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Ken Blackwell
The Hon. J. Kenneth ( Ken) Blackwell

Ambassador Ken Blackwell is a best-selling author and a visiting professor at the Liberty University School of Law. He is a public affairs commentator for the Salem Radio Network. His commentaries have been carried in major newspapers and web-sites across the United States, including The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, The New York Times, The Washington Post , Investor's Business Daily, The Huffington Post and His latest book is the highly acclaimed, RESURGENT: How Constitutional Conservatism Can Save America (Simon and Schuster,2011).

Mr. Blackwell is a Fellow at the Family Research Council and the American Civil Rights Union. He serves on the Board of Directors of various high-profile organizations including the Timothy Plan ( a Mutual Fund), the International Foundation for Electoral Systems, the United States Air Force Academy Foundation , the Club for Growth, the National Rife Association, and the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Board of Advisors,of the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs (JINSA).

He is also Senior Advisor to Securing America's Future Energy (SAFE), an organization dedicated to improving U.S. economic and national security through reduced oil dependence.

Mr. Blackwell has had a vast political career. He was mayor of Cincinnati, Treasurer and Secretary of State for Ohio, undersecretary at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Human Rights Commission. Mr. Blackwell was a delegate to the White House Summit on Retirement Savings in 1998 and 2002. During the 1990s, he served on the congressionally appointed National Commission on Economic Growth and Tax Reform and the board of the International Republican Institute. He was Co-Chairman of the U.S. Census Monitoring Board from 1999-2001.

He has received many awards and honors for his work in the public sector. These accolades include the U.S. Department of State’s Superior Honor Award for his work in the field of human rights which he received from both the administrations of Presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton. In 2004, the American Conservative Union and the Ashbrook Center for Public Affairs honored Mr. Blackwell with the John M. Ashbrook Award for his steadfast conservative leadership. In 2002, he received meritorious recognition from the Center for Digital Government, and was recognized by Government Technology magazine as one of the top 25 public sector leaders in information technology.

Mr. Blackwell was a founding partner of the highly successful Blue Chip Broadcasting Company, a network of 20 urban format radio stations. At the time of its sale in 2001, Blue Chip Broadcasting had become the second largest African-American owned radio company in the nation.

He has been a Fellow at Harvard University’s Institute of Politics, the Heritage Foundation, the Aspen Institute, the Salzburg Seminar in Austria and the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University (British-American Project). His continuing education has included executive programs at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard. Mr. Blackwell has also received honorary doctoral degrees from ten institutions of higher education. He holds Bachelor of Science and Master of Education degrees from Xavier University (OH), where he later served as a vice president and member of its faculty. In 1992, he received Xavier’s Distinguished Alumnus Award.

He and his wife, Rosa, have been married for 45 years.

Entries by Ken Blackwell

Just Who Is the 'Establishment?'

(0) Comments | Posted July 22, 2016 | 6:10 PM

We all claim to hate the "establishment." And why not? Look at the mess around us. It's obvious that the folks in charge haven't done a very good job.

But who is the establishment? The term gets tossed around a lot as an insult these days - even by some...

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Run, Don't Walk to the Nearest Brexit

(0) Comments | Posted June 30, 2016 | 4:15 PM

When the people of Great Britain decided to leave the European Union has energized populist movements around the globe. Some Americans wonder if Brexit previews a Donald Trump presidency.

The presumptive Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton, is playing up the possibility. "Donald Trump might win--send money" is her new message.


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Mr. President, Mr. Secretary: It is Genocide. Say so!

(0) Comments | Posted March 6, 2016 | 4:30 PM

President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry have until March 17th to issue a determination that ISIS' attacks on Christians in the Mideast are genocide. Time is running out. The foot-dragging and hesitancy of this administration in calling it genocide is inexplicable. Why do they have to be prodded...

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There's More to Being President Than Deal-Making

(0) Comments | Posted January 26, 2016 | 2:23 PM

Politically we appear to be living in the year of the outsider. Donald Trump has shocked the established political class and its loyal journalistic following. Senators Ted Cruz and Bernie Sanders are upsetting governing elites almost as much as Trump. The public says it is angry and isn't going to...

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Hillary Could Offer Disastrous ObamaCare 2.0

(12) Comments | Posted October 22, 2015 | 12:43 PM

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...

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A Dangerous Precedent, an Act of Desperation in the Ex-IM Bank Saga

(5) Comments | Posted October 15, 2015 | 10:18 PM

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.

Forty two Republicans joined 176 Democrats in signing on to the discharge petition,...

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Candidates Win Evangelicals With Pro-American Worker Immigration Policy

(29) Comments | Posted May 17, 2015 | 6:00 PM

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, an expected GOP presidential candidate, drew the ire of the political right and left recently over his comments on immigration. When it comes to the immigration issue, Republicans are expected to use the tried and true, consultant tested "secure the border" talking point and move on...

