The American Story

Pending Supreme Court Rulings (Part Four) – Obama and Recess Appointments: NLRB v. Canning

April 14, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Law, The Path to Freedom

In January 2012, President Obama appointed three people to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), which is the federal regulatory board that determines whether or not certain labor practices have been unfair. Since 2008, it had been without the three … More>

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Wrestling with Unions

April 9, 2014 | by | Topic: Freedom Readers Lectures, Streaming Video, The American Story, The Path to Freedom

On March 19, 2014, Grove City College and Center for Vision & Values student fellow alumnus Jarrett Skorup ’09 spoke to nearly 100 guests at the Freedom Readers Economic Dessert Series. Skorup, a research associate at the Mackinac Center for … More>

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The left’s evolving hierarchy of rights

April 4, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Battle for the Mind, The Global Challenge

Editor’s note: This article first appeared at TheBlaze.com.

Unless you’ve been sleeping under a rock, you’ve noticed the growing clash between religious freedom and issues like same-sex marriage and forced funding of abortion. Last week, the Supreme Court heard a More>

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Recent presidents and religious liberty

April 2, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The Global Challenge, The Law, The Path to Freedom

American presidents have played a major role in fostering religious liberty at home and abroad. George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and James Madison strongly supported the separation of church and state and freedom of worship. Washington used his enormous influence … More>

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STREAMING VIDEO – 2014 – Distrust, Tyranny & the Bill of Rights

March 31, 2014 | by | Topic: American Founders Luncheon Series Lectures, Streaming Video, The American Story, The Path to Freedom

Dr. Ronald J. Rychlak, Butler Snow professor of law at the University of Mississippi, speaks before more than 125 guests at the American Founders Luncheon Series in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on March 18, 2014.… More>

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God and Jesus, Politics and Government

March 27, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The Path to Freedom

Is God a Democrat? A Republican? Was Jesus a conservative, liberal, socialist, or libertarian? Those are jarring questions. Yet, because faith informs one’s values and values inform one’s political leanings, it is understandable why religion and politics often intersect and overlap. … More>

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A Renewed Reagan Conservatism

March 26, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Battle for the Mind, The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness, The Path to Freedom

Editor’s note: This article first appeared at TheBlaze.com.

A rudderless Republican Party, afraid to assert itself in the face of a rising liberal/progressive onslaught. A confident Democratic Party in the White House, undermining the nation, its economy, and its foreign … More>

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Pending Supreme Court Rulings (Part Three) – “Will the First Amendment Protect the Religious Liberty of Businesses? The Cases of Conestoga Wood Specialties and Hobby Lobby Stores”

March 24, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Battle for the Mind, The Content of Character, The Global Challenge, The Law

Conestoga Wood Specialties is a wood cabinets business located in Lancaster County, Pa. It is organized as a for-profit corporation and the voting shares are owned by members of a single family—the Hahns. They are Mennonite Christians. Conestoga … More>

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Mother Nature? Nature is not our mother

March 21, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character

News stories from around the country focus on blizzards, ice storms, tornadoes, droughts, and other natural disasters. It seems that we live at the mercy of Mother Nature. We do not control our lives; Mother Nature instead controls us.

G. … More>

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President Obama’s “My Brother’s Keeper” Initiative

March 19, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The Global Challenge, The Path to Freedom

Recently, President Obama announced the creation of a new program to help Latino and African-American males. Not surprisingly, he called this initiative “My Brother’s Keeper.” During his presidency, Obama has used this biblical phrase more than 60 times to support … More>

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The disappearance of Malaysian Airlines 370: It’s time for U.S. intelligence to take over

March 17, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Global Challenge

The disappearance of a Boeing 777 airliner with 239 people on board has ignited speculation ranging from catastrophic malfunction to hijacking. That the United States, a global power with the intelligence assets to solve this mystery, has decided to keep … More>

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Ronald Reagan’s City of God

March 14, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness, The Path to Freedom

Editor’s note: The following is an excerpt from Paul Kengor’s new book 11 Principles of a Reagan Conservative. Among the principles is faith. A version of this article first appeared at RealClearReligion.org.

Conservatives constantly talk of freedom.

Freedom. Freedom. More>

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Pending Supreme Court Rulings (Part Two) – “Michigan voters’ stance for true equality: The Schuette case”

March 12, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Law, The Path to Freedom

Editor’s note: This is the second article in a four-part series.

In 1995, Jennifer Gratz was denied admission to the University of Michigan. Two years later she sued the university, alleging that she had been denied equal treatment under the … More>

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AUDIO – Ukraine and Russia: Insights from a Cold War Hero

March 11, 2014 | by | Topic: Streaming Audio, The American Story, The Content of Character, The Global Challenge, The Path to Freedom

In case you missed it, this past weekend Roger Robinson was a guest on “Glen Meakem on the Weekend” to discuss the recent events in Ukraine and Russia. Robinson was one of our fascinating guests at the recent Eighth Annual … More>

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Restructuring the Department of Defense: Fiscal responsibility and strategy, too?

March 7, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Global Challenge

Recently, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel delivered the 2015 Department of Defense budget. Hagel’s budget proposes cuts to the number of personnel on active duty in the Army as well as the elimination of certain weapons systems. Unfortunately, criticisms of the … More>

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

March 5, 2014 | by | Topic: Streaming Video, The American Story, The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness, The Global Challenge, The Path to Freedom

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>

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Obama should study the history of Reaganomics

March 3, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Battle for the Mind, The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness

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

Last Tuesday, The Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College hosted its eighth Ronald Reagan Lecture, a much-anticipated annual event. This year featured Art Laffer and Roger Robinson. … More>

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The war against work and wealth

February 28, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Battle for the Mind, The Law, The Path to Freedom

Editor’s note: This article first appeared at Forbes.com

The Congressional Budget Office’s recent analysis of the Affordable Care Act concludes that it will result in the equivalent of 2.3 million full-time workers leaving the work force to preserve their taxpayer-financed … More>

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STREAMING VIDEO – Free Healthcare: How Entrepreneurs, not the Government, Can Fix Healthcare

February 26, 2014 | by | Topic: Freedom Readers Lectures, Streaming Video, The American Story

On February 11, 2014, associate professor of economics at Grove City College, Dr. Tracy Miller, spoke to guests at the Freedom Readers Economic Dessert Series. The engaging discussion was focused on the Affordable Care Act and how the free market … More>

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Pending Supreme Court Rulings (Part One) – “Abortion and free speech: The granny who will not be silenced”

February 24, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Battle for the Mind, The Content of Character, The Law, The Path to Freedom

Editor’s note: In this four-part series, Dr. John Sparks, a constitutional law professor at Grove City College, reviews and analyzes key upcoming U.S. Supreme Court cases that will have an impact on American life and liberty.

A grandmother’s strong stand … More>

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V&V Q&A – Managing a high-profile congressional campaign: An interview with Carrie Brown

February 21, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, 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. In this latest edition, Lee Wishing, the administrative director of The Center for Vision & Values, interviews Carrie Brown, a Grove More>

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The politics of envy

February 19, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Battle for the Mind, The Law, The Path to Freedom

I was excited when I learned that the parents of a student I knew produced a product my family used and enjoyed. His response to me was “Yea, they’re getting rich off you.” He was quite confused when I replied … More>

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Ronald Reagan on Religious Tolerance

February 17, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness, The Global Challenge, The Path to Freedom

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

February is the month that we recognize our presidents. It has also become the month that Republicans remember Ronald Reagan. Reagan’s birthday is February 6, the forerunner to … More>

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Shirley Temple’s America

February 13, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness

I learned only yesterday that Shirley Temple, the iconic child actress, died earlier this week at age 85. Reports on her death were easy to miss. I went through my usual scan of various websites and saw nothing. I fortunately … More>

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Mind Control

February 12, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The Path to Freedom

Ten degrees, below zero. Bitter wind chills. Snow to shovel. Nasty head cold. Stuffy and sneezy. Coughing. But I choose to control my thinking. I choose not to ruminate on todays’ struggles, real and difficult though they are. Instead, I … More>

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STREAMING VIDEO – Get a job! College students and career services offices in today’s tough job market

February 10, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Global Challenge

Dr. James Thrasher, a fellow for vocational calling, responds to a Wall Street Journal article about the tough job market for college students as the cost of a college degree is on the rise — He gives some great insights … More>

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Climate change deliberation: Taking Occam’s razor to proxy data

February 5, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Battle for the Mind, The Global Challenge

It is quite often the case that the simplest explanation is the correct explanation.  The namesake for this principle comes from the English philosopher and theologian, Franciscan friar William of Ockham. It is called Occam’s razor.  From various sources, Occam’s … More>

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Pete Seeger, Marxist minstrel

February 3, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story

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>

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Better marriage through marketing not coercion

January 31, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Battle for the Mind, The Content of Character

Everyone is happy when they are engaged, even those who will eventually divorce. The feelings people have going into marriage do not predict the future of the relationship. Therefore I recommend that everyone get good premarital education. Here at Grove … More>

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Can you read this essay?

January 29, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character

If you are still following along, then you can answer in the affirmative. According to a recent CNN article, however, a surprising number of the college athletes we watch playing basketball or football can only answer in the negative (“… More>

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The Great Recession’s soup lines

January 22, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Battle for the Mind, The Path to Freedom

You know your kids are growing up when they ask a question like the one my daughter asked a few days ago, “Hey, dad, do you think we’ll experience a depression in your lifetime or mine?” As much as I’d … More>

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AUDIO – What is a Reagan Conservative?

January 20, 2014 | by | Topic: Streaming Audio, The American Story, The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness, The Path to Freedom

In case you missed it, Dr. Paul Kengor, executive director of the Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College, talks with WORLD News Group’s Warren Cole Smith. In this short radio interview, Kengor and Smith discuss what it … More>

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AUDIO – Dr. James Thrasher on “The What’s Up Radio Program” with host Terry Lowry

January 17, 2014 | by | Topic: Streaming Audio, The American Story, The Battle for the Mind, The Global Challenge

In case you missed it, Dr. James Thrasher, director of Grove City College’s career services office and the coordinator of the Center for Vision & Values working group on calling, was a guest on “The What’s Up Radio Program” with … More>

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Obamacare’s unsung hero

January 16, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness, The Law

Republicans stood in a long line to excoriate Chief Justice John Roberts for voting to uphold Obamacare in 2012, while Democrats praised him. Today, both parties should thank him for being a “Profile in Courage.”

Looking back over the past … More>

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Wisdom for Governor Christie’s staff

January 14, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character

Many years ago I worked with a talented political organizer who made a very strange prayer request. After one of our meetings he told me that he regularly prayed that God would give him the spirit of the aggressive and … More>

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Searching for a libertarian Jesus

January 14, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness

Albert Schweitzer once commented that many scholars who had searched for the historical Jesus had, in a sense, looked down into a well and seen themselves. In searching for a Christian rationale for their ideal minimalist state, some religious libertarians appear … More>

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STREAMING VIDEO – Am I subsidizing my roommate’s tuition?

