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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 Nov. 21, 2012/ 7 Kislev, 5773

Position revision has nothing to do with why conservatives will continue to lose

By Jack Kelly




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Before Nov. 6, I thought only governments could spend so much money to such little effect. Republicans spent about $1 billion on Election 2012. For bupkes.

If fewer than half a million votes in Florida, Virginia, Ohio and Colorado had switched, Mitt Romney would be taking the oath of office Jan. 20. When you lose so narrowly, defeat can be blamed on many things. Mr. Romney might have won if:


  • Project ORCA, his campaign's new, high tech get out the vote (GOTV) operation hadn't blown up on election day. Votes will trickle in for weeks, maybe months more, but at present, Mr. Romney has about 2.1 million fewer than John McCain got. If Mr. Romney had gotten as many votes as Sen. McCain, he might now be president-elect.

  • He'd responded sooner and more forcefully to the hundreds of millions of dollars of ads Democrats ran early attacking him for his work at Bain Capital. The ads were slimy and false, but they "defined" Mr. Romney for millions of voters.

  • Mr. Romney had attacked President Barack Obama for his broken promises, half-truths and outright lies (especially about Benghazi), his cronyism and his poor work habits. Instead, Mr. Romney pulled his punches.

  • Republicans had done more to appease, less to offend, Hispanics. In 2004, President George W. Bush got 44 percent of the votes of Hispanics, who were then 8 percent of the electorate. Hispanics now account for 10 percent of the electorate. Mr. Romney got just 27 percent of their votes. They were the difference in Florida, Colorado and Nevada.

The big takeaway for me from Election 2012 is how shrewd leftists were to concentrate on gaining control of our most important cultural institutions. It took time, but the payoff has been huge. Liberals and those further left dominate our public schools, colleges and universities, Hollywood, and the news media. The deck was stacked against Republicans.

The formula UCLA Prof. Tim Groseclose developed for measuring it indicates media bias gives Democrats about an 8 percentage point advantage in most elections. Media bias sunk to new depths this year as "mainstream" journalists went beyond spin and double standards to suppress news that reflected poorly on the president.

If the votes of only those aged 30 and older counted, Mr. Romney would be president.

Young people will suffer most from the massive debt run up by the Obama administration. But Americans aged 18-29 voted for the president, 60--37, because incessant indoctrination by their teachers and professors in college outweighed rational self interest.

Few young people today perceive what's in their interest, because they are so massively ignorant of history, civics, economics, geography, physics and basic math. They've been told what to think, but they haven't been taught how to think logically.

If Republicans keep trying to get their message across chiefly through campaign advertising, they can't hope to compete with the constant messaging from the dominant institutions of our culture.

Campaigns are ephemeral, and people are skeptical of campaign ads, because a candidate is asking them for something -- their vote. Liberal authority figures pretend to be giving them something.

Leftist control of education, the news media and Hollywood seems so near absolute many conservatives despair. But the culture war isn't over.

The Achilles Heel of the left is their nostrums don't work. If Marxists seized control of the Sahara, soon there'd be a shortage of sand.

Mr. Obama's policies make economic crisis inevitable. Always, "the gods of the Copybook Headings, with terror and slaughter return." When they do, conservatives can break the liberal stranglehold on our culture.

But only if we wise up. If, a few years ago, conservatives had invested just one percent of what was blown this year on campaign advertising on building conservative cultural infrastructure, Mitt Romney might now be president-elect.

Conservatives must be patient, as the left was, and prepare for the long haul. Reclaiming a culture takes time.

Or maybe not. Newspapers are technologically obsolescent. So are colleges and universities. Both will be shaken in the hard times coming. Some will perish. Crisis could be imminent. If we're to take advantage of opportunities when they arise, conservatives must start now to prepare. In future columns, I'll suggest some ways in which we may.

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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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