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Dealing with barbarism: V-J Day and beyond

August 27, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Global Challenge, The Path to Freedom

On September 2, 1945, V-J Day, the funeral-like solemnity of the Japanese surrender aboard the USS Missouri was shattered by the thunder of 400 B-29 bombers flying overhead, accompanied by an additional 1,500 carrier aircraft. In a bay packed … More>

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Cell phones while driving: Should the State House decide?

August 25, 2014 | by | Topic: The Law

According to the Governors Highway Safety Association, 14 states have enacted laws against hand-held use of cell phones by all drivers. These 14 states include 11 blue states, two swing states, and one red state. These bans are already in … More>

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Time for face time with Vladimir

August 21, 2014 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge, The Path to Freedom

President Barack Obama has spent a lot of TV face time opining on race relations in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 2009, on the George Zimmerman trial of 2012-13, on the riots in a St. Louis suburb last week, and plenty more. … More>

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The Obama economic record: the worst five years since World War II

August 20, 2014 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge, The Law

Editor’s note: This article first appeared The Daily Caller.

In spite of the claims by President Obama’s Council of Economic Advisors regarding his administration’s economic accomplishments, the U.S. economy has grown very slowly in the years since the Great Recession … More>

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AUDIO – Retired Grove City College President Richard Jewell Guest Hosts the “Glen Meakem on the Weekend” Show

August 18, 2014 | by | Topic: Streaming Audio

In case you missed it, this past weekend Dr. Richard Jewell, newly retired president of Grove City College, guest hosted the “Glen Meakem on the Weekend” radio show. Dick talks with University of Pittsburgh professor Dr. Stu Sutin about the coming … More>

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Bogie and Bacall and Hollywood’s Communists

August 15, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Persuaders

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

Lauren Bacall died this week at age 89. Her obituaries are paying tribute to a glamorous actress, a famed star from Hollywood’s Golden Age, the wife of Humphrey Bogart, and … More>

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The Strategic Imperative of ISIS: Deal with it Now or Die by it Later

August 14, 2014 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge, The Path to Freedom

During the 2012 presidential campaign President Obama repeatedly boasted, “Osama bin Laden is dead and Al-Qaeda is on the run.” He is right on both counts: bin Laden is gone and Al-Qaeda runs stronger than ever. The latest Al-Qaeda iteration, … More>

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Airstrikes, Sure; but What About a Strategy in Iraq?

August 12, 2014 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge

Editor’s note: This article first appeared at The New York Times.

It has been a tragically spectacular year for the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), which has taken control of numerous towns in Iraq and Syria, seized … More>

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Retirement: A new and different form of work

August 11, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character

Both financial and physical well-being in retirement require foresight and planning. Although far too many people fail to plan their financial resources, perhaps even more people fail to plan how to invest their hours and days once the structure of … More>

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Vive la Difference! What Ray Rice Teaches Us About Civilization

August 8, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Battle for the Mind

The public outcry over Roger Goodell’s failure to adequately punish NFL running back Ray Rice for knocking out his girlfriend in an Atlantic City hotel elevator is an encouraging sign that some vestige of civilization remains. It has been heartening … More>

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

August 6, 2014 | by | Topic: Streaming Audio, The American Story, The Global Challenge, The Path to Freedom

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of World War I, the executive director of The Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College—Dr. Paul Kengor—joined bestselling author, commentator, talk show host, and President Reagan’s secretary of education—Dr. Bill Bennett—on … More>

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Death’s Progress: Part 2

August 4, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Battle for the Mind, The Path to Freedom

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

In 2010, I wrote a piece titled, “Death’s Progress,” which was widely published. What I laid out needs to be reiterated and updated. Unfortunately, it will need to … More>

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The Great War at 100: Revisiting The Guns Of August

August 1, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The Global Challenge, The Path to Freedom

On August 3, 1914, British Foreign Secretary Edward Grey gave a speech before Parliament that “proved to be one of those junctures by which people afterward date events,” according to Barbara Tuchman in her magisterial “The Guns of August.” The … More>

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KAL 007 and MH17 … A Presidential Response

July 21, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness, The Global Challenge, The Path to Freedom

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

This generation has its KAL 007. The stunning downing of Malaysian flight 17 is strikingly similar to the shock of September 1, 1983, when the Russians … More>

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STREAMING VIDEO – 2014 – Economic Freedom in the Early American Tradition: The Economic Thought of the Founders

July 18, 2014 | by | Topic: American Founders Luncheon Series Lectures, Streaming Video, The American Story

Dr. Shawn Ritenour, professor of economics at Grove City College, speaks before more than 120 guests at the American Founders Luncheon Series in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on June 3, 2014.… More>

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The VA scandal: Should we expand the federal failure?

July 16, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Law, The Path to Freedom

Wikipedia has called it the Veterans Health Administration Scandal of 2014. An audit released in early June found that more than 120,000 veterans were left waiting or never got care, and that records were intentionally vague, misleading, and falsified. More … More>

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Privacy battles: as old as the Old Testament

July 14, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Battle for the Mind, The Law, The Path to Freedom

Last month marked the beginning of a new campaign for Internet privacy with the unveiling of the “Reset the Net” campaign. Academics, tech companies, and civil rights organizations from around the globe, including Google, Mozilla, WordPress, Tumblr, and the Committee … More>

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President Obama’s Environmental Purity Agency

July 10, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Battle for the Mind, The Global Challenge, The Law

The rollout of the Environmental Protection Agency’s new draft regulation to limit greenhouse gases was accompanied by a brilliant political cartoon that showed a pair of hapless fellows with automobile mufflers protruding from their mouths, apparently to prevent any renegade More>

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Hillary Clinton’s Move to the Far Left

July 8, 2014 | by | Topic: The Battle for the Mind, The Law, The Path to Freedom

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

A few years back I wrote a book on the faith of Hillary Clinton. To this day it jolts liberals and conservatives alike that I, Mr. Reagan More>

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God and Dick Scaife

July 7, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The Path to Freedom

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

I was saddened to wake up the morning of July 4 and learn that Richard Mellon Scaife, Pittsburgh billionaire, conservative philanthropist extraordinaire, and spearhead of Hillary Clinton’s ominous “vast right-wing … More>

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In Memoriam: John Blundell (1952-2014)

July 5, 2014 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom

John Blundell, a champion of liberty—and a friend of The Center for Vision & Values—passed away on July 22, 2014.

“John had much still to contribute,” said Dr. Paul Kengor, executive director of The Center for Vision & Values. “He … More>

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A Decent Respect: Renewing the Spirit of ‘76

July 4, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness, The Path to Freedom

July 4, 1776 gave birth to perhaps the most revolutionary political document in the history of civilization, submitted by men who proclaimed, “with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, … More>

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Correcting history: How Vietnam Vets were embraced

July 3, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Battle for the Mind, The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness, The Path to Freedom

Why is it that the American people rejected our troops who served in Vietnam? We know all about the protests not only against the war, but against those who served. Why were there no demonstrations of support? Why was there … More>

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Supreme Court Slows Obamacare’s Abortion Agenda

July 1, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Battle for the Mind, The Law, The Path to Freedom

The Supreme Court waited until the last day of its term to issue its highly anticipated opinion in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores and Conestoga Wood Specialties.

The narrow 5-4 decision negates the “contraceptive mandate” of the … More>

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Obama appointments nixed

June 30, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Battle for the Mind, The Law

In a rare unanimous decision, all nine justices of the U.S. Supreme Court agreed with the outcome in NLRB v. Canning. The Supreme Court found that President Obama’s recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) were unconstitutional. … More>

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WWI and the Second Fall of Man

June 27, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The Global Challenge, The Path to Freedom

On June 28, 1914, a Bosnian-Serb student named Gavrilo Princip killed Austrian archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife, the duchess. It was the shot-heard-round-the-world, unleashing a series of events that by August 1914 embroiled Europe in war. That deadly summer … More>

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Being “offended” does not constitute an “establishment” of religion: The Supreme Court and Elmbrook School District

June 25, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Battle for the Mind, The Content of Character, The Law

The Elmbrook School District operates two public high schools in suburban Wisconsin. Finding that its own gymnasiums were cramped, hot, and uncomfortable, and at the request of students, it decided to move joint graduation ceremonies to a local Protestant church … More>

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The tragedy to end all tragedies?

June 24, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Battle for the Mind, The Content of Character

The Great War (sometimes in America it was termed the European War) was triggered by the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria, 100 years ago this week, on June 28, 1914. The war was a continuation of the fragile … More>

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STREAMING AUDIO – Dr. Paul Kengor on Eagle Forum Live with Phyllis Schlafly

June 16, 2014 | by | Topic: Streaming Audio, The American Story, The Battle for the Mind, The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness

In case you missed it, last month, the executive director of The Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College—Dr. Paul Kengor—was the featured guest on Eagle Forum Live with Phyllis Schlafly.  During the show, Kengor talks about what … More>

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Daddy, daddy, are you OK?

June 13, 2014 | by | Topic: The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness

I took my first CPR course as a young adult, as required by my employer. I had taken an entry level job as a residential manager (houseparent), working with handicapped adults in a small group home setting. I was being … More>

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Hats off to all the fathers who are men

June 11, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness

This isn’t going to be one of those sentimental Father’s Day articles, even though that is what I would prefer. This article will have a bit of an edge to it. Please excuse my bluntness, but fatherhood is serious business, … More>

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Squawk On: U.S. Circuit Court green-lights discrimination case against the IRS

June 9, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Battle for the Mind, The Law, The Path to Freedom

Can the Internal Revenue Service silence a president’s political adversaries by using secret policies? It seems that we’re about to find out. The 17th century French politician and finance minister, Jean-Baptiste Colbert, once quipped that, “The art of taxation … More>

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Ronald Reagan’s core principles and what they may look like today: Q&A with Dr. Paul Kengor

June 5, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness, The Global Challenge, The Path to Freedom

Editor’s note: A version of this Q&A was first published in the Values & Capitalism Blog of the American Enterprise Institute.

V&C:  How did you decide upon these 11 qualities to encapsulate what it means to be a … More>

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As Putin’s confidence grows, Cold War concerns gain credibility

June 4, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story, The DNA of Greatness, The Global Challenge, The Path to Freedom

Editor’s note: This article first appeared at Forbes.com.

