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Labor Day Americana Illustration by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Labor Day, a misnamed holiday

No American holiday is as unusual as Labor Day. As legal holidays go, Labor Day isn’t very old.

The Left Attacking the Tea Party Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The mainstreaming of liberalism

One of the curious aspects of the Tea Party’s emergence during the past four years is the extent to which the mainstream media have fostered the idea that this political phenomenon represents a kind of radicalism.

Country Civility Illustration by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

The source of civility

Even in the silence of the timeless Great Smoky Mountains, it’s nearly impossible to get away from the world’s aches and pains — not to mention horrors. The only way to do it is to unplug completely.

Chinese Threat to IT Development Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The frightening emergence of government patent trolls

When the Chinese government announced in April it was establishing a government-controlled patent-operations fund in April, there were few people besides Asian trade analysts who gave the news much attention.

Education Priorities Illustration By Donna Grethen

Transforming labor with school choice

This Labor Day, many Americans will use the holiday to wind down the summer, cook out with friends, or get a long weekend away.

FILE - This Aug. 28, 2014 file photo shows President Barack Obama speaking in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, before convening a meeting with his national security team on the militant threat in Syria and Iraq. President Barack Obama’s acknowledgement the U.S. still lacks a strategy for defeating the growing extremist threat emanating from Syria reflects a still unformed international coalition. The president will meet with his top advisers and consult members of Congress to prepare U.S. military options. At the same time, he is looking for allies around the world to help the U.S. root out the Islamic State group that has seized large swaths of territory in Syria and Iraq.(AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

Barack Obama, the king of climate change

President Obama clearly believes that the Supreme Court, in its 2007 decision, Mass. v. EPA, empowered the president, via the Environmental Protection Agency, to unlimited regulations of greenhouse gases without the advice or the consent of Congress.

Mitt Romney

Another look at a savvy loser

- The Washington Times

Mitt Romney would defeat Barack Obama if they were matched again today. One or two polls say so. But they’re not matched today and a poll like that is only for a friendly conversation over a cup of coffee.

Waiting for Godot Court Ruling Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Suing the feds gets old

There is a reason so many citizens who reach the Supreme Court of the United States in their battles with the federal government and emerge to face reporters and their cameras are elderly, white-haired widows. Fighting the world’s largest law firm is like “Waiting for Godot,” but worse. Samuel Beckett’s absurdist play was fiction, but the ludicrous lengths to which federal lawyers go to avoid Judgment Day is all too real. Stanley K. Mann of Colorado, now 82, spent 20 years awaiting that day.

** FILE ** House Budget Committee Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis. (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke)

Clinging to a tax-and-spend doctrine

The Obama administration continues to run up big budget deficits and huge long-term debts that threaten our economic future and put our national security in peril.

Congressional Internet Regulation and Taxation Plan Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Choosing between two Internet evils

For the past several years, a group of senators has been desperate to enact a tax on Internet sales, attempting a number of strategies that have, thankfully, failed.

Iraq ISIS ISIL Jihadi Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The radical side of social media

The British accent heard from the man who brutally murdered U.S. journalist James Foley last week is another reminder that British citizens are traveling to Syria to join terrorist organizations in unprecedented numbers. In the past few years, the Internet, which quickly spread the grisly video of his death far and wide, has transformed how the toxic message of radical Islam and jihad in Syria, which inspires these men, can be spread.

Flag of Uslam Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Finally confronting the Islamist threat

America’s inconsistent response to the current Islamic State atrocities indicates that we are failing to understand, or deliberately ignoring, the facts that drive the terrorist organization’s ideology.

FILE - In this June 23, 2014 file photo, Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y., takes questions from reporters in New York. On Tuesday, June 24, 2014, Rangel, 84, is running for his 23rd term in the House of Representatives and is facing what could be his tightest race, the Democratic primary for the 13th Congressional District. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

The Republican racist myth

Charles Rangel is peddling a libel, and Republicans should say so, loudly and often.

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Henry Ford

The right to the fruits of our labor

When you get a whole country — as did ours — thinking that Washington is a sort of heaven and behind its clouds dwell omniscience and omnipotence, you are educating that country into a dependent state of mind, which augurs ill for the future. Our help does not come from Washington, but from ourselves; our help may, however, go to Washington as a sort of central distribution point, where all our efforts are coordinated for the general good. We may help the Government; the Government cannot help us. The slogan of "less government in business and more business in government" is a very good one, not mainly on account of business or government, but on account of the people. Business is not the reason why the United States was founded. The Declaration of Independence is not a business charter, nor is the Constitution of the United States a commercial schedule.

