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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 Sept. 29, 2011 / 30 Elul, 5771

Liberalism Always Goes Too Far

By Bob Tyrrell



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | One of the causes that has brought the great and worthy movement of Liberalism to its present state of decrepitude has been remarked upon in this column many times before: Liberalism always goes too far. Even in the case of a noble impulse, it goes too far. Public events in recent days, in that magnificent monument to liberalism called San Francisco, show us once again the example of Liberalism over the edge.

But to review my thesis — Liberalism goes too far. It started with the workingman trying to organize a union in the 1930s. It ended with the unions barring everyone save a particular type of man from the union shop. In the 1950s, about a decade before the liberal crack-up got going, it barred women from the union; and, of course, it barred Blacks and Latinos. Moreover, no one who was non-union could still work in the union shop. Liberalism always goes too far.

Bring Liberalism up into modern times. It talked of peace in Vietnam and negotiating an end to the war in Vietnam. But not long after negotiations got started, Liberalism was against all use of force in the world, notwithstanding how threatening the USSR (then our enemy) might be. In time, Liberalism was calling for disarmament and turning the Pentagon into a peace museum or perhaps a place for the homeless.

Take poverty. Liberalism favored all manner of methods to alleviate the plight of the poor. Presidential candidate George McGovern called for a government stipend for everyone (and practical expropriation of us all upon our death). More reasonably, Liberalism favored the perfectly sensible "safety net" for the least of our brothers and sisters. Then, all of a sudden, it was calling for redistribution of the wealth. President Franklin Roosevelt, of blessed memory, favored the Civilian Conservation Corps, Works Progress Administration and Public Works Administration, all requiring the disadvantaged to work for their government check. By the 1970s, work was not a requirement for public largess, and many of the poor lived the life of a comfortable retiree from the local bank. They developed suntans and some a tolerably good golf game. The more farsighted took their welfare checks and dabbled in the stock market.

One sees this proclivity for taking a good cause too far all the time. Do the Liberals call for tolerance of homosexuality? In only a matter of time, they are calling for gay marriage — not civil union, marriage! They are for tolerance for nudity at the beach, then nudity in public restaurants, even at fashion shows, even at churches and synagogues.

Which brings me to the crucial public events in San Francisco last weekend. There a city supervisor, infelicitously named Scott Wiener, has introduced a law calling for the prohibition of nudity in San Francisco's great restaurants — family restaurants and otherwise — and requiring that naked arses placed on park benches or other public seats be swaddled in a towel or newspaper or other ameliorative materials. Needless to say, San Francisco, when faced with the nudist craze then sweeping progressive towns such as Berkeley and San Jose, adopted legalized public nudity wholeheartedly and put no limits on it. In fact, I would think reactionaries in a coat and tie or a chaste dress might be in danger in San Francisco of being proscribed.

Still city supervisor Wiener sought limits, and he sought them on the nudists — mainly dumpy, bald-headed men, all fat and some with hairy backs — if the photographs I saw of last weekend's momentous protests were accurate. There were no statuesque super models demonstrating against his legislation in San Francisco. One gentleman said he already wraps himself in a towel when he enters a restaurant or sits on a bench. "This is about body acceptance, not politics," said the "nude-in's" leader Mitch Hightower, who runs a pornographic website.

What have these moribund Liberals created? If I follow the news reports, it is the unprecedented prospect of thought police. The law that allows nudity everywhere in San Francisco asserts that nudity is illegal only when it inspires "lewd thoughts or acts" or "there are present other persons to be offended or annoyed." Well, who in San Francisco would be "offended or annoyed" by a guy from the nude-in dining at the next table? But notice that reference to "lewd thoughts." Frankly, I find it alarming. Nowhere in the country are we barred from "lewd thoughts" save in San Francisco. As the thought police descend on the city by the bay, remember what I have said: Liberalism always goes too far.

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