January 13, 2014 | by | Topic: Streaming Video, The American Story, The Battle for the Mind, The Global Challenge

Most students and parents aren’t aware that many students are paying for their classmates’ tuition. The Wall Street Journal exposed this exploding practice that’s hitting some students hard in a January 9, 2014 article titled “More Students Subsidize Classmates’ Tuition.” … More>

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100 years of the Federal Reserve

January 13, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story

Editor’s note: A longer version of this article first appeared at Forbes.com.

On Dec. 23, 1913, President Woodrow Wilson signed the Owen Glass Act, creating the Federal Reserve. Looking back, what has the Fed accomplished during the last 100 years?… More>

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Alone Again?

January 9, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness

Our elderly church member and friend had been widowed, again. When we visited his home, we saw that he had written on his calendar, “Alone again.” He was a man of strong faith, and he was not questioning the presence … More>

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Mister Rogers vs. the Unity Tree

January 7, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness

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

I was walking by Stanwix Street and Penn Avenue last week when struck by our city’s “Unity Tree.” It’s a curious thing about the Unity Tree: it only comes out … More>

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V&V Q&A – Barack Obama’s Church Attendance: An Interview with Dr. Gary Smith

January 6, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story, 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. In this latest edition, Dr. Paul Kengor, the executive director of the Center for Vision & Values, interviews Dr. Gary Scott More>

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STREAMING VIDEO – Lincoln and Civil Liberties in War: Rating the Presidents

January 3, 2014 | by | Topic: Streaming Video, The American Story, The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness

To commemorate the 150th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, the Center for Vision & Values co-sponsored a two-part lecture series held at Grove City College. In part two of the series, Dr. Mark Neely discusses Lincoln and civil … More>

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STREAMING VIDEO – Lincoln’s Statemanship: A New Birth of Freedom

January 3, 2014 | by | Topic: Streaming Video, The American Story, The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness

To commemorate the 150th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, the Center for Vision & Values co-sponsored a two-part lecture series held at Grove City College. In part one of the series, Dr. Joseph Fornieri discusses Lincoln’s statesmanship. Fornieri, … More>

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Another New Year’s resolution? Sustainable exercise: Fun, productive or quick—Your choice

December 31, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story

For many years, on January 1, I resolved to practice a more active and healthy lifestyle; instead, I experienced consistent failure.

The American College of Sports Medicine recommends 20 to 60 minutes of continuous aerobic activity (biking, walking, jogging, dancing, … More>

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One of the most powerful Christmas lessons

December 23, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness

The entire country pauses on Dec. 25, as Christians commemorate the birth of Jesus of Nazareth, known to Christians as God’s Christ and Savior, and known to many as The Prince of Peace.

The impact of this one special life … More>

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Equations of Christmas: What does “X” really mean?

December 20, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character

I wish you and your family a Merry Christmas, a White Christmas, Happy Holidays, and Season’s Greetings; but most of all, I wish you a Blessed Christmas.

Being at our season of life, in those years between teenage children and … More>

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From playground to profession: Choosing a career path at age 10?

December 18, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Battle for the Mind

A recent Wall Street Journal article by Peter Cappelli, “Why Focusing Too Narrowly in College Could Backfire,” caught my eye. Cappelli writes, “Students are told to learn the subjects that will best land them a job when they graduate. But … More>

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Liberty of Conscience in the Public Square: Challenges to the Affordable Care Act

December 16, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Law

Editor’s note: The subject of this article is derived from a conference paper that Dr. Van Til will present at the 2014 Annual Conference in April.

It is not surprising that Obamacare, especially the HHS mandate, has generated dozens of … More>

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Alcohol, patriotism and the NFL: The best hope for tailgaters

December 11, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story

I was disturbed at what I recently witnessed at a Buffalo Bills football game. The Bills hosted their cross-state rival, the New York Jets, in Orchard Park, N.Y. I had attended many Bills games years ago, but this was different. … More>

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Do we want more affordable health care? Then we need to leave health care to the free market

December 4, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story

The problems with the healthcare.gov website offer a glimpse of the way the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is likely to fail at accomplishing its most important goals: providing affordable, high-quality health care to all Americans, without increasing the deficit. The … More>

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A miracle or coincidence?

December 2, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story

Editor’s Note: This article first appeared at Forbes.com.

Every now and then, something unforeseen and special happens—something that logic or reason would tell you is either impossible or that the odds against it happening are overwhelming. And yet those things … More>

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Transformational Thanksgiving

November 27, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character

Historically, the field of psychology focused on mental illness and dysfunction. Positive psychology developed as a unique new subdiscipline as recently as 1998. Instead of investigating the question of what went wrong, positive psychology seeks to understand the fulfilling aspects … More>

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STREAMING VIDEO – 50 Years Later: JFK Remembered

November 26, 2013 | by | Topic: Streaming Video, The American Story, The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness

2013 J. Howard Pew Memorial Lecture
Richard G. Jewell ’67, J.D.
President, Grove City College
November 21, 2013

On the eve of the 50th anniversary of the Kennedy assassination, Grove City College President Richard G. Jewell ’67 offered his take … More>

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The Senate would be more efficient without the filibuster, and that’s the problem

November 25, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Battle for the Mind, The Law

Editor’s note: This article first appeared at Forbes.com.

What would the Senate be like without the filibuster? It would be a more efficient body, but efficiency has never been a hallmark of democracy.

Reflecting on Senate Rule 22, the so-called … More>

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Who Killed the Kennedys? Ronald Reagan’s Answer

November 22, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness

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

This year marks not only the 50th anniversary of the shooting of John F. Kennedy but also the 45th anniversary of the shooting of Robert F. Kennedy, which … More>

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President John F. Kennedy’s national security legacy

November 20, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Global Challenge, The Path to Freedom

Between January 1961 and Nov. 22, 1963, President John F. Kennedy fundamentally changed U.S. national security policy. These changes resulted in structures and doctrines that enabled American forces to fight in Vietnam in a new way that ultimately defined Kennedy’s … More>

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Remembering John F. Kennedy

November 18, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character

Few events in American history have brought more sorrow, grief and confusion than the assassination of John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963. Astounded by the intensity of Americans’ reactions, a British journalist wrote, “One would think that one was … More>

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The unseen scars are often as painful as the ones seen

November 12, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The Path to Freedom

Editor’s note: This article first appeared at Forbes.com.

In economics, the first lesson I teach my pupils is the lesson of things that are seen and things that are not seen. Actions produce some effects that are readily apparent and … More>

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Patton, Ike, and my teenage boys

November 11, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness

I recently took my two teenage sons to a talk by Frank Kravetz, a 90-year-old World War II veteran who survived Hitler’s Nuremberg prisons. Frank published his story in a memoir, Eleven Two: One WWII Airman’s Story of Capture, Survival More>

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President Theodore Roosevelt and Veterans Day

November 8, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness

As we celebrate Veterans Day this year, it is instructive to consider the contributions of our presidents to our nation’s defense and military. Of America’s 43 presidents, 31 have served in the military. Ten, most notably George Washington, Andrew Jackson, … More>

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Tear down this wall: Celebrating victories over communism on World Freedom Day

November 7, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Path to Freedom

Editor’s note: This article first appeared at Forbes.com.

Saturday, Nov. 9, marks the 24th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. It is an important date in the history of human civilization. President Ronald Reagan’s demand, … More>

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Burglarizing JPMorgan Chase and slapping down Prudential: The new, tyrannical normal

November 1, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Battle for the Mind

Editor’s note: This article first appeared at Forbes.com.

If there is one truth that became apparent during the financial panic five years ago, it is that Big Government and Big Finance are inseparable. Of course Uncle Sam was going to … More>

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Understanding the “Wall of Separation” between traditional Republicans and the new conservatives

October 30, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Battle for the Mind

It’s evident in recent elections and day-to-day political clashes in Washington that there is a substantial divide between traditional Republicans and what we may term “new conservatives.” Oh yes, it’s true that there are shades of differences on each side … More>

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Bonding over baseball

October 28, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character

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>

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Making sense of the defund/shutdown strategy

October 22, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Battle for the Mind

From the moment I clicked on C-SPAN to watch Senator Ted Cruz’s quasi-filibuster, I’ve been trying to make sense of the defund Obamacare/government shutdown effort. It didn’t take a rocket scientist, or a political scientist, to know it wouldn’t work. … More>

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Teenage sex: A family affair?

October 16, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Battle for the Mind

According to research published by the National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, our teens may have more wisdom than we give them credit for when it comes to sex education. Most teens (94 percent) think that adults should inform them … More>

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Privatizing the National Park Service

October 14, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Battle for the Mind

Editor’s note: A version of this article first appeared at Forbes.com.

The behavior of the National Park Service during the government shutdown has been truly shocking. As has been widely reported, Park Service employees have been told to make life … More>

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Remembering John Sullivan, old school, class act

October 9, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness

America has lost a class act—pure old school, a gentleman, the kind of old-time conservative intellectual the movement once had in spades. He was also a longtime good friend of the Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College, … More>

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The progressive income tax turns 100

October 3, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Path to Freedom

Editor’s note: This article first appeared at Investor’s Business Daily.

Maybe it’s a measure of progressives’ refusal to look back, to always move “forward.” Otherwise, they should be celebrating right now. In fact, President Obama and fellow modern … More>

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The path to prosperity or bankruptcy? Staggering facts on America’s rising debt

September 26, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Global Challenge

Once again there is panic running through the halls of Congress, the Oval Office and in the chattering classes that make up mainstream media over the prospect of shutting down the federal government. Most of the panic is a result … More>

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Tax cuts and deficits: Fact vs. fiction

September 24, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Global Challenge

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

In my previous column, I underscored the 1920s lessons that President Obama and fellow “progressives” need to learn. These include the value of tax cuts — lessons that the president … More>

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The progressive crusade against tax cuts

September 23, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Global Challenge

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

There’s an ongoing effort by President Obama and fellow “progressives” not only to continue to blame George W. Bush for every economic woe facing America — even as every economic … More>

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Living our lives “under God”

September 18, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Battle for the Mind

The American Humanist Association has renewed the efforts of some atheists to remove the words “under God” from our Pledge of Allegiance. The organization argued recently in the Massachusetts Supreme Court that the inclusion of these words is a … More>

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Simple ideals, powerful influence: Remembering Dick Larry

September 16, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character

Editor’s note: Richard M. “Dick” Larry, one of the conservative movement’s most influential grantmakers, died on July 6, 2013, at the age of 77. Larry, who worked quietly behind the scenes, agreed to an interview for the alumni magazine More>

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What ‘The Butler’ gets wrong about Ronald Reagan and race

September 2, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness

By Steven F. Hayward, Paul Kengor, Craig Shirley and Kiron K. Skinner

Steven F. Hayward, Paul Kengor, Craig Shirley and Kiron K. Skinner are Ronald Reagan historians.

