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David Keene

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, serves as the opinion editor of The Washington Times – overseeing the newspaper’s editorial page, commentary section and online opinion strategy. 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

Boot to the Face Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Crafting a surveillance state

The fear of a nightmare future that inspired "Animal Farm," "Brave New World" and "1984" is rapidly becoming a reality in today's China, where that nation's Communist leaders have embraced the technology of the 21st century to craft a surveillance state few but these 20th century authors could even imagine. Published December 4, 2018

Illustration on aspects of the newest 'Year of the Woman' by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Another 'Year of the Woman'

Shortly after his confirmation in 1991, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas observed that "being black has far less to do with the color of one's skin than one's politics." This truth has become more obvious in the years since for women as well as African-Americans. Published November 27, 2018

President Donald Trump awards Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, the Medal of Freedom during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Friday, Nov. 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Medal of Freedom for Orrin Hatch

Last week, President Trump awarded Sen. Orrin Hatch, the longest-serving Senate Republican ever, the Medal of Freedom. In doing so, Mr. Trump emphasized the high personal regard in which he holds Mr. Hatch, but the medal was deserved not just because the president likes the senator, but because Orrin Hatch deserves recognition as a Senate great at the end of a distinguished career. Published November 20, 2018

A man works with his fishing rod as the sun sets on the waterfront in the Red Hook section of the borough of Brooklyn  on Thursday, March 22, 2012 in New York. (AP Photo/Peter Morgan)

Confirming Aurelia Skipwith

Last April, Aurelia Skipwith, the new deputy assistant secretary of the Interior for Fish, Wildlife and Parks arrived at a hotel for a speech. When she asked the desk clerk for directions to the ballroom, she got not only the directions she sought, but the observation that "you must be an Obama holdover." Published October 29, 2018

Kermit Gosnell Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Gosnell the murderer revisited

When Philadelphia police obtained a search warrant and raided Dr. Kermit Gosnell's clinic eight years ago, they were seeking evidence of illegal prescriptions for opioids and other addictive drugs. Gosnell would later be sentenced to 30 years in prison for running an illegal prescription mill, but they found much more. Published October 22, 2018

Two-Faced Jon Tester Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Speaking from both sides of the mouth

Spending a little time in a state like Montana is enough to convince anyone that Washington is not the center of the universe. President Trump carried the state in 2016 by some 20 points and has been back here twice in the last month in an effort to help Republican State Auditor Matt Rosendale beat back Democratic Sen. Jon Tester's bid for a third term. Published September 23, 2018

Illustration on political witchhunts by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Adrift in the age of #MeToo

The other day as my old friend Adam Walinsky and I were lamenting the craziness of the current political atmosphere, he asked me what earlier period I believe was as bad as the one we are living through today. Adam, a former speechwriter and aide to Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, once ran as the Democratic candidate for attorney general in New York and is a close student of history. I asked in return if he was thinking of the McCarthy era, Published September 18, 2018

Illustration on Democrat political aspirations in the 2018 mid-terms by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Weaving a 'blue wave' from impeachment fantasies

Democrats are convinced that the "blue wave" they've been counting on to set the stage for President Donald Trump's impeachment in a House of Representatives they control is out there and building. They continue to enjoy a four to six point "generic" advantage in the polls, and there is evidence that their voters are more anxious to turn out and vote than their Republican counterparts — two indicators that combine with the media's continuing effort to demonize Mr. Trump to give them more than a fighting chance to take the House. Published September 11, 2018

Journalism Problem Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Journalism and the bias problem

NBC's Chuck Todd has taken to the pages of The Atlantic to call on his fellow journalists to take down Fox News, charging that Fox News founder Roger Ailes has waged a concerted 50-year campaign to divide the American people and demonize legitimate journalism. Published September 9, 2018

Insecure John Brennan Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Politics and security clearances

Former CIA Director and current MSNBC commentator John Brennan's intelligence service cronies have taken to the airwaves in their disgust at President Trump's decision to revoke Mr. Brennan's security clearance for what they claim is a first-time-ever act of vengeance by an out-of-control president. Published August 22, 2018

Maduro in Flames Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

A case study in suffering and lack of freedom

The tragedy that is Venezuela, a case study in the suffering and lack of freedom woven into the very fabric of Marxist socialism doesn't receive the attention it deserves at a time when last week's Gallup poll shows that Democrats view socialism more favorably than capitalism. Published August 14, 2018

Prison Reform Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Reforming the criminal justice system

On May 22, the House of Representatives managed to pass the First Step Act prison reform by a vote of 360 to 59, an unheard of margin in today's deeply divided Congress. The bill is a long-overdue attempt to at least begin to reform the way those caught up in the criminal justice system are treated while in prison and how they are prepared to live once they have paid their debt to society. Published August 8, 2018

Carrying China's Water Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Getting Beijing to back down

Western business has lusted after the Chinese consumer market for hundreds of years. The dream of a billion or two Chinese consumers buying one's products is as intoxicating today as when British textile makers yearned for the Chinese to keep their mills humming forever, but until recently the Chinese consumer market existed more in their dreams than in reality. Published August 7, 2018

The Nixon China Visit Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

When Nixon met with Mao

The outrage over President Donald Trump's demeanor during his Helsinki sit-down with Russia's Vladimir Putin resembles in many ways the reaction to the visit of another U.S. president to the capital of a foreign adversary. Published July 25, 2018

Supreme Court Struggle Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Supporting Judge Kavanaugh

Once one buys into a conspiracy theory everything makes sense because everything can be explained in terms of the conspiracy. Published July 23, 2018

Imperialism in flower again

That, however, was then. In today's world others are not as willing as they once were to tolerate the sort of overt aggression that took place during the days when Nazis and Communists were running amok, forcing aggressor nations to find subtler ways of taking over their neighbors. Published July 17, 2018

ACLU Losing Its Way Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Supporting the rights of others who may disagree

Chuck Morgan headed the American Civil Liberties Union's Washington office in the mid-1970s. He worked with conservatives and liberals on free speech issues and became a friend to many on both sides of the political aisle. Published June 26, 2018

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and lawmakers show support of "dreamers" as they mark the 6th anniversary of the announcement of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, June 15, 2018. Pelosi says the GOP immigration bill fails to provide a permanent legislative fix to protect dreamers and would codify President Trump's anti-immigrant agenda. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Predicting the future from polling data

The giddy optimism of late last year that had Democratic leaders salivating at what many saw as a coming midterm "blue wave" that would decimate their opponents, give them control of both the House and Senate, and leave Donald Trump a toothless lame duck who would be lucky to escape impeachment even before voters would have a chance to boot him out in 2020, has vanished. Published June 19, 2018

When energy and commercial development clash

Hundred and perhaps thousands of Calvert, Charles and Prince George's County citizens in Maryland have been battling Dominion Power and state regulators to stop Dominion from building what's called a "compressor station" on the Charles County/Prince George's County line. Published June 7, 2018

Rep. Donna Edwards, Maryland Democrat, said the bill passed by the House Wednesday would punish federal employees, and amounts to union-busing.

Donna Edwards has put ambition ahead of principle

When Sen. Barbara Mikulski of Maryland retired two years ago, Rep. Donna Edwards gave up her safe Prince George's County congressional seat to take on her House colleague, Montgomery County's Chris Van Hollen, in the Democratic primary. Ms. Edwards lost by nearly 13 points, in part because a supportive outside group ran a negative and wildly inaccurate ad in the final weeks of the campaign that backfired on her. Published May 21, 2018