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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, 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. He can be reached at

Columns by David Keene

Illustration on free speech and controlled information by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The enemies of free speech in U.S. and Russia

Russian President Vladimir Putin and this country's progressives share a deep appreciation of the importance of free speech and independent media to the functioning of a free society. Published April 4, 2022

Free speech versus sedition: Squelching adverse opinion Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The issue of free speech versus sedition

When President Woodrow Wilson marched the country into World War I in 1917, California Senator Hiram Johnson observed that "The first casualty when war comes is truth." Published March 22, 2022

The speaker's dais in the House of Representatives is seen at the Capitol in Washington, Monday, Feb. 28, 2022. President Joe Biden sat through many State of the Union speeches as a senator and vice president. On Tuesday night, he'll deliver the address himself.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Biden’s State of the Union: Don’t blame me

As President Biden prepares to deliver this year's State of the Union many are wondering if he'll deliver it without stepping all over whatever he and his advisors want his audience to take away from the speech. Published March 1, 2022

Illustration on leftist assaults on OAN (One America News) by Greg Groesch/ The Washington Times

The left’s assault on conservative news network One America News

Is it any wonder that one of the few issues that brings Republicans, Democrats, conservatives and liberals together these days is hostility to Silicon Valley's overwhelming reach into almost everything that goes on in this country? Published January 31, 2022

COVID-19 and Travel illustration by Linas Garsys / The Washington Times

Traveling in the time of COVID-19

Americans contemplating international travel may find themselves trapped either here or, assuming they make it out, in a foreign country and unable to return. Published January 20, 2022

Alec Baldwin performs emcee duties at the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Ripple of Hope Award Gala at New York Hilton Midtown on Thursday, Dec. 9, 2021, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

Alec Baldwin shooting proves progressives protect their own

This year's Ripple of Hope Awards Ceremony in New York City will be run by master of ceremony icon Alec Baldwin, a sign that Baldwin is being readmitted into the ranks of the acceptable with open arms. Published December 13, 2021

John Kerry Compliance with Chinese Inhumanity  Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

John Kerry needs to go

It's time for President Biden to fire his "climate guy." Published November 19, 2021

Coup in Guinea Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Guinea may finally be on the road to democracy and stability

The September 5th coup in the tiny African nation of Guinea was roundly condemned internationally as a setback on Guinea's road to democratic reform but was greeted in the country itself far differently. Published November 16, 2021

Gun Control Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Alec Baldwin needs NRA training

When I was first elected to the Board of the National Rifle Association in 2000, I had the honor of taking a seat beside some of the people I had previously only been able to admire from a distance. Published November 3, 2021

China Security Cancels Critics Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

China views critics as terrorists and criminals

If you have hinted that you believe the COVID-19 virus may have escaped from a Chinese laboratory in Wuhan, or spoken favorably about Taiwan, Beijing's security forces are coming after you. Published September 21, 2021