Editor’s note: This article first appeared in The Washington Post.

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Be not afraid: Bill Clark & the Divine Plan

August 29, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness

The following is an interview between National Review’s Kathryn Jean Lopez and Paul Kengor, executive director of the Center for Vision & Values, concerning the recent death of Judge Bill Clark, longtime close friend and adviser to Ronald Reagan. … More>

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Martin Luther King’s Dream and the Declaration of Independence

August 23, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Path to Freedom

August 28 marks the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington. Martin Luther King Jr.’s speech at that great rally is rightly honored as one of the greatest speeches in American history. All Americans recognize the soaring rhetoric … More>

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We need to stop eating the marshmallows

August 23, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Battle for the Mind

In a classic psychological study, hungry four-year-olds were offered a marshmallow. They were told that if they could wait about 20 minutes before eating, they could have two marshmallows instead of one.

Only about one-third of the children successfully delayed … More>

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Battle of Gettysburg: A three-part series

August 22, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story

Editor’s note: This three-part series commemorating the 150-year anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg first appeared at TheBlaze.com.

Part one-Gettysburg: Day one

In the first week of July, tens of thousands of visitors descended on a small town in … More>

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Bill Clark, a great man remembered

August 12, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The DNA of Greatness

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

If you were to list the Americans most critical in facilitating the collapse of the Soviet Union, the name of Bill Clark, or “Judge Clark,” might not be … More>

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Bill Clark’s divine plan – A memorial to Ronald Reagan’s top hand

August 12, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The DNA of Greatness

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

The most important adviser to President Ronald Reagan in his takedown of the Soviet empire has died at the age of 81. His name was William P. “Bill” Clark, … More>

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Reflections on Gettysburg

July 1, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story

It’s July in Alabama and 100 degrees in the shade. Despite the heat, I crack the bedroom window at night to soak up the sounds and smells of the South. The crickets in the woods, a hoot owl on occasion, … More>

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V&V Flashback—Remembering the Significance of D-Day

June 6, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The DNA of Greatness, The Global Challenge, The Path to Freedom

Editor’s note: This piece first ran on our site on May 30, 2012.

At 0227 hours on the morning of June 6, 1944, Lieutenant Robert Mathias saw the red light flash above the door of his C47 “Dakota” aircraft, … More>

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Remembering D-Day with Ike and Reagan

June 6, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The Global Challenge, The Path to Freedom

Editor’s note: This piece first appeared at The American Spectator on June 6, 2011.

For me, Memorial Day happens twice within a week. The first, the official holiday at the end of May, is quickly reinforced a week later, every … More>

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Remembering Mom and Dad on Memorial Day

May 23, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character

As Americans nationwide mark Memorial Day, this will be my first Memorial Day without my dad. He was a World War II veteran.

Since my father’s passing two months ago, seven years after my mother’s, I consider how both significant … More>

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Constantly with us all: A Memorial Day Remembrance

May 23, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The DNA of Greatness

Memorial Day is a wonderful constant. Every year, it never ceases to touch me. My family attends an annual parade in Mercer, Pennsylvania. It’s terrific—total old-school. The flags, the courthouse, the kids, the snow-cone stand, the marching bands, and, … More>

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Remembering Cold Warrior Herb Romerstein

May 10, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The DNA of Greatness, The Global Challenge

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

Every human life is special, unique, unrepeatable — to borrow from Pope John Paul II. Every loss of life is a loss. Some losses, however, seem larger, leaving a void … More>

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Ronald Reagan: Same-sex marriage advocate?

May 1, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character

Editor’s note: This article first appeared at CNN.com

Patti Davis, Ronald Reagan’s daughter, recently speculated on where her father might stand on same-sex marriage. Politico published her thoughts under the headline, “Patti Davis says Reagan wouldn’t have opposed gay … More>

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Happy Birthday to a Great President

April 25, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness

Editor’s note: A version of this article first appeared at Forbes.com.

Sunday, April 28, marks the 255th anniversary of President James Monroe’s birth in 1758.

Recently, I had the pleasure of reading one of Harlow Giles Unger’s thorough biographies of … More>

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Academic Freedom, Civility, and the Name of Jesus

April 23, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The Path to Freedom, The Persuaders

Recently, a self-proclaimed Christian instructor at Florida Atlantic University asked his students to write “Jesus” on a piece of paper and step on it. The exercise was from a textbook manual and was designed to teach that “even though symbols … More>

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The Progressive Income Tax Turns 100

April 15, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Path to Freedom, The Persuaders

Editor’s note: A version of this article first appeared at Investor’s Business Daily.

Maybe it’s a measure of progressives’ refusal to look back, to always move “forward.” Otherwise, they should be celebrating right now. In fact, President Obama … More>

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Well Done, Lady Thatcher … The Passing of the Iron Lady

April 8, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The DNA of Greatness, The Global Challenge, The Path to Freedom

Margaret Thatcher, one of the greatest leaders of the Cold War, of the 20th century, and of British history, has died at the age of 87.

I’ve referred to her as one of my Cold War seven: Ronald More>

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Business, Entrepreneurship and a Vatican Think-Tank

April 5, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The Global Challenge, The Path to Freedom

Editor’s note: A version of this article first appeared at Forbes.com.

“Am I creating wealth, or am I engaging in rent-seeking behavior?” If this question would be asked during a course of business ethics at George Mason University (GMU), … More>

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Thoughts on Same-Sex Marriage, Part III: The Issue Is Civil, Not Religious

April 4, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character

Parties on each side of the same-sex marriage issue often interject religion into the discussion. In my opinion, this is unhelpful. The manifest intention of the First Amendment is that the majority may not impose its religious preferences on the … More>

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Thoughts on Same-Sex Marriage, Part II: Distinguishing Rights and Privileges

April 4, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character

It is very important to distinguish rights from privileges. Rights are things we do, with which the government may not interfere. Privileges are things the government does for us. I have a right to publish my own opinions; I have … More>

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Thoughts on Same-Sex Marriage, Part I: The Politics of Rights and “Ressentiment”

April 4, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character

Despite all the recent commotion about same-sex marriage, I don’t have a dog in this fight. But I do have an interest in the discussion being clear and civil, and I notice several factors that prevent the discussion from being … More>

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Republicans Need To Grow Up About Taxes

April 2, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Path to Freedom, The Persuaders

Editor’s note: A version of this article first appeared at Forbes.com.

Republicans are flailing about these days, trying to rebrand themselves before the next election cycle. A certain amount of introspection and internecine debate is inevitable after suffering a stinging More>

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Clintons’ Progress: Bill and Hillary Clinton Embrace Gay Marriage

March 27, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character

Editor’s note: A longer version of this article first appeared at American Spectator.

Bill and Hillary Clinton have endorsed gay marriage, completely reversing their support of the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act, which defined marriage as between one man … More>

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True Happiness

March 26, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness

One of the most famous opening lines in literature comes from Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina: “All happy families are like one another; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.”

Great literature causes us to think and ponder; … More>

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MF Global and the Cypriot Banking Crisis

March 22, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Global Challenge, The Path to Freedom

Editor’s note: A version of this article first appeared at Forbes.com.

With MF Global (MFG) recently disclosing more details on its bankruptcy and liquidation, let’s quickly review the financial debacle that came to fruition under former New Jersey governor, former … More>

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Hillary Clinton’s Evolution on Gay Marriage

March 21, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character

Editor’s note: A version of this article first appeared in USA Today.

Hillary Clinton supports gay marriage. This is a major shift. Yet, as someone who wrote a book on Clinton’s faith, I can’t say I’m surprised.

Hillary Clinton … More>

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The Hope of Heaven

March 19, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character

In response to recently being diagnosed with a rare and terminal type of brain cancer, sitcom star Valerie Harper declared, “we are all terminal.” In a cover story for “People” magazine and an interview on CNN, Harper, age 73, stressed … More>

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From Aid to Enterprise: Intelligent Poverty Cures

March 14, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The Global Challenge, The Path to Freedom

Editor’s note: A version of this article first appeared at Forbes.com.

We will always have the poor among us (Matthew 26:11), but over a billion living on less than $1 a day? It is natural for well-meaning individuals to work … More>

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Medicare: Did You Really Pay For That?

March 11, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Path to Freedom

Editor’s note: A version of this article first appeared at Forbes.com.

Last summer, Barack Obama riled a lot of entrepreneurs when he got carried away at a campaign event and told any American who had built up a successful enterprise, … More>

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The Power of Truth: Reagan’s “Evil Empire” Turns 30

March 8, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The Global Challenge, The Path to Freedom

Editor’s note: A version of this article first appeared as an Exclusive Special Report for American Spectator.

Today, Ronald Reagan’s Evil Empire speech turns 30 years old. It stands as one of the most memorable orations of the last … More>

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Eliminating the Deficit, Progressive Style

March 4, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Path to Freedom, The Persuaders

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

A wise man once told me that when any tax-levying entity operates at a deficit, the possible causes number precisely two. Either it is taxing too little More>

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The Pentagon Budget as Political Football

February 28, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Global Challenge, The Path to Freedom, The Persuaders

Editor’s note: A version of this article first appeared at Forbes.com.

The Pentagon’s budget occupies center stage in the sequestration drama. Defense spending comprises approximately 18 percent of the 2013 federal budget, but accounts for 50 percent of federal … More>

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Immigration Reform: Considering the Guest Worker Program

February 22, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Global Challenge, The Persuaders

Editor’s note: A version of this article first appeared at The Guardian.

Suddenly, everyone in Washington seems to agree on the need for immigration reform, and they may even agree on most of the details. That’s because nobody has … More>

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The Spendaholics’ Offensive

February 21, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Path to Freedom

Editor’s note: A version of this article first appeared at Forbes.com.

A primary meme of the Democratic Party in 2013 is that the federal government doesn’t have a spending problem. That is what President Obama reportedly said to House … More>

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The Presidential Blame-Game

February 18, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The Persuaders

 Editor’s note: A longer version of this article first appeared at American Spectator.

February is the month of presidents. It includes Washington’s birthday, Lincoln’s birthday, Ronald Reagan’s birthday, and, of course, Presidents Day. Given that I … More>

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Crossing the Rubicon

February 15, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Global Challenge, The Path to Freedom, The Persuaders

Editor’s note: A version of this article first appeared at RealClearMarkets.com.

The current global debt accumulations are unprecedented. In fact, it can be observed that at no time in the history of the human race, other than during periods of … More>

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God for Obamacare … Dr. Ben Carson’s Heresy

February 13, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The Persuaders

Editor’s note: A longer version of this article first appeared at American Spectator.