Concerns about reigniting a Cold War gain credibility as Russian President Putin continues his militarism in Ukraine and draws his country into the ongoing crisis in Egypt. Thus, it is time to … More>

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AUDIO – V&V executive director guest hosts the “Glen Meakem on the Weekend” radio show

June 2, 2014 | by | Topic: Streaming Audio, The American Story, The Battle for the Mind, The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness, The Global Challenge, The Law

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 on the Weekend” radio program.  During the show, … More>

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STREAMING VIDEO – 2014 – Religious Liberty, Conversion and American Foreign Policy

May 28, 2014 | by | Topic: Annual Conference Lectures, Annual Conference Lectures 2014, Faith and Freedom Abused, Streaming Video

Dr. Steven L. Jones speaks at The Center for Vision & Values 2014 annual conference, Faith and Freedom Abused: Threats to our Religious Liberty.… More>

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STREAMING VIDEO – 2014 – The Greatest Threat of All: The Soviet War on Religion–And how it was ended

May 28, 2014 | by | Topic: Annual Conference Lectures, Annual Conference Lectures 2014, Faith and Freedom Abused, Streaming Video

Dr. Paul Kengor speaks at The Center for Vision & Values 2014 annual conference, Faith and Freedom Abused: Threats to our Religious Liberty.… More>

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STREAMING VIDEO – 2014 – Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush and Religious Liberty

May 28, 2014 | by | Topic: Annual Conference Lectures, Annual Conference Lectures 2014, Faith and Freedom Abused, Streaming Video

Dr. Gary S. Smith speaks at The Center for Vision & Values 2014 annual conference, Faith and Freedom Abused: Threats to our Religious Liberty.… More>

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STREAMING VIDEO – 2014 – Religion as Resistance

May 28, 2014 | by | Topic: Annual Conference Lectures, Annual Conference Lectures 2014, Faith and Freedom Abused, Streaming Video

Dr. Robert Clemm and Dr. Eric Potter speak at The Center for Vision & Values 2014 annual conference, Faith and Freedom Abused: Threats to our Religious Liberty.… More>

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STREAMING VIDEO – 2014 – Keeping the Ark Afloat: The future of Christianity

May 28, 2014 | by | Topic: Annual Conference Lectures, Annual Conference Lectures 2014, Faith and Freedom Abused, Streaming Video

Dr. Marvin Folkertsma and Dr. Mark Hendrickson speak at The Center for Vision & Values 2014 annual conference, Faith and Freedom Abused: Threats to our Religious Liberty.… More>

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STREAMING VIDEO – 2014 – Religious Freedom in the early Muslim world, Byzantium and Russia

May 28, 2014 | by | Topic: Annual Conference Lectures, Annual Conference Lectures 2014, Faith and Freedom Abused, Streaming Video

Dr. Mark Graham and Dr. Andrew Harvey speak at The Center for Vision & Values 2014 annual conference, Faith and Freedom Abused: Threats to our Religious Liberty.… More>

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STREAMING VIDEO – 2014 – From Wisconsin v. Yoder to Employment Division v. Smith: Do we still have Religious Liberty?

May 28, 2014 | by | Topic: Annual Conference Lectures, Annual Conference Lectures 2014, Faith and Freedom Abused, Streaming Video

Dr. John Sparks speaks at The Center for Vision & Values 2014 annual conference, Faith and Freedom Abused: Threats to our Religious Liberty.… More>

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The Five Bailey Brothers of World War II

May 23, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness, The Path to Freedom

Every Memorial Day I attend a parade in the little town of Mercer, Pa. It’s pure Americana: flags, kids, the snow-cone stand, marching bands, local clubs and rotaries, and veterans of wars past processing down the street.

Every year, one … More>

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The ultimate sacrifice: Remembering American heroes

May 21, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness, The Path to Freedom

Last year on Memorial Day, my wife, daughter and I were touring Cambridge, England. We took a bus ride three miles out of the city to the U.S. military cemetery there–one of 25 American burial grounds administered by the … More>

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America’s civil religion: Presidents and Memorial Day

May 19, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness, The Path to Freedom

Throughout American history presidents have often used religious rhetoric for various reasons: to provide comfort and consolation, argue that God providentially directs our nation, celebrate our Christian heritage, defend democracy, hold citizens and the country accountable to transcendent standards, help … More>

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“Heaven is for Real” and the Gospel of Life

May 16, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character

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

I recently bought the book “Heaven is for Real” and saw the movie. That was unusual for me. I don’t typically do the books and movies everyone else is … More>

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STREAMING VIDEO – Whose Toleration? Which Religious Liberty?: The Reasons For and Consequences Of Religious Liberty

May 14, 2014 | by | Topic: Annual Conference Lectures, Annual Conference Lectures 2014, Faith and Freedom Abused, Streaming Video

Dr. Michael Coulter and Dr. David DiQuattro speak at The Center for Vision & Values 2014 annual conference, Faith and Freedom Abused: Threats to our Religious Liberty.… More>

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STREAMING VIDEO – 2014 – Jesus and Religious Liberty

May 14, 2014 | by | Topic: Annual Conference Lectures, Annual Conference Lectures 2014, Faith and Freedom Abused, Streaming Video

Dr. T. David Gordon speaks at The Center for Vision & Values 2014 annual conference, Faith and Freedom Abused: Threats to our Religious Liberty.… More>

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STREAMING VIDEO – 2014 – Is God Alone Lord of the Conscience?

May 14, 2014 | by | Topic: Annual Conference Lectures, Annual Conference Lectures 2014, Faith and Freedom Abused, Streaming Video

Dr. L. John Van Til speaks at The Center for Vision & Values 2014 annual conference, Faith and Freedom Abused: Threats to our Religious Liberty.… More>

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STREAMING VIDEO – 2014 – Threats to Religious Liberty on Campus

May 14, 2014 | by | Topic: Annual Conference Lectures, Annual Conference Lectures 2014, Faith and Freedom Abused, Streaming Video

Dr. Robert Shibley speaks at The Center for Vision & Values 2014 annual conference, Faith and Freedom Abused: Threats to our Religious Liberty.… More>

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A nuclear 1914? Rising stakes in Ukraine and America

May 14, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The Global Challenge, The Path to Freedom

Editor’s note: This article first appeared at FoxNews.com.

Unrest continues to grow in Ukraine, particularly in light of Sunday’s vote by two eastern regions that overwhelmingly passed a referendum in favor of self-rule.

Government buildings continue to fall to Russian … More>

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Remembering Gary Becker: A great economist

May 8, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story, The DNA of Greatness

Dr. Gary Becker, who won the Nobel Prize in Economics in 1992, died Saturday at the age of 83. I was privileged to be a student of Gary Becker at the University of Chicago in the 1980s. He is well … More>

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VIDEO – 2009 – Faith, Freedom and Grove City College: 25 Years After the Landmark Grove City College Supreme Court Case

May 6, 2014 | by | Topic: Annual Conference Lectures, Faith, Freedom and Higher Education, Streaming Video

David Lascell, Grove City College trustee and chief counsel for the College before the U.S. Supreme Court in the 1984 case, Grove City College v. Bell, speaks at the 2009 Center for Vision & Values annual conference.… More>

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STREAMING VIDEO – 2014 – Religious Cleansing

May 6, 2014 | by | Topic: Annual Conference Lectures, Annual Conference Lectures 2014, Faith and Freedom Abused, Streaming Video

Dr. Nina Shea speaks at The Center for Vision & Values 2014 annual conference, Faith and Freedom Abused: Threats to our Religious Liberty.… More>

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STREAMING VIDEO – 2014 – Religious Persecution in a World Aflame: The Threat to Freedom of Conscience of All

May 6, 2014 | by | Topic: Annual Conference Lectures, Annual Conference Lectures 2014, Faith and Freedom Abused, Streaming Video

Dr. Doug Bandow speaks at The Center for Vision & Values 2014 annual conference, Faith and Freedom Abused: Threats to our Religious Liberty.… More>

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STREAMING VIDEO – 2014 – The First Amendment After the Church Service Ends

May 6, 2014 | by | Topic: Annual Conference Lectures, Annual Conference Lectures 2014, Faith and Freedom Abused, Streaming Video

Senator Rick Santorum speaks at The Center for Vision & Values 2014 annual conference, Faith and Freedom Abused: Threats to our Religious Liberty.… More>

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STREAMING VIDEO – 2014 – Historical Tensions Between Liberty and Religious Pluralism

May 6, 2014 | by | Topic: Annual Conference Lectures, Annual Conference Lectures 2014, Faith and Freedom Abused, Streaming Video

Dr. Paul Kemeny and Dr. Andrew Mitchell speak at The Center for Vision & Values 2014 annual conference, Faith and Freedom Abused: Threats to our Religious Liberty.… More>

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STREAMING VIDEO – 2014 – Practicing One’s Faith as a Counselor, Coach and Teacher

May 6, 2014 | by | Topic: Annual Conference Lectures, Annual Conference Lectures 2014, Faith and Freedom Abused, Streaming Video

Sean Severson, Dr. Warren Throckmorton, and Dr. Patricia Tinkey ‘ 75 speak at The Center for Vision & Values 2014 annual conference, Faith and Freedom Abused: Threats to our Religious Liberty.… More>

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STREAMING VIDEO – 2014 – Defending Faith and Freedom at the U.S. Supreme Court: Lawyers for the Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialty Cases

May 6, 2014 | by | Topic: Annual Conference Lectures, Annual Conference Lectures 2014, Faith and Freedom Abused, Streaming Video

Dr. Jeffery Ventrella, Michael Geer, and Randall Wenger speak at The Center for Vision & Values 2014 annual conference, Faith and Freedom Abused: Threats to our Religious Liberty.… More>

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STREAMING VIDEO – 2014 – Can a Stridently Secular Pop Culture Make Room for Professions of Faith?

May 6, 2014 | by | Topic: Annual Conference Lectures, Annual Conference Lectures 2014, Faith and Freedom Abused, Streaming Video

Michael Medved, a nationally syndicated radio talk show host, speaks during lunch at The Center for Vision & Values 2014 annual conference, Faith and Freedom Abused: Threats to our Religious Liberty.… More>

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STREAMING VIDEO – 2014 – A Culture of Religious Liberty

May 6, 2014 | by | Topic: Annual Conference Lectures, Annual Conference Lectures 2014, Faith and Freedom Abused, Streaming Video

Dr. Gerard Bradley kicks off The Center for Vision & Values 2014 annual conference, Faith and Freedom Abused: Threats to our Religious Liberty.… More>

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Teacher Appreciation Week: Lunch with Mr. Walters

May 5, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character

Last fall I described the apparently miraculous way in which I located the one person in the world I was searching for—my seventh and eighth grade English teacher, Mr. Ted Walters, the man who taught me how to write and … More>

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Eliminating poverty and reducing inequality: Is a guaranteed minimum income the answer?

May 2, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Law, The Path to Freedom

Recently, some commentators have been promoting the idea of a government guaranteed income, where the government would pay a monthly cash payment to every American, regardless of need or merit. A similar idea, the negative income tax, has been discussed … More>

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STREAMING VIDEO – Vietnam Veterans were cheated, the American people slandered, and history changed: A shocking expose

April 30, 2014 | by | Topic: Streaming Video, The American Story, The Content of Character, The Path to Freedom

On April 7, 2014, Charles Wiley, of Accuracy in Media, gave a fascinating lecture at Grove City College about the Vietnam War. Wiley knew many of the key players in Vietnam. During critical periods, he had one-on-one interviews with General … More>

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Your trash, my spring yard work

April 28, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Global Challenge, The Law

After I picked up the sticks in the yard and raked the leaves that had collected over the winter, I perused the lawn and enjoyed the various signs of spring. A few crocuses were already in bloom. The daffodils were … More>

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Is heaven for real?

