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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. 15, 2008 / 15 Elul 5768

Enduring Authenticity vs. Fleeting Charisma

By David Limbaugh


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Many Democrats, including Joe Biden himself, are second-guessing Barack Obama's selection of Biden, but I have to wonder how many are having even greater misgivings about Obama leading the ticket.


How quickly the political landscape can change. The dynamics of this presidential campaign have turned faster than a Jack Bauer torture target. But those praying that Palinmania is as ill-conceived and fleeting as Obamamessiahmania will be sorely disappointed. Building one's house on the rock of Sarah Palin is quite different from erecting it on the shifting sands of Barack Obama.


As the Democratic primary season was winding down, discerning Democrats began to have serious buyer's remorse about Obama, as shown by Hillary Clinton's dominance in the late primary contests.


But Democrats faced a titanic dilemma because cashiering Obama might have salvaged this election but caused a permanent exodus of black voters from the party.


These unpleasant realities, I believe, forced Democrats into denial about Obama. They might have had rumblings of awareness that he wasn't the demigod they'd assumed but clung to the illusion that he was at least partially a post-partisan paladin who could rise above the mundane milieu where mere mortals meander.


But even they had to recognize that Obama is the least experienced candidate for president in recent memory. Earlier in the campaign, that truth temporarily was overshadowed by the dizzying euphoria sweeping America about Obama because of his good looks, his scripted eloquence and charisma, his apparently cheerful and magnanimous demeanor, and his promise to deliver change and a new kind of unifying politics.


As the campaign unfolded, Obama imploded in every one of those categories. Without a teleprompter, he was stripped of his eloquence, down to verbal nudity. Under fire, his cheerfulness turned to sniping nastiness. His platform of change was exposed as the same old extreme leftist policy prescription rejected by 60 percent of Americans, which is why he tried to hide it under cover of vagueness.


His commitment to unity was betrayed by close relationships with paragons of divisiveness, racism and anti-Americanism and his elitist denunciation of small-town Americans. His grandiose pledge to bring us all together was obliterated by his failure to unite even his own party and his eager participation in a very strident and contentious campaign. Far from rising above deficiencies in his resume, Obama is not cool under fire and has less, not more maturity than an average person with his level of experience.


Having hung all their hopes on a haloed herald of hallucinatory charisma and having established superficiality over substance as the electoral standard, Obama supporters forfeited all credibility to criticize Sarah Palin for lack of experience or excess of charisma.


But that won't stop them from trying, as they are never bound by what they said yesterday. And trying they are, as they desperately shoot their stopped-up popguns at Palin, only to injure themselves with the backfire of betrayed liberal commitments to gender equality.


Besides, there is a fundamental difference between the excitement once generated by Barack Obama and that presently inspired by Sarah Palin: Obama's was not grounded in any semblance of reality.


Americans cannot rely on promises of undefined hope. They can find no stability in aimless change. They cannot bank our national security on angry denunciations of America. And they won't easily squander their liberty in exchange for the class-warfare politics of envy and redistribution.


While there is plenty of enthusiasm surrounding Sarah Palin, little of it is irrationally based. None of her supporters believes that she is flawless or that she possesses supernatural qualities.


To the contrary, it's her very authenticity that appeals to us, her decency, her commitment to family, her unapologetic veneration for America's founding principles and traditional values — the very principles and values that are repugnant to the elites.


When you look at Palin, you don't get the idea that she believes she is superior to other human beings or "the one we've been waiting for." One can't imagine her being comfortable being treated as infallible, being placed on an artificial pedestal or voluntarily remaining there through such unspeakably presumptuous extravaganzas as Berlin and Invesco Field.


But with delicious irony, the outcome of this presidential race could well turn not so much on the marked difference in humility between Obama and Palin, but between Obama and McCain.


Had Obama been willing to bury the hatchet and share the limelight with rival Hillary Clinton, no less a political genius than Karl Rove believes he would have been unbeatable. Gratifyingly, McCain was a big enough man to choose and surrender the spotlight to Sarah Palin.

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