“Safe, Legal, and Rare?”

December 31, 2008 | by | Topic: Faith & Society

The common mantra of pro-choice politicians is that they do not favor abortion. Quite the contrary, they want abortion to be “safe, legal, and rare.” Pro-choicers generally hold to this position; thus, as they are quick to note, they are … More>

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Israeli Attacks on Hamas Justified

December 30, 2008 | by | Topic: Military & Foreign Policy

The Hamas Charter proscribes peace with Israel. Ceasefires are possible only when advantageous to Hamas and always are temporary. Accordingly, as soon as the latest ceasefire expired, Hamas operatives fired a barrage of rockets and mortars from Gaza into Israel. … More>

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Lessons from the Oil Market

December 29, 2008 | by | Topic: Economics & Political Systems

The longer I study economic phenomena, the more I learn two truths. The first truth is how little I know. This is very humbling. There is just too much information out there for any one human being to process. The … More>

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V&V PAPER — Social Organizations as a Path to Self-control: Does Religious Participation Promote Character Development?

December 23, 2008 | by | Topic: Faith & Society, White Papers

Editor’s Note: “Does religious participation have benefits for character development? For most of American history this question would have seemed foolish. Most Americans would have responded that religious participation was essential for character development. Today, however, the value of religion More>

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Christmas Behind Bars

December 22, 2008 | by | Topic: Faith & Society

Guest Commentary

Every time it seems the so-called Democratic People’s Republic of Korea is about to join the “world community,” the regime in Pyongyang reminds us of its criminal nature. A North Korean soldier not long ago shot and killed … More>

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The Problem With Monotheism

December 17, 2008 | by | Topic: Faith & Society

When an author argues that there is no God, that’s his personal business—something between him and the Creator. But when an author, in addition to denying God, asserts that monotheism is a net negative for the human race, a rebuttal … More>

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Remembering an Unknown Hero: Morris Childs, America’s Greatest Cold War Spy

December 15, 2008 | by | Topic: American History & Presidents

If you’re looking for a book as a Christmas gift, I suggest an oldie but goodie, and in honor of the fact that it was 20 years ago that this nation quietly honored the subject of the book: a hero, … More>

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V&V Q&A: America’s Economic Illiteracy Epidemic

December 12, 2008 | by | Topic: Education & Schools

Editor’s Note: The “V&V Q&A” is an e-publication from The Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College. Each issue will present an interview with an intriguing thinker or opinion-maker that we hope will prove illuminating to readers everywhere. More>

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STREAMING VIDEO — 2008 – Give Me Liberty

December 11, 2008 | by | Topic: American Founders Luncheon Series Lectures, Streaming Video

Dr. Kidd, Associate Professor of History at Baylor University, talks about Patrick Henry and Religious Freedom in America.… More>

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Five Years Ago: The Beginning of the End for Saddam – and George W. Bush

December 10, 2008 | by | Topic: Faith & Society

Five years ago this week, something remarkable happened, which has been conveniently forgotten: On December 13, 2003, one of history’s worst dictators, Saddam Hussein, was captured by U.S. troops.

America awakened to the news on Sunday, December 14, as a … More>

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Dancing with Fred or Frankenstein: Free Markets, Socialism, and the Bailout

December 8, 2008 | by | Topic: Economics & Political Systems

Washington’s $700 billion bailout plan is making a lot of people unhappy. The Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP), as the implementation of the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 has come to be known, seems to be morphing unpredictably.

Originally, … More>

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Shades of Reagan: Sarah and the Leakers

December 5, 2008 | by | Topic: Faith & Society

The trashing of Sarah Palin continues. Some of the shots have been downright ugly, such as the “Retarded Republican Babies for Sarah Palin” t-shirts. Equally notable, however, is the odd one-two punch of liberal journalists and moderate Republican leakers pounding … More>

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Barack Obama and the Church

December 2, 2008 | by | Topic: Faith & Society

The question of where Barack Obama and his family will go to church after he takes office is attracting a lot of media attention. As the author of “Faith and the Presidency: From George Washington to George W. Bush,” I … More>

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Educational Choice for the Obamas—What About Others?

December 1, 2008 | by | Topic: Education & Schools

Where will the Obama kids attend school in Washington? That question has been answered as it should be: by the new president and first lady.

There is no argument about that. Sasha and Malia will attend Sidwell Friends School—private, religious, … More>

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I’m Positive About Parenting

November 26, 2008 | by | Topic: Faith & Society

Both our media and our politicians tell us that it is a terrible time to rear children. As parents, we are tempted to sing, “Why can’t they be like we were, perfect in every way?” We understand totally when one … More>

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The Big Three: Assigning Blame & an Alternative to a Bailout

November 25, 2008 | by | Topic: Economics & Political Systems

I’ve already explained the problematical economics and ethics of a federal bailout for the Big Three (see “A Bailout for Detroit”). The demise of the pillar of metro Detroit’s economy saddens me—I’m from there; in fact, I was once … More>

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Ignorance is Not Bliss

November 24, 2008 | by | Topic: Media & Culture

Quick, attempt the following:  Name the three branches of the federal government. Recognize the speech where the words “of the people, by the people, and for the people” come from. Identify the female judge on American Idol.

The Intercollegiate … More>

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Thanksgiving Thoughts 2008: The Challenge of Affluence

November 21, 2008 | by | Topic: Faith & Society

Throughout recorded history, most human beings have been poor. Poverty has been the norm and affluence the exception. Given a choice, most of us would rather be affluent than poor, but in this year of jarring financial losses, many of … More>

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Barack and the Bishops

November 19, 2008 | by | Topic: Faith & Society

A potential big battle has begun, one of special interest to all Christians and guaranteed to generate a lot of attention from all Americans.

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has issued a stern warning to president-elect Obama … More>

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The End Game

November 17, 2008 | by | Topic: Military & Foreign Policy

If you wanted to turn the United States of America into a socialist country, what strategy would you adopt? Joseph Stalin, the world’s top communist from 1924 to 1953, is reputed to have advocated the following strategy to William Z. … More>

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The Threat Within

November 14, 2008 | by | Topic: American History & Presidents

Human nature has a blind spot. We often detect external flaws faster than internal ones—seeing the speck in our neighbor’s eye sooner than the beam in our own, to use the biblical metaphor.

This same tendency exists at the national … More>

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Taking Away the Perceived Need for Abortion

November 12, 2008 | by | Topic: Faith & Society

Recently,  the executive director of the Center for Vision & Values, Dr. Paul Kengor, explained that an Obama administration will likely eliminate the legislative and legal tools that the pro-life community has been trying to use to reduce or eliminate … More>

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“I’m Pagan and I Vote”

November 11, 2008 | by | Topic: Faith & Society

Old Town Alexandria, Northern Virginia—Jogging through this gorgeous, historic town the first Saturday after the Tuesday vote, which elected the most leftist presidential candidate in American history, it isn’t difficult to see how the typically Republican state of Virginia went … More>

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Thinning the Herd: RINOs Lose Big

November 7, 2008 | by | Topic: American History & Presidents

Guest Commentary


Abandonment of conservative principles root cause of Republican losses … Now what?