April 25, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character

The movie “Heaven Is for Real,” based on The New York Times bestseller of the same name, made an impressive debut last week. The film recounts the near-death experience (NDE) of then 4-year-old Colton Burpo as told by his father, … More>

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TheBlaze Q&A: An interview with Dr. Paul Kengor

April 23, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness, The Global Challenge

Editor’s note: A longer version of this Q&A first appeared at TheBlaze.com.

What do you most hope that readers take away from your book?

Kengor: I want Republicans and conservatives to understand the difference between conservatism, libertarianism, and progressivism. As … More>

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STREAMING VIDEO – Faith, Family & Federated

April 21, 2014 | by | Topic: Streaming Video, The American Story, The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness, The Global Challenge

What’s it like to manage $350 billion, including a quarter-trillion in money market funds that countless people depend upon on a daily basis … especially during a financial crisis? It’s a huge responsibility that requires a high degree of financial … More>

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The might and majesty of the risen Savior

April 17, 2014 | by | Topic: The Battle for the Mind, The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness, The Path to Freedom

At Eastertime, Christians rejoice and give praise for the resurrection of mankind’s Savior.

Words often fall short of communicating the full magnificence of the Lord Jesus Christ. Let me try by offering that he was the most complete package ever … More>

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Forgiveness Incarnate

April 16, 2014 | by | Topic: The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness, The Path to Freedom

On the cross, Christ personified ultimate forgiveness. “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do” (Luke 23:34). Christ is forgiveness incarnate.

Our responsibility to “Put on the Lord Jesus Christ” (Romans 13:14) requires us to practice forgiveness. Indeed, … More>

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Pending Supreme Court Rulings (Part Four) – Obama and Recess Appointments: NLRB v. Canning

April 14, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Law, The Path to Freedom

In January 2012, President Obama appointed three people to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), which is the federal regulatory board that determines whether or not certain labor practices have been unfair. Since 2008, it had been without the three … More>

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Wrestling with Unions

April 9, 2014 | by | Topic: Freedom Readers Lectures, Streaming Video, The American Story, The Path to Freedom

On March 19, 2014, Grove City College and Center for Vision & Values student fellow alumnus Jarrett Skorup ’09 spoke to nearly 100 guests at the Freedom Readers Economic Dessert Series. Skorup, a research associate at the Mackinac Center for … More>

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The politics of St. Paul

April 8, 2014 | by | Topic: The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness, The Path to Freedom

In Romans 13:1-7 the apostle Paul writes: “[A ruler] is the minister of God to thee for good” (v. 3); “Wherefore ye must needs be subject…” (v. 5); “…pay ye tribute [taxes]” (v. 6).

St. Paul seems to be saying … More>

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The left’s evolving hierarchy of rights

April 4, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Battle for the Mind, The Global Challenge

Editor’s note: This article first appeared at TheBlaze.com.

Unless you’ve been sleeping under a rock, you’ve noticed the growing clash between religious freedom and issues like same-sex marriage and forced funding of abortion. Last week, the Supreme Court heard a More>

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Recent presidents and religious liberty

April 2, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The Global Challenge, The Law, The Path to Freedom

American presidents have played a major role in fostering religious liberty at home and abroad. George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and James Madison strongly supported the separation of church and state and freedom of worship. Washington used his enormous influence … More>

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STREAMING VIDEO – 2014 – Distrust, Tyranny & the Bill of Rights

March 31, 2014 | by | Topic: American Founders Luncheon Series Lectures, Streaming Video, The American Story, The Path to Freedom

Dr. Ronald J. Rychlak, Butler Snow professor of law at the University of Mississippi, speaks before more than 125 guests at the American Founders Luncheon Series in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on March 18, 2014.… More>

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God and Jesus, Politics and Government

March 27, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The Path to Freedom

Is God a Democrat? A Republican? Was Jesus a conservative, liberal, socialist, or libertarian? Those are jarring questions. Yet, because faith informs one’s values and values inform one’s political leanings, it is understandable why religion and politics often intersect and overlap. … More>

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A Renewed Reagan Conservatism

March 26, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Battle for the Mind, The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness, The Path to Freedom

Editor’s note: This article first appeared at TheBlaze.com.

A rudderless Republican Party, afraid to assert itself in the face of a rising liberal/progressive onslaught. A confident Democratic Party in the White House, undermining the nation, its economy, and its foreign … More>

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Pending Supreme Court Rulings (Part Three) – “Will the First Amendment Protect the Religious Liberty of Businesses? The Cases of Conestoga Wood Specialties and Hobby Lobby Stores”

March 24, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Battle for the Mind, The Content of Character, The Global Challenge, The Law

Conestoga Wood Specialties is a wood cabinets business located in Lancaster County, Pa. It is organized as a for-profit corporation and the voting shares are owned by members of a single family—the Hahns. They are Mennonite Christians. Conestoga … More>

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Mother Nature? Nature is not our mother

March 21, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character

News stories from around the country focus on blizzards, ice storms, tornadoes, droughts, and other natural disasters. It seems that we live at the mercy of Mother Nature. We do not control our lives; Mother Nature instead controls us.

G. … More>

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President Obama’s “My Brother’s Keeper” Initiative

March 19, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The Global Challenge, The Path to Freedom

Recently, President Obama announced the creation of a new program to help Latino and African-American males. Not surprisingly, he called this initiative “My Brother’s Keeper.” During his presidency, Obama has used this biblical phrase more than 60 times to support … More>

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The disappearance of Malaysian Airlines 370: It’s time for U.S. intelligence to take over

March 17, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Global Challenge

The disappearance of a Boeing 777 airliner with 239 people on board has ignited speculation ranging from catastrophic malfunction to hijacking. That the United States, a global power with the intelligence assets to solve this mystery, has decided to keep … More>

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Ronald Reagan’s City of God

March 14, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness, The Path to Freedom

Editor’s note: The following is an excerpt from Paul Kengor’s new book 11 Principles of a Reagan Conservative. Among the principles is faith. A version of this article first appeared at RealClearReligion.org.

Conservatives constantly talk of freedom.

Freedom. Freedom. More>

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Pending Supreme Court Rulings (Part Two) – “Michigan voters’ stance for true equality: The Schuette case”

March 12, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Law, The Path to Freedom

Editor’s note: This is the second article in a four-part series.

In 1995, Jennifer Gratz was denied admission to the University of Michigan. Two years later she sued the university, alleging that she had been denied equal treatment under the … More>

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AUDIO – Ukraine and Russia: Insights from a Cold War Hero

March 11, 2014 | by | Topic: Streaming Audio, The American Story, The Content of Character, The Global Challenge, The Path to Freedom

In case you missed it, this past weekend Roger Robinson was a guest on “Glen Meakem on the Weekend” to discuss the recent events in Ukraine and Russia. Robinson was one of our fascinating guests at the recent Eighth Annual … More>

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Restructuring the Department of Defense: Fiscal responsibility and strategy, too?

March 7, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Global Challenge

Recently, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel delivered the 2015 Department of Defense budget. Hagel’s budget proposes cuts to the number of personnel on active duty in the Army as well as the elimination of certain weapons systems. Unfortunately, criticisms of the … More>

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STREAMING VIDEO – 2014 – Eighth Annual Ronald Reagan Lecture

March 6, 2014 | by | Topic: Annual Ronald Reagan Lecture Series, Ronald Reagan Lectures, Streaming Video, The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness

In the Eighth Annual Ronald Reagan Lecture—“Reaganomics and the World: Then and Today”—best-selling Reagan biographer and executive director of The Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College—Paul Kengor—interviews two special guests (Art Laffer, champion … More>

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STREAMING VIDEO – C-SPAN BOOK-TV – 11 Principles of a Reagan Conservative

March 5, 2014 | by | Topic: Streaming Video, The American Story, The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness, The Global Challenge, The Path to Freedom

On February 21, 2014, Dr. Paul Kengor, political science professor at Grove City College and executive director of The Center for Vision & Values, spoke before a sold-out audience at the Reagan Ranch Center in Santa Barbara, California. The event … More>

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Obama should study the history of Reaganomics

March 3, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Battle for the Mind, The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness

Editor’s note: This article first appeared at the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

Last Tuesday, The Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College hosted its eighth Ronald Reagan Lecture, a much-anticipated annual event. This year featured Art Laffer and Roger Robinson. … More>

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The war against work and wealth

February 28, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Battle for the Mind, The Law, The Path to Freedom

Editor’s note: This article first appeared at Forbes.com

The Congressional Budget Office’s recent analysis of the Affordable Care Act concludes that it will result in the equivalent of 2.3 million full-time workers leaving the work force to preserve their taxpayer-financed … More>

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STREAMING VIDEO – Free Healthcare: How Entrepreneurs, not the Government, Can Fix Healthcare

February 26, 2014 | by | Topic: Freedom Readers Lectures, Streaming Video, The American Story

On February 11, 2014, associate professor of economics at Grove City College, Dr. Tracy Miller, spoke to guests at the Freedom Readers Economic Dessert Series. The engaging discussion was focused on the Affordable Care Act and how the free market … More>

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Pending Supreme Court Rulings (Part One) – “Abortion and free speech: The granny who will not be silenced”

February 24, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Battle for the Mind, The Content of Character, The Law, The Path to Freedom

Editor’s note: In this four-part series, Dr. John Sparks, a constitutional law professor at Grove City College, reviews and analyzes key upcoming U.S. Supreme Court cases that will have an impact on American life and liberty.

