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Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker speaks to reporters Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013, at World Dairy Expo in Madison, Wis. Walker says no decision has been reached yet on whether the state will shift state employees from health maintenance organizations to a state self-insured program. (AP Photo/Scott Bauer)

EDITORIAL: Challenging the bully

When the United States government imposes its sovereign will with might and no mercy, the sovereign citizen can feel there's nothing he can do about it. Calling on the courts for redress requires years of effort, and lawyers and lawsuits are expensive. Such appeals usually fail. But the power and authority of an individual sovereign state can ensure a fair fight. Published October 8, 2013

President Obama speaks about the budget and the partial government shutdown on Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013, in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

EDITORIAL: Ignoring the Constitution

President Obama appears to be no fan of the Constitution. As a law lecturer at the University of Chicago, he showed his skepticism of the document drawn up by the Framers, saying it reflected "an enormous blind spot in the culture that carries on to this day." Mr. Obama pledged to correct that "enormous blind spot," and now he's exploiting the government shutdown to continue chipping away at the guarantee of the nation's freedoms. Published October 8, 2013

Virginia gubernatorial candidate Democrat Terry McAuliffe speaks during a Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce debate with Republican Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013, in McLean, Va. (AP Photo/The Washington Post, Nikki Kahn, Pool)

EDITORIAL: Running on the pill

Terry McAuliffe is nothing if not predictable. He's a career political operative whose forays into the business world have been marked by cronyism, corruption and bankruptcy. Without a record to speak of — and he wants no one to speak of it — Mr. McAuliffe has built his campaign on reckless attacks on his Republican opponent, state Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli. Published October 8, 2013

U.S. Capitol Police Officers stand guard in front of the U.S. Capitol Building after a car chase ended in a shootout at 1st Street and Constitution Ave. NE in front of the Hart Office Building, Washington, D.C., Thursday, October 3, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

EDITORIAL: Panic in the streets

News from Twitter, Facebook and live television is often not much more reliable than news from the gossips and the town crier. We didn't learn our lesson from the pursuit of "white men driving white vans" during the Beltway sniper terror a decade ago, or the "multiple shooters" with AR-15 rifles said to be terrorizing the Washington Navy Yard last month. Rumors, tales and frantic gossip flew again during the Capitol lockdown Thursday. Published October 8, 2013

EDITORIAL: A good day for free speech

There's good news today. Two plucky citizens, one in Mississippi and another in Arizona, stood up to defend free speech, and everyone was rewarded when two federal courts joined the defense. Restoring lost constitutional freedoms sometimes requires patience and always requires vigilance. Officials of various sizes and persuasions often look at the First Amendment with a skeptical eye because they don't relish answering to the people who elected them. Published October 8, 2013

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Latest smear of GOP isn't the worst

White House press secretary Jay Carney recently blamed the GOP for the government shutdown saying, "What we see happening with this Republican strategy is a willingness to threaten the very foundation of the world's greatest economic power, the economy that basically stabilizes the entire world economic system, and that is a very risky proposition." Published October 8, 2013

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: California, feds flouting immigration laws

California Gov. Jerry Brown and some of our politicians here in California do not know the difference between illegal aliens and the legal immigrants who come to America with the necessary paperwork because they really want to be in America ("California grants driver's licenses to illegal immigrants," Web, Oct. 3). Published October 8, 2013

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Traver not best choice for NCIS

On TV's "NCIS," the director of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service rises from the agent ranks, which is as it should be. Under the current administration, however, the director position has just been politicized. Published October 8, 2013

EDITORIAL: Cashiering God

Before being all they can be, aim high, or become Army strong, military recruits must first raise their right hands and swear to support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic, "so help me God." The Air Force wants to revise the sacred oath and make it ordinary, striking the last phrase. Published October 3, 2013

EDITORIAL: A grand bargain

John A. Boehner began talking up a "grand bargain" Wednesday, a bargain with congressional Democrats and the White House to enable the government to reopen for business, guarantee a rancor-free agreement to increase the debt limit and set the stage for entitlement and tax reform. Good luck with that. Published October 3, 2013

EDITORIAL: Stoking the shutdown

Pollsters have convinced Democrats that they'll win the government shutdown fight, so President Obama is doing all he can to create the impression that the republic is in peril because 800,000 nonessential federal employees won't come to the office today. This insults the intelligence of ordinary Americans who are more concerned that the private economy has been shut down for the past four years. Published October 3, 2013

EDITORIAL: The president blinks

The Democrats got what they prayed for, a government shutdown to damage Republicans in next fall's congressional elections. They think it might even enable them to regain control of the House of Representatives and over the following two years they could "fundamentally transform" the country. Published October 2, 2013

EDITORIAL: A needle for Obama

Samuel Johnson's celebrated observation that nothing concentrates the mind like the prospect of hanging applies to nations, too. Benjamin Netanyahu reminded the delegates to the United Nations this week that Israel, surrounded by threats to its survival, pays close attention to both enemies and friends, particularly to friends of suspect reliability in the clutch. Published October 2, 2013

EDITORIAL: The dead-end kid

Two weeks ago President Obama's nominee to head the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission tried to walk back an earlier statement that natural gas is a "dead-end" fuel. Ron Binz's flip-flop didn't change any minds, and now it's his nomination that's hit a dead end. Published October 2, 2013

EDITORIAL: Nary a prayer for jobs

Destroying jobs is hard work, but many liberal Democrats have a real knack for it. As early as Thursday, the House of Representatives could vote on an amendment from Rep. Ben Lujan of New Mexico to give Indian tribes the authority to shut down mining projects on any land they regard as sacred. This would ensure there are no jobs where jobs are needed most. Published October 2, 2013

EDITORIAL: The blame game

Washington loves the blame game, and President Obama most of all. He woke up Tuesday morning with his finger primed to point at "one faction of one party in one house of Congress" for the partial government shutdown. He was, of course, talking about the conservative House Republicans he can't criticize often or harshly enough, but his words apply more accurately to the red-state Democrats in the Senate. Published October 2, 2013

EDITORIAL: First in war, last with a library

Shutdowns and sequestrations don't bother the Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington. It will stay open throughout the government follies, because not a penny of government money was included in the $47 million it took to build the library in Mount Vernon, which opened Friday. The Mount Vernon Ladies Association announced in July that it had raised $106.4 million for the library, and the government had nothing to do with that, either. Published October 2, 2013

EDITORIAL: The unnecessary conflict

It didn't have to come to this. The showdown between House Republicans and the White House, with all the phony drama seasoned with buckets of crocodile tears, wasn't inevitable. President Obama has been working on this for four years as if the Republicans didn't exist. The mess is the natural consequence of the no-compromise strategy he has taken from Day One. Published September 30, 2013

EDITORIAL: Squeezing the turnip

An odd thing happened at the state capital when the government closed its books on the fiscal year just past: Tax revenues are out of sight. Despite a faltering economy, taxpayers sent more of their money to state capitals and city halls than ever before. The politicians see no reason to quit blowing money as long as they can squeeze the taxpayers, so the Big Squeeze is on. Published September 30, 2013

EDITORIAL: Words aren't enough

Muslim persecution of everyone who is not a Muslim that simmered for centuries in the Middle East now has come to a full boil in certain places. Religious thugs looking for justification for their evil cannot be allowed to hide within the pages of the Koran to excuse or justify murder. The West must realize that the outrage of decency won't be appeased by soft words. Published September 30, 2013