Liberals are apoplectic over remarks by Dr. Ben Carson at the National Prayer Breakfast. Carson, a prominent pediatric surgeon from Johns Hopkins University, dared to weigh in … More>

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Abraham Lincoln and Slavery

February 13, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The Path to Freedom

Stephen Spielberg’s masterful movie on Lincoln and the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation have recently brought even greater attention than usual to Abraham Lincoln. Holidays like Presidents Day remind us of Lincoln’s position on slavery and his role … More>

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Erasing Reagan? The Illiberal War on Truth

February 11, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Path to Freedom, The Persuaders

Editor’s note: A version of this article first appeared at Forbes.com.

The prospect of four more years of Barack Obama in the White House has caused several conservative voices (among them, The Wall Street Journal’s Daniel Henninger, Fox News commentator … More>

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Think Tanks: Masters of the Universe?

February 8, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Global Challenge, The Path to Freedom

Editor’s note: A version of this article first appeared at Forbes.com.

How do think tanks contribute to produce outcomes conducive to better public policy? Working for over three decades in this field, I developed a simple model based on complex … More>

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Thinking About Think Tanks: Which Are the Best?

February 7, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Global Challenge, The Path to Freedom

Editor’s note: A version of this article first appeared at Forbes.com.

The history of the London exchange dates back to 1698. John Castaing, a pioneer of a Starbucks of sorts, started listing stock and commodity prices in his Jonathan’s Coffee-house. … More>

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Finding the City on a Hill

February 4, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The Persuaders

One of the most widely employed metaphors in today’s American political discourse is that the United States is a “city on a hill.” Especially popularized by Ronald Reagan, this phrase (taken from Matthew chapter 5) has been used by … More>

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On Russia’s Adoption Ban

January 30, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The Global Challenge

Editor’s note: A longer version of this article first appeared at National Catholic Register.

Vladimir Putin has sparked international outcry by banning adoptions of Russian children by American families. His action immediately halted the departure of hundreds of Russian orphans … More>

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Firearms Discussion (Part V): “Reasonable” or “Sensible” Firearms Policies?

January 28, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Path to Freedom, The Persuaders

President Obama routinely promotes his firearms policies with the adjectives “reasonable” or “sensible,” and he probably believes quite sincerely that his proposals are just that. Implicit in such adjectives, however, is that those who disagree with him (including, I suppose, … More>

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Is America’s House Divided Again?

January 25, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Path to Freedom, The Persuaders

Having just viewed Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln,” and knowing that Lincoln’s birthday is approaching, it seemed fitting to ponder one of Lincoln’s most famous speeches, and perhaps a lesson for Americans today.

On June 17, 1858, Lincoln gave his famous “House … More>

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The End of the Reagan Era?

January 22, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Path to Freedom, The Persuaders

Editor’s note: A longer version of this article first appeared at American Spectator.

With Barack Obama’s second inauguration, liberals are touting an altogether new epoch: the end of the Reagan era.

Unfortunately, I believe they are largely correct. We … More>

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Firearms Discussion (Part IV): “Reason or Emotion, Mr. President?”

January 17, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Path to Freedom, The Persuaders

As I wrote this article, my most recent among several on firearms policy, I anticipated the president addressing the nation on the matter at any moment. What I say here preceded his address, so the essay is neither a … More>

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“So Help Me God”—The Second Inaugural of Barack Obama

January 17, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character

On Monday the United States will celebrate one of its great festivals of civil religion as Barack Obama is inaugurated for a second time. Although nothing in the Constitution mandates it (the only things the Constitution specifies are the date … More>

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Obama’s Medical Devices Tax … It May Be Harmful to Your Health

January 16, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Path to Freedom

Editor’s note: A version of this article first appeared in The Washington Times.

With the start of the New Year, one of the little noticed but potentially harmful features of Obamacare has now gone into effect. It is the tax … More>

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Firearms Discussion (Part III): “We Will Preserve Your Second Amendment Right to Hunt?”

January 15, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Path to Freedom, The Persuaders

One commonly recurring statement from gun-control forces, including in Congress and the White House, is the supposedly reassuring comment: “We will preserve your Second Amendment right to hunt.”

I will be generous here and assume that those who make such … More>

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Firearms Discussion (Part II): “Firearms Buy-back Proposal”

January 15, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Path to Freedom, The Persuaders

The debate over firearms includes a lot of confusing language and expressions. This is reflective of other forms of confusion in the debate, such as the common—but illogical—notion that reducing the number of firearms would have the effect of reducing … More>

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Firearms Discussion (Part I): “Getting Firearms ‘Off the Streets’”

January 15, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Path to Freedom, The Persuaders

Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan rightly said, “Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not to his own facts.” He might just have rightly said, “Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not to be confusing.”

The discussion of … More>

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Economic Outlook for 2013: ZIRP, Zombies, and the Japanization of the American Economy

January 9, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Global Challenge, The Path to Freedom

Editor’s note: A version of this article first appeared at Forbes.com.

I recently indulged in some wistful, year-end nostalgia, but now that 2013 is underway, let’s turn our attention to a time more crucial to our well-being: the future … More>

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Human Freedom Matters

January 8, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Global Challenge, The Path to Freedom

Editor’s note: A version of this article first appeared at Forbes.com.

“If it matters, measure it” is the motto of the Fraser Institute, the leading Canadian think tank, where I have been a trustee since 1991. More than a … More>

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Slouching From Gomorrah: Remembering Robert Bork

January 3, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Law, The Persuaders

It has been a couple of weeks since the death of Robert Bork, which occurred shortly before Christmas and didn’t really get the news coverage that Bork merited.

Bork died at age 85. In 1987, he became a national … More>

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A Nostalgic New Year’s Look at the ’50s

January 2, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The DNA of Greatness, The Path to Freedom

Editor’s note: A version of this article first appeared at Forbes.com.

New Year’s observances blend recollections of the past, celebrations in the present, and anticipation of the future. For a variety of reasons, I’m feeling nostalgic this year. I’ve been … More>

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It Can Be Worse Than the Cliff

December 28, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Path to Freedom, The Persuaders

Editor’s note: This piece was written exclusively for Investor’s Business Daily by a member of the board of advisors for The Center for Vision & Values, a trustee of Grove City College, and president of the Atlas Economic Research Foundation: More>

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Do You Get the Picture? Classic Christmas Films Through the Lens of Creation, Fall, and Redemption

December 21, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character

The greatest stories are stories that show in some way the drama of creation, fall, and redemption.

In Advent, the story of stories comes to life. The story comes to life in hymns, liturgies, and customs that touch us … More>

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Robert Bork and Grove City College

December 21, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Law, The Persuaders

On a dark February afternoon in 1988, 25 students in a U.S. Constitutional History class waited expectantly in a little-used dining hall on the campus of Grove City College (in Grove City, Pennsylvania) for a special guest lecturer to arrive. … More>

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Fleeing Socialism: French Actor Gérard Depardieu Wants His Freedom Back

December 21, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Global Challenge, The Path to Freedom

Editor’s note: A version of this article first appeared at Forbes.com.

“I am leaving because you consider that success, creation, talent, anything different, must be punished.”

This quotation from French actor Gérard Depardieu comes from the letter he sent on … More>

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France: Is Anybody There? France’s Socialists Generate a New Class of Tax Exiles

December 21, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Global Challenge, The Path to Freedom

Editor’s note: A version of this article first appeared at Forbes.com.

The fiscal frenzy that has seized French socialists is not only grinding France’s economy to a halt; it is also attacking the very foundations of French society by destroying … More>

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What Should Be Done About the Fiscal Cliff

December 20, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Path to Freedom

Editor’s note: A version of this article first appeared at Forbes.com.

Everyone is talking about the “fiscal cliff”—the likely impact of the expiration of the Bush tax cuts and the planned cuts in government spending that are part … More>

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Christmas Thoughts, 2012

December 20, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The Path to Freedom

The gentle spirit of Christmas brings a sense of fresh promise and renewal every year. The remembrances and commemorations of the birth of an innocent baby have a softening effect. Christmas provides a respite, even surcease, from the stresses, bruises, … More>

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The Fiscal Cliff: What Would Reagan Do?

December 19, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Path to Freedom, The Persuaders

By Dr. Paul Kengor & Michael Reagan

Editor’s note: A version of this article first appeared at FoxNews.com.

As President Obama and Democrats urge Republicans to increase taxes, some liberals are curiously invoking the name of Ronald Reagan, the ultimate … More>

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Testimonies of Heaven

December 18, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character

Earlier this year I went to the WPXI television studio in Pittsburgh to tape an interview. The technician who escorted me inquired, “What are you here to discuss today?” When I replied, “heaven,” he asked, “Have they found … More>

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America’s Growing Government Class

December 14, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Path to Freedom, The Persuaders

Editor’s note: A longer version of this article first appeared at American Spectator.

The latest unemployment figures are again depressing, but not for the usual reasons. They provide further confirmation of Barack Obama’s fundamental transformation of America, specifically … More>

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American Politics as a Confidence Game

December 13, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Path to Freedom, The Persuaders

Reading post-2012-election news reports can be hazardous to one’s mental health, particularly for the sanity-challenged among us. But perhaps the singularly most prescient comments come from long ago—from the pen of America’s most profound novelist, Herman Melville, whose … More>

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Compromise or Gridlock in Washington: Two Unpalatable Alternatives

December 11, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Path to Freedom, The Persuaders

Editor’s note: A version of this article first appeared at Forbes.com.

As soon as the elections were over, a wave of commentaries extolling the virtues of compromise appeared in the press. The common theme is that it is time for … More>

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Welfareship: France’s Status Quo, America’s Future?

December 7, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Global Challenge, The Path to Freedom

Editor’s note: A version of this article first appeared at Forbes.com.

Welfare has become a characteristic of President Obama’s domestic policies. There has been a surge in American citizens on welfare over the last four years, including a 50-percent increase … More>

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Romney vs. McCain and Obama vs. Bush? Who Wins?

December 6, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Path to Freedom, The Persuaders

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

Shortly after the November election, I wrote an article titled, “McCain Beats Romney!” The article focused on initial reports showing that Mitt Romney received fewer votes in 2012 … More>

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Long Live the Twinkie! (Twinkie Killers, Part 2)

November 29, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Path to Freedom, The Persuaders

Editor’s note: A version of this article first appeared at Forbes.com.

Can the Twinkie and other famous Hostess brands be saved? I hope so, and I’ll offer my own two cents’ on one possible way of doing so. First, though, … More>

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Reverend Rubio? The Media Begins Its Attack on Marco Rubio

November 28, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Path to Freedom, The Persuaders

Editor’s note: A longer version of this article first appeared at American Spectator.

In a recent interview, Senator Marco Rubio, effectively the Republican front-runner for 2016, was asked, “How old do you think the Earth is?”

It’s a … More>

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Blasted Twinkie Killers!

November 23, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Path to Freedom

Editor’s note: A version of this article first appeared at Forbes.com.

Drat! I’m bummed—saddened by the news that the Hostess company, home of the Twinkie and other venerable sugary snacks, is shutting down.

I’ll bet I haven’t eaten more than … More>

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The Gaza Trap

November 21, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Global Challenge, The Path to Freedom

Even though Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has announced an Israel-Gaza ceasefire, it’s apparent that Gaza still holds many traps for Israel.

