William Vaillancourt

William Vaillancourt studied political science and history at Boston University. He writes about politics, government, society and culture for multiple publications. William is native to New Hampshire where "Live Free or Die" is not a challenge to succeed in absolutes, but degrees. Follow him @12WCV

Articles From William

Are too many millennials crying ‘wolf’ these days? It seems like it.

There is an inverse relationship between the demand for and the supply of hate in America. The former casts a bloated shadow that dwarfs the latter, and the current political climate – in particular how the media frames it – has conditioned the public, prior to Election Day and in this shaky post-election aftermath, to […]

If Trump is racist and sexist, what does that make Romney and McCain?

It goes without saying how frequently pundits claimed Trump’s rhetoric would lessen his share of the minority vote while boosting his support among whites, particularly those without a college degree. Many believed at the time that if Trump lost, it was because he dug a grave with minority voters that was too deep to climb […]

From ‘Brexit’ to #MAGA: Election aftermath reinforces millennial stereotypes

June 23 and Nov. 9:  Two revolutionary votes that rejected the status quo, two populations of millennials that were shocked at how, to them, their futures were “stolen” from them by older generations who voted based on racial undertones. Sound bizarre? It is – but millennials can’t seem to understand the errors of their ways. After Great […]

Why you should never vote for the “cool” candidate

Every four years, many of Hollywood’s brightest – and I’m not talking about smarts – use their status in the public eye to commandeer the political power of their adoring fans. It’s quite the spectacle. This year, the list includes Amy Schumer, Madonna, Miley Cyrus, LeBron James, George Clooney, Bradley Cooper, Beyoncé, Lady Gaga, Meryl Streep, […]

How today’s college campuses are similar to Orwell’s “1984”

It is no secret that liberal activism has made substantial inroads at college campuses in the last few years. We are amidst its peak — and now begins the return to normalcy, as exemplified by the University of Chicago’s recent stance on safe spaces and trigger warnings. Such a move has been considered bold in […]

#ImWithHer? Why Hillary fails at marketing and persuasion

The slogan “Ready for Hillary” is to political campaigning what alcohol swabs and a tetanus shot are to healthy living. Sterile, mechanical and unimaginative, it forces us to begrudgingly accept a supposed inevitability. It is difficult to get excited about this preventative measure that we are told will guard against what could go wrong. Do […]