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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 Dec. 20, 2010/ 13 Teves, 5771

A Collectivist Coalition of Convenience

By Arnold Ahlert




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | In recent columns I've noted that the same progressives who make every effort to belittle Christianity, or remove as much of it as possible from the public arena, are equally deferential to, if not outright supportive of, Islam. Why would those who generally disdain religion align themselves with one of the most overtly intrusive religions on the planet? Because the "big picture" ambitions of both groups are remarkably similar: the subjugation of the individual to the collective.

To be fair, Muslim radicals are far less clever than progressives. They make it plain as day that a world subjugated to the Koran as interpreted by Islamic clerics and scholars is their chief ambition. It is a world in which women and non-believers are reduced to second-class status at best, aka dhimmitude, or outright persecution at worst. And it is truly remarkable to see such stalwart components of the progressive movement, most notably feminists, watching in complete silence while Muslims engage in such practices as honor killings, clitoral mutilation, the stoning of rape victims--or the ludicrousness of a New Jersey judge who ruled that a Muslim man could force sex upon his wife because he was "acting in accordance to his cultural beliefs."

When one contrasts that with the vigor these same women reserve for bashing Sarah Palin for innumerable "offenses"--including the "temerity" to give birth to a Down's Syndrome child--one can only marvel at the utter bankruptcy of the so-called feminist movement. Yet it is precisely this odious double-standard which offers a glimpse behind the facade of "tolerance" these women and their fellow progressives show to the world, even as it simultaneously reveals their deepest fears.

Of Islam? Not a chance. Nothing scares progressives more than Christian conservatives.

The people who "cling" to guns, G0d and religion represent threat Numero Uno to the progressive movement. The reason is simple: morally-centered individuals who believe in a power which transcends that of the state, have far less use for that ever-expanding state. They have little interest in the "flexible" morality of progressives, which conveniently extends itself into the realm of a "living" Constitution, without which progressivism would already be sitting atop the ash heap of history. They have little use for those whose worldview is animated by the idea that most people are just too stupid to take care of themselves absent the "beneficent" intrusion of their self-anointed superiors.

How revealing it is that conservatives routinely donate far more of their own money to charity than progressives do, year in and year out. How revealing it is that progressives champion "alternative families," which is arguably the most destructive philosophy in the nation. There isn't a single statistic available which accrues to the benefit of any other social arrangement over that of a stable, two-parent household. There is no shorter path to the kind of chaos--and subsequent need for greater government that such chaos engenders in the minds of progressives--than the destruction of the nuclear family.

Such chaos is the lifeblood of the welfare state. Millions of children untethered to stability, moral structure and clear thinking are a "reasonable" tradeoff for the maintenance of power by those who have now determined that even as basic a parental responsibility as feeding one's children is something "we can't just leave it up to the parents" according to First Lady Michelle Obama. No doubt Monet Parham, a California mother of two children would agree. Parham has filed a lawsuit in conjunction with the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) against MacDonald's for using toys to market their hamburgers. "We have to say no to our kids so many times and McDonald's makes that so much harder to do. I object to the fact that McDonald's is getting into my kids' heads without my permission and actually changing what my kids want to eat," she said.

Such "helpless" parents and their unseemly enablers from the CSPI are backbone of the progressive coalition.

Perhaps Ms. Parham, et al, might retain an ounce of credibility were they as concerned with the cultural rot produced by Hollywood and the music business "getting into her kids' heads," or the fact that an abortionist can perform surgery on a minor "without parental permission" in several states. One has to wonder how people like these put the dangers society presents to their children in the proper order.

The burger, the beats or the abortionist, Ms. Parham?

No doubt she has an answer. And no doubt that answer would also illuminate the worldview of someone "acting in accordance to her cultural beliefs."

Beliefs which, like those of the Islamists, must be imposed on those who resist by any means necessary and available.

