It Can Be Worse Than the Cliff

December 28, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Path to Freedom, The Persuaders

Editor’s note: This piece was written exclusively for Investor’s Business Daily by a member of the board of advisors for The Center for Vision & Values, a trustee of Grove City College, and president of the Atlas Economic Research Foundation: More>

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Do You Get the Picture? Classic Christmas Films Through the Lens of Creation, Fall, and Redemption

December 21, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character

The greatest stories are stories that show in some way the drama of creation, fall, and redemption.

In Advent, the story of stories comes to life. The story comes to life in hymns, liturgies, and customs that touch us … More>

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Robert Bork and Grove City College

December 21, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Law, The Persuaders

On a dark February afternoon in 1988, 25 students in a U.S. Constitutional History class waited expectantly in a little-used dining hall on the campus of Grove City College (in Grove City, Pennsylvania) for a special guest lecturer to arrive. … More>

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Fleeing Socialism: French Actor Gérard Depardieu Wants His Freedom Back

December 21, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Global Challenge, The Path to Freedom

Editor’s note: A version of this article first appeared at Forbes.com.

“I am leaving because you consider that success, creation, talent, anything different, must be punished.”

This quotation from French actor Gérard Depardieu comes from the letter he sent on … More>

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France: Is Anybody There? France’s Socialists Generate a New Class of Tax Exiles

December 21, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Global Challenge, The Path to Freedom

Editor’s note: A version of this article first appeared at Forbes.com.

The fiscal frenzy that has seized French socialists is not only grinding France’s economy to a halt; it is also attacking the very foundations of French society by destroying … More>

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What Should Be Done About the Fiscal Cliff

December 20, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Path to Freedom

Editor’s note: A version of this article first appeared at Forbes.com.

Everyone is talking about the “fiscal cliff”—the likely impact of the expiration of the Bush tax cuts and the planned cuts in government spending that are part … More>

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Christmas Thoughts, 2012

December 20, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The Path to Freedom

The gentle spirit of Christmas brings a sense of fresh promise and renewal every year. The remembrances and commemorations of the birth of an innocent baby have a softening effect. Christmas provides a respite, even surcease, from the stresses, bruises, … More>

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The Fiscal Cliff: What Would Reagan Do?

December 19, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Path to Freedom, The Persuaders

By Dr. Paul Kengor & Michael Reagan

Editor’s note: A version of this article first appeared at FoxNews.com.

As President Obama and Democrats urge Republicans to increase taxes, some liberals are curiously invoking the name of Ronald Reagan, the ultimate … More>

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The Time of Giving and the Giving of Time

December 18, 2012 | by | Topic: The Content of Character

Christ is quoted, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” Therein is one of life’s toughest lessons. How do we teach our children the habit of giving?

We know that social modeling is a powerful teacher. If we … More>

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Testimonies of Heaven

December 18, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character

Earlier this year I went to the WPXI television studio in Pittsburgh to tape an interview. The technician who escorted me inquired, “What are you here to discuss today?” When I replied, “heaven,” he asked, “Have they found … More>

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America’s Growing Government Class

December 14, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Path to Freedom, The Persuaders

Editor’s note: A longer version of this article first appeared at American Spectator.

The latest unemployment figures are again depressing, but not for the usual reasons. They provide further confirmation of Barack Obama’s fundamental transformation of America, specifically … More>

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American Politics as a Confidence Game

December 13, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Path to Freedom, The Persuaders

Reading post-2012-election news reports can be hazardous to one’s mental health, particularly for the sanity-challenged among us. But perhaps the singularly most prescient comments come from long ago—from the pen of America’s most profound novelist, Herman Melville, whose … More>

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Compromise or Gridlock in Washington: Two Unpalatable Alternatives

December 11, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Path to Freedom, The Persuaders

Editor’s note: A version of this article first appeared at Forbes.com.

As soon as the elections were over, a wave of commentaries extolling the virtues of compromise appeared in the press. The common theme is that it is time for … More>

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Welfareship: France’s Status Quo, America’s Future?

December 7, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Global Challenge, The Path to Freedom

Editor’s note: A version of this article first appeared at Forbes.com.

Welfare has become a characteristic of President Obama’s domestic policies. There has been a surge in American citizens on welfare over the last four years, including a 50-percent increase … More>

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Romney vs. McCain and Obama vs. Bush? Who Wins?

December 6, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Path to Freedom, The Persuaders

Editor’s note: This article first appeared at American Spectator.

Shortly after the November election, I wrote an article titled, “McCain Beats Romney!” The article focused on initial reports showing that Mitt Romney received fewer votes in 2012 … More>

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STREAMING VIDEO — 2012 – Sir William Blackstone and the American Republic

December 4, 2012 | by | Topic: American Founders Luncheon Series Lectures, Streaming Video

Dr. John Sparks, dean of the Alva J. Calderwood School of Arts & Letters at Grove City College, professor of constitutional law, and fellow with The Center for Vision & Values, speaks at the American Founders Luncheon Series.… More>

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The Dividends of $elf-Control

December 4, 2012 | by | Topic: The Battle for the Mind, The Content of Character, The Persuaders

As Christmas approaches, Americans are once again spending a lot of money. With that in mind, here are some thoughts on the importance of self-control in our lives.

Experience, an excellent teacher, has taught me many critical lessons. I learned … More>

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Long Live the Twinkie! (Twinkie Killers, Part 2)

November 29, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Path to Freedom, The Persuaders

Editor’s note: A version of this article first appeared at Forbes.com.

Can the Twinkie and other famous Hostess brands be saved? I hope so, and I’ll offer my own two cents’ on one possible way of doing so. First, though, … More>

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Reverend Rubio? The Media Begins Its Attack on Marco Rubio

November 28, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Path to Freedom, The Persuaders

Editor’s note: A longer version of this article first appeared at American Spectator.

In a recent interview, Senator Marco Rubio, effectively the Republican front-runner for 2016, was asked, “How old do you think the Earth is?”

It’s a … More>

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Blasted Twinkie Killers!

November 23, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Path to Freedom

Editor’s note: A version of this article first appeared at Forbes.com.

Drat! I’m bummed—saddened by the news that the Hostess company, home of the Twinkie and other venerable sugary snacks, is shutting down.

I’ll bet I haven’t eaten more than … More>

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The Gaza Trap

November 21, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Global Challenge, The Path to Freedom

Even though Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has announced an Israel-Gaza ceasefire, it’s apparent that Gaza still holds many traps for Israel.

For example, there’s the media trap. Hamas, like other Islamic terror groups, manipulates the Western media while toying … More>

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It’s the Holiday Season—Without Andy Williams

November 20, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness

It was shortly before Thanksgiving. I was in the kitchen washing dishes when I heard my first music of the holiday season. Sick of talk radio and sick of election post-mortems, I gave myself a breather, turning the FM … More>

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The Decline and Fall of America

November 16, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Path to Freedom

A few days after the election of 2012 the very talented Michael Ramirez published a political cartoon that perhaps conveyed a more profound meaning than he anticipated. He depicted a pair of hands extending from star-studded sleeves (presumably from a … More>

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STREAMING VIDEO — The NewSpace Industry

November 14, 2012 | by | Topic: Freedom Readers Lectures, Streaming Video

Richard M. David, co-founder and CEO of NewSpace Global, speaks at the Freedom Readers Dessert series on November 14, 2012.… More>

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Obama: The Second FDR Rather Than the Second Carter

November 14, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Path to Freedom

Editor’s note: A version of this article first appeared at Forbes.com.

