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 Aug 14, 2012/ 26 Menachem-Av, 5772

America was not built on dirt alone

By A. Barton Hinkle

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | The Earth's crust is 20 to 30 miles thick. This is a darn good thing, because there is a godawful lot of stuff in it — especially here in North America.

We have this on the authority of prominent public figures such as Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell. In a recent Op/Ed column, McDonnell blasted the Obama administration's shift in welfare policy. "Our nation," McDonnell wrote, "was built on a commitment to the dignity and necessity of work."

But that's not all our nation was built on. Nosirree. According to House Speaker John Boehner, "America is a nation built on freedom." Majority Whip Eric Cantor agrees: "America was built on a culture of opportunity," he told an audience at Harvard. Rep. Randy Forbes thinks likewise: "Our nation was built on the premise that we are the 'land of the free,' and that includes economic freedom."

From statements such as those, you might conclude Republicans have a pretty good idea what America was built on. Well. To quote Abby Bartlett in "The West Wing," you can just "stand there in your wrongness and be wrong." Back in April, President Obama told an Ohio audience Republicans "don't seem to remember how America was built."

But the president sure does! "America," he says, "was built on the idea of broad-based prosperity." And "the promise of equality and full participation for all." Also, "America was built on innovation" and on "the hard work and ingenuity of our people and our businesses." Not to mention "a belief that the best progress comes from ordinary citizens." It's all right there in the archives, go check it out.

Of course you would expect Obama to say stuff like that. But Ginny Meerman knows better. Meerman is a beauty pageant consultant who got so fed up with the liberal pantywaists who run beauty pageants that she decided to start her own. Last month she launched (I swear I am not making this up) the Miss Conservative U.S.A. Pageant. As she sees it, "America was built on conservatism, not liberalism, and here we are. Booyah!"

It's not entirely clear why so many people feel the need to explain what America was built on. It is entirely clear, however, that the country always seems to be built on ideas those people happen to embrace. You never seem to hear anyone say, "I don't believe in such-and-such, but hey, that's what America was built on. Whattaya gonna do?"

What else was America built on? "Christian principles" (Idaho Rep. Bill Sali); "Christian and Jewish values" (Texas state Rep. Debbie Riddle); "biblical principles" (Oklahoma pregnancy center member Shelly Louis); and "the Bible" (Warren Delafield, a supporter of Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy). Five bucks says none of them is a Taoist. Of course, many people insist America was emphatically not built on Christian principles, but none of them goes by "The Rev."

It should be noted that not everything America was built on was good — heavens, no. Just ask Bonnie Greer, who contends, in London's Guardian, that America was built on racism. Then there are those who say America was built on slavery — although it is hard to find the original authors of such statements. Mostly what you find are conservatives who say things such as: "The 'America was built on slavery and genocide' meme is a central pillar of leftist anti-Americanism" (Hollywood writer Mark Tapson).

Now you might be wondering: If America was built on all this stuff, is there anything it was not built on? Of course! America was "not built on the generosity of the federal government" (Rick Perry). America was "not built on football mania" (Janine Turner, Washington Examiner). It was "not built on hate" (Cardinal Theodore McCarrick). And it certainly was "not built on victims" (Republicanloudmouth.com).

Just as he knows what the country was built on, President Obama also is an expert on what it was not built on. For example, last month he told a Jacksonville audience that "this country was not built on top-down economics." Also, "this country was not built on greed." What's more, America was "not built on how much we consume or some sort of Ponzi schemes."

That clears up a lot. Still, many questions remain. For instance: How was America built? How was it not built? What built it, and what didn't? Who built it, and whom did they build it for?

The president can answer some of those questions, too: "America is not built from the top down," he said a few days ago. Letting insurance companies "decide to drop your coverage when you need it most" is "not what built America." And just in case anyone thought otherwise, the president wants to make the following perfectly clear: "America was not built by any single individual. We built it together." Who knew?

As for the other questions, they will just have to wait until his second term, if there is one. Booyah!

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03/20/12: Nation wondering: what happening to language?
02/21/12: Culture warriors resort to propaganda
02/15/12: Step away from that cookie and grab some air
02/08/12: Lessons in heresy
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01/11/12: Shut up, they explained
12/30/11: A Modest Proposal: Let's Ban All Sports!
12/26/11: A Christmas letter from the Obamas
02/24/11: Will the next Watson need us?
12/24/10: Here Are Some Good Gifts for People You Hate
06/15/10: The Presinator
05/26/10: More than equal
04/08/10: Angry Right Takes a Page From Angry Left but guess who is ‘ugly’?
02/16/10: Either Obama owes George W. Bush an apology, or he owes the rest of us a very good explanation for his about-face on wiretapping
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