The Republican Party nationally, and in Pennsylvania, lies in tatters today. Having lost the White House to Barack Obama, suffered historic losses in Congressional elections, been … More>

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Pro-life Death?

November 6, 2008 | by | Topic: Faith & Society

The victory for Barack Obama and the Democratic Party on Tuesday is the death of the pro-life movement as we know it. The pro-life movement has sought to reverse abortion through legislative action and the courts, and made tremendous gains … More>

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Obama, FDR, the Constitution, and Rights

November 4, 2008 | by | Topic: The Law

Earlier this year, in “The Next Great Depression,” I noted several parallels between the political economy of the early 1930s and today. Another intriguing parallel between then and now is the striking similarities between Barack Obama and Franklin Delano Roosevelt.… More>

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Whatever Happened to the “Education President?”

November 3, 2008 | by | Topic: Education & Schools

The last three presidents clamored for the title but in 2008, the economy, terrorism, and “Saturday Night Live” skits have pushed education out of the media’s election circus.

However, since Jimmy Carter’s election in 1976, American schooling has proven to … More>

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Keeping New Year’s Resolutions

November 2, 2008 | by | Topic: Faith & Society

The New Year is here. It is time for the annual ritual of resolving to improve ourselves. The joke of course is that New Year’s resolutions rarely last beyond January. At our local YMCA one can observe the increase in … More>

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Sarah Palin’s Real Record on Special Needs

October 31, 2008 | by | Topic: Faith & Society

Last week, in a major speech on disabilities in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, delivered to several groups of medical professionals, Sarah Palin promised that she would be an advocate for special needs families as vice president. It is a theme she has … More>

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Listening to Frankenstein

October 30, 2008 | by | Topic: Biography

At this very time of year, on a dreary night, and during a lightning storm, Victor Frankenstein first gave life to his hideous creation in Mary Shelley’s tragic novel. And so was born both the connection between Halloween and Frankenstein … More>

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Today’s Frankensteins

October 30, 2008 | by | Topic: Media & Culture

“Man,” I cried, “how ignorant art thou in thy pride of wisdom! Cease; you know not what it is you say.”
—Mary Shelley, Frankenstein, volume III, chapter 7

With the help of Hollywood—though often to its detriment—Mary Shelley’s 19th century … More>

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Testing Presidential Mettle: JFK and Obama

October 29, 2008 | by | Topic: American History & Presidents

Democratic vice-presidential nominee Senator Joe Biden recently predicted that within the first six months of an Obama administration the freshman president would be tested by a contrived international crisis. Obama supporters quickly pointed to John Fitzgerald Kennedy’s handling of the … More>

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Can Obama Win the “Values Voter?”

October 27, 2008 | by | Topic: Faith & Society

Editor’s note: This is part two of a two-part series on Barack Obama and Christian voters. Click here to read part one.

In 2000 and 2004, it was the churchgoing moral-religious “values voters” that made the difference for George W. … More>

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God and Barack Obama

October 24, 2008 | by | Topic: Faith & Society

Editor’s Note: This is part one of a two-part series on Barack Obama, his faith, and Christian voters. Click here to read part two.

Let me begin with what I hope is a credibility enhancer: For daring to write … More>

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Hatred and Politics

October 23, 2008 | by | Topic: Economics & Political Systems, Media & Culture

Politics in America is a contact sport. Passions flare and the rhetoric can get heated and nasty. Political parties stoke these fires, playing on people’s fears as a key fund-raising tactic.

Conservative authors have produced books with insulting titles like … More>

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General Powell’s Endorsement

October 21, 2008 | by | Topic: American History & Presidents

Many conservatives wonder why retired Army Gen. Colin Powell endorsed Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama. The quick answer—and the most inadequate one—is that Powell is obliged to endorse the first African-American with a real chance to win the presidency. That … More>

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We’re Broke

October 20, 2008 | by | Topic: Economics & Political Systems

Global stock markets have been plummeting. Where the bottom is, nobody knows. There will be gut-wrenching zigs and hopeful zags along the way; they will be of larger magnitude and—in our digital age of instant response—will occur with greater rapidity … More>

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Spreading the Wealth: Obama, Joe, and the Democratic Socialists

October 16, 2008 | by | Topic: Economics & Political Systems

By now, almost everybody knows “Joe the plumber.” Mentioned about 15 times in Wednesday’s presidential debate, Joe Wurzelbacher, a plumber from Toledo, questioned Barack Obama at an Ohio campaign stop earlier in the week. Joe wanted to know if Obama’s … More>

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The Dominant Campaign Question

October 15, 2008 | by | Topic: Military & Foreign Policy

What issue(s) dominated the presidential campaign two months ago—foreign policy, taxes, health care? That seems like ancient history now. The one question that everyone wants Barack Obama and John McCain to answer now is: What will you do to fix … More>

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Joe Biden’s Church Troubles

October 14, 2008 | by | Topic: Faith & Society

Certain elements in the news media are attacking Sarah Palin’s religious beliefs. This has included several bizarre articles, in mainstream publications, highly critical of her local church. One source blasted her “Neanderthal faith.”

As usual, the liberal press is demonstrating … More>

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V&V Q&A: Dr. Steve Jones on Palin, Pentecostals, and Evangelicals

October 14, 2008 | by | Topic: Faith & Society, Vision & Values Concise E-publications

Editor’s Note: The “V&V Q&A” is an e-publication from the Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College. Each issue will present an interview with an intriguing thinker or opinion-maker that we hope will prove illuminating to readers everywhere. More>

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Why November 2008 Looks Like March 1936

October 9, 2008 | by | Topic: Military & Foreign Policy

Near the conclusion of Tuesday night’s second presidential “town-hall” style debate, a questioner from the audience asked each candidate what he would do if Iran attacked Israel. Both candidates gave somewhat vague replies, focusing on the traditionally close relationship between … More>

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Message to Obama: We Were Greeted as Liberators

October 8, 2008 | by | Topic: Military & Foreign Policy

A casualty of the left’s hatred for President George W. Bush has been a destructive inability to separate fact from fiction in the ongoing history of the war in Iraq. The latest case, which, sadly, has dug its way into … More>

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Critical Mass: Economic Leadership or Dictatorship

October 6, 2008 | by | Topic: American History & Presidents

Economic and political destabilization ranked high on al-Qaeda’s list of strategic objectives in the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center and Washington, DC. In addition to killing nearly 3,000 innocent people, the attacks immediately inflicted over $80 billion dollars … More>

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V&V Q&A: The Man Who Predicted the Yom Kippur War

October 3, 2008 | by | Topic: Military & Foreign Policy, Vision & Values Concise E-publications

Editor’s Note: The “V&V Q&A” is an e-publication from the Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College. Each issue will present an interview with an intriguing thinker or opinion-maker that we hope will prove illuminating to readers everywhereMore>

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Thoughts on “the Big Bailout”

September 30, 2008 | by | Topic: Economics & Political Systems

The biggest bailout plan (so far) will continue to be revised in an attempt to win approval of a congressional majority. The goal of the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 is to put the brakes on the unwinding of … More>

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Stop the Bailout!

