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WILLIAMS: Palin's paradox

Before Sarah Palin became John McCain's running mate last year, we spent a morning in her Alaska office while she was still governor. We sat down for a one-hour TV interview, and I was most impressed with her insights, traditional values, grasp of issues, and just what a sincere and genuinely warm person she was. Published December 21, 2009

WILLIAMS: Absurdity of athlete worship

For me, it started with Muhammad Ali. I can perfectly recall sitting in the living room with my father, watching as he danced around the ring with a rare mix of fluidity and power, dispatching one rough, plodding opponent after another. He seemed the perfect embodiment of masculine striving. But the best part was after the match had ended. That's when Ali would unleash one of his verbal rants. Full of braggadocio, he would proclaim to the world, "I am the greatest." And I believed him. Published December 14, 2009

WILLIAMS: California doping our youths

I was horrified to read recently that it is increasingly common in California to treat children diagnosed with Attention- Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) with marijuana. California voters passed a law allowing doctors to recommend medical marijuana to their patients, including those under the age of 18. The law allows doctors to recommend marijuana "for any ... illness for which marijuana provides relief." Under that broad umbrella, doctors are pushing pot to treat all kinds of maladies, including ADHD. Published December 7, 2009

WILLIAMS: The dropout rate is a crisis

In his second inaugural address, President Franklin D. Roosevelt lamented: "I see one third of a nation ill-housed, ill-clad, and ill-nourished." From that lament, the New Deal took root. Published November 30, 2009

WILLIAMS: Finding gratitude in difficult times

Thanksgiving is traditionally a time and place to once again gather with family, enjoy the sweet aromas of turkey and cranberries, and to remember all the things for which you are grateful. Published November 25, 2009

WILLIAMS: Death by political correctness

Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan is now conscious and being nursed back to health by hospital staff, just days after opening fire on crowds of unarmed American soldiers at the Fort Hood Readiness Center. Maj. Hasan reportedly shouted "Allahu Akbar!" - a phrase meaning "God is great!"- before discharging 100 bullets at some 300 unarmed U.S. troops who had gathered for pre-deployment processing. By the time his rampage ended, Maj. Hasan had massacred 13 servicemen and women, and injured 29. Published November 18, 2009

WILLIAMS: Legislative malpractice practiced

It has famously been said that America is a nation of laws not people. That is not the case when it comes to applying the laws of this country to its elected leaders. Amazingly, members of Congress are not covered by many of the statutes that they apply to the rest of the country. Published November 11, 2009

WILLIAMS: Are Republicans ready to lead?

We are nearly a year into the Obama presidency now. Yet, with each passing day, this administration becomes increasingly focused on the issues that matter less, not more, to the average man on the street. Instead of building on big ideas with concrete details and personal leadership, the White House has chosen to focus instead on its fringe agenda. Published October 28, 2009

WILLIAMS: The Limbaugh lie

In modern liberal society, it is OK to be a bigot; just so long you are a bigot for the left. Published October 21, 2009

WILLIAMS: Unintended consequences of liberal policies

The social engineering of liberal policymakers often has the unintended consequences of making life more difficult for the people it is trying to help. They justify liberal policies by correctly highlighting real institutional barriers like racism and historical poverty that have historically held back the disadvantaged. However, instead of teaching the disadvantaged to fish so they can feed themselves for a lifetime, they merely give them a fish to eat. Published October 14, 2009

WILLIAMS: 'Hope Doctrine' risks America's security

Over the past month, President Obama has continuously and naively put America's security at grave risk. At the U.N. General Assembly meeting in September, Mr. Obama unintentionally announced his "Hope Doctrine" to promote world peace. In "our efforts to promote peace ... the most powerful weapon in our arsenal is the hope of human beings." Published October 7, 2009

WILLIAMS: Countdown to war and Armageddon

The countdown to war between Israel and Iran has begun. Earlier this week, Tehran announced that it test-fired long-range missiles capable of striking Israel, Egypt, parts of Europe and American bases in the Persian Gulf. Published September 30, 2009

WILLIAMS: Values from the Great Depression

When I was growing up during the postwar prosperity of 1960s, my parents continually reminded us about how fortunate we were to mature in the relative prosperity of an upper-middle-class farming family community in Marion, S.C. Published September 23, 2009

WILLIAMS: The 'race-chasers' strike again

As serious debate on health care reform heats up, Democrats have taken to outright accusing those who oppose President Obama's health care reform plan as borderline racists. Published September 16, 2009

WILLIAMS: Philosophical gap on health care

As Congress returns from its August recess, the political debate on health care reform revolves around four basic issues. First, how should the government provide health care for uninsured Americans? Second, how can reform reduce overall medical costs and improve health care? Third, who should pay for reform? Fourth, should there be a single-payer government health care option? Published September 9, 2009

WILLIAMS: Climate change -- what's in it for me?

Regular readers of The Washington Times are all too familiar with the back-and-forth debate between those who favor federal legislation to curb greenhouse-gas emissions and those who view the measure as one thing and one thing only: a monstrous job killer. Published September 2, 2009

WILLIAMS: North Korea is looming threat

The United States is threatened with a number of challenging military situations: Iran, and its recalcitrant regime; a muted, but not defeated, Hamas; an increasingly hot war in Afghanistan; and, of course, the North Koreans. Published August 19, 2009

WILLIAMS: Death tax confounding emerging 'survivor' class

While the Washington press corps was fixated recently on the latest developments surrounding President Obama's trillion-dollar co-pay in the guise of health care reform, followed by backyard beer swilling, Internal Revenue Service bean counters quietly went about their business. Published August 12, 2009

WILLIAMS: Britain's stone-casting sinners

The corruption scandal during the spring that quickly engulfed Britain's Parliament and threatened to bring down Prime Minister Gordon Brown's short-lived Labor Party government is no longer a global headline news story. To some, it was merely a case of petty corruption gone on for far too long; for the jaded souls among us, the fact that politicians are on the take hardly comes as a surprise. But Britain's scandal has far reaching implications that extend way beyond its shores to a place close to home for Americans. Published August 5, 2009