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 May 6, 2009 / 12 Iyar 5769

Lost principles, lost votes

By Jonathan Gurwitz

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Arlen Specter's defection to the Democratic Party carried two reminders — one bipartisan and one strictly for Republicans.

The bipartisan reminder is that for too many politicians, self-preservation is job one. Specter, who enjoyed the support of George W. Bush and conservative luminary Rick Santorum during his bid to win a fifth Senate term in 2004, didn't switch parties as a matter of principle.

About this, he was perfectly candid: "I am unwilling to have my 29-year Senate record judged by the Pennsylvania Republican primary electorate."

Translation: "I am 20 points down in the polls to a GOP challenger, and I have a better chance of winning a sixth term in the Senate running as a Democrat. I'd be short-changing the American people if I left Congress after only 30 years."

The reminder to Republicans is that they are still in deep trouble. In 2006, Republicans lost 30 House seats, six Senate seats and majority control in both chambers of Congress.

In 2008, they lost 21 more House seats, eight Senate seats and the White House. The downdraft from federal elections wiped out GOP candidates in states that only four years earlier had been solidly Republican.

With Specter's defection, Republicans are still playing a game of political subtraction. You only win, however, by addition.

Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, Democrats were subtracting, Republicans adding: Bob Martinez in Florida, Ben "Nighthorse" Campbell in Colorado, Norm Coleman in Minnesota, Phil Gramm and a young legislator named Rick Perry in Texas.

Now the arithmetic is reversed. No one will mistake Specter for the ghost of Ronald Reagan. But Specter entered the Senate in 1980 as a member of Reagan's big tent Republican Party. His departure, after two electoral expulsions for Republicans, leaves behind a depressingly small, increasingly regional tent.

How do you rebuild a bigger, national party? For starters, you show tolerance for Republicans who win in states or districts that aren't reliably red but who aren't necessarily ideological pole sitters. Specter's first vote as a Democrat was against the Obama budget.

Sen. Jim DeMint of South Carolina, a real conservative and fighter for reform in Congress, said he'd rather have 30 principled Republicans in the Senate than 60 without a set of beliefs.

DeMint is wrong on the timing. When you have a large majority, you can afford to purge your ranks. When you're one vote shy of becoming a politically irrelevant minority without the ability to filibuster, it's the equivalent of calling in fire on your own position.

But he's right about the principles. Republicans won a congressional majority in 1994 — two years after a disappointing election in which they lost the White House — by offering a clear alternative to the scandal-plagued, profligate spending Democratic majority: limited government, fiscal responsibility, accountable leadership and individual freedom.

By 2006, those principles were gone. And still in 2009, even with Nancy Pelosi, John Murtha, Harry Reid and Chris Dodd running Capitol Hill, most of the public can't tell the difference between an old Democrat and a new Republican.

Two events in recent years make clear there's still a large national constituency for principled conservatism: the outrage of Americans at the Supreme Court's Kelo decision in 2005, and the growing movement of citizens who realize a massive expansion of government power and spending will bankrupt our nation.

Those should be Republican voters. In 2008, however, they voted Democratic, wasted their votes on third parties, or stayed home. And they'll continue to do so, as will a majority of Americans, until the Republican Party offers them a clear alternative.

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JWR contributor Jonathan Gurwitz, a columnist for the San Antonio Express-News, is a co-founder and twice served as Director General of the Future Leaders of the Alliance program at NATO Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium. In 1986 he was placed on the Foreign Service Register of the U.S. State Department.

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