Yearly Archives: 2006

MILTON FRIEDMAN, 1912-2006

MILTON FRIEDMAN, 1912-2006

Few American economists have wielded as much influence on economic thought and policy as the late Milton Friedman. He was an articulate and ardent advocate of free markets and personal liberty. In 1962, his CAPITAL AND FREEDOM, which continues … More>

The Real Saint Nick

The Real Saint Nick

Given the decision making power of Santa Claus on the matter of gifts, my children make sure they leave Mr. Claus some seriously good cookies on Christmas Eve. However, most children don’t know that there is much more to the … More>

Pursuing Happiness on Black Friday

Pursuing Happiness on Black Friday

Many Americans participated in consumerism-gone-wild sales during the Thanksgiving holiday. Should we be thankful for this retail madness these sales generate?

The conversation at my in-laws’ feast was filled with typical Thanksgiving talk: family, God’s blessings and shopping sales. My … More>

A Series of Miracles

A Series of Miracles

On October 3, 1789 George Washington signed the first Thanksgiving Proclamation of the newly constituted American Republic. He called upon the American people to enjoy “a day of Public Thanksgiving and Prayer, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts … More>

Iraq and the Ghosts of 1940

Iraq and the Ghosts of 1940

As bad news from Iraq  assaults viewers with machine gun bursts of gloom every day, predictions about consequences of an American defeat range from the deadly serious to the catastrophic. The elephant-in-the-living-room analogy of course is Vietnam, with its hideous … More>

Victory Lessons

Victory Lessons

Editor’s note: The below remarks were made at a symposium about college and university based think tanks sponsored by The Atlas Economic Research Foundation titled “Preserving the Roots of American Liberty: Pursuing Excellence Through Academic Centers.” The symposium was held More>

Some Guy Named Santorum

Some Guy Named Santorum

I will never forget the first time I heard of Rick Santorum. It was 1990 and I was a student at the University of Pittsburgh, where I was editorial page editor of the campus newspaper. I was approached by Tara … More>

Stuck in the Sixties

Stuck in the Sixties

The 1960s was nirvana for American liberalism. From the day John F. Kennedy inspired a new generation of Americans to the time that newest of the new generations, my generation now entering our sixties, rebelled against the war in Vietnam, … More>

Stem Cells: Embryonic vs. Non-Embryonic

Stem Cells: Embryonic vs. Non-Embryonic

The vagueness of the term “stem cell research” is one of the biggest problems in the ongoing stem cell debate. Writers, debaters, scientists, public figures and politicians should differentiate between “embryonic stem cell research” and “non-embryonic stem cell research” in … More>

Storm Warnings

Storm Warnings

“The aircraft carrier Eisenhower, accompanied by the guided-missile cruiser USS Anzio, guided-missile destroyer USS Ramage, guided-missile destroyer USS Mason and the fast-attack submarine USS Newport News, is, as I write, making its way to the Straits of Hormuz off Iran. … More>

Apocalyptic Visions

Apocalyptic Visions “If the trumpet does not sound a clear call, who will get ready for battle?”
I Corinthians 14:8

Five years ago 19 Islamist Jihadists murdered nearly 3,000 Americans in New York, Washington, D.C., and Pennsylvania.  In carrying out their “martyrdom … More>

Paradise Lost

Paradise Lost

Riding an exercise bike at my employer’s physical fitness center, I saw live images on the large television screen shot from Paradise, Pa. At first there were no people in the scenes, just buildings and a message at the bottom … More>

The Political Use of Religion

The Political Use of Religion

As the midterm elections heat up, it is a good time to discuss the political use of religion. Many have linked Republicans’ electoral success in 2000 and 2004 to their ability to appeal to the values of religious voters. Exit … More>

The Pope’s Lose-Lose Choice

The Pope’s Lose-Lose Choice

Representatives of the religion of peace have had their hands full over the past week or so with organizing demonstrations, burning the pontiff in effigy, promising to assassinate him, instigating church bombings, killing at least one nun, and generally threatening … More>

V&V Fellow Featured in Groundbreaking Documentary

V&V Fellow Featured in Groundbreaking Documentary

Noted military historian and Fellow for the Middle East & Terrorism with the Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College—Dr. Earl Tilford—was featured alongside prominent scholars and commentators in a groundbreaking documentary produced by Coral Ridge Ministries. The … More>

Mea Culpa

Mea Culpa

Recently, President Bush released a 23-page booklet titled “National Strategy for Combating Terrorism.” With the release of this document, more than three years after the invasion of Iraq, now is a time for a sober reassessment of the Bush administration’s … More>

Goodbye to a Good Guy

Goodbye to a Good Guy

Editor’s Note: Bob O’Connor, the 58th mayor of Pittsburgh, PA, died of brain cancer this past Friday, September 1, at the age of 61.

In the fall of 1994, I drove my tiny Toyota Tercel into downtown Pittsburgh for a … More>

Why is Medical Care so Expensive?

Why is Medical Care so Expensive?

