In this issue

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 Nov. 7, 2006 / 16 Mar-Cheshvan, 5767

‘The people rule,’ for a day, anyway

By Wesley Pruden

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | And now to the hour when conservatives will either scare the Republicans straight, or send them all to bed with neither a smile nor supper.

The Democrats are eager to throw out the rascals and replace them with rascals of their own, but they can't do it without the help of conservatives bent on punishing their own.

The pundits and pollsters, eager as always to choose the winners and losers before the voters have their say, reluctantly conclude on the eve of Election Day '06 that they're not absolutely, positively sure that enough conservatives are angry enough. A small but discernible surge seems, maybe, to have put the Republican goal of keeping control of the Senate and maybe the House within the party's grasp, just.

After driving 2,340 miles from the Middle West down into the Deep South and across to Texas — the usually hawkish Bush heartland — it's clear to me that there's remarkable voter ambivalence. After the anger of the election that made the hanging chad the icon of the American democracy, followed four years later by a campaign that transformed anger to bitterness, we're more divided than ever. The war in Iraq is only part of it.

Democrats have drifted from malevolence to alienation, as if forced to live in a country occupied by a conquering army they neither recognize nor understand. Conservatives feel betrayed, as if the men and women they confidently dispatched to Washington to eliminate the absolute corruption of absolute power turned out to be neither zealots nor reformers, but plunderers in pursuit of pelf and profit.

"Sometimes I'm tempted to vote for the Democrat to teach the Republicans a lesson," says a soybean farmer in rural Dunklin County, Missouri. "But if you're hanging the man the lesson you want to teach is wasted on him. Then I think that if the Republicans survive, they'll figure they were spared to continue their turn at the slop trough. I've got hogs with better table manners. I'll probably decide Tuesday morning."

The specifics of congressional perfidy are largely lost on the average American, and some of the campaigns will turn on the kind of trivia that professors of political science and pious pundits deplore. Nevertheless, the average American is always smarter than the pols (and the pundits) give him credit for, and can read character in the trivia when the pundits and the professors can't.

The Republican pols have to worry that voters will punish everyone for the sins of the Class of '94 — the 73 new Republican congressmen who came to town promising to shrink the government, balance the budget, disrupt the prevailing "cycle of scandal and disgrace," and above all not to stay long enough to learn how to be the scam artists they replaced. They quickly saw how much fun it was to be a Democratic congressman and decided that's what they wanted to be when they grew up. Now they're grown up, and some of them will pay for it late tonight. Twenty-nine of the 73 are up for re-election; eight have been elected to the Senate or a governor's office, four left office just ahead of the sheriff (and two of those have visited the prison tailor or soon will), and one died in office. Only eight honored their pledges to serve three terms and go home.

But the traditional Republican campaign mantra — "Vote Republican, we're not as bad as you think" — actually has more resonance than usual this year. If the Republicans are disappointing, the Democrats are scary. The Nancy Pelosi fright mask was a big seller this Halloween season. If the sight of Nancy wouldn't make soldiers' babies cry and dogs scoot under the sofa, the sight of Charlie Rangel, his pockets full of legislation to raise everybody's taxes, would. Mzz Pelosi will be in Washington tonight so that if the Democrats take over the House the television cameras won't find her in San Francisco.

It's tempting to try to read soggy tea leaves, to try to measure the effects of the Foley scandal, the latest John Kerry insult of the troops and the conviction of Saddam Hussein on the 435 races for the House and 33 for the Senate. But the voters have their own unpredictable ways of measuring, with any yardstick they darn well please. Regnat populus, and late tonight some of our pols will be sorry they do.

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