The Path to Freedom

War: A Matter of Semantics

September 19, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Global Challenge, The Path to Freedom

“Mankind must put an end to war, or war will put an end to mankind.”

—President John F. Kennedy

For most people war is an unthinkable horror. While generals must think realistically about war, an important duty for a political … More>

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Do we have a war strategy for ISIS?

September 12, 2014 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge, The Path to Freedom

President Obama in his September 10 speech did not deliver a viable war-fighting strategy against ISIS. In fact, the president doesn’t seem to understand that ISIS is at war with the U.S.

The 18th century Prussian strategist General Carl … More>

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Strategy 101: A primer for President Obama

September 4, 2014 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge, The Path to Freedom

In August 1961, while the Soviets erected the Berlin Wall to plunge the Cold War into the deep freeze, President John F. Kennedy ordered the Joint Chiefs of Staff to devise a nuclear-first strike plan. The Strategic Air Command responded … More>

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Dealing with barbarism: V-J Day and beyond

August 27, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Global Challenge, The Path to Freedom

On September 2, 1945, V-J Day, the funeral-like solemnity of the Japanese surrender aboard the USS Missouri was shattered by the thunder of 400 B-29 bombers flying overhead, accompanied by an additional 1,500 carrier aircraft. In a bay packed … More>

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Time for face time with Vladimir

August 21, 2014 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge, The Path to Freedom

President Barack Obama has spent a lot of TV face time opining on race relations in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 2009, on the George Zimmerman trial of 2012-13, on the riots in a St. Louis suburb last week, and plenty more. … More>

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The Strategic Imperative of ISIS: Deal with it Now or Die by it Later

August 14, 2014 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge, The Path to Freedom

During the 2012 presidential campaign President Obama repeatedly boasted, “Osama bin Laden is dead and Al-Qaeda is on the run.” He is right on both counts: bin Laden is gone and Al-Qaeda runs stronger than ever. The latest Al-Qaeda iteration, … More>

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

August 6, 2014 | by | Topic: Streaming Audio, The American Story, The Global Challenge, The Path to Freedom

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of World War I, the executive director of The Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College—Dr. Paul Kengor—joined bestselling author, commentator, talk show host, and President Reagan’s secretary of education—Dr. Bill Bennett—on … More>

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Death’s Progress: Part 2

August 4, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Battle for the Mind, The Path to Freedom

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

In 2010, I wrote a piece titled, “Death’s Progress,” which was widely published. What I laid out needs to be reiterated and updated. Unfortunately, it will need to … More>

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The Great War at 100: Revisiting The Guns Of August

August 1, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The Global Challenge, The Path to Freedom

On August 3, 1914, British Foreign Secretary Edward Grey gave a speech before Parliament that “proved to be one of those junctures by which people afterward date events,” according to Barbara Tuchman in her magisterial “The Guns of August.” The … More>

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KAL 007 and MH17 … A Presidential Response

July 21, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness, The Global Challenge, The Path to Freedom

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

This generation has its KAL 007. The stunning downing of Malaysian flight 17 is strikingly similar to the shock of September 1, 1983, when the Russians … More>

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The VA scandal: Should we expand the federal failure?

July 16, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Law, The Path to Freedom

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>

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Privacy battles: as old as the Old Testament

July 14, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Battle for the Mind, The Law, The Path to Freedom

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>

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Hillary Clinton’s Move to the Far Left

July 8, 2014 | by | Topic: The Battle for the Mind, The Law, The Path to Freedom

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

A few years back I wrote a book on the faith of Hillary Clinton. To this day it jolts liberals and conservatives alike that I, Mr. Reagan More>

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God and Dick Scaife

July 7, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The Path to Freedom

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

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

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In Memoriam: John Blundell (1952-2014)

July 5, 2014 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom

John Blundell, a champion of liberty—and a friend of The Center for Vision & Values—passed away on July 22, 2014.

“John had much still to contribute,” said Dr. Paul Kengor, executive director of The Center for Vision & Values. “He … More>

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A Decent Respect: Renewing the Spirit of ‘76

July 4, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness, The Path to Freedom

July 4, 1776 gave birth to perhaps the most revolutionary political document in the history of civilization, submitted by men who proclaimed, “with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, … More>

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Correcting history: How Vietnam Vets were embraced

July 3, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Battle for the Mind, The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness, The Path to Freedom

Why is it that the American people rejected our troops who served in Vietnam? We know all about the protests not only against the war, but against those who served. Why were there no demonstrations of support? Why was there … More>

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Supreme Court Slows Obamacare’s Abortion Agenda

July 1, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Battle for the Mind, The Law, The Path to Freedom

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.

