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Freedom of Speech and Forced Union Payments: Janus v. AFSCME

Unions have been on the decline since 1954—which was their high point in membership as a percentage of the workforce. Today, unions represent a paltry 6.4 % of private sector employees. Their real strength in membership and funding is the public sector—teachers, police officers, and other municipal and state employees, where the rate of union… Read more »

No Neutral Ground: The Problem of Net Neutrality

On November 21, the Federal Communications Commission announced plans to revisit its Obama-era internet regulations. It seems likely that the resulting vote will repeal the policies often referred to as net neutrality. The name is, perhaps, misleading; to support net neutrality is to support placing the internet more fully under government supervision. The related political… Read more »

Just What the Doctor Ordered

While the Republican Congress remains paralyzed over how to repeal and replace Obamacare, recent activity among two of the healthcare industry’s largest players could signal a new approach to delivering access to affordable healthcare. CVS, the nation’s largest pharmacy chain, recently announced that it is acquiring Aetna, one of the nation’s largest insurers, for a… Read more »

Remembering Fidel Castro’s Death

Editor’s note: A shorter version of this article first appeared in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. This past week marked the anniversary of the death of Fidel Castro, our hemisphere’s worst dictator for a half century. When we remember Castro’s death, we should remember him for just that: death. Expressing the depths of Fidel’s destruction is impossible… Read more »

The Kremlin, LBJ, and the JFK Assassination

Editor’s note: This article first appeared at The American Spectator. President Trump recently authorized a mass declassification of documents relating to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in November 1963. Among the material subsequently released, one document that instantly grabbed headlines was a December 1966 FBI memo reporting the reaction of Soviet and Communist… Read more »

Thanksgiving Day thoughts, 2017

Thanksgiving Day is the traditional American holiday when we are given the opportunity to pause from our normal routines and take time to count our blessings. It can be a fun and refreshing time, full of family, feasts, and football. For those who choose to acknowledge God as the Great Giver of all that is… Read more »

Celebrating Universal Children’s Day

The celebration of United Nations’ Universal Children’s Day on November 20 should prompt us to consider the plight of the world’s children and commit ourselves to working to give them a better life. The UN established this day in 1954 to promote international awareness about the problems children face worldwide and to increase efforts to… Read more »

A Haven in the Opioid Crisis

Our nation is experiencing an opioid crisis. Currently more than 2.5 million Americans are addicted to either opioid pain relievers or heroin. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, opioid-related deaths have more than quadrupled since 1999. All drug overdose deaths, many caused by opioids, increased by 17 percent from 2015 to 2016… Read more »

Birthday of a Bloodbath

A version of this article first appeared at the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. This October-November 2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the launch of the Bolshevik Revolution in Russia—the bloody communist state that would produce a political-ideological killing spree unlike any the world has ever seen. And yet, communism continues to find supporters. Here are three personal… Read more »

Underneath the Bridge: Abandoned Babies in Communist China

The New York Times recently ran an article on how the lives of Chinese women were made “much better” under communism. It was a shocking article, prompting a number of rebuttals. The article made me think back to my time in China and what I witnessed there. For the academic year running from the fall… Read more »

VIDEO — 2017 — 11th Annual Ronald Reagan Lecture — “Peggy Grande: The Reagan You Didn’t See”

In the 11th Annual Ronald Reagan Lecture, “The Reagan You Didn’t See,” best-selling Reagan biographer and executive director of The Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College, Dr. Paul Kengor, interviews special guest Peggy Grande. Grande is an author and was President Reagan’s post-presidency executive assistant who worked at Reagan’s side from 1989… Read more »

The Nashville Statement: Why I Signed It

The Nashville Statement is a recent document addressing contemporary issues of sexuality and affirming traditional Christian views. It has been signed by a significant number of Christian leaders. Unfortunately, as we have come to expect in our polarized society, it has also occasioned the predictable firestorm of angry denunciation. So why did I sign it?… Read more »

New York Times: communism “made life better” for Chinese women

Editor’s note: A version of this article first appeared at The American Spectator. I recently wrote about a shocking piece in the New York Times peddling a line we literally would’ve once expected from the Daily Worker or Pravda. The Times ran a strange article asserting that Soviet Bloc women enjoyed “better sex under communism.”… Read more »

