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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 Sept. 22, 2010/ 14 Tishrei, 5771

Two Words for Republicans to Remember: ‘I Won’

By Arnold Ahlert




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | On September 30th, 2009, the Empire State Building was lit up in red and yellow lights to celebrate the 60th anniversary of China's Communist revolution. Whether or not it will be done again this year for the 61st anniversary is anyone's guess. Yet can anyone imagine the same building celebrating any anniversary of the Third Reich?

An absurd question? Certainly most people reflexively consider Adolf Hitler to be the epitome of evil. Yet in the historical annals of genocidal maniacs, Hitler doesn't even place second. His murder of six million Jews, along with five million others, relegates him to third place among the world's all-time butchers. Communist Russia's Josef Stalin comes in second with a total of twenty million killed, although some historians contend it might be twice that number. And then there's Chinese Communist Mao Zedong, who's literally in a class by himself: he gets "credit" for between forty and seventy-seven million exterminations.

So why is Nazism utterly reviled even as Communism gets a historical pass? Because the philosophy of communism remains popular in the precincts of progressive America.

How is this possible? How can an ideology responsible for the deaths of more than a hundred million people maintain even an ounce of respectability? It comes down to one breathtakingly arrogant conceit. It is the conceit of those who look at the trail of bloodshed, economic destruction, the crushing of dissent and freedom, and the repeated historical failure of totalitarian collectivism and come to this conclusion:

The wrong people were in charge.

Anyone wondering whether a Republican blowout in November will chasten Democrats in general, and president Barack Obama in particular, can stop wondering. Perhaps progressivism hasn't yet degenerated into full-blown Communism, but those who champion ever-expanding government have made their intentions clear. These are not your father's Democrats. They're not even Bill Clinton Democrats who ought to examine how a president whose party was blown out in 1994 managed to get himself re-elected.

These particular Democrats are hard-core ideologues. As far as they're concerned, they are the "right people in charge" and their only impediment is the fact that the electorate is not sufficiently enlightened enough to see it. It is why, for example, they were willing to ram an odious health care bill down the throats of Americans who made it clear they wanted no part of it. They were absolutely positive that a post-ratification education campaign would make the public see the error of our ways. That public disapproval increased as a result of that campaign?

We're even dumber than they thought were were.

The stimulus train-wreck? Americans are too stupid to understand Keynesian economics, and they can't appreciate that a job "saved" is just as valuable as a job "created." Such intellectual deficiency also explains why we failed to appreciate the fact that we've been in the midst of a "Recovery Summer," even as unemployment continues to hover steadily near ten percent.

A lame duck session in Congress if Republicans win big? It is not inconceivable that by the time Republicans gain control in January they may have a lot more on their "repeal platter" than most Americans could imagine. Lame-duck Democrat ideologues may be more than willing to pass a cap-and-trade bill and amnesty for illegal immigrants in the cynical hope that even repeal-happy Republicans can't handle multiple issues effectively. Even if Republicans take both houses of Congress, the Ideologue-in-Chief will veto anything and everything antithetical to his agenda.

Reality check: government gridlock for a two-year period is likely the best one can hope for.

Yet the quality of gridlock matters. A recent comment by Ohio Republican John Boehner is illustrative. With regard to the upcoming expiration of the Bush tax cuts, Mr. Boehner said this:

"If the only option I have is to vote (for tax cuts) for those (making) 250 (thousand dollars) and below, of course I'm going to do that."

Wrong answer, Mr. Boehner, and precisely indicative of what's wrong with the Republican party. You don't meet hard-core ideologues "half-way." The Tea Party movement didn't gain the kind of national traction it has because Americans are mildly dissatisfied with the progressive agenda. They are overwhelming angry and fearful that their country is being hijacked by radicals who have demonstrated utter contempt for the peoples' wishes.

Apparently, unlike many myopic Republicans, Tea Partiers understand that there is no middle ground between those willing to fundamentally alter the character of this "broken" country, and those fighting to preserve the greatest success story ever written.

Communism is nothing more than Nazism with better PR. And despite all the high-minded nonsense about re-distribution and social justice, progressivism is little more than a way-station on the road to the former with the self-professed "right people in charge."

Americans opposed to this agenda have been characterized as Islamophobic, racist, bigoted and/or xenophobic by a mainstream media which has abandoned any pretense of balance or intellectual curiosity. Many so-called journalists (or is that JournoListers?) have literally adopted the Saul Alinsky tactic of "picking the target, freezing, it personalizing it and polarizing it," and applied it to the majority of citizens who have made it clear they oppose the agenda of American progressives.

If a thorough revulsion of Communism were as ingrained in the American psyche as that of Nazism, its ideological cousin, progressivism, would be as dead as the proverbial doornail. Again, for perspective's sake, imagine if a substantial number of faculty members at American universities were full-blown Nazis, instead of the Marxist ideologues many of them freely admit to being. Would there be any doubt that our so-called citadels of higher learning were anything other than indoctrination camps for an insidious ideology?

This is one American who has no interest in finding a middle ground with such people in whatever arena they operate. If Republicans win big in November they might consider that such a victory--so shortly removed from the America left's predictions of multi-generational progressive ascendancy--is indicative of the electorate's desire to obliterate progressivism, not accommodate it. If they need courage, they might want to ponder how often Democrats accommodated them in the last four years. It might even be useful to remember what president Obama himself said about accommodating the wishes of the opposition, which can be summed up in two words:

"I won."