The narrow 5-4 decision negates the “contraceptive mandate” of the … More>

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WWI and the Second Fall of Man

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

On June 28, 1914, a Bosnian-Serb student named Gavrilo Princip killed Austrian archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife, the duchess. It was the shot-heard-round-the-world, unleashing a series of events that by August 1914 embroiled Europe in war. That deadly summer … More>

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Squawk On: U.S. Circuit Court green-lights discrimination case against the IRS

June 9, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Battle for the Mind, The Law, The Path to Freedom

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>

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Ronald Reagan’s core principles and what they may look like today: Q&A with Dr. Paul Kengor

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

Editor’s note: A version of this Q&A was first published in the Values & Capitalism Blog of the American Enterprise Institute.

V&C:  How did you decide upon these 11 qualities to encapsulate what it means to be a … More>

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As Putin’s confidence grows, Cold War concerns gain credibility

June 4, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story, The DNA of Greatness, The Global Challenge, The Path to Freedom

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

Concerns about reigniting a Cold War gain credibility as Russian President Putin continues his militarism in Ukraine and draws his country into the ongoing crisis in Egypt. Thus, it is time to … More>

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The Five Bailey Brothers of World War II

May 23, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness, The Path to Freedom

Every Memorial Day I attend a parade in the little town of Mercer, Pa. It’s pure Americana: flags, kids, the snow-cone stand, marching bands, local clubs and rotaries, and veterans of wars past processing down the street.

Every year, one … More>

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The ultimate sacrifice: Remembering American heroes

May 21, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness, The Path to Freedom

Last year on Memorial Day, my wife, daughter and I were touring Cambridge, England. We took a bus ride three miles out of the city to the U.S. military cemetery there–one of 25 American burial grounds administered by the … More>

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America’s civil religion: Presidents and Memorial Day

May 19, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness, The Path to Freedom

Throughout American history presidents have often used religious rhetoric for various reasons: to provide comfort and consolation, argue that God providentially directs our nation, celebrate our Christian heritage, defend democracy, hold citizens and the country accountable to transcendent standards, help … More>

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A nuclear 1914? Rising stakes in Ukraine and America

May 14, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The Global Challenge, The Path to Freedom

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

Unrest continues to grow in Ukraine, particularly in light of Sunday’s vote by two eastern regions that overwhelmingly passed a referendum in favor of self-rule.

Government buildings continue to fall to Russian … More>

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Eliminating poverty and reducing inequality: Is a guaranteed minimum income the answer?

May 2, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Law, The Path to Freedom

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>

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STREAMING VIDEO – Vietnam Veterans were cheated, the American people slandered, and history changed: A shocking expose

April 30, 2014 | by | Topic: Streaming Video, The American Story, The Content of Character, The Path to Freedom

On April 7, 2014, Charles Wiley, of Accuracy in Media, gave a fascinating lecture at Grove City College about the Vietnam War. Wiley knew many of the key players in Vietnam. During critical periods, he had one-on-one interviews with General … More>

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The might and majesty of the risen Savior

April 17, 2014 | by | Topic: The Battle for the Mind, The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness, The Path to Freedom

At Eastertime, Christians rejoice and give praise for the resurrection of mankind’s Savior.

Words often fall short of communicating the full magnificence of the Lord Jesus Christ. Let me try by offering that he was the most complete package ever … More>

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Forgiveness Incarnate

April 16, 2014 | by | Topic: The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness, The Path to Freedom

On the cross, Christ personified ultimate forgiveness. “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do” (Luke 23:34). Christ is forgiveness incarnate.

Our responsibility to “Put on the Lord Jesus Christ” (Romans 13:14) requires us to practice forgiveness. Indeed, … More>

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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 politics of St. Paul

April 8, 2014 | by | Topic: The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness, The Path to Freedom

In Romans 13:1-7 the apostle Paul writes: “[A ruler] is the minister of God to thee for good” (v. 3); “Wherefore ye must needs be subject…” (v. 5); “…pay ye tribute [taxes]” (v. 6).

St. Paul seems to be saying … 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Unequal distribution of economic freedom: Why so many poor can’t improve their lot

January 27, 2014 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge, The Path to Freedom

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




While the church and Christian moralists have always spoken about the rich and the poor, and condemned those who put wealth, or anything else, above eternal life, it … 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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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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Department of Defense’s death spiral

November 14, 2013 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge, The Path to Freedom

“Of the four wars in my lifetime none came about because the United States was too strong.”  

Ronald Reagan

The American armed forces are in a death spiral. The potential danger far exceeds the health insurance debacle occurring … 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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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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A judgment on intelligence

November 4, 2013 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge, The Path to Freedom

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

Despite everything you’ve gleaned from spy novels and movies, the most important raw material for a successful intelligence service isn’t information; it’s judgment.  If you don’t know what information is worth … 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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Immigration reform would make sense if new immigrants were not eligible for welfare benefits

September 13, 2013 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge, The Path to Freedom

The U.S. House and Senate are considering an immigration reform bill. Critics of the legislation say that it will not do enough to secure our borders and that it grants amnesty to illegal immigrants. The bigger issue, which has been … More>

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Memo to Washington: Economic growth is easy

September 10, 2013 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge, The Path to Freedom

