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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 Nov. 4, 2010/ 27 Mar-Cheshvan, 5771

Last Chance, Republicans

By Arnold Ahlert




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Two Republicans, newly-elected Marco Rubio in Florida and re-elected Jim DeMint in South Carolina have already said exactly what the Beltway Republican establishment needs to hear. Rubio: "We know that tonight, power in the House of Representatives will change hands. We know that a growing number of Republicans will serve in the Senate as well and we make a grave mistake if we believe that tonight these results are somehow an embrace of the Republican Party. What they are is a second chance." DeMint: "These Republicans know one thing: If they don't do what they say this time, not only are they out, but the Republican Party is dead, and it should be."

Both men are right on the money and the postmortem "analyses" of our hopelessly biased mainstream media demonstrate why: despite a blowout by Republicans in the House of Representatives, and substantial gains in the Senate, the MSM has decided that it is Republicans who must make concessions, not our radical leftist president and his Democrat soulmates in Congress.

Here's a better idea: put the conservative pedal to the metal and save the country from progressive overreach--and financial disaster.

Once again, Republicans will be up against two opponents. Note I used the word "opponents" as opposed to the president's characterization of people who disagree with his agenda. In a radio interview with Univision last week, he implored Latino voters to "punish our enemies." He tried to walk that dog back in a subsequent radio interview in which he offered up the idea that he "probably should have used the word 'opponents' instead of 'enemies.'" Not definitely. Probably.

Any questions, Republicans?

It is not enough for Republicans to beat back the Democrats. it's about time they learned to take on the media in no uncertain terms as well. For example, the first Republican interviewed by CBS's Katie Couric might want to ask if her producer Rick Kaplan was accurate when he said she was on a tour among what "she calls 'this great unwashed middle of the country' in an effort to divine the mood of the midterms.'" Perhaps that same Republican might even ask Ms. Couric--exactly as Ms. Couric did with Sarah Palin--what she reads in order to come to such an elitist conclusion.

For far too long, Republicans have sought the approval of people like Ms. Couric and other overtly compromised media figures posing as unbiased journalists. If they continue down that path, they are fools. It is simply not effective enough to challenge Democrats in Congress. Leftist media shills must be challenged just as forcefully. If that means Republicans have to be twice as well-prepared for interviews as their Democrat counterparts, so be it.

One thing is certain: an ever-increasing percentage of the population will love you for it. In case you didn't notice, the MSM did their absolute best to completely denigrate the Tea Party movement. They were called "racists," "teabaggers," "old white men," and a host of other epithets by pundits who could barely hide their contempt. You know what many of them are today?

"Winners."

And it's about time Republicans started acting like winners. Not in the arrogant sense, like Barack "I won" Obama, but in the quiet, determined manner of a party who should recognize that America is a center-right nation which just thoroughly repudiated the progressive agenda. The "great unwashed" are sick to death of a Congress which rammed health care down their throats in what may have been one of the most memorable displays of elitist arrogance in recent memory. They are beside themselves watching our so-called representatives telling us what to do, instead of the other way around. And they are utterly infuriated when Congress exempts itself from much of what they inflict on us.

Here's a suggestion: Republicans should propose a bill saying that members of Congress will enroll themselves in the same Social Security and health care programs that apply to ordinary Americans. That alone would engender an avalanche of goodwill, even as it would reveal the true character of any Congressman wiling to vote against such a measure. They should also unilaterally volunteer to cut the number of Congressional support staffers taxpayers underwrite.

Every Republican but the most obtuse among them knows why they took a beating in 2006 and 2008: it's because Republicans abandoned conservative principles. On the other hand, Democrats, who may be guilty of many things, stood fast by theirs even when it became apparent they would take a monumental beating for it. No doubt some Republicans will use that beating as a rationale for promoting a "move to the center."

That's a sucker's bet for two reasons. One, it wasn't Republican principles that alienated the electorate, it was their failure to live up to them; and two, the so-called center has been skewed so far to the left by the Democrats and their mainstream media enablers that many Republicans fail to realize something that ought to be obvious:

They are already in the center.

This media- and Democrat-calculated mischaracterization is something Republicans must continually explain to the public. For example, the current administration has run a trillion dollar-plus deficit this year alone, of which forty cents of every dollar is borrowed. Cutting both numbers in half is a "compromise," but that compromise would still leave over a five hundred billion dollar deficit financed by borrowing twenty cents on the buck.

How clueless are Republicans? They announced they want to cut $100 billion in spending next year.

That's like trying to bail out the Titanic with a thimble. If that's the best they have, they're in serious trouble.

America is in serious trouble. Turning it around will require serious people willing to do serious things. The days of "nibbling around the edges" are over. So is the political relevance of a political party willing to do so in order to keep their adversaries happy. Barack Obama and Democrats came to Washington, D.C. promising to do "big things. Republicans should return the favor as much as possible, given the limitations of capturing only the House.

Jim DeMint and Marco Rubio get it. Here's hoping they and others make it clear to everyone that they didn't come to Washington, D.C. to slow down America's progressive-led headlong rush towards oblivion, but to stop it dead in its tracks--no matter how much heat they have to take for it.

It will be a long hard slog, and the 2010 election is merely a first step. Perhaps the best a Republican House can do is blunt progressivism until 2012. But there is no better time than now to make the effort. In case Republicans hadn't noticed, the current Congressional approval rating is 19.8%, according to the Real Clear Politics website. That's their "mandate," the one worth remembering the next time some leftist media windbag is bemoaning the "radicalization" of America as a result of Tuesday's election.

I've said it before and I'll say it again: this is your last chance to stand on principles. Conservative principles. If you don't get it right going forward, there will be a third political party by the time the 2012 election rolls around.

Which party is that? Republicans, looking up at Democrats and the Tea Party.

Don't blow it, boys and girls.

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Previously:


11/01/10:
By Their Own Words Shall Ye Know Them
10/28/10: Progressive Determination to Undermine American Elections
10/25/10: Shock, but more importantly, action: De-Unionize Public Schools now
10/20/10: Multiculturalism? Check, Please
10/18/10: Healthcare: ‘Alice in Wonderland’ vs. The Constitution
10/11/10: Vote for Restoring the Rule of Law in November
10/11/10: Dems: Running From Clarity
10/07/10: Hypersensitive Hogwash
10/04/10: ‘Comprehensive’ Con Artists
09/29/10: Why Dems Are Going Down in November
09/27/10: The Unholiest of Unholy Alliances
09/22/10: Two Words for Republicans to Remember: ‘I Won’
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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