Shutdowns unfairly blamed on Republicans

Right now, it appears that the GOP has momentum, with many polls indicating a very strong Republican showing likely in the November midterms. However, this all could change in an instant, the hoped-for victory lap turned into a postmortem.

Civil War Medal of Honor recipient's rank misstated

When awarding the posthumous Medal of Honor to Alonzo Cushing, hero of Gettysburg, the White House misidentified him as 1st Lt. Cushing ("Long overdue: Obama to award Medal of Honor to Civil War soldier," Web, Aug. 26). Actually, at the time of his death, the thrice-wounded artillery officer was Maj. Cushing. Posthumously, he was promoted to lieutenant colonel.

'Dreamers' or not, they're still criminals

I am always amused by the way criminal illegal aliens can rationalize, fictionalize and harmonize their "right" to a free ride at someone else's expense ("Ineligible illegals file request to get Dreamer status, force Obama's hand," Web, Aug. 20). It's almost laughable that these students who refer to themselves as "Dreamers" use the excuse that they were brought by their parents, and for that reason should be free to break the law.

Can't keep up? Don't run

The debate focusing on presidential vacations — how many, how long and the appropriate activities undertaken — is missing a key factor. We generally elect a president for four years when the person is in at least their mid-40s and able to prove to the electorate they are in excellent health. Presidents campaign around the clock to show us they are up to the task.

BOOK REVIEW: 'Crazy Town: the Rob Ford Story'

As a Canadian contributor to The Washington Times, I've occasionally included analyses of my country's history and politics. It provides American readers with a small window into the Great White North.

"One Generation Away, a feature-length documentary, explores the erosion of religious freedom in America - and debuted in a church. (Image from EchoLight Studios)

Rick Santorum by-passes Hollywood and debuts his feature-length movie in a church

- The Washington Times

He continues to appear on presidential straw polls. Now he is taking on politically correct culture and the bullies of the public realm. That would be Rick Santorum, CEO of the independent EchoLight Studios, which have already produced significant films that support faith and family values. Like Glenn Beck, Mr. Santorum has joined a growing group of feisty media folk who are bypassing Hollywood, and heading straight for the grassroots with their work. Religious freedom is at stake here, he says. And commercial theaters are an afterthought.

Russian President Vladimir Putin meets with participants in the youth educational forum at the Seliger youth camp near Lake Seliger, some 450 kilometres (281 miles) northwest of Moscow, in Tver region, Russia, Friday, Aug. 29, 2014. Russia's President Vladimir Putin on Friday called on pro-Russian separatists to release Ukrainian soldiers who have been surrounded by the rebels in eastern Ukraine. (AP Photo/RIA-Novosti, Mikhail Klimentyev, Presidential Press Service)

Rep. Devin Nunes: The bear out there

On my recent expedition to Eastern Europe and Ukraine, I was particularly affected by two things – people's overwhelming fear of Russian aggression and the omnipresence of Russian state media broadcasts.

In this Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014, photo, a McDonald's Big Mac sandwich is photographed at a McDonald's restaurant in Robinson Township, Pa. McDonald's saw a key sales figure drop in the U.S. again in February 2014, as the world's biggest hamburger chain struggles to beat back competition and adapt to changing eating habits. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

The Democrats' unhappy meal

Burger King's retreat to the Great White North reveals the consequences of setting the tax rate too high. The iconic Florida-based fast-food chain intends to merge with Tim Horton's, the equally iconic coffee-and-doughnuts chain in Canada. The resulting burger and doughnuts conglomerate would be based in Ontario, where taxes are reasonable.

Stephen Colbert arrives at HBO's Post Emmy Awards reception on Monday, Aug. 25, 2014 in West Hollywood, Calif. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

Twits in pursuit of Twitter

To rescue the nation from "political misinformation" and "hate speech," the U.S. government is spending nearly a million dollars to look into how animated cat images spread across the Internet do harm. At best, it's a waste of time. At worst, it's a tool to suppress free speech.

Abusing the language

Intolerance is nothing to sneeze at. Neither is a sneeze. Kendra Turner, 17, a student at Dyer County High School in Newbern, Tenn., found that out the hard way when she was sent off to the principal's office. She had said "bless you" when a fellow student sneezed in class.