Author: Conner Dwinell

Finding Conservatism in the Most Liberal of Places

It’s very nice to be writing for TheCollegeConservative again. Since my last article, I have spent three months in Europe studying at Oxford University, where I took two tutorials in economics.  Two of those months were spent attempting to teach myself the ins and outs of graduate level material, and one month traveling to a number of places in Europe.  I learned an incredible amount at Oxford, and it was an experience I will be proud of and continue to reflect on for the rest of my life. I’ll spare everyone the “I’m-A-Study-Abroad-Student-And-I-Know-More-About-The-World-Than-You-Because-When-I-Was-In-Europe” schtick, and just say this:  I feel more...

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Why Mitt Shouldn’t Run in 2016

As we near the November elections, the U.S. Senate races draw nearer.  Arguably the most important indicator of the changing (or perhaps not) needs and political opinions of the American people, the upcoming elections will yield perhaps the greatest insight into how both parties will fare in the coming years.  So instead, I’d like to focus this article on Mitt Romney. Leading the conservative charge in 2012, Mitt Romney’s presidential race brought the hope of a victory to the Republican Party.  Ultimately suffering a striking loss by 126 electoral votes (see the more detailed information here), Romney concluded very...

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The False “Empowerment” Narrative

In the United States, where everything from the real state of the job market to the White House’s involvement in scandals is uncertain, some things remain constant. For example, many liberals don’t usually articulate fully developed ideas, opting instead for meaningless jargon.  But even greater than their use of buzzwords to attack conservatives (which Mitch Hall wrote about recently) is the use of intelligent sounding words to obfuscate ideas for the general public. “Empowerment” has become just such a term. Lately, when liberals have talked about women’s rights, abortion, or even illegal immigration, they’ve increasingly used the term “empowering.”  However, empowerment is...

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Obama’s Immigration Speech: A Repeat of Failure

Last Monday, President Obama gave a speech on immigration reform from the Rose Garden to address the rapid increase of illegal immigrant children crossing the border into the United States. This increase is a direct result of the recent promises of amnesty coming from the White House.  The president’s speech, however, failed to put forward any new or constructive ideas for moving forward. Relying on one of his tried and true tactics, the president blamed Republicans in Congress for their obstruction of the immigration reform bill drafted last year, claiming that he had “held off on pressuring [Congress] for a long...

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Brat Victory a Stepping Stone for GOP

The country was left shocked last Tuesday, when House Majority Leader Eric Cantor lost in South Carolina’s primary to Dave Brat, professor and chair of the department of economics and business at Randolph-Macon College.  Along with the primary victory of Ben Sasse in Nebraska, and the forced runoff in Mississippi between incumbent Republican Thad Cochran and State Senator Chris McDaniel (who Breitbart.com claims is leading in the polls), it seems that the theme for this year’s Congressional election is “upset.”  This is just what the Tea Party has been hoping for. During CPAC this year, it became obvious that...

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