Bad sports: Virtue & vice at the ballpark
Editor’s note: This article first appeared in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
If there be (no virtue among us), we are in a wretched situation.
— James Madison
This isn’t a year for complaints about the Pirates. So, forgive me while … More>
The Alien Among Us
Most of those involved in the immigration debate agree that immigration policy needs to be reformed. How to reform the system exactly is a matter of considerably greater disagreement.
Immigration is a complex issue affected by numerous factors … More>
Sex, Life, and Death
Two summers ago, while passing through an airport, I caught a TV news story: double homicide in Ohio. The victims were a young woman and the nine-month-old fetus she was carrying. The murderer was her lover, the unborn baby’s father.… More>
Washington’s Masque of the Red Death
New administrations normally inspire commentators into rummaging through a thesaurus to extract that single phrase or word that is apposite to the times. Instead musing about a reincarnation of The Square Deal, The New Deal, The Great Society, or the … More>
On Sept. 30, Senators Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and John Kerry (D-MA) unveiled their proposal for cap-and-trade (C&T) legislation. The Senate bill calls for a 20 percent reduction of U.S. CO2 emissions by 2020, and an 80 percent reduction by 2050—targets … More>
Hope vs. Appeasement
In his inaugural address, President Barack Obama reached out to the world’s rogue leaders, telling them, “We will extend a hand if you are willing to unclench your fist.”
No doubt, this sentiment and the worldview that underlies it have … More>
The Philosophy of Mao and Mother Teresa?
“[T]he death of ten to twenty million people is nothing to be afraid of.”
“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>
V&V Q&A: Dr. Charles Hull Wolfe, a 20th Century Life
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>
Obama and the Verbal Culture
The awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to President Barack Obama demonstrates at least three important points about the current political scene. First, in a one-word Joe Bidenesque fashion, Mr. Obama’s selection can be described as amazing, stupendous, fantastic, and … More>
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
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>
“Got Hope?” The Theological Virtue of Obama
As someone who teaches and writes about international politics, I can confidently say that last week was one of the strangest in memory, from the G-20 circus in my backyard (Pittsburgh) to the political zoo at the United Nations. President … More>
The G-20 Meeting is Over (Thank Goodness!)
Count me among the cynics when it comes to G-7, G-8, and now G-20 meetings. They seem to involve little more than photo ops and platforms for politicians to bore us with platitudinous pronouncements—at great expense to the taxpayers in … More>
New Life for the CTBT
The Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT), an agreement which would ban all nuclear tests, may soon be revived from its purgatory in the Senate. It was signed by President Clinton in 1996 and rejected by the Senate in … More>
Why All the Fuss? Because America Remains a Conservative Country
The huge “9/12” protest in Washington was the latest expression of discontent over President Obama’s leftward policy thrust. The discord is evident from the “Tea Party” movement to the chaotic “townhalls” on “healthcare reform.”
The mainstream media and American left … More>
China, Russia, et al. are talking about shifting their monetary reserves out of U.S. dollars. Gold has hit $1000 per ounce, even though wholesale and retail prices exhibit a deflationary bias. The United Nations has called for a new world … More>
A Nuclear Japan?
Sixty-four years ago this month, the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki were devastated by the first and only wartime use of nuclear weapons. The death toll totaled approximately 200,000. The shock of the unprecedented destructiveness of the weapon, combined … More>
Bush Quietly Saved a Million African Lives
What if a president, on his own initiative, under no demands from staff or from supporters or opponents, set out to spend an unprecedented amount of money on AIDS in Africa, literally billions of dollars, at a time when the … More>
Obama’s “Change We Can Believe In:” Paying Off the Unions
Barack Obama has surprised supporters and opponents alike by choosing centrists for his Cabinet. The leading exception is Labor Secretary-designate Rep. Hilda Solis, a long-time supporter of coercive unionism. Big Labor is pushing so-called card check, hoping to … More>
Character Makes All the Difference in the World
Editor’s Note: The following commencement address was delivered by Lawrence W. Reed at Thomas Jefferson Independent Day School, in Joplin, Missouri, on May 21, 2006.
Thank you! Actually, I can’t thank you enough for the honor of addressing … More>
Scotland: Seven Centuries After William Wallace
I am an American citizen of Scottish extraction, and few things stir my blood more than the colorful history of my ancestral homeland. Through the centuries, rugged Scots stand tall among those heroes who gave every ounce of … More>