Author: Treston Wheat

Trump’s First Hundred Days

President-elect Donald Trump has released his plans for the first 100 days in office—a metric started by Franklin D. Roosevelt after his 1932 election that has become a staple of American presidential politics. Looking at it from a conservative perspective, it is a mixed-bag ranging from great to really bad. This is a breakdown of the important parts to the plan based on how effective his policies will be. Great Lift the restrictions on the production of $50 trillion dollars’ worth of energy reserves and allow vital energy infrastructure projects like the Keystone Pipeline: This is Trump’s best economic...

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Trump and the Global Order

Following the end of the Cold War, the United States experienced its unipolar moment. Liberal democracy and free market capitalism were going to spread across the globe, which would be the “end of history.” However, the illusory assumption that the world was pulling itself closer together came to a crashing stop with the Iraq war and the Great Recession. We discovered there were limits to spreading democracy in the world, and now Iraq and Syria have descended into chaos. We also discovered that the financial recession cracked, perhaps irreparably, the belief that capitalism was the superior economic system. Now,...

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Top Ten Conservative Cocktails

Conservatives are usually pegged as stuffy teetotalers, devoid of the ability to have fun. However, there are plenty of sybaritic right wingers that enjoy their drinks, and I am here to give you the top ten conservative cocktails because it is important to remember that even our Founders knew how to party. These 55 bibulous, wig-wearing party animals drank “54 bottles of Madeira, 60 bottles of claret, eight of whiskey, 22 of porter, eight of hard cider, 12 of beer, and seven bowls of alcoholic punch” in order to celebrate writing the Constitution. It’s always good to be like the Framers of the...

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Defending Burqinis (And Religious Liberty)

Religious liberty is the most important, most fundamental human and constitutional right that must be protected above all else. Why? Because religious liberty is really the freedom of thought and conscience, the ability to decides for ourselves what is good and evil, right and wrong, and to view the world by a particular framework. No other freedom is more important because no other freedom is purely about the individual’s right to determine what he or she believes devoid of coercion. Western civilization successfully brought about religious liberty after centuries of religious and political conflict, which helped lead to the...

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Do Not Forgo First Use

The thought of using nuclear weapons often brings extreme trepidation to policy makers and citizens alike, but they are a key part of American national security and global stability. In fact, nuclear weapons have most likely prevented a great power conflict since World War II. Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher said as much in her speech before the Kremlin in 1987. She noted, “[A] world without nuclear weapons would be less stable and more dangerous for all of us.” Lady Thatcher continued by quoting Sir Winston Churchill, “Be careful above all things not to let go of the atomic weapon...

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