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  • The American Mind: The Riot Party Comes for the Court
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on September 24, 2020 | Preview rr

    The following op-ed appeared at the American Mind on September 24, 2020. We now have a Supreme Court vacancy, and President Trump and Senate Republicans are moving to fill it before the 117th Congress begins. According to the White House, we’ll learn the nominee’s name Saturday. But whomever is chosen, we know they will apply the law and interpret the Constitution as written. The Left is apoplectic, threatening all forms of retaliation. They’ve launched a second campaign to impeach the president... Read more

  • National Review: Congress Must Act Now to Counter Chinese Propaganda in the U.S.
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on September 18, 2020 | Preview rr

    The following op-ed appeared on September 18 at National Review. In March, as we learned of COVID-19’s lethality and the global community’s inability to contain it, more and more leaders expressed outrage at the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). Where did the virus come from? How long had the CCP known about it? Could China have contained it earlier? Why didn’t the Chinese government follow international protocols and allow the WHO or CDC to come study the virus when they requested to do so in Janu... Read more

  • Washington Examiner: Anonymous sources aside, Trump's record on the military is solid
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on September 10, 2020 | Preview rr

    The following op-ed appeared at the Washington Examiner on September 10, 2020. Actions speak louder than anonymous sources. Pictures and quotes can be fabricated or taken out of context. What’s much harder to spin are actual policies. And if you look at President Trump’s record on the military, there’s only one conclusion: He holds the military in the highest regard. As a veteran of the Navy who has served on the House Armed Services Committee since 2017, I have been proud to help Trump rebuild ... Read more

  • The American Mind: Rep Jim Banks on the Portland Riots
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on July 28, 2020 | Preview rr

    The following appeared at The American Mind on July 28, 2020. There have been non-stop riots in Portland for 60 days. The media still calls them “George Floyd protests,” but if you actually ask the protesters, they’ll give you unrelated answers. Some say they’re fighting against homelessness, some are fighting for immigrant rights. Others say they’re fighting “systemic racism.” Still others want Medicare for All, defunding the police, protesting climate change, etc. The protesters want you to th... Read more

  • Fort Wayne Journal Gazette: Democrats pick politics over police reform
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on July 24, 2020 | Preview rr

    The following op-ed appeared in the July 24, 2020 edition of the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette. After the death of George Floyd, there was historic, national consensus that we needed to make sure an episode like it never happens again. The American people took to the streets, sending a message loud and clear – and Congress was listening. Immediately, we went to work on legislation to make prudent reforms to policing guidelines. I think both Republicans and Democrats were surprised to find we agreed... Read more

  • FoxNews.com: Reopen schools or risk losing this generation of American children
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on July 9, 2020 | Preview rr

    The following op-ed appeared at FoxNews.com on July 9, 2020. Millions of Americans dutifully pay taxes with the promise that their children can get a first-rate education in the United States. The right to a publicly-funded education is an integral part of our social contract—it means any child can grow up to follow their dreams. If we fail to reopen our schools in the fall, we will fail to deliver on that promise for the 55 million students who depend on our public school system. We are at risk... Read more

  • The American Mind: The Revolutionary Elite Eats Their Own
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on July 2, 2020 | Preview rr

    The following op-ed appeared at The American Mind on July 2, 2020. Let’s quit pretending that the riots which swept the country this June, and the ongoing mob assault on statues of our natural heroes, have anything to do with George Floyd or even race. The chaos in our streets is emblematic of something much deeper happening in our society. America is clearly undergoing an existential struggle. The important question we need to ask is: What is that struggle? The struggle is designed to appear li... Read more

  • The American Mind: the dangerous falsehoods of the NYT’s ‘1619 Project’
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on June 24, 2020 | Preview rr

    The following op-ed appeared at the American Mind, a publication of the Claremont Institute, on June 24, 2020. Have you turned on the news, seen organized groups pulling down statues—not of Confederate soldiers, but of our Founding Fathers or other presidents—and found yourself wondering what’s going on? My wife Amanda and I have watched with disgust as memorials to our country’s great heritage are attacked and vandalized. Our three girls are watching too. They ask: Why is this happening? I’ve b... Read more

  • RealClearDefesne: China's Supply Chain Threat to U.S. National Security
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on April 30, 2020 | Preview rr

    The following op-ed appeared at Real Clear Defense on April 30, 2020. --- “You can’t get a product. You are not going to get a product for months.” That’s what Brian Edwards, a medical supplier in California, has been telling dozens of people per day when they call searching for critical medical supplies that, before this year, they took for granted would be in stock. The Chinese government’s mismanagement of the novel coronavirus not only spread the virus worldwide, it shut down many supply cha... Read more

  • Fort Wayne Journal Gazette: Crisis shows us at our best
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on April 16, 2020 | Preview rr

    The following op-ed appeared in the April 16 edition of the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette. While no one needs a reminder that our nation is under extreme duress due to COVID-19, I do think we all need a reminder that the best of America is on display right here at home in northeast Indiana. In the last month, as my team and I have made nearly 3000 phone calls, I have seen TNT Floral Shop in Columbia City deliver flowers to nursing home residents who are currently isolated. I’ve seen restaurants inc... Read more

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