Yearly Archives: 2007

A Child’s Special Gift

A Child’s Special Gift

It is a statement of the obvious—both trite and troublesome—to acknowledge that most children today generally receive more than they need at Christmas, especially compared to children of times past, and particularly in America. They know the joy of receiving … More>

Who is Missing? What Have We Lost?

Who is Missing?  What Have We Lost?

A mother who has been taking medication finds that she is pregnant. She is told by her physician that the fetus has surely been irreversibly damaged. Her physician encourages her to have an abortion. Fortunately for college football fans, Pam … More>

NOT a Charlie Brown Christmas

NOT a Charlie Brown Christmas

“Look, Charlie Brown, we all know Christmas is a big commercial racket.”

—Linus

Every year my family eagerly awaits the annual broadcast of the classic 1965 Peanuts special, “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” This timeless masterpiece by Charles Schulz remains so … More>

Thoughts of Thanksgiving

Thoughts of Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is the quintessential American holiday. It fuses the secular and the sacred—that special synthesis that forms our national identity. Our celebration of a Day of Thanksgiving underscores both our commonality, as citizens of one republic, and our diversity, as … More>

Boss’s Day Irony

Boss’s Day Irony

Did you remember to buy a present for your boss last month on Boss’s Day? The teachers of the Susquehanna Township School District in central Pennsylvania didn’t experience the embarrassment of forgetting the chief because two of their colleagues, who … More>

Congress to the Energy Rescue?

Congress to the Energy Rescue?

Americans are hoping and praying for relief from rising gasoline, oil and electricity prices. We are uncomfortable importing so much of our raw energy supplies from unstable parts of the world. Many of our compatriots, not understanding the minuscule impact … More>

Movie review: “Hairspray”

Movie review: “Hairspray”

“Hairspray”—the film adaptation of the Broadway musical of the same name—is trite and formulaic. Some of its key characters are mere caricatures. I can’t remember the words or melody of any of its songs. And on top of that, I … More>

Death Takes a Holiday

Death Takes a Holiday Guest Commentary

Politics is often a matter of life and death. There are constant reminders of this, from the war in Iraq to America’s abortion debate. The most telling examples, though, often pass unnoticed. Such an example is currently simmering … More>

No Exit

No Exit “The man who runs away will fight again.”
– Menander, 303 B.C.

In April 1972, with North Vietnamese forces advancing as part of their Nguyen Hue Offensive, Seventh Air Force Headquarters in Saigon began drawing up evacuation plans. Approximately 60,000 … More>

Soft Treason

Soft Treason

The departure of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad from free soil was no doubt accompanied by sighs of relief or expressions of regret, depending on one’s views about the wisdom of inviting to a university a man who has denied the Holocaust, threatened … More>

Sputnik, Eisenhower, and the Cold War

Sputnik, Eisenhower, and the Cold War

October 4 marks the 50th  anniversary of the Soviet launch of Sputnik, an event that caused profound shock and panic verging on hysteria in the United States. Newsweek declared that Sputnik constituted a Soviet victory in three areas: pure science, … More>

Are Happy Days Here Again?

Are Happy Days Here Again?

Ben Bernanke, chairman of the Federal Reserve, is a better historian of economic thought than monetary theorist. In reference to the current financial turmoil he is quoted as saying that classic central-banking theory instructs us that the Fed should accommodate … More>

The Liberal Temptation

The Liberal Temptation

In 2005, the Center for Vision and Values hosted a conference about poverty in the United States and different approaches to alleviating it. During the Q&A session after one of the presentations, a Grove City College student asked what actions … More>

Confusing Human Right from Wrong

Confusing Human Right from Wrong Guest Commentary

“MATCHING GIFT CAMPAIGN DEADLINE,” headlined the direct mail letter from Amnesty International. Executive Director Larry Cox said, “I can’t stress strongly enough how important it is for Amnesty International to maximize our resources at this critical moment.”

I’ve … More>

Get Back to the House!

Get Back to the House!

One of the often overlooked features of the U.S. Constitution is the minimal qualifications for running for office. The Constitution says that any natural-born citizen—male or female—over the age of 35 can be president.