Editor’s note: Forbes.com editor John Tamny, author of the below opinion editorial which first appeared at Forbes.com, will be speaking at Grove City College on Sept. 24 on the subject “How Government is Hurting the Job Market for College 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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Entrepreneurs’ property rights at stake in France

July 31, 2013 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom

It happened on a cold of day during the last French presidential campaign in a small industrial town called Florange, in Eastern France. On February 12th, 2012, the campaigning and would-be president Francois Hollande climbed a small truck ladder to … More>

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A Perfectly Natural July 4th

July 1, 2013 | by | Topic: The Law, The Path to Freedom

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>

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Wake Up, Gulliver: The Lilliputians Are Almost Done

June 26, 2013 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom

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

Jonathan Swift’s classic novel Gulliver’s Travels—and in particular the novel’s first section in which the tiny Lilliputians immobilize Gulliver by binding him with thousands of tiny, threadlike ropes—serves as a literary … More>

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Don’t Cry For Me, America: Comparing Argentina And The United States

June 15, 2013 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom, Uncategorized

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

Many observers have pondered if the United States is following the same troubled path as Argentina. In the 1940s, Argentina’s Juan Domingo Perón used government agencies for political gain and created … More>

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Because faith and freedom matter

June 7, 2013 | by | Topic: The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness, The Path to Freedom

Editor’s note: As one of his final works of service to his alma mater before retiring, Dr. John Sparks delivered the 2013 Grove City College commencement address, “Because Faith and Freedom Matter,” on May 18. You can watch Dr. 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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Death panels? Of course …

May 30, 2013 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom

Recently the debate about “death panels” has been heating up as Republican Congressional leaders express their opposition to implementing the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) by refusing to appoint members to serve on it. The IPAB, which was referred to … More>

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Get Government Out of the Student-Debt Business

May 16, 2013 | by | Topic: The Battle for the Mind, The Path to Freedom

As millions of students and their parents are preparing for life after commencement, they’re also preparing to deal with massive student loans. Increasingly, people are concerned about the student debt situation brewing on college campuses. The present state of student … More>

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Another group targeted for IRS scrutiny

May 14, 2013 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom

In a press conference last week, White House press secretary Jay Carney fielded insistent questions from a variety of news agencies regarding the Internal Revenue Service’s alleged actions toward tea party organizations. There should be more where that came from … 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

Cardinal Turkson with Dr. Chafuen

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 … 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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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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Social Justice and Pope Francis: Choosing Freedom Over Serfdom

March 20, 2013 | by | Topic: The Content of Character, The Global Challenge, The Path to Freedom

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

Having spent most of his life in Buenos Aires, Pope Francis has given proof that he can rise above his environment. As his compatriot Bishop Alberto Bochatey remarked, “he … More>

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Preserving Hugo Chavez

March 19, 2013 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge, The Path to Freedom, The Persuaders

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

The gushing, almost angelic praise for Hugo Chavez by the left in America and around the world has been shocking to behold, but hardly surprising. I will not … 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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Hugo Chavez: Faithful to Death

March 6, 2013 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge, The Path to Freedom, The Persuaders

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

There’s an old joke from the Cold War. It went like this: Hardline East German communist Walter Ulbricht (who erected the Berlin Wall) died and went to hellMore>

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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STREAMING VIDEO — Faith, Freedom and the Entrepreneur

October 10, 2012 | by | Topic: Streaming Video, The DNA of Greatness, The Path to Freedom


Dr. Craig Columbus (executive director of The Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation) joins Dr. Paul Kengor (executive director of The Center for Vision & Values) and Glen Meakem (a successful venture capitalist and radio talk-show host) … More>

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President Obama and the “Intelligence Brief” Scandal

October 10, 2012 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge, The Path to Freedom

The last few weeks have produced many intriguing political moments, but none as shocking as the revelation that President Obama has been absent from the vast majority of his daily intelligence briefings.

According to a study by the Government Accountability … 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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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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V&V Q&A on Main Street USA and the Federal Reserve’s QE3

September 18, 2012 | by | Topic: 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 the chair of the department of economics at Grove City College and fellow for economic theory More>

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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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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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Growth, Not Gifts! A Solution to Student Loans

August 24, 2012 | by | Topic: The Battle for the Mind, The Path to Freedom

President Obama has been arguing for a number of plans to reduce the burden of student loans such as artificially low interest rates and allowing for some loans to be discharged through bankruptcy. Many young adults are struggling with student More>

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Man vs. Himself on Wall Street

August 21, 2012 | by | Topic: The Law, The Path to Freedom

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>

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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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Homelessness: How Government Policy Makes It Worse

May 25, 2012 | by | Topic: The Content of Character, The Path to Freedom

During a recent trip to Chicago, I couldn’t help but notice the large number of homeless people in the downtown area, including one homeless man pushing a child in a stroller. Homelessness was frequently discussed during the 1980s, but seems … 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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Britain, “Austerity,” and the Lessons of Economic History

May 14, 2012 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom, The Persuaders

