Paul G. Kengor

Paul G. Kengor

Dr. Paul Kengor is professor of political science and executive director of The Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College. His latest book is 11 Principles of a Reagan Conservative. His other books include The Communist: Frank Marshall Davis, The Untold Story of Barack Obama’s Mentor and Dupes: How America’s Adversaries Have Manipulated Progressives for a Century.

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Blessing vs. Damning America

April 16, 2008 | by | Topic: Faith & Society

“I’ve spoken of the shining city all my political life…. [I]n my mind it was a tall, proud city built on rocks stronger than oceans, wind-swept, God-blessed….”

—President Ronald Reagan,
Farewell Address, January 11, 1989

“’God Bless America?’ No, no, More>

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Africa, AIDS, and the Good-Samaritan-in-Chief

April 2, 2008 | by | Topic: American History & Presidents

There’s a remarkable article in the current Time magazine by Bob Geldof, musician and activist, regarding a recent trip he made to Africa with President George W. Bush. Geldof, a liberal, disagrees with Bush on many things, especially Iraq. Geldof … More>

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Easter with Mr. Buckley

March 25, 2008 | by | Topic: Biography

Like many people, I suppose, my bookshelves are filled with books I’ve purchased with plans to read someday, sometime … but not right now. A couple of weeks ago, I grabbed one of those books, bought almost 10 years ago, … More>

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Clinton vs. the War Hero

March 18, 2008 | by | Topic: American History & Presidents

Picture this scenario: The Democratic Party presidential candidate is an ex-radical from the 1960s, who had taken a sharp turn to the left during college, who denounced the Vietnam War as an undergraduate, who went on to Yale Law School … More>

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The Kremlin’s Really Bad Month: March 1983

March 12, 2008 | by | Topic: Military & Foreign Policy

Editor’s Note: This article first appeared in the American Thinker.

It was 25 years ago this month, March 1983, that the Soviet Union went into hysterics, both realizing and arguably beginning the terminal phase in its deadly life cycle.… More>

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VISION & VALUES CONCISE: Q&A on the Church & State in 2008

March 7, 2008 | by | Topic: Faith & Society, Vision & Values Concise E-publications

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>

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God and Man at Pitt

February 29, 2008 | by | Topic: American History & Presidents

I discovered William F. Buckley, Jr. in the late 1980s as an undergraduate at the University of Pittsburgh, where I was a pre-med student preparing for a career in organ transplantation. I had been bit by the political bug. It … More>

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Hillary, Obama, and the Inspiration Factor

February 27, 2008 | by | Topic: American History & Presidents

The historic Hillary plunge and Obama surge we are witnessing has several sources, but perhaps none as prominent as the simple fact that Barack Obama inspires people in a way that Hillary Clinton cannot. He is blessed by that incalculable … More>

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Big Deal in the Balkans

February 22, 2008 | by | Topic: Faith & Society

On June 28, 1389 the Serbs lost to the Ottomans at Kosovo Field in the Battle of Kosovo. This began a 500-plus year dominance by the Ottoman Turks in Central Europe, and particularly in that powder keg known as the … More>

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Remembering Rudy: Giuliani’s Ghost at the Potomac

February 15, 2008 | by | Topic: American History & Presidents

The website LifeNews.com has posted some interesting exit-poll data related to Republicans voters in last Tuesday’s Potomac Primaries. In both Virginia and the more liberal Maryland, Republican voters continue to remain overwhelmingly pro-life on the abortion issue. In Virginia, a … More>

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The Twisted Relativism of Abortion

January 22, 2008 | by | Topic: Faith & Society

America this week marks the 35th anniversary of Roe v. Wade. The court case is frequently a matter of debate, especially the breathtaking judicial logic on which it is based. The constitutionality of Roe is just one of innumerable … More>

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What Might Have Been: Roe v. Wade at 35—and the Man Who Could Have Reversed It

January 18, 2008 | by | Topic: Faith & Society

Editor’s Note: In this special “V&V Q&A” remarking upon the 35th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, Dr. Warren Throckmorton, a respected national voice on the abortion issue and a fellow at the Center for Vision & Values at Grove More>

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Hollywood’s Stinger Missile

January 16, 2008 | by | Topic: Media & Culture

Editor’s Note: A longer version of this review is posted at The American Thinker.


