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December 2, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
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 Sept. 12, 2011 / 13 Elul, 5771

The GOP Field Expands --- and Narrows

By Paul Greenberg




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | It was only fitting that the Republican presidential hopefuls -- or at least eight of them out of a growing crowd -- would be invited to gather at the Reagan Library in the once Golden State, whose parlous economic condition now mirrors that of the country.

It was an occasion for the candidates to have their picture taken with Nancy Reagan, who's still holding her own as a link with the GOP's glory days. Once again the country seems waiting, in the Gipper's words, for a new beginning, for morning to come to America.

But by the debate's welcome end, the crowd of candidates had brought at least as much darkness as light to the discussion. For as the debate lengthened, so did the shadows. Little new was said; it felt more like twilight in America. Where was that old Reaganesque optimism?

The platitudes and cliches flew, but few stick in the mind. There were some embarrassing moments (Ron Paul provided most of them, as expected), but who, except for the usual political junkies, will remember anything that was said in this debate come next week, let alone next month or next year?

This was Rick Perry's debut in a national presidential debate, so naturally enough he had the spotlight. No doubt his fans were impressed; others weren't.

Gov. Perry comes across as a George W. Bush without the winning personality behind the dyslexia. This unapologetic Texan stuck with his attacks on Social Security ("a Ponzi scheme") and Global Warming theory, which was renamed Climate Change when the evidence for it proved tricky.

The governor's case against both may have some basis, but he spoke as if daring his national audience to disagree. A soft word turneth away wrath; his manner invites it. Style can be all in these matters.

Despite the setting, Ronald Reagan's 11th Commandment -- "Thou shalt not speak ill of any fellow Republican" -- was honored mainly in the breach. And soon this wide-open debate became essentially a two-candidate contest: Mitt Romney vs. the candidate who isn't.

In Iowa, the non-Romney was Michele Bachmann. She was present at this debate, but only present. The non-Romney these fickle days is Rick Perry. When the Texas governor started slugging early on, Mr. Romney more than held his own, but somehow remained above the fray, that is, presidential. As in his riposte when Gov. Perry did his Social Security Equals a Ponzi Scheme number. The former governor of Massachusetts finessed that issue by reminding his party that Social Security needs to be mended, not ended:

"Our nominee has to be someone who isn't committed to abolishing Social Security but is committed to saving Social Security. I will be sure that we keep the program (but) make it financially secure."

It was as if Mitt Romney were already campaigning in the general election rather than the primaries -- and keeping his eye on the prize: all those independent voters and wavering, disillusioned Democrats out there. In the primaries, his party will face a choice between tickling its own ideological fancies or nominating a candidate who can seize the middle ground of American politics -- and victory with it.

It's the kind of choice that goes back at least to 1952 and the Taft-Eisenhower battle for the Republican presidential nomination that fateful year. The GOP can choose a candidate who will talk sense to the American people or one who'll go wandering off into the ideological wasteland populated by the Ron Pauls of the country.

This evening Congressman Paul came out against fencing off the border not because it might keep foreigners out but because it might keep Americans in, preventing us from emigrating with our life savings in hand in some kind of doomsday scenario. Ron Paul never sounded more like Ron Paul, that is, strange.

At their more ideological moments, the leading anti-Romneys on that stage in California, the Rick Perrys and Michelle Bachmanns, bring to mind Whittaker Chambers' warning back in the 1950s:

"If the Republican Party cannot get some grip of the actual world we live in and from it generalize and actively promote a program that means something to the masses of people -- why, somebody else will. Then there will be nothing to argue. The voters will simply vote Republicans into singularity. The Republican Party will become like one of those dark little shops which apparently never sell anything. If, for any reason, you go in, you find at the back an old man, fingering for his own pleasure some oddments of cloth. Nobody wants to buy them, which is fine because the old man is not really interested in selling. He just likes to hold and to feel."

The past may belong to the Ron Pauls in the Republican Party, but it's hard to believe the future does.

Despite all the campaign foofaraw every four years, Americans remain above all a practical-minded people. The American voter wants ideas that work in the real world. The big problem with Obamanomics is that it doesn't. Why go for an opposite-but-equal kind of politics that's also based more on ideology than reality?

It's hard to believe any of the ideologues in the Republican Party will win out if the voters can choose a practical-minded alternative. Like Mitt Romney.

It's a long, long way to November of 2012. But at this point the GOP's best chance next year would seem to lie with a uniter, not a divider. And so does America's.

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