Posts by Lee Wishing

The Twinkie Diet

The Twinkie Diet

Imagine your favorite NFL team entering summer camp following an off-season training regimen of no exercise and a diet of unlimited Big Macs, Twinkies, and Coke. Sound outrageous’ Such a thing would be unheard of in the competitive NFL, but … More>

Honoring the sausage-makers

Honoring the sausage-makers

Yesterday we celebrated Father’s Day. Do you recall the old saying attributed to Otto Von Bismarck: “Laws are like sausages. It’s better not to see them being made”? As fathers were lauded on Sunday, I suspect that most patriarchs were … More>

John Lennon’s Revolution

John Lennon’s Revolution

John Lennon of The Beatles wrote the surprisingly and relatively conservative song “Revolution” in 1968. Compared with the Rolling Stones’ 1968 “Street Fighting Man” written by Mick Jagger, Lennon’s lyrics are tame and earned him the scorn of the New … More>

Defending the American Cause

Defending the American Cause

While America fights two wars this Memorial Day, comforts grieving families whose sons and daughters made the ultimate sacrifice, battles economic problems at home, and grows increasingly concerned about Korean peninsula tensions, I am reminded again of Russell Kirk’s slim … More>

Old Pencils

Old Pencils

The pencils I bought four years ago for my third and fourth grade Sunday school class are getting shorter while the children who have wielded them are growing taller. The school bus yellow paint is chipped and worn. The pink … More>

Forgotten?

Forgotten?

Do you ever feel forgotten, overlooked, or helpless in a world that seems increasingly confusing, rancorous, and on the brink of even more uncertainty and lurking disaster? Maybe you long for someone to come along and say, “The only thing … More>

Adulterers: Tiger Woods and Me

Adulterers: Tiger Woods and Me

Adultery. I hope I don’t commit the sin in 2010, but there’s a good chance I will.

As Tiger Woods’ alleged multiple affairs became public knowledge at the end of 2009, the world witnessed the destructive nature of adultery writ … More>

Where is Your Treasure?

Where is Your Treasure?

The sticker on the front page of Saturday’s Sarasota Herald-Tribune screamed “BERNIE MADOFF AUCTION, SUNDAY DECEMBER 27, THE RITZ-CARLTON, SARASOTA, FL.” The fine print clarified that it wasn’t the convicted Ponzi scheme operator’s property that was being sold off, but … More>

Journaling for Joy

Journaling for Joy

“Do any of you struggle with joy?” I asked a Sunday school class of 26 college students. To ensure an honest answer, I directed the group to close their eyes and raise a hand if they concurred. Whoa—25 hands went … More>

Our Moral Hazard

Our Moral Hazard

During confirmation hearings last Thursday, members of the U.S. Senate grilled Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke. Although senators criticized Bernanke for his policy decisions, they missed an opportunity to shine light on the ethics of the Federal Reserve’s core function—money … More>

Meaning for Radicals

Meaning for Radicals

Thanks to President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, most Americans have at least heard of the godfather of community organizing, Saul Alinsky (1909-1972), and his 1971 book, Rules for Radicals. Turn on conservative talk radio any day … More>

Keep Voter Guides Out of Church

Keep Voter Guides Out of Church

I may get in trouble with my conservative friends for this: I am in favor of developing voter guides from a Christian perspective but I’m not in favor of distributing them at church.

Perhaps you’ve seen these guides made available … More>

Charles Darwin and Modern Politics

Charles Darwin and Modern Politics

With his head under my kitchen sink last week, talking politics and using tools I had never seen, Keith the plumber said, “My daughter stood up in class and told her eighth grade school teacher, ‘I’ll read your assignments on … More>

The American Cause this Memorial Day

The American Cause this Memorial Day

“Based upon our observations of American soldiers and their officers captured in this war, the following facts are evidenced,” a foreign intelligence officer wrote. “There is little knowledge or understanding, even among United States university graduates, of American political history … More>

Rush and Rick

Rush and Rick

I was in the third row as Rush Limbaugh spoke for nearly 90 minutes to a wildly exuberant audience as he closed this year’s Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington, D.C. I was also in the third row to … More>

The Professor, the Prankster, and the President

The Professor, the Prankster, and the President

“What do we have here? A student from (a nearby college)?” bellowed the irritated and hugely popular and internationally-known economics professor in his thick German accent. A student in Dr. Hans Sennholz’s Grove City College economics class had not yet … More>

Hometown Newspaper Heroes

Hometown Newspaper Heroes

Each morning my local county newspaper shows up late. Speaking with the delivery man and calling the office hasn’t changed things. So, rather than canceling the 20,089 daily circulation paper I continue reading the local news with my coffee … … More>

Pursuing Happiness on Black Friday

Pursuing Happiness on Black Friday

Many Americans participated in consumerism-gone-wild sales during the Thanksgiving holiday. Should we be thankful for this retail madness these sales generate?

The conversation at my in-laws’ feast was filled with typical Thanksgiving talk: family, God’s blessings and shopping sales. My … More>

Victory Lessons

Victory Lessons

Editor’s note: The below remarks were made at a symposium about college and university based think tanks sponsored by The Atlas Economic Research Foundation titled “Preserving the Roots of American Liberty: Pursuing Excellence Through Academic Centers.” The symposium was held More>

Paradise Lost

Paradise Lost

Riding an exercise bike at my employer’s physical fitness center, I saw live images on the large television screen shot from Paradise, Pa. At first there were no people in the scenes, just buildings and a message at the bottom … More>

Gas or Education?

Gas or Education?

Gas prices, as everyone knows, are on the rise. The jump has affected just about everyone, certainly anyone with a car. Yet, the rise has also had an impact on the most unexpected areas, such as, of all things, private … More>