A grandmother’s strong stand … More>

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V&V Q&A – Managing a high-profile congressional campaign: An interview with Carrie Brown

February 21, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, 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, Lee Wishing, the administrative director of The Center for Vision & Values, interviews Carrie Brown, a Grove More>

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The politics of envy

February 19, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Battle for the Mind, The Law, The Path to Freedom

I was excited when I learned that the parents of a student I knew produced a product my family used and enjoyed. His response to me was “Yea, they’re getting rich off you.” He was quite confused when I replied … More>

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Ronald Reagan on Religious Tolerance

February 17, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness, The Global Challenge, The Path to Freedom

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

February is the month that we recognize our presidents. It has also become the month that Republicans remember Ronald Reagan. Reagan’s birthday is February 6, the forerunner to … More>

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STREAMING VIDEO – Sleeker, Better, Faster: The Computer Revolution

February 14, 2014 | by | Topic: Freedom Readers Lectures, Streaming Video

On January 30, 2014, Grove City College professors Bill Birmingham, Jeff Herbener, and Michael Coulter spoke to nearly 100 guests at the Freedom Readers Economic Dessert Series. The compelling discussion—the first-ever event of its kind held in the atrium of … More>

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Shirley Temple’s America

February 13, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness

I learned only yesterday that Shirley Temple, the iconic child actress, died earlier this week at age 85. Reports on her death were easy to miss. I went through my usual scan of various websites and saw nothing. I fortunately … More>

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Mind Control

February 12, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The Path to Freedom

Ten degrees, below zero. Bitter wind chills. Snow to shovel. Nasty head cold. Stuffy and sneezy. Coughing. But I choose to control my thinking. I choose not to ruminate on todays’ struggles, real and difficult though they are. Instead, I … More>

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STREAMING VIDEO – Get a job! College students and career services offices in today’s tough job market

February 10, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Global Challenge

Dr. James Thrasher, a fellow for vocational calling, responds to a Wall Street Journal article about the tough job market for college students as the cost of a college degree is on the rise — He gives some great insights … More>

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Climate change deliberation: Taking Occam’s razor to proxy data

February 5, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Battle for the Mind, The Global Challenge

It is quite often the case that the simplest explanation is the correct explanation.  The namesake for this principle comes from the English philosopher and theologian, Franciscan friar William of Ockham. It is called Occam’s razor.  From various sources, Occam’s … More>

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Pete Seeger, Marxist minstrel

February 3, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story

Editor’s note: A shorter version of this article first appeared in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

Pete Seeger’s death at age 94 is a cultural catharsis for the American left. The New York Times accorded his passing the kind of space … More>

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Better marriage through marketing not coercion

January 31, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Battle for the Mind, The Content of Character

Everyone is happy when they are engaged, even those who will eventually divorce. The feelings people have going into marriage do not predict the future of the relationship. Therefore I recommend that everyone get good premarital education. Here at Grove … More>

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Can you read this essay?

January 29, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character

If you are still following along, then you can answer in the affirmative. According to a recent CNN article, however, a surprising number of the college athletes we watch playing basketball or football can only answer in the negative (“… More>

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Unequal distribution of economic freedom: Why so many poor can’t improve their lot

January 27, 2014 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge, The Path to Freedom

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

While the church and Christian moralists have always spoken about the rich and the poor, and condemned those who put wealth, or anything else, above eternal life, it … More>

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January 2014 “Vision & Values” (Vol. 22 No. 1)

January 24, 2014 | by | Topic: Vision & Values Mailings

Editor’s note: The January 2014 issue of Vision & Values (Vol. 22 No. 1) is now available for download online. In this issue, you’ll find an excerpt from “Smuggling a Cross into the Evil Empire,” an exclusive interview from the More>

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Government’s role in charity: A response and an invitation to further dialogue

January 24, 2014 | by | Topic: The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness

Editor’s note: On Dec. 23, 2013, Dr. Mark Hendrickson wrote an op-ed titled, “One of the most powerful Christmas lessons.” A reader of the Stewartville STAR (Minn.) responded with a letter-to-the-editor making the following arguments:

  • “Hendrickson argued
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The Great Recession’s soup lines

January 22, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Battle for the Mind, The Path to Freedom

You know your kids are growing up when they ask a question like the one my daughter asked a few days ago, “Hey, dad, do you think we’ll experience a depression in your lifetime or mine?” As much as I’d … More>

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AUDIO – What is a Reagan Conservative?

January 20, 2014 | by | Topic: Streaming Audio, The American Story, The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness, The Path to Freedom

In case you missed it, Dr. Paul Kengor, executive director of the Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College, talks with WORLD News Group’s Warren Cole Smith. In this short radio interview, Kengor and Smith discuss what it … More>

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AUDIO – Dr. James Thrasher on “The What’s Up Radio Program” with host Terry Lowry

January 17, 2014 | by | Topic: Streaming Audio, The American Story, The Battle for the Mind, The Global Challenge

In case you missed it, Dr. James Thrasher, director of Grove City College’s career services office and the coordinator of the Center for Vision & Values working group on calling, was a guest on “The What’s Up Radio Program” with … More>

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Obamacare’s unsung hero

January 16, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness, The Law

Republicans stood in a long line to excoriate Chief Justice John Roberts for voting to uphold Obamacare in 2012, while Democrats praised him. Today, both parties should thank him for being a “Profile in Courage.”

Looking back over the past … More>

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Wisdom for Governor Christie’s staff

January 14, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character

Many years ago I worked with a talented political organizer who made a very strange prayer request. After one of our meetings he told me that he regularly prayed that God would give him the spirit of the aggressive and … More>

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Searching for a libertarian Jesus

January 14, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness

Albert Schweitzer once commented that many scholars who had searched for the historical Jesus had, in a sense, looked down into a well and seen themselves. In searching for a Christian rationale for their ideal minimalist state, some religious libertarians appear … More>

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STREAMING VIDEO – Am I subsidizing my roommate’s tuition?

January 13, 2014 | by | Topic: Streaming Video, The American Story, The Battle for the Mind, The Global Challenge

Most students and parents aren’t aware that many students are paying for their classmates’ tuition. The Wall Street Journal exposed this exploding practice that’s hitting some students hard in a January 9, 2014 article titled “More Students Subsidize Classmates’ Tuition.” … More>

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100 years of the Federal Reserve

January 13, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story

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

On Dec. 23, 1913, President Woodrow Wilson signed the Owen Glass Act, creating the Federal Reserve. Looking back, what has the Fed accomplished during the last 100 years?… More>

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Alone Again?

January 9, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness

Our elderly church member and friend had been widowed, again. When we visited his home, we saw that he had written on his calendar, “Alone again.” He was a man of strong faith, and he was not questioning the presence … More>

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Mister Rogers vs. the Unity Tree

January 7, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness

Editor’s note: This article first appeared in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

I was walking by Stanwix Street and Penn Avenue last week when struck by our city’s “Unity Tree.” It’s a curious thing about the Unity Tree: it only comes out … More>

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V&V Q&A – Barack Obama’s Church Attendance: An Interview with Dr. Gary Smith

January 6, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story, 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, Dr. Paul Kengor, the executive director of the Center for Vision & Values, interviews Dr. Gary Scott More>

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STREAMING VIDEO – Lincoln and Civil Liberties in War: Rating the Presidents

January 3, 2014 | by | Topic: Streaming Video, The American Story, The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness

To commemorate the 150th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, the Center for Vision & Values co-sponsored a two-part lecture series held at Grove City College. In part two of the series, Dr. Mark Neely discusses Lincoln and civil … More>

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STREAMING VIDEO – Lincoln’s Statemanship: A New Birth of Freedom

January 3, 2014 | by | Topic: Streaming Video, The American Story, The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness

To commemorate the 150th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, the Center for Vision & Values co-sponsored a two-part lecture series held at Grove City College. In part one of the series, Dr. Joseph Fornieri discusses Lincoln’s statesmanship. Fornieri, … More>

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Another New Year’s resolution? Sustainable exercise: Fun, productive or quick—Your choice

December 31, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story

For many years, on January 1, I resolved to practice a more active and healthy lifestyle; instead, I experienced consistent failure.

The American College of Sports Medicine recommends 20 to 60 minutes of continuous aerobic activity (biking, walking, jogging, dancing, … More>

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One of the most powerful Christmas lessons

December 23, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness

The entire country pauses on Dec. 25, as Christians commemorate the birth of Jesus of Nazareth, known to Christians as God’s Christ and Savior, and known to many as The Prince of Peace.

The impact of this one special life … More>

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Equations of Christmas: What does “X” really mean?

December 20, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character

I wish you and your family a Merry Christmas, a White Christmas, Happy Holidays, and Season’s Greetings; but most of all, I wish you a Blessed Christmas.

Being at our season of life, in those years between teenage children and … More>

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STREAMIING VIDEO – 2013 – In the Beginning: Washington & the Birth of American Political Parties

December 19, 2013 | by | Topic: American Founders Luncheon Series Lectures, Streaming Video

Dr. Richard G. Jewell ’67, President of Grove City College, speaks before a sold out room at the American Founders Luncheon Series in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on December 3, 2013.… More>

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From playground to profession: Choosing a career path at age 10?

December 18, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Battle for the Mind

A recent Wall Street Journal article by Peter Cappelli, “Why Focusing Too Narrowly in College Could Backfire,” caught my eye. Cappelli writes, “Students are told to learn the subjects that will best land them a job when they graduate. But … More>

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Liberty of Conscience in the Public Square: Challenges to the Affordable Care Act

December 16, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Law

Editor’s note: The subject of this article is derived from a conference paper that Dr. Van Til will present at the 2014 Annual Conference in April.

It is not surprising that Obamacare, especially the HHS mandate, has generated dozens of … More>

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Pope Francis: Espousing a Peronist rather than a Marxist Liberation Theology?

December 13, 2013 | by | Topic: The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness

Editor’s note: This article first appeared at Forbes.com.

When I came back to the Roman Catholic Church, around 1975, Liberation Theology was very popular in my native Argentina. Even the elite Catholic high schools were using the Latin American Bible … More>

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STREAMING VIDEO – Profits: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

December 11, 2013 | by | Topic: Freedom Readers Lectures, Streaming Video

On November 12, 2013, Dr. Mark Hendrickson spoke to more than 120 guests at the Freedom Readers Economic Dessert Series at Grove City College. Hendrickson, faculty member, economist, and contributing scholar with The Center for Vision & Values at Grove … More>

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Alcohol, patriotism and the NFL: The best hope for tailgaters

December 11, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story

I was disturbed at what I recently witnessed at a Buffalo Bills football game. The Bills hosted their cross-state rival, the New York Jets, in Orchard Park, N.Y. I had attended many Bills games years ago, but this was different. … More>

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AUDIO – V&V Executive Director Guest Hosts the “Glen Meakem on the Weekend” Show

December 9, 2013 | by | Topic: Streaming Audio

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 on the Weekend” show.  During the two-hour show … More>

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Pope Francis and the economists

December 6, 2013 | by | Topic: The Content of Character, The Global Challenge

Editor’s Note: This article first appeared at Forbes.com.

The recent economic statements by Pope Francis in his apostolic exhortation Evangelii Gaudium (EG) read as a call for a “Third Way” economic system ruled by experts and people of good will. … More>

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Do we want more affordable health care? Then we need to leave health care to the free market

December 4, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story

The problems with the healthcare.gov website offer a glimpse of the way the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is likely to fail at accomplishing its most important goals: providing affordable, high-quality health care to all Americans, without increasing the deficit. The … More>

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A miracle or coincidence?

December 2, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story

Editor’s Note: This article first appeared at Forbes.com.

