In this issue

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

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
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

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 January 15, 2010/ 29 Teves 5770

The Myth That Keeps on Giving

By Arnold Ahlert

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | The racial flap surrounding Harry Reid once again reveals the not-so-secret double-standard with regard to stupid racial comments: make one as a Republican and you're toast, make one as a Democrat and it's "time to move on to more important things." How do Democrats get away with it? Besides an in-the-tank media willing to cover their behinds, Democrats have successfully maintained one of the biggest lies in American politics: they, and they alone, are the party looking out for black America's interests. What interests? The maintenance of a victimist mentality and an expansion of the welfare state.

In a sane world, the idea that helping people to remain dependent on government is something to be proud of, would be ridiculed for the insanity — make that racist insanity — it truly is. Vote for us, so you can keep getting food stamps, or a welfare check? Vote for us so you can keep getting a substandard education for your children, because we're in political hock to the teachers' unions? Vote for us so you can maintain the myth that every problem in your life is due to white racism? Vote for us because we're going to make it better for you?

Forty-six years after the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was passed — after 54 days of filibustering by Senate Democrats to prevent its passage — one would think that at least some black Americans might wonder why so many of their fellow blacks still live in crime-infested neighborhoods, still lag other ethnic groups with respect to educational achievement, and still have an out-of-wedlock birthrate approaching 80%. One would think forty-six years of being told by the likes of Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton that "things are as bad as they ever were" might lead some to conclude that hitching one's star to the Democratic party to achieve racial progress isn't all it's cracked up to be.

Alas, some myths die hard, and with good reason: no other ethnic or racial group in America practices self-censorship with more enthusiasm than black Americans. Disagreeing with Democrat dogma in most black communities is tantamount to heresy. This self-inflicted dogmatic rigidity is so pervasive that the elevation of non-liberal blacks to high places is met with derision and contempt by those who see the likes of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, Secretaries of State Colin Powell and Condoleeza Rice and others as "race traitors," "house niggers," and "Uncle Toms." Comedian Bill Cosby is vilified for suggesting black Americans face and solve their own problems. Ward Connerly is pilloried for believing that affirmative action is demeaning if one truly believes in a colorblind, meritocratic society.

Black culture aids and abets the victimist mentality as well. It is no secret that, in many black neighborhoods, gangsterism, misogyny, rage and hopelessness are seen as necessary components of black "authenticity." In schools, "acting white" is the term of derision used by black students to pressure their fellow blacks into resisting academic achievement. And despite its nearly universal censorship by every other group in America, the word "nigger" still remains an integral part of black conversations and self-identity.

Letter from JWR publisher

Should black Americans become Republicans? That's up to them. But after four-plus decades of unwavering support for Democrats — often resulting in Democrats taking black Americans completely for granted — one is tempted to ask, "how's that working out for you?" How do you like the seemingly endless welfare state, victimist status quo — forty six years later? How do you like Harry Reid and his "light skin" and "Negro dialect" comments? How do you like former president Bill Clinton referring to Barack Obama as the guy who "a few years ago…would have been getting us coffee," in a conversation with Ted Kennedy?

Democrats insist it's all no big deal. I suppose they're right, as long as one is willing to buy into the original presumption that, because Democrats are always looking out for black interests, they deserve a special exemption for their "innocent" faux pas. In for a penny, in for a pound as they say.

Still, one is tempted to ask when the Democrat political establishment might be inclined to embrace Martin Luther King's idea people should be judged "not by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character." Perhaps black Americans should ask themselves the same question — assuming they truly embrace a color-blind society.

On the outside looking in, it is hard to say with any certainty. It is an ugly truth of American politics that victimhood is a mighty squeaky wheel with a phalanx of politicians lining up to administer grease. No doubt for many blacks, standing on one's own two feet seems like a sucker's bet when so many guilty whites — and race-hustling blacks — offer a far easier, government-supported way around life's ups-and-downs.

One hopes that someday, more than a few black Americans will realize that the biggest casualty of embracing Democrats' victimist, welfare state approach to race is the loss of personal integrity. People with personal integrity make lousy victims and lousy dependents.

They don't make very good black Democrats either.

Cynically, the Democrat party knows it.

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