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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 April 29, 2011 / 25 Nissan, 5771

The conspiracy of ridicule and raillery

By Wesley Pruden




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | This has been a good week for Barack Obama. For America, not so much. The old adage that "what's good for the president is good for America" no longer applies.

The week included the economists' declaration that the end of the "Age of America" is at hand, but the president was finally freed to make jokes about the birth certificate he kept to himself for so long. It's still not clear why he fed the mystery. He could have released the long-form birth certificate at the nominating convention in Denver, when the buzz started, and spared himself and the rest of us the long harangue. The controversy may not be on its way to the graveyard yet, but it's probably safe for him to laugh about it.

The president is on a let's-get-serious kick about the other things he has botched and bungled (he doesn't put it quite that way), so he will exhaust the birth-certificate jokes soon and we can get back to serious things — the imminent Chinese assumption of economic leadership and domination of the world, and what he and Congress can do about it, assuming he thinks something should be done about it. The International Monetary Fund says the "Age of America" goes onto the ash heap of history five years hence, in 2016, and the "Age of China" begins. That's when the annual size of the Chinese economy will surpass $19 trillion, worth billions more than ours.

The skeptics of his American birth are undaunted, retooling and rearming to continue their campaign. They're not persuaded by the "long form birth certificate," or at least not persuaded they can't any longer spin their conspiracy theories for a voracious market. And why not? Historians are still arguing about whether Mary Surratt was really complicit in the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, simply because John Wilkes Booth and his conspirators conspired at her boarding house. Conspiracies are hard to give up.

Some of the new theories in the wake of the president's disclosure, alleging that the birth certificate is a not-so-clever forgery, prove that the Internet detectives who were obsessed with unmasking Dan Rather's documents alleging that George W. Bush was a draft-dodger in uniform, are back at work, this time with a new, bigger target. They cite smudges, "mysterious" checkmarks, the signature of a conveniently dead attending physician, a misspelled word, unusual language, and unexplained "wear marks" on the certificate as evidence that it was crudely "photoshopped," or created on a computer.

My own conspiracy theory is here offered not as necessarily valid, but credible and entertaining: President Obama himself conspired with the Donald to set up his disclosure to collapse the birthers' theory in a burlesque of raillery and ridicule. Politics is, after all, only vaudeville redeemed. Mr. Trump has been a Democratic contributor for years, and his friendship with Oprah, an early and continuing enabler of Barack Obama, is well known. The Donald helps the president, and the controversy helps the Donald, setting up a boffo night for his network television season finale. Oprah invites them both as guests to shore up her declining ratings. The birthers fall back to regroup. Nobody loses. It's the American way.

Happily, there's a bit of lagniappe — "a little something extra" — to make the week go down. There's a reason why there will always be an England, as millions of Americans discovered anew when they got up with the cows and chickens Friday morning to watch the royal wedding. There was pomp and circumstance aplenty, a nod to the formality that was once the grace note of public occasion, spoken in the glorious language of the King James Version of the Bible, and enough references to "God the father, God the Son and God the Holy Ghost" to give atheists, Islamists, secularists, Hottentots, liberal churchmen and other irreligious folk severe heartburn.

The London newspapers tried to make something of the fact that Kate didn't promise to "obey" her prince, though she did promise to be "faithful" to him and all he had to do was promise to "love and cherish" her. "Obey" hasn't been in the traditional Christian marriage ceremony for decades. Prayers were said beseeching the Lord to adorn their marriage with "the gift of children," a reminder to Kate about her duty to God and country. There were no crumbs for the gay caballeros. Elton John was there but didn't get to sing. This was a marriage of hope for glory, with tradition enthroned.

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