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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 July 20, 2012/ 1 Menachem-Av, 5772

Short-circuiting the New Third Rail in Politics

By Suzanne Fields




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Race has become the third rail of American politics. Touch it, and you die. It's the rail some of our angriest Democrats want to ride Mitt Romney and the Republicans out of town on.

The word "racist" is the new shorthand for "evil," replacing Hitler as the all-purpose evil those with stunted imaginations accuse their opponents and enemies of. Not so long ago, racism was a crime so heinous that merely to be accused of it was all the proof needed for conviction. Racism and bearing false witness are still heinous, but like "Hitler," through reckless use is losing some of its sting.

In the overheated anger of some Democratic partisans, Mitt Romney has become the personification of racism. There's not a shred of evidence that the presumptive Republican nominee is a racist, or a bigot or a zealot or even a fanatic. In fact, it's his tone of moderation and quiet sobriety (as befits a proper Mormon) that frustrates many of his supporters, who want him to toughen up and get mean on the stump.

But here's how a columnist for Rolling Stone magazine describes him: "(He) is not merely unlikable, and not merely a fatuous, unoriginal hack of a politician, but also a genuinely repugnant human being, a grasping corporate hypocrite with so little feel for how to get along with people that he has to dream up elaborate schemes just to try to pander to the mob."

The columnist, one Matt Taibbi, is angry because the campaign is so uncivil. What provoked his tantrum was Romney's appearance before the Houston convention of the NAACP — one of his best speeches of the young season — when he spoke bluntly, plainly and respectfully of his differences with black Democrats. What specifically provoked the rolling stone was Romney's remarks about the Houston speech the next day to "a mostly white audience in Montana."

"I gave the NAACP the same speech I'm giving you," Romney told the Montana audience. "When I mentioned (in Houston) that I am going to get rid of Obamacare, they weren't happy. That's OK. I want people to know what I stand for, and if I don't stand for what they want, go vote for someone else, that's just fine. But I hope people understand this, if they want more stuff from the government, go vote for the other guy."

Romney was enthusiastically booed, as has been widely reported. But not by everyone in the audience. He was cheered for some of the things he said, notably his affirmation of familiar religious and moral values, and he received a standing ovation when he finished his speech.

The unexpected problem for the plug-uglies on the left is that neither Romney nor Republicans and other conservatives are acting like Republicans and conservatives are "supposed to act." They're not following their assigned roles in the script with harsh language and unyielding prejudices, reflecting what has happened everywhere. The n-word, for example, has been long banished from the conversation, at least in public, by nearly everyone.

Sometimes the "racism" ascribed to conservatives is so subtle that no one but the accuser could recognize it. Recent observations that the president looks '"skinny" is supposed to be racist code for a type who is "good at basketball." Mocking the former law professor is said to be code for "uppity." Any criticism or observation from certain quarters is code for racist.

The fact is that it's the Republicans who have blazed the way for greater acceptance of blacks in high office. George W. Bush appointed Colin Powell as his first secretary of state — the first black to hold such high office in America — and when he departed he was replaced by Condoleezza Rice. In the Republican presidential primaries earlier this year, Herman Cain, a relatively obscure black businessman, unexpectedly prospered and briefly led in the polls.

Peggy Noonan, a speechwriter for two Republican presidents and a columnist for The Wall Street Journal, tells of making a speech the other day to a group of businessmen, no doubt with a generous sprinkling of conservatives and Republicans. When the conversation turned to Romney's prospective vice presidential choices, "I spoke of a few, and then said Condoleezza Rice might be a brilliant choice. Here spontaneous applause burst forth."

Indeed, it was such goodwill that fueled the unlikely Condi boomlet, despite Rice's well-known social and foreign policy disagreements with conservatives, none of them about race, that would make her a calamitous choice for Mitt Romney, who has yet to fully reassure conservatives that he is really and truly one of them.

Nevertheless, the Condi boomlet speaks volumes about where we are and how far we've come in so short a time. It will be something to think about when the campaign gets ugly and Democrats and Republicans start throwing kitchen sinks at each other.

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