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 21, 2010 10 Menachem-Av, 5770

The End of Democracy As We Know It

By Roger Simon

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Alvin Greene may be the end of democracy as we know it, or else he is a throwback to a time when America and its politics was a simpler world.

Greene, 32, is a jobless, accused felon who last month won the South Carolina Democratic primary for the U.S. Senate, without having a campaign manager, a media adviser, a press secretary, a communications director, a yard sign, a slogan, a TV commercial or even -- gasp -- a Website. It is not entirely certain that he gave a speech or even left the house much.

Yet he won by a landslide -- an astonishing 18 percentage points -- over four-term state legislator and former judge Vic Rawl, who had amassed a war chest of approximately $186,000 and had a small army of volunteers. Greene had amassed a war chest of approximately nothing and had no volunteers, except possible his 81-year-old father with whom he lives.

Further, in this age when candidates must be media savvy if not downright slick, Greene had an odd way of speaking. Suzy Khimm of Mother Jones magazine was one of the first reporters to talk to Greene after his victory. "His verbal ticks and strange affect were immediately apparent," she wrote. "He frequently repeats and interrupts himself, speaking haltingly and sometimes descends into incoherent rambling."

And after eight years of George W. Bush, haven't we had enough of that?

Just kidding. While Greene sometimes may be incoherent, at other times he is all too coherent, like when he outlined his job-creation plan to a reporter from The Guardian, a British newspaper.

"Another thing we can do for jobs is make toys of me, especially for the holidays." Greene said. "Little dolls. Me. Like maybe little action dolls. Me in an army uniform, air force uniform, and me in my suit. They can make toys of me and my vehicle, especially for the holidays and Christmas for the kids. That's something that would create jobs. So you see I think out of the box like that. It's not something a typical person would bring up. That's something that could happen, that makes sense. It's not a joke."

Actually, I was hoping it was. Some say this is all just a tempest in a teabag, considering it didn't matter whom the Democrats nominated, because he was going to get crushed by the conservative Republican incumbent Jim DeMint anyway.

Don Fowler, former national chairman of the Democratic National Committee and former South Carolina state party chair, disagrees. He told me DeMint is vulnerable and if Greene's primary opponent had gotten the nomination, the Democrats might have taken the seat.

So how did Greene win? There is no shortage of theories: Greene is a Republican plant, elected with Republicans voting in the Democratic primary. (Which would be legal -- there is no party registration in South Carolina.)

Or maybe the voting machines were manipulated, or maybe it was just dumb luck -- in a race where neither candidate was very well known, Greene's name came first on the ballot, and maybe that was enough to do it.

Fowler, one of the Democrats' senior statesman, known for his gentlemanly manners, declined to say much about Greene personally.

"The only thing I know about him is what's been in the media, and the media is fascinated with him because of his peculiarities," Fowler said. "I never heard of the guy. He has no background or reputation."

Except that now Greene has too much of a reputation, with everyone knowing that he is accused of showing a pornographic Website to a University of South Carolina student and then talking with her about going to her dorm room. He has not entered a plea or been indicted.

On Sunday night, Greene gave his first televised speech. It was to the local NAACP chapter in his hometown of Manning. I watched it, and except for some understandable nervousness, Greene did OK, reading from notes handwritten in a spiral notebook. He was frequently interrupted by applause.

There was one semi-odd moment, however, when Greene said, "Let's reclaim our country from the terrorists and communists!"

The crowd looked at him in silence. The communists? Like those hapless spies we just exchanged? Or maybe Greene meant communist action figures.

Ed Pilkington of The Guardian, who spent two hours with Greene and came away generally sympathetic, wrote, "He repels and inspires, moments of lucidity interspersed with moments of the complete opposite."

It's those moments of the "complete opposite" that South Carolina Democratic Party leaders are worried about. They think they have a chance of winning the governorship and don't want Greene and his moments of non-lucidity getting all the media attention.

When asked last month on "Meet the Press With David Gregory" whether Greene was a "legitimate candidate," senior Obama advisor David Axelrod said: "It's doesn't appear so to me. It's a mysterious deal, he didn't campaign, the whole thing is odd, and I don't really know how to explain it. I don't think anyone else does either."

Nobody else does. Which is maybe how democracy once worked -- some unknown guy walked out of the backwoods, stood on a stump, talked about taxes and got sent to Washington. If he was lucid when he left, he often wasn't so when he came back.

But that was a long time ago. And now, if you win an election without having a Website, you are immediately suspect.

"Greene allegedly has a degree in political science from the University of South Carolina," Don Fowler told me. "I teach political science at the University of South Carolina. I am afraid to look to see if he was one of my students."

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