I’ve thought a lot over the last few years about an axiom attributed to Mark Twain, “History doesn’t repeat itself, but it rhymes.” The question to me was whether … More>

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Executive Privilege: The 2012 Election and the Power of Incumbency

November 12, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Path to Freedom, The Persuaders

Mitt Romney lost the presidential race by only two percentage points. If the election had been held just a week earlier, when he was up in the polls, things might have been different. Nonetheless, Mitt Romney lost, and now a … More>

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An Open Letter to Mitt Romney

November 9, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The DNA of Greatness, The Path to Freedom

Editor’s note: A version of this piece first appeared at USAToday.com.

Dear Mitt,

I have awakened on November 7 to learn that your bid for the presidency was unsuccessful. In the midst of the disappointment that I share with you, … More>

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V&V FLASHBACK — The 40-Percent President: Obama’s Cruise to Reelection

November 8, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Path to Freedom, The Persuaders, Uncategorized

Editor’s note: A version of this piece was written for the American Thinker on January 26, 2011.

We’re at the halfway mark of Barack Obama’s first term as president. I say “first term” because I’m confident that this isn’t his … More>

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America’s Fundamental Transformation

November 7, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Path to Freedom, The Persuaders

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Two Percent Economic Growth: Real or Apparent?

November 1, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Path to Freedom, The Persuaders

Editor’s note: A version of this article first appeared at Forbes.com.

The U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) has just announced that GDP grew at a rate of 2 percent during the last three months. Keynesians like Paul Krugman should … More>

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STREAMING VIDEO — Job Advice for College Students in Tough Times!

October 31, 2012 | by | Topic: Streaming Video, The Battle for the Mind, The DNA of Greatness

Fifty percent of college students today are either unemployed or underemployed. Dr. Jim Thrasher, the director of Grove City College’s top-ranked career services office and coordinator of The Center for Vision & Values working group on calling, gives some … More>

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“All Hallows’ Eve”—Read It

October 31, 2012 | by | Topic: The Content of Character

“On the vigil of the hallows, it was gloomily and steadily raining.”

And so it is. I am quoting from a story set in 1945 London, but here we are on another eve of All Hallows and Hurricane Sandy is … More>

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Proof of Heaven

October 24, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character

Heaven is Real,” a Newsweek cover proclaimed last week. Renowned neurosurgeon Eben Alexander’s scientific worldview had previously led him to view near-death experiences as having plausible scientific explanations. However, spending seven days in a coma convinced him that … More>

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What About the Homeless? … The Homeless Then and Now—Obama and Reagan

October 22, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Path to Freedom, The Persuaders

As a biographer of Ronald Reagan, I’m constantly asked to compare today’s fiscal/economic situation to what Reagan faced in the 1980s. Today’s record debt/deficits remind of the 1980s, though today’s are far worse, with the deficit at least six … More>

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Intelligence and National Security Priorities

October 17, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Global Challenge, The Path to Freedom

A generation ago, in the 1970s, the U.S. intelligence community possessed the technology to discern whether or not a U.S. consulate was under attack by terrorists or by rioters run amok. Moreover, no one in the community ever wanted … More>

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STREAMING VIDEO — The New Party Paradigm: Union Party vs. Taxpayer Party

October 16, 2012 | by | Topic: Freedom Readers Lectures, Streaming Video

Matt Brouillette, president and CEO of the Commonwealth Foundation for Public Policy Alternatives, speaks at the Freedom Readers Dessert series on October 16, 2012.… More>

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Alex Karras, RIP

October 12, 2012 | by | Topic: The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness

Alex Karras, the former Detroit Lions All-Pro defensive tackle and later a successful actor, died on October 10. I have vivid memories of him before he ever gained immortality as “Mongo” in “Blazing Saddles” or as the stepdad of “Webster.”… More>

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Paul Ryan Readies for the Biden Treatment

October 11, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Persuaders

Editor’s note: A version of this article first appeared at The American Spectator.

I’d like to share a story on Senator Joe Biden that happened 31 years ago, and may be relevant to Biden’s Thursday evening debate with Paul Ryan. … More>

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STREAMING VIDEO — Faith, Freedom and the Entrepreneur

October 10, 2012 | by | Topic: Streaming Video, The DNA of Greatness, The Path to Freedom

Dr. Craig Columbus (executive director of The Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation) joins Dr. Paul Kengor (executive director of The Center for Vision & Values) and Glen Meakem (a successful venture capitalist and radio talk-show host) … More>

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President Obama and the “Intelligence Brief” Scandal

October 10, 2012 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge, The Path to Freedom

The last few weeks have produced many intriguing political moments, but none as shocking as the revelation that President Obama has been absent from the vast majority of his daily intelligence briefings.

According to a study by the Government Accountability … More>

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Holding the Fed Accountable

October 8, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Path to Freedom, The Persuaders

Editor’s note: On Wednesday, October 10, at 7 p.m., Dr. Craig Columbus will join executive director of The Center for Vision & Values, Dr. Paul Kengor, and successful venture capitalist and radio talk-show host, Glen Meakem, on the campus of More>

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The Politically Incorrect Billionaire

October 5, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Path to Freedom, The Persuaders

Editor’s note: A version of this article first appeared at Forbes.com.

Two news items about “the rich” recently popped up online within a couple of hours of each other.

Story No. 1: Pew Research Center found that non-rich Americans have … More>

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Same-Sex Parenting: Can We Honestly Pursue Truth?

October 3, 2012 | by | Topic: The Content of Character, The Persuaders

When discussing the possible effects on children of being raised by same-sex parents, I have told my students that the best evidence we have is that there are no negative effects. I also tell them that the best evidence we … More>

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Mitt Romney and the Politics of Virtue

October 2, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The Path to Freedom

When Mitt Romney blurted out his now notorious 47-percent lament, liberal gaffe-o-meters went ballistic, acting as though he were an American Ebenezer Scrooge who had just shoved Tiny Tim Cratchit into a ditch and then burned down a crutch factory. … More>

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Who Spends Wisest?

September 28, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Path to Freedom

Editor’s note: A version of this article first appeared at Forbes.com.

The financial and economic meltdown of 2008 was preceded by large increases in government spending and monetary inflation that artificially lowered interest rates. Those interventionist policies fueled massive capital … More>

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Communism on Parade? High School Marches to Marx and Lenin

September 27, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Battle for the Mind, The Global Challenge, The Path to Freedom, The Persuaders

Editor’s note: A version of this piece first appeared at FoxNews.com.

“What do you think of this?” So began a phone call from Todd Starnes of FoxNews radio. Starnes asked me for a comment on a shocking story: A … More>

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STREAMING VIDEO — Whose Responsibility is Opportunity? The Role of Citizens, Government and Civil Society

September 25, 2012 | by | Topic: Streaming Video, The American Story

Michael Gerson, former speechwriter for President George W. Bush & columnist for the Washington Post, delivers a speech sponsored by The Center for Vision & Values’ Ethics and Character Formation Working Group.… More>

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A Word From Walter Williams: The Rich Don’t Pay Enough?

September 25, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Path to Freedom, The Persuaders

If you listen to America’s political hacks, mainstream media talking heads and their progressive allies, you can’t help but reach the conclusion that the nation’s tax burden is borne by the poor and middleclass while the rich get off scot-free.… More>

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President Obama’s Munich Moment

September 21, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Global Challenge, The Path to Freedom

In September 1938 the British prime minister had a problem. The Third Reich’s psychopath-in-chief was scorching the airwaves in one of his trademark rants, this time about the supposed oppression of Germans living in Czechoslovakia. He threatened war unless Western … More>

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The Winners and Losers From QE3

September 19, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Path to Freedom

Editor’s note: A version of this article first appeared at Forbes.com.