Economists and pundits alike are going wild over the United Kingdom’s recent “double dip” recession. The 2008-09 recession prompted the election of a conservative coalition led by Prime Minister David Cameron. Cameron decided the best path for economic recovery was … 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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STREAMING VIDEO — Overhauling the Federal Reserve System

May 8, 2012 | by | Topic: Streaming Video, The Path to Freedom

On Tuesday, May 8, 2012, chair of the department of economics at Grove City College and fellow for economic theory & policy with The Center for Vision & Values—Dr. Jeffrey Herbener—testified before the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Domestic Monetary … 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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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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Pennsylvania, Let’s Move to Elections Once Every Two Years

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

Pennsylvania will soon hold its primary election, something the state does every spring. As night follows day, a newspaper columnist or editorial board will bemoan the low turnout after the primary election, just as they do after other primary elections. … 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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On Ozzie Guillen, Fidel Castro, and Baseball in Cuba

April 12, 2012 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom

“I love Fidel Castro,” said Florida Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen to Time magazine. “A lot of people have wanted to kill Fidel Castro for the last 60 years, but that [expletive] is still here.” Guillen “respects” the Cuban despot.

Guillen … 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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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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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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Sorry Pennsylvanians, Your Primary Won’t Matter

March 21, 2012 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom, The Persuaders

Many Pennsylvanians who follow politics want the Keystone State’s presidential primary to matter. They observe the candidates in Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and elsewhere holding rallies, visiting local diners, and kissing babies. They want some of that attention by … 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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Upheavals in American Education: The Start of Something Big?

March 12, 2012 | by | Topic: The Battle for the Mind, The Path to Freedom

Reform in America’s public schools occurs with seemingly glacial slowness. In the private sector, businesses (including schools) that provide a lousy product quickly lose customers. They either correct their deficiencies or they eventually close. Similarly, if the problem is poor … 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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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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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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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 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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Economics: The Cheerful Science

February 6, 2012 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom

Chances are, you’ve heard economics referred to as “the dismal science.” That unflattering description is glib and catchy; it is also 100 percent wrong. Let me set the record straight and explain why economics—far from being dismal—is cause for hope, … 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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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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Occupying True North in 2012: The Year of the Entrepreneur

January 11, 2012 | by | Topic: The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness, The Path to Freedom

This is the time of year when 2012 prediction lists abound. I am struck by how many lists have included some reference to a surge in American entrepreneurship during the next year. Entrepreneurs are clearly being counted upon to act … More>

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V&V Q&A: On the “Red Card Solution”

January 9, 2012 | by | Topic: The Law, The Path to Freedom

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>

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A Kim-Less Christmas

January 5, 2012 | by | Topic: The Content of Character, The Global Challenge, The Path to Freedom

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

This past Christmas, the people of North Korea were without their messiah. That is, their self-anointed messiah.

For a sense of just how bad was Kim Jong-Il, I … 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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Happy Bill of Rights Day

December 15, 2011 | by | Topic: The Law, The Path to Freedom

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>

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The Rich Are Getting Richer; So Are the Poor

December 12, 2011 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom

“No matter your thoughts about the Occupy Wall Street movement, the protesters were right in at least one respect: The rich are getting richer, and the poor are getting poorer.”

Variations on this statement were repeated in dozens of blogs, … More>

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China’s “Superior” Economic Model?

December 9, 2011 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge, The Path to Freedom

In a recent piece for the Wall Street Journal, Andy Stern, an Obama insider and one of organized labor’s more aggressive personalities, praised what he called “China’s superior economic model.”

Does China have a superior economic model? That depends: Superior … 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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The Marcellus Shale Boom

December 2, 2011 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom

Marcellus Shale is becoming a household name, from discussions around kitchen tables to town halls with (sometimes) angry citizens. Endless media coverage, economic analysis, geological prediction, business maneuvers and political debate encompass this complex topic. Even the experts concede that … More>

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Corporate Social Responsibility: New EU Strategy Threatens U.S. and European Companies

November 29, 2011 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge, The Path to Freedom

Editor’s note: This article was co-authored for the Heritage Foundation by the chair of the business department at Grove City College and contributing scholar with The Center for Vision & Values.

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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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Green Fiascoes and Boondoggles

November 16, 2011 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom

A barrage of news headlines on the Solyndra scandal continue to remind us that President Obama made green jobs one of his administration’s priorities. Those headlines also reveal this initiative to have been a costly mistake.