“Reagan specifically urged the supplying of U.S. shoulder-launched, heat-seeking missiles that can shoot down Soviet helicopter gunships.”
—Martin Schram, Washington Post, January 10, 1980

Last … More>

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Twenty Years Ago: A Giant Step Back from the Nuclear Precipice

December 28, 2007 | by | Topic: Military & Foreign Policy

The media is so obsessed with anniversaries that it almost seems a news story when the media misses an anniversary. That appears to be the case as December 2007 drifts away with no fanfare for a significant series of events … More>

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A Child’s Special Gift

December 20, 2007 | by | Topic: Biography

It is a statement of the obvious—both trite and troublesome—to acknowledge that most children today generally receive more than they need at Christmas, especially compared to children of times past, and particularly in America. They know the joy of receiving … More>

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VISION & VALUES CONCISE: Q&A with Paul Kengor on “The Judge” (Part II)

December 6, 2007 | by | Topic: American History & Presidents, Vision & Values Concise E-publications

Reagan’s Secret Weapon
in Winning the Cold War.

Editor’s Note: The “V&V Q&A” is an e-publication and a regular feature from the Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College. In this latest edition, the Center interviews its own More>

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VISION & VALUES CONCISE: Q&A with Paul Kengor on “The Judge” (Part I)

December 5, 2007 | by | Topic: Military & Foreign Policy, Vision & Values Concise E-publications

Editor’s Note: “We never armed Saddam,” explains former Reagan top official, William P. Clark. “And to my knowledge, we certainly did not give him anything like WMD technology, or assist him in developing WMD.” The “V&V Q&A” is an e-publication More>

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NOT a Charlie Brown Christmas

November 29, 2007 | by | Topic: Faith & Society

“Look, Charlie Brown, we all know Christmas is a big commercial racket.”

—Linus

Every year my family eagerly awaits the annual broadcast of the classic 1965 Peanuts special, “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” This timeless masterpiece by Charles Schulz remains so … More>

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Boss’s Day Irony

November 16, 2007 | by | Topic: Economics & Political Systems

Did you remember to buy a present for your boss last month on Boss’s Day? The teachers of the Susquehanna Township School District in central Pennsylvania didn’t experience the embarrassment of forgetting the chief because two of their colleagues, who … More>

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Heritage Foundation Lecture by Paul Kengor: “The Judge: Ronald Reagan’s Top Hand”

November 2, 2007 | by | Topic: Uncategorized

(Washington DC)

At noon on Friday, November 2, 2007, the executive director of the Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College—Dr. Paul Kengor—will be delivering an address at the Heritage Foundation’s Lehrman Auditorium on the topic of his … More>

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Preaching to the Choir? The Hillary-Obama Faith Strategy for 2008

October 9, 2007 | by | Topic: Faith & Society

I’m typically not prone to conspiracy theories. Yet, I have reason to suspect that Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama may be coordinating their campaign strategies. This is especially apparent in their strikingly similar bids to win the religious “values voters” … More>

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Anti-Semite? Saddam Outdid Ahmadinejad

September 26, 2007 | by | Topic: Military & Foreign Policy

The U.S. visit of Iranian theocrat-despot Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has prompted some strange statements from critics of the war in Iraq. Specifically, it is confusing to hear that George W. Bush wrongly focused on removing Iraq’s Saddam Hussein when, say the … More>

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VISION & VALUES CONCISE: Q&A with Paul Kengor

September 17, 2007 | by | Topic: Faith & Society, Vision & Values Concise E-publications

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>

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A Noted Life Exits the Stage: Jane Wyman, RIP

September 12, 2007 | by | Topic: Biography

Jane Wyman died on Monday at the age of 90, one of the few holdovers from Hollywood’s Golden Age. In the public’s eye, she is best known for her roster of celebrated films and, unfortunately, for her divorce to Ronald … More>

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VISION & VALUES CONCISE: Q&A with Joe Loconte

September 4, 2007 | by | Topic: Faith & Society, Vision & Values Concise E-publications

Editor’s Note: In this latest edition of the “V&V Q&A,” the executive director of the Center for Vision & Values, Dr. Paul Kengor, interviews Joe Loconte, Senior Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, and one of America’s most More>

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Hotels v. Big Families

August 15, 2007 | by | Topic: Faith & Society

As summer nears a close, I must express frustration over a problem that worsens for us each summer as our family grows, and which I imagine also frustrates other families our size.

