Author: Dr. Paul Kengor

Profile: Dr. Paul Kengor is professor of political science at Grove City College and executive director of The Center for Vision & Values. His books include "The Crusader: Ronald Reagan and the Fall of Communism," and his latest release, "Dupes: How America’s Adversaries Have Manipulated Progressives for a Century."


February 24, 2012

Presidents Day Special: What Would Reagan Do? The HHS Mandate and A Very Different President

Filed under: Politics In General - 24 Feb 2012

Kathryn Jean Lopez: Did Ronald Reagan ever face a backlash from some of his base like we’re seeing on this HHS mandate issue?

February 21, 2012

What If We Removed Wartime Conscience Exemptions?

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

February 15, 2012

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

I’ve gotten some very interesting emails regarding President Obama’s mandate commanding Roman Catholics (and many evangelical Protestants) to violate their consciences by providing mandatory contraception, sterilization, and abortion-inducing pharmaceuticals. The emailers noted that Obama’s action will force Catholics to …

February 12, 2012

Obama’s ‘Healthcare’ Mandate: What Would Reagan Say?

February 6 was the anniversary of Ronald Reagan’s birth. It comes at an appropriate time. February is also the month of Presidents Day and the birthday of Lincoln, the other Republican standard-bearer. Every Republican presidential candidate tries to claim the …

February 6, 2012

The Obama Mandate to Catholics: ‘To Hell With You?’

America’s Catholic bishops are princes of diplomacy, highly educated, erudite, men of tact, propriety. They’re asked to shepherd the flock with a long historical timeframe—like, say, eternity. They tend not to have knee-jerk reactions to issues of the moment.

January 19, 2012

Readying Romney for the Class-Warfare Machine

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 warfare unceasingly for three years now, but his chief strategist, David Axelrod, has …

January 10, 2012

A Kim-Less Christmas

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 thought I’d share a few anecdotes reflecting the singularly pernicious nature of …

January 4, 2012

On Hitchens, Havel, and Kim—and Totalitarianism

Filed under: Featured Conservative,In The News - 04 Jan 2012

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. I was saddened by Hitchens’ death. I’m no atheist, but I respected …

December 30, 2011

Two Visions: The Nativity vs. the Occupiers

Filed under: Politics In General,Religion & Faith - 30 Dec 2011

I recently strolled down Grant Street in downtown Pittsburgh and was struck by two images.

First, there was the stirring life-sized Nativity that each year is displayed on the property of the giant U.S. Steel building. It is an inspiring sight.

December 23, 2011

On Vaclav Havel—and Chris Hitchens

Filed under: Featured Conservative,History,In The News - 23 Dec 2011

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 and democracy. They are Ronald Reagan, Pope John Paul II, Mikhail …

December 9, 2011

Goodbye, America: More Recollections of Deer Seasons Past

Filed under: Politics In General - 09 Dec 2011

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

December 1, 2011

Deer Season a Half Century Ago

Filed under: History - 01 Dec 2011

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

November 24, 2011

An “Occupy Wall Street” Thanksgiving?

Last week, a deranged malefactor was arrested at Occupy Wall Street for threatening to launch Molotov cocktails at Macy’s. It might have been a Macy’s Thanksgiving to forget.

November 14, 2011

Two Septembers: When Wall Street Erupted

As the indignation of the Wall Street Occupiers spreads across the nation, it is time to step back and consider the broader historical perspective. What will history books record about the Wall Street Occupation? For starters, what was the start …

November 8, 2011

No Regrets: Frank Kravetz’s Story

Filed under: History - 08 Nov 2011

“Just existing became what was important,” says 87-year-old Frank Kravetz of Pittsburgh, captive of the “hell-hole” that was Nuremberg Prison Camp. “Yet even as I struggled with the day-to-day sadness and despair, I never once had any regrets that I …

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