September 30, 2008 | by | Topic: Economics & Political Systems

When facing a major financial problem, it is not uncommon to face the temptation to do something foolish at best or something evil at worst. Our elected officials and un-elected monetary and financial authorities are on the brink of doing … More>

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“Freedom of Choice” vs. “Born Alive:” Critical Questions for an Obama Administration

September 29, 2008 | by | Topic: Faith & Society

In a presidential campaign issues arise and then fade from view. The emergence of new media preoccupations may make it seem as though yesterday’s controversy has been resolved. This is rarely true.

Such is the case with the issue of … More>

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V&V Q&A: “Where Have You Gone, Thomas Jefferson?” (An Interview on America’s Founding Fathers and Modern Presidents)

September 26, 2008 | by | Topic: American History & Presidents, Vision & Values Concise E-publications

Editor’s Note: The “V&V Q&A” is an e-publication from the Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College. Each issue will present an interview with an intriguing thinker or opinion-maker that we hope will prove illuminating to readers everywhere. More>

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Blaming the Free Market

September 24, 2008 | by | Topic: Economics & Political Systems

It’s finger-pointing time, folks. Whose fault is the ongoing financial crack-up that has hurt, angered, and frightened so many people? There is plenty of blame to go around, and the American people deserve to know the culprits. Simple justice, though, … More>

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STREAMING VIDEO — 2008 – The Founders and The Presidents from July 1776 to November 2008

September 23, 2008 | by | Topic: American Founders Luncheon Series Lectures, Streaming Video

Dr. Paul Kengor, Professor of Political Science at Grove City College, talks about our Founding Fathers and our Presidents.… More>

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Economic Nonsense

September 22, 2008 | by | Topic: Economics & Political Systems

It saddens me when I see a member of my profession go over to “the dark side,” that is, to politics. Politics replaces voluntary action with compulsion, private contract with coercion. Government intervention imposes distortions, inefficiencies, and extra costs on … More>

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A Tale of Two Narratives—and the Palin Paradigm

September 18, 2008 | by | Topic: Economics & Political Systems, Media & Culture

Reactions to Governor Palin’s selection as Senator McCain’s running mate ranged from laughter to incredulity and then from alarm to panic. Indeed, editorials on the danger she poses to Senator Obama’s once inevitable coronation in November now radiate furrowed brows … More>

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Another One Bites the Dust

September 16, 2008 | by | Topic: Economics & Political Systems

September 15, 2008. Lehman Brothers, the giant Wall Street firm, declares bankruptcy. Merrill Lynch, the most famous stock brokerage company in the country, avoids the risk of eventually suffering a similar fate by being euthanized (i.e., bought and … More>

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Hating Palin: Words of Wisdom from Reagan

September 15, 2008 | by | Topic: American History & Presidents, Media & Culture

It has taken me a couple of weeks but I think I’ve finally gotten handle on why Sarah Palin’s bravado Republican convention speech was such a smash among conservatives: After nearly eight years of watching President George W. Bush curl … More>

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Is Sarah Palin the Next Ronald Reagan?

September 15, 2008 | by | Topic: American History & Presidents

Guest Commentary

Sarah Palin and Ronald Reagan appear poles apart in their backgrounds. Before coming to the center stage of national politics, Palin was a small-town mother of five and governor of Alaska, and Reagan, a Hollywood actor and governor … More>

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When Does a Baby Get Human Rights?

September 12, 2008 | by | Topic: Faith & Society

When Pastor Rick Warren asked Barack Obama “at what point does a baby get human rights,” Sen. Obama hesitated and answered, “Well, you know, I think that whether you’re looking at it from a theological perspective or a scientific perspective, … More>

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For Whom Does the Bell Toll? Remembering September 11, 2001

September 10, 2008 | by | Topic: American History & Presidents

Seven years ago, Sept. 11, 2001, we all remember where we were and with whom and what we were doing. I was rushing off for my 9:25 AM class; it was my first semester as a tenure-track professor. Teaching John … More>

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Foreign Policy and the Veep

September 8, 2008 | by | Topic: American History & Presidents, Military & Foreign Policy

In an unexpected, frightening moment in April 1945, Vice President Harry Truman got the news: President Franklin Delano Roosevelt was dead.

For many Americans who suffered through the Great Depression and World War II, FDR was more than a president; … More>

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Sarah Palin, Slasher

September 5, 2008 | by | Topic: Media & Culture

Contrary to a widely circulated report in Tuesday’s Washington Post, Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, the Republican vice-presidential nominee, did not slash funding for a program supporting teen mothers.

The Washington Post’s Paul Kane reported that “Palin Slashed Funding for … More>

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The Power of the Media

September 4, 2008 | by | Topic: Media & Culture

So powerful are the media that they have been referred to as the fourth branch of government. Indeed, they can make or break reputations. Example: when former Vice President Dan Quayle misspelled “potato” by adding an “e,” the press magnified … More>

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“Governor, Who’s the Leader of Angola?” Biden Prepares for Palin

September 2, 2008 | by | Topic: American History & Presidents

I would like to share a story on Senator Joe Biden that happened 27 years ago. It involved his international humiliation of a good man, and it became a habit for Biden. I’m confident Biden will repeat the performance with … More>

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Obamacalypse Now: A Tale of Two Journeys

August 30, 2008 | by | Topic: Military & Foreign Policy

Senator Obama’s pre-emptive election victory tour through Europe has inspired a variety of comparisons, ranging from General Eisenhower’s post-war ticker-tape procession in New York City to Bill and Ted’s excellent adventures through time. Another analogy, one not cited yet (to … More>

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Is Abortion a Risk to a Woman’s Mental Health?

August 29, 2008 | by | Topic: Faith & Society

Last week, the American Psychological Association plunged headlong into controversy with the release of a report from the Task Force on Mental Health and Abortion.

The panel, chaired by University of California psychology professor, Brenda Major, produced a 91-page report … More>

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A Bailout for Detroit

August 27, 2008 | by | Topic: Economics & Political Systems

It was bound to happen. In this “Year of the bailout,” why shouldn’t Detroit get into the act? The financial community has maintained a death-watch over GM and Ford for months as they hemorrhage floods of red ink. Bankruptcy is … More>

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How About McCain on Conception and Embryos?

August 25, 2008 | by | Topic: Faith & Society

I wrote a piece last week that was hard on Barack Obama for his troubling non-answers on the question of conception, when life begins, and embryonic stem-cell research.

A quick rehash: Obama has repeatedly said that he doesn’t know when … More>

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Russia’s Georgia Take-Down: Implications for Russia and America

August 22, 2008 | by | Topic: American History & Presidents

In December 1989, land, sea and air forces of the United States enveloped the security forces of Panama like a starfish attacking a clam. Operation Just Cause became the prototype for U.S. military operational doctrine for taking down an undersized … More>

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Obama and Abortion Survivors: Clarifying the Record

August 20, 2008 | by | Topic: Faith & Society

We recently posted an article at National Review on the controversy over Barack Obama’s votes in the Illinois legislature on a statewide version of the federal Born Alive Infant Protection Act (BAIPA)—i.e., legislation requiring medical personnel to provide treatment to … More>

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Obama Conceives the Inconceivable on Conception

August 18, 2008 | by | Topic: American History & Presidents

Asked by Rick Warren on Saturday when he believes “a baby gets human rights,” John McCain didn’t hesitate to say “at the moment of conception.” For Barack Obama, however, this question remains a struggle. “Well, ah, ah, I think that … More>

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Avoiding Some Damned Thing in the Caucasus

August 14, 2008 | by | Topic: American History & Presidents

As the old European powers of the late 19th century began their inexorable march toward mutual suicide on the battlefields of the 20th century, Germany’s “Iron Chancellor,” Otto von Bismarck, presciently predicted that any future conflagration might well start because … More>

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V&V Q&A: On the Crisis in Georgia with Herb Meyer

August 13, 2008 | by | Topic: Military & Foreign Policy, Vision & Values Concise E-publications

Editor’s Note: The “V&V Q&A” is an e-publication from the Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College. Each issue will present an interview with an intriguing thinker or opinion-maker that we hope will prove illuminating to readers everywhere. More>

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Abortion and Mental Health Effects: What Will the APA Say?