For example, there’s the media trap. Hamas, like other Islamic terror groups, manipulates the Western media while toying … More>

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It’s the Holiday Season—Without Andy Williams

November 20, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness

It was shortly before Thanksgiving. I was in the kitchen washing dishes when I heard my first music of the holiday season. Sick of talk radio and sick of election post-mortems, I gave myself a breather, turning the FM … More>

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The Decline and Fall of America

November 16, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Path to Freedom

A few days after the election of 2012 the very talented Michael Ramirez published a political cartoon that perhaps conveyed a more profound meaning than he anticipated. He depicted a pair of hands extending from star-studded sleeves (presumably from a … More>

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Obama: The Second FDR Rather Than the Second Carter

November 14, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Path to Freedom

Editor’s note: A version of this article first appeared at Forbes.com.

I’ve thought a lot over the last few years about an axiom attributed to Mark Twain, “History doesn’t repeat itself, but it rhymes.” The question to me was whether … More>

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Executive Privilege: The 2012 Election and the Power of Incumbency

November 12, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Path to Freedom, The Persuaders

Mitt Romney lost the presidential race by only two percentage points. If the election had been held just a week earlier, when he was up in the polls, things might have been different. Nonetheless, Mitt Romney lost, and now a … More>

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An Open Letter to Mitt Romney

November 9, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The DNA of Greatness, The Path to Freedom

Editor’s note: A version of this piece first appeared at USAToday.com.

Dear Mitt,

I have awakened on November 7 to learn that your bid for the presidency was unsuccessful. In the midst of the disappointment that I share with you, … More>

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V&V FLASHBACK — The 40-Percent President: Obama’s Cruise to Reelection

November 8, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Path to Freedom, The Persuaders, Uncategorized

Editor’s note: A version of this piece was written for the American Thinker on January 26, 2011.

We’re at the halfway mark of Barack Obama’s first term as president. I say “first term” because I’m confident that this isn’t his … More>

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America’s Fundamental Transformation

November 7, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Path to Freedom, The Persuaders

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Two Percent Economic Growth: Real or Apparent?

November 1, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Path to Freedom, The Persuaders

Editor’s note: A version of this article first appeared at Forbes.com.

The U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) has just announced that GDP grew at a rate of 2 percent during the last three months. Keynesians like Paul Krugman should … More>

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Proof of Heaven

October 24, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character

Heaven is Real,” a Newsweek cover proclaimed last week. Renowned neurosurgeon Eben Alexander’s scientific worldview had previously led him to view near-death experiences as having plausible scientific explanations. However, spending seven days in a coma convinced him that … More>

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What About the Homeless? … The Homeless Then and Now—Obama and Reagan

October 22, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Path to Freedom, The Persuaders

As a biographer of Ronald Reagan, I’m constantly asked to compare today’s fiscal/economic situation to what Reagan faced in the 1980s. Today’s record debt/deficits remind of the 1980s, though today’s are far worse, with the deficit at least six … More>

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Intelligence and National Security Priorities

October 17, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Global Challenge, The Path to Freedom

A generation ago, in the 1970s, the U.S. intelligence community possessed the technology to discern whether or not a U.S. consulate was under attack by terrorists or by rioters run amok. Moreover, no one in the community ever wanted … More>

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Paul Ryan Readies for the Biden Treatment

October 11, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Persuaders

Editor’s note: A version of this article first appeared at The American Spectator.

I’d like to share a story on Senator Joe Biden that happened 31 years ago, and may be relevant to Biden’s Thursday evening debate with Paul Ryan. … More>

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Holding the Fed Accountable

October 8, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Path to Freedom, The Persuaders

Editor’s note: On Wednesday, October 10, at 7 p.m., Dr. Craig Columbus will join executive director of The Center for Vision & Values, Dr. Paul Kengor, and successful venture capitalist and radio talk-show host, Glen Meakem, on the campus of More>

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The Politically Incorrect Billionaire

October 5, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Path to Freedom, The Persuaders

Editor’s note: A version of this article first appeared at Forbes.com.

Two news items about “the rich” recently popped up online within a couple of hours of each other.

Story No. 1: Pew Research Center found that non-rich Americans have … More>

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Mitt Romney and the Politics of Virtue

October 2, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The Path to Freedom

When Mitt Romney blurted out his now notorious 47-percent lament, liberal gaffe-o-meters went ballistic, acting as though he were an American Ebenezer Scrooge who had just shoved Tiny Tim Cratchit into a ditch and then burned down a crutch factory. … More>

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Who Spends Wisest?

September 28, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Path to Freedom

Editor’s note: A version of this article first appeared at Forbes.com.

The financial and economic meltdown of 2008 was preceded by large increases in government spending and monetary inflation that artificially lowered interest rates. Those interventionist policies fueled massive capital … More>

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Communism on Parade? High School Marches to Marx and Lenin

September 27, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Battle for the Mind, The Global Challenge, The Path to Freedom, The Persuaders

Editor’s note: A version of this piece first appeared at FoxNews.com.

“What do you think of this?” So began a phone call from Todd Starnes of FoxNews radio. Starnes asked me for a comment on a shocking story: A … More>

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STREAMING VIDEO — Whose Responsibility is Opportunity? The Role of Citizens, Government and Civil Society

September 25, 2012 | by | Topic: Streaming Video, The American Story

Michael Gerson, former speechwriter for President George W. Bush & columnist for the Washington Post, delivers a speech sponsored by The Center for Vision & Values’ Ethics and Character Formation Working Group.… More>

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A Word From Walter Williams: The Rich Don’t Pay Enough?

September 25, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Path to Freedom, The Persuaders

If you listen to America’s political hacks, mainstream media talking heads and their progressive allies, you can’t help but reach the conclusion that the nation’s tax burden is borne by the poor and middleclass while the rich get off scot-free.… More>

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President Obama’s Munich Moment

September 21, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Global Challenge, The Path to Freedom

In September 1938 the British prime minister had a problem. The Third Reich’s psychopath-in-chief was scorching the airwaves in one of his trademark rants, this time about the supposed oppression of Germans living in Czechoslovakia. He threatened war unless Western … More>

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The Winners and Losers From QE3

September 19, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Path to Freedom

Editor’s note: A version of this article first appeared at Forbes.com.

The only doubt about the Federal Reserve’s decision to embark on a third round of quantitative easing was about when it would begin. It was a foregone conclusion that … More>

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Obama’s Middle East Mess—Imagine If This Was George W. Bush

September 18, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Global Challenge

Editor’s note: This piece was written exclusively forFox News by the executive director of The Center for Vision & Values.

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Carter vs. Obama: Two Gaffes of Historical Notice

September 18, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Global Challenge

Editor’s note: This piece was written exclusively for USA Today by the executive director of The Center for Vision & Values.

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STREAMING VIDEO — Main Street USA and the Fed (On QE3)

September 14, 2012 | by | Topic: Streaming Video, The American Story, The Path to Freedom

The Fed did it again! Mr. Bernanke announced another huge round of bond buying, but what will “QE3″ mean to the average Joe and Jane on Main Street USA? Chair of the department of economics at Grove City College and … More>

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V&V FLASHBACK — Dr. Paul Kengor & Judge Bill Clark in USA Today: On Libya Three Decades Ago

September 13, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Global Challenge

Obama Should Remember Reagan’s Resolve

Editor’s note: A version of this piece was written exclusively for USA Today shortly after the Libyan revolution in early 2011. Judge Bill Clark was President Reagan’s deputy secretary of state in 1981 and national More>

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Egypt and Libya: Shades of 1979-80

September 12, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Global Challenge

In the last 24 hours, beginning with the 11th anniversary of 9/11, all hell has broken loose in the Middle East. Our diplomatic missions in Egypt and Libya have been attacked, with the U.S. ambassador to Libya among those brutally … More>

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Religion and the Election of 2012

September 12, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character

Religious issues have played a significant role in numerous presidential elections, as they are in 2012. In 1800, his opponents accused Thomas Jefferson of atheism and trying to undermine the republic’s Christian foundation. In 1928 and 1960, many Americans … More>

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God, Democrats, and the Europeanization of America

September 7, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character

The battle at the Democratic convention to exclude God from the party’s platform is no minor moment. Do not underestimate what transpired there.

And while it speaks to so many things, at many levels, it reminds me of the recent … More>

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The Silence of Bill and Hillary Clinton

September 6, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character

Editor’s note: A different version of this article first appeared at National Catholic Register.

Bill Clinton was basking in glory at the Democratic National Convention on Wednesday night. Few presidents so love the spotlight. The occasion for Clinton, however, … More>

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Is There an Afterlife?

September 4, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character

Throughout human history people have pondered whether death ends their existence or is the gateway to an afterlife. In recent decades millions around the world have reported near-death or out-of-body experiences. The world’s major religions teach various conceptions of an … More>

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A More Immediate Threat

August 31, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Global Challenge, The Path to Freedom

On July 23, 2012, Syria—one of seven nations not to sign the Chemical Weapons Convention—admitted owning a stockpile of chemical and biological weapons. A foreign ministry spokesman warned that Damascus would use these weapons against any force intervening in its … More>

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Does Paul Ryan Want to Take Medicare Away From Seniors?

August 30, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Path to Freedom, The Persuaders

Editor’s note: A version of this article first appeared at Forbes.com.

A year ago, opponents attacked Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), claiming that his plan to reform Medicare would kill grandma by taking away her benefits. Mitt Romney, who, of course, … More>

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V&V Q&A With Dr. Craig Columbus on “God and Man on Wall Street”

August 27, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The Path to Freedom, 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. In this latest edition, we interview Dr. Craig Columbus, co-author—along with Dr. Mark Hendrickson—of the new book, “God and Man on More>

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The Tale of the Hitchhiker’s Recovery

August 17, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Path to Freedom

Editor’s note: A version of this article first appeared at Forbes.com.

In light of claims that we’ve been in an economic recovery since late 2009, news such as the unemployment rate bumping up to 8.3 percent is disconcerting. Our so-called … More>

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Remembering Gene Kelly

August 15, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The DNA of Greatness, The Persuaders

This August 23, 2012 marks the centennial of the birth of Gene Kelly, the great American dancer, actor, singer; a guy’s guy who—along with Fred Astaire—is the only male who ever left me (momentarily) wishing I could dance.

I’ve always … More>

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The U.S. Economy Could Recover Faster If Government Policies Changed

August 15, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Path to Freedom

Editor’s note: A version of this article first appeared at Forbes.com.

Recent monthly employment reports have confirmed that this is the slowest U.S. recovery from a recession since the Great Depression. Four years after the recession began, unemployment is still … More>

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Obama’s Popularity With Young Voters

August 10, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Path to Freedom, The Persuaders

Editor’s note: A version of this article first appeared at Forbes.com.

