Biography

God and Dick Scaife

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 … Continue reading

In Memoriam: John Blundell (1952-2014)

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 … Continue reading

A Renewed Reagan Conservatism

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 … Continue reading

Ronald Reagan’s City of God

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. Freedom. Go to … Continue reading

Ronald Reagan on Religious Tolerance

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 Lincoln’s birthday (February 12), Washington’s birthday … Continue reading

Shirley Temple’s America

I learned only yesterday that Shirley Temple, the iconic child actress, died earlier this week at age 85. Reports on her death were easy to miss. I went through my usual scan of various websites and saw nothing. I fortunately … Continue reading

Pete Seeger, Marxist minstrel

Editor’s note: A shorter version of this article first appeared in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Pete Seeger’s death at age 94 is a cultural catharsis for the American left. The New York Times accorded his passing the kind of space normally … Continue reading

Mister Rogers vs. the Unity Tree

Editor’s note: This article first appeared in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. I was walking by Stanwix Street and Penn Avenue last week when struck by our city’s “Unity Tree.” It’s a curious thing about the Unity Tree: it only comes out … Continue reading