We have four children, ages 2 to 10, … More>

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Drug Legalization: A Defense of the Conservative Position

July 31, 2007 | by | Topic: Faith & Society

“Surgeon General’s Warning: Attention Pregnant Mothers, Smoking Crack Can Be Hazardous to Your Baby’s Health.”

I once saw this mock warning label in a political cartoon attacking the idea of legalizing drugs. It was a wonderfully cutting illustration of what … More>

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Iran in the Crosshairs?

July 18, 2007 | by | Topic: Military & Foreign Policy

“There is nothing so dreadful as a great victory … excepting a great defeat.”
—Sir Arthur Wellesley,
the Duke of Wellington

A lot has happened in the past two weeks to refocus attention on terrorism and the global war against … More>

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Life for Iraqi Christians: Better or Worse?

July 17, 2007 | by | Topic: Military & Foreign Policy

There is no question that Christians in Iraq are being targeted by Muslim extremists. The stickier question is whether their lives have worsened since the U.S. removal of Saddam Hussein. In finding an answer, one must make crucial distinctions between … More>

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The Painful Death of Iraq’s Christian Community

July 17, 2007 | by | Topic: Military & Foreign Policy

Guest Commentary

Christian America may soon be the death of Iraqi Christians. Although Islam long has been in the ascendancy in Iraq, the so-called Assyrians, who speak a neo-Aramaic language, predate the rise of Islam. Today, however, the Iraqi Christian … More>

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Philadelphia Freedom

July 2, 2007 | by | Topic: Faith & Society

When the Reverend Jerry Falwell passed away recently we were told that his greatest sin was blurring the lines of separation between church and state, of “shoving” his personal faith and values down the throats of everyone else.

While Falwell … More>

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America: “More Terrible” Than Stalin’s Russia?

June 28, 2007 | by | Topic: Military & Foreign Policy

Russian President Vladimir Putin seems to have a habit of making outrageous statements. In the latest, he compared Soviet atrocities under Stalin to American actions during wartime. “Yes, we had terrible pages [in our history],” Putin acknowledged, noting Stalin’s 1934-38 … More>

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Fidel’s Useful Idiots

June 18, 2007 | by | Topic: Military & Foreign Policy

“…learn what the new Cuba offers its people—and its neighbors. To its people, peace, democracy, prosperity. To its neighbors, friendship, and the cooperation of men who respect each other….”
—Daily Worker, December 13, 1959

Unfortunately I was standing, not sitting, … More>

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“A Turning Point” Twenty-Five Years Ago This Week

June 5, 2007 | by | Topic: American History & Presidents

On Monday, June 7, 1982, President Ronald Reagan arrived in Rome to meet with Pope John Paul II at the Vatican, a little over a year since both men survived near-fatal assassination attempts. The two shared not only a commonality … More>

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What Matters in Mexico

May 24, 2007 | by | Topic: Military & Foreign Policy

As conservatives continue to view Mexico through the three-dimensional lens of immigration, immigration, and immigration, they might want to widen their perspective to consider a human-rights atrocity that ought to outrage them as much as border fences.

While virtually no … More>

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Boris and the Devils

April 26, 2007 | by | Topic: American History & Presidents

Earlier in the week I wrote an article on the contributions of former Russian President Boris Yeltsin, who died on Monday at the age of 76. I noted that among his most significant achievements was his ability to keep the … More>

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Boris Yeltsin and the Horror House

April 24, 2007 | by | Topic: Biography

Former Russian President Boris Yeltsin died this week at age 76, on the heels of two decades of both extraordinary health problems and political achievements.

His presidency ran from June 1991 through December 31, 1999—almost the entirety of the 1990s, … More>

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Opening Day for America

March 30, 2007 | by | Topic: Media & Culture

This Monday marks one of the most significant dates in the calendar year: Opening Day for Major League Baseball.

There is, of course, no greater sport than baseball—a fact that is one of those indisputable laws of the universe. It … More>

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VISION & VALUES CONCISE: Q&A on the De-Christianization of Europe

March 26, 2007 | by | Topic: Faith & Society, Vision & Values Concise E-publications

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>

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America’s “Berlin Wall?”