Perhaps we should add one limitation: … More>

China as Scapegoat

China as Scapegoat

Recently (“Exchange-Rate Politics,” July 23), I warned that U.S. senators were playing with fire by trying to strong-arm China into speeding up the rate at which the yuan strengthens vis-à-vis the dollar. On August 8, the Chinese responded. In dignified … More>

Hotels v. Big Families

Hotels v. Big Families

As summer nears a close, I must express frustration over a problem that worsens for us each summer as our family grows, and which I imagine also frustrates other families our size.

We have four children, ages 2 to 10, … More>

Victory Japan Tilford

Victory Japan Tilford

In early August, members of the Witherspoon Society, a “progressive” religious advocacy group affiliated with the Presbyterian Church USA, attended the “Ghost Ranch Week of Peace” in rural New Mexico. Ghost Ranch participants generally are anti-war and anti-military, support the … More>

This is Political Criticism?

This is Political Criticism?

If political rhetoric—on subjects about which elected officials know little or nothing—is discovered to somehow exacerbate global warming, then our weary planet is indeed in deep trouble. Or perhaps not. Minnesota Congressman Keith Ellison’s comments that compared Hitler to Bush, … More>

Iran in the Crosshairs?

Iran in the Crosshairs? “There is nothing so dreadful as a great victory … excepting a great defeat.”
—Sir Arthur Wellesley,
the Duke of Wellington

A lot has happened in the past two weeks to refocus attention on terrorism and the global war against … More>

The Professor, the Prankster, and the President

The Professor, the Prankster, and the President

“What do we have here? A student from (a nearby college)?” bellowed the irritated and hugely popular and internationally-known economics professor in his thick German accent. A student in Dr. Hans Sennholz’s Grove City College economics class had not yet … More>

Philadelphia Freedom

Philadelphia Freedom

When the Reverend Jerry Falwell passed away recently we were told that his greatest sin was blurring the lines of separation between church and state, of “shoving” his personal faith and values down the throats of everyone else.

While Falwell … More>

Samuel Adams: The Indispensable Man

Samuel Adams: The Indispensable Man

As we celebrate the 4th  of July with fireworks, parades, cookouts, and speeches, we should be grateful to our many forebears who risked their property, reputation, and lives to attain our independence. Some of them are well known and highly … More>

A Tribute to Hans F. Sennholz

A Tribute to Hans F. Sennholz Guest Commentary

Great teachers leave lifelong impressions on the students they inspire. Their teachings become their students’ teachings, thereby spreading their influence in endless directions and across many generations. Hans F. Sennholz was such a man. The thousands who sat … More>

Reflections on Hans F. Sennholz

Reflections on Hans F. Sennholz

Dr. Hans F. Sennholz, economist par excellence, prolific author, dynamic lecturer, legendary Grove City College professor for 37 years, passed away on June 23 at age 85. How does one encapsulate such a long, productive, remarkable life? You may … More>

Fidel’s Useful Idiots

Fidel’s Useful Idiots

“…learn what the new Cuba offers its people—and its neighbors. To its people, peace, democracy, prosperity. To its neighbors, friendship, and the cooperation of men who respect each other….”
—Daily Worker, December 13, 1959

Unfortunately I was standing, not sitting, … More>

What Andrew Giuliani Taught America

What Andrew Giuliani Taught America Guest Commentary

On January 20th, 2009, when either Hillary Clinton, John McCain, Fred Thompson, Mitt Romney, John Edwards or Barack Obama is sworn in as the nation’s 44th president as Rudy Giuliani, private citizen looks on, it’s quite possible that … More>

Avoiding the Iraq Hangover

Avoiding the Iraq Hangover

After Saigon fell to a North Vietnamese onslaught on April 29, 1975, Americans experienced a “Vietnam hangover” lasting until the electorate emerged from its grogginess to elect Ronald Reagan to the presidency in 1980. If you have ever gotten “knee-crawlin’, … More>

Religion and the 2008 Election

Religion and the 2008 Election

Although the presidential election of 2008 is still 17 months away, it is already very contested as indicated by the 18 announced Republican and Democrat candidates, the huge amount of money raised, and the numerous televised debates and forums of … More>

What Matters in Mexico

What Matters in Mexico

As conservatives continue to view Mexico through the three-dimensional lens of immigration, immigration, and immigration, they might want to widen their perspective to consider a human-rights atrocity that ought to outrage them as much as border fences.

