In March 1993, Vision & Values, Vol. 1, No. 1 made its appearance. This endeavor was edited by Dr. John Sparks ’66, retired dean of the Alva J. Calderwood School of Arts & Letters at Grove City College, and supported … More>
Yearly Archives: 2018
On the night of Sunday, March 31, 1968, Lyndon Baines Johnson began one of the most famous addresses of his long career.
“Good evening, my fellow Americans: Tonight I want to speak to you of peace in Vietnam and Southeast … More>
Why do individuals on a weight-loss campaign often loudly announce this fact to social media friends, and how does this curious phenomenon shed light on Columbus, Indiana’s world-class architecture collection?
The easier part of the question first: individuals announce their … More>
When President Barack Obama wanted to curtail carbon dioxide emissions, he instructed his economic advisors to construct a way to calculate the emissions’ effect on society. The metric thus adopted by the EPA is called the “social cost of carbon” … More>
President Donald Trump’s announcement that he plans to impose tariffs of 25% on steel imports and 10% on imported aluminum is the first major economic policy error of his presidency.
What is the president’s motive? I firmly believe that Mr. … More>
It didn’t take long after Mitt Romney announced his U.S. Senate bid for new digs at his personality to surface. As one critique goes, Romney is mismatched to America because it doesn’t dole out titles of nobility for excellent … More>
As a child growing up in Maine during the 1950s, I was put to bed by my parents every Sunday evening after services at my dad’s small Baptist church. I can recall lying in bed with the radio tuned into … More>
Hallelujah, Thine the glory. Hallelujah, amen. —William P. Mackay, 1863
I am right behind Billy Graham on life’s final lap. My first encounter with the evangelist was in 1953 when the Billy Graham Crusade visited the fairgrounds in Chattanooga, … More>
Overstating the significance of Billy Graham is difficult. Arguably the most important religious leader of the 20th century, Graham presented the gospel to an estimated 215 million people through his many evangelistic campaigns around the world and to hundreds … More>
Warren Buffett, Jeff Bezos, and Jamie Dimon vs. the entire United States Congress? My money is on Buffett, Bezos, and Dimon. These men, three of the wealthiest, most influential, and powerful business leaders in the world, recently announced an alliance … More>
“War is the realm of the unexpected.” — B. H. Liddell Hart, 1950
Early 19th century Prussian general and philosopher Carl von Clausewitz identified “Der Schlag,” or “the punch,” as the vital opening gambit in war. Success depends on … More>
Donald Trump’s presidency has raised anew the question: How much does the character of the president matter? Trump has frequently been castigated for narcissism, vindictiveness, lying, sexual improprieties, and crudeness. In a July 2017 Gallup Poll, 65 percent of respondents … More>
Back in September I wrote about our “ethically challenged” democratic system. I said, “We are caught in a downward, self-destructive [debt] spiral.”
If you doubted me then, those doubts should have been exploded last week. Congressional leaders agreed to increase … More>
Editor’s note: This article first appeared at American Greatness.
In an extraordinary move last month, President Trump brought congressional leaders to the White House for a vigorous discussion of immigration policy. What made the moment so remarkable is that the … More>
After the Philadelphia Eagles’ thrilling victory over the New England Patriots in the 2018 Super Bowl, faith was front and center. In response to being awarded the Lombardi Trophy at the post-game ceremony, Eagles head coach Doug Pederson thanked “my … More>
Perhaps we should not be surprised by the hysteria over the release of Congressman Devin Nunes’ memo. After all, “memogate” has filled Washington with hysteria for weeks. Former deputy assistant to President Trump, Sebastian Gorka, claimed it showed abuses “100 … More>
I was a late adopter of Facebook. I had a nagging fear that no one would befriend me, and that my Facebook experience would become a monologue. Of course that was irrational. I currently have 257 friends, representing my connections … More>
I recently spoke with a college-bound student and his mother in my career services office. These types of meetings have significantly increased in the last few years as families want to inquire about all the statistical data related to job … More>
In an article written 10 days after President Donald Trump’s election victory, I commented on the drop in the price of gold, which was mirrored by a spike in the dollar index. I surmised that the markets were signaling optimism … More>
Editor’s note: A version of this article first appeared at “I Am Not the Standard.”
300 miles. The only thing standing between me and my admissions counselor. As my parents and I made the five-hour trek out to … More>
“To subdue the enemy without fighting is the acme of skill.” —Sun Tzu
The recent bogus Hawaiian nuclear alert puts the smoldering crisis with North Korea in perspective. Although most experts believe it will be a year before North Korea’s … More>
Last Saturday I dropped off my two oldest sons and their friend at the theatre. I planned to kill a couple of hours at the bookstore, on my laptop, at a coffee shop, whatever. When I got out of the … More>
“Heck, I reckon you wouldn’t even be human beings if you didn’t have some pretty strong personal feelings about nuclear combat.”
—King Kong, Major, USAF (from Dr. Strangelove)
In 1964, when I was a college freshman, all healthy male … More>
Possibly the greatest inequities in human history have been made in the name of liberation and equality.
Communism, with its ideological zeal and concentration of power, created a ruling class distinguished by its power and its access to luxury. No … More>
My political interests were sparked at age 11, half a century ago, during one of the most interesting campaign seasons in recent American history. In my home we had neither a newspaper nor a news magazine. Our television reception was … More>