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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 Nov. 2, 2010 / 25 Mar-Cheshvan, 5771

Mandates and party poopers

By Jonathan Gurwitz




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | The American people don't fall in love with political parties the way they used to. In the parlance of the younger set, now they just "hook up" with candidates. And when those candidates grow tiresome or irksome, they simply move on to others.

Look at the duration of recent political relationships. Democrats held majorities in the House of Representatives from 1955 to 1994. With the exception of six years, they controlled the Senate during those same four decades.

This is what a long-term partisan relationship looks like. And this is what Republicans and Democrats, like hopeful suitors, have been trying to read into the results of elections since that era of partisan bliss ended.

Republicans interpreted the outcome of the 1994 elections as an epochal shift in partisan alignment. As late as 2004, some of the smartest GOP strategists mused about a Republican majority that might last 40 years.

Voters had different plans.

When the brief, 12-year Republican epoch came to an end in 2006, Democrats construed from that election a partisan shift that would empower them for decades. Some of the smartest Democratic strategists were writing books with titles like "40 More Years: How the Democrats Will Rule the Next Generation."

That generation is proving to be short-lived.

Maybe the Internet has enabled a new breed of politically-informed Americans who aren't in thrall to parties the way their forebears were. Maybe the pace of the Digital Age means voters want more immediate political gratification. And maybe citizens have finally caught on to the lecherous ways of the political class and are far more willing to give smooth-talking congressmen the heave-ho.

Forty years, then 12 years, now four years — political and social scientists will long theorize about what's undermining the institution of political marriage. But for Republicans who stand to benefit from the latest break-up, there are some clear lessons.

Don't misinterpret a victory for a broad mandate. Just because a few percentage points of voters have fallen out of love with the other guys doesn't mean that the nation has fallen in love with your entire agenda.

Stay focused on the issues that made you winners. Voters gave Republicans the boot in 2006 because of their fiscal and ethical failures. Democrats doubled down on those failures and, at the expense of the economy, pushed a left-of-center agenda over the objections of a substantial number of Americans.

Be statesmen. You don't have to be Madisons and Jeffersons — Mr. Smith will do. Americans still want to believe that politics is more than just sausage-making. That's why a majority of them swooned over a half-term senator from Illinois in 2008, and why so many of them are now disenchanted with his butcher block tactics.

He's still the president, however — the one person elected by the entire nation. Show him the respect his office is due, and practice the Golden Rule.

Get something done. Elections are for talking. The congressional session is for doing. Americans are fighting in two wars, they're anxious about the economy and worried about what our fiscal mess will do to the nation our children and grandchildren inherit.

Yet House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid sent their members home to campaign in September without passing a single one of the 12 appropriations bills that fund the operations of the federal government for the fiscal year that began Oct. 1. You can do better.

Keep your word. Too many voters believe, with good reason, that Republicans and Democrats make the same cheesy passes and break the same old promises. Show voters that, this time, Republicans are different. If you're hoping for something more than a one-night stand on Capitol Hill, you're going to have to re-earn the people's trust.

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JWR contributor Jonathan Gurwitz, a columnist for the San Antonio Express-News, is a co-founder and twice served as Director General of the Future Leaders of the Alliance program at NATO Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium. In 1986 he was placed on the Foreign Service Register of the U.S. State Department.

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