Yearly Archives: 2010

Christmas at Katyn

Christmas at Katyn

The people of Poland got an early Christmas present this year. It’s bittersweet but long awaited, and indeed a gift of sorts—and from an unlikely source: Russia. In Moscow, the State Duma, Russia’s legislature, passed a statement conceding Soviet responsibility … More>

The Lessons of Japan

The Lessons of Japan

Since Fed chairman Ben Bernanke announced his plan for the Federal Reserve to inflate (I’m sorry, “quantitatively ease”) commercial bank reserves by $600 billion, he has come under surprising, but understandable, criticism. So much so that he has felt compelled … More>

Justice Is Done in Connecticut

Justice Is Done in Connecticut

Dr. William Petit stood on the steps of the New Haven Superior Court House. A jury had just recommended the death penalty for one of the men who had assaulted and murdered his wife and daughters. Though it was not … More>

What’s Next? Buckle Up

What’s Next? Buckle Up

Guest Commentary

The Republican Party, with the help of the Tea Party, swept the House of Representatives with a massive pickup of at least 60 seats. The Federal Reserve made another historic announcement with its $600-billion “Quantitative Easing” program (QE2). … More>

Breakdown

Breakdown

You’ve probably seen the headlines about major banks suspending foreclosure proceedings to reclaim houses from borrowers who have defaulted on their mortgages. This has the potential to be hugely disruptive—a milestone development comparable to the failure of Lehman Brothers in … More>

Where Have You Gone, Ludwig von Mises? Considering Mises: “The Last Knight of Liberalism”

Where Have You Gone, Ludwig von Mises? Considering Mises: “The Last Knight of Liberalism”

Washington’s stunning economic power grabs—healthcare centralization, Keynesian fiscal stimulus, and Federal Reserve bailouts—are creating an unintended consequence: an increasing demand for freedom literature. Exhibit A would have to be F.A. Hayek’s 66-year-old Road to Serfdom’s recently hitting number one for … More>

The 50th Anniversary of a Historic Speech

The 50th Anniversary of a Historic Speech

This September 12 marks the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s historic speech to the Greater Houston Ministerial Association in which he countered religious objections to his candidacy and promised to honor the separation of church and state. This speech … More>

Taxing Transportation

Taxing Transportation

Not long ago, Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell toured the state to highlight its crisis in transportation funding. He called on the General Assembly to resolve the crisis this year. In May, the State Transportation Advisory Committee estimated that the state … More>

An Attack on Religion and Counseling

An Attack on Religion and Counseling

Does the state have the right to prevent people from training for particular careers because the state disagrees with their religious beliefs? U.S. District Judge George Steeh has made just such a ruling. Eastern Michigan University expelled Julea Ward from … More>

The Twinkie Diet

The Twinkie Diet

Imagine your favorite NFL team entering summer camp following an off-season training regimen of no exercise and a diet of unlimited Big Macs, Twinkies, and Coke. Sound outrageous’ Such a thing would be unheard of in the competitive NFL, but … More>

Are We All Ideologues Now?

Are We All Ideologues Now?

New media have shaped our political culture. Some, like talk radio and all-news cable stations, are developments of older, established technologies. Others, like internet blogs, are based on comparatively new technologies. Yet, both venues have provided congenial habitats for that … More>

The Alien Among Us

The Alien Among Us

Guest Commentary

Most of those involved in the immigration debate agree that immigration policy needs to be reformed. How to reform the system exactly is a matter of considerably greater disagreement.

Immigration is a complex issue affected by numerous factors … More>

John Hancock: A Neglected American Hero

John Hancock: A Neglected American Hero

As we celebrate the Fourth of July this year, our attention will once again turn to such luminaries as George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, and Samuel Adams. However, another founder who made substantial contributions to American independence, … More>

The Meaning of Progress

The Meaning of Progress

EDITOR’S NOTE: The Center for Vision & Values presented a seminar in April, 2010, on the development and influence of Progressivism, focusing especially on the Radical Progressivism of Obama and his friends. The root of the term progressive is, More>

Honoring the sausage-makers

Honoring the sausage-makers

Yesterday we celebrated Father’s Day. Do you recall the old saying attributed to Otto Von Bismarck: “Laws are like sausages. It’s better not to see them being made”? As fathers were lauded on Sunday, I suspect that most patriarchs were … More>

John Lennon’s Revolution

John Lennon’s Revolution

John Lennon of The Beatles wrote the surprisingly and relatively conservative song “Revolution” in 1968. Compared with the Rolling Stones’ 1968 “Street Fighting Man” written by Mick Jagger, Lennon’s lyrics are tame and earned him the scorn of the New … More>

First, Do No Harm

First, Do No Harm

As a psychology professor I teach students who plan to be practitioners of social science. They have been moved with compassion by the problems so many people face, such as being in a painful marriage or having a child with … More>

Defending the American Cause

Defending the American Cause

While America fights two wars this Memorial Day, comforts grieving families whose sons and daughters made the ultimate sacrifice, battles economic problems at home, and grows increasingly concerned about Korean peninsula tensions, I am reminded again of Russell Kirk’s slim … More>

Separation of School and State

Separation of School and State

The conservative Texas State Board of Education adopted sweeping changes to its social studies textbook curricula on Friday. Among the most controversial changes is the way “separation of church and state” will be presented to students. I wonder what the … More>

Commemorating Mao but Not Mother

Commemorating Mao but Not Mother

Where’s Anita Dunn when you need her?

