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David Keene

Editor at Large — David Keene, a trusted adviser to presidents, a longtime champion of personal liberty and one of conservatism’s most respected voices, is the former opinion editor of The Washington Times. An author, columnist and fixture on national television, Mr. Keene has championed conservative causes for more than five decades while offering advice to Republican presidents and countless candidates. He additionally served as chairman of the American Conservative Union and president of the National Rifle Association.

Articles by David Keene

Demonstrators link hands as they gather along an elevated walkway in Hong Kong, Friday, Aug. 23, 2019. Supporters of Hong Kong's pro-democracy movement created human chains on both sides of the city's harbor Friday, inspired by a historic protest 30 years ago in the Baltic states against Soviet control. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

What the Hong Kong protesters know

Few Americans today remember what is known as "Black Ribbon Day," when more than 2 million people in Communist Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania joined hands in an unbroken human chain that stretched some 420 miles to protest the Soviet occupation. Published September 5, 2019

Mandatory Confiscation Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

'Progressive' fantasies about guns

The idea that Americans have a constitutional right to own and possess firearms appalls today's progressives. They believe that if they could just rid the nation of guns, then armed robberies, gang violence, mass shootings, rape, violent crime and maybe even suicide would vanish and we could all live peacefully ever after. Published August 20, 2019

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A friend to young conservatives

Soon after Bill Schulz, the longtime Washington editor of Reader's Digest, retired in 2003, I joined him for lunch at his favorite table at Washington's Palm restaurant. As we were seated, I told Tommy Jacomo, the restaurant's iconic maitre d', "This one's on me." He looked at me and at Bill and replied, "About time, don't you think?" Published July 25, 2019

Apprenticeships Growing Jobs Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Why the administration's workforce development program matters

President Trump owes his 2016 electoral victory to support from millions of frustrated and even angry middle class voters living in what coastal elitists like to refer to as "flyover country" who were tired of being ignored. Published July 24, 2019

Mohamed Ould Ghazouami Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

A new president for Mauritania

Good news and something bordering on the unique took place on June 22 in Mauritania of all places. Voters in this northwest African nation of less than 4 million went to the polls peaceably to elect a new president to succeed a retiring elected president. Published July 2, 2019

Illustration on Trump and The New York Times by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Calling the president the enemy of the media

New York Times publisher A.G. Sulzberger took to the pages of The Wall Street Journal last week to lambast President Donald J. Trump as an out-of-control enemy of a free press whose over the top rhetoric should be seen as a harbinger of worse to come. Published June 25, 2019

Political Weapon Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Misplaced enthusiasm for sending Trump to jail

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told her fellow Democrats last week that she doesn't want President Trump "impeached," she wants him "in prison." She hopes to beat the president of the United States in his bid for re-election, have a new Democratic president indict and convict him for real or imagined crimes, and celebrate as he's hauled off to a federal correctional institution. Published June 11, 2019

In this May 18, 2019, file photo, Democratic presidential candidate, former Vice President Joe Biden speaks during a campaign rally at Eakins Oval in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

Joe Biden's gambit

Joe Biden may actually be onto something. Published May 28, 2019

Misunderstanding John Bolton

National Security Council Chairman John Bolton, according to his detractors, is squirreled away in his White House office salivating at the prospect of military action against Iran. They picture Mr. Bolton as a blood-thirsty warmonger who signed on last April as President Donald Trump's national security adviser to undermine the president's belief that sending in the Marines is not the only or even the best way to respond to the actions of nations that disagree with us. Published May 22, 2019

A visitor to the at the National Rifle Association Annual Meeting walks past signage for the event in Indianapolis, Saturday, April 27, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

How disagreement turns to death threats

Some years ago, one of our neighbors attended a Neighborhood Watch meeting with the Prince George's County police chief. He asked the chief whether he knew that the president of the National Rifle Association was a resident of the county. The chief didn't, but expressed concern about our safety. Published May 2, 2019

In special counsel Robert Mueller's 448-page report, Mr. Mueller found 14 other cases for prosecutors to pursue, though the details were largely redacted. The Cohen and Craig cases are already known, but the remaining 12 are a mystery. (Associated Press)

Mueller and the saving of a presidency

Critics are obsessed by President Trump's rants as they desperately dig for evidence that he colluded or conspired with Vladimir Putin's Russia to "steal" the 2016 election. As one reads through the Mueller Report, it is clear that the president was upset and frustrated by investigation into activities he knew hadn't taken place — who can blame him? Published April 22, 2019

Lipstick on a Pig Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

'Spying did occur'

When Attorney General Bill Barr acknowledged last week that he believed "spying did occur" during the 2016 presidential campaign, Democratic outrage centered on his use of the word spying, something the FBI insists it never does. Published April 16, 2019

A Republican Victory in Wisconsin Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Reading Wisconsin's 2020 tea leaves

When I ran into Wisconsin Supreme Court candidate Brian Hagedorn at the state's NRA convention in mid-January, the temperature outside stood at 25 degrees below zero. Published April 9, 2019

Democrat Electability Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Democratic wannabes preen and crowd the line-up

Washington-based pundits and reporters keep telling us that the Democrats are looking for a presidential nominee who can win next November. CBS, CNN, NPR and Democratic strategists repeat the mantra that next year's primary voters will have "electability" as their first concern. Published March 28, 2019

Illustration on packing the Supreme Court by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Packing the Supreme Court

The 'progressives' controlling today's Democratic Party have little knowledge of our respect for the Constitution, history or institutions. They want what they want and they want it now — even if it means ignoring or rewriting the rules under which the nation has operated so successfully since its founding. Published March 25, 2019

Illustration on the "nuclear option" in the Senate by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

How a 'nuclear option' returned power to Republicans

The dinner I was enjoying with a senior Republican senator back in 2013 kept being interrupted as his cellphone chimed and he was forced to step away from the table to take the call from one or another of his colleagues. Published February 19, 2019

Illustration on the problematic promises of Democrat candidates by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Early promises of the Democratic wannabes

As the Republicans of 1940 maneuvered for the chance to take on President Roosevelt, H.L. Mencken observed that the ultimate winner would no doubt be "whoever promises the most with the least probability of delivering anything." Today's increasingly crowded field of Democratic presidential wannabes proves that little has changed in the decades since Mencken penned those words. Published February 12, 2019