Posts by Paul G. Kengor

Men Like Stan Evans

Men Like Stan Evans

Editor’s note: This article first appeared at The American Spectator.

“I need to call Stan,” I told my kids as I dropped them off. It was Sunday, which was always a good day to reach Stan Evans. When he needed … More>

God and Dick Scaife

God and Dick Scaife

Editor’s note: This article first appeared in The American Spectator.

I was saddened to wake up the morning of July 4 and learn that Richard Mellon Scaife, Pittsburgh billionaire, conservative philanthropist extraordinaire, and spearhead of Hillary Clinton’s ominous “vast right-wing … More>

STREAMING VIDEO – C-SPAN BOOK-TV – 11 Principles of a Reagan Conservative

STREAMING VIDEO – C-SPAN BOOK-TV – 11 Principles of a Reagan Conservative

On February 21, 2014, Dr. Paul Kengor, political science professor at Grove City College and executive director of The Center for Vision & Values, spoke before a sold-out audience at the Reagan Ranch Center in Santa Barbara, California. The event … More>

Pete Seeger, Marxist minstrel

Pete Seeger, Marxist minstrel

Editor’s note: A shorter version of this article first appeared in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

Pete Seeger’s death at age 94 is a cultural catharsis for the American left. The New York Times accorded his passing the kind of space … More>

Bonding over baseball

Bonding over baseball

Editor’s note: Another version of this article first appeared in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

My cousin Drew is a 45-year-old veteran of the first Gulf War (1991), which he served aboard a battleship in the Persian Gulf. A former high school … More>

In memoriam – An FBI life

In memoriam – An FBI life

Editor’s note: Edward S. Miller was a 1949 Grove City College graduate and a lifetime G-Man who left behind a trail of fascinating tales that merit remembrance. This article first appeared at The American Spectator.

America has lost … More>

The Catholic Bishops v. Obama? President Obama and Justice Ginsburg on America’s “Rather Old Constitution”

The Catholic Bishops v. Obama? President Obama and Justice Ginsburg on America’s “Rather Old Constitution”

I’ve gotten some very interesting emails regarding President Obama’s mandate commanding Roman Catholics (and many evangelical Protestants) to violate their consciences by providing mandatory contraception, sterilization, and abortion-inducing pharmaceuticals. The emailers noted that Obama’s action will force Catholics to challenge … More>

The Tea Party vs. NPR

The Tea Party vs. NPR

“The current Republican Party, particularly the Tea Party, is fanatically involved in people’s personal lives and very fundamental Christian,” said NPR’s Ron Schiller to two undercover reporters. “I wouldn’t even call it Christian; it’s this weird evangelical kind of [movement].”… More>

Christmas at Katyn

Christmas at Katyn

The people of Poland got an early Christmas present this year. It’s bittersweet but long awaited, and indeed a gift of sorts—and from an unlikely source: Russia. In Moscow, the State Duma, Russia’s legislature, passed a statement conceding Soviet responsibility … More>

Separation of School and State

Separation of School and State

The conservative Texas State Board of Education adopted sweeping changes to its social studies textbook curricula on Friday. Among the most controversial changes is the way “separation of church and state” will be presented to students. I wonder what the … More>

Commemorating Mao but Not Mother

Commemorating Mao but Not Mother

Where’s Anita Dunn when you need her?

Recall Anita Dunn, who resigned as President Obama’s communications director not long after Glenn Beck had the temerity to broadcast her jaw-dropping affirmation, made in a church no less—at a high-school baccalaureate ceremony—that … More>

Death’s Progress

Death’s Progress

Editor’s note: A longer version of this article first appeared in American Thinker.

Progressivism is all-the-rage nowadays, with liberals having jettisoned the “liberal” label for the less maligned tag of “progressive.” This is tactical as much as philosophical. It’s fascinating … More>

Poland: Remembering Two Tragedies

Poland: Remembering Two Tragedies

The crash of a Polish airplane in the Russian territory of Smolensk last weekend is a stunning tragedy, taking the life of Polish President Lech Kaczynski, his wife, and high-level figures in the Polish government. Upwards of 100 people were … More>

Hanging Mao on the Tree?

Hanging Mao on the Tree?

I’ll begin this article with a few justifications to try to preempt irate emails from Obama supporters: First off, I write on faith, politics, and the presidency, having done books on the subject and lots of articles; this includes the More>

Reagan and Joe

Reagan and Joe

Editor’s note: This article first appeared at National Review, February 6, 2010. This February 6 marks the 99thanniversary of Ronald Reagan’s birth. In a telling development, Republicans around the country have begun holding “Reagan Day” dinners, as they’ve … More>

God and Man at the National Prayer Breakfast

God and Man at the National Prayer Breakfast

President Obama spoke yesterday at the National Prayer Breakfast. I’ve long studied the sitting president’s remarks at these breakfasts, particularly President George W. Bush, President Bill Clinton, and President Ronald Reagan. I note this to hopefully lend a little credibility … More>

Remembering “The Honz”

Remembering “The Honz”

I was saddened to learn about the death of Fred Honsberger, a Pittsburgh institution who pioneered conservative talk-radio at KDKA-AM, and who was the local forerunner to Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, and the other horses in the conservative stable who … More>

O’ Unity Tree, O’ Unity Tree

O’ Unity Tree, O’ Unity Tree

‘Tis the season…. That is, to not refer to the Christmas Season as the “Christmas Season.”

Of course, that’s old news. But what’s new news, or recent news, is the bewildering refusal in some quarters to call a Christmas tree More>

Who Was Nels Konnerup?

Who Was Nels Konnerup?