That phrase cuts both ways, Republicans.

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Previously:


09/20/10:
Purging ‘Me First’ Politicians
09/17/10: No More ‘Lesser of Two Evils’
09/15/10: ‘Recovery’ Arms Race
09/13/10: ‘Bigots’ in the Majority --- Again?
09/09/10: Giving Voters Something to Vote For
09/07/10: Irresponsible Dems, Incomprehensible Bills
09/02/10: War Weary Americans vs. Implacable Islamists
08/31/10: A ‘Dream’ Debased
08/25/10: American ‘Bigots’ Versus Media Propagandists
08/23/10: Recovery Bummer
08/19/10: An Unholy Alliance of Radicals
08/16/10: You've Lost America, Mr. President
08/13/10: The Twin Towers of Progressive Disconnect
08/11/10: A Far Better ‘National Discussion’
08/09/10: It's ‘Only’ One Dead Nun
08/06/10: Incremental Tyranny
08/04/10: Ground Zero Mosque: Context Counts
08/02/10: The Arizona Ruling: a Gift for November
07/29/10: The United Cities of America
07/26/10: JournoList: ‘Coordinated’ Ideological Bankruptcy
07/20/10: Go For Broke Or Get Out of the Way
07/14/10: You're a Liberal/Progressive if You Believe…
07/12/10: $33-an-hour--For Sleeping On the Job
07/08/10: Extortionist Government
07/06/10: ‘Commerce Clause’ Totalitarians
07/01/10: Another Public School Travesty in MA
06/30/10: Calling YOUR Bluff, Mr. President
06/28/10: A Trifecta of Progressive Corruption
06/23/10: Plug the Darn Hole --- In Our Border
06/21/10: Our Empty-Suit-in-Chief
06/16/10: Betraying Our Children
06/14/10: Who Gets the Benefit of the Doubt?
06/07/10: Politically Correct Warfare
06/01/10: Bill Maher's ‘Black’ President
05/25/10: A Mosque At Ground Zero
05/23/10: Libs Stand Tall --- For Mexico
05/19/10: The 'Unintended Consequences' of Liberalism
05/17/10: 'Los' Suns: Stuck on Stupido
05/12/10: Union Audacity: Yes We Will!
05/10/10: Greeks, Leaks and and Double-Speak
05/05/10: Twelve Million Illegals --- or Thirty?
05/02/10: Republicans: Playing Not to Lose Doesn't Cut It
04/28/10: Arizona: Progressivism's Waterloo?
04/26/10: Son of Amnesty
04/22/10: Mortgages and Moral Meltdowns
04/20/10: Bashing Christians — Or Gays?
04/15/10: Personal Integri-‘tea’
04/12/10: Fools, Tools and Ghouls
04/08/10: (Tea) Party On
04/05/10: The Triumph of Mediocrity
04/02/10: Two For the Road
03/29/10: The Innate Immorality of Liberalism
03/24/10: The Art of War
03/22/10: I Want My Country Back
03/18/10: A Perpetual Process
03/17/10: American Exhibitionists
03/15/10: A Light Bulb Moment of Clarity
03/10/10: Little Things Mean A Lot
02/03/10: Budgetary Fork in the Road
02/01/10: Liberal Economic Illiteracy
01/27/10: ‘Roe-ing and Wade-ing’ Back to Reason
01/25/10: Arrogance When Up, Denial When Down
01/20/10: Connecting the Educational Dots
01/19/10: The Next Tea Party?
01/15/10: The Myth That Keeps on Giving
01/13/10: Airport Security Begins Away From the Airport
01/11/10: Secrets and Lies
01/08/10: Embracing Bigotry — or Rejecting Bullying?
01/06/10: Hanging by an Ideological Thread
01/04/10: Our ‘Wonderama’ Bureaucracy
12/30/09: A Day Off
12/28/09: Dangerous Myths
12/25/09: I, Me, Mine
12/23/09: A Very Harry Christmas
12/21/09: My Opinon
12/18/09: The Party of Repeal
12/15/09: Privileged Exemption
11/30/09: ‘Settled’ Science and Unsettled Children
11/30/09: American Sharia Law
11/23/09:The Trial (Travesty) of the Century
11/04/09: American Vampires and Their Political Enablers
11/01/09: ‘Opting Out’ of Insanity?
10/28/09: Cell Phones Cause Brain Cancer. Brain Required
10/26/09: Communism: Nazism With Better PR
10/21/09: Just Asking
10/16/09: Cost Projections vs. Actual Costs, or Hope and Change vs. Reality
10/14/09: News you can use …
10/07/09: Incremental Insidiousness
10/05/09: MIA: Common Sense and Common Decency
09/30/09: Iran: Bad Options and Unpreparedness
09/21/09: Crying Racism: the Last Refuge of Scoundrels
09/11/09: 9/11 Cannot Be Sanitized
09/08/09: ‘Truthers’ and Consequences
09/01/09: A ‘Paper Trail’ Challenge for the Mainstream Media
08/31/09: Drowning in Amorality
08/26/09: The Republican Recovery Program

© 2010, Arnold Ahlert

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