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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

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

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

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

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April 18, 2014

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

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

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

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

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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 July 29, 2005 / 22 Tammuz, 5765

Where GOPers fear to tread

By Tony Snow

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | There he goes again. Newt Gingrich has been shaking up Capitol Hill Republicans with a presentation claiming to show that America's worst performing stock is ... the Republican Party.

That view flies in the face of recent election returns, but it has considerable merit. Gingrich argues that Republicans ought to be doing much, much better — dominating American politics, rather than struggling to keep even. He says a "natural majority" of the electorate favors conservative approaches to the hottest issues of the age.

The issues include 1) preventing terrorists from acquiring nuclear or biological weapons, 2) stalling the effort to drive G-d out of public life, 3) restoring and developing the patriotic view of America as a unique civilization, 4) addressing the security and economic challenges posed by the rapidly growing and increasingly robust economies of China and India, and 5) pursuing dramatic and visionary reforms in every major governmental social program — especially Social Security and Medicare.

To bolster his point, the former House speaker cites public-opinion data showing that the American left — the carrier of what Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., calls "mainstream values" — is out to lunch.

Consider some numbers.

On national security, Americans believe by a nearly three-to-one margin that the United States ought to lead the way in world affairs, even if it disagrees with the United Nations. So much for John Kerry's worshipful attitude toward the Parliament of Man.

On religion, 92 percent of the public believes in G-d; 91 percent wants to keep G-d in the Pledge of Allegiance; 78 percent supports prayer on school grounds; and 63 percent wants a Supreme Court justice who will permit the display of the Ten Commandments on public property. In contrast, the "Schumer mainstream" view wins approval from a pathetic 8 percent to 14 percent of the public.

Huge majorities (80 percent or more of respondents) also advocate longstanding American values, such as the view that immigrants should learn English, able-bodied men and women should work, and violent felons ought to spend time in jail. More than 70 percent supports faith-based charities, opposes racial preferences and believes the Constitution defends freedom of religion rather than freedom from religion.

Equally vast majorities like conservative approaches to economic competitiveness: tax cuts, deregulation, an end to compulsory union deduction of members' dues, tougher educational standards and limits on trial-lawyer awards.

As a capper, Gingrich cites growing (and majority) support for such things as individual savings accounts and individual medical accounts — both of which create market incentives to provide health and retirement security.

These figures shouldn't come as a surprise. The positions make sense. And yet, Republicans on Capitol Hill are afraid to promote them. They positively blanche at the mention Social Security reform and run headlong from the challenge of liberating the medical profession from the double clutches of Uncle Sam and the ambulance-chasing tort lawyers. Apparently, the Party of Lincoln doesn't know a good thing when it sees it.

Part of the problem is generational. Older Republicans entered public life when John F. Kennedy epitomized Democrats and Richard Nixon bore the GOP standard. In those days, Democrats were cool and Republicans were dorks. Left-wing opinion dispensers, such as The New York Times, served as powerful manufactories of conventional wisdom, while conservative redoubts were seen as clownish, bigoted and backward. The continued assault by the once-powerful media leads older Republicans to harbor secret suspicions that in their hearts, they know they're wrong.

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Republicans still run neck-and-neck with Democrats, despite the emerging "natural majority," because they distrust their own ideas. Nobody in Congress (with the exceptions of Rep. Tom DeLay and Sen. Rick Santorum) seems willing to embrace with gusto the ideas of radically limiting government or honoring traditional views about G-d. Meanwhile, President Bush lacks the Reaganite knack for formulating issues in ways that stir the soul and the blood.

To give a recent example: When left-wingers began treating membership in the Federalist Society as a crime, no one at 1600 Pennsylvania bothered to defend the organization, the nation's pre-eminent conservative legal organization. Instead, they curled in the fetal position and tried to hide.

This leads to a tantalizing and interesting possibility: Even though Republicans have won the war of ideas, Democrats in the short run could win the big political races: the House, the Senate and even the White House. That's because Hillary Rodham Clinton and her fellow Democrats are willing to fight with every weapon at their disposal, while Republicans still act as if they fear rather than cherish their incredible potential strength.

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