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Limiting the Coming War

“War is the realm of the unexpected.” — B. H. Liddell Hart, 1950 Early 19th century Prussian general and philosopher Carl von Clausewitz identified “Der Schlag,” or “the punch,” as the vital opening gambit in war. Success depends on military superiority combined with surprise and velocity to assure immediate, overwhelming, and decisive dominance. The brief… Read more »

Presidential Character and Competence: A Presidents’ Day Reflection

Donald Trump’s presidency has raised anew the question: How much does the character of the president matter? Trump has frequently been castigated for narcissism, vindictiveness, lying, sexual improprieties, and crudeness. In a July 2017 Gallup Poll, 65 percent of respondents cited Trump’s character and personality as an explanation for why they disapproved of him; only… Read more »

Another Budget Deal Bites the Dust

Back in September I wrote about our “ethically challenged” democratic system. I said, “We are caught in a downward, self-destructive [debt] spiral.” If you doubted me then, those doubts should have been exploded last week. Congressional leaders agreed to increase federal spending by nearly $300 billion above the already-rising limits stipulated by the Budget Control… Read more »

DACA Doublespeak

Editor’s note: This article first appeared at American Greatness. In an extraordinary move last month, President Trump brought congressional leaders to the White House for a vigorous discussion of immigration policy. What made the moment so remarkable is that the meeting—in a departure from the usual swampy Washington gesture reserved for scripted talking points and… Read more »

Faith and the NFL

After the Philadelphia Eagles’ thrilling victory over the New England Patriots in the 2018 Super Bowl, faith was front and center. In response to being awarded the Lombardi Trophy at the post-game ceremony, Eagles head coach Doug Pederson thanked “my Lord and savior Jesus Christ.” Tight end Zach Ertz, who scored the winning touchdown, and… Read more »

Memos, Trump, and Trust

Perhaps we should not be surprised by the hysteria over the release of Congressman Devin Nunes’ memo. After all, “memogate” has filled Washington with hysteria for weeks. Former deputy assistant to President Trump, Sebastian Gorka, claimed it showed abuses “100 times” worse than the causes of the American Revolution, while former Republican congressman Joe Scarborough… Read more »

Hate and Humility in the Social Media

I was a late adopter of Facebook. I had a nagging fear that no one would befriend me, and that my Facebook experience would become a monologue. Of course that was irrational. I currently have 257 friends, representing my connections during the various decades of my life. I have worked diligently to post interesting and… Read more »

What’s the Purpose of Higher Education? College is About More Than Simply Getting a Job

I recently spoke with a college-bound student and his mother in my career services office. These types of meetings have significantly increased in the last few years as families want to inquire about all the statistical data related to job placement. I asked the young man what his ideal college experience looked like. His answer:… Read more »

President Trump: His First-Year Economic Record

In an article written 10 days after President Donald Trump’s election victory, I commented on the drop in the price of gold, which was mirrored by a spike in the dollar index. I surmised that the markets were signaling optimism about our country’s prospects in a Trump presidency. In retrospect, we can see that the… Read more »

On Christian Higher Education: Pointing Prospective Students to Christ

Editor’s note: A version of this article first appeared at “I Am Not the Standard.” 300 miles. The only thing standing between me and my admissions counselor. As my parents and I made the five-hour trek out to Western Pennsylvania in our Maryland-plated car, the knots in my stomach only grew tighter. Destination: Grove City… Read more »

North Korea: Avoid a Needless War

“To subdue the enemy without fighting is the acme of skill.” —Sun Tzu The recent bogus Hawaiian nuclear alert puts the smoldering crisis with North Korea in perspective. Although most experts believe it will be a year before North Korea’s ICBM capability fully matures, the threat has reached a point of criticality. Instead of dithering… Read more »

Worms, Inequality, and North Korea

Possibly the greatest inequities in human history have been made in the name of liberation and equality. Communism, with its ideological zeal and concentration of power, created a ruling class distinguished by its power and its access to luxury. No other modern society could match the inequities between a small ruling clique of dedicated believers… Read more »

The Center for Vision & Values Presents: Top 10 of 2017

2017 has been a fantastic year for The Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College. We celebrated an all-time high in website traffic, an exponential growth in social media, and a record number of email subscribers. These accomplishments would not have been possible without the thoughtful, charitable, and powerful scholarship from our many… Read more »

The Law and the “Profits”

Christian theologian R.C. Sproul, founder and chairman of Ligonier Ministries, died on December 14, 2017 at the age of 78. In mid-1990, Sproul gave the following talk to the Institute on Market Economics and Religious Faith held at Grove City College. The Institute was attended by pastors, priests, seminary professors and seminarians and was designed… Read more »

No Neutral Ground: The Problem of Net Neutrality

On November 21, the Federal Communications Commission announced plans to revisit its Obama-era internet regulations. It seems likely that the resulting vote will repeal the policies often referred to as net neutrality. The name is, perhaps, misleading; to support net neutrality is to support placing the internet more fully under government supervision. The related political… Read more »

Just What the Doctor Ordered

While the Republican Congress remains paralyzed over how to repeal and replace Obamacare, recent activity among two of the healthcare industry’s largest players could signal a new approach to delivering access to affordable healthcare. CVS, the nation’s largest pharmacy chain, recently announced that it is acquiring Aetna, one of the nation’s largest insurers, for a… Read more »

Remembering Fidel Castro’s Death

Editor’s note: A shorter version of this article first appeared in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. This past week marked the anniversary of the death of Fidel Castro, our hemisphere’s worst dictator for a half century. When we remember Castro’s death, we should remember him for just that: death. Expressing the depths of Fidel’s destruction is impossible… Read more »

The Kremlin, LBJ, and the JFK Assassination

Editor’s note: This article first appeared at The American Spectator. President Trump recently authorized a mass declassification of documents relating to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in November 1963. Among the material subsequently released, one document that instantly grabbed headlines was a December 1966 FBI memo reporting the reaction of Soviet and Communist… Read more »

Thanksgiving Day thoughts, 2017

Thanksgiving Day is the traditional American holiday when we are given the opportunity to pause from our normal routines and take time to count our blessings. It can be a fun and refreshing time, full of family, feasts, and football. For those who choose to acknowledge God as the Great Giver of all that is… Read more »

Celebrating Universal Children’s Day

The celebration of United Nations’ Universal Children’s Day on November 20 should prompt us to consider the plight of the world’s children and commit ourselves to working to give them a better life. The UN established this day in 1954 to promote international awareness about the problems children face worldwide and to increase efforts to… Read more »

A Haven in the Opioid Crisis

Our nation is experiencing an opioid crisis. Currently more than 2.5 million Americans are addicted to either opioid pain relievers or heroin. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, opioid-related deaths have more than quadrupled since 1999. All drug overdose deaths, many caused by opioids, increased by 17 percent from 2015 to 2016… Read more »

Birthday of a Bloodbath

A version of this article first appeared at the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. This October-November 2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the launch of the Bolshevik Revolution in Russia—the bloody communist state that would produce a political-ideological killing spree unlike any the world has ever seen. And yet, communism continues to find supporters. Here are three personal… Read more »

Underneath the Bridge: Abandoned Babies in Communist China

The New York Times recently ran an article on how the lives of Chinese women were made “much better” under communism. It was a shocking article, prompting a number of rebuttals. The article made me think back to my time in China and what I witnessed there. For the academic year running from the fall… Read more »