August 11, 2008 | by | Topic: Faith & Society

This week in Boston, the American Psychological Association Council of Representatives will vote to accept or reject a report from its Task Force on Mental Health and Abortion. Convened quietly in April 2006, the committee was asked by the APA … More>

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Thank You, Alexander Solzhenitsyn

August 7, 2008 | by | Topic: Economics & Political Systems

News of the passing of Russian author Alexander Solzhenitsyn on August 3 brought me a flood of memories. Although I never met Mr. Solzhenitsyn, he had a profound effect on my life. He also had a great impact on the … More>

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Olympic Anecdotes

August 5, 2008 | by | Topic: Biography

After lying dormant for more than 22 centuries, the modern Olympic Games were launched in 1896. Held in Athens (of course!), the first modern Olympiad attracted the largest crowd ever to have assembled for a sporting event. The athletes were … More>

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Witness: Solzhenitsyn vs. Evil

August 4, 2008 | by | Topic: American History & Presidents

Editor’s Note: This article is also posted at National Review Online.

Alexander Solzhenitsyn, a great figure of the 20th century, is dead at the age of 89.

How does one adequately honor the man? It’s impossible to capture in … More>

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Mission Accomplished

July 30, 2008 | by | Topic: American History & Presidents

Editor’s Note: A longer version of this article first appeared in American Thinker.

“The greatest leader is not necessarily the one who does the greatest things. He’s the one who gets the people to do the greatest things. And that’s More>

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Strategic Disaster: Vietnam Lessons for the Current Political Season

July 28, 2008 | by | Topic: American History & Presidents

During his recent Middle East and European tour, Senator Barack Obama stated his strategic positions on Iraq and Afghanistan, which involves a timetable for withdrawal of most, if not all, U.S. forces from Iraq, and redeploying some forces to Afghanistan, … More>

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Drill Now

July 25, 2008 | by | Topic: Economics & Political Systems

High fuel prices have produced a tectonic shift in the United States’ political landscape. Recent polls indicate a strong surge of support for Uncle Sam lifting government restrictions against domestic drilling for oil. Blocking the development of domestic energy resources … More>

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Law of the Sea Treaty: Faux Fixes and Expansive Liabilities

July 23, 2008 | by | Topic: The Law

Guest Commentary

The Law of the Sea Treaty (LOST), an omnibus treaty originally blocked by President Ronald Reagan, is back, supported by internationalist activists and profit-minded businessmen. The convention, originally intended to promote large-scale income redistribution to Third World states, … More>

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Here We Go Again

July 21, 2008 | by | Topic: Economics & Political Systems

Every year, Merriam-Webster, the dictionary company, holds a vote for “Word of the Year.” Don’t be surprised if 2008’s word is “bailout.” And if they start a “Phrase of the Year” category, how about “Too big to fail?” We heard … More>

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Clinton Administration to Obama: Iraq Greater Terror Threat Than Afghanistan

July 17, 2008 | by | Topic: Military & Foreign Policy

On Tuesday, Barack Obama gave an address on the Iraq War. It was a bizarre speech, as if it had been written two years ago—when it would have made more sense. Liberals ought to hate the speech. It will make … More>

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John Templeton, R.I.P.

July 16, 2008 | by | Topic: Biography

Sir John Marks Templeton passed from this world on July 8. In an extraordinary life of 95 years, John Templeton was one of the world’s wealthiest individuals, most successful investors, most generous philanthropists, and a tireless seeker for spiritual truth.… More>

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Tony Snow: Defender of the President and the Faith

July 14, 2008 | by | Topic: Biography

The first time I encountered Tony Snow was through his columns for the Detroit News in the 1980s, when I was an undergraduate subscribing to a forgotten but quite good publication called Conservative Chronicle. His articles were like his … More>

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Dealing with North Korea: Nukes Versus Human Rights?

July 11, 2008 | by | Topic: Military & Foreign Policy

Guest Commentary

After refusing to talk to Pyongyang for years, the Bush administration chose “appeasement”—as its own officials often deride negotiations. So far the administration’s bet has paid off, but critics contend that the United States has sacrificed human rights … More>

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Breakaway Virginia Churches Win “Round Two”

July 9, 2008 | by | Topic: Faith & Society

Editor’s Note: For more information, please see a previous article by Dr. Sparks, “Seceding Virginia Parishes Win ‘First Round.’”

Eleven local Virginia Episcopal Churches that have taken on the “Goliath” Episcopal Church USA (ECUSA) have won another important victory in … More>

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Where are the Bush Democrats? The GOP Leadership Lurch from 2000 to 2008

July 7, 2008 | by | Topic: American History & Presidents

Editor’s Note: A longer version of this article first appeared in American Thinker.

“The greatest leader is not necessarily the one who does the greatest things. He’s the one who gets the people to do the greatest things. And that’s More>

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A Mid-year Economic Status Report

July 3, 2008 | by | Topic: Economics & Political Systems

Economic growth in the United States is sluggish, and there are several reasons to be pessimistic about macroeconomic performance in the balance of 2008, if not beyond. The adjective “macroeconomic” is crucial. We should never forget that, even when major … More>

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Barack Obama Embraces Theocracy

July 2, 2008 | by | Topic: American History & Presidents

“George W. Bush is a [EXPLETIVE] theocrat!”

If I had a dollar for every time I heard that over the past eight years. Having written a book on the faith of George W. Bush, I was pummeled by liberals for … More>

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Four for the Fourth

July 1, 2008 | by | Topic: American History & Presidents

It’s a Wonderful Life, Miracle on 34th Street, White Christmas. When December rolls around everyone knows which movies to watch to celebrate the holidays. Sadly, America’s birthday doesn’t seem quite so lucky. So, here is a list of four films … More>

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Electing Obama: How Religious Conservatives Can Help

June 30, 2008 | by | Topic: American History & Presidents

Religious conservatives can help Barack Obama win in November. Here’s how: stay home or go to the voting booth and cast ballots for Obama in surprising numbers. It could happen. First, let’s review.

Last year, religious conservatives were sweating over … More>

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Ms. Hillary’s Comeuppance

June 27, 2008 | by | Topic: American History & Presidents

It was springtime. The year was 1969. The spirit of la revolucion was in the air.