The bankruptcy of Solyndra, … More>

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Two Septembers: When Wall Street Erupted

November 9, 2011 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge, The Path to Freedom

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

As the indignation of the Wall Street Occupiers spreads across the nation, it is time to step back and consider the broader historical perspective. … More>

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Short-Lived Euphoria in Europe

November 2, 2011 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge, The Path to Freedom

Thursday, Oct. 27, 2011, was a giddy day for European politicians and global investors. European Union officials announced a plan for addressing the EU’s worst financial problems. There would be a partial write-down of Greek sovereign debt—a 50 percent haircut … More>

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Looking Ahead to 2012, 2013, and 2014

October 31, 2011 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom

Whoever takes the oath of office as President of the United States in January of 2013 will inherit an economy facing multiple challenges:

Undoubtedly, still-escalating federal spending will have the government bumping up against the debt ceiling again. By then, … 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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A Global Central Bank? Justice Is Not Served by Government Economic Planning

October 26, 2011 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom

Do we need a supranational authority to enforce social justice? The Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace (PJCP) seems to think so. Its new document, “Towards Reforming the International Financial and Monetary Systems in the Context of a Global Public … More>

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V&V Q&A: Cows, Communists, and Cell Phones—and Wall Street

October 19, 2011 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom

Editor’s Note: The “V&V Q&A” is an e-publication from The Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College. Our latest “V&V Q&A” is with Herb Meyer, who from 1981-87 served as special assistant to CIA director Bill Casey. Meyer 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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We’ve Been ZIRPed

October 12, 2011 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom

It isn’t easy to earn interest income these days. Interest rates on government T-bills, banks’ savings accounts, and certificates of deposit are microscopic. You can blame our government and central bank. They have “ZIRPed” millions of American savers. Here are … More>

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On Steve Jobs, Roseanne Barr, and the Wall Street Mob

October 7, 2011 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom, The Persuaders

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

I got a double shock Thursday morning when I turned on my radio.

“Steve Jobs has passed away,” I heard a DJ remark. “That’s a shame.”

Yes, it is a shame. … More>

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It’s Not Easy Subsidizing Green

October 5, 2011 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom

The bankruptcy of “green jobs” darling Solyndra is still in the news because it could cost U.S. taxpayers $535 million due to a federal “stimulus” program loan guarantee. The Silicon Valley solar-panel maker’s failure comes on the heels of another … More>

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Debt Control or Bondage?

October 3, 2011 | by | Topic: The Battle for the Mind, The Path to Freedom

The student-loan checks for the fall semester have now been cashed. Round one of the Federal debt-limit debate is over, but round two may soon begin. Should we be experiencing feelings of control or bondage?

It is proverbial that acquiring … 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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To Be Sustainable, Universal Health Care Requires Rationing

September 23, 2011 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom

During the last Republican presidential debate, Herman Cain argued that, as a survivor of colon and liver cancer, he would have died if “Obamacare” had been in place when he sought critical treatment. It was a stunning statement, and it … More>

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Greece on the Brink

September 21, 2011 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom

The Greek government is in a gigantic financial hole and is teetering on the brink of defaulting on its debt. It has been able to limp along since last year only with bailouts from outside of Greece.

According to the … More>

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On the Deficit, the Rich, and the Tea Party

September 16, 2011 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom

I’ve only recently come to realize the nature of the hurdle this country faces in trying to turn around a stalled economy and horrendous deficit. Here it is: liberal Democrat politicians have fully convinced huge numbers of people that our … More>

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America’s Mark Twain Conservatives

September 14, 2011 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom, The Persuaders

Attempting to categorize conservatism in the 21st century runs the risk of plunging into the briar patch of academic labeling or the fever swamp of left-wing vitriol. In the first category, one finds such designations as conservatism, neo-conservatism, and paleo-conservatism, … 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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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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Gold’s Meteoric Rise

August 19, 2011 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom

The price of gold has gone on a tear this summer, from slightly under $1500 per ounce to well over $1800 per ounce, and it looks like it wants to go higher. What gives?

Well, if you bought gold last … More>

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Free Speech, Money, and Hitting Singles

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

Written by the administrative director of The Center for Vision & Values for WORLD Magazine.

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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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Big Deal or No Big Deal?

August 12, 2011 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom

As the August 2 deadline for a debt-ceiling deal drew near, many expected a big deal that would significantly change the direction of federal fiscal policy. After weeks of tumultuous negotiations, partisan bickering, and impassioned histrionics, the agreement that finally … More>

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Paying Blondie

August 8, 2011 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom

Written by the administrative director of The Center for Vision & Values for WORLD Magazine.

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Bernanke and the Potemkin Economy

August 5, 2011 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom

On July 11, The Center for Vision & Values posted my article decrying the insulting name-calling directed toward Federal Reserve Board Chairman Ben Bernanke. The very next day, Bernanke made me question my forbearance by telling Congress that a third … More>

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What Do You Want America to Look Like?

August 1, 2011 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom

Written by the administrative director of The Center for Vision & Values for WORLD Magazine.

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The Significance of Congressman Allen West

July 29, 2011 | by | Topic: The DNA of Greatness, The Path to Freedom

Amidst the rhetorical pyrotechnics surrounding July’s debt-ceiling debates, another controversy streaked across the sky like a comet, flared for an instant, then receded into the maelstrom of ongoing partisan attacks. The shooting star in question involved an exchange between two … More>

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Going to the Brink: The Aug. 2 Debt Ceiling Deadline

July 28, 2011 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom

Some have called August 2 “Financial D-Day.” That is the date, according to Treasury Secretary Geithner, by which either Congress raises the debt ceiling or some government disbursements will cease.

