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Deliver Us From Wimpiness

August 21, 2014–“Truth,” Albert Einstein once said, “is what stands the test of experience.”  This week, the website BuzzFeed decided to give five fervent anti-gun liberals an experience they would never forget: shooting guns. The resulting video is amazing in more ways than one. No one, you’ll be pleased to learn, was shot, despite the […]



Can Feminists Do Anything On Their Own?

 August 15, 2014 – Sometimes I wonder if modern feminists are really a bunch of fun-loving, hyper-aware  pranksters, conspiring to hoist an elaborate hoax upon the world. “Oh, Amanda, be real,” someone might type in a  secret feminist chat room, chortling over a Diet Coke. “Isn’t this piece calling babies ‘time-sucking monsters’ that  should die so […]



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 […]



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 […]



Panic, American Style

Commentary magazine, July/August 2014 - When it comes to the English language, few words rival the evocative power of panic. Standing alone, panic conjures up a wild batch of scenes in the human imagination, many of which, at least in my mind, are somewhat comical: the frantic, unbecoming dances inspired by a bee in the car or a giant bug […]



Two Cheers For Repression?

June 30, 2014 — Recently, I took my kids out for ice cream, which was a lovely, innocent, all-American sort of affair—that is, at least, until a group of high school kids plopped down behind us and started blasting multiple F-bombs into the air. Happily, my kids were too busy inhaling piles of mint chocolate […]



Feminists and Their Daddy Issues

June 12, 2014 - Back when I was an undergrad at Northwestern University, a crime spree struck the school. A mysterious assailant, appearing only at night, would approach female students on the way back from the gym or the library. After hovering for a few moments, he would dash forward, quickly grope them, and flee. His […]



Hijacking a Murder to Boost Self-Esteem

May 27, 2014 – When it comes to portraying crabby, slightly crazed, or hyper testosterone-leveled men, Jack Nicholson is an absolute genius.   Think of Jack “Johnny” Torrance in “The Shining,” Colonel Nathan R. Jessup in “A Few Good Men,” or the red-lipped, wide-mouthed, cabaret-style Joker in Tim Burton’s “Batman.”  Among these over-the-top characters, a sleeper […]



The Great Income Inequality Sham

May 1, 2014–If you’ve ever met a Texan, you know that Texans love bragging about their state. You’ve probably heard the endless list—the bigness, the freedom, the trucks, the barbeque, the pride, the football—and, like many others, you’ve probably rolled your eyes. So please forgive me, for as a new-ish resident of the Lone Star […]



In Illinois, Tax Increases Become an Article of Faith

The Wall Street Journal, April 26, 2014 - In Illinois—a state plagued by epic budget woes, a pension crisis, byzantine taxes and the nation’s second-highest unemployment rate—politics is rarely associated with godliness. Four of the past seven governors, most recently Rod Blagojevich, have been sent to prison. Locals will tell you that corruption is practically a […]



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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, RealClearPolitics.com, the Washington Examiner, and the National Review Online. She currently serves as a senior fellow at the Illinois Policy Institute.
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