Every now and then, something unforeseen and special happens—something that logic or reason would tell you is either impossible or that the odds against it happening are overwhelming. And yet those things … More>

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Transformational Thanksgiving

November 27, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character

Historically, the field of psychology focused on mental illness and dysfunction. Positive psychology developed as a unique new subdiscipline as recently as 1998. Instead of investigating the question of what went wrong, positive psychology seeks to understand the fulfilling aspects … More>

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STREAMING VIDEO – 50 Years Later: JFK Remembered

November 26, 2013 | by | Topic: Streaming Video, The American Story, The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness

2013 J. Howard Pew Memorial Lecture
Richard G. Jewell ’67, J.D.
President, Grove City College
November 21, 2013

On the eve of the 50th anniversary of the Kennedy assassination, Grove City College President Richard G. Jewell ’67 offered his take … More>

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The Senate would be more efficient without the filibuster, and that’s the problem

November 25, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Battle for the Mind, The Law

Editor’s note: This article first appeared at Forbes.com.

What would the Senate be like without the filibuster? It would be a more efficient body, but efficiency has never been a hallmark of democracy.

Reflecting on Senate Rule 22, the so-called … More>

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Who Killed the Kennedys? Ronald Reagan’s Answer

November 22, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness

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

This year marks not only the 50th anniversary of the shooting of John F. Kennedy but also the 45th anniversary of the shooting of Robert F. Kennedy, which … More>

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President John F. Kennedy’s national security legacy

November 20, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Global Challenge, The Path to Freedom

Between January 1961 and Nov. 22, 1963, President John F. Kennedy fundamentally changed U.S. national security policy. These changes resulted in structures and doctrines that enabled American forces to fight in Vietnam in a new way that ultimately defined Kennedy’s … More>

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Remembering John F. Kennedy

November 18, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character

Few events in American history have brought more sorrow, grief and confusion than the assassination of John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963. Astounded by the intensity of Americans’ reactions, a British journalist wrote, “One would think that one was … More>

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Department of Defense’s death spiral

November 14, 2013 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge, The Path to Freedom

“Of the four wars in my lifetime none came about because the United States was too strong.”  

Ronald Reagan

The American armed forces are in a death spiral. The potential danger far exceeds the health insurance debacle occurring … More>

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The unseen scars are often as painful as the ones seen

November 12, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The Path to Freedom

Editor’s note: This article first appeared at Forbes.com.

In economics, the first lesson I teach my pupils is the lesson of things that are seen and things that are not seen. Actions produce some effects that are readily apparent and … More>

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Patton, Ike, and my teenage boys

November 11, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness

I recently took my two teenage sons to a talk by Frank Kravetz, a 90-year-old World War II veteran who survived Hitler’s Nuremberg prisons. Frank published his story in a memoir, Eleven Two: One WWII Airman’s Story of Capture, Survival More>

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President Theodore Roosevelt and Veterans Day

November 8, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness

As we celebrate Veterans Day this year, it is instructive to consider the contributions of our presidents to our nation’s defense and military. Of America’s 43 presidents, 31 have served in the military. Ten, most notably George Washington, Andrew Jackson, … More>

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Tear down this wall: Celebrating victories over communism on World Freedom Day

November 7, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Path to Freedom

Editor’s note: This article first appeared at Forbes.com.

Saturday, Nov. 9, marks the 24th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. It is an important date in the history of human civilization. President Ronald Reagan’s demand, … More>

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A judgment on intelligence

November 4, 2013 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge, The Path to Freedom

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

Despite everything you’ve gleaned from spy novels and movies, the most important raw material for a successful intelligence service isn’t information; it’s judgment.  If you don’t know what information is worth … More>

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Burglarizing JPMorgan Chase and slapping down Prudential: The new, tyrannical normal

November 1, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Battle for the Mind

Editor’s note: This article first appeared at Forbes.com.

If there is one truth that became apparent during the financial panic five years ago, it is that Big Government and Big Finance are inseparable. Of course Uncle Sam was going to … More>

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Understanding the “Wall of Separation” between traditional Republicans and the new conservatives

October 30, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Battle for the Mind

It’s evident in recent elections and day-to-day political clashes in Washington that there is a substantial divide between traditional Republicans and what we may term “new conservatives.” Oh yes, it’s true that there are shades of differences on each side … More>

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Bonding over baseball

October 28, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character

Editor’s note: Another version of this article first appeared in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

My cousin Drew is a 45-year-old veteran of the first Gulf War (1991), which he served aboard a battleship in the Persian Gulf. A former high school … More>

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STREAMING VIDEO – The real social justice? A Christian response to poverty and economic inequality

October 24, 2013 | by | Topic: Freedom Readers Lectures, Streaming Video

On October 8, 2013, Dr. Anne Rathbone Bradley spoke to more than 100 guests at the Freedom Readers Economic Dessert Series at Grove City College. Bradley, vice president of economic initiatives at the Institute for Faith, Works & Economics, gives … More>

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Making sense of the defund/shutdown strategy

October 22, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Battle for the Mind

From the moment I clicked on C-SPAN to watch Senator Ted Cruz’s quasi-filibuster, I’ve been trying to make sense of the defund Obamacare/government shutdown effort. It didn’t take a rocket scientist, or a political scientist, to know it wouldn’t work. … More>

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“Average Is Over”-rated: Comments on Tyler Cowen’s doom-and-gloom scenario

October 18, 2013 | by | Topic: America: Still the Last Best Hope?, The Battle for the Mind, The Global Challenge

Editor’s note: This article first appeared at Forbes.com.

Years ago, I thought that if I ever attempted to write a novel, I would describe a future dystopia in which the ruling elite were those who made and understood computers and … More>

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Teenage sex: A family affair?

October 16, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Battle for the Mind

According to research published by the National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, our teens may have more wisdom than we give them credit for when it comes to sex education. Most teens (94 percent) think that adults should inform them … More>

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Privatizing the National Park Service

October 14, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Battle for the Mind

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

The behavior of the National Park Service during the government shutdown has been truly shocking. As has been widely reported, Park Service employees have been told to make life … More>

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AUDIO – V&V Executive Director on GraceFM with host Jerry Newcombe

October 11, 2013 | by | Topic: Streaming Audio, The Battle for the Mind

On October 10, the Executive Director of The Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College, Dr. Paul Kengor, discussed the government shutdown, national parks, religious freedom and Obamacare on “The Jerry Newcombe Show” with Dr. Jerry Newcombe.

Newcombe serves as the … More>

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Richard Larry, friend of liberty

October 11, 2013 | by | Topic: The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness

Editor’s note: Dr. John A. Sparks is the retired Dean of the Calderwood School of Arts & Letters at Grove City College. He is one of the co-founders of The Center for Vision & Values and worked regularly with Dick More>

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Remembering John Sullivan, old school, class act

October 9, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness

America has lost a class act—pure old school, a gentleman, the kind of old-time conservative intellectual the movement once had in spades. He was also a longtime good friend of the Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College, … More>

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STREAMING VIDEO – Where have all the jobs gone? How government is hurting the job market for college graduates

October 7, 2013 | by | Topic: Freedom Readers Lectures, Streaming Video

John Tamny, editor of Forbes.com Opinions and RealClearMarkets.com, speaks to more than 100 college students at the Freedom Readers Economic Dessert series at Grove City College. Tamny gives a tour de force lecture on how the government is hurting the … More>

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V&V FLASHBACK: The man who predicted the Yom Kippur War

October 4, 2013 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge

Editor’s Note: This “V&V Q&A” first appeared in October 2008, published by The Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College. It was reprinted by many media outlets.

On Oct. 6, 1973, the Egyptian army pulled off a … More>

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The progressive income tax turns 100

October 3, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Path to Freedom

Editor’s note: This article first appeared at Investor’s Business Daily.

Maybe it’s a measure of progressives’ refusal to look back, to always move “forward.” Otherwise, they should be celebrating right now. In fact, President Obama and fellow modern … More>

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STREAMING VIDEO – 2013 – Social media, civic engagement and the rise of the citizen-consumer

October 1, 2013 | by | Topic: Annual Conference Lectures, Annual Conference Lectures 2013, Streaming Video

Dr. Jennifer Scott Mobley ’99, speaks at The Center for Vision & Values 2013 Annual Conference, Citizenship and the American Cause.… More>

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STREAMING VIDEO – 2013 – Tories and Thomas Jefferson

October 1, 2013 | by | Topic: Annual Conference Lectures, Annual Conference Lectures 2013, Streaming Video

Dr. Gillis Harp and Dr. Warren Throckmorton speak at The Center for Vision & Values 2013 Annual Conference, Citizenship and the American Cause.… More>

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STREAMING VIDEO – 2013 – James Madison and republican citizenship

October 1, 2013 | by | Topic: Annual Conference Lectures, Annual Conference Lectures 2013, Streaming Video

Dr. Colleen Sheehan, director of the Ryan Center for Free Institutions and Public Good and professor of politics at Villanova University, speaks at The Center for Vision & Values 2013 Annual Conference, Citizenship and the American Cause.… More>

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STREAMING VIDEO – 2013 – American citizenship: From traditional to progressive views

October 1, 2013 | by | Topic: Annual Conference Lectures, Annual Conference Lectures 2013, Streaming Video

Dr. L. John Van Til and Dr. John A. Sparks ’66, speak at The Center for Vision & Values 2013 Annual Conference, Citizenship and the American Cause.… More>

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STREAMING VIDEO – 2013 – The American cause

October 1, 2013 | by | Topic: Annual Conference Lectures, Annual Conference Lectures 2013, Streaming Video

Thought provoking video from The Center for Vision & Values 2013 Annual Conference, Citizenship and the American Cause. Speaking are: Richard Brake, national director of education at Intercollegiate Studies Institute; Gleaves Whitney, director of Grand Valley State University’s Havenstein Center … More>

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STREAMING VIDEO – 2013 – Tension! Biblical and early American views of citizenship, limited government and the common good

October 1, 2013 | by | Topic: Annual Conference Lectures, Annual Conference Lectures 2013, Streaming Video

Dr. Gary Scott Smith ’72, Dr. T. David Gordon and Dr. Paul Kemeny speak at The Center for Vision & Values 2013 Annual Conference, Citizenship and the American Cause.… More>

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STREAMING VIDEO – 2013 – The good life in Greece, Rome and America

October 1, 2013 | by | Topic: Annual Conference Lectures, Annual Conference Lectures 2013, Streaming Video

Dr. David DiQuattro ’02, Dr. Mark Graham and Dr. Andrew Harvey speak at The Center for Vision & Values 2013 Annual Conference, Citizenship and the American Cause.… More>

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STREAMING VIDEO – 2013 – Immigration, assimilation and citizenship: How the Jewish-American past can inform the nation’s future

October 1, 2013 | by | Topic: Annual Conference Lectures, Annual Conference Lectures 2013, Streaming Video

Nationally syndicated radio talk show host, best-selling author and veteran film critic Michael Medved speaks at The Center for Vision & Values 2013 Annual Conference, Citizenship and the American Cause.… More>