Pork Belly Job Seekers

Commodities are bought and sold in nameless bulk contracts on the New York Stock Exchange every day. According to Mike Moffatt, writing for ThoughtCo.com, “When an economist, economics professor or economics textbook talks about a commodity, that term refers to a basic, marketable good or service that is produced to meet a demand … interchangeable… Read more »

“Medicare for All” is Good for None

Recently, Senator Bernie Sanders unveiled a single-payer healthcare plan called “Medicare for All.” Sanders titled his approach for nationalizing one-sixth of the American economy as “Medicare for All” in order to offer a template for his vision of the U.S. healthcare system. Unfortunately, using Medicare as the template for the nation’s healthcare system is a… Read more »

The Church Community at Its Worst—and Its Best

Churches are havens and shelters for needy humans. They contain no perfect specimens. Nevertheless, they are held to high standards and are embarrassed when their building doors are locked during a local crisis. Yet their mission goes on, and we would be most miserable without strong churches. For example, as reported in the Philadelphia Inquirer,… Read more »

North Korea: Apocalypse When?

Are Western intelligence services—primarily America’s—stupid or is North Korea a convenient toreador’s cape for problems so enormous the Trump administration and the Congress cannot begin to handle them? Look at history. Why did the most powerful nation on earth in 1962 when President John F. Kennedy backed down the Soviets during the Cuban Missile Crisis… Read more »

Forgotten conservative: Remembering George Schuyler

Editor’s note: A version of this article first appeared at The American Spectator. It was 40 years ago, August 31, 1977, that George Schuyler died. He has been largely forgotten, and that’s a shame. At one point, Schuyler was one of the most recognized and read columnists in America, particularly from his platform at one… Read more »

2017-2018 Opening Convocation – Grove City College – Hon. Paul J. McNulty ’80

On August 29, 2017, Grove City College’s ninth president, the Hon. Paul J. McNulty ’80, delivered the 2017-18 Opening Convocation. The inspiring address embraced students, faculty, administration, and staff to the College’s interconnected values of faithfulness, excellence, community, stewardship and independence. “What we claim to be must match what we really are,” McNulty said. “Only… Read more »

100% Pro-Life

In 1992, presidential candidate Bill Clinton argued that abortion should be “safe, legal and rare.” By contrast, a March 27, 2017 article in The Washington Times was entitled, “Safe, Legal and Not So Rare,” and argued that abortion has instead become “a young woman’s rite of passage.” The 2016 Democratic Party platform took a very… Read more »

Remembering Michael Cromartie — Red God, Blue God: Is there a God Gap Between the Parties?

On Monday, August 28, 2017, the Center for Vision & Values lost a friend—a man who is accurately being remembered for his integrity, friendship, and bridge-building between Christians and the media. Michael Cromartie, vice president at the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, D.C, died at the age of 67. To help honor Michael’s… Read more »

VIDEO — Reagan Forum Lecture — featuring Dr. Paul Kengor

On August 8, 2017, Dr. Paul Kengor, executive director of The Center for Vision & Values and political science professor at Grove City College, gave a Reagan Forum lecture at the Reagan Library in Simi Valley, CA. Kengor discusses his new book, A Pope and a President: John Paul II, Ronald Reagan, and the Extraordinary… Read more »

America’s Charlie Gard? Think Again … The Value of Free-Market Healthcare

In late July, Charlie Gard, the baby stricken with the rare and typically fatal genetic disorder known as Mitochondrial DNA Depletion Syndrome, died. Charlie was at the center of a legal battle between his parents and the British healthcare system over who ultimately had the authority to decide if, and when, to remove the infant’s… Read more »

V&V Q&A: “Our Vietnam Veterans Were Cheated”—Teaching the Truth About Vietnam … A Conversation with Charlie Wiley

Editor’s Note: The “V&V Q&A” is an e-publication from The Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College. This latest edition of “V&V Q&A” is an intriguing look at media coverage during the Vietnam War with longtime journalist Charles Wiley. Wiley is a veteran reporter who has been lecturing about journalism and other subjects… Read more »