The VA scandal: Should we expand the federal failure?
Wikipedia has called it the Veterans Health Administration Scandal of 2014. An audit released in early June found that more than 120,000 veterans were left waiting or never got care, and that records were intentionally vague, misleading, and falsified. More … More>
Privacy battles: as old as the Old Testament
Last month marked the beginning of a new campaign for Internet privacy with the unveiling of the “Reset the Net” campaign. Academics, tech companies, and civil rights organizations from around the globe, including Google, Mozilla, WordPress, Tumblr, and the Committee … More>
President Obama’s Environmental Purity Agency
The rollout of the Environmental Protection Agency’s new draft regulation to limit greenhouse gases was accompanied by a brilliant political cartoon that showed a pair of hapless fellows with automobile mufflers protruding from their mouths, apparently to prevent any renegade … More>
Hillary Clinton’s Move to the Far Left
Editor’s note: A version of this article first appeared in The American Spectator.
Supreme Court Slows Obamacare’s Abortion Agenda
The Supreme Court waited until the last day of its term to issue its highly anticipated opinion in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores and Conestoga Wood Specialties.
Obama appointments nixed
In a rare unanimous decision, all nine justices of the U.S. Supreme Court agreed with the outcome in NLRB v. Canning. The Supreme Court found that President Obama’s recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) were unconstitutional. … More>
Being “offended” does not constitute an “establishment” of religion: The Supreme Court and Elmbrook School District
The Elmbrook School District operates two public high schools in suburban Wisconsin. Finding that its own gymnasiums were cramped, hot, and uncomfortable, and at the request of students, it decided to move joint graduation ceremonies to a local Protestant church … More>
Squawk On: U.S. Circuit Court green-lights discrimination case against the IRS
Can the Internal Revenue Service silence a president’s political adversaries by using secret policies? It seems that we’re about to find out. The 17th century French politician and finance minister, Jean-Baptiste Colbert, once quipped that, “The art of taxation … More>
AUDIO – V&V executive director guest hosts the “Glen Meakem on the Weekend” radio show
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 on the Weekend” radio program. During the show, … More>
Eliminating poverty and reducing inequality: Is a guaranteed minimum income the answer?
Recently, some commentators have been promoting the idea of a government guaranteed income, where the government would pay a monthly cash payment to every American, regardless of need or merit. A similar idea, the negative income tax, has been discussed … More>
Your trash, my spring yard work
After I picked up the sticks in the yard and raked the leaves that had collected over the winter, I perused the lawn and enjoyed the various signs of spring. A few crocuses were already in bloom. The daffodils were … More>
Pending Supreme Court Rulings (Part Four) – Obama and Recess Appointments: NLRB v. Canning
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>
Recent presidents and religious liberty
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>
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”
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>
Pending Supreme Court Rulings (Part Two) – “Michigan voters’ stance for true equality: The Schuette case”
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>
The war against work and wealth
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>
Pending Supreme Court Rulings (Part One) – “Abortion and free speech: The granny who will not be silenced”
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>
The politics of envy
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>
Obamacare’s unsung hero
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>
Liberty of Conscience in the Public Square: Challenges to the Affordable Care Act
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>
The Senate would be more efficient without the filibuster, and that’s the problem
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>
Gay marriage, bigotry and the public interest
What I find somewhat surprising in the gay-marriage discussion is this: By the evidence of most polls, nearly half of Americans favor gay marriage, even though only 3-5 percent of Americans are gay. That is, only a very small minority … More>
PA Attorney General Refuses to Defend Marriage Law – An Insider’s View
Editor’s note: Last week, the ACLU filed a federal lawsuit to overturn Pennsylvania’s marriage law. In response, in a stunning move, Pennsylvania’s attorney general refused to defend the law. The Center for Vision & Values contacted Pennsylvania Family Institute … More>
Justice Kennedy’s “demeaning” DOMA ruling
In the limits of this brief essay I cannot adequately address the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), or the entirety of the Supreme Court’s recent decision regarding the same. As a native Virginian, however, I must fully disclose that, insofar … More>
A Perfectly Natural July 4th
Editor’s note: A shorter version of this article first appeared in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
Will you be celebrating Natural Law this July 4th? You should be. Your Founding Fathers did.
