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An Autopsy of a Movement


With Ted Cruz having dropped out of the 2016 presidential race, there will be a string of eulogies seeking to autopsy his campaign. At least some of those critiques may hit the mark. In particular, Cruz’s campaign strategy went awry in three ways. First, Cruz consciously copied Obama’s micro-targeted campaign of voters. He has been… Read more »

STREAMING VIDEO – 2016 – America’s Three Religious Cultures: Embattled Christians, Pop Heretics and Highbrow Skeptics in the 21st Century


The New York Times columnist Ross Douthat speaks to over 600 people during the Center’s 2016 Conference: Media and American Culture: How the Church, Ideas, Elites, Social Networks, and Technology Shape Society. Ross joined The New York Times as an op-ed columnist in April 2009. His column appears every Sunday. Previously, he was a senior… Read more »

“Pigasus” for President: Chicago 1968 speaks to 2016


“The mob is the mother of tyrants.” –Diogenes of Sinope In late August 1968, two months after an assassin killed presidential candidate Senator Robert Kennedy and shortly after Republicans nominated Richard Nixon for president, the Democrats gathered in Chicago to pick their candidate. The Democratic Party “establishment” supported Vice President Hubert Humphrey, who was opposed by antiwar… Read more »

Student Fellows Program

Each academic year The Center for Vision & Values awards stipends to 12 talented students to serve as student fellows. Six students serve as research fellows while the other six serve as marketing fellows helping the Center to market its faith and freedom educational events and scholarship. To learn more about the Student Fellows Program… Read more »

Tribute: Remembering the Man who Defended Grove City College before the Supreme Court


David M. Lascell, the lawyer who argued Grove City College’s landmark U.S. Supreme Court Case, died unexpectedly on Friday at age 74. Lascell was a gentleman, superb lawyer, witty, winsome, and just plain likable. He was a Trustee Emeritus and served on the Board of Trustees from 1996 to 2009. He received an honorary Doctor… Read more »

The Perils of Cooking Intelligence: From Vietnam to ISIS


Recent revelations by the Pentagon’s inspector general indicates that U.S. Central Command, which bears responsibility for military operations in the Middle East, altered intelligence analyses to support the Obama administration’s contention that limited air strikes have “contained ISIS.” If so, that’s unfortunately nothing new. Politically skewed intelligence has a history. In November 1967, President Lyndon… Read more »

Having a “Trump Talk” with Your Kids

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I was watching a Republican presidential debate as my eight-year-old, John, sat next to me. Donald Trump, the front-runner, looked left and ripped Ted Cruz as a “liar” before seamlessly pivoting right and skewering Marco Rubio as a “sweating choke artist.” “Lying Ted!” Trump barked. “Choking Marco!” he shouted. My eight-year-old son laughed at the… Read more »

Explaining the Mystique of Donald Trump


How can we explain the surprising electoral success of Donald Trump, especially in light of his lack of political experience, limited knowledge of and specificity about policy issues, and crude and insulting rhetoric? Who supports him and why do they find the business tycoon to be so attractive? Analysts have identified four major features of… Read more »

Can Trump Win a General Election?


This is not an argument for what should happen or what I’d like to happen in the November presidential election, but about what would likely happen in a Donald Trump versus Hillary Clinton race: Clinton would win, and probably by a wide margin. I obviously can’t say what will happen with certainty because there are… Read more »

“Who Lost Iraq?”


My parents originally named me “Victory Japan” because my slightly premature birth resulted from mom and dad dancing in the streets of Saint Petersburg, Florida, on the night of August 16, 1945—the day after the United States won its last war. Seventy years is a lifetime by the Biblical standard of our allotted three score… Read more »

Undying Devotion: The Untold Story of How Nancy Reagan Would Have Taken a Bullet for Her Husband


Editor’s note: This article first appeared at On March 30, 1981, at 2:25 p.m., President Ronald Reagan was leaving the Washington Hilton through a side door after speaking to a union group. Outside was a gaggle of staff, secret service, reporters, and bystanders, including one determined to end Ronald Reagan’s life at that moment…. Read more »

“The Slaughterhouse of the World” – The Battle of Verdun at 100


The Battle of Verdun started 100 years ago this February, and lasted through the year, finishing in December 1916. At 7:15 a.m. on February 21, the 1,200 guns of the German Fifth Army began a bombardment to signal the beginning of the Battle of Verdun. “Every new explosion is a new attack, a new fatigue,… Read more »

Vote for the Crook, it’s Important


Like many Americans, I learned my first real civics lesson watching my mother vote. Unlike many, my first lesson was fairly depressing. I grew up in southern Louisiana, and in the 1991 gubernatorial election David Duke, a former Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, was running against Edwin Edwards, a three-time former governor who… Read more »

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


To discuss the Republican presidential primary, 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 Ronald Reagan’s secretary of education—Dr. Bill Bennett—on his “Morning in America” radio show. In this entertaining interview, Kengor and Bennett discuss the possibility of Marco… Read more »

The Republican Party and American Foreign Policy: A Broken Tent Pole


A long tradition in American politics has been the metaphor of political parties serving as a “big tent.” In the case of the 2016 Republican nomination process, however, the tent seems to be collapsing if not set aflame by its own members. The contentious and riotous affair that has been the primary season, a far… Read more »

America Faces a Historical-Global Crossroad

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The Vietnam War provides lessons in how to lose. The United States never planned to defeat its opponents, the indigenous southern Viet Cong guerrillas and their northern supporters the Peoples’ Army of Vietnam. Instead, from 1964 until 1969—during President Lyndon B. Johnson’s administration—we sought to compel our enemies to stop their aggression against the Saigon regime… Read more »

Donald Trump on Bush’s WMD “Lie”


“George Bush made a mistake,” said Donald Trump in the South Carolina debate last week. “We should have never been in Iraq.” Trump added that “we destabilized” the larger Middle East. Those are legitimate points of contention—though Trump should not exclude President Obama’s decision to prematurely pull troops from Iraq. That move by Obama in… Read more »