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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. 28, 2006 / 7 Teves, 5767

A 2007 resolution for the Right

By Cal Thomas


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Nothing focuses the political mind like defeat. With Democrats about to assume control of the House and Senate for the first time in 12 years, Republicans in general, conservatives in particular and conservative Christians especially have an important choice to make.


For at least the next two years, they can forget about confirming many, if any, judges who disbelieve in legislating from the bench. There won't be any John Robertses or Samuel Alitos getting confirmed (or probably nominated). No Judiciary Committee headed by Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) will allow any through, and while the fate of the "Gang of 14" who vowed in the last session not to participate in any filibuster of judicial nominees except in extreme circumstances has yet to be determined, my guess is that their influence will not be as great in a Democratic Senate. Neither will there be a "nuclear option" because there will be no Republican majority leader who might use it.


Cross most important social issues off the conservative resolution list for the next two years. Socially conservative freshman Democrats are unlikely to press them on a liberal leadership. Liberals were happy to sleep with pro-life and anti-same-sex-marriage Democrats during the campaign, but don't look for them to be respected in the post-election morning.


The choice conservative Republicans must make is what to do for the next two years. They might consider following the example of Sen. Sam Brownback (R-Kan.). In some ways Brownback, who is running for president, is trying to reinvent what it means to be a social conservative. To be more precise, he is trying to take the movement back to first principles, demonstrating what he is for, rather than what or whom he is against.


World Magazine, a conservative evangelical publication, followed Brownback into the infamous Louisiana penitentiary at Angola, which became known to the public through the films "Monster's Ball" and "Dead Man Walking." Earlier this month, Brownback addressed 700 inmates in the prison chapel and then spent the night in a jail cell along with writer Marvin Olasky, who says his "neighbors" were a serial rapist and a drug cartel killer.


Brownback answered questions from the inmates, who are used to hearing "tough on crime" messages from conservative Republicans, none of whom to my recollection ever began a presidential campaign in a place like Angola. When they got up the next morning, Brownback and Olasky visited Death Row. A cynic might say Brownback was grandstanding, but that cynic would have to answer "for whom?" People who back prison reform and social justice issues have mostly been Democrats and political liberals. Such issues don't play well among the "lock 'em up and throw away the key" crowd.


What I find most appealing about Brownback's approach is his positive tone. It came from a cancer scare he had in 1995. For nine months he was unsure of the outcome. "That's when I felt helpless," he said. He emerged from cancer with a clean bill of health and also a spiritual transformation. "Before 1995 I was in attack mode," he told Olasky. Now he's a changed person. The tone, though not the substance, of his politics has also changed.


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Social conservatives and Republicans might consider Brownback's example. If they keep in mind the end, but change tactics, their prospects for achieving their ends might be greatly improved. Too many of their constituents have been conditioned by the negative approach. In fund-raising letters, in public pronouncements and from some pulpits has come political and ideological invective that is not only unbecoming to the source of such statements but serves as a bad example to others. It has the added downside of converting no one to the conservative point of view and turning off even some people who might otherwise be inclined to vote for Republicans.


Here's my suggested resolution for the Republican-conservative-Christian voter, courtesy of singer-songwriter Glen Campbell:


You got to try a little kindness
Yes show a little kindness
Just shine your light for everyone to see
And if you try a little kindness
Then you'll overlook the blindness
Of narrow-minded people on the narrow-minded streets.


From a political standpoint, the best part of this strategy is that it works and might even prompt more people to vote Republican in 2008.

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