Political Editorials - Washington Times
Skip to content


Featured Articles

US attorney general, Loretta E. Lynch attends a conference on organised crime in Rome, Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

Counting up the carnage

Putting on a blue uniform has seldom been this hard. Thugs and killers have always despised the men and women who keep the peace, but now their bosses often no longer have their backs. When the badge is bent out of shape to suit the times, civility slides toward the ragged edge of barbarism.

A voter marks a ballot for the New Hampshire primary inside a voting booth on Feb. 9 in Manchester, N.H. (Associated Press)

Get ‘em where they eat

It’s always for the kids. Every time a local government wants more money from taxpayers, the taxpayers are told that it’s not for lavish salaries or programs of limited value, but “for the kids.” It’s for schools, teachers, first-aid kits, fire extinguishers and stuff like that.

JIM BUNNING-The MLB pitcher was U.S. Senator from the state of Kentucky. Hall of Famer Jim Bunning is seen during the Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Sunday, July 28, 2013, in Cooperstown, N.Y. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

A sad note in World Series Week

This week millions of Americans, including political junkies who are sometimes more passionate about baseball than politics (particularly after a nip or two of fine old Kentucky bourbon in the shank of an evening with old friends), will interrupt their arguing over the occasional merits and manifold shortcomings of Hillary and the Donald, to retire to the sport pages and the World Series.

Donald Trump gestures toward Hillary Clinton during the third presidential debate Wednesday in Las Vegas. (Associated Press)

Bursting the limits to growth

“What’s in your wallet?” is more than a punchline in a TV commercial. It’s the question that breadwinners ask themselves every day. How they answer determines whether they’re gaining or losing ground in the race for prosperity.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton greets supporters during a campaign event at University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2016, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

The peril in the polls

Public-opinion polls can be infuriating. They’re often read as if they’re telling us how to vote, rather than a speculation on how what we’ll do. Indeed, some voters who want to be part of a fashionable majority will take them that way, and hitch a ride on a bandwagon.

Related Articles

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks during a campaign stop at the University Of New Hampshire in Durham, N.H., Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Hillary and sex

We've come a long way, Miss Baby, since women went off to college in search of an Mrs. degree, and a good thing, too. Discrimination hurts everyone. Social institutions large and small have enacted policies in accord with the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex or national origin.

Terror on the Chattanooga Choo-Choo

There's not much of elegance and quiet pleasure left in travel. "Getting there," in the famous Cunard slogan, is no longer half the fun. But what pleasure there is usually rides on steel rails. Too bad, but Congress in its wisdom may be about to fix that.

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton shake hands during the presidential debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y., Monday, Sept. 26, 2016. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Playing not to lose

All that trouble, all that anticipation of "the debate of the century," and all that anti-climax. Neither Donald Trump nor Hillary Clinton moved the needle so much as a millimeter.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, left, stands with Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton before the first presidential debate at Hofstra University, Monday, Sept. 26, 2016, in Hempstead, N.Y. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

Beyond the debates

We heard a lot of promises Monday night, when Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton at last took the measure of each other face to face. Both the Donald and the gentle lady from the Clinton counting house were trying to show us how they would lead the nation, dispatch the nation's enemies and bestow all the free stuff that voters have come to expect as their due.

Stickers for voters are seen on a table at a polling station Tuesday, April 26, 2016 in Wayne, Pa. Attention is shifting from a well-worn campaign trail to the voting booths as Pennsylvanians cast ballots Tuesday on presidential primary contests, including the first competitive Republican primary in decades, and races for Congress and state offices. (AP Photo/Jacqueline Larma)

Diluting the vote

It's easy to feel lost in a nation of 320 million. But it's the strength and glory of the American way that the least among us has a say, no smaller and no bigger than anyone else, with a vote on Election Day.

David Foley holds a handgun while shopping at the Spring Guns and Ammo store Monday, Jan. 4, 2016, in Spring, Texas. President Barack Obama is making good on his pledge to politicize gun violence. The package of gun-control executive actions Obama will formally announce Tuesday has pushed the contentious issue to the forefront of the 2016 presidential campaign, just weeks from the Feb. 1 Iowa caucuses.(AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

A tale of two states

There's a lot of miles between downtown Chicago and, say, Valdosta. Illinois and Georgia are very different places, and the politicians who live there have a profound disagreement about guns. Illinois politicians take pride in their gun-control laws that enable gangbangers, killers and other thugs to rape, rob and kill all but unmolested in Chicago and its frightened suburbs.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump waves to the crowd during a rally in Roanoke, Va., Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016. Trump faces Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton in the first of three debates Monday. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

A single for Donald Trump

There's baseball tonight, and politics, too. Politics, like baseball, is a game of inches. A called strike, two inches within the strike zone, a fly ball that clears the left-field fence by three inches. A tag at third base misses by four inches. An inch here and two inches there, and a late-inning rally ruined.

President Barack Obama greets people in the audience during a ceremony East Room of the White House, Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016, in Washington, after awarding the 2015 National Medals of Arts and 2015 National Humanities Medals. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

The president's farewell tour

Sarah Bernhardt, the French superstar at the end of a career as "the most famous actress the world has ever known," famously set out on a farewell tour that was so successful she repeated it, several times.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks during a campaign stop in Orlando, Fla., Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016.  (Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel via AP)

Answers for Hillary

Hillary Clinton is smart -- she has the academic credentials to prove it -- but she can't figure out why she isn't scoring above 50 percent in the public-opinion polls. Life on the hustings just ain't fair.

