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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 Oct. 3, 2007 / 21 Tishrei 5768

Empty podiums are bad form for GOP

By Jonathan Gurwitz

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | What is it, exactly, that the Republican presidential hopefuls are thinking? The NAACP invited all the GOP aspirants to address its convention in July. Only Rep. Tom Tancredo showed up.

Last month, Univision invited the GOP contenders to participate in a debate on the Spanish language network. Only Sen. John McCain had the fortitude to participate.

Last week, Tavis Smiley hosted a presidential debate on PBS that focused on issues of concern to minority communities. Organizers issued invitations to the entire Republican field months in advance. The lecterns for McCain, Rudy Giuliani, Mitt Romney and Fred Thompson stood empty at Morgan State University, a historically black university in Baltimore.

It's one thing for the Democratic contenders to cower to left-wing agitators and refuse to participate in a debate on Fox News. It's what you'd expect from this group: petty, unprincipled and spineless.

And it gives Republicans an effective talking point for 2008. If the nominee of the Democratic Party is too frail to go into enemy territory and face Brit Hume or Juan Williams, how can they be expected to deal with the likes of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad at the United Nations or Hugo Chávez at the Organization of American States?

But do the Republicans really believe an NAACP convention is enemy territory? Are they too timid to take on Tavis Smiley? Has the nativist element become so powerful in the Republican Party that appearing on Spanish language television is now the kiss of death?

Those are the talking points the Republican nominee has ceded to the Democrats. And it's not as though they were hurting for any.

The all-male, monochromatic and mostly mature GOP team already plays to stereotypes about Republican country club exclusivity. Peggy Noonan, writing in the Wall Street Journal, observed that Romney looks "like someone who's stepped from the shower and been handed a dress shirt by his manservant George." At least he's not, like some of his competitors, humorless.

Those are issues of perception. The dangerous reality is that the Republican Party is writing off minority voters and, in the process, undoing more than two decades of effort and progress.

In 2005, Republican National Committee Chairman Ken Mehlman did go to the NAACP convention. He didn't just talk. He apologized for Richard Nixon's "Southern Strategy" in 1968 that took political advantage of racial polarization. In 2007, the front-runners for the GOP nomination can't be bothered to make an appearance.

It doesn't matter that Republican presidential candidates rarely obtain more than 10 percent of the black vote. Addressing a black audience — somewhere, sometime — is the right thing to do for someone who wants to be president for all the United States.

Would it really have been that difficult for John McCain to go to Detroit and tell the NAACP, "You have been almost wholly in thrall of the Democratic Party and its social programs that breed dependence on government, and it has not availed you. Four decades after the Great Society, the ills it was intended to remedy still plague the African American community. I offer you an alternative."

Was it too much for Rudy Giuliani to go to Miami and say, "This nation of immigrants has nothing to fear from a new generation of citizens who hail from Latin America, just as it had nothing to fear from the Italian, Irish, Jewish, Polish and German immigrants who came before them. But our national security and respect for the law demand that they come to this country lawfully, as their predecessors did."

The dismissive attitude toward Hispanic voters is particularly incomprehensible. George W. Bush polled more than 40 percent of the Hispanic vote in 2004, a key reason he prevailed in battleground states such as Colorado, Florida, Nevada and New Mexico, each of which was critical for an Electoral College victory.

The Republican contenders, save McCain, don't seem to care. Neither will Hispanic voters come next November.

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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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