The only doubt about the Federal Reserve’s decision to embark on a third round of quantitative easing was about when it would begin. It was a foregone conclusion that … More>

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STREAMING VIDEO — 2012 – Three Ladies for Liberty

September 18, 2012 | by | Topic: American Founders Luncheon Series Lectures, Streaming Video

John Blundell, past Director General of the Institute of Economic Affairs in London, speaks at the American Founders Luncheon Series.… More>

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STREAMING VIDEO — Lady Thatcher and Her Miracle

September 18, 2012 | by | Topic: Freedom Readers Lectures, Streaming Video

John Blundell, past Director General of the Institute of Economic Affairs in London, speaks at the Freedom Readers Dessert series on September 18, 2012.… More>

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Obama’s Middle East Mess—Imagine If This Was George W. Bush

September 18, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Global Challenge

Editor’s note: This piece was written exclusively forFox News by the executive director of The Center for Vision & Values.

Click here to read the article at FoxNews.com  »More>

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Carter vs. Obama: Two Gaffes of Historical Notice

September 18, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Global Challenge

Editor’s note: This piece was written exclusively for USA Today by the executive director of The Center for Vision & Values.

Read the article at USA Today »More>

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V&V Q&A on Main Street USA and the Federal Reserve’s QE3

September 18, 2012 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom, 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. In this latest edition, we interview the chair of the department of economics at Grove City College and fellow for economic theory More>

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STREAMING VIDEO — Main Street USA and the Fed (On QE3)

September 14, 2012 | by | Topic: Streaming Video, The American Story, The Path to Freedom

The Fed did it again! Mr. Bernanke announced another huge round of bond buying, but what will “QE3″ mean to the average Joe and Jane on Main Street USA? Chair of the department of economics at Grove City College and … More>

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V&V FLASHBACK — Dr. Paul Kengor & Judge Bill Clark in USA Today: On Libya Three Decades Ago

September 13, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Global Challenge

Obama Should Remember Reagan’s Resolve

Editor’s note: A version of this piece was written exclusively for USA Today shortly after the Libyan revolution in early 2011. Judge Bill Clark was President Reagan’s deputy secretary of state in 1981 and national More>

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Egypt and Libya: Shades of 1979-80

September 12, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Global Challenge

In the last 24 hours, beginning with the 11th anniversary of 9/11, all hell has broken loose in the Middle East. Our diplomatic missions in Egypt and Libya have been attacked, with the U.S. ambassador to Libya among those brutally … More>

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Religion and the Election of 2012

September 12, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character

Religious issues have played a significant role in numerous presidential elections, as they are in 2012. In 1800, his opponents accused Thomas Jefferson of atheism and trying to undermine the republic’s Christian foundation. In 1928 and 1960, many Americans … More>

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God, Democrats, and the Europeanization of America

September 7, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character

The battle at the Democratic convention to exclude God from the party’s platform is no minor moment. Do not underestimate what transpired there.

And while it speaks to so many things, at many levels, it reminds me of the recent … More>

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The Silence of Bill and Hillary Clinton

September 6, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character

Editor’s note: A different version of this article first appeared at National Catholic Register.

Bill Clinton was basking in glory at the Democratic National Convention on Wednesday night. Few presidents so love the spotlight. The occasion for Clinton, however, … More>

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Is There an Afterlife?

September 4, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character

Throughout human history people have pondered whether death ends their existence or is the gateway to an afterlife. In recent decades millions around the world have reported near-death or out-of-body experiences. The world’s major religions teach various conceptions of an … More>

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A More Immediate Threat

August 31, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Global Challenge, The Path to Freedom

On July 23, 2012, Syria—one of seven nations not to sign the Chemical Weapons Convention—admitted owning a stockpile of chemical and biological weapons. A foreign ministry spokesman warned that Damascus would use these weapons against any force intervening in its … More>

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Does Paul Ryan Want to Take Medicare Away From Seniors?

August 30, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Path to Freedom, The Persuaders

Editor’s note: A version of this article first appeared at Forbes.com.

A year ago, opponents attacked Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), claiming that his plan to reform Medicare would kill grandma by taking away her benefits. Mitt Romney, who, of course, … More>

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V&V Q&A With Dr. Craig Columbus on “God and Man on Wall Street”

August 27, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The Path to Freedom, 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. In this latest edition, we interview Dr. Craig Columbus, co-author—along with Dr. Mark Hendrickson—of the new book, “God and Man on More>

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Growth, Not Gifts! A Solution to Student Loans

August 24, 2012 | by | Topic: The Battle for the Mind, The Path to Freedom

President Obama has been arguing for a number of plans to reduce the burden of student loans such as artificially low interest rates and allowing for some loans to be discharged through bankruptcy. Many young adults are struggling with student More>

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Man vs. Himself on Wall Street

August 21, 2012 | by | Topic: The Law, The Path to Freedom

Editor’s note: A version of this article first appeared at RealClearMarkets.com.

A costly computer trading glitch involving market maker Knight Capital has intensified the debate over the effects and value of high-frequency algorithmic trading. The holding period for most of … More>

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The Tale of the Hitchhiker’s Recovery

August 17, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Path to Freedom

Editor’s note: A version of this article first appeared at Forbes.com.

In light of claims that we’ve been in an economic recovery since late 2009, news such as the unemployment rate bumping up to 8.3 percent is disconcerting. Our so-called … More>

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Remembering Gene Kelly

August 15, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The DNA of Greatness, The Persuaders

This August 23, 2012 marks the centennial of the birth of Gene Kelly, the great American dancer, actor, singer; a guy’s guy who—along with Fred Astaire—is the only male who ever left me (momentarily) wishing I could dance.

I’ve always … More>

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The U.S. Economy Could Recover Faster If Government Policies Changed

August 15, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Path to Freedom

Editor’s note: A version of this article first appeared at Forbes.com.

Recent monthly employment reports have confirmed that this is the slowest U.S. recovery from a recession since the Great Depression. Four years after the recession began, unemployment is still … More>

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Obama’s Popularity With Young Voters

August 10, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Path to Freedom, The Persuaders

Editor’s note: A version of this article first appeared at Forbes.com.

According to a recent USA Today/Gallup poll, Americans under the age of 30 favor President Barack Obama over Mitt Romney by almost a two-to-one margin. This is a startling … More>

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What’s In a Recovery?

August 8, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Path to Freedom, The Persuaders

Editor’s note: A version of this article first appeared at Forbes.com.

