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 4, 2019, 3:37 PM EST
We live in an increasingly tech-centered age. Driverless cars, microchip implantation, and facial recognition are all things previously found only in science fiction and have somehow become a reality. Americans are wholly dependent on their smartphones and apps. And while this technology has become easier and easier to purchase, it still carries a high price: too many of us are signing away our privacy to the likes of Facebook, Google, and Twitter.
November 20, 2018, 12:29 PM EST
Third Committee of the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution on November 15, condemning the Iranian regime’s systematic human rights violations. The censure goes next to the UN General Assembly for a vote in December.
November 16, 2018, 10:30 AM EST
Democrat Broward County Supervisor of Elections, Brenda Snipes, insists her vote count is legitimate, despite documented malfeasance, transparency lapses and the alleged appearance of ballots after polls closed. Democrats have even defended her with cries that incompetence is to blame. Outrageous defenses like this are unlikely to comfort any voter for whom voting is a revered privilege and its integrity a sacred trust.
November 12, 2018, 11:54 AM EST
Another critical election. Another electoral failure in Florida. Another vote counting disaster in Broward County.
October 31, 2018, 2:03 PM EDT
Recent bipartisan legislation is a good start—but there’s more to do.  
October 12, 2018, 3:05 PM EDT
Americans from coast to coast enjoy purchasing goods on the internet. It’s comfortable, convenient, and the product is delivered right to your doorstep. Online shopping makes it possible for people to buy products from states clear on the other side of the country and, in many cases to find unique or difficult to find items.
October 3, 2018, 9:51 AM EDT
Hardly a day goes by that we don’t read or hear about another breach or attack on our sensitive online information. In today’s digital world, online data is currency, and consumers deserve to be protected no matter where they go online – whether paying bills, posting on social media or communicating with their doctor or a loved one.
September 20, 2018, 3:28 PM EDT
Every year, without fail, the Islamic Republic of Iran is ranked as one of the worst countries in the world for religious freedom. Persecution of religious minorities is rampant and deeply ingrained in government institutions, and Christians are high on the list of those who are at risk, especially Christians who have converted from Islam.
September 19, 2018, 3:29 PM EDT
They are at it again!  Liberal billionaires George Soros, Mark Zuckerberg and Nicholas Pritzker are attempting to force their left leaning ideology on Ohioans.
September 11, 2018, 12:20 PM EDT
As a candidate for president, Donald Trump made protecting and strengthening American manufacturing a cornerstone of his campaign. Under his watch, the United States added 138,000 manufacturing jobs last year and that number continues to rise. There is something else he can do now to protect American manufacturing and foster job growth: keep the mobile air conditioning credits that are part of the EPA’s auto emission standards program.
September 7, 2018, 2:51 PM EDT
It was worthy of a Saturday Night Live skit, but Lorne Michaels probably would’ve turned it down. SNL has leaned heavily left since Donald Trump’s election, and the show’s creator and executive producer would’ve understood the humor in how clueless Senate Democrats came across during Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing – but he probably wouldn’t bring himself to showcase how awful they really looked.
August 31, 2018, 10:59 AM EDT
For the first time in years, American workers will be celebrating Labor Day knowing that we finally have the economic wind in our sails.  Despite what liberal pundits on TV might try and spin you, President Trump’s economic policies have paved the way for lower unemployment, a return of quality American jobs from overseas, and a confident American consumer with strong purchasing power.
August 22, 2018, 9:50 AM EDT
It is difficult to imagine the heartache of having a loved one taken from you only to then see the person or persons responsible escape justice. The lack of closure that results from an unsolved crime is surely made all the worse by the unique injustice of a perpetrator being identified and yet enjoying absolute impunity. Imagine being witness to such a thing, and then imagine how much worse it would be if your loved one’s killer was known to everyone but never faced a day in court, and instead went on to live high on the hog, ascending to greater levels of wealth and power in the society you both inhabit. Even more disturbing is to see that they take pride in the crimes they have committed, and that they continue their ruthlessness. Now imagine that experience stretching over 30 years, multiply it times 30,000, and you may begin to have a sense of what the families of murdered Iranian political activists are dealing with.
August 13, 2018, 10:12 AM EDT
I recently had the pleasure to sit on a panel with a number of incredible inventors and leaders on innovation issues in an experience that was both inspiring and infuriating.  Discussing a new documentary on the patent system, “Invalidated: The Shredding of the U.S. Patent System,” which I had the honor of being interviewed for, we discussed the state of the patent system and American innovation.
July 30, 2018, 12:05 PM EDT
There's no doubt about it: President Donald J. Trump has breathed new life into the American economy! With record-breaking 4.1 percent growth in GDP, what anti-Trump critics said was impossible during the 2016 campaign just became reality. Unemployment is low, business is booming, and billions of dollars that were sitting offshore are now re-entering our borders.
July 18, 2018, 9:57 AM EDT
On June 30, several European authorities thwarted an attack on the annual Free Iran rally organized by supporters of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI). Considering that Assadollah Assadi, the intelligence station chief at the Iranian embassy in Vienna, was arrested along with two would-be bombers, it is abundantly clear that the plot was masterminded in Tehran. While Tehran tried to depict the foiled plot as a “false flag” operation by the opposition, the claim was rejected as ridiculous by a senior U.S. State Department official. In fact, the opposition’s intelligence from inside the Islamic Republic determined that the decision to undertake an attack on the rally was made months earlier by the highest Iranian authorities, including both Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and President Hassan Rouhani.
July 16, 2018, 2:13 PM EDT
Candidate Donald Trump had many Republican critics. Some voted for him only out of concern for judges. With the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, he repaid their confidence in full.
July 3, 2018, 7:08 PM EDT
Today, America dominates the globe. It’s easy to forget that the United States almost didn’t exist.
July 2, 2018, 10:17 AM EDT
A while back, I wrote about the importance of the Supreme Court’s upcoming decision in the Wayfair vs. South Dakota case. Just a couple of weeks ago, the Court sided with South Dakota in a narrow ruling to overturn their own precedent (Quill vs. North Dakota) that states cannot force businesses to collect and remit sales taxes unless the business has a physical presence in their state. This ruling raises serious concerns about the future of Internet commerce.  At stake in the case, were several important issues of interstate commerce, federalism and due process.  Rather than settling the issue, however, the decision only makes it murkier and will require more litigation or, hopefully, a solution from Congress.
June 22, 2018, 4:14 PM EDT
One could easily argue that Iran’s ruling theocracy is facing the greatest internal threat to its rule since the 1980s. In the beginning of this year, the country was rocked by a mass uprising. The chain of protests was a major step forward for the domestic Resistance movement in the sense that it extracted political activism from farmers and the rural poor, despite the fact that these groups had long been thought to tolerate or even support the clerical regime.