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. 18, 2010 / 11 Kislev, 5771

Dems defying the gods

By Jonathan Gurwitz

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | The ancient Greeks gave us democracy, the rule of the people. They also gave us the elements of tragedy, which have been hard to miss in the political events of the last two years, in the 2010 elections and in their aftermath.

The Greek tragic cycle begins with koros, the period of a protagonist's happiness. It moves to hubris, a show of excessive pride that offends the gods. In the stage of atė, the protagonist ignores the warnings of the gods and commits an act of folly, which invites nemesis, retributive destruction.

In November 2008, Democrats were euphoric, celebrating the results of a historic election. Two years after they had regained majorities in both houses of Congress, they padded those majorities while also taking control of the White House. “Let's resist the temptation to fall back on the same partisanship and pettiness and immaturity that has poisoned our politics for so long,” President-elect Barack Obama told a rapturous crowd on Election Night.

Three days after his inauguration, Obama invited congressional leaders to the White House. Republicans raised concerns about the scope of the so-called stimulus bill and presented their ideas for boosting the economy and increasing employment. The president swatted them away with two words: “I won.”

Democrats rammed through the $814 billion stimulus package, with the administration touting projections that it would keep unemployment from exceeding 8 percent. As the jobless rate rose above 9 percent and on to 10 percent, the Democratic majority used taxpayer money to bail out automakers and pushed a cap-and-trade scheme that would cripple the economy.

There were warning signs in the polls. This was too much spending, too much government intrusion. Then the gods — in a democracy, the people — hurled a thunderbolt, electing a Republican, Scott Brown, to succeed Ted Kennedy as senator from Massachusetts.

The Democrats ignored the warnings. They forced through a $938 billion takeover of health care without bothering to read their own legislation. They presided over a $3 trillion increase in the national debt in less than two years. They sneered at the people, calling them bigots and xenophobes who were too dumb to acknowledge their Olympian greatness.

Then they were shocked at the destruction on Nov. 2. Democrats suffered their biggest mid-term rout in the House since 1938, losing at least 61 seats, in addition to six Senate seats. But those numbers don't begin to tell the tale of voter retribution across the country, where Republicans gained, at minimum, an astonishing 675 seats in state legislatures, taking 19 state chambers and 10 governorships from Democrats.

In ancient Greece, this would normally be the end, with the vanquished protagonist exiting or, often as not, being carried from the stage. But this Democratic tragedy continues.

An unchastened Obama, who blamed the Democrats' electoral disaster on the impatience of the American people and a failure to communicate, will remain in the White House for at least two more years. In an act of hubris worthy of Oedipus, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi — while celebrating her magnificent accomplishments — will seek to retain her position as leader of a truncated minority.

Meanwhile, a new narrative has developed, building on the theme that this nation of gun-clinging religious zealots is unworthy of the Democrats' enlightened leadership. According to this narrative, the electoral backlash was not the result of pushing an agenda that was too extreme. Rather, it was not extreme enough. More should have been rammed through, and now that the moderate Blue Dog caucus has been annihilated, progressive Democrats are free to soar like Icarus.

Even people only remotely familiar with the classical world know how that myth ends.

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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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