America honors its deceased presidents, its fallen troops, its late senators, and even its musicians and movie stars. But what about its veterinarians’

Well, there’s one veterinarian who deserves pause for recognition. His name was Nels Konnerup. He recently passed … More>

The Philosophy of Mao and Mother Teresa?

The Philosophy of Mao and Mother Teresa?

“[T]he death of ten to twenty million people is nothing to be afraid of.”
—Mao Tse-tung

“Human rights are not a privilege conferred by government. They are every human being’s entitlement by virtue of his humanity. The right to life More>

The Nobel Committee Dishonors Itself

The Nobel Committee Dishonors Itself

Even CNN was shocked. Even the Obama White House was shocked.

“Only nine months into his presidency,” reported a baffled CNN news anchor this morning. “President Obama has won the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize. The announcement made jaws drop even … More>

A Teachable Moment on Communist China

A Teachable Moment on Communist China

When I first heard it, I didn’t believe it. Alas, it’s true.

Last week, New York City’s Empire State Building was aglow in red and yellow. Why? To commemorate the 60thanniversary of the victorious revolution of the People’s … More>

Gore Unhinged

Gore Unhinged

“How can ANYONE take this man seriously?” writes Marilyn, a frequent reader of our Center for Vision & Values articles.

Attached to Marilyn’s email was this headline, “Gore compares climate change fight to war against Nazis.” As the accompanying article … More>

When Biden and Rudman Wept

When Biden and Rudman Wept

Is he pro-life or pro-choice? That was the giant unknown hanging in the balance one day in 1990 as President George H. W. Bush nominated a mystery man named David Souter for a Supreme Court seat. Both sides of the … More>

Crisis—What Crisis?

Crisis—What Crisis?
“Dear Iranians, your children have put the first indigenous satellite into orbit…. [T]he Islamic Republic of Iran has officially achieved a presence in space.”
—Iranian leader Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, February 3, 2009

If a tree falls in the forest, and the … More>

Hugs and Kisses from Iran

Hugs and Kisses from Iran

Arguably, the world’s leading apostle of hate is Iranian leader Mahmoud Ahmadinejad—few do the task better, especially toward Jews. On Dec. 12, 2006, at a two-day gathering of Holocaust deniers, Ahmadinejad pledged that “the Zionist regime [Israel] soon [will] be … More>

An Obama-Reagan Presidency?

An Obama-Reagan Presidency?

What’s the state of the republic—and its citizens—this Presidents’ Day 2009? It is a state of deep confusion. Here are some polls to ponder, as America considers presidents past and new. Brace yourself.

Before he was elected president, Senator Barack … More>

A Tale of Two Inaugurals

A Tale of Two Inaugurals

Watching the inauguration of President Barack Obama, I was impressed by the graciousness and civility by the two presidents at the platform during the transition. To tepid applause, Obama began his Inaugural Address by thanking George W. Bush for his … More>

Howard Dean’s Presidential Victory

Howard Dean’s Presidential Victory

“George Bush is not my neighbor!”
—Howard Dean, January 2004

Five years ago, George W. Bush finished the last good year of his presidency. Things were looking up. The Democratic front-runners seeking their party’s presidential nomination lauded the historic accomplishments … More>

“Safe, Legal, and Rare?”

“Safe, Legal, and Rare?”

The common mantra of pro-choice politicians is that they do not favor abortion. Quite the contrary, they want abortion to be “safe, legal, and rare.” Pro-choicers generally hold to this position; thus, as they are quick to note, they are … More>

Shades of Reagan: Sarah and the Leakers

Shades of Reagan: Sarah and the Leakers

The trashing of Sarah Palin continues. Some of the shots have been downright ugly, such as the “Retarded Republican Babies for Sarah Palin” t-shirts. Equally notable, however, is the odd one-two punch of liberal journalists and moderate Republican leakers pounding … More>

Barack and the Bishops

Barack and the Bishops

A potential big battle has begun, one of special interest to all Christians and guaranteed to generate a lot of attention from all Americans.

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has issued a stern warning to president-elect Obama … More>

“I’m Pagan and I Vote”

“I’m Pagan and I Vote”

Old Town Alexandria, Northern Virginia—Jogging through this gorgeous, historic town the first Saturday after the Tuesday vote, which elected the most leftist presidential candidate in American history, it isn’t difficult to see how the typically Republican state of Virginia went … More>

Pro-life Death?

Pro-life Death?

The victory for Barack Obama and the Democratic Party on Tuesday is the death of the pro-life movement as we know it. The pro-life movement has sought to reverse abortion through legislative action and the courts, and made tremendous gains … More>

Today’s Frankensteins

Today’s Frankensteins
“Man,” I cried, “how ignorant art thou in thy pride of wisdom! Cease; you know not what it is you say.”
—Mary Shelley, Frankenstein, volume III, chapter 7

With the help of Hollywood—though often to its detriment—Mary Shelley’s 19th century … More>

Joe Biden’s Church Troubles

Joe Biden’s Church Troubles

Certain elements in the news media are attacking Sarah Palin’s religious beliefs. This has included several bizarre articles, in mainstream publications, highly critical of her local church. One source blasted her “Neanderthal faith.”

As usual, the liberal press is demonstrating … More>

V&V Q&A: “Where Have You Gone, Thomas Jefferson?” (An Interview on America’s Founding Fathers and Modern Presidents)

V&V Q&A: “Where Have You Gone, Thomas Jefferson?” (An Interview on America’s Founding Fathers and Modern Presidents)

Editor’s Note: The “V&V Q&A” is an e-publication from the Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College. Each issue will present an interview with an intriguing thinker or opinion-maker that we hope will prove illuminating to readers everywhere. More>