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Wesley Pruden

Wesley Pruden

American journalist legend and Vietnam War author James Wesley Pruden Jr. is Editor Emeritus of The Washington Times. Mr. Pruden’s first job in the newspaper business dates back to 1951 as a copyboy at the now defunct Arkansas Gazette where he later became a sportswriter and an assistant state editor. In 1982, he joined The Washington Times, four months after the paper began, as chief political correspondent. He became assistant managing editor in 1983, managing editor in 1985, and editor-in-chief in 1992. He retired in January 2008 and became editor-in-chief-emeritus. Mr. Pruden is known for his coverage of President Ronald Reagan. In 1991, he won the H.L. Mencken Prize for excellence in writing and commentary. Mr. Pruden writes a twice-weekly column on politics and national affairs for The Times.

Articles by Wesley Pruden

**FILE** Rep. Ron Paul, Texas Republican, speaks April 5, 2012, in Berkeley, Calif. (Associated Press)

PRUDEN: The new terrorists — they're all of us

Barack Obama, the Chicago messiah who promised to unite a fragmented nation, is succeeding beyond his dreams, and maybe even the dreams of his father, which he wrote about so eloquently in his campaign autobiography. Published July 10, 2012

Andrew Jackson

PRUDEN: Putting us all on the dole

One in seven of all Americans is now on food stamps, but that's not enough for the bureaucrats at the Department of Agriculture. Published July 6, 2012

Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. arrives for a lecture on the history of the U.S. Supreme Court at the Old University of Malta, in Valletta, Tuesday, July 3, 2012. Chief Justice Roberts' cast the key vote last week to uphold President Obama's health care law. (AP Photo/Lino Arrigo Azzopardi)

PRUDEN: The seduction of Chief Justice Roberts

The much-anticipated operation was a brilliant success, but the patient died. Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. is a clever surgeon, and he left a bloody mess to prove it. He's in the Mediterranean now, on the island of Malta, lecturing to European lawyers about how to "grow" in office, basking in the applause of fans of the welfare state. Published July 3, 2012

** FILE ** Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr.

PRUDEN: The court's gift to Mitt Romney

Now the fun begins. Nothing can fire the anger of an American like the arrogance of a government lawyer with his foot on the throat of a helpless citizen, and the justices of the Supreme Court are the government lawyers with the biggest feet of all. Published June 29, 2012

President Obama

PRUDEN: There's campaign cash in brides

Barack Obama was so flush with campaign loot four years ago that he wouldn't even take the government's money. He was confident that he could play the dairy farmer and milk Democratic cows on his own. He was right. There were cash cows aplenty. Published June 26, 2012

Marco Rubio

PRUDEN: A revolution by another name

A revised Dream Act, which could have dealt in an orderly way with the children of illegal aliens in our midst, is dead. Barack Obama couldn't wait to get the corpse out of the parlor. Published June 22, 2012

Ira M. Lowe

Ira M. Lowe, colorful D.C. lawyer, dies at 88

Ira M. Lowe, a colorful Washington lawyer whose apartment in Kew Gardens in Georgetown was a way station for counter-culture organizers, celebrities, artists and other figures during the turbulent 1960s, died June 11 at his home after a lengthy illness. He was 88. Published June 20, 2012

Slave shoe

PRUDEN: Adidas and Nike: Ignorance runs in on stinky feet

Here's an inviting opportunity for Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton, the rambling revs who are always on the scout for a lucrative corporate target. Or even President Obama, who is eager to slice and dice the electorate and assign each slice something to take offense at on his way to Nov. 6. Published June 19, 2012

Angela Merkel (Associated Press)

PRUDEN: Obama looking for love in lonely places

Unrequited love is a sad and mournful thing, as any teenager could tell you. Barack Obama, too. His European friends, who swooned with such ardor four years ago, are cooling off. Published June 15, 2012

President Obama

PRUDEN: Counting racists lurking among us

Only bigots, racists, fanatics and right-wing zealots vote against Barack Obama. This is received theology in the Church of Liberalism, preached ad nauseam in 2008, and it's a major Democratic doctrine this year as well. Only now it's "scientific fact," not merely accusation. Published June 12, 2012

Andrew Higgins

PRUDEN: Remembering the boys of summer on D-Day

The boys of a distant summer are fading now, unsteady on their feet, many with canes and some on walkers. But when they talk of their longest day, their steps quicken, their eyes grow bright with proud remembrance of duty done. Published June 8, 2012

Scott Walker

PRUDEN: Waiting for Gov. Scott Walker's survivor's tale

Wisconsin is a land of thrifty cheeseheads, angry labor bosses and sore Democratic losers, hardly typical of everywhere else, but Tuesday night it might tell the rest of us something about November. Published June 5, 2012


PRUDEN: The dark arts of race-baiting

Race-baiting is an ugly art. But a struggling candidate is often tempted to practice the dark arts. We're doomed to see a lot of those dark arts between here and November. Barack Obama and his friends in the mainstream media, so called, can't believe that anyone could vote against someone as wonderful as he is (and as they are). Only a bigot would vote against such a wonderful president. Published May 25, 2012


PRUDEN: A little salt for the polls

Public-opinion polling, like politics, prostitution and punditry, is an honorable enough profession, if properly understood and taken with enough salt. But usually it isn't. Published May 18, 2012

Speaker Boehner

PRUDEN: Navigating past the same-sex marriage 'ick factor'

This is not what Barack Obama expected for a coming-out party. The "historic" revelation that he is now fully evolved, as from tadpole to frog, and now grooves on same-sex marriage, was meant to be marked with quiet ceremony. No music, no flowers, no kiss, no dancing, not even a cupcake. Published May 15, 2012

Researchers say the Darwin Awards, named for evolutionary icon Charles Darwin, provide evidence that males are far more likely than females to engage in "idiotic" behaviors.

PRUDEN: Creepy-crawlies for the evolved Obama

Barack Obama, now fully evolved, is once more the rage of the demimonde. All it took was for him to man up, to acknowledge what everyone already knows the president thinks about "gay sex." Published May 11, 2012

Sen. Richard G. Lugar, Indiana Republican

PRUDEN: Can Indiana nice save an old lion Lugar?

Smashmouth politics, the norm nearly everywhere else, has overtaken "Indiana nice" on the banks of the old Wabash. A lion of the Senate ‚ as Senate lions are now measured — is likely to fall today. Published May 8, 2012