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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 FoxNews.com. 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

Under Obama: Are We Austria-Hungary?

(0) Comments | Posted March 13, 2014 | 9:35 PM

The centenary of World War I is upon us. That Great War began in August, 1914. We can expect a flood of new books and documentaries on what some then called "the war to end all wars." The rising power of the United States was not fully felt in Europe...

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The Fight for Principle in the GOP

(1) Comments | Posted January 27, 2014 | 2:29 PM

For millions of Americans, politics has lost its meaning.There is growing dissatisfaction with both party organizations. More and more Americans tell pollsters they are Independents. The way to reclaim the Republican Party is not be seeking some illusory "middle ground" between principled conservatism and radical liberalism. The way to bring...

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High Oil Prices Taxing American Families--But There's A Solution

(0) Comments | Posted November 25, 2013 | 9:11 AM

At the beginning of this year, many Americans opened their paychecks to find that their take-home pay was suddenly less than it had been the previous month. The payroll tax cut had expired, resulting in the average American worker owing an additional $700 in payroll taxes this year...

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Broken Promises/Broken Presidencies

(1) Comments | Posted November 3, 2013 | 11:00 PM

When Vice President George H.W. Bush accepted the GOP nomination for president in New Orleans in 1988, he memorably said: "Read my lips, no new taxes." Too memorably, as things turned out. He won that election handily, carrying 40 states against the hapless Michael Dukakis and 53 percent of the...

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40 Years of OPEC Manipulation

(2) Comments | Posted October 17, 2013 | 3:48 PM

Four decades ago this month, members of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) launched an oil embargo against the United States in retaliation for our steadfast support of Israel in her hour of need. As the Jewish State fought off the Soviet-backed Egyptian and Syrian armies in what...

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The Renewable Fuel Standard Is Another Taxpayer-Funded Bailout

(2) Comments | Posted September 30, 2013 | 11:54 AM

We're all paying more at the pump. It's hurting consumers and dangerous for the fragile economy. And, it's because of a Washington handout to corn farmers and big Wall Street banks -- all disguised as a measure to promote renewable energy and clean-burning fuels.

The Renewable Fuel Standards (RFS) mandates...

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President Obama: The Anti-Reagan

(2) Comments | Posted September 27, 2013 | 11:36 AM

As a candidate in 2008, Sen. Barack Obama acknowledged that Ronald Reagan was a "transformative" president in a way that Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton were not. The Clintons -- then pushing Hillary's rival candidacy -- were red-faced in rage.

Mr. Obama's statement was fully understood by...

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The Frederick Douglass Free Public Library

(5) Comments | Posted September 20, 2013 | 4:53 PM

In Washington, D.C., one of our most stately buildings is undergoing an extensive renovation. The Free Public Library, Northeast Branch is probably the library closest to Capitol Hill. And this red brick structure, with its stylish quoined corners, when it reopens, promises to bring even more opportunities for...

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After Reelection, 'More Flaccidity'

(3) Comments | Posted September 17, 2013 | 4:17 PM

President Obama's whispers to Russia's then-President Dmitri Medvedev were picked up on a hot mic. "This is my last election," the president confided to the Russian under his breath, "after my election, I'll have more flexibility." ABC's Jake Tapper reported that exchange in March, 2012, at a G-20...

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With Online Gambling Fight, Congress Must Regain Constitutional Powers

(1) Comments | Posted August 22, 2013 | 4:03 PM

Congress has been ceding power to the executive branch for more than two decades. In the 2008 presidential election, President George W. Bush was often criticized by then-candidate Barack Obama for his executive overreaches. Candidate Obama even promised to "reverse" the Bush administration's expansion of executive authority in...

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Formula for Abuse of Power

(2) Comments | Posted May 16, 2013 | 12:21 PM

John F. Kennedy as a candidate liked to tweak his opponent, Richard Nixon. When the Wall Street Journal criticized Republican Nixon, Kennedy jumped on it. "That's like L'Osservatore Romano criticizing the Pope!" The press corps knew that that Italian newspaper was the house organ of the Vatican. They loved the...

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American Air Carriers Victim to U.S. Government's Corporate Cronyism

(0) Comments | Posted May 4, 2013 | 10:43 AM

America is only four months into the second term of Barack Obama and already one of its most promising industries is suffering from a pair of grossly obtuse government agencies who have banded together to aid a foreign state-owned company at the expense of domestic firms.

It all begins and...

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Egypt Persecutes Christians and Americans Pay the Bill

(1) Comments | Posted April 22, 2013 | 11:56 AM

Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood's governing majority, is not actually crucifying the nation's Christians. But they are nonetheless actively persecuting Coptic Christians who are said to be one-tenth of the population of the largest Arab country. A photograph of two young men set afire during recent demonstrations is pretty striking.

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In Defense of Religious Liberty

(12) Comments | Posted April 9, 2013 | 11:51 AM

Recently, Jay Michaelson wrote a piece for The Daily Beast titled "The 'Religious Liberty' Bullies and Their Fight Against LGBT Equality." In it, he suggests that those who oppose same-sex marriage for religious reasons are the same as the racists who opposed desegregation laws. He calls those who...

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World Opinion: When Some Americans Get It Wrong

(2) Comments | Posted March 27, 2013 | 5:23 PM

Before he became a China scholar, our friend Steve Mosher was an engineer. He likes to say that if you are an engineer whose bridges collapse or whose highways break up, you're likely to lose your Professional Engineer's license. But if you are a social scientist, or a history professor...

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The Whole Record: Rick Scott's Successful Pro-Growth Policies in Florida

(5) Comments | Posted March 19, 2013 | 3:15 PM

A stunning announcement out of Florida this week. The state that was exhibit A for economic disaster two years ago is now experiencing a tremendous rebound thanks to Gov. Rick Scott's pro-growth policies. Washington should take a page -- no, several pages -- out of Scott's book.

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Religious Freedom in Egypt? Ask the Sphinx

(0) Comments | Posted March 18, 2013 | 10:05 AM

If you follow the annual reports of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), you will read a sad catalog of persecution and discrimination against Christians, Jews and members of other religions around the world.

It goes almost without saying that persecution in nightmare places like...

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What Will Kerry Do About Christian Persecution in China?

(12) Comments | Posted February 21, 2013 | 1:44 PM

Secretary of State John Kerry chose an interesting place to deliver his first foreign policy address. The former Massachusetts senator spoke at the University of Virginia. He was introduced by the university's president, Teresa Sullivan. Dr. Sullivan noted that the university's founder, Thomas Jefferson, had served as the first Secretary...

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The Renunciation of Pope Benedict XVI

(0) Comments | Posted February 12, 2013 | 9:56 AM

The media, of course, is calling it a resignation. But it not so much a resignation of a political office as it is a renunciation. The 85-year-old pontiff's decision to renounce the power and prestige of the papal office is so unexpected, almost unprecedented, as to take the world by...

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Mr. President: Chuck Hagel!

(8) Comments | Posted February 1, 2013 | 12:50 PM

Former Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel's nomination to be Secretary of Defense should be withdrawn now. He delivered what may be the worst performance at a confirmation hearing ever given. He was described as "confused," "befuddled," and "self contradicting." One of Mr. Hagel's own backers...

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