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Tuesday, December 06, 2016

LORENZO CARRAZANA: FROM THE SON OF CUBAN IMMIGRANTS….DO NOT HELP THE DESPOTS

With the death of longtime dictator Fidel Castro, the relationship between the United States and Cuba is now at the forefront of media attention. As the United States continues the…...

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

DR. PAUL KENGOR: DEATH BY FIDEL

Editor’s note: This article first appeared at The American Spectator. Fidel Castro is dead. To say those words is so strange. I’ve never known a moment when he wasn’t alive.…...

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

DR. EARL TELFORD: GRANDCHILDREN OF THE SIXTIES

College students in the streets protesting a Trump presidency are not so very different from the demonstrators who took over Columbia University in April 1968. Nevertheless, what took place in…...

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

DR. CALEB VERBOIS: MELANIA, FASHION, RELIGIOUS LIBERY - A STRANGE COMBINATION

People magazine has recently reported news that a number of prominent fashion designers have refused to work with Melania Trump because they do not approve of her, or more likely,…...

Monday, November 21, 2016

DR. MARK HENDRICK: WHAT IS GOLD SAYING ABOUT TRUMP?

Editor’s note: This article first appeared at Forbes.com. Amidst the larger drama of the election last Tuesday, the financial markets staged their own little drama. When the Dow futures plummeted…...

Thursday, November 17, 2016

DR. GARY WELTON: WHY WERE THE PRESIDENTIAL POLLS WRONG?

The election-night coverage of the 2016 vote began with images of the Clinton campaign team gathering in the Javits Center—under the symbolic glass ceiling. Hillary Clinton supporters were enthusiastic, upbeat,…...

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

DR. L JOHN VAN TIL: JOHN PODESTA - THE CLINTONS’ PRINCIPAL POLITICAL OPERATIVE

If John Podesta is not a household name today, he is on his way. And why? The thousands of emails dumped by WikiLeaks in the past week came from his…...

Sunday, November 06, 2016

DR. JOSEPH HORTON: THE INSIDE STORY; WHAT REALLY HAPPENED TO ROE V. WADE

Since the Roe v. Wade decision in 1973, courts have struck down many attempts by state governments to regulate the abortion industry. Just this past summer a Texas law requiring…...

Monday, October 31, 2016

DR: EARL TILFORD: THE WHITE HOUSE AT WHAT cOST?

“The way to deter aggression … is to be willing and able to respond vigorously at places and with means of our own choosing.” On October 12, 1954, Secretary of…...

Monday, October 24, 2016

DR. L. JOHN VAN TIL: LYING, SERIAL LYING AND THE 2016 PRESIDENTIAL RACE

Article VI of the U.S. Constitution prohibits a religious test as a qualification for any public office in the United States. This was a topic of interest just before the…...

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

DR. MARK HENDRICKSON: THOUGHTS ON THE PASSING OF THREE SPORTS LEGENDS

With the recent passing of Arnold Palmer, yet another all-time great sports icon has left us in 2016. How ironic that three athletes, each of whom was the face of…...

Wednesday, October 05, 2016

DR. EARL TELFORD: PRESIDENTS MAKE POLICY, GENERALS MAKE PLANS

“If, as Clausewitz so justly said, war is a continuation of national policy, so are war plans.” —Barbara W. Tuchman, The Guns of August 1962   Over the next two…...

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

DR; MARK HENDRICKSON: HILLARY CLINTON’S ESTATE TAX PROPOSAL

“Hillary Clinton Proposes 65% Top Rate for Estate Tax” blared a headline in The Wall Street Journal. Since the current top statutory tax rate on estates is 40 percent, Clinton’s…...

Monday, September 26, 2016

DR.GARY WELTON: MEMO TO WASHINGTON - DON’T BOX IN OUR FREEDOM

C. J. Box is a New York Times best-selling author. Although he has published some stand-alone novels, he is best known for his Joe Pickett series. The 17th Joe Pickett…...

Friday, September 23, 2016

DR. RICHARD D. KOCUR: A PRESCRIPTION FOR DISASTER

For those who may be unfamiliar with the players in the pharmaceutical business, Mylan is a successful, mid-sized manufacturer of branded and generic drugs. One of their largest products is…...

