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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 August 12, 2013/ 6 Elul, 5773

Time for a Third Party

By Arnold Ahlert




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Last week I wrote a column about the reality that House Republicans are ready to cave on so-called comprehensive immigration reform. There was a final paragraph in that column my editor decided not to use. That is the editor's right for two reasons: one, every site has a voice they wish to adhere to interns of form and content; and two, he who pays, gets the final say.

Ironically, what was omitted by my editor was not lost on scores of astute letter writers who commented on the piece. I would like them to know that I have the same feelings as they do regarding what House Republicans are contemplating. This is the paragraph that was omitted:


"Hence, a prediction. If Republicans abet the passage of comprehensive immigration reform--piecemeal or otherwise--a third political party will emerge from the ashes. That third party will be the Republicans, who will be relegated to the back of the political bus by Democrats, and whatever party manages to address the concerns of millions of ordinary Americans who have been marginalized by the ruling elites in both parties. For those millions of Americans, a federal government run by one-and-a-half parties attuned to the progressive agenda is rapidly approaching the end of its shelf life."


Friday afternoon, I was listening to Mark Levin's radio program. Like many Americans, he is disgusted by the relentless advance of a rapacious and out-of-control federal leviathan that has made an utter mockery of states' rights. He is heavily invested in the idea that Article V of the Constitution, which concerns the amendment process, is a way for Americans to take their country back. The relevant passage is italicized below:


"The Congress, whenever two thirds of both houses shall deem it necessary, shall propose amendments to this Constitution, or, on the application of the legislatures of two thirds of the several states, shall call a convention for proposing amendments, which, in either case, shall be valid to all intents and purposes, as part of this Constitution, when ratified by the legislatures of three fourths of the several states, or by conventions in three fourths thereof, as the one or the other mode of ratification may be proposed by the Congress; provided that no amendment which may be made prior to the year one thousand eight hundred and eight shall in any manner affect the first and fourth clauses in the ninth section of the first article; and that no state, without its consent, shall be deprived of its equal suffrage in the Senate."


Levin, if I understood him correctly, also proposed an amendment that could emerge from such a convention, namely the idea that if three-fifths of the states agreed, they could negate any regulation imposed by the federal government, be it from Congressional legislation or, as is this president's particular won't, issued as an Executive fiat. Levin further proposed that once such a decision was reached, not even the Supreme Court could overturn it.

To his credit, Levin was quick to point out that such reform would be ridiculed and thwarted at every turn by our ruling elites in both parties, who have a vested interest in making sure that Washington, D.C. remains a nexus of power far beyond anything the Founding Fathers envisioned. He further noted that, even with widespread support from the people, such a sea change would take a considerable amount of time to realize.

I believe a third political party would facilitate the process in the sense that it would represent a so-called second front, articulating the same overall objective, namely the restoration of a government by, of, and for the people. For me, one of the simplest, and likely most resonant parts of the platform would be a promise by every third party candidate that Congress will no longer be exempt from the laws they write for the rest of us, or entitled to any special perks, or lifetime pensions.


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The latest outrage in that regard, the taxpayer subsidization of Congressional staff members and other Washington insiders for the cost of Obamacare, is ruling class elitism writ large. The even lamer excuse for it, that the nation's capitol would suffer a "brain drain' if these insiders were forced to underwrite the total cost of their own healthcare, is laughable. Many of these so-called brains are the same committee staffers responsible for pulling the elements of the healthcare bill together in the first place, just as they are responsible for creating many of the other gargantuan--and unread--bills passed by their equally irresponsible Congressional employers.

If this is the best Washington, D.C. has to offer, by all means, let the brain drain begin.

How powerful has the federal government become? Nothing speaks to this reality better than this news story released on Friday:


"The Department of Housing and Urban Development has proposed a new plan to change U.S. neighborhoods it says are racially imbalanced or are too tilted toward rich or poor, arguing the country's housing policies have not been effective at creating the kind of integrated communities the agency had hoped for."


What in the world gives the bureaucrats at HUD the unmitigated chutzpa to think that they have a right to determine who lives where? Or perhaps even worse, that they are the arbiters of neighborhood "balance?" In keeping with the true nature of progressivism, this is nothing less than the attempt to regulate society irrespective of talent, ambition and, above all else, liberty. Once again, it illuminates the left's lust for control and their pathetic misunderstanding of human nature. It is the notion that utopia can be achieved simple by changing an individual's zip code, or reaching a sufficient level of "diversity"--as determined by a bunch of faceless elites, who invariably know what's better for us than we do. And as they always do, progressives will trumpet this pernicious nonsense as the latest effort to achieve "social justice."

A government program aimed at making sure every neighborhood in the nation adheres to a bureaucratic checklist of equality isn't social justice. It's Communism.

Enough is enough. Millions upon millions of Americans utterly reject these and all the other tyrannical impulses of our ruling elite. They've had it with the idea that government is top down enterprise, as well as the notion that the entire American ethos should be determined by handful of runaway egotists in Washington, D. C.

Egotists who invariably exempt themselves from the disastrous consequences of their handiwork.

A third party may be a quixotic effort at first, and it may take years before any serious changes occur. Or maybe not. According to the Real Clear Politics, 61.8 percent of Americans believe the country is headed in the wrong direction, and a whopping 75.8 percent of the nation disapproves of the job Congress is doing. In other words, millions of Americans despise intolerable status quo, the one that is squeezing the lifeblood out of the middle class, even as it coddles the "too big to fail" crony capitalists at the top of the heap, and promotes an unprecedented level of dignity-depleting dependency on the other end of the scale.

Such numbers indicate a seismic potential. It is a potential that could be enhanced by a marvelously simple principle of government philosophy that desperately needs to be reinvigorated: leave us alone, unless we decide it is absolutely imperative to do otherwise.

I urge Mr. Levin and others bright lights to flesh out a third party platform that speaks to such a reality. Keep it simple, Constitutional, and something that does not get bogged down by exactly the kind of cultural issues that progressives and their media enablers use to divide Americans and obscure the true nature of their agenda. The bet here is that an overwhelming majority of Americans are willing to embrace a live and let live attitude, most assuredly if the consequences of one's decisions are borne completely by the one who makes them.

Most Americans love this nation. The current level of bipartisan-induced rancor only accrues to the legions of government officials who create the very same problems they tell us can only be solved by more and more of their intervention. This vicious cycle has gone on long enough. Ronald Reagan once said, "Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction." So is tyranny if we choose to eradicate it. Let's eradicate it.

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