L. John Van Til
Fri, December 16, 2016
Why the Electoral College Should Endure
Some supporters of Hillary Clinton are taking out their frustrations in a vigorous campaign to, as they say, "Abolish the Electoral College." Their mantra is that since Clinton had a larger ...
Fri, October 21, 2016
Lying, Serial Lying and the 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 presidential election in ...
Tue, June 28, 2016
Conscience and GOP 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 prevent bound ...
Mon, June 13, 2016
Hiroshima: Obama v. 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 America's most courageous ...
Thu, December 17, 2015
A Question of Semantics
President Obama and his administration's spokespersons continue to explain the eruption of bombings and mass shootings as "lone wolf attacks" or "work place violence." The cause, ...
Mon, September 21, 2015
A Retrospective on the Charleston Church Shooting
On June 17, 2015, a young man entered Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina and was welcomed by members of the Bible study and prayer group. He sat with them for ...
Fri, October 17, 2014
American Boots on the Ground
Americans can see or hear about dozens of terrorist acts every day. They can tune in to their favorite TV shows or go to the local cinema and be bombarded with violence and mayhem endlessly. Perhaps ...
Mon, December 16, 2013
Liberty of Conscience in the Public Square
It is not surprising that Obamacare, especially the HHS mandate, has generated dozens of lawsuits. The question is: What is at issue here?
The answer is nothing less than the ...
Wed, October 30, 2013
Understanding 'Wall of Separation' Between Traditional GOP and Conservatives
It's evident in recent elections and day-to-day political clashes in Washington that there is a substantial divide between traditional Republicans and what we may term "new conservatives." ...
Fri, January 25, 2013
Is America's House Divided Again?
Having just viewed Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln," and knowing that Lincoln's
birthday is approaching, it seemed fitting to ponder one of Lincoln's most
famous speeches, and perhaps ...
Fri, November 18, 2011
Should a Candidate's Faith Be An Issue?
Mitt Romney's Mormon faith remains a frequent news item as the 2012 election
cycle grinds on. Not long ago, a Texas evangelist called Mormonism a cult and
has since been sharply criticized ...
Fri, March 18, 2011
The Great Lisbon Earthquake
It was November 1, 1755, All Saints Day in the Roman Catholic faith. The churches were full as the faithful worshiped. Suddenly, the earth began to shake and continued for more than three ...
Wed, November 24, 2010
From Redeemer Nation to Redeemer President
Recently, I was re-reading a favorite book of mine that has been on my shelf within eyesight for decades. That book is Ernest Lee Tuveson's Redeemer Nation: The Idea of America's Millennial Role ...
Mon, June 21, 2010
Is There a Message in Lincoln's Religion for Obama?
Since the Rev. Jeremiah Wright incident during the last presidential campaign, there has been low-level grousing by many Christians regarding Obama's religious convictions. He has claimed to be a ...
Thu, April 15, 2010
VAT Talk No Suprise
Editor's note: This is one of many articles from The Center for Vision ~Values dealing with the topic of our two-day conference on "The Progressives," which kicked off today on the campus ...
Thu, February 04, 2010
The Education of Sarah Palin
A REview of 'Going Rogue: An American Life'
"Going Rogue: An American Life" By Sarah Palin | HarperCollins (November 2009) | 432 pp. | List Price: $28.99
Most likely, millions of copies of Going ...
Thu, January 28, 2010
What's in a Word?
Each day, political claims and terminology–astonishing or at least remarkable–pop up in the media. Consider two such current terms: "middle class" and ...
Tue, May 26, 2009
Meet John Podesta: Architect and Salesman for the New Progressivism
Editor's Note: Be sure to mark your calendar for April 15-16, 2010, when The Center for Vision ~Values hosts its sixth annual conference on "The Progressive Surge and Conservative ...