March 16, 2007 | by | Topic: American History & Presidents

I tend to avoid the immigration debate, which, for various reasons that agitate some of my conservative friends, does not get me riled up. Nonetheless, in the context of this debate, the Mexican leadership continues to make an outrageous analogy, … More>

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Hating Rick

March 8, 2007 | by | Topic: Biography

Back in November, on the heels of the landslide defeat of Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA) by Democratic challenger Bob Casey, Jr., I wrote an article recalling the first time I met Santorum. I intended the piece to be a personal … More>

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Forgotten History: How Hollywood Once Produced a President

February 13, 2007 | by | Topic: American History & Presidents

From the tragedy of Anna Nicole Smith to the ongoing weird worlds of Madonna, Michael Jackson, Paris Hilton, and Brad and Angelina and Jen—has there ever been a time when Hollywood was normal? Not really.

Once upon a time, however, … More>

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God and Stem Cells

January 11, 2007 | by | Topic: Faith & Society

On Thursday, January 11, the new Democratic Congress followed through on its ambitious agenda to promote embryonic stem-cell research. As it moves forward, President George W. Bush will be grabbing his veto pen. As he does, we will hear charges … More>

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VISION & VALUES CONCISE: Q&A with H.W. Crocker III

January 8, 2007 | by | Topic: Military & Foreign Policy, Vision & Values Concise E-publications

Editor’s Note: The “V&V Q&A” is a monthly 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 More>

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The Rise and Fall of a Dictator

January 4, 2007 | by | Topic: Biography

“I expect to die a violent death, with nothing but the tip of my pinky finger remaining behind.”
—Saddam Hussein

Saddam Hussein grew up barefoot in a mud hut in the town of Takrit, north of Baghdad on the Tigris … More>

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A Gentleman’s Place in the Mosaic of History: Gerald Ford in Retrospect

December 28, 2006 | by | Topic: American History & Presidents

Editor’s Note: A longer version of this article appeared in the December 27 edition of National Review.

On the day after Christmas 2006, thirty years after he lost his only presidential bid, Gerald R. Ford, the nation’s 38th president, … More>

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Christmas 1981: A Candle That Burned Bright for Freedom 25 Years Ago

December 19, 2006 | by | Topic: Faith & Society

It’s difficult to explain how much the world has changed in 25 years. Those who lived through December 1981 would be well-served to pause this Christmas season and give thanks for the differences.

In December 1981, much of the world … More>

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The Other Republican Defeat: Ronald Reagan’s Nemesis Takes Back Nicaragua

November 10, 2006 | by | Topic: American History & Presidents

More bad news for Republicans: As they licked their wounds after a crushing loss in the mid-term elections, another significant election defeat, south of the border, was confirmed: The citizens of Nicaragua  have chosen former Sandinista Marxist dictator Daniel Ortega … More>

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Some Guy Named Santorum

November 8, 2006 | by | Topic: Biography

I will never forget the first time I heard of Rick Santorum. It was 1990 and I was a student at the University of Pittsburgh, where I was editorial page editor of the campus newspaper. I was approached by Tara … More>

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VISION & VALUES CONCISE: Q&A with Dr. Paul Kengor

November 1, 2006 | by | Topic: American History & Presidents, Vision & Values Concise E-publications

Editor’s Note: The “V&V Q&A” is a monthly 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 More>

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The 50th Anniversary of Ronald Reagan’s First Crusade

October 26, 2006 | by | Topic: American History & Presidents

Fifty years ago this week Soviet tanks under order from the Kremlin rolled into the Communist bloc nation of Hungary and killed upwards of 30,000 citizens—brutally dashing the aspirations of a reformer named Imre Nagy, and viciously informing the Hungarian … More>

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Goodbye to a Good Guy

September 5, 2006 | by | Topic: Biography

Editor’s Note: Bob O’Connor, the 58th mayor of Pittsburgh, PA, died of brain cancer this past Friday, September 1, at the age of 61.

