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A Never Trumpers Wish-list for Trump’s first 100 Days

Elections have surprising consequences. It is hard to know who is most surprised by the results of the 2016 presidential race: Hillary and her supporters, who have spent the last two months vacillating between tears and anger; conservative Never Trumpers who thought Trump was unfit for office; or Trump himself. But while some Hillary supporters are… Read more »

President Obama’s Parting Economic Shots

President Barack Obama’s executive actions during the two and a half months of his lame duck, post-election time in office provide the perfect exclamation point to his entire presidency. His antipathy for private property has never been clearer. Look at these two actions: On December 20, President Obama declared millions of acres in the Atlantic… Read more »

Barack Obama’s Fundamental Transformation

Editor’s note: This article first appeared at the National Catholic Register. “We are five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America.” So declared Barack Obama in Columbia, Missouri on October 30, 2008, on the cusp of his historic presidential election. It was a stunning statement, boldly revolutionary, surpassed only by the response… Read more »

Praying for You, Right Now!

Social media is used today for every purpose (and many of the posts are not particularly prosocial). Too many of the “news” stories have been slanted so far (sometimes to the right, and sometimes to the left) as to become fake, by any reasonable standard. But Facebook is also used to announce, share, and celebrate… Read more »

The Key to the Russian Riddle

“Russia is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma. The key is Russian national interest.” Winston Churchill’s quote came a quarter century and two months after the start of World War I. In late August 1914, one month into that conflict, a massive Russian army was defeated at the Battle of Tannenberg. While… Read more »

College Grads’ Great Expectations?

College students are ill-prepared to connect with an employer and secure a job in today’s marketplace. With little or no career development, self-assessment, or an understanding of vocational calling, they believe that the degree alone will be the proverbial “ticket” to secure employment. Oh, how mistaken they are! Incorrect job expectations will derail their job… Read more »

Will Obama Pardon the Rosenbergs?

Editor’s note: This article first appeared at TribLive.com. You may have noticed an unusual amount of renewed attention being given to the Rosenbergs—that is, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg. That’s because there’s an aggressive push by liberals to try to exonerate the Rosenbergs, especially Ethel. This campaign has been going on for a while, but the… Read more »

The Center Presents: Top Stories of 2016 (Part One)

The year 2016 may likely be remembered by history as a year full of surprises, divisions, and changes. To help remember the year that was, we at The Center for Vision & Values asked some of our fellows and contributing scholars to reflect upon 2016 and create their own list of the Top Stories of… Read more »

The Center for Vision & Values Presents: Top 10 of 2016

2016 has been a fantastic 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 35,000 Facebook fans), and a record number of email subscribers. These accomplishments would not have been possible without the thoughtful, charitable, and powerful… Read more »

Zero Gee and I Feel Fine … Remembering John Glenn

The man for whom I was named has died. John Glenn, the last of the Mercury astronauts, died on December 9 at age 95. Five decades ago he was launched atop a refurbished Atlas intercontinental ballistic missile that had originally been designed to hurl hydrogen bombs at the Soviet Union. The Soviets had their own—the… Read more »

Why the Electoral College Should Endure

Some supporters of Hillary Clinton are taking out their frustrations in a vigorous campaign to, as they say, “Abolish the Electoral College.” Their mantra is that since Clinton had a larger share of the popular vote than Donald Trump, she effectively won the election. Democrat Senator Barbara Boxer reflects this view: “The Electoral College is… Read more »

President-Elect Trump: The New Whig President

As someone who served as a Republican delegate from Pennsylvania during the 2016 election, and as a professor of political science and presidential history, I have some fresh political-historical observations untangled from partisan gossip about Donald Trump and his future presidency. It seems likely that Donald Trump, based on his policy announcements for his first… Read more »

Trump’s Picks: In Defense of Military and Business Leaders

Some seem to believe the election of Donald Trump reflects a general disintegration of American society evidenced by Time magazine’s selection of Trump as “Person of the Year” presiding over a “Divided States of America.” Traditionalist pundits like Christiane Amanpour, who recently melted down over Trump’s election, never fully comprehended American stalwarts like Ronald Reagan… Read more »

George W. Bush: Deadlier Than Stalin? Our Profound Ignorance of the Crimes of Communism

“Many Millennials Think Bush Killed More Than Stalin.” Such was the surreal subject head sitting in my email box one morning. “Holy @#$%!” wrote a colleague in response. “This is mind-boggling…. This is scary, scary, scary.” It sure is. It also isn’t surprising. Such profound, disturbing ignorance is a direct result of what Americans have… Read more »

The Roots of the New Trump Order

Ronald Reagan won a convincing popular and electoral victory in 1980. Campaigning for income tax cuts, smaller government, and a resolute stand against communism, Reagan earned a mandate to carry out his conservative vision. Part of his victory was owed to millions of culturally conservative, blue collar, non-college educated voters in places like Ohio, Pennsylvania,… Read more »

Don’t Help the Despots … Thoughts from the Son of Cuban Emigrants

Editor’s note: Lorenzo Carrazana is a sophomore at Grove City College in Grove City, Pennsylvania. With the death of longtime dictator Fidel Castro, the relationship between the United States and Cuba is now at the forefront of media attention. As the United States continues the process of restoring economic and political relations with Cuba, it is… Read more »

Melania Trump, Fashion, and Religious Liberty: A Strange Combination

People magazine recently reported news that a number of prominent fashion designers have refused to work with Melania Trump because they do not approve of her, or more likely, her husband’s politics and language. Given Donald Trump’s often offensive way of speaking about, well, almost everything, that is understandable. Thus, they conclude, if you design… Read more »

State of the College — 2016

Grove City College President Paul J. McNulty ’80 will deliver a “State of the College” address announcing a new strategic vision that honors the College’s past, recognizes the enormous challenges of today, and builds for a strong and faithful future. McNulty will deliver the address at a special luncheon beginning at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday,… Read more »

What Is Gold Saying About Trump?

Editor’s note: This article first appeared at Forbes.com. Amidst the larger drama of the election last Tuesday, the financial markets staged their own little drama. When the Dow futures plummeted by hundreds of points as it began to look as though Donald Trump would achieve a surprise victory, some people hastily jumped to the conclusion… Read more »

The Center for Vision & Values Giving Challenge

Between now and December 31,two anonymous donors will match any gift to The Center dollar for dollar up to $25,000. We can be a beacon that stands out in modern higher education only with your generous financial support!

Should the Electoral College be Abolished?

Donald Trump won the 2016 presidential election by winning the Electoral College. His opponent, Hillary Clinton, lost the White House but won the popular vote. If the Constitution was being drafted today—and the question of how to select a president arose—would the Electoral College have been chosen? Not only is the Electoral College complex and… Read more »

Why Were the Presidential Polls Wrong?

The election-night coverage of the 2016 vote began with images of the Clinton campaign team gathering in the Javits Center—under the symbolic glass ceiling. Hillary Clinton supporters were enthusiastic, upbeat, and expectant. The polls gave them every reason to expect that America was electing her as the country’s first female president. There’s just this one… Read more »

American Farms and Hillary Clinton’s Tax Proposal

America’s agricultural resources are among the best in the world. American farmers, or perhaps we should call them America’s agribusiness professionals, produce essential financial crops including wheat, corn, beans, grapes, apples, etc. We are all dependent on their productivity. Indeed, American farmers are among the most productive in the world. In the modern world, farmers… Read more »