Ms. Hillary Rodham and her Wellesley sisters sat in the crowd awaiting words of inspiration from their speaker. The commencement speaker that year was … More>

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America’s Debt Problem

June 25, 2008 | by | Topic: Economics & Political Systems

Thrift used to be a virtue in America. In Asia, thrift remains a way of life—for example, it is estimated that the average Chinese family’s thrift rate is 30 to 40 percent—which helps explain the rapid growth rates there.

A … More>

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On Cap Weinberger and Civility

June 20, 2008 | by | Topic: American History & Presidents

Last week, the Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College ran another of its “V&V Q&As,” this one with Peter Schweizer, whom I interviewed on his new book, Makers and Takers. As noted in the interview, Schweizer … More>

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Rising Food Prices: Who is to Blame?

June 18, 2008 | by | Topic: Economics & Political Systems

An Indian government official recently criticized the Bush administration for blaming the growing middle classes of developing countries, such as India and China, for rising food prices. Although he may have misinterpreted the president’s remarks, his and other Indian critics’ … More>

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Seduction by Air: Then and Now

June 16, 2008 | by | Topic: American History & Presidents

Air power is seductive. From the Army Air Service’s Col. Billy Mitchell’s Winged Defense, written in the aftermath of the slaughter fields of the Great War, to U.S. Air Force Colonel John Warden’s The Air Campaign, first published … More>

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V&V Q&A: Makers and Takers with Peter Schweizer

June 12, 2008 | by | Topic: Faith & Society, Vision & Values Concise E-publications

Editor’s Note: The “V&V Q&A” is an e-publication from the Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College. Each issue will present an interview with an intriguing thinker or opinion-maker that we hope will prove illuminating to readers everywhere. More>

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The Cynical Politics of Global Warming and Its Hobgoblins

June 11, 2008 | by | Topic: American History & Presidents

“Cynical politics” may be a redundancy, but it is hard to imagine a mo1re cynical political issue than global warming (GW). In his 1992 book Earth in the Balance, Al Gore called for a “wrenching transformation of society.” Leftists, … More>

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STREAMING VIDEO — 2008 – Gun Control, The Supreme Court and the Founders’ Second Amendment

June 10, 2008 | by | Topic: American Founders Luncheon Series Lectures, Streaming Video, The Law


Dr. Nelson Lund, Vice Dean and Patrick Henry Professor of Constitutional Law and the Second Amendment at George Mason University School of Law, speaks at the American Founders Luncheon Series.

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RFK and RR: United in Life and Death

June 9, 2008 | by | Topic: American History & Presidents

Editor’s Note: An earlier version of this article first appeared in National Review Online.

Last week, specifically, June 5, 2008, was the 40th anniversary of the death of Robert F. Kennedy, one of the most beloved politicians of his … More>

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Signs of Poor Governance: Is America Becoming One of the Worst?

June 6, 2008 | by | Topic: Economics & Political Systems

A recent International Monetary Fund research report listed the countries expected to suffer the worst currency depreciation—that is, the worst inflation—this year. Zimbabwe (a mind-boggling 300,000 percent-plus), Venezuela (25.7 percent), Bolivia (15.1 percent), Nicaragua (13.8 percent), and Argentina (9.2 percent) … More>

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Devouring the Clintons

June 3, 2008 | by | Topic: Faith & Society

The Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago is a raucous place. Not long ago, during the Christmas season, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright—stepping back from his repeated proclamation that “God d— America!”—paused to damn the former president of America: As … More>

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How to Avoid Being Bamboozled

June 2, 2008 | by | Topic: American History & Presidents

What a difference a century makes, specifically a turn of the century. Shortly after the 19th century ended, the United States had a president who was the real deal, whose honesty, sincerity and courage would be challenged only by those … More>

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Big Oil vs. Big Congress: Another Witch Hunt

May 29, 2008 | by | Topic: Economics & Political Systems

In what has become an annual ritual, the wizards of Congress are going after the leaders of Big Oil again. This is political theater at its most cynical. It’s the modern version of the Salem witch hunt. The rapid rise … More>

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Bush at the Knesset: Another Historic, Unheralded Speech

May 28, 2008 | by | Topic: American History & Presidents

Editor’s Note: This article first appeared in American Thinker.

A couple of weeks ago, President George W. Bush gave an outstanding speech to the Knesset, the Israeli parliament. It stands out among the top five or so best speeches … More>

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Enviro-Extremists vs. the Machine in the Garden

May 27, 2008 | by | Topic: American History & Presidents

Political Cartoonists are national treasures. The best ones are able to distill an entire think tank’s worth of commentary into a single frame or two, thus saving our country untold barrels of the dark stuff from the national emergency inkwell … More>

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Supporting the Troops—and Their Children—this Memorial Day

May 23, 2008 | by | Topic: American History & Presidents

When it comes to “supporting the troops,” some Americans have chosen some curious means of expression. Who can forget Senator Dick Durbin’s (D-IL) June 2005 statement from the Senate floor, comparing U.S. troops at Guantanamo to “Nazis, Soviets in their … More>

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Victims of Their Own Making

May 21, 2008 | by | Topic: Military & Foreign Policy

As Israel celebrates its 60th anniversary, there are voices raised accusing Israel of victimizing the Palestinian Arabs and “running them out” of the Jewish state. Ironically, some 1,300,000 Arab-Israeli citizens live and work in Israel. They worship freely in mosques … More>

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The Search for “Higher” Education

May 15, 2008 | by | Topic: Education & Schools

Like swallows returning to Capistrano, spring always marks the flocking of parents with their high-school senior children to my college classroom. Nobly, parents take their charges on multiple tours of colleges and universities in order to make an informed choice … More>

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Secrets of Suriname: Another Reagan-Administration Cold War Success Story

May 12, 2008 | by | Topic: American History & Presidents

Editor’s Note: This article first appeared in National Review Online.

It was 25 years ago that a remarkable effort took place concerning a small, unremarkable country at the northern tip of South America—Suriname. What happened there was quite significant … More>

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George “Truman” Bush

May 9, 2008 | by | Topic: American History & Presidents

A new CNN poll ranks President George W. Bush the most unpopular president in modern American history. The key figure is not Bush’s 28 percent approval rating, which, though dismal, is not as poor as all-time lows set by Harry … More>

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Pile of Manure

May 7, 2008 | by | Topic: American History & Presidents

“It reminds me of the story about that little boy … in this room filled with manure.”
—Hillary Clinton, April 1

As Senator Hillary Clinton presses on in her battle to win more primaries on the road to the Democratic … More>

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El Cinco de Mayo

May 5, 2008 | by | Topic: American History & Presidents

Cinco de Mayo (5th of May) festivities are to Mexican-Americans what St. Patrick’s Day festivities are to Irish-Americans—a joyful expression of ancestral pride and a celebration of the rich diversity of American culture. Mexican-Americans, like Irish-Americans, migrated to the United … More>

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Revisiting the New Deal

May 2, 2008 | by | Topic: Faith & Society

As the New Deal celebrates its 75th  birthday, it is a fitting time to reflect on the context in which it occurred, its moral and spiritual underpinnings, and its aims. By significantly increasing the size, spending, and scope of the … More>

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Obama and the Picture of Dorian Gray

April 30, 2008 | by | Topic: Faith & Society

In Oscar Wilde’s most chilling work, The Picture of Dorian Gray, the cynical, aging Lord Henry exclaims to his perpetually youthful friend, “I wish I could change places with you, Dorian. The world has cried out against us both, … More>

