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Sorry, Bernie: Tuition Free ≠ Debt Free


With the 2016 New Hampshire Democratic Primary just around the corner and scores of college-aged voters up for grabs, affordable public college education has become a key selling point for Bernie Sanders. The Sanders plan to “Make College Tuition-Free and Debt-Free” proposes offering free tuition at public colleges and universities, lowering interest rates on current… Read more »

Donald Trump, National Review, and the Battle for the Conservative Mind


The editors and writers of National Review recently did something extraordinary. They came out en masse against a Republican candidate during the primary. Their “Against Trump” symposium and accompanying “Editors introduction” offer up a barrage of attacks on Donald Trump’s surprising presidential candidacy. For the symposium, National Review assembled an enormously diverse group of conservative thinkers, from “movement conservatives” to more “establishment”… Read more »

The Faith of Marco Rubio


Marco Rubio is relying in part on his Christian faith in his quest to win the Republican nomination for president. The Florida senator recently hired a director of faith outreach, assembled a religious advisory committee, has been interviewed in Christianity Today, and used a faith-based television ad to appeal to prospective voters in Iowa. In… Read more »

AUDIO – Dr. James Thrasher on WORD FM: The Job Search – It’s Not What You’ve Done, But Who You Are

On January 22, 2016, Dr. James Thrasher was a guest on “The Ride Home with John and Kathy” on Pittsburgh’s WORD FM 101.5. Thrasher discusses how the job market has dramatically changed over the past 20 years and how employers are using new hiring practices. Do students and parents know about these important developments? Thrasher… Read more »

The GOP and Donald Trump’s Perfect Storm

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Conservatism is in decline and Donald Trump is the beneficiary. Despite important and significant victories at the state and local level, a coherent national message eludes conservatives. Narrow and ill-prepared candidates with an angry and frustrated voter base has created a volatile electorate paving the way for a candidate like Donald Trump. Since 1988, conservatives… Read more »

Lessons of Faith Radiating from Chernobyl


Described by the Belaruskaya Entsiklopedia as the “largest technological disaster of the 20th century,” the catastrophe at Chernobyl was the equivalent of 350 atomic bombs being dropped on Hiroshima. To increase your understanding of this tragic event, I highly recommend Svetlana Alexievich’s book, “Voices from Chernobyl: The Oral History of a Nuclear Disaster.” Alexievich was… Read more »

Planned Parenthood and Hillary Clinton


In what is being embraced by Hillary Clinton as the highest praise, Planned Parenthood, America’s longtime leading provider of abortion, is enthusiastically endorsing Clinton as president. Clinton can boast the first-ever endorsement of a candidate in a presidential primary in the century-long existence of Planned Parenthood. The Planned Parenthood endorsement contains this eye-opener from its… Read more »

Trump and Evangelicals: Strange Bedfellows


Donald Trump, who has been leading the national polls for the Republican nomination since this past summer, has strong support among evangelicals. Given Trump’s beliefs, lifestyle, crude language, and some of his positions on issues, this is baffling. As Jonathan Merritt argues in “The Atlantic,” “Trump is immodest, arrogant, foul-mouthed, money-obsessed, thrice-married, and until recently,… Read more »

VIDEO – C-SPAN Book-TV – “Takedown”


On October 16, 2015, Dr. Paul Kengor, political science professor at Grove City College and executive director of The Center for Vision & Values, spoke at The Heritage Foundation. Kengor discussed his new book Takedown: From Communists to Progressives, How the Left Has Sabotaged Family and Marriage. The event was filmed by C-SPAN for its… Read more »

Calling All Generation Xers … The Job Search: It’s Not What You’ve Done, But Who You Are


With graduation just a few months away, college seniors are searching for jobs. They should know that college graduates of today may have a dozen jobs in their lifetime, which often includes multiple major career changes. Shocking, yes. For members of Generation X (those born between the early 1960s and early 1980s), this is a… Read more »

Big Brother vs. The Little Sisters … Obama Administration Takes Nuns to Supreme Court


The Obama administration’s lack of understanding of the spiritual depth and commitment of private religious charities is shocking. The callousness of the federal effort to compel a noble Catholic religious order—the Little Sisters of the Poor—to forsake its faith commitments shows the depth of the intolerance of the behemoth secular state under President Obama. The… Read more »

The Top 10 of 2015 (Part Two)


