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V&V Q&A: “Our Vietnam Veterans Were Cheated”—Teaching the Truth About Vietnam … A Conversation with Charlie Wiley

Editor’s Note: The “V&V Q&A” is an e-publication from The Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College. This latest edition of “V&V Q&A” is an intriguing look at media coverage during the Vietnam War with longtime journalist Charles Wiley. Wiley is a veteran reporter who has been lecturing about journalism and other subjects… Read more »

The Prescient Relevance of the Manhattan Declaration in an Age of Caustic Division

The public square is a hostile environment of competing identity politics. However, not all identities are treated equally. Those adhering to Christian orthodoxy do not enjoy the same respect, dignity, tolerance, or acceptance as other identities, despite the constitutional guarantee of religious liberty. Indeed, what happens in the bedroom of two consenting adults is nobody’s… Read more »

The Summer of ‘76: Ronald Reagan and Karol Wojtyla — Two Freedom Fighters in America

Editor’s note: This article first appeared at Cardinal Karol Wojtyła arrived in the United States for a six-week visit in the summer of 1976. The Polish cardinal came to America that bicentennial summer for a festive celebration of intimacy with Jesus: the Church’s Forty-First International Eucharistic Congress. It was held in Philadelphia, where the… Read more »

The State’s Gambling Gambit: Losing Your Way to Fiscal Health

While Illinois, Connecticut, and New Jersey have been making national headlines for their respective budget fiascos, Pennsylvania has been under the radar with its own problems. The legislature has passed a budget. Governor Tom Wolf has not announced his intentions about signing the budget. A key sticking point is that the budget is estimated to… Read more »

Can the Conservative Message be Saved?

Since 2000, conservatism has been in retreat. For those who believe in limited government, freedom, the rule of law, secure borders, lawful immigration, traditional values and a restrained foreign policy, the past two decades show very little accomplishment. We have now elected three presidents since then and yet the federal government continues to grow, agencies… Read more »

1967 and “The Summer of Love:” A Half-Century Later

For the baby-boomer generation (or at least the counterculture segment within it) the summer of 1967 became known as The Summer of Love. Actually, most of us boomers never experienced it. Certainly, 1967 wasn’t a blissful, carefree summer of love for the hundreds of thousands of Americans serving in Vietnam. It didn’t feel much like… Read more »

Privacy at What Price?

In a tale of questionable historical validity, the British colonial government in early 20th century India found itself confronting a fearsome pest: cobras. Though natives had long since adjusted to uneasy coexistence with the snakes, the occupying force did not take kindly to their ubiquitous presence. Seeking their eradication, authorities devised a bounty program to… Read more »

Trump’s Excellent Speech in Poland, on Poland, and about Poland

Editor’s note: A version of this article first appeared at The American Spectator. Before I write this defense of Donald Trump in Poland, let me remind readers—from the right and the left—that I come to this subject with some credibility. Not only have I written many articles and even books on the likes of John… Read more »

Life is Worth Fighting For

The story of Charlie Gard is sparking outrage throughout the world. As the Wall Street Journal put it, the doctors who are caring for 11-month-old Charlie Gard “have won judges’ permission to discontinue life support despite his parents’ objections, saying his rare genetic disorder can’t be effectively treated and that keeping him on a ventilator… Read more »

The Playground Fight Over Religious Liberty: Trinity Lutheran Church v. Comer

Trinity Lutheran Church is a church in Columbia, Missouri that operates a Christian preschool and daycare center offering students a playground for recess and exercise during the school day. It recently found itself in a major case before the U.S. Supreme Court. Here’s why: The state of Missouri instituted a limited-grant program intended to enable… Read more »

Marking Natural Law with Mark Levin

Editor’s note: A version of this article first appeared at American Spectator. Take in something lasting and satisfying this summer. Take a look at Mark Levin’s new book, Rediscovering Americanism and the Tyranny of Progressivism. The latter half of the title will draw eyes right away. Glancing the table of contents, I almost jumped straight… Read more »

The Founders and the Presidents: A July Fourth Reflection

It’s time to watch fireworks displays, sing patriotic songs, and ruminate about our country’s rich heritage and history. It’s time to celebrate America’s national birthday. As we do so, we should recognize that millions of our ancestors, by their creative thinking, hard work, devotion to the common good, and personal sacrifices have helped make our… Read more »

Talking with the Russians

There is nothing new or untoward in American and Russian leaders talking. President Franklin Roosevelt met Joseph Stalin at Yalta and referred to him as “Uncle Joe.” President Dwight Eisenhower entertained Premier Nikita Khrushchev during his whirlwind tour of America in the summer of 1959. Khrushchev withdrew Eisenhower’s invitation for a reciprocal visit the next… Read more »

Remembering Mary Sennholz

Mary Sennholz—a Grove City College legend and the widow of another GCC legend—passed away peacefully in her sleep early Sunday morning. She was 103, she was ready, and she did it her way: She never moved into a nursing home, but lived out her days in the longtime Sennholz home on Pine Street, a block… Read more »

VIDEO — The Whiskey Rebellion: The First Immediate Test of our Federal Form of Constitutional Government

On June 6, 2017, Dr. Richard G. Jewell ’67, President Emeritus of Grove City College, spoke before a record number of guests at the Pittsburgh Rivers Club. Jewell discussed the Whiskey Rebellion and its importance to our nation’s early success. If you enjoyed this talk, we invite you to our next American Founders Luncheon to… Read more »

The New Conservative Legal Mainstream—and Why the Left is Worried

Senators Chuck Schumer and Patrick Leahy claimed that newly confirmed Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch was not in the “legal mainstream.” They were referring to the “living Constitution” approach to constitutional interpretation. That interpretative approach, still thriving today and embraced by the liberal left, says that the U.S. Constitution should be a document that judges… Read more »

Mark Zuckerberg’s Call for a “Universal Basic Income”

Facebook founder and billionaire Mark Zuckerberg’s Commencement speech at Harvard made a big splash. It was a warm-hearted, encouraging, interesting address, enriched by some endearing personal vignettes. It was also politically progressive to the core: It included the obligatory (for progressives) statement condemning the unfairness of a system that allows him to become mega-rich while… Read more »

A Vision for Middle East Peace and Security

President Donald Trump’s visit to Saudi Arabia and then to Israel as part of his first foreign trip is as historically significant as President Richard Nixon’s February 1972 visit to China and subsequent mission to Moscow two months later to sign the first Strategic Arms Limitation Treaty. Nixon’s visit opened diplomatic doors and also made… Read more »

The Joys of Life

Editor’s note: A version of this article first appeared at In an effort to squeegee politics out of my life for a long weekend, I recently attended several sporting events that highlighted my granddaughters’ skills in soccer and swimming. Let’s start with the soccer teams. Let’s call one the Sesame Street Hushpuppies and the… Read more »

Grove City College 2017 Commencement — Featuring Distinguished Guest, Vice President Mike Pence

On Saturday, May 20, Grove City College was honored to welcome Vice President Mike Pence as the 2017 commencement speaker. The large crowd of nearly 5,000 people gave Vice President Pence three standing ovations during his address. After his speech, the Vice President stood beside Grove City College President Paul J. McNulty and shook hands… Read more »