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Colombia and Democracy Under Siege

April 29, 2008 | by | Topic: Military & Foreign Policy

These are tough times for Colombia. The international left has the pro-American South American democracy in its crosshairs. Why? Because Colombia recently committed what leftists consider the cardinal sin—not only daring to resist leftists, but actually scoring a significant victory … More>

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From Udorn to Celina: The End of My Vietnam War

April 25, 2008 | by | Topic: American History & Presidents

The Vietnam War ended for me on a cold Monday afternoon in late November 2007 at a lonely, windswept graveyard in Celina, Ohio. It took four hours to drive the 270 miles from Grove City, Pennsylvania to Celina, Ohio. That … More>

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Why the Christian Left is Down on Israel

April 23, 2008 | by | Topic: Military & Foreign Policy

Within the mainline Protestant denominations there are a number of initiatives inimical to the well-being of the nation of Israel, including a divestment initiative to be considered at the annual conference of the United Methodist Church (this month) and a … More>

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Conceiving Conception at Messiah

April 21, 2008 | by | Topic: Faith & Society

Tomorrow, Tuesday, April 22, is the big day: the crucial Pennsylvania Primary. It happens here, in my home state, at polling places in big cities like Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, medium-sized cities like Erie and Harrisburg, and small towns like mine, … More>

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V&V Q&A: On the Zimmerman Affair

April 18, 2008 | by | Topic: Military & Foreign Policy, Vision & Values Concise E-publications

Editor’s Note: The “V&V Q&A” is an e-publication from the Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College. Each issue will present an interview with an intriguing thinker or opinion-maker that we hope will prove illuminating to readers everywhere. More>

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Blessing vs. Damning America

April 16, 2008 | by | Topic: Faith & Society

“I’ve spoken of the shining city all my political life…. [I]n my mind it was a tall, proud city built on rocks stronger than oceans, wind-swept, God-blessed….”

—President Ronald Reagan,
Farewell Address, January 11, 1989

“’God Bless America?’ No, no, More>

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Faith & Politics

April 16, 2008 | by | Topic: Faith & Society

The 12 Virginia Episcopal congregations that voted to leave the Episcopal Church in the U.S.A. (ECUSA) and its Virginia Diocese in late 2006 and early 2007 have been successful in the first round of what promises to be a protracted … More>

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Middle East & Terrorism

April 16, 2008 | by | Topic: Military & Foreign Policy

According to recent intelligence reports, the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) killed 40 Hamas terrorists in Gaza this past December without inflicting a single civilian casualty. In fact, over the past five years collateral damage and civilian casualties caused by Israeli … More>

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Barack Obama: Cultural Anthropologist

April 15, 2008 | by | Topic: American History & Presidents

Barack Obama has a way with words. They trip lightly from his tongue, and some onlookers have swooned during his oratory. No one doubts his speechmaking ability. When opining off-the-cuff, however, he can get into trouble. Case in point: At … More>

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More or Less?

April 14, 2008 | by | Topic: Education & Schools

Thank you, Rahm Emanuel! Mr. Emanuel, a Democratic congressman from Illinois and former senior policy adviser to President Clinton, recently published several election-year policy proposals on the opinion page of The Wall Street Journal.

The timing of Emanuel’s article … More>

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Expanding NATO, Diminishing Security

April 11, 2008 | by | Topic: Military & Foreign Policy

Guest Commentary

The recent NATO summit convened with Georgia and Ukraine lobbying the alliance to continue its steady eastern march. But this process is undermining, not improving, U.S. security.

Countries that have been variously occupied, partitioned and dominated prefer not … More>

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Seceding Virginia Parishes Win “First Round”

April 9, 2008 | by | Topic: Faith & Society

The 12 Virginia Episcopal congregations that voted to leave the Episcopal Church in the U.S.A. (ECUSA) and its Virginia Diocese in late 2006 and early 2007 have been successful in the first round of what promises to be a protracted … More>

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The de facto Nationalization of JPMorgan Chase

April 7, 2008 | by | Topic: Economics & Political Systems

March 2008 may go down as a major turning point in U.S. financial history. The Federal Reserve crossed a Rubicon of sorts, lending tens of billions of dollars, not to a commercial bank, as has been its historical practice, but … More>

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V&V Q&A: On Church Property and the State (with John Sparks)

April 4, 2008 | by | Topic: The Law, Vision & Values Concise E-publications

Editor’s Note: The “V&V Q&A” is an e-publication from the Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College. Each issue will present an interview with an intriguing thinker or opinion-maker that we hope will prove illuminating to readers everywhere. More>

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Africa, AIDS, and the Good-Samaritan-in-Chief

April 2, 2008 | by | Topic: American History & Presidents

There’s a remarkable article in the current Time magazine by Bob Geldof, musician and activist, regarding a recent trip he made to Africa with President George W. Bush. Geldof, a liberal, disagrees with Bush on many things, especially Iraq. Geldof … More>

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V&V Q&A: On the Church, State, and JFK vs. Nixon (with Richard Jewell)

March 31, 2008 | by | Topic: American History & Presidents, Faith & Society, Vision & Values Concise E-publications

Editor’s Note: The “V&V Q&A” is an e-publication from the Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College. Each issue will present an interview with an intriguing thinker or opinion-maker that we hope will prove illuminating to readers everywhere. More>

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Anti-Semitism and the Religious Left

March 28, 2008 | by | Topic: American History & Presidents

For a generation after World War II, particularly given revelations of the Holocaust, most American Protestant denominations embraced a more tolerant attitude toward Jews. Since the 1980s, however, there has been a marked shift, evident in the anti-Israeli positions adopted … More>

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V&V Q&A: On the Church and State and Public Education (with Dr. Jason Edwards)

March 26, 2008 | by | Topic: Education & Schools, Vision & Values Concise E-publications

Editor’s Note: The “V&V Q&A” is an e-publication from the Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College. Each issue will present an interview with an intriguing thinker or opinion-maker that we hope will prove illuminating to readers everywhere. More>

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Easter with Mr. Buckley

March 25, 2008 | by | Topic: Biography

Like many people, I suppose, my bookshelves are filled with books I’ve purchased with plans to read someday, sometime … but not right now. A couple of weeks ago, I grabbed one of those books, bought almost 10 years ago, … More>

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Atheism Versus the Resurrection

March 25, 2008 | by | Topic: Faith & Society

In recent years, it has become fashionable among secular journals to mark Easter week by publishing articles denying that Jesus Christ was resurrected from the tomb. It seems they can always find someone with the credentials of a Christian minister … More>

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V&V Q&A: On the Religious Left, Part II (with Dr. Earl Tilford)

March 20, 2008 | by | Topic: Faith & Society, Vision & Values Concise E-publications

Editor’s Note: The “V&V Q&A” is an e-publication from the Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College. Each issue will present an interview with an intriguing thinker or opinion-maker that we hope will prove illuminating to readers everywhere. More>

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V&V Q&A: On the Religious Left and the Prince of Peace (with Dr. Earl Tilford)

March 19, 2008 | by | Topic: Faith & Society, Vision & Values Concise E-publications