2015 has been a banner year for The Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College. We celebrated an all-time high in website traffic, an exponential growth in social media (approaching 25,000 Facebook fans), and a record number of email subscribers. These accomplishments would not have been possible without the thoughtful, charitable, and powerful… Read more »

The Top 10 of 2015 – Part One


2015 has been a banner year for The Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College. We celebrated an all-time high in website traffic, an exponential growth in social media (approaching 25,000 Facebook fans), and a record number of email subscribers. These accomplishments would not have been possible without the thoughtful, charitable, and powerful… Read more »

Good Grief, Charlie Brown! Secular Fundamentalism Takes on Linus at Christmas


You may have heard about the Kentucky school district that ordered its administrators to scrub any religious references from its various Christmas productions. Most infamously, an elementary school in the Johnson County School District removed the lines from “A Charlie Brown Christmas” where Linus recites the Gospel of Luke’s account of the Nativity of Jesus… Read more »

Question of Semantics: What Do “Radical Islam” and “Terrorism” Really Mean?


President Obama and his administration’s spokespersons continue to explain the eruption of bombings and mass shootings as “lone wolf attacks” or “work place violence.” The cause, they often say, is too many guns in society. Their response is a further demand for sweeping gun laws. Many others, however, refer to these events as radical Islamic… Read more »

Freedom of Speech and Public Employee Unions: Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association


U.S. labor unions have long been experiencing a decline. In 1954, union membership for both public and private sector employees combined peaked at 28.3 percent. Today only around 11 percent of all workers belong to unions. The overall rate of union membership would be much lower were it not for the public sector—teachers, police officers,… Read more »

Trumpism and Elitism

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In “The Myth of Sisyphus,” Albert Camus’s exploration of the role of suicide in the modern world, the philosopher of the Absurd states, “That universal reason, practical or ethical, that determinism, those categories that explain everything are enough to make a decent man laugh.” Camus was making reference to philosophical giants of western civilization whose… Read more »

Books Make Great Gifts

Books Make Great Gifts. This year give knowledge.

Books Make Great Gifts! This Christmas give the gift of scholarship. The Center for Vision & Values is pleased to highlight incredible books written by our fellows and contributing scholars. All of the books below would make excellent gifts for your friends and family. This year give knowledge. To view the recommended books, please click… Read more »

Congress Uses “Sleight of Hand” to Pay for Highway Bill


After much debate and considerable delay, the House of Representatives has finally passed a highway funding bill. A big question that delayed the bill’s passage was whether the federal fuel tax would be increased to fully cover planned spending from the highway trust fund. Since it was crafted by the Republican majority that opposed tax… Read more »

My Pervasive Egocentrism: I Am Possessed with Self


In “Pleading Guilty,” best-selling novelist Scott Turow wrote, “What kind of ethical social system takes as its fundamental precepts the words ‘I’ ‘me’ and ‘mine’? Our two-year-olds start like that and we spend the next twenty years trying to teach them there’s more than that to life.” Fyodor Dostoyevsky, in his novel, “The Possessed,” built… Read more »

Abdication: Obama Cedes Leadership to Russia and France


For months now, ISIS has sold oil on the international market through Turkey, and Russian President Vladimir Putin is furious with petroleum prices plunging along with Russia’s economy. Consider that context as we consider the following. On November 24, Turkish Air Force F-16s shot down a Russian Su-24M fighter-bomber and Putin promised payback. Fortunately, he’s… Read more »

Heritage Foundation Address – Grove City College President Paul J. McNulty ’80 – “Degrees and Double-Standards: Scoring the College Scorecard”


In September, President Obama announced his administration’s new College Scorecard, touted as a resource for parents and students as they search for a higher education institution. Several well-regarded colleges are nowhere to be found in the data. Grove City College is one of the significant institutions of higher learning absent from this government scorecard. Watch… Read more »

Giving thanks at Thanksgiving … but not to God


In 1789, America’s first president proclaimed a “day of public thanksgiving and prayer.” George Washington implored the heavens to “pardon our national and other transgressions” and urged the citizenry to practice “true religion and virtue.” In 1863, Abraham Lincoln urged his countrymen to set aside the last Thursday of November “as a day of Thanksgiving… Read more »

Presidents and Thanksgiving


Responding to a request from Congress, President George Washington issued our nation’s first Thanksgiving proclamation in 1789. Only in the midst of the crucible of civil war, however, did presidential proclamations of Thanksgiving become customary. Every year since 1863 our chief executives have urged Americans to recognize God’s bounty and blessings on the fourth Thursday… Read more »