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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.

End The Root Cause Of Illegal Immigration

4:25 PM 11/25/2017

The recent passage of mandatory E-Verify by the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee brings us one step closer to ending the root cause of most illegal immigration into the United States: outlaw businesses that hire illegal immigrants. Illegal border crossings, visa overstays, and children born in the United States to parents here illegally would all be dramatically reduced or eliminated if we ended the ability for outlaw employers to take advantage of immigrants that arrive here illegally.

Stopping Obama’s Time Bomb: The First Tax Increase Of The Trump Era

1:53 AM 11/20/2017

In just six weeks, the first tax increase of the Trump era goes into effect. It's a delayed, time-released tax hike that President Obama left as a parting gift for his successor. You haven't heard much about this tax increase because it was deliberately designed by Democrats to be hidden from those who ultimately pay for it and to go into place after Obama was out of office.

The Tragedy In Yemen: The Rest Of The Story

4:20 PM 10/30/2017

I'm shocked by the UN’s decision to censure Saudi Arabia for its actions in Yemen.  It is indeed deplorable to see children die in combat anywhere, but it is particularly hard to witness the daily murder of innocent children who, through no fault of their own, are in the wrong place at the wrong time.   In fact, according to the UN Secretary General’s report on “Children and Armed Combat,” 1340 children died in 2016 alone.   As someone who has spent a lifetime concerned about human rights, this is especially tragic.  What is disappointing about the UN decision, however, is not that they have highlighted the terrible tragedy in the country, but that they have pointed a finger in the wrong direction.

Rep. Wilson Is All Hat, No Decency

10:25 AM 10/24/2017

Texans have a saying for people who talk big but act small:  All hat, no cattle. It’s hard to think of someone better fitting that description than Rep. Frederica Wilson, the Florida Democrat with a multitude of colorful hats but no decency.

Trump And Moore: Agents Of Change

5:45 PM 10/09/2017

It wasn’t supposed to happen. But Donald Trump was elected president. Establishment politicians, Washington pundits, foreign governments, and just about everyone else was shocked, even horrified.

Investigation Of Argentina’s ‘Dirty War’ Set Precedent For Inquiry Into Iran’s ‘Summer Of Blood’

5:22 PM 10/06/2017

In the 1990s, I and my distinguished colleague Charlotte Ponticelli had the privilege of working with Dr. Clyde Snow, one of the world’s foremost experts in forensic anthropology, who played an instrumental role in bringing justice to Argentina by uncovering the mass graves left behind by the country’s “Dirty War.” His actions and investigation helped uncover the truth about what was an incredibly deadly series of crimes carried out over nearly a decade. Holding the regime in Argentina accountable set a valuable precedent and demonstrated the global community’s commitment to upholding justice and human rights, which must be maintained today.

Hystorical Revisionism

11:02 AM 08/18/2017

Look back on the great men and women of history.  Most of them fare poorly when subjected to modern scrutiny. They launched wars, murdered rivals, enslaved enemies, enriched allies and violated most every moral norm valued by people today.

The Time Has Come For Gridlock Reform

7:19 PM 08/17/2017

When the Senate confirmed Judge David Nye to a federal district judgeship in Idaho, he became an acute illustration of what’s wrong in Washington right now.  Judge Nye was originally appointed by President Obama for the judgeship and enjoyed wide support from Senate Democrats, but when President Trump – in a good will gesture toward bipartisanship – re-nominated him those same Democrats delayed his confirmation for the maximum amount of time under Senate rules.

Congress Can Fix Unfair System Of Tax Incentives

4:40 PM 08/15/2017

It’s no secret President Trump is working to create thousands more American energy jobs, reduce regulations on energy producers and restore parity to the tax code. Given these goals, it’s time for Congress to work with the president to end the unfair practice of granting tax incentives favoring one energy sector over another and give more promising American energy technologies a chance to flourish.