Editor’s Note: The “V&V Q&A” is an e-publication from the Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College. Each issue will present an interview with an intriguing thinker or opinion-maker that we hope will prove illuminating to readers everywhere. More>

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STREAMING VIDEO — 2008 – Hamilton and the Greenback

March 18, 2008 | by | Topic: American Founders Luncheon Series Lectures, Streaming Video

Dr. Jeffrey Herbener, chair of the department of economics at Grove City College and fellow for economic theory & policy with The Center for Vision & Values, speaks at the American Founders Luncheon Series.… More>

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Clinton vs. the War Hero

March 18, 2008 | by | Topic: American History & Presidents

Picture this scenario: The Democratic Party presidential candidate is an ex-radical from the 1960s, who had taken a sharp turn to the left during college, who denounced the Vietnam War as an undergraduate, who went on to Yale Law School … More>

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Flash Update: The Continuing Financial Crackup

March 17, 2008 | by | Topic: Economics & Political Systems

Precarious. Ominous. Dismal. Woeful. Vulnerable. Perilous. These are just a few of the adjectives that describe the current condition of the United State’s financial markets. The crisis that I wrote about in this column last Dec. 27 has continued to … More>

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V&V Q&A: On Jefferson, Deism, and Church-State Separation (with Dr. Gary Scott Smith)

March 14, 2008 | by | Topic: Faith & Society, Vision & Values Concise E-publications

Editor’s Note: The “V&V Q&A” is an e-publication from the Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College. Each issue will present an interview with an intriguing thinker or opinion-maker that we hope will prove illuminating to readers everywhere. More>

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The Kremlin’s Really Bad Month: March 1983

March 12, 2008 | by | Topic: Military & Foreign Policy

Editor’s Note: This article first appeared in the American Thinker.

It was 25 years ago this month, March 1983, that the Soviet Union went into hysterics, both realizing and arguably beginning the terminal phase in its deadly life cycle.… More>

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Obama’s Global Poverty Act

March 10, 2008 | by | Topic: Economics & Political Systems

Senator Barack Obama, the eminently likable possible Democratic nominee for president, has sponsored a “Global Poverty Act” that would require the United States to increase foreign aid by approximately $65 billion per year. If the Senate passes this bill, it … More>

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VISION & VALUES CONCISE: Q&A on the Church & State in 2008

March 7, 2008 | by | Topic: Faith & Society, Vision & Values Concise E-publications

Editor’s Note: The “V&V Q&A” is an e-publication from the Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College. Each issue will present an interview with an intriguing thinker or opinion-maker that we hope will prove illuminating to readers everywhere. More>

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Bill Buckley’s Defiance of Big History

March 5, 2008 | by | Topic: Biography

One probably had to live through the times to better appreciate the real significance of William F. Buckley. A deserving plethora of encomia—wouldn’t he use a word like this?—currently suffuses conservative media outlets, cataloguing the great man’s kindness, humility, extraordinary … More>

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The United States as Global Citizen

March 3, 2008 | by | Topic: Military & Foreign Policy

Many Americans wonder why the United States isn’t more popular on the global stage. Why are our relations with allied countries often lukewarm, at best? After all, we saved the world from fascism in World War II and communism in … More>

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The Good Shepherd and Great Host of Modern American Conservatism

February 29, 2008 | by | Topic: Biography

The one time I met William F. Buckley, Jr. (1925-2008), the great figure of modern American conservatism, he was gracious and inviting. In 1991, he was the commencement speaker for my graduating class at Grove City College. My friends were … More>

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William F. Buckley, Jr., RIP: A Tribute from Grove City College.

February 29, 2008 | by | Topic: Biography

William F. Buckley, Jr.
(1925-2008)

Editor’s Note: One of the don’t-miss features in every new copy of National Review when it arrived at newsstands and in mailboxes was the latest William F. Buckley, Jr. “RIP” tribute to some national figure … More>

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William F. Buckely, Jr.—Yale and Higher Education

February 29, 2008 | by | Topic: Biography

In 1951, the late William F. Buckley, Jr. issued one of the best-known challenges to higher education. In what became a conservative classic, God and Man at Yale, Buckley, then a recent Yale graduate, first called upon U.S. colleges … More>

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God and Man at Pitt

February 29, 2008 | by | Topic: American History & Presidents

I discovered William F. Buckley, Jr. in the late 1980s as an undergraduate at the University of Pittsburgh, where I was a pre-med student preparing for a career in organ transplantation. I had been bit by the political bug. It … More>

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Hillary, Obama, and the Inspiration Factor

February 27, 2008 | by | Topic: American History & Presidents

The historic Hillary plunge and Obama surge we are witnessing has several sources, but perhaps none as prominent as the simple fact that Barack Obama inspires people in a way that Hillary Clinton cannot. He is blessed by that incalculable … More>

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Audacity of Hope vs. Audacity of Courage

February 25, 2008 | by | Topic: American History & Presidents

They swoon, they faint, they genuflect, they take pictures, scribble notes, cheer until their voices sound like Darth Vader with a cold, and clap until their fingers explode from their hands like short bursts from an assault rifle. And those … More>

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Independence for Kosovo, War in the Balkans?

February 22, 2008 | by | Topic: Military & Foreign Policy

Guest Commentary

Kosovo has declared independence from Serbia, with American support. The process is likely to be both divisive and destabilizing.

The United States has no intrinsic interest in Kosovo’s status. The best position would be one of neutrality.

Unfortunately, … More>

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Big Deal in the Balkans

February 22, 2008 | by | Topic: Faith & Society

On June 28, 1389 the Serbs lost to the Ottomans at Kosovo Field in the Battle of Kosovo. This began a 500-plus year dominance by the Ottoman Turks in Central Europe, and particularly in that powder keg known as the … More>

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The Faith of George Washington

February 20, 2008 | by | Topic: Biography

On July 9, 1755, the “most catastrophic” day in Anglo-American history, Colonel George Washington was traveling with General Edward Braddock’s army toward Fort Duquesne when they were ambushed by Indians and French hiding in the woods. In the ensuing massacre, … More>

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The 2008 Primaries and the “Deep Issue” Deficit

February 20, 2008 | by | Topic: American History & Presidents

Exactly 218 years ago in February 1790, a group of Quaker representatives submitted petitions to the House of Representatives to end the slave trade immediately, an action that sent Representative James Jackson from Georgia into a sputtering rage. A colleague … More>

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VISION & VALUES CONCISE: Q&A with Dr. Andrew Markley

February 18, 2008 | by | Topic: Economics & Political Systems, Vision & Values Concise E-publications

Editor’s Note: The “V&V Q&A” is an e-publication from the Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College. Each issue will present an interview with an intriguing thinker or opinion-maker that we hope will prove illuminating to readers everywhere.  More>

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Remembering Rudy: Giuliani’s Ghost at the Potomac

February 15, 2008 | by | Topic: American History & Presidents

The website LifeNews.com has posted some interesting exit-poll data related to Republicans voters in last Tuesday’s Potomac Primaries. In both Virginia and the more liberal Maryland, Republican voters continue to remain overwhelmingly pro-life on the abortion issue. In Virginia, a … More>

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V&V PAPER — The Limits of “Corporate Social Responsibility”

