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

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Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

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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 Sept 2, 2005 / 28 Av, 5765

Roberts, backer of legal rigor, unfairly targeted

By Tony Snow

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | EASTON, Md. — John Roberts has received his official welcome to the political fishbowl. Opponents of his appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court lately have accused him of hating women, blacks, poor people, the disabled, trees, certain grasses, virtually all feral beasts and grandmothers. This would make Roberts the King of all Angry White Males — crazier than David Duke himself.

But there is more. Inquiring journalists also report that Roberts attends mass regularly, and that he and his wife have adopted two children.

It promises to get sillier when Roberts' confirmation hearings begin next week. Democrats apparently consider Roberts a stealth menace, since 80,000 pages of documents have failed to expose him as a real one. Sen. Patrick Leahy branded him a "radical" because Roberts doesn't look, act, write or rule like one, while left-wing law professor Cass Sunstein has recommended a Judiciary Committee Inquisition to secure some sort of confession from the young judge.

Activist groups on the left also say they smell a rat because they don't smell a rat. NARAL has spent upward of a million dollars on ads that depict Roberts as the murderous foe of women, only to pull the advertisements because even NARAL's friends were offended by their sheer dishonesty.

Matt Foreman, executive director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, then duly accused Roberts of promoting "a political and legal ideology that is antithetical to an America that embraces all, including lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people ... a mortal danger to equal rights for gay people, reproductive freedom and affirmative action."

Environmentalists bastinadoed the candidate because he didn't go along with using the interstate commerce clause of the Constitution to protect the arroyo toad. Roberts pointed out that you can't use the commerce clause because the toad lives only in one state, California.

Feminists grabbed their ropes and torches because Roberts blasted the discredited theory of "comparable worth," while opposing sexual quotas for everything from hiring to firing. Journalist Dahlia Lithwick even dubbed him a "woman hater" on the basis of a newspaper piece Roberts penned — as a high school junior.

Other claims against the man include the fact that he attended an elite prep school and didn't spend enough time with people of color, which would place him in solid company with seven of the other eight justices. And don't forget that in a draft of a 1983 article ghostwritten for Ronald Reagan, Roberts suggested substituting the phrase, "The War Between the States," for, "the Civil War."

If these attacks don't betoken a political nervous breakdown, nothing does. Even though Roberts' detractors have tens of millions of dollars to spend demonizing the guy, they can't afford to discuss the only two things that matter: his record and the Constitution.

That because the left's one nonnegotiable demand — the extension of privacy rights at the expense of tradition — bids to become a full-blown laughingstock. The "right" traces back to what Justice William O. Douglas called penumbras sprouting from emanations sprouting from the Bill of Rights — which is about as nutty a formulation as one can find in the entire history of American Constitutional writ.

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Yet Douglas' Penumbras and Emanations conjury had one very dangerous side effect. It persuaded justices that they no longer had to honor legal texts, precedents or the separation of powers. They could do whatever they wanted, on anything from the definition of marriage to property rights — and if American legal literature wouldn't justify the power grab, they could use other justifications, such as penumbras, emanations or decisions by foreign courts.

Enter Roberts, who believes in linguistic and legal rigor, and doesn't suffer fools gladly (as when he described a girl who purported to sell 10,000 boxes of Girl Scout cookies as "the little huckster"). His seems to take written law very seriously, and doesn't feel he may remake society to his liking. More importantly, he could talk sense to fellow justices whose recent forays into politics have invited angry recriminations from the public.

In a fitting bit of irony, the uncivil rebellion loosed by Edward Kennedy's "Robert Bork's America" speech 18 years ago now bids to consume its instigators. Not only have Roberts' critics gone overboard in seeking ways to demonize the man. They also have staked their careers on something decidedly un-democratic — a demand that the Supreme Court receive cart blanche to impose cultural changes people abhor and on which the Constitution stands silent, while overturning reforms Americans consider necessary and just.

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