According to a recent USA Today/Gallup poll, Americans under the age of 30 favor President Barack Obama over Mitt Romney by almost a two-to-one margin. This is a startling … More>

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What’s In a Recovery?

August 8, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Path to Freedom, The Persuaders

Editor’s note: A version of this article first appeared at Forbes.com.

Thomson Reuters’ latest survey of Wall Street analysts’ expectations about next quarter’s corporate earnings has prompted some to wonder whether the canary in the coal mine is beginning to … More>

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Remembering the Significance of VJ Day

August 8, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Global Challenge, The Path to Freedom

Consider this fictitious scenario: In the summer of 1950, President Thomas E. Dewey faced a national security crisis of extraordinary proportions—one that his advisors agreed likely would define his presidency. After beating his Democratic opponent in 1948 by a comfortable … More>

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Obama’s Progress

August 6, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character

Try to define progressivism. In fact, ask progressives to try to define progressivism. All we really know is that they’re, well, progressing. They and their ideas and their politics are always changing, evolving. This means that what … More>

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Gay Marriage: Killing the Democracy of the Dead

August 1, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character

President Obama’s position on gay marriage has won some converts, from (perhaps) the entirety of the Democratic Party to (especially) young people. As to the latter, one of them emailed me recently. A good-hearted, thoughtful young man, who this fall … More>

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V&V Q&A With Drs. Warren Throckmorton and Michael Coulter on “Getting Jefferson Right”

July 27, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The Persuaders, 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. In this latest edition, we interview the co-authors of ”Getting Jefferson Right: Fact Checking Claims About Our Third President.” Dr. Warren More>

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Our Civic High Priest

July 25, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character

The tragic shooting in Aurora, Colorado, which killed 12 and wounded 58, has again accentuated the important role presidents play as our chief civic priest. The governor of Colorado and local clergy helped provide words of solace and encouragement to … More>

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The Obama Nullification Doctrine

July 17, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Law, The Path to Freedom

In December 1828, South Carolina had 5,000 copies of John C. Calhoun’s “Exposition and Protest” printed and distributed throughout the state. A defiant document, Calhoun’s “Exposition” outlined a theory of constitutional interpretation first adumbrated in the infamous Kentucky and Virginia … More>

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On a Wing and a …

July 13, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The Global Challenge

Not long ago, a group of 66 members of Congress sent a letter to Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, urging him to issue guidance to counter an “alarming pattern of attacks on faith” in the U.S. Air Force. This was … More>

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A Divided Nation: Is America “Coming Apart?”

July 12, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Path to Freedom, The Persuaders

Best-selling author and controversial social scientist Charles Murray is back in the news. This time it’s because of his new book, “Coming Apart: The State of White America, 1960–2010.”

In “Coming Apart,” Murray deftly wields both statistical data and anecdotal … More>

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Founders’ Faith: None of the Above

July 9, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness

A book review of Gregg L. Frazer’s “The Religious Beliefs of America’s Founders: Reason, Revelation, Revolution,” written exclusively for The Russell Kirk Center for Cultural Renewal’s University Bookman.

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AUDIO — V&V Executive Director Guest Hosts “The Glen Meakem Program”

July 7, 2012 | by | Topic: Streaming Audio, The American Story

In case you missed it, this past weekend, the executive director of The Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College—Dr. Paul Kengor—filled in as guest host of “The Glen Meakem Program.” During the two-hour show on … More>

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The Obamacare Decision: A Mixed Bag

July 5, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Law, The Path to Freedom, The Persuaders

The case that received more media attention and more consideration by the U.S. Supreme Court than any in recent history has been decided. The 5-4 decision upheld the “individual mandate,” the central feature of the Patient Protection and Affordable … More>

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Supreme Court to America: Surprise!

July 5, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Law, The Persuaders

Editor’s note: This article was written for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette by David J. Porter, a trustee of Grove City College and contributor to The Center for Vision & Values.

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Thomas Jefferson: American Enigma

July 3, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

This week we celebrate the … More>

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V&V Q&A With Sheila Carlberg: “America Is My Home”

July 2, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Battle for the Mind, 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. In this latest edition, professor of political science and executive director of the Center—Dr. Paul Kengor—interviews Grove City College graduate Sheila More>

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The Euro Is a Frankenstein Currency

June 29, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Global Challenge, The Path to Freedom

Editor’s note: A version of this article first appeared at Forbes.com.

What do Dr. Victor Frankenstein and the architects of the euro currency have in common? Answer: They both created monsters.

The euro is not “money” any more than the … More>

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The Strategic Imperative of Security

June 25, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Global Challenge, The Path to Freedom, The Persuaders

In light of recent publicity about the U.S-British-Israeli cyber attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities, we might want to consider intelligence lessons from the past.

In the autumn of 1960, with the presidential race between Vice President Richard M. Nixon and … More>

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On Public-Sector Unions: Hope for Struggling States

June 22, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Path to Freedom, The Persuaders

Recently, Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin won a historic recall election sought by unionized government workers and their allies who opposed his bargaining reforms. Because Walker’s margin of victory surpassed that of his first election in a state known for … More>

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The Question of More or Less Government

June 21, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Path to Freedom

Editor’s note: A version of this article first appeared at Forbes.com.

Theoretically, the elemental political choice in a democratic system is between more government or less—more government control over our lives and livelihood, or less; more government spending and programs … More>

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Volcker Rule Is a Step in the Right Direction

June 15, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Law, The Path to Freedom

JPMorgan Chase, one of the nation’s largest banks, announced that it lost over $2 billion in trading over the last few months. This has emboldened supporters of the Volcker rule, which prohibits banks that enjoy government support from making risky … More>

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

June 13, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness

When we open our newspapers on Father’s Day, we expect to find something nice about dads—often heroic dads. Yet, for every boy or girl whose father was a doctor or Marine who stormed the beaches of Normandy, there is … More>

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A Word From Walter Williams: Our Nation’s Future

June 13, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Path to Freedom, The Persuaders

Our nation is rapidly approaching a point from which there’s little chance to avoid a financial collapse. The heart of our problem can be seen as a tragedy of the commons. That’s a set of circumstances when something is commonly … More>

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AUDIO — V&V Executive Director on Bill Bennett’s “Morning in America”

June 12, 2012 | by | Topic: Streaming Audio, The American Story, The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness

“It is morning in America. Good morning, welcome back. I’ve had a zillion talks and lectures around the country and had a lot of fun—always enjoyed them. I never had as enjoyable an evening as I had at Grove City. … More>

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The Nation’s Top “Progressives” … and Socialists and Communists

June 8, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Path to Freedom, The Persuaders

Editor’s note:A longer version of this article first appeared at American Spectator.

The left-leaning magazine The Nation has published a list of what it deems America’s all-time, most influential progressives. The list, which you can review for yourself, … More>

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Cuba Backing Gay Marriage?

May 31, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The Global Challenge

I was recently contacted by Ben Johnson of LifeSiteNews, who told me of a fascinating development. He informed me of a curious fan of President Obama’s advocacy of gay marriage: Mariela Castro, niece of ailing and aging Cuban tyrant, … More>

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The Flags at the Cemetery

May 22, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The DNA of Greatness, The Global Challenge, The Path to Freedom

Like many Americans, Memorial Day never ceases to move me. Rivaled only by Christmas and Easter, it’s the most poignant time of the year for me, maybe because, like Christmas and Easter, it’s about life, death, and remembrance.

This Memorial … More>

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Mitt and Me: Romney at Cranbrook—a Personal Glimpse

May 22, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The DNA of Greatness, The Path to Freedom

Editor’s note: A longer version of this article first appeared at Forbes.com

What interesting timing. I had recently planned a column on my observations about Mitt Romney at Cranbrook. Why? Not because of anything in the news related to Cranbrook—at … More>

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The Controversial Faith of Barack Obama

May 15, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character

President Obama’s recent statement on gay marriage has again thrust his religious views onto the front pages. In defending his position, Obama stressed that he and his wife were “practicing Christians” and that his stance was supported by Christ’s teaching … More>

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Reflections on the French Election

May 11, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Global Challenge, The Path to Freedom

Editor’s note: A version of this article first appeared at Forbes.com.

The election of Socialist Party candidate Francois Hollande to the presidency of France epitomizes the sorry state of contemporary democracy. By that, I don’t mean to imply that the … More>

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Allen West and His Critics

May 9, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Path to Freedom, The Persuaders

Editor’s note: A longer version of this article first appeared at American Spectator.

Congressman Allen West (R-Fla.) is being heavily criticized for comments alleging that certain Democratic members of Congress are communists, and he is not backing down. West dared … More>

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Afghanization

May 4, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Global Challenge

President Barack Obama’s five-point plan for turning the war back to the Afghans is designed to cover the withdrawal of U.S. and NATO forces and “forge a just and lasting peace.” What does the plan involve, and can it work?… More>

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Carter to Obama: Same Old Story on Energy Policy

May 2, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Path to Freedom

Editor’s note: A version of this article first appeared through the Mackinac Center for Public Policy.

As spring bloomed, the president addressed the nation on energy. The president told us, “Without our planning for the future, it will … More>

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Remember Victory-In-Europe Day

April 30, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The DNA of Greatness, The Global Challenge

December 1941 is usually remembered by Americans as that fateful month when Japan attacked Pearl Harbor, thus thrusting the United States into World War II. However, consider an alternate scenario: Adolf Hitler appears triumphantly before the Reichstag announcing the destruction … More>

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Lessons Not Learned From Vietnam

April 27, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Global Challenge, The Path to Freedom

After the fall of Saigon on April 29, 1975, military and civilian strategists sought “lessons learned.” Many were tactical or technical, such as the operational effectiveness of precision-guided munitions and the continuing need for guns on jet fighters. At the … More>

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Yo-Yo Economics?

April 26, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Path to Freedom

Editor’s note: A version of this article first appeared at Forbes.com.

President Obama recently referred to free-market economics as “you’re-on-your-own economics.” It’s a catchy phrase—rhythmic, alliterative, clever. Too bad it’s bunk.

The only genuine “you’re on your own economics”—let’s call … More>

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Energy: Pennsylvania’s Choice, America’s Model

April 25, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Path to Freedom, The Persuaders

We can’t drill our way to energy independence. Or so proclaims the president and many of his supporters. Here in Pennsylvania, the proclamation rings hollow; we are in the midst of a historic natural gas boom.

Pennsylvania has … More>

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Teddy Roosevelt for President in 2012?

April 23, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Path to Freedom, The Persuaders

The 2012 presidential election is shaping up to be one of the most significant elections in American history. The outcome of major political issues such as Obamacare, carbon regulations, and our looming fiscal calamity hang in the balance.

In … More>

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Team Obama: Tax Predators On The Prowl

April 19, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Global Challenge, The Path to Freedom

Editor’s note: This article was written exclusively for Forbes by the Center’s fellow for economic and social policy.

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On Hope and Hate: Week One of Obama v. Romney

April 18, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Path to Freedom

Something wonderful unfolded in American politics the last few days.