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Stop Economic Cronyism, Wind Down the Ex-Im Bank

(1) Comments | Posted May 15, 2015 | 1:58 PM

Speaker John Boehner recently made headlines by joining the growing chorus among conservatives on Capitol Hill calling for a "wind down" of the Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im) - signaling he might be open to a plan by U.S. House Republicans to bring the New Deal-era program of...

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For Maryland's New Governor, Some Old Business

(0) Comments | Posted January 29, 2015 | 9:34 AM

Many visitors to Maryland's historic Old State House are eager to see the Senate Chamber where Gen. George Washington resigned his commission to the Congress, meeting there in December, 1783. There are, as well, many other significant events associated with this beautiful and classically proportioned Capitol, America's oldest continuously used...

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A Time to Act on Energy Security

(0) Comments | Posted January 9, 2015 | 3:24 PM

With the new year comes a new Congress, and, as always, energy policy will be a major priority for this 114th session. Now that Republicans have regained control of both the Senate and the House, and with President Obama looking to establish his legacy, there is a unique opportunity to...

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What Is the Ex-Im Bank Hiding?

(0) Comments | Posted September 8, 2014 | 9:24 PM

It seems the Export-Import Bank of the United States is once again putting up walls to keep the duly-elected representatives of the American people from getting a look at their inner workings. Ex-Im Chairman Fred Hochberg recently dashed off a letter to U.S. House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling...

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Our Freedoms Are Slowly Slipping Away

(1) Comments | Posted September 2, 2014 | 6:22 AM

As Americans celebrated Labor Day and the freedom to provide for their families, let's hope they didn't spoil the holiday yesterday by pausing to consider whether government today is making their lives easier or more difficult.

To wit, the 2014 Index of Economic Freedom, published by the...

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The FCC Pitchman

(0) Comments | Posted August 6, 2014 | 4:30 PM

The Federal Communications Commission is looking to raise revenue - and the agency is in full pitch mode. The company is injecting itself as the middleman between buyers (wireless carriers) and sellers (TV broadcasters) of spectrum, hoping to take a large commission check as a result.


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Needed: Housing Reform That Protects Property Rights

(0) Comments | Posted August 4, 2014 | 5:17 PM

A monumental opportunity has presented itself as Julian Castro, former mayor of San Antonio, takes over as the new Secretary of Housing and Urban Development and Congress looks ahead on the critical issue of housing finance reform.

After years of tepid growth and false starts, leaders in Washington have the...

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Iraq Crisis: Latest Sign of U.S. Vulnerability to Oil Price Spikes

(0) Comments | Posted June 23, 2014 | 2:20 PM

The ongoing conflict in Iraq has serious implications for vital U.S. interests, the extent of which are difficult to decipher at this early stage. Who ends up holding the keys to power within Iraqi territory? What happens to the regional balance of power? How will Iran's pursuit of nuclear weapons...

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Obama's Pentagon Bungling Shipments for Our Troops

(2) Comments | Posted June 21, 2014 | 1:39 AM

Once again, Barack Obama is showing his lack of serious concern for the military.

Instead of court martialing Bowe Bergdahl, who presumably went AWOL in Afghanistan, Obama traded five high-level Taliban terrorists from Guantanamo Bay, for his release.

The President used military pay and pensions as a political football during...

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The U.S. Treasury Stealing From Fannie and Freddie Shareholders

(0) Comments | Posted June 5, 2014 | 12:48 PM

As voices across the ideological spectrum have come to recognize the need for serious reform of our housing finance system with a greater role for private capital, the nation's top housing regulator made an unfortunate revelation. A revelation which points to the difficult path for serious housing reform. Mel Watt,...

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Memorial Day Travel: American Families Pay at the Pump

(0) Comments | Posted May 22, 2014 | 12:42 PM

Summer is officially upon us, and millions of American families will soon be embarking on their annual trips to the beach, the mountains, the lake, grandma's house, or any other of the fantastic destinations our country has to offer.

The beginning of "summer driving season" is also a time...

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Taiwan: Beware!

(7) Comments | Posted May 5, 2014 | 12:20 AM

The world has watched in dismay as Russia's ruler, Vladimir Putin, has gobbled up Crimea. Now, he seems bent on dismembering Ukraine. Much of our attention has been focused on Putin and his next targets. Perhaps Taiwan is next.

In the East, China's Communist leaders are watching,...

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Supreme Court Justice Talks Candidly About Rewriting the Constitution

(3) Comments | Posted April 28, 2014 | 12:19 AM

Justice John Paul Stevens doesn't believe anyone has the right to own a gun, and admits that you would need to rewrite the Constitution to make his preference a legal reality. And that's exactly what he thinks should happen.

Throughout his 35-year tenure on the Supreme Court, Justice Stevens was...

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