Wendy Davis and the Age of Over-Sharing

September 11, 2014 – This week, in case you missed it, Wendy Davis—the Texas gubernatorial hopeful launched to national fame by her impassioned pro-abortion filibuster last year—released a new memoir. The book, called “Forgetting to Be Afraid,” offers intimate details regarding Ms. Davis’s personal and political life, which no one in America has ever heard anything […]

How Do I Love Texas? Let Me Count the Ways

September 4, 2014 – “The South,” professor and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Garry Wills wrote last year in the New York Review of Books, is “the distillation point for all the fugitive extremisms of our time. … It is the home of lost causes and nostalgic lunacy. It is as if the whole continent were tipped […]

Tacos, Beer, and the Banality of Evil

August 28, 2014–Over the past few weeks, countless Americans have cheerfully doused themselves with ice-filled water to raise money to fight ALS, otherwise known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. With the mind-boggling success of this simple viral campaign, it didn’t take long for copycat efforts to arrive. Not all of them, alas, are heartwarming. Take the […]

The Crazy World of Public Schools

August 14, 2014–Are America’s vast, sprawling, powerful government agencies really all that bad? Left-leaning New York Times columnist Paul Krugman, in a recent series of columns and blog posts, has passionately leapt to their defense. “Libertarians are living in a fantasy world,” Krugman wrote over the weekend, arguing that our nation’s major welfare-state programs are […]

What Ebola Says About Us

 August 7, 2014–If you’ve ever spent significant time in Africa—and I mean real, gritty Africa, not the gauzy, Abercrombie  & Kent-guided, cocktails-on-the-Serengeti Africa that many moneyed Americans know—you might understand why the  current Ebola outbreak is so scary.  In many parts of the continent, sanitation is sporadic; in some, it is practically nonexistent. In the […]

We’re a Long Way From Woodstock

July 24, 2014 – Have you ever met someone who has no idea what his or her personality is really like?  This would be, for instance, the “really laid-back” guy who insists on calculating how much each diner owes, down to the penny, after a 14-person restaurant dinner. It’s the young mom who tells you she’s […]

The Great American Pit Bull Experiment

July 17, 2014 – I’ll admit it: I’m not a huge pit bull fan. I don’t hate them with a fiery passion, as many people do. I’m not sure banning them is the greatest idea. But I’d certainly rather not hang out with them in my spare time, and I’d be alarmed to see one […]

The Transgender Religion

July 10, 2014 – “Religion,” well-known atheist Penn Jillette recently argued in the New York Times, “needs to go away and not be replaced by anything.” Jillette apparently understands the resilience of human faith. In 2003, the novelist Michael Crichton argued that, despite the hopes of atheists, religion will never really disappear. “I think that […]

The Progressive Togetherness Cult

July 3, 2014 – “Government,” former Massachusetts Congressman Barney Frank once said, “is simply the name we give for the things we choose to do together.” Depending on your point of view, the word “choose” might sound just a bit off, a little dicey, or even borderline hilarious. Various layers of taxes, along with the […]

Date Night At the Abortion Movie

  June 20, 2014 – Earlier this week, I did something terrible: I talked my husband into going to a screening of an “abortion romantic comedy” with me. It was his birthday. To my credit, we went to a manly steak dinner beforehand. Also to my credit, I usually have decent taste in movies. But […]

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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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