In the fall of 1994, I drove my tiny Toyota Tercel into downtown Pittsburgh for a … More>

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Death of an Anti-Democrat

June 8, 2006 | by | Topic: Faith & Society

I was awakened this morning at 4:45 a.m. by a ringing telephone. A call that early in the morning often brings bad news—sometimes news of a death. I braced myself. The call was indeed about a death, but the news … More>

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Dinner with Paul Kengor: Reagan, Bush and the March of Freedom

May 31, 2006 | by | Topic: Military & Foreign Policy

The following dinner lecture was delivered by Dr. Paul Kengor on the evening of April 6, 2006.
(Location: Pew Fine Arts Center – Pew Memorial Room)

Paul Kengor is the executive director of The Center for Vision & Values at … More>

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Weinberger’s Wisdom

March 29, 2006 | by | Topic: Biography

On Monday evening, March 27, I spoke to students in my “Modern Civilization” course here at Grove City College. I was lecturing on the origins of the Cold War. I began talking about the Berlin Wall, going through the date … More>

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Alito’s Epistle

March 3, 2006 | by | Topic: American History & Presidents

I get angry emails anytime I accuse the dominant press of hostility toward religion, and specifically toward the religious right, as opposed to the religious left. The press is silent (or at least not hostile) when a liberal preacher denounces … More>

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“Bush Lied, You Lied”

February 23, 2006 | by | Topic: American History & Presidents

Several weeks ago I wrote an article  that addressed the allegation that George W. Bush lied about Iraqi weapons of mass destruction. I noted that this charge doesn’t make sense, even when granting it for the sake of argument, and … More>

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Alito v. Planned Parenthood

January 30, 2006 | by | Topic: Faith & Society

In recent weeks, Judge Samuel Alito Jr. has been portrayed as everything from “anti-woman” to a racial bigot. His confirmation hearings got so ugly that his wife, in the most regrettable image of the hearings, left the room in tears. … More>

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“Yes, I Admit I Hate Bush”

January 13, 2006 | by | Topic: American History & Presidents

There is something quite sad happening in modern politics. There is a hatred of George W. Bush so consuming that it has left many otherwise sensible people with an inability to deal with questions concerning the man and his policies.… More>

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The Vast Left-Wing Conspiracy

December 19, 2005 | by | Topic: American History & Presidents

We all remember Hillary Rodham Clinton’s charge of a “vast right-wing conspiracy”: the allegation that there were a bunch of right-wingers out to get her husband, hoping to impeach him and dance on his grave. Admittedly, there were many such … More>

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Vindication for the Idiot-in-Chief: What’s His Secret?

December 16, 2005 | by | Topic: Military & Foreign Policy

When George W. Bush insisted that Iraqis, like Afghans before them, would go to the polls to elect their leaders, many of us were skeptical, and not unreasonably.

After all, the term “Muslim democracy” has seemed an oxymoron. Of all … More>

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Every Judge a God

December 6, 2005 | by | Topic: Faith & Society

Of the hundreds of articles I’ve written, I’ve never done a piece on the issue of gay adoption. However, I was recently so struck by a particular court case that I feel compelled to weigh in.

Jennifer Roback Morse, a … More>

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Big Oil vs. Big Lotteries: Where’s Congress?

November 11, 2005 | by | Topic: Economics & Political Systems

What a spectacle! This week Congress heard testimony from oil executives, who, along with the companies they run, are allegedly making too much money. As such, “Big Oil,” or—more specifically—those rapacious, robber-baron CEOs who stand atop that heaping mass of … More>

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Conservatives Are Blowing It

October 20, 2005 | by | Topic: American History & Presidents

Conservatives are blowing it. In Harriet Miers, George W. Bush designated a nominee to the Supreme Court who, without conservative opposition and digging, particularly by the diligent Wall Street Journal, would almost surely have sailed through Senate confirmation. By all … More>

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God in School: Where Bill and Hillary Clinton, Bush, and Reagan Agreed

September 15, 2005 | by | Topic: Faith & Society

By now everyone knows that a California judge has ruled the pledge of allegiance unconstitutional. Specifically, Senior District Court Judge Lawrence Karlton has ruled that the pledge’s reference to one nation “under God” violates the right of school children to … More>

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Paul Kengor Lecture and Booksigning at the Ronald Reagan Library

July 20, 2005 | by | Topic: Uncategorized

On Wednesday, July 20, Paul Kengor, executive director of The Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College, will do a booksigning and lecture at the Ronald Reagan Library in Simi Valley, California. His lecture will be titled, “The … More>

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The Human Kennan

March 21, 2005 | by | Topic: Biography

A giant of the 20th century died on Thursday, March 17. George F. Kennan lived for 101 years. Many things will be said of Kennan this week: He was a leading thinker of our time, the founding father of containment, … More>

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The Berlin Wall of the College Classroom

March 15, 2005 | by | Topic: Education & Schools

“We’re going to lead the world to fight for freedom.” — George W. Bush, exchange with reporters, September 19, 2001

“I truly believe that out of this [September 11] will come more order in the world—real progress to peace in … More>

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VISION & VALUES CONCISE: Is God Invited to the Inaugural?

