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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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.
August 31, 2015, 2:28 PM EDT
Just several weeks ago we concluded negotiations with a bad faith partner in the form of the Islamic Republic of Iran, resulting in a nuclear agreement that has been met with skepticism by our Saudi allies and with fury by Israel.
August 14, 2015, 2:51 PM EDT
When a government agency called the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is created by Congress, one would expect that a few consumers could actually receive protection, but that hasn’t been the case with this agency’s track record of mismanagement, inefficiency and waste. The CFPB has been operating for four years now and if it were a sports team, its coach, Richard Cordray, would certainly be looking for work.
August 6, 2015, 11:14 AM EDT
Republican candidates for president have fittingly come to Ohio to debate, among other things, immigration policy. In late July, the United States House and Senate heard testimonies from families of Americans murdered by illegal aliens who had been shielded from deportation by sanctuary policies. 
August 5, 2015, 2:36 PM EDT
Finally, our distinguished President, our Nobel Peace Prize Laureate has spoken out about the infamous scandal of body parts being trafficked. “It is infuriating and I have no patience for it,” President Obama said in a strong show of righteous indignation.
July 29, 2015, 10:44 AM EDT
President Obama’s sentimental journey to East Africa should have been a harmonious one. He used the occasion of a toast to Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta to joke about his own search for his birth certificate. The usual round of VIP visits and dinners were marred, however, by this president’s insistence on pushing his radical social agenda on Africans.
July 23, 2015, 10:32 AM EDT
Edmund Burke famously said, “Those who don't know history are destined to repeat it.”
July 15, 2015, 10:32 AM EDT
Many of our fellow conservatives are saying that President Obama’s deal with Iran is a “nuclear Munich.” That is, they are comparing the Iranian settlement negotiated over these many months by Secretary John Kerry in that Austrian capital with the Munich capitulation negotiated over mere days in September, 1938, by British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain.
July 13, 2015, 11:44 AM EDT
Conservative leader Morton Blackwell keeps a picture of Leonardo’s model of a bicycle on the wall of his Leadership Institute. It’s his site gag—and it’s a sight gag.
July 6, 2015, 5:01 PM EDT
Kelly Shackelford’s debate with Evan Wolfson on Fox News Sunday highlights the battle lines for religious liberty in America now that the Supreme Court has grossly overstepped its authority by declaring same sex marriage a constitutional right. The issue is whether religious liberty extends to how you earn your living, get an education, and run a business.
June 29, 2015, 11:40 AM EDT
Almost 30 years ago, when the US was negotiating with the Soviet Union about intermediate-range nuclear weapons, President Ronald Reagan was told that the Russians like to talk in proverbs.