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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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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, New York Democrat, is a member of the Democratic Socialists of America. (Associated Press)

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- The Washington Times

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez had an opportunity win some hearts and minds and political points, all the while overturning the perception she has a problem with facts and history and Jews -- and she turned her socialist nose high into the air and said thanks, but no thanks.

In this June 5, 2019, photo, Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., speaks at the RV/MH Hall of Fame and Museum in Elkhart, Ind. Bernie Sanders has fallen to second place in most polls in the weeks since Joe Biden entered the presidential race. But Warren is emerging as another threat to his appeal, thanks in part to her populist proposals that at time go further left than Sanders on his key issues. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

Here come the Democratic nobles on parade

- The Washington Times

The legion of Democrats who think they can take the measure of Donald Trump will go at it beginning Wednesday night, each trying to figure out a way to stand out in a crowd of mediocrities.

Chart to accompany Rahn article of June 25, 2019.

A well-deserved honor for Arthur Laffer

Most people plod through life, having an impact on their family and friends, but not much on the rest of humanity. Rulers and despots can impact most everyone's life, as can those who are responsible for great scientific or engineering breakthroughs. Some musicians and athletes bring pleasure to millions. In other fields, such as economics, it is hard to identify individuals who created much in the way of pleasure or pain, or even directly useful knowledge for his or her fellow man.

Substandard Business Model Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Sulzberger is right (and wrong)

I never thought I would write this, but the publisher of The New York Times, A.G. Sulzberger, is right. Mr. Sulzberger wrote an op-ed for The Wall Street Journal in response to President Trump's claim that his newspaper committed "treason" by publishing a story about U.S. efforts to compromise Russia's power grid should Moscow again try to meddle in U.S. elections. The Times says it consulted National Security officials who raised no objections to its publication.

Iran Strategy Illustration by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Iran and the dangers of 'proportionalism'

President Trump acted wisely in not hitting Iran with "proportional" air strikes last week after the shoot down of an American drone. The question of whether or not the unmanned aircraft had been in international air space had not yet been resolved to the unequivocal satisfaction of our allies, and tit-for-tat proportional responses are usually ineffective.

Handcuffed Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Proportionality handcuffs

When Iran shot down an American drone aircraft the question of how we should respond arose immediately. Iran, since the ayatollahs took over in 1979, has committed one attack after another against us, taking an enormous number of American lives.

Why breaking up Google or Facebook won't solve anything

Democrats in Congress with help from a few Republicans are eager to abuse antitrust enforcement to curb Big Tech — Facebook, Apple, Google and Amazon (FAGA). This would be a terrible abuse of the law for problems where bigness contributes little and breaking them up won't solve much.

Veteran Courts Program Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

A second chance for veterans

Veterans need a second chance at clean records for crimes committed with help from compassionate veteran judges and mentors.

Global Energy Security Illustration by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

A boost to global energy security

President Trump is correct to be concerned about the European Union's over-reliance on natural gas imports from Russia. In the interest of Western energy security, it is important that the president's foreign policy team elevate the building of the Trans-Caspian Pipeline (TCP) to the top of America's foreign policy priorities.

Recalling the compelling life of a true champion

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Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, March 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) ** FILE **

Hawks rip Trump for keeping America at work, not war

- The Washington Times

First, take a deep breath. Now take a look at the Wall Street Journal. The otherwise fine newspaper editorially on Saturday blasted President Trump. For what? For not killing Iranians and blowing up Iranian targets to show how super our American power is.

FILE - This Jan. 1, 1953 aerial file picture showing the destroyed village of Oradour-sur-Glane, central France, that is today a phantom village, with burned-out cars and abandoned buildings left as testimony to its history.  France remembered on Monday June 10, 2019, the 642 people killed in the small village of Oradour-sur-Glane 75-years ago, in what was the biggest massacre of civilians by Nazi troops during their occupation of the country in World War II. (AP Photo, File)

Ocasio-Cortez, Omar need to learn about Nazi horrors

Remember. It is the single word that marks the gate to a burned out village in France that I recently visited. There, 642 innocent men, women and children were slaughtered by the Nazis one bright June day.

Identical Cookies Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

When 'equality' means anything but normal

The conceit of our age is that we can alter reality at a whim. We're really that smart and powerful. We not only can control the planet's weather, but we can defy God's essential design for life, reflected in nature and cultures trillions of times a day.

Packing the Supreme Court Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Packing the Supreme Court

As the 2020 presidential election unfolds, leftists agitate to make fundamental changes in our national institutions. Among them is packing the U.S. Supreme Court. By statute, a compliant Congress and a willing president can make the court as big as they want, to enforce their ideology.

Science Brain Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Who are the science deniers?

The National Assessment of Educational Progress has issued its "Nation's Report Card" on America's schools and the data is clear. Private schools -- which are mostly religious -- outperform their public-school counterparts in science scores in almost every subcategory, including physical science, life science and earth science.

America's party of paralysis

Democrats are becoming the party of paralysis. On issue after issue, they are unable to move because of simultaneous external and internal risks. They cannot act on the increasing demands of an increasingly radical left for fear of alienating mainstream America; yet, they cannot admit they are ignoring this left's agenda for fear of alienating this ascendant constituency.

Chart to accompany Moore article of June 24, 2019.

Blurring the expense of medical care

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In this May 7, 2014, file photo, the World War I memorial cross is pictured in Bladensburg, Md. (Algerina Perna /The Baltimore Sun via AP, File)

America's great divide: 'Peace Cross' versus Satanic Temple

- The Washington Times

Two headlines of major interest rocked national news at very nearly the same time this week -- the first, from CNN, "Supreme Court rules 'peace cross' in Maryland can remain," and the second, from the Associated Press, "Alaska government meeting opens with 'Hail Satan' prayer." The battle lines just don't get clearer than that.