Almost immediately after Rick Santorum dropped out of the Republican presidential hunt, David Axelrod and the Obama reelection team unleashed the class-warfare cannons. They expected to enjoy the … More>

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The GOP: A Party in Flux

April 16, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Path to Freedom

Editor’s note: A version of this article first appeared at Forbes.com

With Rick Santorum having dropped out of the race, Mitt Romney is apparently the Republican nominee for POTUS, barring a “black swan” event swooping down out of nowhere.

Why … More>

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Sick Chickens and Sick Laws

April 11, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Law, The Path to Freedom, The Persuaders

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Obama’s Monumental Misunderstanding

April 9, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Law, The Path to Freedom, The Persuaders

President Obama recently complained about the possibility of the Supreme Court striking down Obamacare. He used the term “unprecedented” and was critical of “judicial activism” engaged in by “unelected” judges. In so doing, he showed his monumental misunderstanding of … More>

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The Supreme Court Weighs Obamacare: Good Intentions vs. The Constitution

April 4, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Law, The Path to Freedom

Editor’s note: This article was written exclusively for Forbes by the Center’s fellow for economic and social policy.

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Yes, Congresswoman Pelosi, We’re Serious: On the Constitutionality of Obamacare

April 4, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The Law

America anxiously awaits the Supreme Court’s decision on Obamacare. At the core of the decision is a simple question: Is the “individual mandate” in Obamacare constitutional? And thus, is Obamacare constitutional?

Several times during the debate and deliberation, my … More>

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Easter and Heaven

April 3, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character

As Christians around the world celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ this Easter, heaven is naturally on the minds of many. Recent polls indicate that between 75 and 90 percent of Americans believe that heaven exists, percentages that far exceed … More>

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A Whirlwind Tour of the Supreme Court’s Commerce Clause Jurisprudence

April 2, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Law, The Path to Freedom, The Persuaders

There is a widely held view that Congress has virtually unlimited power to legislate, especially concerning economic matters. Consider, for example, the passage of the controversial Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act two years ago. While Congress’ power to regulate … More>

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Obama, the Russians, and Missile Defense: Historical Parallels

March 30, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Global Challenge, The Path to Freedom

President Obama has caused quite a stir with a private comment made to Russian President Dimitri Medvedev. In discussing missile defense, Obama suggested he would be prepared to yield to Russian demands after the November election. “This is my last … More>

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Is the Health Care Law Constitutional? No, Strike It Down

March 28, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Law, The Path to Freedom, The Persuaders

Editor’s note: A version of this article first appeared in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Neither Porter nor his firm are involved in the ACA litigation.

This summer, the Supreme Court will decide whether Congress violated the Constitution when it enacted the More>

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STREAMING VIDEO — Video Preview of Conference – April 19-20, 2012

March 23, 2012 | by | Topic: Streaming Video, The American Story, The Conservative Mind in 2012

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Dr. L. John Van Til will be a participant in an April 19-20 conference hosted by the The Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College on “The Challenge 2012: The Divided More>

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Obamacare: Will It Withstand Constitutional Scrutiny?

March 23, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Law, The Path to Freedom

The U.S. Supreme Court is now poised to review the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, better known as “Obamacare.” The nine Justices will hear oral arguments totaling an unprecedented five-and-a-half hours beginning on March 26, 2012 More>

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The Election-Year Politics of Energy

March 19, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Path to Freedom

Realizing that his popularity may decline as the price of gasoline rises, President Obama is barnstorming the country, emphatically insisting that drilling for more oil isn’t the cure for high gas prices and that wind and solar energy represent our energy … More>

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Santorum or Romney? Culture War or Class War?

March 16, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The Path to Freedom, The Persuaders

Editor’s note: A longer version of this article first appeared at American Spectator.

The question for Republicans right now seems obvious: Would you prefer Rick Santorum or Mitt Romney to run against Barack Obama?

Well, it depends on whether you … More>

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A Centennial Verdict on Progressivism (1912-2012)

March 9, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Path to Freedom

Contemporary liberals fondly recall their progressive forebears from a century past, who railed against trusts and fought for social justice. Certainly, their forebears did much to make them proud; after all, who now could argue against measures that purified the … More>

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People Say the Darnedest Things

March 7, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Persuaders

Those of you past a certain age may remember the old Art Linkletter show “Kids Say the Darndest [sic] Things.” The one I still remember was when Linkletter asked a little boy if he looked like his daddy. “No,” replied … More>

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Iran: Israel’s Options

March 5, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Global Challenge

Late in the summer of 1961, President John F. Kennedy asked the Air Force to plan a nuclear first strike on the Soviet Union. The plan involved 55 B-52 bombers hitting 80 targets to degrade Soviet Long Range Air Force … More>

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Sorry Mess: Presidential Apologies and Pardons

March 1, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Global Challenge, The Path to Freedom

Much ink has flowed over the recent apologies from President Barack Obama, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and General John Allen, commander of NATO forces in Afghanistan, following the burning of copies of the Koran … More>

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Hope vs. Despair: The Discussion is Coming

February 29, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The Path to Freedom, The Persuaders

My colleague, Paul Kengor, wrote a brilliant article this week saying that Team Obama will try to cast the presidential election either in terms of class warfare—if Romney is the Republican nominee—or a battle over social issues, if … More>

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On Santorum, Democrats, and “God’s Will”

February 27, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The Persuaders

In case you didn’t notice . . . With George W. Bush out of office and a Democrat in the White House, the secular media stopped its handwringing over the president mentioning God. With Rick Santorum’s surge, the hysteria … More>

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Satan and Santorum: Perspective from Reagan’s Evil Empire Speech

February 22, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The Path to Freedom

Editor’s note: A longer version of this article first appeared at The American Spectator.

The secular world today trembles and shudders at the sight of Rick Santorum speaking on good and evil at Ave Maria University in Florida in 2008. … More>

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V&V Q&A (Presidents Day Special): What Would Reagan Do? The HHS Mandate and A Very Different President

February 20, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The Law

Editor’s Note: The “V&V Q&A” is an e-publication from The Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College. In this latest edition, professor of political science and executive director of the Center—Dr. Paul Kengor—is interviewed by Kathryn Jean Lopez—editor-at-large More>

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What If We Removed Wartime Conscience Exemptions?

February 16, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The Law

Last Friday, President Obama responded to Catholic bishops’ concerns over his controversial mandate compelling Catholic institutions to provide contraception, sterilization, and abortion-inducing pharmaceuticals. Many media sources reported Obama’s action as an “accommodation,” with some describing it as a “reversal.” … More>

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Strategic Abdication

February 15, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Global Challenge, The Path to Freedom

From Damascus to Tehran, a test for world leadership is underway. Daily, the Syrian military—well-armed, highly trained thugs whose current mission is to keep dictator Bashar Assad in power—kills up to 200 or more of its own citizens. Protests from … More>

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God and Man at CPAC: Facing the 2012 Election

February 13, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Path to Freedom

Amidst the hoopla, cheers, and ear-piercing whistles of enthusiastic approval for Republican presidential nominees at this year’s Conservative Political Action Conference, several themes emerged. The most important of these centered on the conflict between what may be titled American foundationalism … More>

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

February 10, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The Law

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>

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The Choice: Bain Capitalism or Solyndra Cronyism

February 9, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Path to Freedom

Editor’s note: This article was written exclusively for Forbes by the Center’s fellow for economic and social policy.

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Obama’s “Healthcare” Mandate: What Would Reagan Say?

February 8, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character

Editor’s note: A version of this article first appeared at CatholicVote.org.

February 6 was the anniversary of Ronald Reagan’s birth. It comes at an appropriate time. February is also the month of Presidents Day and the birthday of LincolnMore>

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STREAMING VIDEO — What is a Reagan Conservative?

February 3, 2012 | by | Topic: Streaming Video, The American Story

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Dr. Paul Kengor, the executive director of The Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College, delivers a lecture to the Family Research Council in Washington, DC. This lecture previews a talk More>

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The State of the Union: An Inside Report

January 27, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Path to Freedom

On Tuesday evening, I had the honor of attending the State of the Union address as the guest of Congressman Mike Kelly (PA-03). Here are my impressions in abbreviated form:

The address seemed more like a rewrite of previous speeches … More>

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The Tax Rate Scandal

January 25, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Path to Freedom

When Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney casually estimated that his effective tax rate is around 15 percent, progressives immediately pounced on the issue. To this ideological minority with its Ahab-like obsession on class warfare, a rich American paying an … More>

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Patrick Henry, Patriot

January 20, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness

Among America’s amazing pantheon of founders, Patrick Henry stands out for his stirring speeches and fervent commitment to liberty, virtue, and small government. The Virginia planter, lawyer, and politician strongly denounced Great Britain’s political and economic control of the American … More>

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The 2012 Republican Primary and the Seeds of 1966

January 19, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Path to Freedom

The Republican primary contest has come down to a choice between Mitt Romney and the anti-Romney. It is another in a series of battles between the non-conservative and conservative wings of the GOP. Arguably, the political seeds of today’s Republican … More>

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Readying Romney for the Class-Warfare Machine

January 13, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Path to Freedom, The Persuaders

Editor’s note: A longer version of this article appears at today’s American Spectator.

If Mitt Romney gets the GOP nomination, prepare for a season of class warfare in America unlike any before. Not only has President Obama been pushing class … More>

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Rick Santorum’s Rosetta Stone

January 4, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The Persuaders

Editor’s note: Lee Wishing will be a participant in an April 19-20 conference hosted by The Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College on “The Challenge 2012: The Divided Conservative Mind.”

I live in Western Pennsylvania, just across … More>

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Remembering the Battlers of the Bulge

January 3, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The DNA of Greatness, The Global Challenge

On December 16, 1944, the men of Lieutenant Lyle Bouck’s platoon had their all-night vigil interrupted by a pre-dawn fusillade of artillery rounds from a hundred German guns, their muzzle flashes punctuating the darkness like a volley of fireballs hurled … More>

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On Hitchens, Havel, and Kim—and Totalitarianism

December 29, 2011 | by | Topic: The American Story, The DNA of Greatness, The Path to Freedom

Editor’s note: A version of this article first appeared at TheBlaze.com.

They say that famous people die in groups of three.