Coercion is the unifying force behind radical Islam and radical progressivism. Neither group is remotely interested in a "live and let live" approach to life or governance, whether it is the do-good meddlers of the West looking to regulate everything from the food we eat to speech they consider "hateful," or the Islamic jihadists for whom the slightest deviation from the Koran justifies all manner of carnage. Human behavior must be controlled, and individual expression must serve the greater good, whether the individual in question desires to or not.



The primary difference between the two approaches is that progressivism feigns concern for individualism, even as they mock every choice an individual makes when it fails to align with the progressive worldview. Thus, in the paradoxical sense, one is "free"--to be a bigot, a homophobe, a nativist, a sexist or a racist. One is free to be rich so long as one concedes it's "evil" to acquire a level of wealth past a progressively pre-determined threshold. One is free to believe in traditional American values as long as one concedes such values are borne at the expense of a vast sea of historical "victims" whose virtues are inarguably superior--based on nothing more than that victimhood itself.

Individual irresponsibility is simultaneously obscured and absolved by the champions of "social justice," most of whom would never dream of living under the conditions they so easily impose on the great unwashed "for their own good." Perhaps nothing epitomizes such hypocrisy better than progressives' determination to maintain the current model of a unionized public school system that is a demonstrable failure, even as many of their own children are tucked away in private academies. Save for the destruction of the nuclear family, nothing provides better fodder for progressivism than semi-educated children.

So too, for Islamic fundamentalism. There's nothing quite like teaching younger generations that Paradise awaits the mass murderer of "infidels" as part of, or lieu of, a genuine curriculum. How ironic that so many terrorists end up completing their education at Western universities, many of which seamlessly weave the same contempt for Western values into a college "education." All movements seeking to undermine the individual need a steady supply true believers. True believers who are told a better life is just around the bend as long as they remain committed to the cause.

The cause? In both cases, the collective enslavement of mankind.

Conservatism and Christianity are the last bastions of defense against both movements, which is why they must be taken on first. Thus, the enemy of my enemy is my friend until Christians and conservatives are vanquished. And what seems like an impossible alliance becomes infinitely easier to understand. During WWll, it would have been impossible to imagine FDR telling the American people that "most Germans and Japanese were peace-loving people," or that the "majority of people in both nations were on our side." Today, such sentiments regarding Muslims are routinely promoted, absent any compelling evidence that they are true. And to be fair, those sentiments are not wholly owned by progressives. There are more than a few useful idiots among conservatives willing to toe the politically correct line. If there weren't, our southern border wouldn't be a sieve and we wouldn't be screening or groping 85-year old grandmas at airports.

Perhaps there has been some massive embrace of Western values, or a large-scale resistance movement against Islamic fascism undertaken by so-called moderate Muslims--that has gone unreported by the media--but I am not privy to it. As a result, I remain unconvinced that the "overwhelming majority" of Muslims are on our side. I suspect fearfully neutral is the best we can hope for. And one can only imagine if such people exist in substantial numbers what they must think of an American progressive movement which enables their radical co-religionists.

In the meantime, the mystery of why progressives would support a permanent mosque near Ground Zero, even as they would object to a temporary creche erected at the same location during Christmas, should be mysterious no longer. Every political movement must prioritize its opponents, with the strongest meriting the most attention. Both radical Islamists and progressives know it is not each other they have to worry about initially. Conservatives and Christians are the primary target, and will remain so for the foreseeable future.

Such is worth remembering when members of the former group kill 46 Christians in Iraq and call it "justice"--and members of the latter group see Christ on the cross covered in ants at the Smithsonian and call it "art."

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Previously:


12/15/10:
The President Who Wasn't There
12/13/10: Tech-No!
12/08/10: A Lethal Military, Inclusive or Not
12/06/10: The ‘Unexpected’ Consequences of Progressivism
12/01/10: Leakers and Losers
11/29/10: ‘We Won’, Part One
11/22/10: Keep Your Hands Off My Constitution
11/17/10: Grope and Change
11/14/10: Taking Back Our Country, One School At a Time
11/11/10: Checks (and Balances), Please
11/08/10: Curtain Up, Progressives Down
11/04/10: Last Chance, Republicans
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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