Multiple proposals have been floated for budgetary reforms to be … More>

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Could You Survive Another Great Depression?

July 20, 2011 | by | Topic: The DNA of Greatness, The Path to Freedom

I just read two very interesting articles on the U.S. economy, written from historical perspectives. They compelled me to share my own historical perspective. And what I want to say is more about our changing culture than our economy.

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Solutions for the “Tax Gap”

July 18, 2011 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom

In 2010, there was a “tax gap”—i.e., the difference between federal taxes owed and those actually paid—of $410–$500 billion.

Some of the gap stems from the complexity of the tax code. Much of it, though, is deliberate­­: self-employed individuals working … More>

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Morally Inconsistent Currency

July 18, 2011 | by | Topic: The Content of Character, The Path to Freedom

Written by the administrative director of The Center for Vision & Values for WORLD Magazine.

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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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The Limits to Bernanke’s Power

July 11, 2011 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom

As chairman of our country’s central bank, the Federal Reserve Board, Ben Bernanke is expected to put the economy on a sound footing and foster strong economic growth. Unfortunately, Bernanke faces “mission impossible”—partly because the policies implemented by Congress, the … More>

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No Starbucks Budget

July 11, 2011 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom

Written by the administrative director of The Center for Vision & Values for WORLD Magazine.

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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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My Congressman’s Tough Job

June 24, 2011 | by | Topic: The DNA of Greatness, The Path to Freedom

Being a congressman can be a great job. It can be attractive for someone who relishes the ersatz virtue of playing Santa Claus with other people’s money, who finds a year-round routine of fund-raising social events enjoyable, and who covets … More>

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Planned Parenthood Funding: James Madison vs. Obama and the Progressives

June 23, 2011 | by | Topic: The Content of Character, The Path to Freedom

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

With a critical vote in its state Senate, North Carolina has voted to de-fund Planned Parenthood. Republicans hold a huge majority in the Senate—meaning, as a Republican majority … More>

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Our Health is Overinsured!

June 20, 2011 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom

One of the arguments for healthcare reform is that millions of Americans with employer-provided healthcare are underinsured. Proponents of this view are saying that people are underinsured if they are paying too many of their healthcare costs out-of-pocket. Quite the … More>

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Perils of the “Administrative State”

June 20, 2011 | by | Topic: The Law, The Path to Freedom

Written by the administrative director of The Center for Vision & Values for WORLD Magazine.

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Swindling America’s Youth

June 9, 2011 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom

We older Americans have saddled our youth with a mind-boggling public debt—over $20 trillion already spent ($14.3 trillion of “official” national debt plus various off-budget expenditures, according to the U.S. Treasury); trillions more of projected deficit-spending over the coming decade; … More>

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Sleepwalking Through the Valley of Financial Calamity

June 6, 2011 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom

Written by the administrative director of The Center for Vision & Values for WORLD Magazine.

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Persist for Airport Freedom

June 3, 2011 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge, The Path to Freedom

A “Woman Screams for Help After TSA Molestation,” and the “Texas Pat Down Ban May Be Back.” Those are just two of the headlines breaking around the nation this morning, as summer travel picks up—and so do concerns over excessive … More>

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The High-Stakes Showdown Over Medicare Reform

May 31, 2011 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom

The trustees of the Medicare system recently reported that the program will go broke in the year 2024—five years sooner than was projected just last year.

The millions of Americans who have been counting on Medicare to be a reliable, … More>

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The Global Energy Superpower

May 23, 2011 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom

Saudi Arabia has long been the dominant producer of petroleum on the planet. Nature endowed the Arabian Peninsula with gigantic deposits of this vital source of energy. Many of us have lamented the quirk of nature that placed much-needed oil … More>

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Tax Hikes are Coming … If Obama Gets His Way

May 13, 2011 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom

President Obama is now openly proposing tax increases on at least two important fronts as part of his “solution” to the growing debt crisis.

The president’s favorite approach is to talk about the “wealthiest Americans.” In his speech on April … More>

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Inflation: Food, Fuel, and the Fed

May 9, 2011 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom

As Americans increasingly feel the pinch of higher prices for food and fuel, the Federal Reserve’s QE2 policy of creating more money has been called into question. Asked if the Fed bore some responsibility for these vexing price increases, Fed … More>

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What Would Jesus Cut?

May 6, 2011 | by | Topic: The Content of Character, The Path to Freedom

That is the question asked by the left-leaning Christian organization, Sojourners, in its campaign of the same name. It is a most appropriate question given the battle over the budget and given this time of year, not long after the … More>

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Millionaires in America

April 29, 2011 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom

Recently, CNN’s Money.com posted an article bearing the title, “U.S. Millionaires Population Expanded by 8 Percent in 2010.” According to the article, there are now approximately 8.4 million millionaires in the United States, and last year’s increase was due primarily … More>

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Bigger Than the Royal Wedding

April 26, 2011 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom

Written by the administrative director of The Center for Vision & Values for WORLD Magazine.