February 13, 2008 | by | Topic: Economics & Political Systems, White Papers

Editor’s Note: “What role should companies play in modern society?” As Dr. Andrew W. Markley notes, “The issue has received increased attention in recent years due to several factors, including the process of economic globalization, government deregulation of economic activity, More>

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STREAMING VIDEO — 2008 – Second Annual Ronald Reagan Lecture

February 12, 2008 | by | Topic: Ronald Reagan Lectures, Streaming Video

Edwin Meese is interviewed by Dr. Paul Kengor in the Second Annual Ronald Reagan Lecture.… More>

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Ranking (and Timing) the Presidents

February 11, 2008 | by | Topic: American History & Presidents

Are you excited about Presidents’ Day? Neither am I. It’s hard to think of a less inspiring, more perfunctory “holiday.” To most Americans, its only significance is that the banks and post offices are closed on a mid-winter Monday. Yawn.… More>

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The Next Great Depression

February 8, 2008 | by | Topic: Economics & Political Systems

No, I am not getting ready to join the ranks of those clever economists and financial prognosticators who periodically cop a book deal by peddling a hyped-up title that feeds our perverse appetite for scary scenarios—Financial Armageddon, Get Rich More>

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Super Bowl Heart: Longing and Calling for Meaningful Careers

February 6, 2008 | by | Topic: Faith & Society

$2,700,000 for 30 seconds of air time for Super Bowl XLII? That price tag is enough to make your heart jump right out of your chest!

Sunday night the heart that jumped out with an “I Quit!” message for the … More>

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Lessons from Lincoln

February 4, 2008 | by | Topic: American History & Presidents

As we celebrate Presidents’ Day, we can learn much from Abraham Lincoln about how to apply Judeo-Christian values to political life. Governing our nation during its darkest days, Lincoln affirmed God’s sovereignty, sought to discover God’s will, used biblical principles … More>

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Lincoln’s Faith and Presidents Today

February 4, 2008 | by | Topic: Faith & Society

As we celebrate Presidents’ Day in 2008, we are in the midst of campaigns to select Democratic and Republican nominees for president. Recognizing that George W. Bush’s candid discussion of his faith played a key role in his electoral success … More>

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Confronting Chinese History

February 1, 2008 | by | Topic: Military & Foreign Policy

Guest Commentary

Mao Zedong became the symbol of China’s communist revolution: leading the famed Long March, proclaiming the new People’s Republic of China (PRC), meeting Richard Nixon to open a dialogue between the PRC and America—and killing tens of millions … More>

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Barack’s Elusive “King Moment”

January 30, 2008 | by | Topic: American History & Presidents

When Barack Obama burst onto the national scene after his victory in the Iowa caucuses, many felt that a breath of fresh air was sweeping across the land, one that also gave the Clintons the chills. For other denizens of … More>

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Should the Senate Ratify the U.N. Sea Treaty?

January 28, 2008 | by | Topic: Military & Foreign Policy

There has been vigorous debate about whether the U.S. Senate should ratify the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS, also known as the Law of the Sea Treaty, or LOST by its critics). The treaty has … More>

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Looking to Lincoln: 2008 and the Lincoln Standards

January 25, 2008 | by | Topic: American History & Presidents

If word association and body language were the principal criteria to judge the current crop of Democratic candidates, then Barack Obama would win the most vacuous campaign slogan award—I want change!—and Hillary Clinton would strut away with the Oprah Winfrey … More>

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On Morality, Abortion, and Empires

January 22, 2008 | by | Topic: Faith & Society

On this anniversary of Roe v. Wade let us consider legalized abortion as not just a court case but a sign, and ask, “What does it signify for us as nation, a culture, a civilization?”

At the height of another … More>

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The Twisted Relativism of Abortion

January 22, 2008 | by | Topic: Faith & Society

America this week marks the 35th anniversary of Roe v. Wade. The court case is frequently a matter of debate, especially the breathtaking judicial logic on which it is based. The constitutionality of Roe is just one of innumerable … More>

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The “R” Word and an Economic Stimulus Plan

January 21, 2008 | by | Topic: Economics & Political Systems

The dreaded “R” word—recession—is in on the tip of many tongues right now. Are we in a recession? Far be it from me to trespass on the sacred territory of the official keepers of economic data in Washington—those who officially … More>

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What Might Have Been: Roe v. Wade at 35—and the Man Who Could Have Reversed It

January 18, 2008 | by | Topic: Faith & Society

Editor’s Note: In this special “V&V Q&A” remarking upon the 35th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, Dr. Warren Throckmorton, a respected national voice on the abortion issue and a fellow at the Center for Vision & Values at Grove More>

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“Charlie Wilson’s War”—movie review

January 16, 2008 | by | Topic: Media & Culture

“Charlie Wilson’s War” is a fascinating movie for political buffs. Director Mike Nichols, star and co-producer Tom Hanks, and co-star Julia Roberts are well-known liberals. The U.S. support of the Afghan Mujahedin’s fight against the Soviet invaders in the 1980s … More>

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Hollywood’s Stinger Missile

January 16, 2008 | by | Topic: Media & Culture

Editor’s Note: A longer version of this review is posted at The American Thinker.


“Reagan specifically urged the supplying of U.S. shoulder-launched, heat-seeking missiles that can shoot down Soviet helicopter gunships.”
—Martin Schram, Washington Post, January 10, 1980

Last … More>

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Good as Gold? What is the Price of Gold Telling Us?

January 14, 2008 | by | Topic: Economics & Political Systems

Gold has opened 2008 with a bang. The price of the yellow metal has soared to all-time nominal highs, surpassing $900 per ounce. “So what?” you may ask. “Unless one works for a mining company or a jeweler, gold is … More>

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President, Savior, or Santa Claus?

January 11, 2008 | by | Topic: American History & Presidents

Let’s consider a simple question: What exactly are we electing when we choose a president of the United States? The traditional answer would be: “Commander-in-Chief of our armed forces and the CEO of the executive branch of government.”

Those two … More>

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Hillary’s Dewey Moment

January 10, 2008 | by | Topic: American History & Presidents

Political pundits took to the airwaves and their ink-wells after Hillary Clinton surprised the press by posting a first-place finish in New Hampshire this week. The talking heads have credited Senator Clinton’s atypical show of emotion for helping her to … More>

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Casualties of War: The Untold Story

January 9, 2008 | by | Topic: Military & Foreign Policy

According to recent intelligence reports, the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) killed 40 Hamas terrorists in Gaza this past December without inflicting a single civilian casualty. In fact, over the past five years collateral damage and civilian casualties caused by Israeli … More>

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Creating Crisis: Another War in the Balkans?

January 7, 2008 | by | Topic: Military & Foreign Policy

Guest Commentary

The Bush administration has badly botched U.S. foreign policy. But the administration isn’t finished: Another potential crisis looms in Kosovo.

The latest negotiating round over Kosovo’s final status has finished. The ethnic Albanians plan to declare independence from … More>

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Where Have All the Flower Children Gone?

January 4, 2008 | by | Topic: American History & Presidents

The American left clings to the myth that the anti-war movement ended the U.S. war in Vietnam. In fact, the anti-war movement failed to prompt any substantive changes in U.S. war policy. Rather than “pricking the conscience of the nation,” … More>

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