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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 August 10, 2009 / 20 Menachem-Av 5769

An angry mob of political terrorists brandishing Nazi paraphernalia is certainly something to worry about

By Jack Kelly

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | On Jan. 20, 2009, after an eight year run, dissent ceased to be "the highest form of patriotism."


Now, according to those who once assured us that even violent protests against the war in Iraq were patriotic, to express dissatisfaction with President Obama's plans for health care "reform" is mob rule, or worse.


Protestors are "carrying swastikas and symbols like that to a town meeting on health care," said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Ca).


The Democratic National Committee produced an ad which describes most of those who've been attending town meetings as "an angry mob" funded by special interest groups.


Washington Post columnist Steven Pearlstine described the protestors as "political terrorists."


An angry mob of political terrorists brandishing Nazi paraphernalia is certainly something to worry about. So liberals who went ballistic when President Bush considered establishing a hot line where citizens could report suspected terrorist activity applaud President Obama for establishing a Web site at which patriotic Americans can snitch on those of their neighbors who express unflattering sentiments about the health care plan.


If this sounds a lot like the enemies list President Nixon kept, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs says not to worry. The administration won't keep your name on file. Just your email address.


Mr. Nixon wanted to govern on behalf of what he called the "Silent Majority." National Review Editor Rich Lowry notes that Mr. Obama wants a silent majority, too, but with a twist. "Obama wants the majority that opposes or questions his policies to stay silent."


So far they haven't. Attendance at town meetings this August has been three to five times normal size, with two thirds or more of those attending expressing concerns about Mr. Obama's health care reform plans.


Some have been rude. At a number of meetings lawmakers have been interrupted or shouted down. There is no excusing this behavior. But most -- though fearful and angry -- have behaved well.


At a town meeting in Long Island, a man (who identified himself as a registered Democrat) asked House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md) why, since it took President Obama six months to decide what kind of dog to get for his daughters, he wants to rush through a massive restructuring of health care in a few weeks. (Rep. Hoyer responded with a long discourse on the Erie Canal, completed in 1825.)


The answer, of course, is that the more details people learn about President Obama's health care plan, the less they like it. A Rasmussen poll July 28 indicated 47 percent of likely voters supported the plan, with 49 percent opposed. In a poll June 29, 50 percent supported the plan, 45 percent were opposed.


Among those with intense feelings, the gap is much larger. Just 25 percent of respondents strongly support the president's proposed reforms, Mr. Rasmussen said, while 41 percent strongly oppose them. The attendance at town meetings reflects this intensity. People want to know how much the president's plan will cost, from whence will come the money to pay for it, and how it will affect Medicare, or the private insurance plans they have now.


Democrats are uncomfortable answering these questions. To avoid meeting face to face with constituents, some are conducting "town meetings" by telephone, where they can control what questions they are asked. Some are holding meetings in small venues, and stacking them with supporters, so most protestors will be turned away. Others are cancelling their meetings altogether.


Demonizing your constituents and then hiding from them seems a curious way to win over swing voters. So far, it isn't working. In a Rasmussen poll Aug. 7, 49 percent of respondents said the protestors reflected the genuine concerns of their neighbors. Just 37 percent thought the protests were ginned up by special interest groups.


"Would it not be easier...for the government to dissolve the people and elect another?," asked the German playwright Bertolt Brecht, a devoted Communist, when people in East Germany revolted in July, 1953. Democrats today seem to share that sentiment. But it's harder to implement in a democracy than in a dictatorship.

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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.

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