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Playing the Ostrich on Price Inflation

April 26, 2011 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom

By the time you read this, there’s a good chance that Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke will have held the Fed’s first press conference following a meeting of the Federal Open Market Committee—the Fed committee that controls monetary policy. Leading … More>

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Downgrading America: S&P Declares the Obvious

April 25, 2011 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom

If you had been living on another planet the last three years, you would be shocked to learn that the credit-rating agency, Standard and Poor’s (S&P), has placed the current AAA credit rating for the debt issued by the U.S. … More>

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Donald “Herbert Hoover” Trump

April 18, 2011 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom

Written by the administrative director of The Center for Vision & Values for WORLD Magazine.

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How “Radical” is the Ryan Plan?

April 14, 2011 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom

Question for those of you concerned about the size of federal debts and deficits: Would you endorse a plan which would add another five or six trillion dollars to the federal debt over the next decade while increasing Uncle Sam’s … More>

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V&V PAPER — Christian Charity and the Welfare State

April 13, 2011 | by | Topic: The Content of Character, The Path to Freedom, White Papers

Editor’s Note: “When government confines itself to protecting each individual’s God-given right to be safe in his or her own person and property, then people are free to go about their business as long as they don’t trespass on the More>

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Money Can’t Buy You Economic Prosperity

April 11, 2011 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom

Defenders of the Federal Reserve have been out in force recently declaring the triumph of Money Printing 2, James Grant’s suggested more truthful term for “quantitative easing.” Some pundits point to an 18-percent increase in the S&P 500 since last … More>

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Nightmares and the Secret Tax

April 11, 2011 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom

Written by the administrative director of The Center for Vision & Values for WORLD Magazine.

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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.

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A Nation of Takers

April 4, 2011 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom

Written by the administrative director of The Center for Vision & Values for WORLD Magazine.

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The Roots of Tocqueville’s American Exceptionalism

April 1, 2011 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom

Editor’s note: Dr. T. David Gordon will be a participant in an April 7-8 conference hosted by The Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College on American exceptionalism: “America: Still the Last Best Hope?”

It is not uncommon … More>

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Budget Tightening in Pennsylvania—and Around the Nation

March 14, 2011 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom

Pennsylvania’s new governor, Tom Corbett, has submitted his first annual budget to the state legislature. It includes proposals for spending cuts and no new taxes. In some ways, the budget is a model of what must be done nationwide.

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Madison v. Washington

March 14, 2011 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom

Written by the administrative director of The Center for Vision & Values for WORLD Magazine.

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A Tale of Two Union Disputes: The NFL vs. Wisconsin Teachers

March 9, 2011 | by | Topic: The Battle for the Mind, The Path to Freedom

There are two high-profile labor disputes in the news these days. One involves Wisconsin’s public-school teachers; the other, the National Football League’s players. I mentioned this to a friend, who responded that the NFL dispute was more troublesome. The very … More>

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When Winston Warned America: Churchill’s “Iron Curtain” at 65

March 7, 2011 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge, The Path to Freedom

It was 65 years ago, March 5, 1946, when Winston Churchill delivered his “Iron Curtain” speech in Fulton, Missouri. It was a speech that rocked the world and changed history.

By then, Churchill was no longer British prime minister. He … More>

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Who Objects to Free Speech?

March 4, 2011 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom, The Persuaders

Free speech has always been one of our most cherished rights. It has come under attack repeatedly by those who find it to be an inconvenient and unwanted obstacle to the attainment of their political goals. Sometimes, those in positions … More>

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The Debt-Ceiling Dance and the Annual Budget Ritual

February 28, 2011 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom

Once again it’s time to talk about raising the statutory limit on the U.S. government’s debt—the so-called “debt ceiling.” Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner has estimated that Uncle Sam will reach the debt ceiling before Tax Day, possibly even before the … More>

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The “Purpose” and “Job” of Government: Wealth Redistribution?

February 24, 2011 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom

A teachable moment on the purpose of government recently occurred on MSNBC’s “The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell,” who has picked up the torch for the departed Keith Olbermann. It was Monday, February 7, the day after President Obama sat … More>

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Wisconsin Unions vs. Governor Walker: A Battle for the Soul of America

February 22, 2011 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom

Editor’s note: A version of this article was first published by the Christian Science Monitor. 

It is hard to overstate what is at stake in the dramatic showdown between Wisconsin’s teachers and their Republican governor and legislature. The … More>

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Obama’s Rules for Wisconsin

February 21, 2011 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom

Written by the administrative director of The Center for Vision & Values for WORLD Magazine.