Thomson Reuters’ latest survey of Wall Street analysts’ expectations about next quarter’s corporate earnings has prompted some to wonder whether the canary in the coal mine is beginning to … More>

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Remembering the Significance of VJ Day

August 8, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Global Challenge, The Path to Freedom

Consider this fictitious scenario: In the summer of 1950, President Thomas E. Dewey faced a national security crisis of extraordinary proportions—one that his advisors agreed likely would define his presidency. After beating his Democratic opponent in 1948 by a comfortable … More>

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Obama’s Progress

August 6, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character

Try to define progressivism. In fact, ask progressives to try to define progressivism. All we really know is that they’re, well, progressing. They and their ideas and their politics are always changing, evolving. This means that what … More>

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Gay Marriage: Killing the Democracy of the Dead

August 1, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character

President Obama’s position on gay marriage has won some converts, from (perhaps) the entirety of the Democratic Party to (especially) young people. As to the latter, one of them emailed me recently. A good-hearted, thoughtful young man, who this fall … More>

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A Book Review of Brian Sussman’s “Eco-Tyranny”

July 30, 2012 | by | Topic: The Persuaders

“Eco-Tyranny: How the Left’s Green Agenda will Dismantle America” By Brian Sussman | WND Books (April 17, 2012) | 315 pp. | List Price: $25.95

In “Eco-Tyranny,” author Brian Sussman sounds a timely and important warning: The radical “greens” … More>

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V&V Q&A With Drs. Warren Throckmorton and Michael Coulter on “Getting Jefferson Right”

July 27, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The Persuaders, 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. In this latest edition, we interview the co-authors of ”Getting Jefferson Right: Fact Checking Claims About Our Third President.” Dr. Warren More>

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Our Civic High Priest

July 25, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character

The tragic shooting in Aurora, Colorado, which killed 12 and wounded 58, has again accentuated the important role presidents play as our chief civic priest. The governor of Colorado and local clergy helped provide words of solace and encouragement to … More>

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V&V PAPER — Nature and Nurture: Limiting the Rights of Parents in Genetic Enhancement

July 20, 2012 | by | Topic: The Content of Character, The Law, White Papers

Editor’s Note: “[T]he issues here are layered and controversial. While each generation faces new medical possibilities, the 21st century is likely to see an increase in both the number and the sheer scope of what is possible. … As happens More>

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The Obama Nullification Doctrine

July 17, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Law, The Path to Freedom

In December 1828, South Carolina had 5,000 copies of John C. Calhoun’s “Exposition and Protest” printed and distributed throughout the state. A defiant document, Calhoun’s “Exposition” outlined a theory of constitutional interpretation first adumbrated in the infamous Kentucky and Virginia … More>

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On a Wing and a …

July 13, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The Global Challenge

Not long ago, a group of 66 members of Congress sent a letter to Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, urging him to issue guidance to counter an “alarming pattern of attacks on faith” in the U.S. Air Force. This was … More>

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A Divided Nation: Is America “Coming Apart?”

July 12, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Path to Freedom, The Persuaders

Best-selling author and controversial social scientist Charles Murray is back in the news. This time it’s because of his new book, “Coming Apart: The State of White America, 1960–2010.”

In “Coming Apart,” Murray deftly wields both statistical data and anecdotal … More>

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Founders’ Faith: None of the Above

July 9, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness

A book review of Gregg L. Frazer’s “The Religious Beliefs of America’s Founders: Reason, Revelation, Revolution,” written exclusively for The Russell Kirk Center for Cultural Renewal’s University Bookman.

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AUDIO — V&V Executive Director Guest Hosts “The Glen Meakem Program”

July 7, 2012 | by | Topic: Streaming Audio, The American Story

In case you missed it, this past weekend, the executive director of The Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College—Dr. Paul Kengor—filled in as guest host of “The Glen Meakem Program.” During the two-hour show on … More>

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The Obamacare Decision: A Mixed Bag

July 5, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Law, The Path to Freedom, The Persuaders

The case that received more media attention and more consideration by the U.S. Supreme Court than any in recent history has been decided. The 5-4 decision upheld the “individual mandate,” the central feature of the Patient Protection and Affordable … More>

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Supreme Court to America: Surprise!

July 5, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Law, The Persuaders

Editor’s note: This article was written for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette by David J. Porter, a trustee of Grove City College and contributor to The Center for Vision & Values.

Click here to read the article at the Post-Gazette’s website»More>

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Thomas Jefferson: American Enigma

July 3, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

This week we celebrate the … More>

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V&V Q&A With Sheila Carlberg: “America Is My Home”

July 2, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Battle for the Mind, 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. In this latest edition, professor of political science and executive director of the Center—Dr. Paul Kengor—interviews Grove City College graduate Sheila More>

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The Euro Is a Frankenstein Currency

June 29, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Global Challenge, The Path to Freedom

Editor’s note: A version of this article first appeared at Forbes.com.

What do Dr. Victor Frankenstein and the architects of the euro currency have in common? Answer: They both created monsters.

The euro is not “money” any more than the … More>

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The Strategic Imperative of Security

June 25, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Global Challenge, The Path to Freedom, The Persuaders

In light of recent publicity about the U.S-British-Israeli cyber attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities, we might want to consider intelligence lessons from the past.

In the autumn of 1960, with the presidential race between Vice President Richard M. Nixon and … More>

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On Public-Sector Unions: Hope for Struggling States

June 22, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Path to Freedom, The Persuaders

Recently, Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin won a historic recall election sought by unionized government workers and their allies who opposed his bargaining reforms. Because Walker’s margin of victory surpassed that of his first election in a state known for … More>

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The Question of More or Less Government

June 21, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Path to Freedom

Editor’s note: A version of this article first appeared at Forbes.com.

Theoretically, the elemental political choice in a democratic system is between more government or less—more government control over our lives and livelihood, or less; more government spending and programs … More>

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Volcker Rule Is a Step in the Right Direction

June 15, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Law, The Path to Freedom

JPMorgan Chase, one of the nation’s largest banks, announced that it lost over $2 billion in trading over the last few months. This has emboldened supporters of the Volcker rule, which prohibits banks that enjoy government support from making risky … More>

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A Dad Like Jack: The Influence of Ronald Reagan’s Father

June 13, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness

When we open our newspapers on Father’s Day, we expect to find something nice about dads—often heroic dads. Yet, for every boy or girl whose father was a doctor or Marine who stormed the beaches of Normandy, there is … More>

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A Word From Walter Williams: Our Nation’s Future

June 13, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Path to Freedom, The Persuaders

Our nation is rapidly approaching a point from which there’s little chance to avoid a financial collapse. The heart of our problem can be seen as a tragedy of the commons. That’s a set of circumstances when something is commonly … More>

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AUDIO — V&V Executive Director on Bill Bennett’s “Morning in America”

June 12, 2012 | by | Topic: Streaming Audio, The American Story, The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness

“It is morning in America. Good morning, welcome back. I’ve had a zillion talks and lectures around the country and had a lot of fun—always enjoyed them. I never had as enjoyable an evening as I had at Grove City. … More>

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The Nation’s Top “Progressives” … and Socialists and Communists

June 8, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Path to Freedom, The Persuaders

Editor’s note:A longer version of this article first appeared at American Spectator.

The left-leaning magazine The Nation has published a list of what it deems America’s all-time, most influential progressives. The list, which you can review for yourself, … More>

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STREAMING VIDEO — 2012 – There is No Special Providence for Americans: Lessons for Today’s Conservatives from John Adams

June 5, 2012 | by | Topic: American Founders Luncheon Series Lectures, Streaming Video

Dr. Gillis J. Harp, professor of history at Grove City College and member of the faith & politics working group with The Center for Vision & Values, speaks at the American Founders Luncheon Series.… More>

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Cuba Backing Gay Marriage?

May 31, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The Global Challenge

I was recently contacted by Ben Johnson of LifeSiteNews, who told me of a fascinating development. He informed me of a curious fan of President Obama’s advocacy of gay marriage: Mariela Castro, niece of ailing and aging Cuban tyrant, … More>

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Homelessness: How Government Policy Makes It Worse

May 25, 2012 | by | Topic: The Content of Character, The Path to Freedom

During a recent trip to Chicago, I couldn’t help but notice the large number of homeless people in the downtown area, including one homeless man pushing a child in a stroller. Homelessness was frequently discussed during the 1980s, but seems … More>

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The Flags at the Cemetery

May 22, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The DNA of Greatness, The Global Challenge, The Path to Freedom

Like many Americans, Memorial Day never ceases to move me. Rivaled only by Christmas and Easter, it’s the most poignant time of the year for me, maybe because, like Christmas and Easter, it’s about life, death, and remembrance.

