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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

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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

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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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April 4, 2014

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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 August 29, 2006 / 5 Elul, 5766

The ‘Contract with Britain’

By Cal Thomas

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | BELFAST, N. IRELAND — British Prime Minister Tony Blair returns from a late-summer vacation in Barbados with his ruling Labor Party approval rating at a 19-year low of 31 percent. Conservatives, under new leader David Cameron, enjoy 40 percent approval, according to the latest Guardian/ICM Poll.

Seeking to take advantage of Blair's troubles and their popularity surge, the Tories last week borrowed a page from what now seems like an ancient Republican Party playbook, publishing a type of "contract with Britain."

Titled "Built to Last: The Aims and Values of the Conservative Party," Cameron lays out his party's philosophy in the opening lines: "Our Party seeks to cherish freedom, advance opportunity and nurture responsibility. By trusting people, we help individuals grow stronger; by sharing responsibility, we help society grow stronger. We believe that there is such a thing as society, but it is not the same thing as the state."

This last sentence is a middle ground between Ronald Reagan's (and Margaret Thatcher's) "government is the problem" world view and President Bush's "compassionate conservative" position. There are a few "bones" for almost everyone: "Top-down government seems to belong to another age. Monolithic, unreformed public services do not provide the personalised response people expect. High taxes and poor education make us steadily less competitive."

There is also an appeal to do more to fight HIV/AIDS and endemic poverty in Africa. The word "revolution" is repeated several times as in a "revolution in personal responsibility." There is great concern throughout the UK that lawlessness, declining test scores in public schools (Conservatives propose school choice vouchers for the poor) and general cultural drift have caused Britain to fall behind where a majority thinks the country ought to be. The party calls for "a revolution in civic responsibility."


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While the Conservative Party document does acknowledge the need for "new efforts to integrate at home," there is nothing else in its eight points that addresses the public's growing concern about unrestrained immigration (more than 1 million non-European Union foreigners have been allowed to settle in Britain since Labor came to power in 1997). A significant number of those are Muslims, who refuse to embrace the cultural values of Britain. According to a Telegraph YouGov poll, a majority of Britons (53 percent) now view Islam, not just Muslim extremists, as a threat to society. And 18 percent of those polled believe "a large proportion of British Muslims feel no sense of loyalty to this country and are prepared to condone or even carry out acts of terrorism," up from 10 percent from a year ago.

The Conservative Party vision statement offers no specifics about what it will do about any of this should voters elect David Cameron prime minister. Perhaps that is because it wants to avoid being labeled "intolerant" or "Islamophobic." Failing, however, to address this real concern among the British public will not make the issue go away. Following last summer's London subway and bus attacks, Tony Blair promised to crack down on "preachers of hate" and to close any mosque or Muslim school that advocated violence. He has been unable to do so, thanks mainly to liberal judges and lawyers who have manipulated Britain's legal system, allowing most of the mosques and Muslim schools to continue to preach and teach their extremist doctrines.

No party can lead without addressing security and uncontrolled immigration. It isn't about keeping people from enjoying a better life. It is about preserving life for those already here and for those who come in an orderly, legal and proportional fashion. Immigrants must be willing to transform themselves into complete British citizens, embracing the history, language, culture and laws of their adopted home. Anyone not wishing to do so should not come, or should be deported for trying to undermine that which serves the majority.

Still, the Conservative Party is on to something. America's Republican Party would do well to remember what it has forgotten, which is that power should not be used to perpetuate one's self in office, but to do good things. Democrats, who appear to have a chance at recapturing a congressional majority, should be required to offer a detailed "contract" of their own; one that would allow them to liberate themselves from the special interests and class warfare of the past and move into the 21st century with new ideas to deal with serious challenges at home and abroad.

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