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 July 6, 2010 / 25 Tamuz 5770

‘Commerce Clause’ Totalitarians

By Arnold Ahlert

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | (Congress shall have the power: ) "To regulate Commerce with foreign Nations, and among the several States, and with the Indian Tribes;" — Article 1, Section 8, United States Constitution

Take a good, long look at the above "commerce clause," my fellow Americans. As far as the American left is concerned, it is the vehicle by which tyranny can imposed on the citizenry of the United States. Too strong a contention? Not at all. Our Democratically- controlled Congress has made it clear that "commerce" is a term so flexible it can be "regulated" — even when it literally doesn't exist.

That is the essence of their contention with regard to the clause in the health care bill requiring Americans to purchase health insurance, or risk a fine or prosecution for refusing to do so. Make no mistake: Congress is telling Americans that we are required to engage in commerce, whether we like or not — simply because we exist. And the fundamental question Americans should be pondering as a result, is this: if Congress can force you to engage in a particular activity against your will, if they can literally eliminate the freedom to choose not to engage in commerce, what is it they can't regulate?

Answer: absolutely nothing — and that is the essence of tyranny.

Despite liberal ridicule over the exchange, I don't believe it was any accident that Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan played dodgeball with Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) when he asked whether Congress has the power to regulate what Americans eat. For liberals, there are no words that cannot be "interpreted" to mean whatever liberals want them to mean. For them the Constitution itself is a "living" document, not in the sense that it is still the law of the land after 234 years, but in the sense that it can be twisted to mean whatever five Supreme Court Justices decide.

This is utter nonsense and a complete mockery of American history. In 1787, 55 delegates representing the various states met in Philadelphia to work on creating a federal republic. It them four months of debating, arguing, cajoling and compromising to come up with the exact language contained in the Constitution. There wasn't a single word included (or not included, as in the effort to keep the word "slavery" out) that wasn't thoroughly vetted by those delegates.

Liberals apparently consider that historical reality largely inconsequential. And that's when they're citing the Constitution in the first place. On more than one occasion, the liberal wing of the Supreme Court has decided that "foreign law" can be used as a "guideline" for rendering decisions — or as a basis for discovering what the Constitution "really" means.

Such "flexibility" renders the Constitution meaningless — which is precisely the point. In that context, it is no longer astounding to a substantial number of Americans that the Court's recent decision upholding the right to bear arms was yet another 5-4 vote. Yet consider the Constitutional language those four jurists were willing to ignore in order to reach their desired destination:

"A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."

How does a liberal Justice get around that clause? Justice Stephen G. Breyer claimed the court "was restricting state and local efforts from designing gun-control laws that both fit their particular circumstances and save lives." His dissent: "In a nation whose constitution foresees democratic decision-making, is it so fundamental a matter as to require taking that power from the people? (read the states) What is it here that the people did not know? What is it that a judge knows better?"

Taking power from the people, Mr. Breyer? Taking power from do-gooder representatives whose choose mangle the Constitution to suit their anti-gun ideology is more like it. And hypocritically speaking, the Court had no problem "restricting state and local efforts" to "save lives" when they imposed Roe v. Wade on the nation in 1973.

Back to the commerce clause. At some point, the Supreme Court will have to decide if the progressive movement will be able to impose their will on the entire electorate using a tortured definition of that clause. If they grant Congress that kind of power, it is not inaccurate to say we are finished as a free nation.

Over the top? Take the above decision. Guns are bought and sold. No need to bother with a "messy" Amendment process to change the Second Amendment. Just "commerce clause" it into oblivion — along with free speech, freedom of religion, or anything and everything in which human beings have some sort of interaction that can now be defined as "commerce" — by those with a knack for defining everything in terms of their worldview. A worldview so completely bankrupt, that non-activity, as in your right not to purchase health insurance can be deemed both activity — and criminal.

Any doubt whatsoever which side Elena Kagan would be on? Any doubt that the woman who once stated that "whether a given category of speech enjoys First Amendment protection depends upon a categorical balancing of the value of the speech against its societal costs" is anything other than a radical leftist?

Republicans stand no chance of stopping Kagan from being confirmed. But at some point they have to realize that symbolism is important: giving the most radical president in U.S. history an unfettered Supreme Court court appointment is exactly the kind of "business as usual" cynicism that turns off a ton of Americans. If Democrats can unanimously protect a Democratic president who was found guilty of perjury and obstruction of justice, Republicans should be equally united against the lifetime appointment of an utterly inexperienced ideologue to the highest court in the nation.

That a plurality of Americans oppose Kagan's appointment (42% against vs. 36%, in favor, according to a Rassmussen Reports telephone survey) should help Republicans discover a "spine."

More importantly, it's about time Republicans realized that tradition, or the so-called "comity of compromise" with this administration and the Democrat party is as corrupt as making a deal with the devil. Either you stand for free enterprise, personal freedom, the Constitution as written and the limits that Constitution imposes on government, or you don't.

Are you listening, Scott Brown? A financial reform bill which completely ignores the carnage caused by Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae should be a complete non-starter. Spare Americans the usual "it's mostly OK" garbage that always allows Republicans to "reach across the aisle" — to a party which never returns the favor.

You and the rest of your party have a golden opportunity to lead America back to its former greatness. It's about time you realized that a Democrat administration with a vice president who said "there's no possibility to restore 8 million jobs lost in the Great Recession" or a Democrat House Speaker who said that unemployment checks "stimulate the economy" is group of clueless hacks who need to be fired, not accommodated.

After Kagan is confirmed, Obama will have put two Justices on the Supreme Court. Another one could be "strike three" for our democratic republic. The sooner Republicans re-capture the Senate — where they should unashamedly oppose any more radical additions to the court — the better. If SCOTUS in its present incarnation can only muster five votes for the Second Amendment, one more liberal Court appointee could fundamentally alter this nation forever. The Court is the last barrier — hopefully — between a Congress which has decided the commerce clause can be used as a rationale to regulate anything, and an American public clinging to the hope that the tide can be turned against these wannabe totalitarians.

Like Sonia Sotomayor before her, Elena Kagan proves one thing beyond the shadow of a doubt: elections matter.

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