Protesters surround a police vehicle in Charlotte, N.C. on Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016. Authorities used tear gas to disperse protesters in an overnight demonstration that broke out Tuesday after Keith Lamont Scott was fatally shot by an officer at an apartment complex. (Jeff Siner/The Charlotte Observer via AP)

Rioting in North Carolina

Black lives matter, and they matter so much that everyone, black or white, is responsible for protecting them. That begins with demanding that "demonstrators" and "protesters" pay a little respect to the black lives they say they honor.

President Barack Obama speaks at the U.S.-Africa Business Forum at The Plaza Hotel in New York, Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Working overtime against the economy

Barack Obama is worried about the legacy he'll bequeath to history in just three months. Like all presidents he wants to be remembered as a good president if not a great president, but he keeps doing things that will render the memory of his presidency as something forgettable between the work of Chester Alan Arthur and Jimmy Carter.

United States President Barack Obama addresses the 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly, at U.N. headquarters, Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Obama at the United Nations

President Obama deserves credit for consistency. At home or abroad, he never misses an opportunity to cite failings and weaknesses of the country that twice elected him president. He was at it again Tuesday at the United Nations General Assembly, where envy of the West is never sated.

Jason Falconer, who operates a firearms training facility and works part-time with the Avon Police Department. (Avon Police Department/St Cloud Times via AP)

A good guy with a gun

Dahir Ahmed Adan is the Somali terrorist who wandered through the Crossroads Mall in St. Cloud, Minn., with a sharp knife, taking a religious census. He demanded of shoppers whether they were "Christians or Muslims," and put his knife to the Christians.

A man fills out paperwork before selling a handgun to a first-time gun owner at Metro Shooting Supplies, in Bridgeton, Missouri. In 2000, 51 percent of Americans said guns made homes more dangerous, according to Gallup, the polling firm. By last year that had dropped to 30 percent, with a full 63 percent now saying guns made a home "safer."

Guns and hysteria

Nobody does hysteria better than The New York Times, and over the years the editorial page of the old gray lady has fulminated most over the Second Amendment. The very idea of guns frightens the old gray lady beyond her feminist endurance.

Emergency personnel work at the scene of Saturday's explosion on West 23rd Street in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood, Monday, Sept. 19, 2016, in New York. Ahmad Khan Rahami, wanted in the bombings that rocked Chelsea and a New Jersey shore town was captured Monday after being wounded in a gun battle with police that erupted when he was discovered sleeping in a bar doorway, authorities said. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)

Terror in the streets, again

Reality is rarely kind to the purveyors of fantasies. Barack Obama and his administration have tried for eight years to persuade everyone that Islamic terror is merely a figment of the imaginations of bigots, racists and other bad people. But he can't seem to get the memo to the radical Islamic terrorists, who keep trying to blow up Jews, Christians and other infidels, and often succeed.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally, Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016, in Colorado Springs, Colo. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

Heebie-jeebies for the Democrats

To hear the big media tell it, the Republicans are angry, split and spoiling for a fight with each other. This is not altogether bad. Democrats and cats have fought for years and the result is more cats and more Democrats. Maybe it will work for Republicans.

Barack Obama was born to a Kenyan father, also named Barack Obama, and a white mother from Kansas, Stanley Ann Dunham. ** FILE **

The story that won't die

The false story of Barack Obama's birth is the story that just won't die. It's apparently too valuable to too many people to put it in the graveyard of myths, fables and convenient tall tales.

After a whirlwind trip to Mexico City Wednesday to meet Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto, Repbulican presidential candidate Donald Trump said his plans to build a border wall remain. However, Mr. Pena Nieto has vowed not to pay for its construction. (Associated press)

Something there is that likes a wall

Something was lost in the coverage when President Enrique Pena Nieto entertained Donald Trump in Mexico last month. Most of the reporters expected the two men to greet each other with baseball bats and brass knuckles and instead they established a mutual civility that is, alas, missing between Hillary and the Donald. Not paying attention to what the two presidents were saying to each other, most of the reporters missed the most important thing to come out of the meeting. "Making Mexico's borders with our friends and neighbors in Central America more secure," said President Nieto, "is of vital importance for Mexico and the United States."

Donald Trump advocates "extreme vetting" of immigrants from predominantly Muslim nations to weed out potential terrorists, coupled with aggressive coalition military operations in the Middle East. (Associated Press)

Welcome details of Trump economics

Donald Trump put some meat on the bones of his economic plan in New York on Thursday, and his plan to restore growth should mute some of his more ardent conservative critics. These critics have been playing "can you top this" with each other, vying to say the meanest things about him, and here's something positive for them to consider.

A man walks past the Salt Lake Temple,  a temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, at Temple Square, Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2016, in Salt Lake City. The Pew Research Center survey found that just under half of Mormon registered voters, 48 percent, describe themselves as Republican this year. That's down from 61 percent four years ago when Mitt Romney was the party's presidential nominee. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Buying into the great beyond

Religion in America is no longer the faith of our fathers. Belief is always an uphill climb and our forebears weren't the sort who sought out the gentle slopes. Moderns explain their change of heart as simply the natural progression from superstition to enlightenment.