Medical expenses are rising faster than the costs of any other service. They are climbing at rates that exceed not only those of inflation and dollar depreciation but even the Federal government itself. In fact, they are consuming an ever … More>

Why Terrorism? Because it Works

Why Terrorism? Because it Works

When Hamas terrorists tunneled from Gaza into southern Israel, killed two Israeli soldiers and abducted Corporal Galid Shalit, that probably put the nail in the coffin of any prospect for a peaceful settlement between Israel and the Hamas-controlled Palestinian Authority. … More>

Readings Outside the Box

Readings Outside the Box

A joint book review of Rod Dreher’s Crunchy Cons and Bill Kauffman’s Look Homeward, America

Over a decade has passed since the fall of Soviet Communism, but in America, the two political parties essentially defined by their approach to the … More>

Death of an Anti-Democrat

Death of an Anti-Democrat

I was awakened this morning at 4:45 a.m. by a ringing telephone. A call that early in the morning often brings bad news—sometimes news of a death. I braced myself. The call was indeed about a death, but the news … More>

Flaming Farewell

Flaming Farewell

June’s arrival marks the end of another school year and the resultant joy of students. As a teacher, I want to suggest an appropriate way to celebrate: a bonfire. Not just any bonfire though, but one that uses as its … More>

The 9th Circuit’s Wake-Up Call

The 9th Circuit’s Wake-Up Call

Campus speech codes are so ‘90s. Judicially rebuked and roundly ridiculed, they seemed to have become a dim and distant bad memory.

But not so fast…. In a hotly-contested 2-1 decision, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals recently brought the … More>

Policing the Border

Policing the Border

Immigration is one of the most controversial issues facing the American people today. Ever since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, loud voices in the media are pointing to “open borders” and hinting at dangerous “illegal aliens” who are … More>

Gas or Education?

Gas or Education?

Gas prices, as everyone knows, are on the rise. The jump has affected just about everyone, certainly anyone with a car. Yet, the rise has also had an impact on the most unexpected areas, such as, of all things, private … More>

Another Bush Critic

Another Bush Critic

Editor’s Note: On April 5-6, 2006, The Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College hosted its second annual conference, titled, “Mr. Jefferson Goes to the Middle East: Democracy’s Prospects in the Arab World.”  A number of views were More>

Today’s Media Does WWII

Today’s Media Does WWII

In a fascinating documentary about Dwight Eisenhower, entitled, “Ike: The War Years,” one particularly arresting scene shows the general (superbly played by Robert Duvall) standing before a room filled with reporters, all ravenous to snatch the least lagniappes of hard … More>

Christ and Politics

Christ and Politics

Garry Wills’ claim in a recent op-ed in the New York Times “Christ Among the Partisans” that “there is no such thing as a ‘Christian politics’” is biblically and historically suspect. Wills cites Christ’s statement to Pilate, “My reign is … More>

Weinberger’s Wisdom

Weinberger’s Wisdom

On Monday evening, March 27, I spoke to students in my “Modern Civilization” course here at Grove City College. I was lecturing on the origins of the Cold War. I began talking about the Berlin Wall, going through the date … More>

Ungracious Idiocy

Ungracious Idiocy War is such a dangerous business that the mistakes
which come from kindness are the very worst.
—Carl von Clausewitz, On War, 1832

The Father of the Bolshevik Revolution in Russia, Vladimir Lenin, used the term “useful idiots” to describe … More>

Dishonest Divestment

Dishonest Divestment

In 2004, at its 216th General Assembly, the national governing body of the Presbyterian Church, USA (PCUSA), instructed its Mission Responsibility through Investment Committee to consider divesting stock in companies doing business with Israel. The 2.7 million member denomination did … More>

Portrait of an Anti-American

Portrait of an Anti-American

They come in all shapes and sizes, without regard to age, race, color, credo, Speedo, national origins, pedigree, filigree, or no degree.  They are full-blooded, half-blooded, sixteenth-blooded, green-blooded, one-sixty-fourth-blooded something or other, Vulcanese, Pekinese, or strip tease.  They are mono-cultural, … More>

Alito’s Epistle

Alito’s Epistle

I get angry emails anytime I accuse the dominant press of hostility toward religion, and specifically toward the religious right, as opposed to the religious left. The press is silent (or at least not hostile) when a liberal preacher denounces … More>

Eurabia or Bust

Eurabia or Bust

Start the jeopardy music, Alex, here’s our question—EU for a thousand.  Okay, contestants, listen up!  How long will it take for Europe to become overwhelmingly Islamic?  A century?  A half-century?  A quarter century? Or, a quarter past three p.m. next … More>

Flags for Books

Flags for Books

Flags R’ Us must be doing a brisk business these days, what with the pandemic of national banner burning sweeping across the Muslim world from Jeddah to Jakarta.Here’s a thought: maybe Scandinavians could borrow a page from McDonalds’ and blurt … More>

Cartoons, Religion, and the Constitution

Cartoons, Religion, and the Constitution

The Muhammad cartoon incident is the latest chapter in the 30-year-old revival of a world-wide jihad—holy war—against Christians and Jews. This revival was inspired by Osama bin Ladin’s friend and mentor Abdullah Azzam. Azzam was a Palestinian born, Cairo educated … More>

Pow’r in the Blood

Pow’r in the Blood

In the early 1950s, when I was barely in grammar school, my father got religion like a case of the flu. And not just any religion. He caught the Chattanooga-Tennessee-Born-Again-Christ-Crucified-for-Sinners-Washed-in-the-Blood-of-the-Lamb faith flu. Every Sunday morning, Dad and Mom hauled me … More>

Alito v. Planned Parenthood

Alito v. Planned Parenthood

In recent weeks, Judge Samuel Alito Jr. has been portrayed as everything from “anti-woman” to a racial bigot. His confirmation hearings got so ugly that his wife, in the most regrettable image of the hearings, left the room in tears. … More>

Connecting the Dots in Africa

Connecting the Dots in Africa

Consider for a moment the following three quotations, all made by First Lady Laura Bush during her recent trip to Africa:

On the AIDS crisis: “But when girls are not empowered, when girls are vulnerable, their chances of being able … More>

The New Tolerance

The New Tolerance

Americans joyfully celebrate the holiday season in a variety of ways while tolerating one another’s religious and non-religious traditions. During the rest of the year, many Americans practice a new kind of tolerance that differs from the country’s historical roots.… More>