Author: Treston Wheat

In Defense of Christine Fair

Georgetown University professor Dr. C. Christine Fair has run afoul of the conservative press of late (see National Review and The Daily Caller) because of her social media use and going after a Trump supporter. Asra Nomani wrote a piece for The Washington Post explaining why a “liberal Muslim” voted for Donald Trump. As an avid critic of Trump, Dr. Fair took umbrage at Nomani’s advocacy for several reasons. Dr. Fair tweeted at Nomani “f*** you,” “go to hell,” “I’ve written you off as a human being. Your vote helped normalize Nazis in DC. What don’t you understand you...

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Should the Electors Defect?

Confession: I am in a rare state of being conflicted. This rarely happens because I’m devoted to philosophical and ontological realism and a black/white world view. I am conflicted over what should happen today with the Electoral College. Many on the left have called for Electors to use Alexander Hamilton’s Federalist 68 to justify changing their vote. Hamilton astutely wrote that with the Electoral College “the office of President will never fall to the lot of any man who is not in an eminent degree endowed with the requisite qualifications.” However, I’m not sure if I want the Electors...

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Muslim Registry Violates Constitution

President-elect Donald Trump and his supporters seemingly need to be reminded that there is a 14th Amendment to the Constitution that has an Equal Protection Clause. Carl Higbie, a former spokesman for a major super PAC backing Donald Trump, advocated for a registry of Muslim immigrants and said the Korematsu v. US Supreme Court case supported the idea. For those who don’t know about Japanese Internment or the Korematsu v. US decision, here is a little history. Following the attacks on Pearl Harbor by the Japanese Empire on December 7, 1941, President Roosevelt issued Executive Order 9066 on February...

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Conservatism vs. the Alt-Right

The base of Trump’s intellectual support comes from the alternative right, or alt-right. Many people do not understand this ideology, including those other groups on the right and leftist critics. Conservatives should understand this movement, where their ideology overlap, and where there is significant disagreement so that we have an informed dialogue and debate. The alt-right is a populist, radical paleoconservatism that opposes cultural Marxism, multiculturalism, and political correctness. They also eschew liberal democracy, free market capitalism, and American global hegemony in favor of quasi-authoritarianism, collectivism, and a reduced military presence in the world. The movement is based almost...

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Seven TV Shows for the Modern Cynic

It is hard being a cynical misanthrope these days in the age of “every child gets a participation trophy,” where we are somehow expected to celebrate everyone else’s mediocrity and care about their mundane, nonsensical problems like how filtering ruins an Instagram photo. They expect you to smile and play nice, complimenting someone on that just amaze-balls guacamole they made from organically grown, ethically sourced avocados that unnecessarily cost twice as much, even though you know the person is wholly incapable of stringing together two sentences with anything other than monosyllabic grunts.  Our culture attempts to inculcate us with the...

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