Recall Anita Dunn, who resigned as President Obama’s communications director not long after Glenn Beck had the temerity to broadcast her jaw-dropping affirmation, made in a church no less—at a high-school baccalaureate ceremony—that … More>

Death’s Progress

Death’s Progress

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

Progressivism is all-the-rage nowadays, with liberals having jettisoned the “liberal” label for the less maligned tag of “progressive.” This is tactical as much as philosophical. It’s fascinating … More>

Old Pencils

Old Pencils

The pencils I bought four years ago for my third and fourth grade Sunday school class are getting shorter while the children who have wielded them are growing taller. The school bus yellow paint is chipped and worn. The pink … More>

One-Sided Arms Control

One-Sided Arms Control

President Obama signed the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) in Prague on April 8—and did so to global accolades. It was the culmination of years of negotiations and a major triumph to finally achieve agreement with Moscow. Unfortunately, President … More>

Poland: Remembering Two Tragedies

Poland: Remembering Two Tragedies

The crash of a Polish airplane in the Russian territory of Smolensk last weekend is a stunning tragedy, taking the life of Polish President Lech Kaczynski, his wife, and high-level figures in the Polish government. Upwards of 100 people were … More>

How to Help the Poor

How to Help the Poor

Most Christians today acknowledge that caring for the poor is a biblical requisite. The primary debate among them is over how we can best fulfill this mandate, which more than 2,000 verses of Scripture prescribe. For example, a group of … More>

Progressing Backwards

Progressing Backwards

Editor’s note: This article first appeared through the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, a research and educational institute headquartered in Midland, Mich. Permission to reprint in whole or in part is hereby granted, provided that the author and the Center More>

Hanging Mao on the Tree?

Hanging Mao on the Tree?

I’ll begin this article with a few justifications to try to preempt irate emails from Obama supporters: First off, I write on faith, politics, and the presidency, having done books on the subject and lots of articles; this includes the More>

The Character of George Washington

The Character of George Washington

What made George Washington the most remarkable man of an extraordinary generation? He was not an intellectual giant like Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, or James Madison. Compared with most other founders, he was not well educated (he attended … More>

The Church and the Social Gospel

The Church and the Social Gospel

Should churches and individual Christians seek to help people with material problems and social needs, remedy social ills, and improve social institutions’ Throughout history many congregations, Christian organizations, and individual believers have labored to do these things. Today, however, some … More>

The Politics of Arrogance

The Politics of Arrogance

On the eve of the German offensive against France in August 1914, Kaiser Wilhelm confidently asserted to some departing troops, “You will be home before the leaves have fallen from the trees.” The German monarch was known neither for his … More>

The Founders: How Christian Were They?

The Founders: How Christian Were They?

One of today’s most contentious culture wars is over the religious commitments of our nation’s founders. Were most of them orthodox Christians, deists, or agnostics’ Scholarly books, college classes, radio talk shows, and blogs all debate this issue, and the … More>

Forgotten?

Forgotten?

Do you ever feel forgotten, overlooked, or helpless in a world that seems increasingly confusing, rancorous, and on the brink of even more uncertainty and lurking disaster? Maybe you long for someone to come along and say, “The only thing … More>

Reagan and Joe

Reagan and Joe

Editor’s note: This article first appeared at National Review, February 6, 2010. This February 6 marks the 99thanniversary of Ronald Reagan’s birth. In a telling development, Republicans around the country have begun holding “Reagan Day” dinners, as they’ve … More>

God and Man at the National Prayer Breakfast

God and Man at the National Prayer Breakfast

President Obama spoke yesterday at the National Prayer Breakfast. I’ve long studied the sitting president’s remarks at these breakfasts, particularly President George W. Bush, President Bill Clinton, and President Ronald Reagan. I note this to hopefully lend a little credibility … More>

Adulterers: Tiger Woods and Me

Adulterers: Tiger Woods and Me

Adultery. I hope I don’t commit the sin in 2010, but there’s a good chance I will.

As Tiger Woods’ alleged multiple affairs became public knowledge at the end of 2009, the world witnessed the destructive nature of adultery writ … More>