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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 Jan. 4, 2010 / 18 Teves 5770

The 2000s: A descent into incivility

By Jeff Jacoby

Jeff Jacoby




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Political incivility is as American as Mount Rushmore, and probably as old. Thomas Paine vilified George Washington as "treacherous in private . . . and a hypocrite in public," while Abraham Lincoln, as Harper's noted in 1864, was publicly reviled as "Despot, Liar, Thief, Braggart, Buffoon, Usurper, Monster." Politics, as Mr. Dooley said, ain't beanbag.

But in our political discourse since 2000, malice has become ubiquitous. George W. Bush's critics endlessly compared him to Adolf Hitler. Radio host Glenn Beck mused on-air about "killing [filmmaker] Michael Moore." Sandra Bernhard ranted that Sarah Palin was a "whore" to be "gang-raped." Televangelist Pat Robertson called for the assassination of Hugo Chavez. University of Colorado Professor Ward Churchill characterized the 9/11 victims who died at the World Trade Center as guilty "little Eichmanns." From Michael Savage on MSNBC urging a gay caller to "get AIDS and die, you pig," to the banner at a San Francisco peace march proclaiming "We support our troops when they shoot their officers," there seems to be no limit to the venom and coarseness that mark contemporary political culture.

Why such nastiness? There is no single reason. The bitter aftermath of the 2000 election undoubtedly accounts for part of it. So does the extreme polarization of the two political parties. There is also the rise of the internet, which enables anyone with a computer to spread invective far and wide, and the explosion of TV and radio outlets, with their ceaseless quest for programming that attract audience interest.

Gross and abusive rhetoric was a hallmark of the 2000s. As the odometer turns, I shudder to think how low public discourse will go in the 2010s.

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