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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 January 22, 2008 / 15 Shevat 5768

The late education of Bonnie and Clod

By Wesley Pruden

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | It's not easy being sensitive enough to qualify as a modern Democrat. Political correctness runs amok, and it's only January. If the squawking between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama is about race-baiting, as the most easily excited among us are saying, these are not your grandfather's race-baiters.

Nor is it necessarily ironic that the accusations of race-baiting are heard in the Democratic primaries. The Democrats invented race politics, after all, dating from the days when the party of Jefferson, Jackson, Wilson and FDR was the party of white supremacy. Abraham Lincoln and the early Republicans were against slavery — though certainly not against white supremacy — as long as abolition wouldn't personally inconvenience them, and some of the instinctive differences endure.

Bill Clinton, not necessarily the most liberal of the liberals, imagined he was immune to accusations of racial zealotry no matter what he says and does because, after all, he was christened by novelist Toni Morrison as "America's first black president." Hillary no doubt imagined that as the wife of the first black president, though still a white girl, she had acquired immunity-by-association in the way that infants acquire immunity in the womb. The Clintons were among the sensitivity police who fashioned the trap of political correctness, meant to eradicate everyone who trespassed against the code.

"They embraced Anita Hill and her (unproved) story of feminist grievance, and helped ride it to victory in the Year of the Woman," writes Noemie Emery in the Weekly Standard. "They promised a Cabinet that 'looked like America' (though not quite as much so as George W. Bush's), hectored opponents of affirmative action, and suggested that impeachment was a device thought up by Southern conservatives to punish Clinton for having black friends. Now they find themselves unable to criticize a black man for what they think are legitimate reasons, because they helped to teach people that criticism is bias in disguise ... they can't complain that their words have been misinterpreted, because the theory of hate speech maintains that the listener can project on to words uttered by others whatever motives he wants to see in them. If he declares himself offended, the listener has the last word."

But it's something new for Bonnie and Clod to be cast as racists themselves, as the villains in what columnist David Brooks calls a Tom Wolfe novel unfolding beyond even Wolfe's imagining. It's not so much what Bubba and the missus have been saying, but the "tone" they employ in saying it. All these years we thought only conservatives had a tone problem.

Some of the remarks described as racist, or at least bigoted, are soggy tea bags indeed, and if this were a white-on-white argument it would hardly have raised an eyebrow at the New York Times or The Washington Post. In fact, anyone not paying close attention would have thought the anger at Bubba's characterization of Mr. Obama's views of the war in Iraq as "a fairy tale" was a bit of mean-spirited gay-bashing, and wondered what the controversy had to do with the senator. Hillary's unremarkable observation that Martin Luther King did the heavy lifting but it took Lyndon Johnson to get a civil rights bill through Congress was merely stating the obvious — that a preacher's pulpit prowess inspires but only a president's pen can turn legislation into law.

Even blacks can be racists in the super-heated competition to be the most sensitive pol in town. When Robert Johnson, founder of Black Entertainment Television, observed, with a certain soupcon of acid, that when the Clintons were working for blacks in the '90s "Obama was doing something in the neighborhood, I won't say what he was doing," he was hotly accused of exploiting a racial stereotype: the young Barack Obama must have been doing drugs. This was exactly what the senator, in his campaign autobiography, said he was doing in the neighborhood. But accuracy and facts are no defense against political incorrectness. Falling into a trap of your own design stings a right smart, as Bonnie and Clod are learning through her tears.

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