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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

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Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

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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

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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

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Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

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April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

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Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

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Jewish World Review June 16, 2008 / 13 Sivan 5768

Obama's thinly veiled truculence

By David Limbaugh

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | I was watching television the other night, and someone was interviewing people on the street about the presidential election. More than one respondent stated that they would be supporting Obama because "he can bring us together." You have to hand it to Obama for being a grand master at pulling off this unity sophistry.

Indeed, Obama is so good at this scam that he has John McCain believing it — or afraid to state otherwise for fear he'll alienate this presumed longing of the people for unity, harmony, bipartisanship, civility, hope and utopia itself.

So as a small public service, I figure I ought to do my part to debunk this myth, mostly pointing to Obama's own words and actions. Does he really pass his own test for ushering in an era of harmonious ecstasy?

While McCain is busy excoriating North Carolina Republicans for pointing to Obama's dubious relationships, Obama is wasting no time proving that he will reciprocate with no such courtesies.

Anytime someone criticizes Obama, he responds with outrage at the mere suggestion that he is subject to criticism. He has intimidated John McCain into bringing the proverbial knife to a gunfight, while he's arming himself with rhetorical grenades and rocket launchers. Obama, for example, has set up a Web site to refute alleged smears against him and calls some of the accusers "liars" — not the kind of truculent and aggressive language one would expect from a man promising harmony.

In a recent speech, Obama delivered one pugnacious barb after another directed squarely at McCain. Let's review and examine a few of them:

"I honor ... the service of John McCain, and I respect his many accomplishments, even if he chooses to deny mine."

Are these not gratuitously combative words? Does it promote harmony to accuse someone falsely of something he can't disprove? When has McCain denied Obama's accomplishments?

"While John McCain can legitimately tout moments of independence from his party in the past, such independence has not been the hallmark of his presidential campaign. It's not change when John McCain decided to stand with George Bush 95 percent of the time, as he did in the Senate last year."

What's this? Is the great unifier demonizing President George W. Bush in the full-blown spirit of Bush Derangement syndrome? Moreover, if he's saying McCain stood with Bush 95 percent of the time, is it not fair to ask whether Obama stood with the divisive, pugilistic Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid 95 percent of the time or more?

Keep in mind that I have no problem with Obama challenging McCain's claim to independence or his specious attempt to morph the "maverick" into George W. Bush, nor do I take issue with Obama's inevitable siding with his party's destructive leadership 95 percent of the time.

But I do think Obama's remarks and actions speak volumes about the authenticity of his claim to be a unifier. If he is siding with liberal Democrats almost all the time, doesn't it stand to reason that he can't possibly represent a unifying force?

When Obama says, "It's not change when he offers four more years of Bush economic policies that have failed to create well-paying jobs ... policies that have lowered the real incomes of the average American family, widened the gap between Wall Street and Main Street, and left our children with a mountain of debt," he's not uniting. He's deliberately dividing with class-warfare rhetoric.

Are these the words of a unifier: "There are many words to describe John McCain's attempt to pass off his embrace of George Bush's policies … but change is not one of them"?

Even the Obama-worshipping New York Times acknowledges that both McCain and Obama are on a path to a "slash and burn affair" despite McCain's and Obama's assertions that "they intend to elevate the political discourse."

The Times notes that Obama's campaign has "displayed an aggressive streak ... hitting Mr. McCain hard." It reports that in a conference call, "Obama's advisers on several occasions referred to Mr. McCain as being 'confused' about some key Middle East questions, a statement some took to be a veiled reference to his age and acuity."

And then there is Obama's blistering rhetoric against McCain on Social Security, also containing unmistakable references to McCain's age and acuity: "You know, John McCain has proposed a series of debates, and I'm looking forward to having them. But when it comes to Social Security, he might want to finish the debate with himself first." Ouch.

I've barely scratched the surface, but for any who still believe Obama represents harmony, I ask you to consider how he would go about promoting harmony if he calls for surrendering in Iraq against the wishes of millions of Americans and at the expense of our fallen soldiers or if he continues to support partial-birth abortion.

Impossible — as well it should be.

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