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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 June 6, 2013 / 29 Sivan, 5773

Democratic Party, stuck in a sorry state

By Ann McFeatters




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | During the eight years of the George W. Bush presidency, Democrats, including Barack Obama, publicly deplored the excesses of enforcement of the Patriot Act and the loss of civil liberties stemming from the "war on terror." It turns out Democrats have continued most of these infringements and added to them.

Under the direction of the Obama administration, as was also done by the previous Bush administration, the National Security Agency has been given access by secret court authorization to the phone records (but not call content) of millions of Americans. Under the Obama administration, reporters and their sources no longer can be assured of their privacy.

The Obama administration has gone to almost unprecedented lengths to investigate the sources of leaks. A major leak, which resulted in providing CIA information to the producers of the film "Zero Dark Thirty," was apparently announced at an event by then-Pentagon chief Leon Panetta. Oops.

Democrats have failed to realize the extent of citizens' fear that government has gotten out of hand, that technology is undermining our privacy and that we want a full-blown examination of what our government is doing and why.

The White House and many Democrats were way too slow in realizing the deep concern of Americans that the Internal Revenue Service may have targeted political groups in trying to enforce the law that only social welfare groups get tax-exempt status. And Democrats have been far too slow in understanding that Americans' loss of faith in institutions in general is highly damaging to democracy.

Democrats have few if any exciting new faces on the national horizon -- and few statesmen. If the Republican Party seems moribund, the Democrats seem exhausted and whiny. The two leading presidential prospects for 2016 are Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden. It's even possible we could have another Clinton-Bush race.

While Obama came in as an inspirational figure who gave Americans a sense of hope and change, even he seems worn out. He seems unable to make peace or even schmooze with Republicans or get much done in his second term.

He's been analyzed as too distant, too hands-off, too content with surrounding himself with loyalists, too cerebral and even too family oriented. And that's by fellow Democrats. Rep. John Dingell, D-Mich., who has served longer in Congress than anyone else in U.S. history and worked with 11 presidents, told NBC's Chuck Todd that Obama's Rolodex is too small. (Dingell still concludes Obama is a good man and a good president.)

Part of the Democrats' trouble stems from our national fatigue. We're tired of the economic turmoil, the realization that millions who lost their jobs will never get well-paying jobs again, the endless series of natural disasters and the failure of Congress to do anything but quarrel.

And part of the Democrats' pitiful plight is that Obama is a mere mortal. He's the other half, present in our lives daily, of some of the most intense partisanship in our nation's history. On one side are the Republicans (badly divided themselves) and on the other is Obama; their constant state of warfare has disgusted us.

Both parties need to rethink their beliefs, priorities, insecurities, strategies, hypocrisy and outreach. Otherwise, we'll just stop paying attention.

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Previously:


03/13/13: In Washington, signs of civility emerge
02/22/13: The start of World War III? Why China's cyber hacking is frightening to the United States
02/01/13: Buy American and rebuild an economy
01/18/13: There should be a (nother) law: No super-whoopee inaugurations for second-term presidents
11/29/12: Congress hates us
11/16/12: A holiday gift guide for our politicians
08/10/12: Rise in independent voters imperils moderates
07/23/12: Looking forward to the presidential debates
07/13/12: A do-nothing Congress exacts high costs
06/25/12: Take a vacation: It's your duty
06/19/12: Dems: 'Do something'
04/30/12: Will Mitt Romney finally let a hair down?
04/23/12: Warning: Nasty presidential race ahead
04/02/12: We need to talk about aging
03/26/12: A Clinton-Bush matchup in 2016?
03/19/12: Autumn presidential debate topics lining up nicely
03/12/12: Unpacking presidential campaign myths
03/05/12: Time for Romney's vision, not goofiness, gaffes
01/13/12: Romney makes life difficult with many flubs
11/24/11: Obama has most to fear from Huntsman
10/04/11: Romney looks like ‘The One’
09/28/11: At last some good news on energy
09/21/11: Time to make pols squirm
08/29/11: America still shows the power of the individual
08/17/11: Like us, Lady Liberty in disrepair, but still strong




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