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.

My Articles

January 29, 2018, 12:09 PM EST
Ensuring that our trade agreements are enforced was a cornerstone of President Donald Trump’s campaign in 2016.
January 29, 2018, 8:39 AM EST
The justice system faces a number of tough challenges and one of them is: how to ensure that defendants appear in court, while allowing them to continue with their lives in the meantime. The answer is the bail bond system. It works by creating an incentive for private agents to capture defendants who try to avoid trial.
January 26, 2018, 9:35 AM EST
On November 9, 1978, the U.S. Ambassador to Tehran, William Sullivan sent shock waves through the foreign policy establishment with a diplomatic cable to the White House titled, “Thinking the unthinkable. Iran without the Shah.” The Iranian monarchy had been a U.S. ally for decades, but in less than three months, the Shah and the monarchy were history.
January 2, 2018, 3:48 PM EST
On Thursday, thousands of Iranians protested against the ruling regime in Iran’s second-largest city, Mashhad. Chants of “death to dictator” and “death to Rouhani” were brave and resounding.
December 19, 2017, 4:37 AM EST
The Republican party has an important test in front of them: Will GOP lawmakers protect seniors and small businesses from looming Obamacare taxes, or will they let politicking and bureaucracy get in the way of action?
December 13, 2017, 9:28 AM EST
A year ago the Department of Justice was finishing up eight long years of a scandal-plagued term under Attorneys General Eric Holder and Loretta Lynch, as President Obama’s political arm. A year later, the department has done a complete 180 degree turn back to upholding – instead of undermining – the rule of law, and restoring law and order.
December 8, 2017, 9:38 AM EST
Amazing, but true. The NAACP is concerned about vote fraud. As a result, the venerable civil rights organization is demanding an election investigation. Voting rolls need to be purged. Really.
November 22, 2017, 11:50 AM EST
Kelo v. City of New London stands as the apogee of Supreme Court cases regarding property rights, especially for conservatives. A narrow 5-4 decision recklessly expanded the scope of eminent domain, allowing private developers and the government to collude and forcibly take private property away from citizens for “public use” under the Takings Clause of the Fifth Amendment. Now the Court is faced with another landmark case on property rights that will once again be a defining moment for conservatives.
November 21, 2017, 10:02 AM EST
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 those that arrive here illegally.
November 17, 2017, 2:43 PM EST
In just six weeks, the first tax increase of the Trump era goes into effect, 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.
November 13, 2017, 8:47 AM EST
As much as we try to paint things black and white in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA), nothing is ever that simple.
November 9, 2017, 10:32 AM EST
A generational opportunity to reform taxes should update the tax code for the next generation economy.  Well-meaning legislators should tweak their bill by adding the New Gig Act, which would immensely help many millions of Americans who work in the “sharing” or “gig” economy – people who drive for Uber or Lyft, work for Grubhub, Postmates and other millennial enterprises.
October 30, 2017, 10:40 AM EDT
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.  
October 24, 2017, 10:56 AM EDT
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.
October 16, 2017, 2:49 PM EDT
The usual suspects have discovered that Christopher Columbus was no 21st century liberal. Of course, that shouldn’t surprise anyone since he lived in a time of empires, slavery, monarchies, and ignorance.
October 9, 2017, 3:59 PM EDT
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.
October 6, 2017, 9:46 AM EDT
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.
September 25, 2017, 4:26 PM EDT
One thing that is clear from President Trump’s first several months in office is that powerful corporate media giants like CNN, the New York Times and others have become hopelessly more biased against him than ever.
September 18, 2017, 10:29 AM EDT
Commendably, the Trump administration is set to initiate a new Iran policy, which will be announced in October. Such change is imperative.
September 15, 2017, 9:27 AM EDT
When it comes to our trade agreements with foreign nations, President Trump has pledged to prioritize defending American workers and standing up to countries that seek to take advantage of them. In just the last few weeks, the Administration has kick-started the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement and launched an investigation of Chinese trade practices. Conservatives should be grateful that we finally have an administration that is putting “America First” and standing up to fight for American workers and businesses.