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 August 26, 2009/ 6 Elul 5769

The Republican Recovery Program

By Arnold Ahlert

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Republicans, despite Americans' escalating discontent with the Obama administration and liberal Democrats, are still on the verge of irrelevancy. Even worse, they still don't understand why. Here's why — and here's what to do about it.

The why: it's the Republicans In Name Only (RINOs), stupid. Despite a recent Gallup Poll showing that conservatives outnumber liberals and moderates in every state of the union, too many Republicans still believe that offering the electorate a slightly different version of the Democratic party is their best chance for re-capturing Congress.

That's sheer insanity.

The "McCain wing" of the party got beaten to a pulp in both 2006 and 2008, and too many Republicans still believe that RINO-ism had nothing to do with it. Even crazier, they can watch a Democratic party hijacked by the lunatic left alienate more and more Americans daily, and still insist that meeting these socialist utopians "halfway" will accrue to the Republican Party's benefit.

It won't — period.

The fight going on in Washington, D.C. isn't about a specific bill or program. It's an all-out war for the heart and soul of America. It won't be won by a party willing to accept a "little bit" of socialism for the comforting illusion of bipartisanship. There are millions of Americans who don't want "watered down" government-run health care, cap-and-trade "lite," illegal immigration "reform," or "just a few" trillion dollars more added to the national debt.

They want deliverance from a Democratic party which believes this country needs to be centrally controlled by a bunch of holier-than-thou, know-it-alls who believe the average American is dumber than a rock.

That deliverance isn't about compromise. It's about going toe-to-toe with a party which has demonstrated its willingness to do anything — even that which is detrimental to the nation — to achieve its agenda. It's about taking the heat from an in-the-tank media which will offer Republicans nothing but scorn unless they agree with Democrats, and giving back as good as one gets. Its' about offering Americans a stark choice between competing ideas and ideologies.

In short, it's about embracing genuine conservatism — or embracing irrelevancy.

The how: it starts with the Republican National Committee, its Chairman Michael Steele, and involves two major components. First, it requires re-vamping the primary process. That Republicans were forced to endure John McCain as their presidential candidate, is a testament to the idea that allowing open primaries — where Democrats can cross party lines to vote for a Republican — is a spectacularly bad idea. Whatever needs to be done to kill this process should be undertaken immediately.

Second, make conservatism the baseline criterion for RNC support. In my home state of Florida, for example, that means telling well-connected, party insider Charlie Crist — a RINO's RINO if ever there was one — that he's on his own, and that the RNC will be backing his conservative opponent, Marco Rubio.

Will Crist supporters howl? Too bad. Florida's the fourth largest state in the Union, and a clear commitment by the RNC to embrace the conservative over the RINO will do wonders for voters disgusted with the country club, go-along-to-get-along, Republican status quo.

In short, grow a pair, Mr. Steele.

Once Republicans are just as committed to conservatism as Democrats are to liberalism, the electorate will appreciate the difference. They will see Democrats committed to tax-and-spend, budget-busting programs and Republicans committed to rescuing us from national bankruptcy. They will see Democrats committed to giving jihadists Constitutional rights, and Republicans committed to eliminating them as a national security threat. They will Democrats committed to greater control over American lives and Republicans committed to individual freedom. They will a Democratic party committed to gun control versus a Republican party which still treasures the Second Amendment. And so on and so forth.

It's about time Republicans realized that it was the abandonment of their core principles — as in their misguided embrace of "compassionate conservatism" — which led directly to their repudiation by the American voter. No political party can be "all things to all people," and nothing insults the average American voter more than watching some hack politician attempting to play both ends against the middle.

Most Americans are both angry and terrified by what they see going on in Washington, D.C. They're yearning for some genuine straight talk — not the pablum they got from John McCain, or the high-toned, elitist b.s. Obama and the Democrats are currently slinging.

The electorate is in play 2010 and beyond, Republicans. Embrace conservatism and America will embrace you.

It's all there for the taking. Go take it.

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