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America’s Daddy Issues

January 28, 2016–Here in America, as in much of the Western world, social conservatism is terribly uncool. No, it’s worse than that: It’s socially toxic. Traditionalists, we are told, are stiffs, fools, knaves, and uptight busybodies who want to butt in on everyone’s lives, micromanaging them to death. Even worse, the conventional wisdom goes, social […]



Can 2016 Get Any Weirder? Of Course it Can.

January 21, 2016–On Tuesday, in a spectacle rivaling a Greek tragedy at a demolition derby, Alaskan political celebrity Sarah Palin endorsed New York political celebrity and Republican front-runner Donald Trump, while simultaneously proving that the most dangerous place in the world is between Sarah Palin and an available microphone. On the same day, in Democrat […]



Can Republicans Cut Through the Baloney?

January 14, 2016–Insanity, as the well-worn aphorism goes, consists of doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. This bit of wisdom has become such a cliché that it’s almost insanity to repeat it—but repeat it I will, because it perfectly summarizes Tuesday’s State of the Union fiasco, as well as […]



Obama’s Theater of the Absurd

January 7, 2016–In “Superfudge,” Judy Blume’s well-loved and best-selling children’s book from 1980, the title character—Farley Drexel Hatcher, a wildly precocious and rambunctious 4-year-old who goes by the nickname “Fudge”—acquires his dream pet: a chatty myna bird. Fudge names his bird Uncle Feather; soon, he begins teaching it new words. Much to the chagrin of […]



How To Find the Perfect Christmas Present

December 7, 2015–An excerpt from “The Christmas Virtues: A Treasury of Conservative Tales for the Holidays,” edited by Jonathan Last (Templeton Press, 2015). At the end of the day, there are two types of parents in this world: Those who will get into a Yuletide, barroom-style mall brawl over a Cabbage Patch Kid, and those […]



Hillary’s Laughable Gender Wars

December 3, 2015–This week, White House aspirant Hillary Clinton released a new campaign ad featuring a bevy of cute little girls. The title of the ad refers to the presidency, and it was supposed to come across as innocent and endearing. Alas, like many elements of the Clinton campaign, it was actually vaguely alarming, off-putting, and […]



What Are People For?

November 10, 2015–In 1984, the philosopher Derek Parfit introduced the concept of the “repugnant conclusion” in his book Reasons and Persons. This concept goes something like this: If the total collective amount of human happiness is all that matters, then putting more and more people on the planet—theoretically packing the place to a sweaty, crowded, miserable […]



America’s Ridiculous Refugee Debate

November 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 […]



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 […]



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Heather Wilhelm is a 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.
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