This Memorial … More>

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Mitt and Me: Romney at Cranbrook—a Personal Glimpse

May 22, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The DNA of Greatness, The Path to Freedom

Editor’s note: A longer version of this article first appeared at Forbes.com

What interesting timing. I had recently planned a column on my observations about Mitt Romney at Cranbrook. Why? Not because of anything in the news related to Cranbrook—at … More>

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The Controversial Faith of Barack Obama

May 15, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character

President Obama’s recent statement on gay marriage has again thrust his religious views onto the front pages. In defending his position, Obama stressed that he and his wife were “practicing Christians” and that his stance was supported by Christ’s teaching … More>

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Britain, “Austerity,” and the Lessons of Economic History

May 14, 2012 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom, The Persuaders

Economists and pundits alike are going wild over the United Kingdom’s recent “double dip” recession. The 2008-09 recession prompted the election of a conservative coalition led by Prime Minister David Cameron. Cameron decided the best path for economic recovery was … More>

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Reflections on the French Election

May 11, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Global Challenge, The Path to Freedom

Editor’s note: A version of this article first appeared at Forbes.com.

The election of Socialist Party candidate Francois Hollande to the presidency of France epitomizes the sorry state of contemporary democracy. By that, I don’t mean to imply that the … More>

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Allen West and His Critics

May 9, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Path to Freedom, The Persuaders

Editor’s note: A longer version of this article first appeared at American Spectator.

Congressman Allen West (R-Fla.) is being heavily criticized for comments alleging that certain Democratic members of Congress are communists, and he is not backing down. West dared … More>

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STREAMING VIDEO — Overhauling the Federal Reserve System

May 8, 2012 | by | Topic: Streaming Video, The Path to Freedom

On Tuesday, May 8, 2012, chair of the department of economics at Grove City College and fellow for economic theory & policy with The Center for Vision & Values—Dr. Jeffrey Herbener—testified before the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Domestic Monetary … More>

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Afghanization

May 4, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Global Challenge

President Barack Obama’s five-point plan for turning the war back to the Afghans is designed to cover the withdrawal of U.S. and NATO forces and “forge a just and lasting peace.” What does the plan involve, and can it work?… More>

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Carter to Obama: Same Old Story on Energy Policy

May 2, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Path to Freedom

Editor’s note: A version of this article first appeared through the Mackinac Center for Public Policy.

As spring bloomed, the president addressed the nation on energy. The president told us, “Without our planning for the future, it will … More>

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Remember Victory-In-Europe Day

April 30, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The DNA of Greatness, The Global Challenge

December 1941 is usually remembered by Americans as that fateful month when Japan attacked Pearl Harbor, thus thrusting the United States into World War II. However, consider an alternate scenario: Adolf Hitler appears triumphantly before the Reichstag announcing the destruction … More>

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Lessons Not Learned From Vietnam

April 27, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Global Challenge, The Path to Freedom

After the fall of Saigon on April 29, 1975, military and civilian strategists sought “lessons learned.” Many were tactical or technical, such as the operational effectiveness of precision-guided munitions and the continuing need for guns on jet fighters. At the … More>

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Yo-Yo Economics?

April 26, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Path to Freedom

Editor’s note: A version of this article first appeared at Forbes.com.

President Obama recently referred to free-market economics as “you’re-on-your-own economics.” It’s a catchy phrase—rhythmic, alliterative, clever. Too bad it’s bunk.

The only genuine “you’re on your own economics”—let’s call … More>

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Energy: Pennsylvania’s Choice, America’s Model

April 25, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Path to Freedom, The Persuaders

We can’t drill our way to energy independence. Or so proclaims the president and many of his supporters. Here in Pennsylvania, the proclamation rings hollow; we are in the midst of a historic natural gas boom.

Pennsylvania has … More>

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Teddy Roosevelt for President in 2012?

April 23, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Path to Freedom, The Persuaders

The 2012 presidential election is shaping up to be one of the most significant elections in American history. The outcome of major political issues such as Obamacare, carbon regulations, and our looming fiscal calamity hang in the balance.

In … More>

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STREAMING VIDEO — Fusionism and All That Conservative Jazz

April 20, 2012 | by | Topic: Streaming Video, The Conservative Mind in 2012

Becky Norton Dunlop (vice president for external relations at The Heritage Foundation and former deputy assistant for presidential personnel, special assistant to the president, director of the cabinet office in the Reagan White House) speaks at the Center’s 8th annual … More>

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STREAMING VIDEO — Bush Conservatism and Reagan Conservatism

April 20, 2012 | by | Topic: Streaming Video, The Conservative Mind in 2012

Dr. Paul Kengor (professor of political science at Grove City College and executive director of The Center for Vision & Values) speaks at the Center’s 8th annual conference, “The Challenge 2012: The Divided Conservative Mind.”… More>

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STREAMING VIDEO — Conservatives and the Faith of Barack Obama

April 20, 2012 | by | Topic: Streaming Video, The Conservative Mind in 2012

Dr. Gary Scott Smith ’72 (chair of the history department at Grove City College and fellow for faith and the presidency with The Center for Vision & Values) speaks at the Center’s 8th annual conference, “The Challenge 2012: The Divided … More>

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STREAMING VIDEO — More Challenges in the Sciences: From Evolution to Environmentalism

April 20, 2012 | by | Topic: Streaming Video, The Conservative Mind in 2012

Dr. Glenn Marsch (professor of physics at Grove City College) speaks at the Center’s 8th annual conference, “The Challenge 2012: The Divided Conservative Mind.”… More>

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STREAMING VIDEO — Conservatism and the Media

April 20, 2012 | by | Topic: Streaming Video, The Conservative Mind in 2012

Dr. Jennifer A. Scott ’99 (chair of the department of communication studies and assistant professor of communication studies at Grove City College) and Dr. Kimberly M. Miller (assistant professor of communication studies at Grove City College) speak at the Center’s … More>

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STREAMING VIDEO — “Evangelical Intellectuals” Criticisms of the Religious Right: Is This the End of the Evangelical-Republican Marriage? |&| Conservatism & Christianity

April 20, 2012 | by | Topic: Streaming Video, The Conservative Mind in 2012

Dr. Paul C. Kemeny (professor of religion and humanities at Grove City College and a fellow for character & ethics with The Center for Vision & Values) and Dr. T. David Gordon (professor of religion and Greek at Grove City … More>

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STREAMING VIDEO — A Southern Conservative in the Modern World

April 20, 2012 | by | Topic: Streaming Video, The Conservative Mind in 2012

Dr. H. Collin Messer (associate professor of English at Grove City College) speaks at the Center’s 8th annual conference, “The Challenge 2012: The Divided Conservative Mind.”… More>

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STREAMING VIDEO — Immigration & Border Security: The Red Card Solution

April 20, 2012 | by | Topic: Streaming Video, The Conservative Mind in 2012

Helen E. Krieble (founder and president of The Vernon K. Krieble Foundation and author of “Two Paths to Safety: A Private Sector Initiative to Break the Illegal Immigration Deadlock”) speaks at the Center’s 8th annual conference, “The Challenge 2012: The … More>

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STREAMING VIDEO — Conservatives, Liberals, and Government Regulation of American Business

