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Ken Blackwell
Ken Blackwell
Former Ohio Secretary of State
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      Ken Blackwell

      Ken Blackwell, a former U.S. ambassador to the U.N. Commission on Human Rights, is a member of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty's board, a senior fellow at the Family Research Council, and Ohio's former secretary of state.

President Trump Must Make Sure Foreign Governments Play By The Rules

A Qatar Airways aircraft is seen at a runway of the Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport in Athens, Greece, May 16, 2016. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis/File Photo

In his first ever address to a joint-session of Congress, President Donald Trump took a firm stand on the side of the American people. He said: “We must create a level playing field for American companies and workers… I believe strongly in free trade but it also has to be FAIR TRADE.” President Trump is right. For too long, foreign countries have taken advantage of American companies and we did little to enforce the protections of these trade deals – which is an integral part of free trade.

Countering OPEC To Achieve An America-First Energy Strategy

9:47 AM 03/03/2017

For decades, conventional wisdom held that the United States would remain reliant on imported oil as domestic reserves were either too limited or too expensive to be accessible. Yet in the early years of this new century, a small group of American innovators tackled the shale formations in our nation’s heartland with new technology. The result rewrote the energy rulebook: vast supplies of domestic crude were produced, rural and industrial communities were reinvigorated, and our country’s oil imports were halved.

Trump, The FTC And Unleashing The U.S. Economy

11:41 AM 02/14/2017

After a stunning win in a change election, President Trump is off to a fast start implementing major change.  The President and his administration are moving aggressively to implement pro-growth policies that will boost our economy after years of a sluggish recovery.

Electoral Integrity Can’t Wait

11:41 AM 02/07/2017

For years, Republicans have pushed to improve electoral integrity. Democrats, aided by the courts, have fiercely resisted efforts to ensure honest elections. But there’s no good argument against making sure that everyone who casts a ballot is eligible to do so, and that they cast only one per election.

Donald Trump Won The Respect Vote

10:59 AM 01/24/2017

Donald Trump isn’t the first Republican president denounced as “illegitimate.” The Left spent eight years refusing to get over George W. Bush’s victory in 2000. It was the same issue. He won the election by the rules, but Al Gore had more “popular” votes.

One Step At A Time

10:56 AM 01/12/2017

Seven years after the tainted, party-line passage of ObamaCare, Republicans are in position to repeal it. The GOP has pledged a speedy repeal, but remains divided over what to offer as a replacement.

Confirm Jeff Sessions As Attorney General

9:22 AM 12/20/2016

Contrary to the expectations of many people, President-elect Donald Trump has been filling his cabinet with serious, no-nonsense conservatives. The Left will confront appointees who would make Ronald Reagan proud. None may be more important than Jeff Sessions as Attorney General.

Stopping America’s Drug Epidemic

9:53 AM 12/08/2016

This 2016 presidential race was a hard fought campaign. President-elect Donald J. Trump campaigned on a bold and conservative platform of making our cities safe again. After decades of neglect, urban communities across America are in desperate need of repair.

Electoral Integrity Matters

11:09 AM 12/05/2016

President-elect Donald Trump blamed his loss of the popular vote on election fraud. While that’s not likely, it doesn’t matter. Vote fraud is a serious problem that can subvert elections. The Trump administration should put electoral integrity at the top of its agenda.

Principles For Governing

11:31 AM 11/22/2016

Against the odds, and most pundits’ predictions, Donald Trump has been elected president. His opponents prematurely popped champagne corks. He’s now making appointments and setting policies.

Save The Children, Vote Pro-Life: There’s No Middle Ground!

5:09 PM 11/03/2016

On November 8th, we will choose from two of the least popular presidential candidates in history -- our nation is more polarized than ever and there will be major repercussions regardless of who wins. Over the past year, we’ve seen political discourse turn into a political war. We’ve watched crises unfold within our communities and watched battles ignite between civilians and police. Lately, it feels as though brother is pitted against brother, and that terrorism, racism, and hatred have infiltrated our society and our lives. But, how did we get here? All of these are symptoms of the real problem -- which is that we have lost respect for the dignity of every human life.

Hillary Clinton’s Dream Is America’s Nightmare

3:53 PM 11/02/2016

To say the 2016 presidential election is dramatic would be an understatement. Never before have we had so many revelations, leaks, and shocking moments in an election. The revelation that Hillary Clinton consigliere Huma Abedin’s estranged husband Anthony Weiner would be the reason why the FBI’s criminal investigation would be re-opened will make a great movie plot twist someday.

If Ben Franklin Could Vote

11:42 PM 10/31/2016

You’ve got to hand it to Pennsylvania voters. They must be among the most patriotic Americans. After all, as the redoubtable Robert Knight recently revealed, hundreds of voters over 100 have been casting ballots, apparently for years.

Trumped Up

3:30 PM 10/18/2016

If you rely on press coverage of the presidential race you probably think everything is fine in America. No foreign threats. No domestic crises. No budget or crime problems. Certainly nothing important enough to warrant discussing where the candidates stand.

21 States Move To Stop New Obama End Run Around Congress

10:55 AM 10/10/2016

President Barack Obama is doing anything but closing out his lame duck term quietly.  On the contrary he’s doing yet another end run around both the U.S. Congress and all 50 states that would impose another mandate that will cost money and jobs, possibly forcing states to raise taxes as well.

China’s Cyber And Trade War: Its Threat To National Security

8:55 AM 10/07/2016

As we witness the home stretch of the presidential election with candidate debates, campaign stops, and political ads, both parties have an opportunity to talk substantively about a serious trade issue – ongoing efforts by China to hack and steal intellectual property from U.S. companies and using stolen U.S. trade secrets to manufacture their own cut rate products. One assistant attorney for U.S. National Security describes the Chinese hacking campaign against the United States a true, “national security emergency.”

When Politicans Play Doctor, Patients Always Lose!

12:12 PM 09/15/2016

While many Americans rightly have concerns about the affordability of some medicines, the evidence has always shown that government solutions are the wrong way to go.  People are living longer and healthier and many previously debilitating and incurable diseases are now better managed, and sometimes cured. That is made possible thanks to a culture of innovation in this country where people and companies, both large and small, spend valuable time and resources researching, testing and ultimately bringing life-saving drugs to market.  However, when government dictates prices or tilts the playing field towards certain players that will only discourage that investment in inventing groundbreaking new treatments and medicines.