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April 21, 2014

Andrew Silow-Carroll: Passoverkill? Suggestions to make next year's seders even more culturally sensitive

Sara Israelsen Hartley: Seeking the Divine: An ancient connection in a new context

Christine M. Flowers: Priest's execution in Syria should be call to action

Courtnie Erickson: How to help kids accept the poor decisions of others

Lizette Borreli: A Glass Of Milk A Day Keeps Knee Arthritis At Bay

Lizette Borreli: 5 Health Conditions Your Breath Knows Before You Do

The Kosher Gourmet by Betty Rosbottom Coconut Walnut Bars' golden brown morsels are a beautifully balanced delectable delight

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 March 24, 2014 / 22 Adar II, 5774

Of sex, age and politics

By Paul Greenberg




JewishWorldReview.com | Asked to comment after a record number of women signed up to seek office on the Republican ticket this year in Arkansas, Joyce Elliott -- a Democratic state senator from Little Rock -- started off fine. She noted that young mothers tend to put off entering politics (not to mention other careers) till their children are older. That figures. Just ask anybody with little kids at home. They get priority, and need to. We all have our priorities, and children tend to change them. And how.

But when the lady and senator started discussing the relevance of age to a political career, she went headlong off the tracks. First she noted the talk about how old Hillary Clinton would be if -- more likely, when -- she declares for president in 2016, which would be 69. And she had to add: "That same conversation doesn't happen around older men who run for office."

Really? Ronald Reagan was 69 when he was first elected president in 1980, and his age came up in a presidential debate when he was running for re-election four years later against Walter Mondale. It was a memorable moment because The Gipper, seldom if ever at a loss for words, made it so. It may also have been the moment of decision in his landslide victory that year.

It was Henry Trewhitt of the Baltimore Sun who brought up the subject. "Mr. President" he began, "I want to raise an issue that I think has been lurking out there for two or three weeks and cast it specifically in national security terms. You already are the oldest president in history. And some of your staff say you were tired after your most recent encounter with Mr. Mondale. I recall yet that President Kennedy had to go for days on end with very little sleep during the Cuban missile crisis. Is there any doubt in your mind that you would be able to function in such circumstances?"

"Not at all, Mr. Trewhitt," the president responded, "and I want you to know that also I will not make age an issue of this campaign. I am not going to exploit, for political purposes, my opponent's youth and inexperience...."

The rest of the president's response may have been lost in the applause and laughter that followed. Even his worthy opponent had to smile. And from that moment on in the campaign, Walter Mondale seemed to realize he would not be the next president of the United States. Ever.

Presidential debates can be not only revealing but relevant even years later. It was in that same presidential race that his critics accused President Reagan of spending entirely too much on defense. Sound familiar? It should at a time when the current administration has proposed slashing the country's defense budget, dramatically reducing the size of the fleet and cutting our land forces to pre-war levels. Pre-World War II levels. If this secretary of defense gets his way, the U.S. Army will be cut down to 1940 size. When the same debate was being held in 1984, Ronald Reagan responded to criticism of his policy of Peace Through Strength by noting Mr. Mondale's claim that he would be a strong leader, too:

"I'm not going to continue trying to respond to these repetitions of the falsehoods that have already been stated here," he said. "But with regard to whether Mr. Mondale would be strong, as he said he would be, I know that he has a commercial out where he's appearing on the deck of the Nimitz and watching the F-14s take off. And that's an image of strength -- except that if he had had his way when the Nimitz was being planned, he would have been deep in the water out there because there wouldn't have been any Nimitz to stand on it -- he was against it."


After the laughter died down, the president continued: "He was against the F-14 fighter, he was against the M-1 tank, he was against the B-1 bomber, he wanted to cut the salary of all of the military, he wanted to bring home half of the American forces in Europe. And he has a record of weakness with regard to our national defense that is second to none."

If all that sounds frighteningly familiar, so do the results of such weakness in 2014: Russia on the march again, this time in Crimea and maybe beyond. The vivisection of Syria is now entering its fourth year with 140,000 dead, millions more homeless and exiled, chaos spreading throughout the region like the waves of Syrian refugees, and no end of the suffering in sight. The resurgence of terrorism in Iraq and Afghanistan has been dramatic as wars once won are lost. The Poles, Latvians, Lithuanians, Estonians, Romanians -- indeed, all of Europe -- grows nervous, and has good reason to be.

Once again the West does little more than wring its hands and talk of sanctions and negotiations, much as it did when another aggressor was taking over its neighbors one by one in another era of appeasement. Our president and vice president sound shocked -- shocked! -- when, after having issued an invitation to aggression, the aggressor accepts. Whether it's called appeasement or Détente or, as in the lastest case, a Reset, the result remains the same. What did our leaders think would happen when they made nice with Evil -- that we'd all go out for ice cream afterward?

But this is what the world looks like without a strong America, and why the American electorate would have done well to consider the youth and inexperience of the Hon. Barack Obama before electing him president -- and commander-in-chief! -- and watching another failed presidency unfold at home and abroad.

You needn't go all the way back to 1984 to watch a presidential debate that, in retrospect, had telling moments of insight. Just a couple of years ago, in the presidential election of 2012, Barack Obama dismissed Mitt Romney's concern about an undeterred Russia with what he must have thought was a clever quip at the time: "Gov. Romney, I'm glad that you recognize that al-Qaida is a threat because a few months ago, when you were asked what's the biggest geopolitical threat facing America, you said Russia. The 1980s are now calling to ask for their foreign policy back because the Cold War's been over for 20 years...."

So much for Ronald Reagan's foreign policy, which oversaw the end of the Cold War, and the end of the Soviet Union and the nuclear arms race with it, and a new birth of freedom throughout Eastern Europe. Not just the Berlin Wall fell thanks to the foreign policy of the 1980s, but a whole evil empire. But our current president has been busy reversing all those gains. For the latest results of his Reset, see the news and stark images out of Crimea, complete with Russian troops on the march again. From Yalta on the Black Sea to Rostov on the Don, an iron curtain is descending over Europe again.

Barack Obama's punch line about the 1980s wanting their foreign policy back doesn't sound quite so funny now. Maybe because only the Russians are laughing.

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Paul Greenberg is the Pulitzer prize-winning editorial page editor of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

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