April 20, 2012 | by | Topic: Streaming Video, The Conservative Mind in 2012

Dr. Craig Columbus (fellow for entrepreneurship and innovation with The Center for Vision & Values, executive director of The Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation, and chair of the Department of Entrepreneurship at Grove City College) speaks at the Center’s 8th … More>

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STREAMING VIDEO — “School-holm” Syndrome: The History of Federal Legislative Involvement in American Schooling

April 20, 2012 | by | Topic: Streaming Video, The Conservative Mind in 2012

Dr. Jason R. Edwards (research fellow with The Center for Vision & Values and an associate professor of education and history at Grove City College) speaks at the Center’s 8th annual conference, “The Challenge 2012: The Divided Conservative Mind.”… More>

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STREAMING VIDEO — Corporate Social Responsibility: The New Socialism

April 20, 2012 | by | Topic: Streaming Video, The Conservative Mind in 2012

Dr. Andrew W. Markley (professor, chair of the Department of Business at Grove City College, and contributing scholar with The Center for Vision & Values) speaks at the Center’s 8th annual conference, “The Challenge 2012: The Divided Conservative Mind.”… More>

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STREAMING VIDEO — Conservatives & the Economy: Assessing the Critical Issues

April 20, 2012 | by | Topic: Streaming Video, The Conservative Mind in 2012

Dr. Jeffrey M. Herbener (chair of the department of economics at Grove City College and fellow for economic theory & policy with The Center for Vision & Values) & Dr. Shawn Ritenour (professor of economics at Grove City College, contributor … More>

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STREAMING VIDEO — Heroic Conservatism in 2012

April 20, 2012 | by | Topic: Streaming Video, The Conservative Mind in 2012

Michael Gerson (nationally syndicated columnist for the Washington Post and author of “Heroic Conservatism: Why Republicans Need to Embrace America’s Ideals”) speaks at the Center’s 8th annual conference, “The Challenge 2012: The Divided Conservative Mind.”… More>

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Team Obama: Tax Predators On The Prowl

April 19, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Global Challenge, The Path to Freedom

Editor’s note: This article was written exclusively for Forbes by the Center’s fellow for economic and social policy.

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STREAMING VIDEO — Keynote Debate: Marvin Olasky & Matt Kibbe

April 19, 2012 | by | Topic: Streaming Video, The Conservative Mind in 2012

 “Can We Get Along? Libertarians & Compassionate Conservatives in 2012″
With Marvin Olasky & Matt Kibbe |  April 19, 2012

During the Center for Vision & Values’ eighth annual confernce, “The Challenge 2012: The Divided Conservative Mind,” the conference’s … More>

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STREAMING VIDEO — Was President Coolidge a Conservative?

April 19, 2012 | by | Topic: Streaming Video, The Conservative Mind in 2012

Dr. L. John Van Til (fellow for humanities, faith, and culture with The Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College) speaks at the Center’s 8th annual conference, “The Challenge 2012: The Divided Conservative Mind.”… More>

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STREAMING VIDEO — Twainiac Conservatism: Twain Versus Croly on America |&| What We Have Forgotten

April 19, 2012 | by | Topic: Streaming Video, The Conservative Mind in 2012

Dr. Marvin Folkertsma (professor of political science and fellow for American studies with The Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College) and Dr. Mark W. Hendrickson (faculty member, economist, and fellow for economic and social policy with The … More>

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STREAMING VIDEO — Challenges in the Sciences: Educational Policy, the Academy and Funding for Research

April 19, 2012 | by | Topic: Streaming Video, The Conservative Mind in 2012

Dr. Stacy Birmingham (dean for the Albert A. Hopeman, Jr., School of Science, Engineering and Mathematics at Grove City College) and Dr. William Birmingham (chair of the department of computer science and a professor of computer science and electrical engineering … More>

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STREAMING VIDEO — Conservative Challenges in the Culture War

April 19, 2012 | by | Topic: Streaming Video, The Conservative Mind in 2012

Dr. Joseph J. Horton (professor of psychology at Grove City College and a researcher on Positive Youth Development with The Center for Vision & Values) & Dr. Warren Throckmorton (associate professor of psychology at Grove City College and fellow for … More>

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STREAMING VIDEO — Healthcare Policy in the Age of Obamacare: Perspectives from a Physician & an Economist

April 19, 2012 | by | Topic: Streaming Video, The Conservative Mind in 2012

Dr. Clare Gray (board-certified physician and founder of “Physicians for Reform”) & Dr. Tracy C. Miller (associate professor of economics at Grove City College and fellow for economic theory and policy with The Center for Vision & Values) speak at … More>

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STREAMING VIDEO — When I’m 64: Israel & American Conservatives since 1948

April 19, 2012 | by | Topic: Streaming Video, The Conservative Mind in 2012

Michael Medved (nationally syndicated radio talk show host, best-selling author, and veteran film critic) & Jon Medved (venture capitalist, co-founder, CEO and director of Vringo) speak at the Center’s 8th annual conference, “The Challenge 2012: The Divided Conservative Mind.”… More>

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STREAMING VIDEO — The History of the Divided Conservative Mind

April 19, 2012 | by | Topic: Streaming Video, The Conservative Mind in 2012

Dr. L. John Van Til (fellow for humanities, faith, and culture with The Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College) & Dr. John A. Sparks (dean of the A. J. Calderwood School of Arts & Letters at Grove … More>

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STREAMING VIDEO — Conservative Issues in Journalism

April 19, 2012 | by | Topic: Streaming Video, The Conservative Mind in 2012

Warren Cole Smith (Vice President of WORLD News Group) speaks at the Center’s 8th annual conference, “The Challenge 2012: The Divided Conservative Mind.”… More>

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On Hope and Hate: Week One of Obama v. Romney

April 18, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Path to Freedom

Something wonderful unfolded in American politics the last few days.

Almost immediately after Rick Santorum dropped out of the Republican presidential hunt, David Axelrod and the Obama reelection team unleashed the class-warfare cannons. They expected to enjoy the … More>

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Pennsylvania, Let’s Move to Elections Once Every Two Years

April 18, 2012 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom

Pennsylvania will soon hold its primary election, something the state does every spring. As night follows day, a newspaper columnist or editorial board will bemoan the low turnout after the primary election, just as they do after other primary elections. … More>

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The GOP: A Party in Flux

April 16, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Path to Freedom

Editor’s note: A version of this article first appeared at Forbes.com

With Rick Santorum having dropped out of the race, Mitt Romney is apparently the Republican nominee for POTUS, barring a “black swan” event swooping down out of nowhere.

Why … More>

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On Ozzie Guillen, Fidel Castro, and Baseball in Cuba

April 12, 2012 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom

“I love Fidel Castro,” said Florida Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen to Time magazine. “A lot of people have wanted to kill Fidel Castro for the last 60 years, but that [expletive] is still here.” Guillen “respects” the Cuban despot.

Guillen … More>

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Sick Chickens and Sick Laws

April 11, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Law, The Path to Freedom, The Persuaders

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Obama’s Monumental Misunderstanding

April 9, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Law, The Path to Freedom, The Persuaders

President Obama recently complained about the possibility of the Supreme Court striking down Obamacare. He used the term “unprecedented” and was critical of “judicial activism” engaged in by “unelected” judges. In so doing, he showed his monumental misunderstanding of … More>

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The Supreme Court Weighs Obamacare: Good Intentions vs. The Constitution

April 4, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Law, The Path to Freedom

Editor’s note: This article was written exclusively for Forbes by the Center’s fellow for economic and social policy.

