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 Sept. 28, 2012/ 12 Tishrei, 5773

Getting Personal

By Greg Crosby

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | More than any other election in recent memory, this presidential election is all about ideas and the future of our country. Obama's idea is to tax the working half of Americans to pay for socialistic big government handouts to the other half, while Romney is for constitutional liberties and free market capitalism. That's about it. It shouldn't be a tough decision for anyone who knows which kind of country they want to live in.

If you believe in redistributing money from those who work for it to those who don't work, if you think that the federal government should control most aspects of our lives, then you should vote for Obama. If you believe Americans should be entitled to keep most of what they earn and that government should mostly stay out of our lives, then you should vote for Romney. Pretty simple. It's a choice between two fundamentally different governing philosophies.

So this shouldn't be a personality contest. This shouldn't be about which guy is "coolest." That superficial junk has nothing to do with the direction each man will take our country, but there are many in the media who want to make this election all about personality. The talk show comics and other so-called commentators love zeroing in on "stiff-looking Mitt." Okay, if you want to talk personality and looks, let's do it!

To start with, the idea that Mitt Romney looks stiff and robotic is complete nonsense. The man has always looked totally at home in his own skin to me. Romney gives the appearance of a good-looking, well put-together CEO. He smiles easily, has a sunny disposition, and a pleasant speaking voice. There is nothing in his comportment that comes close to "robotic." If it's stiff and robotic you want, just take a look at Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid.

The physical appearance and demeanor of the two men in this election couldn't be further apart. Romney is dignified where Obama is pompous. Romney is humble where Obama is arrogant. Romney is sophisticated where Obama is low class. Romney is a gentleman where Obama is ruthlessness. Romney has scruples where Obama is unscrupulous.

The opposition has been attempting to define Romney as a man of the past, a Ward Cleaver "Leave it to Beaver" looking man (code for typical Anglo-Saxon white guy). Meanwhile, no one on the Republican side has ever attempted to demean Obama because of his race, yet the Obama people attack Romney because he happens to be a handsome-looking white man - as if there's something inherently wrong with that. The Obama people drop the race card in reverse on Romney with innuendo and not so subtle rhetoric ("They gonna put y'all back in chains!" to quote what Biden said to a black audience).

The old double standard is in play from the media. As far as they're concerned Romney is a stiff, out of touch "white bread" rich Republican robber baron, and Obama is the handsome young man of color who will save the poor and downtrodden. For 4 years we've been told that the Obama family is extraordinarily attractive - not merely nice looking, no, they're beautiful people. Barak is handsome. Michele is a stunning beauty. Conversely, according to the pop culture gurus, Mitt is an empty Ken-doll and Ann is nothing but a fake woman because she doesn't work outside of the home.

Personal demonization is what this president and his surrogates do best. But the facts tell a different story for those of us who are not bamboozled by the media hype. I know I'll be accused of being a racist for saying this, but in fact Mitt and Ann Romney happen to be highly attractive people and the Obamas are simply plain-looking. Sorry folks, but Obama is no Denzel Washington and Michele is no Halle Berry.

This has nothing to do with white verses black, of course, but the race mongers on the Left turn any honest criticism of Obama or his policies into a race issue. If you don't totally accept Obama at every level then you must be a racist. When the Obama people called Romney a felon, a tax cheat, and a murderer (which they did) and he responded by saying that they're waging a campaign of lies and hate, Romney was called a racist. They take potshots, he defends himself, and they call HIM a racist.

Romney is not only running against the Chicago machine politics of Obama, he's running against the entertainment industry, most newspapers and magazines, all of academia, the trial lawyers, and all public sector labor unions. It won't be easy for him to get his message through all of that, but somehow he must if he is to win. The three presidential debates can be his best hope.

If Obama succeeds in his demonizing, in making it sound like Romney is so bad that Americans are better off staying with what they've got, then Romney will lose. If, however, the debates focus on plans for creating jobs, growing the economy and regaining American prestige around the world then Romney wins. In the war of ideas Americans still opt for strength, freedom and independence over totalitarian rule every time.

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