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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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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

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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

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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

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April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

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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

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Jewish World Review Oct. 27, 2006 / 5 Mar-Cheshvan 5767

Don't vote if you're a dope

By Greg Crosby

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Is it your civic duty to vote? Even if you don't know who or what you're voting for? I never went along with the idea that all citizens should be urged to cast their votes on Election Day no matter what. We've got way too many dopes in this country and I don't want them voting on matters that will directly affect my life, thank you very much. The accepted wisdom that foolishly claimed, "it doesn't matter who you vote for or what you vote for, as long as you just get out there and vote," is imbecilic. OF COURSE it matters who and what you vote for! The privilege of having a vote in one's government is much too important to be taken lightly or stupidly.

How about this instead? "It is the civic duty of all citizens that wish to vote to make it their business to be informed on the candidates and on the issues so that they will be voting intelligently." Is that too much to ask? Or is that TOO JUDGEMENTAL? Maybe asking people to actually be informed is discrimination against dummies. Careful, you may be accused of being dope-ophobic.

I realize that in America everyone has the inalienable right to be stupid, but why must I be at the mercy of it? I'm not allowed to subject other people to my cigar smoke, why are ignoramuses allowed to make important decisions for me? Y'know what, if you want to be an ignoramus, do it in the privacy of your own home, okay?

I propose a new motto for Election Day: "Get Out and Vote - Unless You're a Dope, in Which Case, Stay Home!" Another possible slogan, which could be posted right outside the polling location, would be "Polling Place - Stupid People Stay Away!" Or, "No Brain, No Vote!"

I know that the rules of who can vote and who can't vote in America have constantly changed over the years. In the beginning only white, male Anglo-Saxon Protestants who owned property could vote. And why do you suppose that was the case back then in 1776? Was it simply that all those nasty, rich, white guys wanted to hold everybody else down because they are naturally hateful, cruel and evil? Or could it be that the only ones who were qualified to make intelligent decisions back then were the white male property owners? You know why? NOBODY ELSE WAS GOING TO SCHOOL.

In fact, the only really educated people in those days were white wealthy WASP men and the common thinking was that only EDUCATED people should be the ones who vote on the important issues of the day. It's different now in our enlightened age. Today we all have the right to vote no matter how uneducated we are. That's real progress!

Times change. Once upon a time you had to be a citizen to vote, remember? Now all you have to do is get over the boarder, survive the desert, figure out how to write your name and find a polling place that speaks Spanish (which isn't exactly a tough thing in Southern California). Do you know that it is actually against the law for a polling place to require a person to PROVE CITIZENSHIP before they vote?

I'm so old I can even remember a time when convicted criminals weren't voting. And of course old Joe Kennedy changed one silly little voting rule back in 1960 when son John was running for President, which ultimately got him elected. You know that silly little rule that stipulated that only people who are actually alive can vote. Daddy Joe and Uncle Sam (Giancana, that is) gave a whole new meaning to the term, "family values" that year.

How do you know if you're a dopey voter? If, when you're looking at your ballot, you only check the names for candidates from your own tribal group whether or not you know anything about them, then you are a dopey voter. Y'know, like voting for all the Italian names, or all women, or all Chinese, things like that. Really dopey.

If you vote for a judge of whom you know nothing about, you are a dopey voter. Better to just not vote for a judge than to vote in another knucklehead to the bench.

If you vote straight party line on propositions without using your own common sense and reasoning to decide on the issues, then you are a dopey voter.

If you vote based solely on the endorsements of your local newspaper without doing the research yourself you are a dopey Kool-Aid drinking voter.

If you vote for a candidate based on how he or she looks, you are a shallow dopey voter who should be spending her time voting for America's next top model instead of America's next senator.

If you vote for higher taxes you are not only a dopey voter, you are a masochistic lefty.

To sum up, I really wish people wouldn't vote in this election just because they feel it is their civic duty. If you know from nothin' about the candidates, the propositions, the national issues, the state issues, or the local issues, then please, please do us all a favor and stay home and watch Oprah. It is your civic duty.

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