January 17, 2005 | by | Topic: Vision & Values Concise E-publications

Editor’s note: This article first appeared in National Review.

George W. Bush will soon be delivering his second inaugural address. Will he mention God? Or, perhaps the better question is: Will any mention of God by Bush be tolerated … More>

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VISION & VALUES CONCISE: What About Kerry and the Atheist Vote?

November 11, 2004 | by | Topic: Vision & Values Concise E-publications

While liberals complain about the religious vote that went for George W. Bush, they refuse to discuss—and perhaps happily accept—the non-religious vote that went for John F. Kerry. Which ought to be considered a greater liability for an American president: … More>

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VISION & VALUES CONCISE: What Bush Believes

October 22, 2004 | by | Topic: American History & Presidents, Vision & Values Concise E-publications

The influence of President Bush’s faith on his foreign policy has been greatly exaggerated by both friends and foes. Enthusiasts proudly call the president’s foreign policy “faith based.” Detractors angrily assert that the president invaded Iraq and removed Saddam Hussein … More>

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Extraordinary Forgotten Report on Iraqi Terrorism

October 20, 2004 | by | Topic: Military & Foreign Policy

The Bush administration’s twin pillars for going to war in Iraq were weapons of mass destruction and terrorism. Critics have seized upon the lack of WMD stockpiles as a means to de-legitimize the war. Yet, in their zealousness to discredit … More>

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VISION & VALUES CONCISE: Extraordinary Forgotten Report on Iraqi Terrorism

October 20, 2004 | by | Topic: Military & Foreign Policy, Vision & Values Concise E-publications

The Bush administration’s twin pillars for going to war in Iraq were weapons of mass destruction and terrorism. Critics have seized upon the lack of WMD stockpiles as a means to de-legitimize the war. Yet, in their zealousness to discredit … More>

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The Clinton-Gore-Albright Unilateral Strike on Iraq

October 19, 2004 | by | Topic: Media & Culture

We’re being told by Democrats that the Bush administration’s war against Saddam was illegitimate because it allegedly lacked United Nations approval and sufficient multilateral support. What Democrats are not saying is that the previous presidential administration—a Democratic one—did not meet … More>

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VISION & VALUES CONCISE: The Age of Liberty

October 18, 2004 | by | Topic: Economics & Political Systems, Vision & Values Concise E-publications

Over the last week, something enormously important has happened — something deserving of much more than the routine news-cycle coverage. To put it bluntly, the presidential election in Afghanistan is a seminal event, and those who don’t understand how or … More>

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John Kerry, Liberal Christians, and Preemption

October 7, 2004 | by | Topic: American History & Presidents

“I cannot profess Christ as my Savior and simultaneously support pre-emptive war.”
—Jim Winkler, United MethodistChurch, February 26, 2003

I’m still searching for the political fallout—for the outrage. It has been a week since Senator John F. Kerry, before a … More>

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VISION & VALUES: Evil and George W. Bush

October 1, 2004 | by | Topic: American History & Presidents, Vision & Values Mailings

Introduction
Of all the things that rankle the critics of George W. Bush, few anger them more than his willingness to apply the word evil. Like President Ronald Reagan two decades before him, Bush operates from a Christian worldview that … More>

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Nuking The Blues

September 28, 2004 | by | Topic: American History & Presidents

This week marks the fifth anniversary of one of the worst weeks in the history of Fort Worth, Texas. What happened that week was a demonstration of evil and good, of a mad killer at work and a kind community … More>

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VISION & VALUES CONCISE: A Governor and a Shooting in Fort Worth

September 24, 2004 | by | Topic: American History & Presidents, Vision & Values Concise E-publications

This week marks the fifth anniversary of one of the worst weeks in the history of Fort Worth, Texas. What happened that week was a demonstration of evil and good, of a mad killer at work and a kind community … More>

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VISION & VALUES CONCISE: Hopeful Solutions to Teenage Pregnancy

September 21, 2004 | by | Topic: Education & Schools, Vision & Values Concise E-publications

