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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 May 16, 2012/ 24 Iyar, 5772

Questions not yet asked of Mitt Romney

By Nat Hentoff




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | As Mitt Romney exults in his rise to the very top of the Republican Party, I was struck by a tiny story deep in The New York Times last week. At a campaign stop in Euclid, Ohio, a woman in the audience stood up, arguing that President Barack Obama "is operating outside the (structure) of our Constitution ... he should be tried for treason" ("Romney Says Treason Comment Doesn't Reflect His Views," Ashley Parker, The New York Times, May 8).

She went on to ask Romney, as I have several times here, "I want to know what you are going to be able to do to help restore balance between the three branches of government and ... restore our Constitution in this country?"

In response, "Romney sidestepped the woman's comments about treason, talking generally about the Constitution."

What he should have said is: The Constitution breaks down without separation of powers.

There wasn't a word from Romney about Obama's specific unconstitutional actions, such as signing into law the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012, allowing the president to imprison an American citizen indefinitely without trial who is just "suspected of association" with terrorists ("Congress, Obama Codify Indefinite Detention," Sheldon Richman, The Future of Freedom Foundation, fff.org, Dec. 27, 2011).

As I've previously documented, Obama often imposes his will outside the Constitution. But Romney has yet to even mention -- let alone rebuke the president for -- any of those unconstitutional breaches.

I must add that later on, after his brief dialogue with the woman speaking for the Constitution, Romney emphasized that he did not agree with her that President Obama should be tried for treason.

Even if there were a try for impeachment for treason (bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors), Obama can rest easy because there would be far too few members of Congress who'd vote to convict. Democrats are loyal to their leader in such accusations -- even those Democrats who stingingly attacked George W. Bush and Dick Cheney for encouraging torture and other U.S. and international crimes but are largely silent about Obama's assaults on the Constitution.

And with few notable exceptions, such as Ron Paul (who just dropped out of the race), the Republicans campaigning forcefully against Obama's re-election have avoided any substantive mention of his "operating outside the (structure) of our Constitution" in the name of national security.

However, I was recently startled to discover revealing evidence of Romney's principles in defining the Constitution and selecting the judges, including those on the Supreme Court, who rule on these issues.

Last month, eminently skilled reporter-columnist Robyn E. Blumner of the Tampa Bay Times disclosed that Mitt Romney had chosen Robert Bork to co-chair his presidential campaign advisory committee on the law, the Constitution and the judiciary ("Don't let us get Borked," Tampa Bay Times, April 29).

Reading that, I got up and shouted, "Wow!"

Bork was all over the news when Ronald Reagan nominated him to the Supreme Court in 1987, resulting in a fiery national debate that became more raucous when a bipartisan Senate voted 58-42 to reject his confirmation. I covered that story almost daily and was even on a TV panel that included Bork to discuss it. He was not pleased by my questions.

Among Bork's interpretations of constitutional issues reaching the high court, he claimed there was no general right of privacy in the Constitution.

The Fourth Amendment is full of typos?

Then there was Bork's outrage when, in 1996, the Supreme Court confronted the all-male Virginia Military Institute (VMI) with the Constitution's equal protection of the laws for every American and ordered the public college to admit women.

Romney's present adviser on the Constitution and judges responded, "VMI is only one example of a feminized court transforming the Constitution."

Women are third-class citizens? Not up to dealing with the Constitution?

Bork, whom Blumner called Romney's "simpatico legal thinker," had also demonstrated that he "supports the constitutionality of literacy tests and poll taxes in state elections -- those notorious instruments the South used to keep blacks from voting."

So where did Blumner get this jarring news of Bork joining Romney's forces? She told me it's from an Aug. 2, 2011, press release on Romney's campaign website: "Mitt Romney Announces Justice Advisory Committee" (www.mittromney.com/press/2011/08/mitt-romney-announces-justice-advisory-committee).

And dig this applause line from the chairpersons of the advisory committee, including Bork: "Mitt Romney ... will nominate judges who faithfully adhere to the Constitution's text, structure and history, and he will carry out the duties of president as a zealous defender of the Constitution."

This is from Robert Bork?

Among the other members of Romney's Justice Advisory Committee is Steven Bradbury, a lawyer in the Bush administration's Office of Legal Counsel who, in 2005, wrote three secret opinions approving exceptionally severe interrogation techniques.

What does Romney think of torture?

I'm also going to find out more of Romney's views on the Bush-Cheney-Obama presidential state secrets mandates. These mandates prevent trials from proceeding that may embarrass an administration currently dedicated to keeping secret its Constitutional basis for targeting American citizens with drone strikes.

Has Romney said anything about this?

I've written that I will vote for Romney to defeat the most dangerous presidential destroyer of American liberties in our history. But what will be the meaning of America to its citizens and the world after just four years of Mitt Romney? Or four more of Obama?

Of course the long-range cruelties of the economy and the health-rationing price of Obamacare will be among the basic issues in the imminent elections. But if either Obama or Romney wins, how much more of our constitutional liberties will ultimately be lost?

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Nat Hentoff is a nationally renowned authority on the First Amendment and the Bill of Rights and author of several books, including his current work, "The War on the Bill of Rights and the Gathering Resistance". Comment by clicking here.

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