America’s Ridiculous Refugee Debate

rcplogoNovember 19, 2015–If you’ve watched President Obama’s various speeches and press conferences over the past few days, you can be forgiven for coming away with the distinct impression that he doesn’t like you.

First came the president’s robotic, tone-deaf press conference in Antayla, Turkey, a mere three days after the horrific Paris terror attacks by ISIS. Appearing peeved that he even had to discuss it, Obama repeatedly defended his ISIS strategy in somnolent tones, blandly describing the slaughter of 129 innocents as “a setback.”

Plagued by repeated incredulous questions by usually friendly reporters—“Sir, you can’t really think you don’t need to change anything, can you?” was the basic gist—Obama finally got a bit heated: Not at ISIS, of course, but at his critics back home.

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Put Your Christmas Stuff Away, You Fiends! It’s Not Even Thanksgiving Yet

November 12, 2015–Friends, I hate to break the news to you, but it’s time for yet another dispatch from the ever-raging War on Christmas. Time flies, doesn’t it? Can you believe it’s already the yuletide season? How quickly, in our ever-churning, madcap world, does the calendar flip to December! Ha! I’m kidding, of course: It’s […]

Has College Jumped the Shark?

November 12, 2015–In Tuesday’s Republican debate, Sen. Marco Rubio offered one of the more memorable lines of the night: “For the life of me, I don’t know why we have stigmatized vocational education,” he said, discussing ways to boost American wages. “Welders make more money than philosophers. We need more welders and less philosophers.” The […]

Hillary and the Left’s Impenetrable Bubble

November 5, 2015–On Tuesday, Kentucky voters stunned the chattering classes by electing conservative Republican businessman Matt Bevin to be their next governor. While most polls had Democrat Jack Conway pegged to win the race, reality begged to differ: Bevin earned 53 percent of the vote, leaving his opponent with a mere 44 percent. These days, […]

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Heather Wilhelm is an Austin, Texas-based writer with experience in marketing, public relations, corporate communications, online news, web development, magazine editing, and print journalism. Her written commentary has appeared in the Wall Street Journal,, the Washington Examiner, and the National Review Online. She currently serves as a senior fellow at the Illinois Policy Institute.
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