One of the most contentious debates in education — sex education, contraceptives vs. abstinence — has become more important. At least four studies have found that there is a meaningful number of adolescent women who desire to become pregnant in … More>

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Talking About God Talk: Rev. Clinton vs. Rev. Bush

September 3, 2004 | by | Topic: Faith & Society

It was quite telling that the strongest religious statement made at the Republican convention came not from a Republican but from a Democrat, Georgia Senator Zell Miller, who claimed, among other things, that the current President is the same person … More>

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McGreevey, Kerry and the Church

August 13, 2004 | by | Topic: Faith & Society

Though he clearly has his failings, there’s something impressive about McGreevey: He has the integrity to discipline himself for moral misconduct; in this case, he is resigning. Yet, one of the more impressive displays by McGreevey took place weeks ago, … More>

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Life, Reagan, and Ruth from Idaho

July 6, 2004 | by | Topic: Faith & Society

With tributes to Ronald Reagan now off the front pages, the left is trying to reshape the man in its own image. Surely, liberals inform us, Reagan would have supported the use of human embryos for research.

I would strongly … More>

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A Dad Like Jack: The Influence of Ronald Reagan’s Father

June 16, 2004 | by | Topic: Biography

When we open our newspapers on Father’s Day, we expect to find an article on dads. These are often tributes to heroic dads. Yet, for every boy or girl whose father was a fireman, a doctor, or Marine who stormed … More>

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Reagan’s Faith and the Berlin Wall

June 11, 2004 | by | Topic: American History & Presidents

Over the last week, I’ve been asked many questions about Ronald Reagan’s faith. A particularly interesting exchange took place this morning. I told a radio talk-show host that Reagan’s faith was fundamental to nearly everything he did in the Cold … More>

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VISION & VALUES CONCISE: Ronald Reagan’s Rainbow

June 5, 2004 | by | Topic: Biography, Vision & Values Concise E-publications

Ronald Reagan was a man who had it all. It is difficult to identify an American who lived a fuller, or greater, life—what he understatedly called “An American Life.” In nearly everything he did, Reagan succeeded wildly. When he left … More>

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A Mom Who Made a President

May 5, 2004 | by | Topic: Biography

While being a mother has never been easy, the task today is particularly daunting. My wife, who is the mother of my 8-year-old and 6-year-old sons and 2-year-old daughter, learned a few months ago that she couldn’t even let her … More>

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High Stakes in Specter-Toomey Race

April 24, 2004 | by | Topic: Faith & Society

On Tuesday, Pennsylvania Republicans like myself will cast a ballot for either long-time senator Arlen Specter or three-term congressman Pat Toomey. The winner will secure the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate and take on the Democratic nominee in November. … More>

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Jewish-Christian Unity At Easter

April 7, 2004 | by | Topic: Faith & Society

A few weeks ago I wrote an article describing Ronald Reagan’s views on Jesus Christ and the crucifixion. While most of the response was positive, I did receive some negative email. One writer complained that I rekindled the same “divisive” … More>

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Pledging Allegiance Without God

March 25, 2004 | by | Topic: Faith & Society

“God isn’t dead. We just can’t talk to Him in the classroom anymore.”
– Ronald Reagan

It’s a curious thing for any biographer: When you write a book on a historical figure — particularly an unappreciated aspect of a historical … More>

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The Passion of the President: Ronald Reagan on Christ and the Crucifixion

March 12, 2004 | by | Topic: Faith & Society

Long before the editorial pages of the New York Times flogged Mel Gibson for his film or denounced George W. Bush for citing Jesus Christ as his favorite philosopher, they assailed Ronald Reagan for his thoughts on the Nazarene Carpenter.… More>

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Saddam, Kaddafi, Kim and the Post-9/11 World

December 23, 2003 | by | Topic: Military & Foreign Policy

It would seem difficult to find a negative in the capture of Saddam Hussein. Yet, a number of commentators argue that Saddam’s capture, and particularly his disheveled, pathetic appearance at the hands of his captors—he looked like a wino who … More>

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Breaking All the Rules

November 3, 2003 | by | Topic: American History & Presidents

There is a time-honored tradition in American politics — a gentlemen’s agreement of sorts: Former presidents do not openly criticize current presidents, particularly on sensitive foreign-policy matters. Ex-presidents know intimately the difficulty of the job; they understand how much more … More>