Click here to read the article at Forbes.com»

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Yes, Congresswoman Pelosi, We’re Serious: On the Constitutionality of Obamacare

April 4, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The Law

America anxiously awaits the Supreme Court’s decision on Obamacare. At the core of the decision is a simple question: Is the “individual mandate” in Obamacare constitutional? And thus, is Obamacare constitutional?

Several times during the debate and deliberation, my … More>

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Easter and Heaven

April 3, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character

As Christians around the world celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ this Easter, heaven is naturally on the minds of many. Recent polls indicate that between 75 and 90 percent of Americans believe that heaven exists, percentages that far exceed … More>

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A Whirlwind Tour of the Supreme Court’s Commerce Clause Jurisprudence

April 2, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Law, The Path to Freedom, The Persuaders

There is a widely held view that Congress has virtually unlimited power to legislate, especially concerning economic matters. Consider, for example, the passage of the controversial Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act two years ago. While Congress’ power to regulate … More>

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Obama, the Russians, and Missile Defense: Historical Parallels

March 30, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Global Challenge, The Path to Freedom

President Obama has caused quite a stir with a private comment made to Russian President Dimitri Medvedev. In discussing missile defense, Obama suggested he would be prepared to yield to Russian demands after the November election. “This is my last … More>

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Is the Health Care Law Constitutional? No, Strike It Down

March 28, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Law, The Path to Freedom, The Persuaders

Editor’s note: A version of this article first appeared in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Neither Porter nor his firm are involved in the ACA litigation.

This summer, the Supreme Court will decide whether Congress violated the Constitution when it enacted the More>

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STREAMING VIDEO — Transcending Humanity, Part I: Merging Humanity and Technology

March 27, 2012 | by | Topic: Streaming Video, The Content of Character

Dr. Jan Dudt, a fellow for medical ethics with The Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College, is interviewed by Lee Wishing, administrative director of the Center. In this video, Dr. Dudt comments on a concept that futurists … More>

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Bumper Sticker History: Remembering Some Truly Audacious Military Operations

March 26, 2012 | by | Topic: The DNA of Greatness, The Global Challenge

On March 19, speaking at a Morris Township, New Jersey Democratic Party fundraiser, Vice President Joe Biden provided what may be the mother of all election year bumper stickers when he asserted, “Osama Bin Laden is dead and General Motors … More>

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STREAMING VIDEO — Video Preview of Conference – April 19-20, 2012

March 23, 2012 | by | Topic: Streaming Video, The American Story, The Conservative Mind in 2012

Register for the April 19-20 conference here>>

Dr. L. John Van Til will be a participant in an April 19-20 conference hosted by the The Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College on “The Challenge 2012: The Divided More>

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Obamacare: Will It Withstand Constitutional Scrutiny?

March 23, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Law, The Path to Freedom

The U.S. Supreme Court is now poised to review the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, better known as “Obamacare.” The nine Justices will hear oral arguments totaling an unprecedented five-and-a-half hours beginning on March 26, 2012 More>

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Sorry Pennsylvanians, Your Primary Won’t Matter

March 21, 2012 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom, The Persuaders

Many Pennsylvanians who follow politics want the Keystone State’s presidential primary to matter. They observe the candidates in Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and elsewhere holding rallies, visiting local diners, and kissing babies. They want some of that attention by … More>

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The Election-Year Politics of Energy

March 19, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Path to Freedom

Realizing that his popularity may decline as the price of gasoline rises, President Obama is barnstorming the country, emphatically insisting that drilling for more oil isn’t the cure for high gas prices and that wind and solar energy represent our energy … More>

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Santorum or Romney? Culture War or Class War?

March 16, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The Path to Freedom, The Persuaders

Editor’s note: A longer version of this article first appeared at American Spectator.

The question for Republicans right now seems obvious: Would you prefer Rick Santorum or Mitt Romney to run against Barack Obama?

Well, it depends on whether you … More>

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Viral Video and International Justice

March 15, 2012 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge, The Persuaders

Can a viral video on the internet bring the world’s most wanted criminal to justice? This question is at the core of a video viewed more than 77 million times during the last week.

Who is this most wanted … More>

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STREAMING VIDEO — 2012 – James Wilson: A Founder Whose North Star Can Guide Our Rescue of Good Government

March 13, 2012 | by | Topic: American Founders Luncheon Series Lectures, Streaming Video

Randall Wenger, Esq., Chief Counsel at The Independence Law Center, speaks at the American Founders Luncheon Series.… More>

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Upheavals in American Education: The Start of Something Big?

March 12, 2012 | by | Topic: The Battle for the Mind, The Path to Freedom

Reform in America’s public schools occurs with seemingly glacial slowness. In the private sector, businesses (including schools) that provide a lousy product quickly lose customers. They either correct their deficiencies or they eventually close. Similarly, if the problem is poor … More>

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A Centennial Verdict on Progressivism (1912-2012)

March 9, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Path to Freedom

Contemporary liberals fondly recall their progressive forebears from a century past, who railed against trusts and fought for social justice. Certainly, their forebears did much to make them proud; after all, who now could argue against measures that purified the … More>

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People Say the Darnedest Things

March 7, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Persuaders

Those of you past a certain age may remember the old Art Linkletter show “Kids Say the Darndest [sic] Things.” The one I still remember was when Linkletter asked a little boy if he looked like his daddy. “No,” replied … More>

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Iran: Israel’s Options

March 5, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Global Challenge

Late in the summer of 1961, President John F. Kennedy asked the Air Force to plan a nuclear first strike on the Soviet Union. The plan involved 55 B-52 bombers hitting 80 targets to degrade Soviet Long Range Air Force … More>

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Sorry Mess: Presidential Apologies and Pardons

March 1, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Global Challenge, The Path to Freedom

Much ink has flowed over the recent apologies from President Barack Obama, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and General John Allen, commander of NATO forces in Afghanistan, following the burning of copies of the Koran … More>

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Hope vs. Despair: The Discussion is Coming

February 29, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The Path to Freedom, The Persuaders

My colleague, Paul Kengor, wrote a brilliant article this week saying that Team Obama will try to cast the presidential election either in terms of class warfare—if Romney is the Republican nominee—or a battle over social issues, if … More>

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On Santorum, Democrats, and “God’s Will”

February 27, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The Persuaders

In case you didn’t notice . . . With George W. Bush out of office and a Democrat in the White House, the secular media stopped its handwringing over the president mentioning God. With Rick Santorum’s surge, the hysteria … More>

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A Whiff of Privatization

February 24, 2012 | by | Topic: Uncategorized

Three decades ago, Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher implemented a policy called “privatization” to rejuvenate the moribund economy of the United Kingdom.

Like the United States today, the cost of a too-large government was sapping the vitality of the U.K.’s economy. … More>

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Satan and Santorum: Perspective from Reagan’s Evil Empire Speech

February 22, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The Path to Freedom

Editor’s note: A longer version of this article first appeared at The American Spectator.

The secular world today trembles and shudders at the sight of Rick Santorum speaking on good and evil at Ave Maria University in Florida in 2008. … More>

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STREAMING VIDEO — The Theft of the Conservation Movement

February 21, 2012 | by | Topic: Freedom Readers Lectures, Streaming Video

Greg Walcher, President of the Natural Resources Group, speaks at the Freedom Readers Dessert series on February 21, 2012.… More>

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V&V Q&A (Presidents Day Special): What Would Reagan Do? The HHS Mandate and A Very Different President

February 20, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The Law

Editor’s Note: The “V&V Q&A” is an e-publication from The Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College. In this latest edition, professor of political science and executive director of the Center—Dr. Paul Kengor—is interviewed by Kathryn Jean Lopez—editor-at-large More>

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STREAMING VIDEO — 2012 – Sixth Annual Ronald Reagan Lecture

February 16, 2012 | by | Topic: Ronald Reagan Lectures, Streaming Video

Bestselling author, commentator and director of Carnegie Mellon University’s Center for International Relations and Politics, Kiron Skinner speaks at the Sixth Annual Ronald Reagan Lecture.… More>

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What If We Removed Wartime Conscience Exemptions?

