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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 Sept. 17, 2010 / 9 Tishrei, 5771

Burn the Establishment

By Cal Thomas




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Forty-four years ago, Bob Dylan released an album with the incendiary title "While the Establishment Burns." That could serve as a metaphor for what seems to be happening to the Washington establishment in general and the Republican Party establishment in particular.

The Tea Party Express roared through several primary elections last Tuesday, shaking the foundations of the Republican and media establishments. In a remarkable exchange on Sean Hannity's Fox show, Karl Rove, George W. Bush's "architect" within the political establishment, said that Delaware Senate nominee Christine O'Donnell can't win in November. He then gave the Democrats enough negative sound bites about O'Donnell for them to use in their TV ads for far-left Democratic Senate candidate Chris Coons.

The days when it was more important to preserve party over principles, as O'Donnell put it in an election night interview with CNN, may be coming to an end. Conservatives are tired of being taken for granted and their agenda ignored by the Republican establishment, especially when those they vote for get in power and too often vote with Democrats. If ever there was a Republican in name only, it is Rep. Mike Castle, a 40-year incumbent whom O'Donnell defeated. Tea Partiers think their candidates have convictions that matter to them and they are refusing to put party first.

The full force of the Washington and media establishments will now be brought to bear on O'Donnell and other Republicans identified as Tea Party candidates or just strong conservatives. "Fringe" and "extreme" are just some of the labels that are already being applied to them. They will also be called "ignorant wing nuts," and in O'Donnell's case loaded with "too much baggage." Who is free of baggage, including several current and former members of Congress?

Conservative candidates should ignore it all and tell voters: "You elected this president and this Congress to bring change to Washington. They haven't, so we need to change them if we truly want to transform the country and return it to its founding principles, among which are living within our means."

This nation needs an occasional turnover, even revolution, not only to "throw the bums out," but also to reboot the system and remind ourselves of what America was designed to be and what we have instead become. The establishment won't go quietly because they have large amounts of turf to protect, so they must be dislodged, evicted, even burned out in a metaphorical sense.


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The big media treated the anti-establishment rebellion of the '60s as something good. They will treat this attempt to overthrow the establishment as something bad, mainly because they are now the establishment. When Dylan sang, "The Times They Are A-Changin'," the pot-smoking, free love, anti-establishment hippies sang with him. If overcoming the establishment then was a great idea (it wasn't in view of what and who replaced it), overcoming today's establishment is a better one.

The establishment hates people it can't control and who are not beholden to those who run it. Conservative candidates who are scoring well understand this is a contest between the Washington establishment and the rest of the country. The establishment has one set of interests and the country has another. The conservatives are beholden to the people. The establishment is beholden only to itself and those it chooses to admit to the inside-the-beltway inner circle.

Conservatives can now sing Dylan's lyrics. This verse especially resonates:

"Come senators, congressmen please heed the call.

Don't stand in the doorway; don't block up the hall

For he that gets hurt will be he who has stalled

There's a battle outside and it is ragin'

It'll soon shake your windows and rattle your walls

For the times they are a-changin'.

To put it perhaps less elegantly: step aside establishment, or conservatives will step right over you.


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