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Who is Karl Marx? | PragerU video

When writing The Communist Manifesto, Karl Marx thought he was providing a road to utopia, but everywhere his ideas were tried, they resulted in catastrophe and mass murder. In this video, Paul Kengor, Professor of Political Science at Grove City College, illuminates the life of the mild-mannered 19th Century German whose ideas led to the… Read more »

Requiem for the Pro-Life Movement

Editor’s note: This article first appeared at American Greatness. Is the pro-life movement on Capitol Hill dead? If it is, it’s congressional Republicans who have killed it. Funding for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)—where nearly all federal pro-life policy resides—will pass a Republican Congress this month without a single new pro-life policy… Read more »

Impeachment of the President: Who Should We Consult? We Say the Founders

Impeachment was in the news recently after President Donald Trump’s personal attorney, Michael Cohen, pleaded guilty to campaign finance violations. In his plea, Cohen implicated Trump, stating that he, as Trump’s attorney, had made payments to women at the direction of a “candidate for federal office.” Some journalists jumped with joy at the news, as… Read more »

Ready for Some Good News?

We are constantly bombarded with bad news. There are disasters, dangers, challenges, and woes. On the political scene, we find perpetual discord peppered with lurid denunciations and shrill condemnations. Media reports are alternately dismaying, disappointing, distressing, disgusting, or depressing. But despair not, friends: All is not lost! Here let me serve you a heaping helping… Read more »

A Lot Less Bluster and a Little More Sasse

Predictably, the start of Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing to the Supreme Court was an embarrassing fiasco for almost everyone involved. The Republican chair of the Judiciary Committee, Senator Chuck Grassley, had barely begun his opening remarks before Democratic Senator Kamala Harris interrupted to demand the meeting be adjourned, and less than two minutes in protestors… Read more »

Brett Kavanaugh Runs the Gauntlet

Between September 4 and 7, 2018, Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court of the United States, will face a barrage of questioning before the Senate. Kavanaugh is a 12-year veteran of the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, and was nominated to fill the vacancy left by Anthony Kennedy’s… Read more »

The Unwarranted Storm Over Security Clearances

 “The great thing is to get the true picture, whatever it is.”   —Winston Churchill, 1940 There would be no current storm over security clearances if all such access ended the day people leave government service. In that case President Donald Trump lifting former CIA director John Brennan’s security clearance would be a non-issue. There… Read more »

Trump on Trade: The Latest on the Tariff Strategy

When I commented in March about President Donald Trump’s plan to impose tariffs on imported steel, I was hoping that he would back off from imposing tariffs on our allies. That is because the danger to our national security isn’t steel or autos made in Mexico, Canada, or Europe; rather, it is China’s rapacious assault… Read more »

Please, Don’t Counsel Them

If you are a football fan, and perhaps even if you are not, you have read the allegation that current Ohio State head football coach, Urban Meyer, and athletic director, Gene Smith, knowingly employed an assistant coach, Zach Smith, who was battering his now ex-wife, Courtney Smith. The story continues to unfold as new information… Read more »

“Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” — A review of the new Mr. Rogers Documentary

Full disclosure: I have never seen an episode of the long-running PBS children’s show called “Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood.” The only reason I went to see “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?,” the documentary about Mr. Rogers and his show, was because we were visiting friends who very much wanted to see it. Thank you, dear friends!… Read more »

Dr. Paul Kengor on “The Mark Levin Show”

“Professor Paul Kengor is a friend of mine … A professor at the great Grove City College.” —Mark Levin In case you missed it, Dr. Paul Kengor, executive director of the Center for Vision & Values, was a guest on the nationally syndicated radio program “The Mark Levin Show” on Tuesday July 17, 2018. Levin… Read more »

FBI Agent Peter Strzok: I Checked My Beliefs at the Door

Peter Strzok, the former deputy assistant director of the Counterintelligence Division of the FBI, testified on July 12 before two House Committees. In his opening statement, he said: “Let me be clear, unequivocally and under oath: Not once in my 26 years of defending my nation did my personal opinions impact any official action I… Read more »

Why Tiananmen is Commemorated in Hong Kong and Washington—Not Beijing

Editor’s note: This article, written by Grove City College student Caroline Lindey, first appeared at the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation. In June, Hong Kong’s Victoria Park saw close to 115,000 people gather to commemorate the 29th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Massacre. At the vigil, mothers of the victims of the crackdown laid wreaths at… Read more »

The Endless Summer: The Democrats’ Hellish Summer of 1968

The summer of 1968 was an absolute nightmare for the Democratic Party. Everything that could go wrong, did, and there was precious little the Democrats could do to avoid or even anticipate it. Summer is typically the time when American presidential campaigns begin heating up. In 1968, the Democrats knew they were between a rock… Read more »

Supreme Court Vacancy — V&V Executive Director on The Bill Bennett Show

Joining Bill on this episode of the show is Paul Kengor, author, professor of political science at Grove City College, and the executive director of The Center for Vision & Values. They discussed the Supreme Court, Justice Kennedy retiring and whether or not President Trump will get a pick through with the Democrats planning to… Read more »

A Victory for Freedom and the Pro-Life Movement

Editor’s note: This article first appeared at Crisis Magazine. The pro-life movement celebrates this Independence Day 2018 with a big victory at the U.S. Supreme Court. It’s a victory for freedom. In yet another narrow decision, this one titled, National Institute of Family and Life Advocates v. Becerra, the high court last week struck down… Read more »

Integrity-Gate

When I finished my graduate study and moved out of Buffalo, NY to take my first full-time professional job at the University of Missouri, I called my telephone company to discontinue my landline service. After being put on hold while the agent checked my account, I was shocked by the words I heard: “We are… Read more »

Helping America’s Children

Countless Americans are expressing outrage at the separation of almost 2,000 children from their parents who illegally crossed the U.S.-Mexico border in a recent six-week period. Leading Republicans have joined the chorus of Democrats who are denouncing this policy. Columnist Ross Douthat labeled the policy “the wickedest thing the Trump administration has done so far.” Former… Read more »

Running with the Devil on the Highway to Heaven: A review of Rock Gets Religion

Editor’s note: This article first appeared at National Review Online. ‘Start the song already! It’s driving me crazy!” yelled my father from the living room after he lost patience with the gradually building, repetitive intro to Rush’s “Cygnus X-1 Book One: The Voyage.” He raised my brother and me in a strict, Christian home. He… Read more »

1968: A Year of Lost Innocence

This weekend, I will celebrate the 50th anniversary of my high school graduation with most of the surviving classmates of the Cranbrook School Class of 1968. They became accomplished men (it was an all-boys school then), whose greatest common achievement has been to be solid family men. Looking back, though, ours was not the typical… Read more »

50 years ago: An assassination that shook America

Editor’s note: This article first appeared at the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. It was 50 years ago today that a shocking moment of violence rocked America: the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy. The tragedy erupted shortly after midnight June 5, 1968, at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles. It should have been a great night for RFK…. Read more »