While virtually no … More>

Abortion and American Psychology

Abortion and American Psychology

The Supreme Court’s recent decision banning partial-birth abortion has renewed public interest in abortion politics and policy. Despite the infrequency of late-term abortions, the ban is significant because it strikes at one rationale for the general availability of abortion: the … More>

Boris Yeltsin and the Horror House

Boris Yeltsin and the Horror House

Former Russian President Boris Yeltsin died this week at age 76, on the heels of two decades of both extraordinary health problems and political achievements.

His presidency ran from June 1991 through December 31, 1999—almost the entirety of the 1990s, … More>

Point of Collapse

Point of Collapse

American policy and the global war against al Qaeda, associated groups and nations that support them—Iran and Syria—are collapsing. Blame goes beyond liberal politicians intent on destroying the Bush administration, a pernicious press and the radical left who rule academe, … More>

Opening Day for America

Opening Day for America

This Monday marks one of the most significant dates in the calendar year: Opening Day for Major League Baseball.

There is, of course, no greater sport than baseball—a fact that is one of those indisputable laws of the universe. It … More>

Law and Order, Texas-Style

Law and Order, Texas-Style Guest Comentary

Everything is bigger in Texas, including the state’s stomach for capital punishment. Since 1976, Texas has executed some 387 criminals, a number nearly four times as high as the second place total. There has not traditionally been much … More>

Hating Rick

Hating Rick

Back in November, on the heels of the landslide defeat of Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA) by Democratic challenger Bob Casey, Jr., I wrote an article recalling the first time I met Santorum. I intended the piece to be a personal … More>

Questions About Global Warming

Questions About Global Warming

For those who believe in the global warming (GW) theory (i.e., that human activity is heating the planet to dangerous levels) the ace of trump has been played. On Groundhog Day 2007, the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) … More>

A Valued Life

A Valued Life

I have a friend named Jim, who many people would think of as gay, or at least bisexual. However, he doesn’t see himself that way. He is married but has been attracted to men for as long as he can … More>

Hometown Newspaper Heroes

Hometown Newspaper Heroes

Each morning my local county newspaper shows up late. Speaking with the delivery man and calling the office hasn’t changed things. So, rather than canceling the 20,089 daily circulation paper I continue reading the local news with my coffee … … More>

The Faith of Abraham Lincoln

The Faith of Abraham Lincoln

The celebration of Presidents Day is a good occasion to reconsider a vital aspect of Abraham Lincoln’s life: his faith. Like George Washington’s, Lincoln’s faith has been closely scrutinized, hotly debated and often misunderstood. Both men attributed their success in … More>

Something for Nothing

Something for Nothing Guest Commentary

When something is offered to us for free, we become suspicious. Internet scams, all-expense paid vacations and interest-free loans all beg the question, “Where is the catch?” Read the fine print and the true cost becomes apparent.

Increasing … More>

God and Stem Cells

God and Stem Cells

On Thursday, January 11, the new Democratic Congress followed through on its ambitious agenda to promote embryonic stem-cell research. As it moves forward, President George W. Bush will be grabbing his veto pen. As he does, we will hear charges … More>

Virginia Churches—African Bishops?

Virginia Churches—African Bishops?

Stranger things may have happened in the annals of church history, but the recent lopsided votes in several Virginia Episcopal congregations may qualify as among the strangest at first glance. Why? They voted in favor of leaving that denomination’s Virginia … More>

The Rise and Fall of a Dictator

The Rise and Fall of a Dictator “I expect to die a violent death, with nothing but the tip of my pinky finger remaining behind.”
—Saddam Hussein

Saddam Hussein grew up barefoot in a mud hut in the town of Takrit, north of Baghdad on the Tigris … More>