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STREAMING VIDEO – 2013 – The erosion of citizenship by consumerism

September 30, 2013 | by | Topic: Annual Conference Lectures 2013, Streaming Video

Dr. William Cavanaugh, senior research professor at the Center for World Catholicism and Intercultural Theology of DePaul University, speaks at The Center for Vision & Values 2013 Annual Conference, Citizenship and the American Cause.… More>

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STREAMING VIDEO – 2013 – Around the tables and in the pews: Forging the next generation of citizens

September 30, 2013 | by | Topic: Annual Conference Lectures 2013, Streaming Video

Dr. David Ayers and Dr. Gary Welton speak at The Center for Vision & Values 2013 Annual Conference, Citizenship and the American Cause.… More>

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STREAMING VIDEO – 2013 – Progressivism and Citizenship

September 30, 2013 | by | Topic: Annual Conference Lectures, Annual Conference Lectures 2013, Streaming Video

Dr. Ted McAllister, the Edward L. Gaylord Chair and associate professor of public policy at Pepperdine University, speaks at The Center for Vision & Values 2013 Annual Conference, Citizenship and the American Cause.… More>

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STREAMING VIDEO – 2013 – Where have you gone Horatio Alger?: The American dream today

September 30, 2013 | by | Topic: Annual Conference Lectures 2013, Streaming Video

Dr. Marvin Folkertsma and Dr. Mark Hendrickson speak at The Center for Vision & Values 2013 Annual Conference, Citizenship and the American Cause.… More>

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STREAMING VIDEO – 2013 – Booster, protester, or both: The American writer as citizen

September 30, 2013 | by | Topic: Annual Conference Lectures 2013, Streaming Video

Dr. Eric Potter speaks at The Center for Vision & Values 2013 Annual Conference, Citizenship and the American Cause.… More>

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STREAMING VIDEO – 2013 – Under our own vine & fig tree: Creating an American metaphor for liberty

September 30, 2013 | by | Topic: American Founders Luncheon Series Lectures, Streaming Video

Dr. Daniel Dreisbach, professor in the School of Public Affairs at American University, speaks at the Sept. 17, 2013 American Founders Luncheon Series sponsored by The Center for Vision & Values.… More>

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Think tanks measure global economic freedom … the U.S. declines

September 30, 2013 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge

Editor’s note: This article first appeared at Forbes.com under the title, “Why does the U.S. economy sag? Look no further than the number 17.”

The significant efforts in recent years to measure economic freedom did not come from universities.  They … More>

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The path to prosperity or bankruptcy? Staggering facts on America’s rising debt

September 26, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Global Challenge

Once again there is panic running through the halls of Congress, the Oval Office and in the chattering classes that make up mainstream media over the prospect of shutting down the federal government. Most of the panic is a result … More>

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Family and Citizenship

September 25, 2013 | by | Topic: Annual Conference Lectures, Annual Conference Lectures 2013

From the 2013 Annual Conference, Jennifer Roback Morse, founder and president of the Ruth Institute, a project of the National Organization for Marriage.… More>

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Tax cuts and deficits: Fact vs. fiction

September 24, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Global Challenge

Editor’s note: This column first appeared in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

In my previous column, I underscored the 1920s lessons that President Obama and fellow “progressives” need to learn. These include the value of tax cuts — lessons that the president … More>

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The progressive crusade against tax cuts

September 23, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Global Challenge

Editor’s note: This column first appeared in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

There’s an ongoing effort by President Obama and fellow “progressives” not only to continue to blame George W. Bush for every economic woe facing America — even as every economic … More>

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STREAMING VIDEO – Who’s un-American? Communists and Muslims in America

September 20, 2013 | by | Topic: Annual Conference Lectures, Annual Conference Lectures 2013, Streaming Video

Dr. Paul Kengor and Dr. Steven Jones at the 2013 Annual Conference.… More>

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Living our lives “under God”

September 18, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Battle for the Mind

The American Humanist Association has renewed the efforts of some atheists to remove the words “under God” from our Pledge of Allegiance. The organization argued recently in the Massachusetts Supreme Court that the inclusion of these words is a … More>

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Simple ideals, powerful influence: Remembering Dick Larry

September 16, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character

Editor’s note: Richard M. “Dick” Larry, one of the conservative movement’s most influential grantmakers, died on July 6, 2013, at the age of 77. Larry, who worked quietly behind the scenes, agreed to an interview for the alumni magazine More>

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Immigration reform would make sense if new immigrants were not eligible for welfare benefits

September 13, 2013 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge, The Path to Freedom

The U.S. House and Senate are considering an immigration reform bill. Critics of the legislation say that it will not do enough to secure our borders and that it grants amnesty to illegal immigrants. The bigger issue, which has been … More>

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Memo to Washington: Economic growth is easy

September 10, 2013 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge, The Path to Freedom

Editor’s note: Forbes.com editor John Tamny, author of the below opinion editorial which first appeared at Forbes.com, will be speaking at Grove City College on Sept. 24 on the subject “How Government is Hurting the Job Market for College More>

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Reflections on Benghazi

September 10, 2013 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge

On Sept. 11, most of us will take time to reflect upon and remember the events of 9/11. Some of us will also take time to remember the Sept. 11, 2012, attack on the American mission in Benghazi, Libya. … More>

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Bad sports: Virtue & vice at the ballpark

September 9, 2013 | by | Topic: General, The Content of Character

Editor’s note: This article first appeared in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

If there be (no virtue among us), we are in a wretched situation.

— James Madison

This isn’t a year for complaints about the Pirates. So, forgive me while … More>

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Parental knowledge: Where are my blind spots?

September 5, 2013 | by | Topic: The Battle for the Mind, The Content of Character

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) frequently airs public-service announcements suggesting that parents should be talking to their children about the dangers of drugs. This is based on evidence that kids who consistently learn about the risks of drugs … More>

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Camelot and the Syrian crisis

September 3, 2013 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge

November 22 marks the 50th anniversary of the end of Camelot. During its tenure, President John F. Kennedy’s administration set national security precedents that have influenced the way Washington has approached military commitments to the present day.

For instance, … More>

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What ‘The Butler’ gets wrong about Ronald Reagan and race

September 2, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness

By Steven F. Hayward, Paul Kengor, Craig Shirley and Kiron K. Skinner

Steven F. Hayward, Paul Kengor, Craig Shirley and Kiron K. Skinner are Ronald Reagan historians.

Editor’s note: This article first appeared in The Washington Post.

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Be not afraid: Bill Clark & the Divine Plan

August 29, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness

The following is an interview between National Review’s Kathryn Jean Lopez and Paul Kengor, executive director of the Center for Vision & Values, concerning the recent death of Judge Bill Clark, longtime close friend and adviser to Ronald Reagan. … More>

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Martin Luther King’s Dream and the Declaration of Independence

August 23, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Path to Freedom

August 28 marks the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington. Martin Luther King Jr.’s speech at that great rally is rightly honored as one of the greatest speeches in American history. All Americans recognize the soaring rhetoric … More>

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We need to stop eating the marshmallows

August 23, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Battle for the Mind

In a classic psychological study, hungry four-year-olds were offered a marshmallow. They were told that if they could wait about 20 minutes before eating, they could have two marshmallows instead of one.

Only about one-third of the children successfully delayed … More>

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Battle of Gettysburg: A three-part series

August 22, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story

Editor’s note: This three-part series commemorating the 150-year anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg first appeared at TheBlaze.com.

Part one-Gettysburg: Day one

In the first week of July, tens of thousands of visitors descended on a small town in … More>

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Bill Clark, a great man remembered

August 12, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The DNA of Greatness

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

If you were to list the Americans most critical in facilitating the collapse of the Soviet Union, the name of Bill Clark, or “Judge Clark,” might not be … More>

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Bill Clark’s divine plan – A memorial to Ronald Reagan’s top hand

August 12, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The DNA of Greatness

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

The most important adviser to President Ronald Reagan in his takedown of the Soviet empire has died at the age of 81. His name was William P. “Bill” Clark, … More>

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Gay marriage, bigotry and the public interest

August 7, 2013 | by | Topic: The Law

What I find somewhat surprising in the gay-marriage discussion is this: By the evidence of most polls, nearly half of Americans favor gay marriage, even though only 3-5 percent of Americans are gay. That is, only a very small minority … More>

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Entrepreneurs’ property rights at stake in France

July 31, 2013 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom

It happened on a cold of day during the last French presidential campaign in a small industrial town called Florange, in Eastern France. On February 12th, 2012, the campaigning and would-be president Francois Hollande climbed a small truck ladder to … More>

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Intentional dementia

July 30, 2013 | by | Topic: The Content of Character

During Mother’s last few months, conversations were extremely difficult to follow because her mind seamlessly switched from one decade to another. Isaac Singer writes, “Sometimes she’d tangle one story with another and couldn’t find her way out” (In My Father’s … More>

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In my native city of Detroit, Atlas has at long last shrugged

July 24, 2013 | by | Topic: Uncategorized

Editors note: This opinion editorial first appeared at Forbes.com

I’m sad. Detroit is my native city. It’s decline from being arguably the world’s richest city to being America’s “first Third Word city” is tragic, politically criminal, and a warning … More>

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Worried about privacy? How about Common Core?

July 22, 2013 | by | Topic: The Battle for the Mind

There’s an intense debate right now over “Common Core,” an effort to implement a set of education standards in public schools nationwide. The Common Core State Standards thus far have been adopted by 45 states and the District of Columbia.… More>

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From immigration to citizenship: A conversation with Helen Krieble

July 22, 2013 | by | Topic: Annual Conference Lectures, Citizenship & The American Cause, Streaming Video

Editor’s note: Helen Krieble is a leading intellectual on immigration policy reform and citizenship. A businesswoman, she has employed seasonal non-agricultural workers for 20 years and has experienced firsthand the vagaries, difficulties and heartbreak of U.S. immigration law. She … More>

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In memoriam – An FBI life

July 17, 2013 | by | Topic: The Content of Character

Editor’s note: Edward S. Miller was a 1949 Grove City College graduate and a lifetime G-Man who left behind a trail of fascinating tales that merit remembrance. This article first appeared at The American Spectator.

