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Illustration on the Liberal tendency towards totalitarianism by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The demon in liberalism

“Why has Sweden become the North Korea of Europe?” That’s what a Dane semi-facetiously asked Swedish cartoonist Lars Vilks at a conference I attended in 2014. Mr. Vilks unconvincingly muttered about Swedes’ partiality for consensus.

Illustration on lawlessness at the southern border by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Lessons from a Texas graveyard

About 80 miles from the U.S.Mexico border sits Sacred Heart Burial Park in Falfurrias, Texas. There, spread across three sections of the graveyard, lies a somber sight: Row upon row of small aluminum markers bearing a serial number. Buried under them lie the remains of human beings, casualties of the lawlessness at our border and in our immigration policies.

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The undeclared war America is losing

As recently reported in The Washington Times, the Department of Homeland Security is considering designating the opioid drug fentanyl as a weapon of mass destruction. We view this as a viable decision and one that may be overdue; but doing so will require both an enhanced accuracy of terms and conditions and an acceptance of responsibility to act once such a declaration is made. Fentanyl's potency is without doubt: It is approximately 100 times more powerful than morphine and 50 times more potent than heroin.

Illustration on Facebook's Libra currency by Alecxander Hunter/The Washington Times

A turning point for cryptocurrency

Facebook's cryptocurrency announcement was a seismic event, and it has nothing to do with Bitcoin or a digital bubble. The implications go way beyond the tech sector and could eventually affect massive sectors of the global economy. Even if Facebook's product ultimately fails, the announcement is the long-awaited inflection point for industries and governments to start learning what blockchain is, and how it might change the way they operate.

President Donald Trump meets with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un at the border village of Panmunjom in Demilitarized Zone, South Korea, Sunday, June 30, 2019. (Associated Press)

North Korea and nuclear gamesmanship

President Trump met again this week with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in his continuing attempts to work out a denuclearization deal, scoring a historic first and possibly higher job approval ratings here at home.

In this Thursday, Oct. 20, 2011, file photo, senior Jessica Piper returns a stack of Bibles to the bookshelf after Bible class at Woodland High School in Cartersville, Ga. Georgia was the first state in the country to allow Bible classes in public schools, but the number of districts offering the classes has dwindled to just a handful as budgets remain tight. (AP Photo/David Goldman) ** FILE **

Fourth of July? Have a little Bible with that

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Today is the Fourth of July -- and happy birthday, America: How about a little Bible with those celebrations. After all, America's DNA is firmly rooted in the book of Judeo-Christian teachings, in the tenets of the Ten Commandments, in the principles taught by -- gasp -- even Jesus Christ himself.

In this June 27, 2019, photo, Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., gestures during the Democratic primary debate hosted by NBC News at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

Democratic debates play right into Trump's hands

Last week's first round of Democratic presidential debates had one clear winner: California Sen. Kamala D. Harris, who has moved into second place nationally after winning a tense exchange with front-runner former Vice President Joseph R. Biden on race issues.

Illustration on political debate by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Livin' is easy, but there's peril in a conversation

Summer is the time for conversation, at the beach or in the mountains, on the front porch or park bench, wherever we find the change of pace that pleases. It's a time for stretching and refreshing body and mind, to look at things with a fresh focus. At least that's how it used to be when friends and family gathered together for lively talk after jumping waves, hiking new trails or climbing the stairs of an old lighthouse.

Illustration on the census by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Censoring the census

The notion of history repeating itself is usually viewed as a negative statement, but some history is worth repeating because we might learn and be guided by it.

Illustration on Democratic party issue trajectories by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Why the Democrats are on a losing track

Presidential candidates from both parties usually sound hard-core in the primaries to appeal to their progressive or conservative bases. But for the general election, the nominees move to the center to pick off swing voters and centrist independents.

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The Trump plan to make Iran great again

Recently, President Trump mentioned five words that should lay the foundation for America's approach toward Iran: "Let's Make Iran Great Again." These words have never been uttered by any of his predecessors and if the president succeeds in realizing the goal of a prosperous Iran at peace with its neighbors he will have accomplished something none of his predecessors were able to achieve over the past 40 years; namely, putting an end to the theocratic dictatorship of the clerical regime that has been the main geo-political challenge to the United States in the Middle East since 1979.

Illustration on Joe Biden's fading fortunes by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Why Joe Biden's star is fading

Former Vice President Joe Biden's quest for the Democratic nomination for the presidency is feeling, well, a little less inevitable.

Pleasant Valley fourth graders Connor Atkins, left, Makenna Laymon-Cutlip, and Cooper Kuneff work on their Language assignment on the first day back to class following the teachers strike Wednesday, March 7, 2018, in Pleasant Valley, W.Va. Students returned Wednesday to schools across West Virginia, a day after the state's teachers wangled a 5 percent pay increase from their elected leaders. Their victory came after walking off the job in all 55 counties of this poor Appalachian mountain state to protest some of the lowest pay for their profession in the country. (Tammy Shriver/Times-West Virginian via AP)

West Virginia school choice is coming

Legislative reform can often be tiresome and grueling. I was reminded of that reality this year in West Virginia, where I fought to pass comprehensive education reform. We had our opposition — like any great idea. But I am glad to report that school choice in West Virginia is on the home stretch toward being implemented to benefit everyone.

Illustration on national security by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Confusing foreign policy with national security

Most Americans, including many senior politicians, tend to use the terms national security and foreign policy interchangeably. They are not the same thing. They are certainly interrelated, and when done well they should rhyme. Whatever his perceived weaknesses, President Trump is one of the American politicians who seems to know the difference. It is good to do foreign policy well; it is essential to get national security right. Mr. Trump understands that prioritization, while many of his Democratic and Republican critics fail to grasp the essential difference.

Illustration on Independence Day by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The myth of Independence Day

The Declaration of Independence — released on July 4, 1776 — was Thomas Jefferson's masterpiece. Jefferson himself wrote much about it in essays and letters during the 50 years that followed.

How a terrorist group contended with its more responsible rivals

This is an informative and dramatic account of the Irgun ("National Military Organization"), a leading dissident Jewish terrorist organization of the pre-1948 Israeli State. From the time of its formation in 1931 and its disbandment in September 1948 (several months after the declaration of Israeli independence in May of that year), the Irgun played an important role in the armed resistance to the British Mandatory Authority in Palestine, as well as in mounting retaliatory attacks against the hostile Palestinian Arab militias.

Illustration on the proliferation of electric rental scooters by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Odd stories that make the rounds

There are a lot of odd stories making the rounds these days. How about the odd stories that E. Jean Carroll has accumulated around her? Unlike any of the other commentators esteeming her of late, I have known her since the early 1960s, when I went to Indiana University with Jean, as she was then called.

Illustration on the Middle East peace process by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Palestinians' 'opportunity of the century'

Abba Eban, who was serving as his country's foreign minister after Israel defended itself from Egypt, Syria and Jordan in the Six-Day War, is said to have lamented that Palestinians "never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity."

Brexit Party chairman Nigel Farage addresses the media during a news conference focussing on postal votes in London, Monday, June 24, 2019.  Farage called for an end to the election postal votes system under its current form. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

An interview with Nigel Farage

Andrew Davies interviewed Nigel Farage exclusively for The Washington Times at a Brexit Party rally in Birmingham, UK.