learned one thing very well -- if you say something loudly enough and often enough, it's what people remember. Regardless of the truth. So he tells you he's a success, writes books like one, creates a show that suggests it -- and you think it's so.

A truly bizarre resume

This is also why Trump can't do an interview without saying, "I have the No. 1 show on NBC." Why he constantly tells people he is worth more than what others say. Why, after months of hounding President Barack Obama over his birth certificate (produced last week), Trump now claims he's "very proud of myself" for forcing Obama's hand, instead of facing the fact that he'd been wrong about it.

This is the guy you'd want for president? Great. And when they write his inauguration bio, they could say he once served as financial adviser for boxer Mike Tyson, was involved in such highbrow ventures as professional wrestling, beauty pageants and reality TV, married three women, and once said in a dispute with Rosie O'Donnell, "I look forward to taking lots of money from my nice fat little Rosie."

What a wordsmith. Franklin D. Roosevelt gave us, "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself." The next man for the White House offers us: "You're fired!"

Shame on all of us

Now, understand, I don't blame Trump for any of this. He is nothing more than a huckster in an expensive suit. What he wants most is attention, power and ratings for his TV show. And that is precisely what the media give him.

Consider this: If the TV cameras simply turned away from Trump -- the way they do at "boring" subjects like education -- what work would he be doing to build a presidential platform? Crafting laws? Working with grassroots organizations? No. He'd still be surrounded by the likes of Meat Loaf and La Toya Jackson in a reality show that, of course, has nothing to do with reality. He'd still be giving quotes like this one on China: "Listen, you (expletive); we're going to tax you 25%."

Trump's blathering only makes him another loudmouth. What's absurd is the attention he is given. And that blame must be leveled at networks and cable outlets and newspapers so desperate for numbers that they cast aside any standards of determining newsworthiness and simply go for the most outrageous guy in the room.

Trump has them figured out. And he's using them for his own ambitions. But he shouldn't be using you or me.

If we seriously think this guy is presidential material, despite the blistering mountain of his life's evidence to the contrary, then we deserve the nation we'd get with him in charge, a circus clown behind a desk entertaining a populace that will forgive anything but boredom.

Every weekday JewishWorldReview.com publishes what many in the media and Washington consider "must-reading". Sign up for the daily JWR update. It's free. Just click here.

Comment on Mitch's column by clicking here.

Mitch's Archives