Ken Blackwell, former Secretary of State in Ohio, is the Senior Fellow for Family Empowerment at the Family Research Council. He serves on the board of directors of the Club for Growth and the National Taxpayers Union.

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January 8, 2016, 11:17 AM EST
A couple weeks ago Virginia State Attorney General Mark Herring decided he would no longer recognize concealed carry permits from 25 other states. Roughly 6.3 million people currently allowed to carry weapons—and thus protect themselves and others—will be disqualified. Half of the states in the union will see Virginia as an inconsistent partner and some law-abiding gun owners denied the right of self-defense might not visit the state, costing it tourism dollars.
December 18, 2015, 9:59 AM EST
It wasn’t until last week that I realized the ACLU opposed gun control. The co-chair of the Colorado ACLU announced his support for use of guns in self-defense on Facebook.
December 8, 2015, 2:42 PM EST
Another terrorist attack, another refusal by President Barack Obama to tell the truth. Instead of admitting that Islamic terrorists had staged another murderous assault on innocent people, he turned the victims into a political prop. Instead of explaining how he intended to stop terrorists from killing Americans, he launched another campaign to stop Americans from owning guns.
December 4, 2015, 12:32 PM EST
Political satirist P.J. O’Rourke makes an oft-missed point when he says, “It is a popular delusion that the government wastes vast amounts of money through inefficiency and sloth. Enormous effort and elaborate planning are required to waste this much money.” Taking a page straight from the government playbook, the United States Postal Service’s upcoming $6.3 billion procurement of new mail delivery trucks echoes this sentiment perfectly.
December 2, 2015, 10:39 AM EST
Sunday night, the New England Patriots blew their perfect record in a snow-covered thriller at the Mile-High City. Revelry promptly ensued, and not just in Denver, given the Patriot’s status as most-hated team in the league. The Patriot’s cellar-dwelling reputation is due, in part, to its perceived cellar-dwelling ethics. Hence the enduring impact of the Patriot’s recent Deflate-gate scandal: it just feels wrong to fans that last year’s Patriots may have made it to the Super Bowl not by simply being the best, but by breaking the rules.
November 19, 2015, 12:41 PM EST
In leading his country in the confrontation of a unique set of challenges Winston Churchill famously said, “This is no time for ease and comfort. It is the time to dare and endure.”
November 12, 2015, 3:05 PM EST
At a recent Congressional hearing, Dr. Mandy Cohen of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services explained that almost 700,000 Americans have lost their health coverage because the insurance co-ops formed under ObamaCare to foster competition couldn’t compete with “big, experienced players” in the insurance marketplace.
November 11, 2015, 12:33 PM EST
This weekend and early next week Hassan Rouhani will be making his first visit to Europe as the president of Iran. The first time for anything is special, and this has the potential to really be a historical visit.  Rouhani is scheduled to meet with the leaders of France and Italy, and they can make this a new chapter for relations between Iran and Europe, and to some extent the West as a whole.
November 10, 2015, 2:07 PM EST
It’s almost a guarantee that when the Fox Business Network’s Neil Cavuto and Maria Bartiromo moderate tonight’s GOP debate, the goofy, “gotcha” questions that were so much a part of the CNBC debate debacle will be ignored for substantive questions that could reveal much about the candidates. It’s about time we hear from the candidates about American exceptionalism and how we intend to preserve our history as a nation of innovators and reclaim our leadership as an energy powerhouse.  We want substantive answers about their plans for real job growth, addressing government’s massive spending and ever growing debt, ideas for tax reform, capital investment, healthcare, protecting social security, waging a winning fight against terrorism and the mounting illegal immigration issue.
October 28, 2015, 12:28 PM EDT
Will tonight’s GOP presidential campaign debate in Colorado be more about staging political theatre, catchy soundbites, and media analysts focused on who has the “gotcha” moment? Or will this debate actually produce a substantive discussion of economic and regulatory policies that could actually help our nation’s economy grow?
October 22, 2015, 4:55 PM EDT
When ObamaCare was enacted, President Obama promised Americans that health insurance companies would be held accountable for providing affordable, quality health care to patients. He assured us that competition in the marketplace would increase and that consumers would be given a range of options. Today, more than five years after this disastrous law’s passage, we have yet to see any of these promises delivered. 
October 19, 2015, 5:06 PM EDT
Shaqayeq Azimi is an aspiring, joyful girl of 22 with a full life ahead of her. She is also an Iranian dissident, committed to challenging the repressive theocracy that rules her home country.
October 16, 2015, 1:34 PM EDT
Advocates of crony capitalism just won’t give up. Last Friday, a large block of House Republicans joined Democrats in signing a discharge petition to force revival of the Export-Import Bank (Ex-Im) to the House floor.
October 14, 2015, 2:52 PM EDT
Most liberals and even some conservatives are arguing that Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis must either issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples or quit her post. Where you stand on this issue too often comes down to a case of where you stand on the question of whether same-sex nuptials are now “the law of the land” because Justice Tony Kennedy and four of his black-robed cohorts say so.
October 12, 2015, 5:10 PM EDT
We should all want our troops in Afghanistan to intervene to stop the rape of boys, right? Surely, we don’t want our U.S. Army to act like morally neutered crew members of the Starship Enterprise from the famed Star Trek TV series. Those fictional time and space travelers had a Prime Directive that forbade them from interfering in the development of less technologically advanced beings they encountered as they went “where no man had gone before.”
October 8, 2015, 10:59 AM EDT
Fall is always a busy time on Capitol Hill. Members usually wait for this time of year to consider the most controversial and thorny issues like appropriation bills to keep the government open and tax legislation that expires at the end of the year. Deals are made and legislators look for any opening to sneak through supposed non-controversial legislation without much debate or fanfare.
October 6, 2015, 5:00 PM EDT
If there is one principle that the United States values it is liberty. So when thinking of the U.S.’s relationship with worldwide movements for freedom and democracy, one would expect it to support them as a matter of course.
September 24, 2015, 10:24 AM EDT
The United Nations officially came into existence exactly 70 years ago when its charter was ratified.  It was supposed to be a force for peace, coexistence and respect for human rights.
September 18, 2015, 9:59 AM EDT
Most liberals and even some conservatives are arguing that Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis must either issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples or quit her post. Where you stand on this issue too often comes down to a case of where you stand on the question of whether same-sex nuptials are now “the law of the land” because Justice Tony Kennedy and four of his black-robed cohorts say so.
September 10, 2015, 9:50 AM EDT
“Power of Prayer, and a president.” It’s not often you read that kind of headline on the front page of the Washington Post. But the story—a powerful one of crushing political defeat and personal spiritual redemption—is what commanded our attention a couple of weeks ago.