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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 »

Why Missouri, Yale, and Rubio are Wrong About College


The recent campus absurdities at Missouri and Yale have justifiably been met with derision by critics and real concern by parents who are paying a great deal of money to send their children to college. But some conservatives like Senator Marco Rubio have gone too far in suggesting that these examples demonstrate that college education is… Read more »

Obama’s College ‘Scorecard’ Doesn’t Measure Up

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Editor’s note: This article first appeared in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. The Department of Education has released its “College Scorecard,” a searchable college-affordability database that President Obama described as containing “reliable data on every institution of higher education.” Unfortunately, that simply isn’t true. I can say so as a president of a college that was excluded… Read more »

Not Losing is a Loser’s Game


“ Thou shalt not be a victim, thou shalt not be a perpetrator, but above all thou shalt not be a bystander” –Yehuda Bauer, Professor of History and Holocaust Studies, Hebrew University of Jerusalem The Obama administration’s weak and failing Middle East policy—the struggle against ISIS and the ultimate fate of the Bashar al-Assad regime… Read more »

Hollywood’s Blacklisted Communist: The Truth About Trumbo


Editor’s note: This article first appeared at Investor’s Business Daily. A long-touted motion picture on prominent Hollywood screenwriter and communist Dalton Trumbo debuts in theaters this weekend. I will see the film, but first I’d like to share some background on Trumbo. I do so not as a film critic but as a historian of… Read more »

Surviving Hitler’s “Hell-Hole” … Remembering Frank Kravetz


“Just existing became what was important.” So said Frank Kravetz, World War II veteran and former captive of Nuremberg Prison Camp, or what Frank called the Nazi “hell-hole.” “Yet even as I struggled with the day-to-day sadness and despair,” said Frank, “I never once had any regrets that I signed up to serve.” An extended… Read more »

Supreme Court Cases in the New Term (Part 1) – Race and University Admissions: Abigail Fisher v. University of Texas II


Abigail Fisher applied for admission to the University of Texas at Austin (UT) as part of the entering class of 2008. Little did she know that being rejected for admission under UT’s race-conscious program would bring her before the U.S. Supreme Court, not once, but twice. Fisher v. University of Texas II is scheduled to… Read more »

The New American Verb: To Concuss


Of course, it’s not a new verb; it’s in older dictionaries. I have been hearing it much more frequently, however, and I am becoming alarmed. We as a society are much more aware of the risks of being concussed, and we have developed strict and cautious protocols, whereby individuals having been concussed are told to… Read more »

Grove City College – Trustee Scholarship Program

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Do you know an exceptional high school student? A student who may be interested in a tremendous scholarship opportunity? The Trustee Scholarship Program at Grove City College provides our highest performing students with a rich academic experience rooted in scholarly exploration, spiritual formation, and vocational discernment. We believe that undergraduate studies are a high calling,… Read more »

What Bill O’Reilly’s New Book on Ronald Reagan Gets Wrong About Ronald Reagan


By Craig Shirley, Kiron K. Skinner, Paul Kengor, and Steven F. Hayward Editor’s note: This article first appeared at The Washington Post. “Killing Reagan,” by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard, is supposed to be a book of new scholarship on the Reagan presidency. Instead, it restates old claims and rumors, virtually all of which have… Read more »

The Crucible You Never Knew … Arthur Miller at 100


Editor’s note: This article first appeared at The American Spectator. October 17, 2015 is the centenary of the birth of Arthur Miller, one of the literary left’s shining lights and righteous crusaders against some of liberals’ worst demons: Joe McCarthy, “HUAC,” and, more generally, anti-communism. Yes, anti-communism. As often noted by Harvard’s Richard Pipes and… Read more »

Presidential Election Survey

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Tracking America’s Suicide


Amidst a plethora of sensational news reports elbowing each other to seize first place in America’s national consciousness, there is a story that has lurked beneath media radar that teaches us much more about the status of our country than school shootings, Russian bombings in Syria, Iranian perfidy, Hillary Clinton’s makeover attempts, and Republican candidates’… Read more »

America Visits Pluto


In 1989, America’s Voyager 2 spacecraft performed a reconnaissance flyby of Neptune, the distant ice giant planet that orbits about three billion miles from the sun. I was in graduate school then, and I stayed up all night watching PBS’s “Neptune All Night” broadcast of the images being sent from Voyager as it swept past… Read more »

Bernie Sanders’ America


The raucous welcomes and thundering applause that have greeted America’s newest (and oldest) political rock star, the septuagenarian Bernie Sanders, have launched a cottage industry of puzzled pundits trying to figure out the source of his appeal. Of course it’s his ideas, his supporters have insisted, perhaps as well as his presentation style, which issues… Read more »

Cherry-Picking Pope Francis


While papal visits to the United States are increasingly common, what is uncommon is to see political-ideological battle lines drawn around a pope. The tendency this time is especially acute among liberals, who eagerly frame Francis as one of them—a categorization Francis has resisted. “I’m sure that I haven’t said anything more than what’s written… Read more »

Remembering Yogi Berra, Baseball Player Extraordinaire … and Economic Philosopher


The word “icon” is overused these days, but it surely applies to Lawrence Peter “Yogi” Berra, who passed away yesterday at age 90. His playing career was iconic, and he transitioned into a cultural icon in his role as amateur philosopher and author of droll malapropisms. Yogi was a key part of the New York… Read more »

Was Margaret Sanger a Racist?


When I write about Margaret Sanger’s May 1926 speech to the women’s chapter of the KKK in Silverlake, New Jersey—as I did again recently—liberals get upset. They accuse me of distortion and even making up the whole thing. Many of them cannot find it within themselves to condemn this sordid moment. One writer in the… Read more »