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V&V Q&A with Ron Templeton, CEO of Templeton 360: Healthcare Entrepreneurship in the ObamaCare Era

February 16, 2011 | by | Topic: The Law, 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, fellow for entrepreneurship and innovation with The Center for Vision & Values and chair of the entrepreneurship More>

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America’s Debts: Even More Calamitous Than We Thought

February 14, 2011 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom

Brace yourself. This isn’t going to be pleasant. If you’re in a bad mood or get easily upset, you may wish to pass on reading this article.

The country is in even worse shape economically than we thought. We awoke … More>

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Of Morlocks and Black Swans

February 11, 2011 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom

Two books that should top any reading list for progressives who believe in “winning the future” by waging war against its current inhabitants are H. G. Wells’ classic The Time Machine and Nassim Nicholas Taleb’s The Black Swan. The … More>

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Honoring Reagan’s Memory in the Most Honorable Way

February 8, 2011 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Path to Freedom

It is fitting that we are pausing to remember President Ronald Wilson Reagan on the centennial anniversary of his birth this February, a month that also includes Presidents Day. There continue to be many poignant remembrances and fitting tributes to … More>

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Football Civics

February 7, 2011 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom

Written by the administrative director of The Center for Vision & Values for WORLD Magazine.

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The Economics of the State of the Union

February 1, 2011 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Path to Freedom

The news from Egypt has thrust President Obama’s State of the Union off the front pages. While that news is critical, so is further analysis of the State of the Union, especially from an economic perspective. My previous column focused … More>

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The New-Old Barack Obama

January 27, 2011 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Path to Freedom

The 2012 presidential campaign has begun. Not being a political junkie, it gives me no pleasure to report this phenomenon. And no further proof of this assertion is needed than Barack Obama’s tactical shift.

You may recall, during the first … More>

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Scorched Earth vs. Status Quo

January 20, 2011 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom

Written by the administrative director of The Center for Vision & Values for WORLD Magazine.

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Hu’s in Town, Time to Talk “Money”

January 19, 2011 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom

China’s President Hu Jintao is visiting the United States this week. This means we can count on two things: 1) a proliferation of Hu/who jokes (think: Abbott and Costello, “Who’s on first?”); and 2) disputes about the respective monetary policies … More>

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On Reading Aloud in Congress

January 12, 2011 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom

Opening the 112th Congress by having a succession of representatives read the Constitution aloud on the floor of the House was a worthwhile exercise, despite heated criticism to the contrary.

If nothing else, it showed how little respect many … More>

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Death of the Pro-Life Democrat?

January 7, 2011 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom

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

With the swearing in of the 112th Congress, an already endangered species is nearing extinction in the Capitol Building: the pro-life Democrat.

That the Democrats … More>

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Educational Gobbledegook

January 3, 2011 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom

Written by the administrative director of The Center for Vision & Values for WORLD Magazine.

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New Year’s Resolution: Stop the Fiscal Insanity

January 3, 2011 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom

As we enter the New Year, the financial landscape is littered with essentially bankrupt governments. Governments at every level are in dire financial straits. During the last decade’s governmental spending binge, total state and municipal bond debt has nearly doubled … More>

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The Wilson You Never Knew

December 30, 2010 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom

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

On the heels of a recent Sunday magazine profile of Glenn Beck, The New York Times published a roundtable discussion among six scholars on the issue … More>

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The Tea Party’s Uphill Challenge

December 22, 2010 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom

The Tea Party movement and its millions of supporters have high hopes that the recent elections will rein in runaway government. While I endorse this objective, accomplishing it will be far more difficult than most people realize.

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“Storm Clouds Are Gathering”

December 20, 2010 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom

Written by the administrative director of The Center for Vision & Values for WORLD Magazine.

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Christmas at Katyn

December 20, 2010 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom

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

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The Beginning of the End for Obamacare?

December 16, 2010 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom

One of the key provisions of the Obama administration’s healthcare law has been struck down as unconstitutional by Federal District Court Judge Henry E. Hudson. The decision is the culmination of a lawsuit brought by the Commonwealth of Virginia against … More>

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The ACLU’s Not-So-Holy Trinity

December 14, 2010 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom

Editor’s Note: A version of this article first appeared in today’sAmerican Spectator.

The ACLU seems unusually active right now. What gives? Maybe it’s the Christmas season, which always seems to spring the ACLU into high gear, making it … More>

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Presidents and Bond Market Vigilantes

December 13, 2010 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom

Written by the administrative director of The Center for Vision & Values for WORLD Magazine.

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Honoring Bill of Rights Day – and Responsibility

December 9, 2010 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Path to Freedom

December 15 is Bill of Rights Day. This year is the 219th anniversary of the adoption of the first 10 amendments to the United States Constitution—the Bill of Rights.

Few Americans notice Bill of Rights Day. That isn’t surprising, since … More>

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Barack “Clinton” Obama?

December 7, 2010 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom

“Obama Announces ‘Framework’ for Deal With Congress to Extend Bush-Era Tax Cuts.” That was the lead headline at this morning’s FoxNews website. It’s an eye-grabber, for sure.

The article explained that the “framework” outlined on Monday evening by President Obama … More>

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