America has lost … More>

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PA Attorney General Refuses to Defend Marriage Law – An Insider’s View

July 16, 2013 | by | Topic: The Law

Editor’s note: Last week, the ACLU filed a federal lawsuit to overturn Pennsylvania’s marriage law. In response, in a stunning move, Pennsylvania’s attorney general refused to defend the law. The Center for Vision & Values contacted Pennsylvania Family Institute … More>

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Justice Kennedy’s “demeaning” DOMA ruling

July 12, 2013 | by | Topic: The Law

In the limits of this brief essay I cannot adequately address the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), or the entirety of the Supreme Court’s recent decision regarding the same. As a native Virginian, however, I must fully disclose that, insofar … More>

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Egypt confronts modernity – Q&A with Herbert Meyer

July 9, 2013 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge

In light of the turmoil in Egypt, The Center for Vision & Values contacted its longtime friend Herb Meyer. Mr. Meyer was special assistant to the director of the Central Intelligence Agency in the Reagan administration. He also served as … More>

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Essential parenting

July 8, 2013 | by | Topic: The Battle for the Mind, The Content of Character

If you believe everything you read, then kids are doomed. If both of their parents work outside the home, then it’s hopeless. If one parent is a pastor, then forget about it. If one parent is missing, too bad. What … More>

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Natural Law and the United States Constitution

July 4, 2013 | by | Topic: American Founders Luncheon Series Lectures, Streaming Video

Dr. Robert Barker discusses a fundamental philosophical element of the American founding – natural law – at the June 11, 2013 quarterly American Founders Luncheon sponsored by The Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College.… More>

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Reflections on Gettysburg

July 1, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story

It’s July in Alabama and 100 degrees in the shade. Despite the heat, I crack the bedroom window at night to soak up the sounds and smells of the South. The crickets in the woods, a hoot owl on occasion, … More>

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A Perfectly Natural July 4th

July 1, 2013 | by | Topic: The Law, The Path to Freedom

Editor’s note: A shorter version of this article first appeared in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

Will you be celebrating Natural Law this July 4th? You should be. Your Founding Fathers did.

In declaring their independence and asserting … More>

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Fisher v. University of Texas: The Court Misses an Opportunity

June 28, 2013 | by | Topic: The Law

The Supreme Court, in a case heard by eight Justices (Justice Kagan recused herself), has issued its decision involving the admissions policies of the University of Texas. In a 7-1 decision, the court sent the case back to the Fifth Circuit Court of … More>

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Liberals embrace fatherless (and motherless) families

June 27, 2013 | by | Topic: The Content of Character

Editor’s note: This article first appeared at The Guardian.

With the Supreme Court giving a major boost to gay marriage, liberals face fewer impediments to their relentless push for fatherless (and motherless) families.

Of course, it wasn’t always this … More>

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Wake Up, Gulliver: The Lilliputians Are Almost Done

June 26, 2013 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom

Editor’s note: This opinion editorial first appeared at Forbes.com.

Jonathan Swift’s classic novel Gulliver’s Travels—and in particular the novel’s first section in which the tiny Lilliputians immobilize Gulliver by binding him with thousands of tiny, threadlike ropes—serves as a literary … More>

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Competition is Rapidly Changing College

June 21, 2013 | by | Topic: The Battle for the Mind

Is the traditional college doomed? More and more people think so. Massively open online courses (MOOCs) are threatening to shake up higher education by bringing primarily non-credit courses from college professors to the world at no cost. The California state … More>

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Morning in America – Paul Kengor and Bill Bennett discuss Planned Parenthood

June 19, 2013 | by | Topic: The Content of Character

Click this link to hear Dr. Bill Bennett, President Reagan’s secretary of education, and Dr. Paul Kengor discuss the relationship between President Obama and Planned Parenthood on Bennett’s nationally-syndicated “Morning in America” radio program.

During the interview, Bennett asked Kengor … More>

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Don’t Cry For Me, America: Comparing Argentina And The United States

June 15, 2013 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom, Uncategorized

Editor’s note: This opinion editorial first appeared at Forbes.com.

Many observers have pondered if the United States is following the same troubled path as Argentina. In the 1940s, Argentina’s Juan Domingo Perón used government agencies for political gain and created … More>

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Because faith and freedom matter

June 7, 2013 | by | Topic: The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness, The Path to Freedom

Editor’s note: As one of his final works of service to his alma mater before retiring, Dr. John Sparks delivered the 2013 Grove City College commencement address, “Because Faith and Freedom Matter,” on May 18. You can watch Dr. More>

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V&V Flashback—Remembering the Significance of D-Day

June 6, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The DNA of Greatness, The Global Challenge, The Path to Freedom

Editor’s note: This piece first ran on our site on May 30, 2012.

At 0227 hours on the morning of June 6, 1944, Lieutenant Robert Mathias saw the red light flash above the door of his C47 “Dakota” aircraft, … More>

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Remembering D-Day with Ike and Reagan

June 6, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The Global Challenge, The Path to Freedom

Editor’s note: This piece first appeared at The American Spectator on June 6, 2011.

For me, Memorial Day happens twice within a week. The first, the official holiday at the end of May, is quickly reinforced a week later, every … More>

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Death panels? Of course …

May 30, 2013 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom

Recently the debate about “death panels” has been heating up as Republican Congressional leaders express their opposition to implementing the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) by refusing to appoint members to serve on it. The IPAB, which was referred to … More>

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Remembering Mom and Dad on Memorial Day

May 23, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character

As Americans nationwide mark Memorial Day, this will be my first Memorial Day without my dad. He was a World War II veteran.

Since my father’s passing two months ago, seven years after my mother’s, I consider how both significant … More>

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Constantly with us all: A Memorial Day Remembrance

May 23, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The DNA of Greatness

Memorial Day is a wonderful constant. Every year, it never ceases to touch me. My family attends an annual parade in Mercer, Pennsylvania. It’s terrific—total old-school. The flags, the courthouse, the kids, the snow-cone stand, the marching bands, and, … More>

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The “why” behind the IRS scandal

May 20, 2013 | by | Topic: The Law

Let’s begin with a premise. Challenging, delaying, questioning, or bullying organizations about their non-profit, educational purposes chills both free speech and a free press. The current ruckus involving Internal Revenue Service policies aimed at conservative political groups supports that notion … More>

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Get Government Out of the Student-Debt Business

May 16, 2013 | by | Topic: The Battle for the Mind, The Path to Freedom

As millions of students and their parents are preparing for life after commencement, they’re also preparing to deal with massive student loans. Increasingly, people are concerned about the student debt situation brewing on college campuses. The present state of student … More>

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Another group targeted for IRS scrutiny

May 14, 2013 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom

In a press conference last week, White House press secretary Jay Carney fielded insistent questions from a variety of news agencies regarding the Internal Revenue Service’s alleged actions toward tea party organizations. There should be more where that came from … More>

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Dropping the Benghazi ball

May 13, 2013 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge

In the 1990s, the U.S. Air Force’s self-descriptor for its capabilities was “Global Reach, Global Power.”  On September 11, 2012, as Americans were being attacked and killed in the Middle East, the global reach of air power was confined to … More>

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Remembering Cold Warrior Herb Romerstein

May 10, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The DNA of Greatness, The Global Challenge

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

Every human life is special, unique, unrepeatable — to borrow from Pope John Paul II. Every loss of life is a loss. Some losses, however, seem larger, leaving a void … More>

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My inheritance

May 7, 2013 | by | Topic: The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness

The great 20th century novelist Chaim Potok wrote, in his novel, My Name Is Asher Lev, “You have a gift, Asher Lev. You have a responsibility.” My Mom had a gift of 89 years, 89 years to live her … More>

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Ronald Reagan: Same-sex marriage advocate?

May 1, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character

Editor’s note: This article first appeared at CNN.com

Patti Davis, Ronald Reagan’s daughter, recently speculated on where her father might stand on same-sex marriage. Politico published her thoughts under the headline, “Patti Davis says Reagan wouldn’t have opposed gay … More>

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Happy Birthday to a Great President

April 25, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness

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

Sunday, April 28, marks the 255th anniversary of President James Monroe’s birth in 1758.

Recently, I had the pleasure of reading one of Harlow Giles Unger’s thorough biographies of … More>

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Academic Freedom, Civility, and the Name of Jesus

April 23, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The Path to Freedom, The Persuaders

Recently, a self-proclaimed Christian instructor at Florida Atlantic University asked his students to write “Jesus” on a piece of paper and step on it. The exercise was from a textbook manual and was designed to teach that “even though symbols … More>

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The Progressive Income Tax Turns 100

April 15, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Path to Freedom, The Persuaders

Editor’s note: A version of this article first appeared at Investor’s Business Daily.

Maybe it’s a measure of progressives’ refusal to look back, to always move “forward.” Otherwise, they should be celebrating right now. In fact, President Obama … More>

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Well Done, Lady Thatcher … The Passing of the Iron Lady

April 8, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The DNA of Greatness, The Global Challenge, The Path to Freedom

Margaret Thatcher, one of the greatest leaders of the Cold War, of the 20th century, and of British history, has died at the age of 87.

I’ve referred to her as one of my Cold War seven: Ronald More>

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Business, Entrepreneurship and a Vatican Think-Tank

April 5, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The Global Challenge, The Path to Freedom

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

“Am I creating wealth, or am I engaging in rent-seeking behavior?” If this question would be asked during a course of business ethics at George Mason University (GMU), … More>

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Thoughts on Same-Sex Marriage, Part III: The Issue Is Civil, Not Religious

April 4, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character

Parties on each side of the same-sex marriage issue often interject religion into the discussion. In my opinion, this is unhelpful. The manifest intention of the First Amendment is that the majority may not impose its religious preferences on the … More>

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Thoughts on Same-Sex Marriage, Part II: Distinguishing Rights and Privileges

April 4, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character

It is very important to distinguish rights from privileges. Rights are things we do, with which the government may not interfere. Privileges are things the government does for us. I have a right to publish my own opinions; I have … More>

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Thoughts on Same-Sex Marriage, Part I: The Politics of Rights and “Ressentiment”

April 4, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character

Despite all the recent commotion about same-sex marriage, I don’t have a dog in this fight. But I do have an interest in the discussion being clear and civil, and I notice several factors that prevent the discussion from being … More>

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Republicans Need To Grow Up About Taxes

April 2, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Path to Freedom, The Persuaders

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

Republicans are flailing about these days, trying to rebrand themselves before the next election cycle. A certain amount of introspection and internecine debate is inevitable after suffering a stinging More>

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Clintons’ Progress: Bill and Hillary Clinton Embrace Gay Marriage

March 27, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character

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

Bill and Hillary Clinton have endorsed gay marriage, completely reversing their support of the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act, which defined marriage as between one man … More>

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True Happiness

March 26, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness

One of the most famous opening lines in literature comes from Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina: “All happy families are like one another; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.”

Great literature causes us to think and ponder; … More>

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MF Global and the Cypriot Banking Crisis

March 22, 2013 | 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.

With MF Global (MFG) recently disclosing more details on its bankruptcy and liquidation, let’s quickly review the financial debacle that came to fruition under former New Jersey governor, former … More>

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Hillary Clinton’s Evolution on Gay Marriage

March 21, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character

Editor’s note: A version of this article first appeared in USA Today.

Hillary Clinton supports gay marriage. This is a major shift. Yet, as someone who wrote a book on Clinton’s faith, I can’t say I’m surprised.

