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April 21, 2014

Andrew Silow-Carroll: Passoverkill? Suggestions to make next year's seders even more culturally sensitive

Sara Israelsen Hartley: Seeking the Divine: An ancient connection in a new context

Christine M. Flowers: Priest's execution in Syria should be call to action

Courtnie Erickson: How to help kids accept the poor decisions of others

Lizette Borreli: A Glass Of Milk A Day Keeps Knee Arthritis At Bay

Lizette Borreli: 5 Health Conditions Your Breath Knows Before You Do

The Kosher Gourmet by Betty Rosbottom Coconut Walnut Bars' golden brown morsels are a beautifully balanced delectable delight

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 12, 2014 / 12 Iyar, 5774

Why GOPers lose and will likely continue to

By Jack Kelly




JewishWorldReview.com | The federal government is too big, too powerful, said 66 percent of respondents to a Gallup poll in January. Only 42 percent in Gallup's annual governance survey last September had "a great deal" or "a fair amount" of confidence in Washington's ability to handle domestic problems. Just 19 percent in a Pew poll in October trust Washington to do what's right "all or most of the time."

The government "does too many things," said 53 percent in the Gallup governance survey. A smaller government that provides fewer services would be better, said 55 percent in a Washington Post poll in 2012.

Big government is "a threat to individual liberty," said 54 percent in a Rasmussen poll in April; a bigger threat than big business or big labor, said 72 percent in a Gallup poll in December.

The tax system needs sweeping changes, said 72 percent in a Pew poll last May. Replace it with a flat tax, said 62 percent in a Reason-Rupe poll in April.

A special prosecutor should be appointed to investigate the IRS, said 76 percent in a Quinnipiac poll in February. Abolish the IRS in its present form, said 60 percent in a Wenzel Strategies poll last July.

Budget deficits are caused by "spending too much on programs," said 73 percent polled by Gallup in April, 2011. Spending should be cut, said 71 percent in a Rasmussen poll that December.

Abortions should be restricted to the first three months of pregnancy, said 84 percent in a Marist poll in January.

Build the Keystone XL pipeline, said 61 percent in a Pew poll in March.

Those views are more in accord with what Republicans think than with what Democrats think.

But many who hold them vote for Democrats. Why?



Democrats gain roughly an 8 percentage point advantage from a news media that parrots their talking points and spins, downplays or ignores news that reflects poorly on them, according to the formula UCLA Prof. Tim Groseclose devised for measuring media bias.

The brainwashing young people get from left wing teachers and professors is another reason.

A third is the fact that for many Republicans, "outreach" consists of posting comments on each other's blogs.

More important than all but media bias is this fundamental difference between the bases of the two parties:

There is virtually no sin a Democrat officeholder can commit so grievous it will cost him or her the support of liberals and "Yellow Dog" Democrats in a general election.

There is virtually no sin a Republican officeholder can commit so trivial it won't subject him or her to a torrent of personal abuse from other Republicans.

Contrast the strong support Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid -- a brazen liar, the Joe McCarthy of our times, the most corrupt influence peddler in Congress -- gets from Democrats with the contempt so many Republicans express for House Speaker John Boehner, who is none of those things.

Democrats never forget who the enemy is. Many Republicans treat each other as the enemy.

Conservatives who regard any deviation from their long list of ideological litmus tests as treason are the prime offenders. But establishment conservative pundits Jennifer Rubin of the Washington Post and Bret Stephens of the Wall Street Journal, who savaged Sen. Rand Paul, R-KY, are no slouches when it comes to vicious personal attacks.

I share their concerns about his views on national security policy, so I won't be supporting Sen. Paul for president. But I applaud him for taking his libertarian message to inner cities and college campuses, where other Republicans fear to tread. His message is more likely than any other to attract to the GOP those young people who don't want to spend the rest of their lives living in their parents' basement.

Rand Paul treats even those Republicans who've attacked him personally with civility and respect. His views on most issues differ from those of Sen. Susan Collins, R-Me, about as much as is possible for people in the same party, but he's enthusiastically endorsed her for re-election.

You win elections by getting votes from people who agree with you on some things, but not others -- not by driving them away. Sen. Paul understands this, so he focuses on the handful of issues he considers paramount, agrees to disagree on others.

If more followed his example, Republicans wouldn't lose so many of the votes of people who agree with them more often than not.

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JWR contributor Jack Kelly, a former Marine and Green Beret, was a deputy assistant secretary of the Air Force in the Reagan administration.

© 2014, Jack Kelly

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