In declaring their independence and asserting … More>
Fisher v. University of Texas: The Court Misses an Opportunity
The Supreme Court, in a case heard by eight Justices (Justice Kagan recused herself), has issued its decision involving the admissions policies of the University of Texas. In a 7-1 decision, the court sent the case back to the Fifth Circuit Court of … More>
The “why” behind the IRS scandal
Let’s begin with a premise. Challenging, delaying, questioning, or bullying organizations about their non-profit, educational purposes chills both free speech and a free press. The current ruckus involving Internal Revenue Service policies aimed at conservative political groups supports that notion … More>
Slouching From Gomorrah: Remembering Robert Bork
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>
Robert Bork and Grove City College
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>
Man vs. Himself on Wall Street
Editor’s note: A version of this article first appeared at RealClearMarkets.com.
A costly computer trading glitch involving market maker Knight Capital has intensified the debate over the effects and value of high-frequency algorithmic trading. The holding period for most of … More>
V&V PAPER — Nature and Nurture: Limiting the Rights of Parents in Genetic Enhancement
Editor’s Note: “[T]he issues here are layered and controversial. While each generation faces new medical possibilities, the 21st century is likely to see an increase in both the number and the sheer scope of what is possible. … As happens … More>
The Obama Nullification Doctrine
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>
The Obamacare Decision: A Mixed Bag
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>
Supreme Court to America: Surprise!
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.
Volcker Rule Is a Step in the Right Direction
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>
Sick Chickens and Sick Laws
When President Obama made his famous declaration about how he was confident that “that the Supreme Court will not take what would be an unprecedented, extraordinary step of overturning a law that was passed by a strong majority of a … More>
Obama’s Monumental Misunderstanding
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>
The Supreme Court Weighs Obamacare: Good Intentions vs. The Constitution
Editor’s note: This article was written exclusively for Forbes by the Center’s fellow for economic and social policy.
Yes, Congresswoman Pelosi, We’re Serious: On the Constitutionality of Obamacare
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>
A Whirlwind Tour of the Supreme Court’s Commerce Clause Jurisprudence
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>
Is the Health Care Law Constitutional? No, Strike It Down
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.
Obamacare: Will It Withstand Constitutional Scrutiny?
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>
V&V Q&A (Presidents Day Special): What Would Reagan Do? The HHS Mandate and A Very Different President
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>
What If We Removed Wartime Conscience Exemptions?
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>
The Catholic Bishops v. Obama? President Obama and Justice Ginsburg on America’s “Rather Old Constitution”
I’ve gotten some very interesting emails regarding President Obama’s mandate commanding Roman Catholics (and many evangelical Protestants) to violate their consciences by providing mandatory contraception, sterilization, and abortion-inducing pharmaceuticals. The emailers noted that Obama’s action will force Catholics to challenge … More>
V&V Q&A: On the “Red Card Solution”
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 discuss a recent column by Ann Coulter, which criticized Newt Gingrich for advocating Helen Krieble’s “Red … More>
Two Visions: The Nativity vs. the Occupiers
Editor’s note: A version of this article first appeared in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
I recently strolled down Grant Street in downtown Pittsburgh and was struck by two images.
First, there was the stirring life-sized Nativity that each year is displayed … More>
Happy Bill of Rights Day
An estimated 4.5 million young people will vote for the first time in the 2012 presidential election. Is this a good or bad thing?
The popular answer is that it is indeed good. Many people think that the very act … More>
When Clarence Thomas Came for a Visit
On Tuesday, November 15, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas visited Grove City College. I had a choice to make—whether to meet him or attend to the tons of work I had to finish before several looming deadlines.
I don’t … More>
Obamacare: Constitutionally Infirm
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>
Obama’s Executive Order and the First Amendment
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>
A Free Speech Challenge for Parents
Should a 13-year-old be able to purchase a school-shooting simulator without parents’ knowledge or consent?
The Supreme Court says that freedom of speech requires that 13-year-olds have that opportunity. In a 7-2 decision, the court struck down a California law … More>
Jefferson Versus Hamilton: The Continuing Contest
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>
Perils of the “Administrative State”
Written by the administrative director of The Center for Vision & Values for WORLD Magazine.
Imperfect Justice in Snyder v. Phelps
On March 2, the Supreme Court issued a decision in the case Snyder v. Phelps that illustrates the difficulty of balancing competing claims to rights and justice in our judicial system.
