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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 December 3, 2012/ 19 Kislev, 5773

A new start for Rep. Allen West?

By Jack Kelly




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | His only experience in federal office before becoming president was a single term in the House of Representatives. Two years before his election, he lost a race for the U.S. Senate.

Why do I write about Abraham Lincoln at the start of a column about my favorite congressman? Because Rep. Allen West, R-Fla., won't be my favorite congressman much longer. He was narrowly defeated for re-election amid questions about chicanery in St. Lucie County.

National Democrats hope this will be the end of him, politically. If conservatives are smart, it will be just the beginning.

Mr. West, 51, is a hero at a time when we have few such. An Army officer, Lt. Col. West was commanding an artillery battalion in Taji, Iraq, in 2004 when he learned of a plot to ambush his men involving an Iraqi civilian police officer. To get the man to talk, Col. West fired his pistol near the man's head. That was the right thing to do. There were no more ambushes during the time he commanded the battalion.

But it was against the rules. When he pulled the trigger, Col. West knew he was sacrificing his career to protect his troops. Shortly after receiving non-judicial punishment, he retired.

After leaving the Army, Mr. West taught history in high school and was a civilian advisor to the Afghan army. He ran for Congress in 2008, lost, ran again in 2010, and won.

Articulate, passionate, fearless, Allen West fought as hard in Congress for conservative principle as he had for his troops in Iraq. He's a modest, deeply religious man who puts God, America and his family ahead of himself.

And Allen West is black. That's why Democrats are terrified of him.

If their candidate is another white guy, Republicans may never win another national election. Blacks voted for President Obama 93 percent to 6 percent. Hispanics voted for him, 71 to 27.

Asian-Americans voted for President Obama, 73-26. That's shocking.

"If the Republican Party can't win the support of the immigrant group with the strongest family values and the most success in achieving the American dream, what can it say to the Hispanics, the immigrant group with the least success in achieving the American dream?" asked David Goldman.

The opportunity for gains may be greatest among blacks. About 30 percent of African-Americans are conservative, surveys indicate. But two thirds of black conservatives vote the same as black liberals, because racial solidarity has been more important to them than ideology.

Because he's devoted his life to serving his country, Allen West is not wealthy. Conservatives who are should create an organization that could pay Mr. West about $250,000 a year, and send him around the country to bring the conservative message to people who don't normally hear it.

Spreading the conservative message to minorities is vitally important. But the larger purpose would be to create a national platform for Allen West.

He isn't the only guy we should be thinking about for 2016. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana is objectively the smartest man in politics. He may be the most popular governor in America. He'd have special appeal to Asians. No one can sing America's song better than Sen. Marco Rubio of Fla. For Hispanics of Mexican descent, Gov. Susana Martinez of New Mexico may have more appeal.

But conservatives should think seriously about Allen West, despite his loss this year. Republicans chose Abraham Lincoln because of how well he articulated their principles in his losing race.

No one articulates conservative principles better than Allen West. No other potential contender has his military experience, or demonstrated so much character under fire. His term in the House adds breadth to his life experience.

When God shuts a door, He opens a window, Allen West believes. Losing his House seat may be God's way of telling Mr. West it's time to move to a larger stage.

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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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