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Beirut and the 20-Year War

October 23, 2003 | by | Topic: Military & Foreign Policy

More than two years ago on Sept. 11, 2001, America’s sense of security was shattered by brutal terrorist attacks. The Bush administration responded with a War on Terror. As a result, if you ask the typical American when the War … More>

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How a Virus Hurt Pennsylvania Education

October 6, 2003 | by | Topic: Faith & Society

There is a sickness that continues to afflict Pennsylvania education – from kindergarten all the way up through the state’s colleges. No, I’m not talking about the usual suspects we cite for our troubles. I have in mind two computer … More>

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Lotteries and Their Defenders

July 1, 2003 | by | Topic: Economics & Political Systems

I was channel surfing on my car radio when I encountered the latest ad for the Pennsylvania lottery. These ads tend to be clever. This is true in many states. For instance, the ads for the Virginia state lottery are … More>

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Greens AWOL on Iraq: Why the Silence on the Marsh Arabs?

June 24, 2003 | by | Topic: Military & Foreign Policy

Editor’s note: This article first appeared in the National Review Online and was reprinted in its entirety by the United Nations Environment Programme.

A few months ago, prior to the liberation of Iraq, we ran a piece on Saddam Hussein’s … More>

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Bill Bennett and His Critics

May 8, 2003 | by | Topic: Faith & Society

I don’t know which is more shocking: the revelation that conservative icon William J. Bennett has a serious gambling problem, which resulted in his loss of millions of dollars in casinos around the country, or the furious (even scary) reaction … More>

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April 9 — A Day for Iraqis and a Day for Bush

April 9, 2003 | by | Topic: Military & Foreign Policy

The date is now historic for the people of Iraq, and possibly for the Middle East generally, especially if freedom and democracy take root and spread elsewhere in the region — a big “if” that only time will tell.

We … More>

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Saddam’s Racism: Where’s the American Left?

April 1, 2003 | by | Topic: Military & Foreign Policy

Three whom God should not have created: Persians, Jews, and flies.
— Hussein family proverb

The slogans of the antiwar movement are by now quite familiar: No blood for oil. Wage peace, not war. Drop Bush not bombs. It is … More>

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The Saddam/Al-Qaeda Connection

March 19, 2003 | by | Topic: Military & Foreign Policy

With an American-led invasion of Iraq now imminent, and maybe even underway by the time this article goes to print, we continue to hear the claim that there is no proof of a connection between Saddam Hussein and Al-Qaeda. The … More>

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Stalin’s Evil Empire: A Former Soviet Citizen Remembers

March 5, 2003 | by | Topic: Military & Foreign Policy

Editor’s note: This article first appeared in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

This week marks the 50th anniversary of the death of Joseph Stalin, dictator of the Soviet Union from the 1920s to the early 1950s. Historians will judge it an appropriate … More>

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Privatization of Liquor Stores May be Answer to Sunday Sales Squawk

February 28, 2003 | by | Topic: Economics & Political Systems

When he became governor a few weeks ago, Ed Rendell announced that he was suddenly surprised by the unanticipated size of the state budget deficit. His administration insists that that gap must be closed. Now, in a likely related matter, … More>

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Remembering Mr. Rogers

February 27, 2003 | by | Topic: Biography

I was quite saddened when I woke up on Thursday morning, turned on Channel 4 and learned that Fred Rogers had died. Mr. Rogers had always evoked sentimentality from me, though never as he did that morning.

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Saddam’s Unnoticed Genocide

February 5, 2003 | by | Topic: Military & Foreign Policy

In his presentation to the United Nations this morning, Secretary of State Colin Powell cited an expected list of Iraqi crimes. Among them, he made reference to a group called the Ma’dan, or Marsh Arabs of southern Iraq. Sadly, most … More>

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Missing the Soviet Union?

September 20, 2002 | by | Topic: Military & Foreign Policy

It was the late 1980s in America. The Soviet empire was approaching the ash-heap of history. Not only were communists taking it on the chin but so were some of their Cold Warrior adversaries in the United States. It was … More>

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Children of 9/11

September 8, 2002 | by | Topic: Military & Foreign Policy

The scene was my parents’ house on Fourth of July weekend. It was 10 months after Sept. 11. The tragedy was still on the minds of many, particularly during this time of patriotic reflection. Apparently, it was on the minds … More>

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