February 16, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The Law

Last Friday, President Obama responded to Catholic bishops’ concerns over his controversial mandate compelling Catholic institutions to provide contraception, sterilization, and abortion-inducing pharmaceuticals. Many media sources reported Obama’s action as an “accommodation,” with some describing it as a “reversal.” … More>

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Strategic Abdication

February 15, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Global Challenge, The Path to Freedom

From Damascus to Tehran, a test for world leadership is underway. Daily, the Syrian military—well-armed, highly trained thugs whose current mission is to keep dictator Bashar Assad in power—kills up to 200 or more of its own citizens. Protests from … More>

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God and Man at CPAC: Facing the 2012 Election

February 13, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Path to Freedom

Amidst the hoopla, cheers, and ear-piercing whistles of enthusiastic approval for Republican presidential nominees at this year’s Conservative Political Action Conference, several themes emerged. The most important of these centered on the conflict between what may be titled American foundationalism … More>

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The Catholic Bishops v. Obama? President Obama and Justice Ginsburg on America’s “Rather Old Constitution”

February 10, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The Law

I’ve gotten some very interesting emails regarding President Obama’s mandate commanding Roman Catholics (and many evangelical Protestants) to violate their consciences by providing mandatory contraception, sterilization, and abortion-inducing pharmaceuticals. The emailers noted that Obama’s action will force Catholics to challenge … More>

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The Choice: Bain Capitalism or Solyndra Cronyism

February 9, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Path to Freedom

Editor’s note: This article was written exclusively for Forbes by the Center’s fellow for economic and social policy.

Click here to read the article at Forbes.com»More>

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Obama’s “Healthcare” Mandate: What Would Reagan Say?

February 8, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character

Editor’s note: A version of this article first appeared at CatholicVote.org.

February 6 was the anniversary of Ronald Reagan’s birth. It comes at an appropriate time. February is also the month of Presidents Day and the birthday of LincolnMore>

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Economics: The Cheerful Science

February 6, 2012 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom

Chances are, you’ve heard economics referred to as “the dismal science.” That unflattering description is glib and catchy; it is also 100 percent wrong. Let me set the record straight and explain why economics—far from being dismal—is cause for hope, … More>

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STREAMING VIDEO — What is a Reagan Conservative?

February 3, 2012 | by | Topic: Streaming Video, The American Story

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Dr. Paul Kengor, the executive director of The Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College, delivers a lecture to the Family Research Council in Washington, DC. This lecture previews a talk More>

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The Obama Mandate to Catholics: “To Hell With You?”

February 1, 2012 | by | Topic: The Content of Character

America’s Catholic bishops are princes of diplomacy, highly educated, erudite, men of tact, propriety. They’re asked to shepherd the flock with a long historical timeframe—like, say, eternity. They tend not to have knee-jerk reactions to issues of the moment.

And … More>

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The State of the Union: An Inside Report

January 27, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Path to Freedom

On Tuesday evening, I had the honor of attending the State of the Union address as the guest of Congressman Mike Kelly (PA-03). Here are my impressions in abbreviated form:

The address seemed more like a rewrite of previous speeches … More>

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Preparing the Military for Future Threats

January 26, 2012 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge

With breaking news of a U.S. Navy SEAL team successfully rescuing two hostages from pirates in Somalia, military pundits are quick to note how the deployment of small, elite units will fit in with President Barack Obama’s vision for More>

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The Tax Rate Scandal

January 25, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Path to Freedom

When Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney casually estimated that his effective tax rate is around 15 percent, progressives immediately pounced on the issue. To this ideological minority with its Ahab-like obsession on class warfare, a rich American paying an … More>

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January 2012 “Vision & Values” (Vol. 20 No. 1)

January 20, 2012 | by | Topic: Vision & Values Mailings

Editor’s note: The January 2012 issue of Vision & Values (Vol. 20 No. 1) is now available for download online. In this issue, you’ll find: excerpts from an exclusive interview between Executive Director Paul Kengor and Bill Bennett during the More>

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Patrick Henry, Patriot

January 20, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness

Among America’s amazing pantheon of founders, Patrick Henry stands out for his stirring speeches and fervent commitment to liberty, virtue, and small government. The Virginia planter, lawyer, and politician strongly denounced Great Britain’s political and economic control of the American … More>

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The 2012 Republican Primary and the Seeds of 1966

January 19, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Path to Freedom

The Republican primary contest has come down to a choice between Mitt Romney and the anti-Romney. It is another in a series of battles between the non-conservative and conservative wings of the GOP. Arguably, the political seeds of today’s Republican … More>

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Military Modernization: Back to the Future

January 18, 2012 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge

President Barack Obama’s vision for modernizing the U.S. military is little more than an exercise in “back to the future.”

Consider: Back in 2001, the armed forces were nearly a decade into positing what 21st-century warfare would entail. These considerations … More>

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Readying Romney for the Class-Warfare Machine

January 13, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Path to Freedom, The Persuaders

Editor’s note: A longer version of this article appears at today’s American Spectator.

If Mitt Romney gets the GOP nomination, prepare for a season of class warfare in America unlike any before. Not only has President Obama been pushing class … More>

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Sports, Concussions, and Contemporary American Culture

January 12, 2012 | by | Topic: The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness

If you follow professional sports, and especially if you are a football or hockey fan, you undoubtedly are aware of the rash of concussions that have rendered players unfit to play. Now there’s a rash of lawsuits being filed against More>

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Occupying True North in 2012: The Year of the Entrepreneur

January 11, 2012 | by | Topic: The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness, The Path to Freedom

This is the time of year when 2012 prediction lists abound. I am struck by how many lists have included some reference to a surge in American entrepreneurship during the next year. Entrepreneurs are clearly being counted upon to act … More>

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V&V Q&A: On the “Red Card Solution”

January 9, 2012 | by | Topic: The Law, The Path to Freedom

Editor’s Note: The “V&V Q&A” is an e-publication from The Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College. In this latest edition, we discuss a recent column by Ann Coulter, which criticized Newt Gingrich for advocating Helen Krieble’s “Red More>

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A Kim-Less Christmas

January 5, 2012 | by | Topic: The Content of Character, The Global Challenge, The Path to Freedom

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

This past Christmas, the people of North Korea were without their messiah. That is, their self-anointed messiah.

For a sense of just how bad was Kim Jong-Il, I … More>

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Rick Santorum’s Rosetta Stone

January 4, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The Persuaders

Editor’s note: Lee Wishing will be a participant in an April 19-20 conference hosted by The Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College on “The Challenge 2012: The Divided Conservative Mind.”

I live in Western Pennsylvania, just across … More>

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Remembering the Battlers of the Bulge

January 3, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The DNA of Greatness, The Global Challenge

On December 16, 1944, the men of Lieutenant Lyle Bouck’s platoon had their all-night vigil interrupted by a pre-dawn fusillade of artillery rounds from a hundred German guns, their muzzle flashes punctuating the darkness like a volley of fireballs hurled … More>

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