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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 August 1, 2014 / 5 Menachem-Av, 5774

Proposed amendments reek of hypocrisy

By Jonah Goldberg




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Let us now praise Democratic hypocrisy.

Throughout my life, various Republicans have suggested amending the Constitution in one way or another. A few years ago, they suggested revising the 14th Amendment to get rid of automatic birthright citizenship. Before that, some proposed amending the Constitution to lock in the traditional definition of marriage. Ronald Reagan wanted a presidential line-item veto added to the Constitution.

On nearly every occasion, Democrats opposed such efforts, not just on the merits but on the puffed-up principle that we mustn't "tinker" or "tamper" with the genius of the Founding Fathers' constitutional design.

"We should not mess with the Constitution. We should not tamper with the Constitution," Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) declared when opposing a victims' rights amendment in 2000.

Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz.) cried in protest to notion that birthright citizenship should be revoked: "I think it's horribly dangerous to open up the Constitution, to tamper with the Constitution."

"I respect the wisdom of the founders to uphold the Constitution, which has served this nation so well for the last 223 years," Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) proclaimed from the saddle of his very high horse in 2011, in opposition to a balanced budget amendment proposal. "Let us not be so vain to think we know better than the Founders what the Constitution should prescribe."

Then-Sen. Dale Bumpers of Arkansas opposed a balanced budget amendment in the 1990s: "As much respect as I have for a number of members of the Senate -- and we have some very bright people in the Senate -- there isn't anybody here, really, that I want tinkering with what James Madison, John Adams, Alexander Hamilton and all of the rest of those brilliant people, the most important assemblage of brilliant minds under one roof in the history of the world, did."

As a conservative, I'd be the last person to deny that these men had a point. Mucking about with the Constitution is heady stuff, and we shouldn't consider doing so lightly.

But the real reason these Democrats opposed "tampering" with the Constitution wasn't reverence for the genius of the founders. What they really opposed was tampering with a status quo they benefitted from. These same Democrats are the first to applaud when the Supreme Court manufactures new rights from the Constitutional "emanations of penumbras" not found anywhere in the text. They are fully vested members of the cult of the Living Constitution.

President Obama, Al Gore, Hillary Clinton and countless other liberals have pledged undying fealty to the idea that the Constitution needs to be reinterpreted with the changing times. Obama insists that the most important qualification for a Supreme Court justice isn't legal reasoning or judicial experience, but "the depth and breadth of one's empathy. ... The critical ingredient is supplied by what is in the judge's heart."

This saccharine tommyrot is the exact opposite of reverence for the Constitution; it is reverence for liberal judicial activism.

Now Democrats have changed their mind. Earlier this month the Democrat-controlled Senate Judiciary Committee approved on a party-line basis a constitutional amendment to undo the Supreme Court's decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. House Democrats have introduced a similar amendment.

On the merits it's a horrible idea, motivated in part by a desire to bleat about the evils of the Koch brothers in Democratic fundraising pitches.

The stated intent is to allow the government to regulate how much money people and corporations can donate to political campaigns. But such regulations can quickly step on the First Amendment. Recall that the Citizens United case made it to the Supreme Court because under the old campaign finance system, an independently produced (albeit fiercely partisan) documentary about Hillary Clinton was dubbed an in-kind donation to the Republicans because it amounted to a stealth ad. The Obama administration argued before the court that campaign finance laws could be even used to ban books "if the book contained the functional equivalent of express advocacy."

But even though I think the proposed amendments are ill-conceived, I am delighted that the Democrats have taken this route. This is exactly how we're supposed to change the meaning of the Constitution. If the Constitution forbids X but the American people decide -- through extensive political debate -- that X should be permitted, then the only legitimate course of action is to change the Constitution to allow X. Stacking the courts with priests of Living Constitution cult who will simply rewrite the Constitution by fiat is lawless, undemocratic and anti-constitutional.

The Democrats' hypocrisy amounts to real progress.

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