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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 August 20, 2013/ 14 Elul, 5773

Equality's beauty in the law: What Obama has forgotten

By Jack Kelly




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | People vary, often dramatically, in appearance, aptitude, work habits, character, interests and ambitions. We differ in gender, race, ethnicity, age and in the circumstances into which we were born.

When Thomas Jefferson wrote, on behalf of the 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence, that "all men are created equal," he meant only that we share equally in the rights bestowed upon us by our Creator.

"Life, liberty and property do not exist because men have made laws," wrote Frederic Bastiat. These "gifts from God precede all human legislation, and are superior to it."

For us to pursue our "diversity," as God intended, the law must be the same for rich and poor, male and female, young and old, black and white, Democrat and Republican.

This idea has ancient roots. "Do not show partiality in judging; hear both small and great alike," says Deuteronomy 1:17. So some forget equality before the law is still the newest political idea in history. In every country before ours, there was one law for the powerful, another for the hoi polloi.

It took some while, and a great deal of pain, before "all men are created equal" applied to men who were black. Decades more passed before women were accorded the same political rights as men.

Still, Abraham Lincoln spoke the truth when he said: "Nowhere in the world is presented a government of so much liberty and equality. To the humblest and poorest amongst us are held out the highest privileges and positions."

Equality before the law is the fundamental principle that undergirds democratic government. Remove it, and there is just the arbitrary exercise of power.

Lincoln understood this. President Barack Obama doesn't. If a law is inconvenient for him, he ignores it. The president's scofflaw behavior culminates a century-long assault on the Constitution. It's ironic those making it style themselves "progressives," for theirs is a return to the ways of pharoahs and caesars.

The combination of the Supreme Court's arrogated power of judicial review with life tenure for federal judges made it possible. The federal government can do what the Constitution forbids because, said Justice Charles Evans Hughes, "the Constitution is what the judges say it is," and they are accountable to no one.

To restore the Constitution our Founders wrote, Mark Levin, chief of staff to Attorney General Ed Meese during Reagan's administration, proposes 11 amendments to it in his new book, "The Liberty Amendments."

(Buy it at a 40% discount by clicking here or order in KINDLE edition at a 59% discount by clicking here)

Offering so many was a mistake. It diffuses focus. Restrictions on federal spending and requiring a photo ID to vote would make good public policy, but don't belong in the Constitution, which establishes the framework for debating public policy. If these three were adopted, the others would be unnecessary:

• Abolish life tenure for federal judges.

• Limit terms for members of Congress.

• Permit a super-majority of state legislatures to nullify federal regulations and laws passed by Congress.


Congress won't approve such checks on federal power, which is why Mr. Levin's book is valuable.

Amendments to the Constitution may be proposed by Congress, or by a convention called by the states. This last has never been done, in part for fear a "runaway" convention could alter fundamentally our form of government.

This fear is spurious because, however proposed, an amendment can become part of the Constitution only after it's been ratified by the legislatures of three-fourths of the states.

The Founders proposed this second means of offering amendments precisely because they feared Congress might abuse its power, Mr. Levin explains in concise prose.

"Article V expressly grants state legislatures signi?cant authority to rebalance the constitutional structure for the purpose of restoring our founding principles should the federal government shed its limitations, abandon its original purpose, and grow too powerful, as many delegates in Philadelphia and the state conventions had worried it might."

An Article V convention may be the only way to stop those who -- stealthily and dishonestly -- are fundamentally altering our form of government.

"An oppressive federal government, an oppressive Congress, is not going to rein itself in," Mr. Levin said. "The Framers anticipated this day might arrive, for they knew that republics deteriorate at ?rst from within. They provided a lawful and civil way to repair what has transpired."

It's up to us to take advantage of their foresight. Mark Levin makes a compelling case for why we should.

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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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