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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 Dec. 11, 2006 / 20 Kislev, 5767

A dream come true

By Kathryn Lopez


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | There once was a man with a dream. Imagine if an assassin's bullet hadn't cut his life short. The man, whose birthday we celebrate as a federal holiday next month, perhaps could have lived to see today. He could have lived to see that, in so many ways, we heeded his message.


Back in 1963 on the Washington Mall, he proclaimed his dream, "deeply rooted in the American dream." He had a "dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: 'We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal.'"


And so here we are, facing the 2008 presidential election in which these are some of the names being floated: Barack Obama, a U.S. senator, who is black. Condoleezza Rice, the Secretary of State, who is a black woman. Hillary Clinton, who is a woman and dynastic. New Mexico governor Bill Richardson would add a Hispanic to the bill.


In other words, some color (pun intended) has been added to the presidential landscape.


And they're all in the mix with more traditional-looking possibilities — white guys. That's what I call dream fulfillment. They're all part of the race together — Americans with dreams.


And yet, we still have our hang-ups. Can America handle a woman president? A group called The White House Project exists on the assumption that women need a whole lotta affirmative action to ever make it to the West Wing. And that a woman should get there just because she's a she.


That's precisely the kind of attitude voters in Michigan rightly rejected this year when they voted for the Michigan Civil Rights Initiative. MCRI amends the state's constitution to outlaw "state entities from discriminating or granting preferential treatment based on race, sex, color, ethnicity, or national origin."


That's what Martin Luther King Jr. was talking about. Michiganders know the dream. Americans know the dream. It's the way we live our lives.


President Barack Obama? Well, not if the Republican party can do anything about it, as NBC's Chris Matthews might say — and not just because Obama is a Democrat, and Republicans naturally want Democrats to lose. During the 2006 campaign, Matthews insisted obsessively — and he was far from alone — that one TV commercial Republicans ran against Tennessee Senate candidate Democrat Harold Ford (who is black) was racist (not true). But Ford lost to one of those white guys, so this lie and Matthews' delusions will live on.


And then there is the "can we handle a woman president?" nonsense.


Britain did quite fine with Margaret Thatcher as prime minister, quite a few years ago. And although Nancy Pelosi is the first woman Speaker of the House, she is far from the first American woman to hold a prominent position. One of the silliest things President Bush ever did was play gender politics with the Supreme Court: He lowered standards to try to fill what he obviously considered the "woman's seat" Sandra Day O'Connor was retiring from with another woman, regardless of her qualifications. We're better than that . . . aren't we?

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Now there is the brand-new question "Can a Mormon be president?," raised by pundits concerning the potential candidacy of outgoing Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney. Will Evangelicals vote for someone they consider unChristian? Will Americans be freaked out by previously unpublicized customs and beliefs? There may be more Catholics around than Mormons, but didn't we get over this kinda thing, say, four decades ago?


In other words: How about "May the best man or woman win"?


Or, to borrow a phrase or two: "When we allow freedom to ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of G-d's children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual, Free at last! free at last! Thank G-d Almighty, we are free at last!"

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