Dr. Paul Kengor's blog

Q & A: Ronald Reagan’s principles

Dr. Paul Kengor's picture

[Editor’s note: A version of this Q&A was first published in the Values & Capitalism Blog of the American Enterprise Institute. June 5 was the 10th anniversary of President Ronald Reagan’s death. To honor and remember the president, Dr. Paul Kengor discusses Reagan’s long life and legendary core principles.]



V&C: How did you decide upon these 11 qualities to encapsulate what it means to be a Reagan conservative?


Read More»

‘Heaven is for Real’ and Gospel of Life

Dr. Paul Kengor's picture

[Editor’s note: A version of this article first appeared at thecatholicthing.org.]

I recently bought the book “Heaven is for Real” and saw the movie. That was unusual for me. I don’t typically do the books and movies everyone else is doing, especially the touchy-feely spiritual ones. Maybe it’s the snob in me, or, really, I just don’t like to do what the culture is doing. But this time, I made an exception.

The story is about the near-death experience of a 4-year-old named Colton Burpo, a pastor’s son from Nebraska. Read More»

The left’s evolving hierarchy of rights

Dr. Paul Kengor's picture

[Editor’s note: This article first appeared at TheBlaze.com.]

Unless you’ve been sleeping under a rock, you’ve noticed the growing clash between religious freedom and issues like same-sex marriage and forced funding of abortion.

Recently, the Supreme Court heard a landmark case on whether the federal government can compel a business to fund abortion drugs in defiance of the religious beliefs of the business owner. It’s merely one such case amid a flurry of lawsuits that even includes the Little Sisters of the Poor. Or, consider these situations involving gay marriage: Read More»

The progressives’ crusade against any and all tax cuts

Dr. Paul Kengor's picture

[Editor’s note: This column first appeared in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.]

There’s an ongoing effort by President Obama and fellow “progressives” not only to continue to blame George W. Bush for every economic woe facing America — even as every economic indicator is far worse under Obama — but to permanently discredit the value of tax cuts. Tax cuts are an unmitigated evil that progressive crusaders must forever exorcise. Read More»

Worried about privacy? Check Common Core data collection

Dr. Paul Kengor's picture

There’s an intense debate right now over “Common Core,” a major effort to implement a set of federal education standards in public schools nationwide. The Common Core State Standards thus far have been adopted by 45 states and the District of Columbia.

Though it isn’t my area of expertise, I’ve received numerous impassioned emails on the subject. Among them, one person’s concerns particularly struck me. Read More»

Liberals embrace fatherless families

Dr. Paul Kengor's picture

[Editor’s note: This article first appeared at The Guardian.]

With the Supreme Court giving a major boost to gay marriage, liberals face fewer impediments to their relentless push for fatherless (and motherless) families. Read More»

The progressive income tax turns 100

Dr. Paul Kengor's picture

[Editor’s note: A version of this article first appeared at Investor’s Business Daily.]

Maybe it’s a measure of progressives’ refusal to look back, to always move “forward.” Otherwise, they should be celebrating right now.

In fact, President Obama and fellow modern progressives/liberals should be ecstatic all this year, rejoicing over the centenary of something so fundamental to their ideology, to their core goals of government, to their sense of economic and social justice — to what Obama once called “redistributive change.” Read More»

Progressive values: Forever changing

Dr. Paul Kengor's picture

Bill and Hillary Clinton have endorsed gay marriage, completely reversing their support of the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act, which defined marriage as between one man and one woman, and was signed into law by President Bill Clinton.

Mrs. Clinton calls herself a “progressive.” It’s funny: I wrote an entire book on Hillary Clinton, and never once heard her call herself a “progressive.”

Well, that’s just as well. The progressive tag fits best. After all, that’s what she and other liberals are doing: they are ever evolving, changing, progressing along to something. Read More»

The challenges of America’s growing government class

Dr. Paul Kengor's picture

[Editor’s note: A longer version of this article first appeared at American Spectator.]

The latest unemployment figures are again depressing, but not for the usual reasons. They provide further confirmation of Barack Obama’s fundamental transformation of America, specifically through his creation of a growing government class.

The numbers show a massive increase in government jobs created over the last five months (through November 2012) — 621,000, to be exact, dwarfing private-sector job growth. Read More»

The fundamental transformation of America is advancing

Dr. Paul Kengor's picture

Timing is everything in politics. For four years, I angered conservatives by insisting Barack Obama would get reelected. I figured that an electorate willing to elect a man with ideas and a record that far to the left in 2008 would do so again. I began changing my view, however, after the first presidential debate. Over the last three or four weeks, I became confident that Mitt Romney would defeat Obama. Read More»