Friday, September 16, 2016

DR. JOSEPH J. HORTON: BORN THAT WAY? A FALSE HYPOTHESIS

Literature reviews are a common thing in the world of academic research. They often involve esoteric topics confined to a narrow universe of scholarly interest. Few literature reviews, however, have…...

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

DR. MARK HENDRICKSON: BOOK REVIEW OF TY COBB: A TERRIBLE BEAUTY

Editor’s note: A version of this review first appeared at the Claremont Review of Books. Charles Leerhsen's “Ty Cobb: A Terrible Beauty” may be the most important baseball book in…...

Monday, September 12, 2016

DR. DAVID J. AYERS: WHAT TIME LEFT OUT OF THE TRANSGENDER MALE PREGNANCY

I am a Baby Boomer who grew up with Time magazine. From before I was born it arrived at our home every week. We were subscribers, and I devoured every…...

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

DR. MARK HENDRICK: THE FED SEEKS TO POSTPONE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT DEFAULT

Editor’s note: This article first appeared at Forbes.com. I have been writing for years that our government is essentially broke and the federal debt will never be repaid. Within this…...

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

DR. PAUL KENGOR: THE CHANGING FAITH OF HILLARY CLINTON

Editor’s note: A version of this article first appeared at Crisis Magazine. When many conservatives first learned back in 2007 that I had the temerity to write a book on…...

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

DR. P. JESSE RINE:  HOW COLLEGES OVERCHARGE IN THE NAME OF “SCHOLARSHIPS”

Editor’s note: In recent years, concerns regarding runaway college tuition and student loan debt have served to undermine public confidence in the value of American higher education. Ironically, the very…...

Monday, August 08, 2016

DR. PAUL KENGOR: TRUMP ON RUSSIA - HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE FROM FDR TO REAGAN TO OBAMA

Editor’s note: This article first appeared at Conservative Review. There is real danger in Donald Trump’s statements and attitude toward Vladimir Putin and Russia. “Putin likes me,” glowed Trump in…...

Thursday, July 21, 2016

DR. GARY WILTON: THOSE COLLEGE NIGHTMARES - MINE AND YOURS

  Among my best college memories was the day I robbed a classmate of a three-run homer. My residence hall was one player short of a full softball team that…...

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

DR. JOHN SPARKS: JUSTICE BLACK SEES TEXAS ABORTION RULING - 50 YEARS AGO

Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt was recently decided 5-3 by the U.S. Supreme Court. It struck down the Texas legislature’s regulations requiring abortion clinics to meet the same standards as…...

Monday, July 11, 2016

DR. EARL TILFORD: THE GONG SHOW ELECTION OF 2016

Many of those reading this article remember The Gong Show. It ran on NBC from June 1976 to July 1978 and briefly reprised in the 1980s. It featured amateur talent,…...

Friday, July 08, 2016

JOSEPH SOBRAN: EQUALIY RUN AMOK

[Classic: September 21, 2004] -- In a recent column, I made an observation about the vocal "gay community" that may bear amplification. On the one hand, these advocates tell us…...

Thursday, July 07, 2016

DR. JOHN SPARKS: THE TRUTH ABOUT SOCIALISM - VENEZUELA DESTROYS IT’S CURRENCY

Millennials are among the most avid supporters of the socialism promoted by Bernie Sanders. What is most remarkable is that there is ample evidence that socialist regimes bring untold economic…...

Friday, July 01, 2016

DR. l. JOHN VAN TIL: CONSCIENCE AND REPUBLICAN CONVENTION DELEGATE VOTING RULES

Over the weekend a reporter on Fox News said something that struck my attention: “There is a move to have the Republican Convention Rules Committee enact a measure that would…...

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

DR. GARY S. SMITH: ALEXANDER HAMILTON AND AMERICAN INDEPENDENCE

As we celebrate the 4th of July, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s hit musical “Hamilton” is lionizing the life and legacy of Alexander Hamilton. “Hamilton” won 11 Tony Awards, including best musical, a…...

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

DR. JOHN SPARKS: THE TRUTH ABVOUT SOCIALISM - THE VENEZUELAN DISASTER

Many Millennials are finding socialism attractive—at least as presented by Bernie Sanders. This is perplexing because there is ample and dramatic evidence of how a full-fledged socialist state fails its…...

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