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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…...

Thursday, June 16, 2016

DR. MARK HENDRICK: HAPPY FATHER’S DAY, JEAN

Father's Day invites us to ponder the father figures we have known—not just our biological fathers, but any man who has blessed us with fatherly action at some point in…...

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

DR. PAUL KENGOR: TRUMP VS. REAGAN - WHAT IS A CONSERVATIVE?

Editor’s note: This article first appeared at ConservativeReview.com. Many of Donald Trump’s supporters have compared him to Ronald Reagan. It is quite instructive that Trump himself picked up the 1980…...

Monday, June 13, 2016

DR. l. JOHN VAN TIL: HIROSHIMA - OBAMA VS. TRUMAN

President Obama’s address at Hiroshima, Japan on May 27 provides us with a good opportunity to examine his foreign policy attitude and contrast it with the views of one of…...

Friday, June 10, 2016

DR. ANDREW MITCHELL: BETTER HOMES AND GUARDIANS

Five score and two years ago, Robert Frost wrote “Mending Wall,” a poem seeking to extract wisdom from stony New England soil. It begins: “Something there is that doesn’t love…...

Thursday, June 02, 2016

DR. EARL TILFORD: VIETNAM IN THE REAR VIEW MIRROR

There were 2,709,918 Americans who served in the Vietnam War. Of that number approximately 850,000 are alive. The youngest is 54. Because there were senior officers and non-commissioned officers in…...

Wednesday, June 01, 2016

DR. TRACY MILLER: TRUMP’S REVISED TAX PLAN - WILL IT BE ACCEPTABLE TO CONSERVATIVES?

Now that Donald Trump has locked up the Republican nomination, we can look more closely at his policy proposals. In April, when the two candidates were still battling for the…...

Thursday, May 26, 2016

DR. MARVIN FOLKERTSMA: A “WHAT IF” MEMORIAL DAY

The news could not have been worse. Starvation, malnutrition, diseases such as typhoid, smallpox, dysentery, and pneumonia, along with freezing temperatures that assaulted thousands of shoeless feet bloodying the snow,…...

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