Hillary Clinton … More>

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Social Justice and Pope Francis: Choosing Freedom Over Serfdom

March 20, 2013 | by | Topic: The Content of Character, The Global Challenge, The Path to Freedom

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

Having spent most of his life in Buenos Aires, Pope Francis has given proof that he can rise above his environment. As his compatriot Bishop Alberto Bochatey remarked, “he … More>

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The Hope of Heaven

March 19, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character

In response to recently being diagnosed with a rare and terminal type of brain cancer, sitcom star Valerie Harper declared, “we are all terminal.” In a cover story for “People” magazine and an interview on CNN, Harper, age 73, stressed … More>

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Preserving Hugo Chavez

March 19, 2013 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge, The Path to Freedom, The Persuaders

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

The gushing, almost angelic praise for Hugo Chavez by the left in America and around the world has been shocking to behold, but hardly surprising. I will not … More>

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From Aid to Enterprise: Intelligent Poverty Cures

March 14, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The Global Challenge, The Path to Freedom

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

We will always have the poor among us (Matthew 26:11), but over a billion living on less than $1 a day? It is natural for well-meaning individuals to work … More>

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STREAMING VIDEO — Why the Recovery Is Taking So Long and What to Do About It

March 12, 2013 | by | Topic: Freedom Readers Lectures, Streaming Video

Dr. Jeffrey Herbener, chair of the department of economics at Grove City College and fellow for economic theory & policy with the Center, speaks at the Freedom Readers Dessert series.… More>

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STREAMING VIDEO — 2013 – Our “Communist” Founding Fathers

March 12, 2013 | by | Topic: American Founders Luncheon Series Lectures, Streaming Video

Dr. Paul Kengor, executive director of The Center for Vision & Values and professor of political science at Grove City College, speaks at the American Founders Luncheon Series.… More>

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Medicare: Did You Really Pay For That?

March 11, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Path to Freedom

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

Last summer, Barack Obama riled a lot of entrepreneurs when he got carried away at a campaign event and told any American who had built up a successful enterprise, … More>

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The Power of Truth: Reagan’s “Evil Empire” Turns 30

March 8, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The Global Challenge, The Path to Freedom

Editor’s note: A version of this article first appeared as an Exclusive Special Report for American Spectator.

Today, Ronald Reagan’s Evil Empire speech turns 30 years old. It stands as one of the most memorable orations of the last … More>

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Hugo Chavez: Faithful to Death

March 6, 2013 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge, The Path to Freedom, The Persuaders

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

There’s an old joke from the Cold War. It went like this: Hardline East German communist Walter Ulbricht (who erected the Berlin Wall) died and went to hellMore>

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Eliminating the Deficit, Progressive Style

March 4, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Path to Freedom, The Persuaders

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

A wise man once told me that when any tax-levying entity operates at a deficit, the possible causes number precisely two. Either it is taxing too little More>

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The Pentagon Budget as Political Football

February 28, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Global Challenge, The Path to Freedom, The Persuaders

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

The Pentagon’s budget occupies center stage in the sequestration drama. Defense spending comprises approximately 18 percent of the 2013 federal budget, but accounts for 50 percent of federal … More>

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Immigration Reform: Considering the Guest Worker Program

February 22, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Global Challenge, The Persuaders

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

Suddenly, everyone in Washington seems to agree on the need for immigration reform, and they may even agree on most of the details. That’s because nobody has … More>

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The Spendaholics’ Offensive

February 21, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Path to Freedom

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

A primary meme of the Democratic Party in 2013 is that the federal government doesn’t have a spending problem. That is what President Obama reportedly said to House … More>

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STREAMING VIDEO — Government Spending Versus Entrepreneurial Investment

February 19, 2013 | by | Topic: Freedom Readers Lectures, Streaming Video

Dr. Shawn Ritenour, professor of economics at Grove City College and contributor to The Center for Vision & Values, speaks at the Freedom Readers Dessert series on February 19, 2013.… More>

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The Presidential Blame-Game

February 18, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The Persuaders

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

February is the month of presidents. It includes Washington’s birthday, Lincoln’s birthday, Ronald Reagan’s birthday, and, of course, Presidents Day. Given that I … More>

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Crossing the Rubicon

February 15, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Global Challenge, The Path to Freedom, The Persuaders

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

The current global debt accumulations are unprecedented. In fact, it can be observed that at no time in the history of the human race, other than during periods of … More>

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God for Obamacare … Dr. Ben Carson’s Heresy

February 13, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The Persuaders

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

Liberals are apoplectic over remarks by Dr. Ben Carson at the National Prayer Breakfast. Carson, a prominent pediatric surgeon from Johns Hopkins University, dared to weigh in … More>

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Abraham Lincoln and Slavery

February 13, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The Path to Freedom

Stephen Spielberg’s masterful movie on Lincoln and the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation have recently brought even greater attention than usual to Abraham Lincoln. Holidays like Presidents Day remind us of Lincoln’s position on slavery and his role … More>

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Erasing Reagan? The Illiberal War on Truth

February 11, 2013 | 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 prospect of four more years of Barack Obama in the White House has caused several conservative voices (among them, The Wall Street Journal’s Daniel Henninger, Fox News commentator … More>

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STREAMING VIDEO — God & Man in the Oval Office

February 8, 2013 | by | Topic: Streaming Video, The Content of Character

On February 8, 2013, Dr. Paul Kengor (executive director of The Center for Vision & Values and professor of political science at Grove City College) and Dr. Gary Scott Smith (chair of the history department at Grove City College and … More>

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Think Tanks: Masters of the Universe?

February 8, 2013 | 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.

How do think tanks contribute to produce outcomes conducive to better public policy? Working for over three decades in this field, I developed a simple model based on complex … More>

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Thinking About Think Tanks: Which Are the Best?

February 7, 2013 | 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 history of the London exchange dates back to 1698. John Castaing, a pioneer of a Starbucks of sorts, started listing stock and commodity prices in his Jonathan’s Coffee-house. … More>

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STREAMING VIDEO — 2013 – Seventh Annual Ronald Reagan Lecture

February 5, 2013 | by | Topic: Ronald Reagan Lectures, Streaming Video

In the Seventh Annual Ronald Reagan Lecture—“God and Ronald Reagan, Revisited”—best-selling Reagan biographer and executive director of The Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College—Paul Kengor—interviews two special guests (Ronald Reagan’s Washington, D.C., pastor, John More>

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Finding the City on a Hill

February 4, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The Persuaders

One of the most widely employed metaphors in today’s American political discourse is that the United States is a “city on a hill.” Especially popularized by Ronald Reagan, this phrase (taken from Matthew chapter 5) has been used by … More>

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On Russia’s Adoption Ban

January 30, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The Global Challenge

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

Vladimir Putin has sparked international outcry by banning adoptions of Russian children by American families. His action immediately halted the departure of hundreds of Russian orphans … More>

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Firearms Discussion (Part V): “Reasonable” or “Sensible” Firearms Policies?

January 28, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Path to Freedom, The Persuaders

President Obama routinely promotes his firearms policies with the adjectives “reasonable” or “sensible,” and he probably believes quite sincerely that his proposals are just that. Implicit in such adjectives, however, is that those who disagree with him (including, I suppose, … More>

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Is America’s House Divided Again?

January 25, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Path to Freedom, The Persuaders

Having just viewed Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln,” and knowing that Lincoln’s birthday is approaching, it seemed fitting to ponder one of Lincoln’s most famous speeches, and perhaps a lesson for Americans today.

On June 17, 1858, Lincoln gave his famous “House … More>

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The End of the Reagan Era?

January 22, 2013 | 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.

With Barack Obama’s second inauguration, liberals are touting an altogether new epoch: the end of the Reagan era.

Unfortunately, I believe they are largely correct. We … More>

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January 2013 “Vision & Values” (Vol. 21 No. 1)

January 20, 2013 | by | Topic: Vision & Values Mailings

Editor’s note: The January 2013 issue of Vision & Values (Vol. 21 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 Dr. Kiron Skinner during More>

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Firearms Discussion (Part IV): “Reason or Emotion, Mr. President?”

January 17, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Path to Freedom, The Persuaders

As I wrote this article, my most recent among several on firearms policy, I anticipated the president addressing the nation on the matter at any moment. What I say here preceded his address, so the essay is neither a … More>

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“So Help Me God”—The Second Inaugural of Barack Obama

January 17, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character

On Monday the United States will celebrate one of its great festivals of civil religion as Barack Obama is inaugurated for a second time. Although nothing in the Constitution mandates it (the only things the Constitution specifies are the date … More>

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Obama’s Medical Devices Tax … It May Be Harmful to Your Health

January 16, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Path to Freedom

Editor’s note: A version of this article first appeared in The Washington Times.

With the start of the New Year, one of the little noticed but potentially harmful features of Obamacare has now gone into effect. It is the tax … More>

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Firearms Discussion (Part III): “We Will Preserve Your Second Amendment Right to Hunt?”

January 15, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Path to Freedom, The Persuaders

One commonly recurring statement from gun-control forces, including in Congress and the White House, is the supposedly reassuring comment: “We will preserve your Second Amendment right to hunt.”

I will be generous here and assume that those who make such … More>

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Firearms Discussion (Part II): “Firearms Buy-back Proposal”

January 15, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Path to Freedom, The Persuaders

The debate over firearms includes a lot of confusing language and expressions. This is reflective of other forms of confusion in the debate, such as the common—but illogical—notion that reducing the number of firearms would have the effect of reducing … More>

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Firearms Discussion (Part I): “Getting Firearms ‘Off the Streets’”

January 15, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Path to Freedom, The Persuaders

Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan rightly said, “Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not to his own facts.” He might just have rightly said, “Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not to be confusing.”

The discussion of … More>

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Free To Be Healthy

January 11, 2013 | by | Topic: The Content of Character, The Persuaders

So how is that New Year’s resolution diet going? Will the long-term results be better than the last diet? For the majority of us, even successful diets are unsuccessful. We may lose weight, but it comes back. Most people can … More>

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Economic Outlook for 2013: ZIRP, Zombies, and the Japanization of the American Economy

January 9, 2013 | 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 recently indulged in some wistful, year-end nostalgia, but now that 2013 is underway, let’s turn our attention to a time more crucial to our well-being: the future … More>

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Human Freedom Matters

January 8, 2013 | 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.

“If it matters, measure it” is the motto of the Fraser Institute, the leading Canadian think tank, where I have been a trustee since 1991. More than a … More>

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Slouching From Gomorrah: Remembering Robert Bork

January 3, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Law, The Persuaders

It has been a couple of weeks since the death of Robert Bork, which occurred shortly before Christmas and didn’t really get the news coverage that Bork merited.

Bork died at age 85. In 1987, he became a national … More>

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A Nostalgic New Year’s Look at the ’50s

January 2, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The DNA of Greatness, The Path to Freedom

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

New Year’s observances blend recollections of the past, celebrations in the present, and anticipation of the future. For a variety of reasons, I’m feeling nostalgic this year. I’ve been … More>

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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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