Erica Wanis

CP Guest Contributor

For True Conservatism, See Pope Francis and John Boehner, Not Ted Cruz and Ann Coulter

Russell Kirk is widely regarded as one of the 20th century's most influential conservative thinkers. His Ten Principles of Conservatism are an attempt to articulate the sentiments that characterize the conservative spirit. The tenth and final principle reads, "the thinking conservative understands that permanence and change must be recognized and reconciled in a vigorous society."

A Case for Contraception

In the wake of the most recent undercover videos from the Center for Medical Progress, the pro-life community is reeling. Any remaining vestiges of doubt about the depths of depravity to which Planned Parenthood has sunk have been eliminated. Calls for the federal government to cut financial ties have never been stronger.

I Am Not Pamela Geller

Ms. Geller has made a latter-day career out of her crusade against the influence of political Islam and jihadism in America. Author and operator of the blog "Atlas Shrugs," and co-founder of the organization "Stop Islamization of America," she drew national attention for her opposition to the now infamous "Ground Zero Mosque" project.

President Obama and the Progressive Race Narrative

Last weekend marked the 50th anniversary since Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. led the march from Selma to Birmingham, a "bloody Sunday" in which police officers attempting to stop the march launched tear gas and brutalized dozens. President Obama traveled to Selma to mark the historic moment by leading a memorial march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge.

Obama's Cheap Talk on Religious Liberty

Needless to say, enough ink and airtime and bandwidth have been expended excoriating the President on this point. So much so that a second and perhaps more fundamentally problematic issue with his speech has gone unaddressed.

The Peril of Power

As a Christian, I'm quite familiar with this passage, and always took it as an admonition against the kind of "worldly" sins addressed in this particular Pauline epistle. Be honest, love your neighbor, don't be a lover of material things, shun the pleasures of the flesh, etc.

Idealism and the Illusion of Government Beneficence

A close relative of mine was recently diagnosed with cancer and has begun aggressive treatment at the Mayo Clinic. I was discussing the situation with my grandfather and mentioned the shock we all felt when we discovered how pricey cancer treatments are.

The Pro-Life Movement's Last and Best Hope

It's been over 30 years since the Supreme Court ruled that a woman's right to privacy includes the right to electively terminate the life of her unborn child. In that relatively short span of time, abortion has evolved from a highly controversial social taboo to a celebrated pillar of the progressive feminist agenda.

Facebook and Social Media: It's What I'm Giving Up for Lent

The Lenten season is upon us once more, and like many Christians, in an attempt to honor God's faithfulness to his Church and in the hopes of deepening my own faith I have decided to engage in a fast of sorts. Inspired by a good friend of mine, I will for the duration of Lent refrain from using any form of social media. For my friend, this means saying goodbye to Twitter. For me, it's all about Facebook.

Conservatism v. Progressivism; The Good Versus Feel Good

According to pervading political stereotypes, Progressives are the group concerned with and committed to the betterment of the "common man" while Conservatives are characterized by a parochial desire to preserve the institutions and traditions that have served the interests of the white majority for the last few centuries.

Millennials' Siren Song

Occupy Wall Street activist and "independent journalist" Jesse Myerson recently made waves when he penned a piece for Rolling Stone in which he laid out five major policy priorities that Millennials should be fighting for, including such novel concepts as "guaranteed work for everybody," and "take back the land." Perhaps the best indicator of the sheer lunacy of his proposals is the fact that many readers initially assumed that his article was satirical in nature.