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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 ...

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    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 ...

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    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 ...

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    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 ...

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    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, ...

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    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 ...

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    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 ...

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    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 ...

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    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." ...

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    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 ...

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    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 ...

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    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 ...

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    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 ...

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    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 ...

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    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 ...

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    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 ...

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    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 ...

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    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 ...

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