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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

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 25, 2010 / 12 Sivan 5770

Arizona and our national self-abasement

By Rich Lowry




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | The Arizona immigration law has become the occasion for a sorry exercise in national self-abasement.

When Mexican President Felipe Calderon addressed a joint session of Congress last week, he rapped Arizonians -- ignorantly and unfairly -- for using "racial profiling as the basis for law enforcement." If Democrats felt any residual reflex to stand up for their fellow Americans in Arizona, who are grappling with a hellish problem partly caused by the misgovernment of the country whose president stood before them, they swiftly repressed it.

They rose and applauded, and the president of Mexico and a majority of America's Congress united in their disdain for Arizona's handiwork. No one seemed to mind that they were cheering a man from a country where the kidnapping and abuse of migrants is "a human-rights crisis," according to Amnesty International.

In his whirlwind anti-Arizona campaign, Calderon called the law "discriminatory" at a joint press conference with President Barack Obama, eliciting not a peep of protest. Obama agreed that the law "has the potential of being applied in a discriminatory fashion." He tried to soften the blow by shifting into Gunnar Myrdal mode and interpreting the strange customs of his compatriots, who cling to guns, religion and a belief that the Southern border should mean something.

The law is a "misdirected expression of frustration over our broken immigration system," Obama explained in his best sociological diagnosis. In other words, those poor boobs have deluded themselves up into thinking that checking the identification of suspected illegal immigrants makes sense. Pity them, and hope their fit of irrationality passes soon.

In his reference to a "fair reading" of the law, Obama at least implied he had read the 10-page text, a feat beyond his Cabinet. His attorney general and secretary of homeland security blasted away at the law without pausing even to give it a good skim.

And why would they? It wouldn't change their view of the law, or its supporters. The country's progressives believe that they are a lone oasis in a vast archipelago of racism and backwardness called the United States of America. If they apologize for their country, it's only because they think they have so much for which to apologize.

By his own account, Assistant Secretary of State Michael Posner repeatedly brought up Arizona in human-rights talks with the Chinese. He wanted the representatives of a state that jails, tortures and kills dissidents to know we are grappling with this "troubling trend in our society." Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer should be glad she hasn't yet been referred to the International Criminal Court.

Obama says that Justice Department lawyers are reviewing the law -- or, more accurately, looking for any possible excuse to challenge it. They'll have to be creative. A Department of Justice memo from 2002 says that states have the "inherent power" to make arrests for violations of federal law, and drafters of the Arizona statute were careful not to exceed federal statutes.

There are other, more direct ways to vitiate the law. Robert Morton, the head of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, says the government might "not necessarily process illegal immigrants referred to them by Arizona officials." This is the nation's top immigration cop flirting with civil disobedience against enforcement of the nation's immigration laws. If Morton gets the vapors over asking suspected illegals for their ID, he's clearly in the wrong line of work.

Arizonians, are you feeling less frustrated yet? At bottom, the dispute over the state's law is a conflict of visions. The law's supporters believe we should take the border seriously, and assert the country's sovereign right to control who comes here and who doesn't; its detractors believe any serious effort to make good on that sovereign right is exclusionary and tinged with racism because it's primarily directed at Latinos.

In this struggle, the latter camp sees Felipe Calderon as an ally, and thrills to his disparagement of their countrymen.

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