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 […]

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, […]

Dear Feminists: Your Ruth Bader Ginsburg Mash Notes Are Embarrassing

October 31, 2015–Our heroes, it is often said, reveal a lot about us. Alas, if you take even a cursory glance at today’s third-wave feminist heroes—one might say “heroines,” but that would probably be a dated, gender-binary, and vaguely oppressive mistake—you may rightly conclude, among other things, that the women’s liberation movement has long gone […]

The Biff Tannen Presidency

October 29, 2015–Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015, has officially come and gone, but it was no slouch when it came to breaking news. Vice President Joe Biden, in a major development of the day, announced he would not run for president, breaking various hearts across the nation and dashing hopes that a viable candidate who seemed […]

Bernie Sanders and the Electric Kool-Aid Socialist Test

October 22, 2105–If you watched Tuesday’s Democratic debates, you probably noticed a whole lot of yelling. Indeed, the event, sponsored by CNN, was a veritable white-knuckle ride of hollering, with most of it coming from just one guy—a guy who looked like he just received a nasty shock trying to jump-start his DeLorean in a […]

A Woman President? Who Cares?

October 8, 2015–On Monday, NBC’s “Today” show hosted everyone’s favorite person who might actually be an android, Hillary Clinton, for a folksy “Pancakes and Politics” town-hall gathering. The setting was autumnal Hollis, N.H., in a cozy red barn; Hillary wore a cozy blazer the color of a minor explosion. The event opened with the jovial […]

Obama’s Faux Sophistication

October 1, 2015–If you reside on the political right, you’ve probably experienced the subtle condescension that occasionally erupts from a “sophisticated” sort who realizes you’re not on their side of the aisle. The left, in the eyes of many, is the correct and educated political alliance to choose: They have “nuance,” you see, and “worldliness,” […]

Trump Hides the Left’s Own Crazies

September 24, 2015–Last week, Donald J. Trump, a man who increasingly resembles a wayward, red-hatted hot air balloon, released what might be the Trumpiest statement ever uttered in the history of mankind. Strolling with Trump on his eponymous California golf course perched along the edge of the Pacific, David Brody of the Christian Broadcasting Network, […]

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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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