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December 2, 2014

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 July 3, 2013/ 25 Tamuz, 5773

Who Are Your Heroes?

By Betsy McCaughey



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Last Sunday, President Obama told a Cape Town audience that South Africa's heroes — Steve Biko and Albert Luthuli — inspired him to enter politics. He discussed an affection he has not shown publicly toward James Madison and Alexander Hamilton. It was stunning to watch, as we at home in the U.S. were pulling out our flags and preparing to celebrate America's 237th Independence Day.

We the People are disgusted with Washington's shenanigans, but we revere our nation's past. More than three quarters of Americans disapprove of the job Congress is doing. When asked, "Do you believe the United States would be a better country if we followed the ideas of the Founding Fathers and the Constitution more closely, an amazing 77 percent said yes.(Fox News poll, June 22 to24).

More Democrats than Republicans were included in the poll. This commitment to the values of the founders is broad based. Independence Day isn't a quaint celebration of the past. It's about the ideals that provide a roadmap forward.

Sadly the top dogs in Congress have strayed from these ideals. Last week, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid rammed through a 1,198-page "comprehensive" (another word for unread) immigration bill over the objections of senators who hadn't had time to scrutinize it. That's a repeat of how Reid rushed the Obama health law through the Senate on Christmas Eve, 2009. He sent it on to then House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who amazingly said "we have to pass it so we can find out what's in it." Reid and Pelosi are James Madison's biggest nightmares.

Madison, chief architect of the Constitution, warned in Federalist 62 that it was meaningless to guarantee people "that the laws are made by men of their own choice if the laws are so voluminous that they cannot be read, or so incoherent that they cannot be understood." Voluminous and incoherent describe the gobbledygook in Obamacare and the Senate immigration bill, both concealing costly provisions slipped in to buy the last minute votes of reluctant lawmakers.

The next president of the United States should pledge not to sign any bill into law if it is over 20 pages or filled with legalese. Twenty pages should be enough. The framers created the entire federal government in the U.S. Constitution's eighteen pages.

Of course, the biggest threat to freedom is not the size of laws but the size of government. Madison cautioned that our personal freedom would be taken away not all at once but by "gradual and silent encroachments." That describes the predatory practices of the IRS, the information gathering activities of the National Security Administration and Obamacare's intrusions into what you confide to your doctor.

In the 2010-midterm elections, tea party activists made fidelity to the Constitution a major issue. At their instigation, the House of Representatives opened its proceedings in January 2011 with a reading of the Constitution, a first in the chamber's history, and adopted a rule that every bill must indicate the specific Constitutional provision that authorizes Congress to pass it.

Sadly, Congress has continued to spend, pushing the nation toward 17 trillion in debt and ignoring the admonitions of Jefferson that no nation should borrow more than the current generation can repay. In the fall of 2012, only 21 percent of Americans approved of the job Congress was doing. Yet when they went to the polls, they supported 90 percent of House members and 91 percent of Senators who sought re-election.

In his 2013 inaugural address, President Obama tried unconvincingly to put the imprimatur of the Constitution on his exorbitant spending for the collectivist good, referring again and again to "We the People."

So here we are, celebrating Independence Day 2013, proud of our heritage but disgusted with a Congress of our own choosing. This is the moment to resolve that "We the People" deserve better, and that the next national election will be different.

The Reagan revolution came about when Americans refused to re-elect the same disappointing people. In 1980, voters returned fewer incumbents to the U.S. Senate than in any other modern election. It can be done again. It must be done. When the authors of the Constitution finished their work, Benjamin Franklin was asked what they had created. "A Republic, if you can keep it," he said. Keeping it is up to us.

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Betsy McCaughey is a former lieutenant governor of New York, founder of the Committee to Reduce Infection Deaths and the author of "Beating Obamacare." .

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Previously:

06/27/13: Will you be shocked by what's really in immigration reform bill?

© 2013 Creators Syndicate

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