I recently heard the news of the death of Christopher Hitchens, one of the world’s best-known atheists and polemicists. … More>

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On Vaclav Havel—and Chris Hitchens

December 19, 2011 | by | Topic: The American Story, The DNA of Greatness, The Path to Freedom

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

Vaclav Havel is dead. Among other forces and powers, he is among the seven individuals most responsible for peacefully ending the Cold War; the great liberators who brought freedom … More>

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Goodbye, America: More Recollections of Deer Seasons Past

December 7, 2011 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness

Last week I wrote an article on Deer Season a half century ago, focusing on my grandmother’s town in the mountains of Emporium, Pennsylvania. Each year, my grandmother and other households opened their doors and kitchens and beds to perfect … More>

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V&V Q&A: “Meet the Presidents” with Walter Eckman

December 5, 2011 | by | Topic: The American Story

Editor’s Note: The “V&V Q&A” is an e-publication from The Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College. In this latest edition, Dr. Paul Kengor, the executive director of the Center, interviews Walter Eckman, author of the recent book, More>

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AUDIO — V&V Executive Director on “Thinking in Public” with Albert Mohler

December 4, 2011 | by | Topic: Streaming Audio, The American Story, The Global Challenge, The Path to Freedom

On December 4, the Executive Director of The Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College, Dr. Paul Kengor, discussed Christianity and the Cold War on “Thinking in Public” with Albert Mohler, president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. … More>

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Deer Season a Half Century Ago

November 28, 2011 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness

This week hunters across America storm the woods loaded for deer. For yet another indication of how times have changed, consider this account of Deer Season a half century ago:

My mother’s family lived in Emporium, Pennsylvania, as did dozens … More>

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How Will You Mark Thanksgiving?

November 21, 2011 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness

How will you spend your Thanksgiving Day this year? Sleep in because you have extra days off? Settle down to watch football? Pull up a chair at four o’clock to eat a huge feast? Make plans for Black Friday, plotting … More>

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Should a Candidate’s Faith Be an Issue? Dealing With the Romney Question

November 18, 2011 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The Path to Freedom

Mitt Romney’s Mormon faith remains a frequent news item as the 2012 election cycle grinds on. Not long ago, a Texas evangelist called Mormonism a cult and has since been sharply criticized for stating his views. On Halloween, CNN TodayMore>

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Iran: How to Lose

November 14, 2011 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Global Challenge

Once again, tensions between Iran and the international community are on the rise as the United Nations’ nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency, released a new report that warns of concealed attempts by Iran to produce an atomic bomb. … More>

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Veterans: What Is Seen and What Is Not Seen

November 7, 2011 | by | Topic: The American Story, The DNA of Greatness

In economics, the first lesson I teach my pupils is the lesson of things that are seen and things that are not seen. Actions have some effects that are readily apparent and others are overlooked or not perceived.

It’s the … More>

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“Nothing Dramatic”—Karl Blake’s War Story

November 4, 2011 | by | Topic: The American Story, The DNA of Greatness

“It was nothing dramatic,” says Dr. Karl E. Blake of Wexford, Pennsylvania, retired surgeon and member of the World War II generation, “but it was important, and no one has written about it, at least that I’ve seen.”

I got … More>

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No Regrets: Frank Kravetz’s Story

November 4, 2011 | by | Topic: The American Story, The DNA of Greatness

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

“Just existing became what was important,” says 87-year-old Frank Kravetz of Pittsburgh, captive of the “hell-hole” that was Nuremberg Prison Camp. “Yet even as I struggled … More>

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Wall Street, the Mob, and the French Connection

October 28, 2011 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Path to Freedom

In “The Wild One,” Marlin Brando plays Johnny, a leather-jacketed vagabond sporting a black-brim hat perched on his head at a rakish angle, below which lurk piercing dark eyes and a sneer of contempt in answer to the question, “What … More>

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Death of a Bad Dude: Kaddafi’s Removal, 30 Years Late?

October 21, 2011 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Global Challenge

In the 1980s, I was an unrefined adolescent from blue-collar Butler, Pennsylvania. I knew nothing and cared nothing about politics. I had no idea if I was a conservative or liberal, Democrat or Republican, or much of anything else. But … More>

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America’s Orwellian Liberalism

October 17, 2011 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Path to Freedom, The Persuaders

The ink was barely dry on the asterisk in Jimmy Hoffa Jr.’s rant about taking out those “sons-of-b*tches”—referring to Tea Party members—when the vice president made his own contribution at a Labor Day rally. “This is a fight for the … More>

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God’s Call? On Gov. Christie, Ronald Reagan, and Woodrow Wilson

September 30, 2011 | by | Topic: The American Story, The DNA of Greatness

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is being urged to seek the Republican presidential nomination. There is a genuine groundswell for Christie.

Asked this week at the Reagan Library whether he will enter the race, Christie gave a very interesting answer. … More>

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The Democrats’ Deadly Sin

September 29, 2011 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The Path to Freedom

Envy is sadness or discontent at another’s good fortune or excellence. Dante defined it as a perversion of one’s own good; a “wish to deprive” others of their own good. Augustine deemed it “the diabolical sin.”

Conservative columnist George … More>

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Greece, Germany and the Fate of the Euro

September 12, 2011 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Path to Freedom

It has been over a year since I have written about the fragile condition of the European Union’s financial system. The financial crisis of a possible Greek default has been papered over since then, but now it is coming to … More>

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President Obama’s Latest “Jobs” Gambit

September 9, 2011 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Path to Freedom

If you watched President Obama’s speech to a joint session of Congress, you didn’t see anything new. He did what he does best—campaign for re-election and pay lip service to private enterprise and fiscal responsibility while proposing more top-down economic … More>

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Obama’s New Stimulus Czar

September 7, 2011 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Path to Freedom

Obama’s selection of Alan Krueger to head the Council of Economic Advisers might be an upgrade from Austan Goolsbee, but not by much. Obama’s new economic adviser lacks the foresight to craft an economic agenda to actually put Americans back … More>

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When Teddy Roosevelt Saved Football

September 6, 2011 | by | Topic: The American Story

For more than a century baseball has been called America’s national pastime, and Major League Baseball is flourishing today. However, in recent decades, football—college and professional—has surpassed baseball in popularity and prominence. For many men and some women, fall weekends … More>

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Obamacare: Constitutionally Infirm

September 2, 2011 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Law

A three-judge panel of the U.S. Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that the key feature of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, better known by many as “Obamacare,” is unconstitutional. The “individual mandate” portion of the legislation—a … More>

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China Dupes: Excusing the One-Child Policy

August 25, 2011 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character

Vice President Joe Biden made the news again this week. Three weeks ago, Biden was in the news because of reports he had denounced Tea Party members as “terrorists,” a claim his spokespeople have attempted to deny. This week, Biden More>

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It’s the Spending, Stupid: A Crucial Historical Look at Federal-Government Spending

August 24, 2011 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Path to Freedom

We have failed to heed the lessons of economic history, with terrible consequences for our economy and country. And the most crucial of those lessons, particularly since the start of LBJ’s Great Society, is this: deficits have been caused not … More>

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Obama: From Truman’s Whistle-Stop to Wilsonian Folly

August 22, 2011 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Persuaders

President Obama’s tour through the Midwest in a coal-black Darth Vader-mobile home begs comparison with past presidential excursions. I’m thinking of those made by presidents Harry Truman and Woodrow Wilson.

First, the president repeated his Trumanesque mantra about his version … More>

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No Contest: The Reagan Stimulus vs. the Obama One

August 15, 2011 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Path to Freedom

Editor’s note: A version of this article first appeared in USA Today.

How ironic that as America debated its debt ceiling all summer and faced a stunning credit downgrade, the nation approached a most timely anniversary: It was August … More>

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Obama’s Executive Order and the First Amendment

August 8, 2011 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Law

The Obama administration has drafted a new, little-noticed executive order that would plainly stifle free speech. The “Disclosure of Political Spending by Government Contractors” order is still a draft, but if the administration has its way, the order will be … More>

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Two Negotiators: Obama vs. Reagan

August 1, 2011 | by | Topic: The American Story

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

Presidential scholars write on all sorts of aspects of the American presidency. Among the most interesting have been several important works on so-called presidential character and temperament. And when … More>

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The Secret Memo That Predicted the Soviet Collapse

July 25, 2011 | by | Topic: The American Story, The DNA of Greatness, The Global Challenge

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

It was 20 years ago this summer that the final disintegration of the Soviet Union rapidly unfolded. In June 1991, Boris Yeltsin was freely elected president of the Russian Republic, … More>

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Americans Without Chests

July 15, 2011 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Path to Freedom

As Americans prepared to mark the birth of their country with the usual outpouring of celebratory events, pundits on the political right were scratching their heads over President Obama’s most recent comment about America’s free-enterprise system.

This time, corporate jet … More>

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Obama’s Inalienables

July 4, 2011 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character

Editor’s note: A longer version of this article appears at today’s American Thinker.

Each time President Obama addresses America’s inalienable rights, I get emails. “Did you see Obama left out ‘Creator’ again?” began the latest.

The most recent occasion … More>

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Chesterton’s Stars & Stripes

July 1, 2011 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character

Among those doing excellent work on G. K. Chesterton is Joseph Pearce, the brilliant Brit who is a scholar at Ave Maria University in Naples, Florida. Pearce, like Dale Ahlquist, is unearthing all sorts of gems from Chesterton’s … More>

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Jefferson Versus Hamilton: The Continuing Contest

June 29, 2011 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Law, The Path to Freedom

This Fourth of July marks 235 years since the Declaration of Independence was published. In this immortal document, the Spirit of ’76 was given its fullest, most eloquent expression. The Declaration is a timeless document, espousing eternal principles that, while … More>

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May the Farce Be With You: Lessons for 2012 from Lincoln and Louis

June 16, 2011 | by | Topic: The American Story

Karl Marx famously quipped that great historical events and personages appear twice, first as tragedy and second as farce. The tragedy he had in mind was the French Revolution and the farce was its pale successor that took place in … More>

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Remembering D-Day With Ike and Reagan

June 6, 2011 | by | Topic: The American Story

Written by the executive director of The Center for Vision & Values for the American Spectator.

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Reagan at Notre Dame: A Call to Transcendence and Duty

May 17, 2011 | by | Topic: The American Story, The DNA of Greatness

Written by the executive director of The Center for Vision & Values for National Review Online.

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Bush, Obama, and Osama: America’s Hour of Choosing

May 2, 2011 | by | Topic: The American Story

“In Bin Laden Announcement, Echoes of 2007 Obama Speech,” declared the headline in The New York Times. It’s difficult to find a newspaper that has demonstrated a worst pro-Obama and anti-Bush bias than The New York Times, especially when … More>

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SPECIAL REPORT: “Exceptional America?”

April 11, 2011 | by | Topic: Annual Conference Lectures, The American Story

A review of last week’s Center debate between Dinesh D’Souza, president of The King’s College and Jim Wallis, president and CEO of Sojourners, written for The American Spectator.

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America’s March of Folly

April 7, 2011 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Path to Freedom

The budget deficits from the first two years of the Obama administration are of sufficient magnitude to spring Dr. “Billions and Billions” Carl Sagan from his grave. Sagan could sue for copyright infringement for misuse of astronomical numbers.

On second … More>

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Obama vs. the Bushes: Comparing Costs and Coalitions from Libya to Iraq

April 5, 2011 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Global Challenge

The Libya situation is complicated. I envy no president stuck with the task. Among the complexities, the most daunting unknown is what’s behind the opposition. We would all like to see Moammar Gaddafi tossed to the ash-heap of history, but … More>

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