The court overturned a lower court’s $5 million tort … More>
V&V Q&A with Ron Templeton, CEO of Templeton 360: Healthcare Entrepreneurship in the ObamaCare Era
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, fellow for entrepreneurship and innovation with The Center for Vision & Values and chair of the entrepreneurship … More>
Justice Is Done in Connecticut
Dr. William Petit stood on the steps of the New Haven Superior Court House. A jury had just recommended the death penalty for one of the men who had assaulted and murdered his wife and daughters. Though it was not … More>
STREAMING VIDEO — “From Sparks and Sennholz to the Supreme Court: The Journey of Scott Bullock”
To view a streaming video of this event from the Freedom Readers Lecture Series, please click on the link below:
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STREAMING VIDEO — “Little Pink Houses: Private Property, the Founders and Susette Kelo’s Story”
To view a streaming video of this event from the American Founders Luncheon Series, please click on the link below:
For MAC users: If you experience difficulty playing Windows … More>
Show Me Your Science
Written by the administrative director of The Center for Vision & Values for WORLD Magazine.
Freedom of Political Speech Restored: Citizens United v. Obama
Suppose you were arrested on criminal charges because you were the head of an organization that had produced a film critical of the wife of a former political leader, who was now running for office herself. What country would have … More>
Bulldozed in New London: The Latest on Kelo and Eminent Domain
Pfizer, the huge drug company, has announced that it will be leaving a large research complex in New London, Connecticut and moving several hundred jobs to nearby Groton. Such belt-tightening in tough economic times would normally draw little criticism. In … More>
O is for Obama and Obfuscation
On September 15, I was reading President Obama’s speech to the AFL-CIO and my blood pressure must have reacted in an unhealthy manner when I got to the line: “And that’s why I stand behind the Employee Free Choice Act—because … More>
The Employee Free Choice Act—Why UNIONS Will Be Hurt
The Obama administration is pushing again for the adoption of a bill with the misleading title, the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA). One of its major provisions would make employers recognize unions on the basis of “card checks,” that is, … More>
The Employee Intimidation Act
The Obama administration will make every effort to pass a key piece of pro-union legislation. The bill has a misleading label: The Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA). In the interest of truth in advertising, the bill should be called, “The … More>
Obama, FDR, the Constitution, and Rights
Earlier this year, in “The Next Great Depression,” I noted several parallels between the political economy of the early 1930s and today. Another intriguing parallel between then and now is the striking similarities between Barack Obama and Franklin Delano Roosevelt.… More>
Law of the Sea Treaty: Faux Fixes and Expansive Liabilities
The Law of the Sea Treaty (LOST), an omnibus treaty originally blocked by President Ronald Reagan, is back, supported by internationalist activists and profit-minded businessmen. The convention, originally intended to promote large-scale income redistribution to Third World states, … More>
STREAMING VIDEO — 2008 – Gun Control, The Supreme Court and the Founders’ Second Amendment
Dr. Nelson Lund, Vice Dean and Patrick Henry Professor of Constitutional Law and the Second Amendment at George Mason University School of Law, speaks at the American Founders Luncheon Series.
V&V Q&A: On Church Property and the State (with John Sparks)
Editor’s Note: The “V&V Q&A” is an e-publication from the Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College. Each issue will present an interview with an intriguing thinker or opinion-maker that we hope will prove illuminating to readers everywhere. … More>
Law and Order, Texas-Style
Everything is bigger in Texas, including the state’s stomach for capital punishment. Since 1976, Texas has executed some 387 criminals, a number nearly four times as high as the second place total. There has not traditionally been much … More>
The 9th Circuit’s Wake-Up Call
Campus speech codes are so ‘90s. Judicially rebuked and roundly ridiculed, they seemed to have become a dim and distant bad memory.
But not so fast…. In a hotly-contested 2-1 decision, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals recently brought the … More>
VISION & VALUES: Hands Off My Home: The Abuse of Eminent Domain
EDITOR’S NOTE: Attorney Scott G. Bullock, Grove City College Class of ’88 and graduate of the University of Pittsburgh Law School, recently argued the case of Kelo v. City of New London before the U.S. Supreme Court. Despite Bullock’s courageous … More>