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  • 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

  • With Coronavirus, the Chinese Repeat the Soviets’ Chernobyl Failure
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on March 12, 2020 | Preview rr

    The following op-ed appeared at The Daily Signal on March 12, 2020. Is the coronavirus China’s Chernobyl? It could be—but only if we hold the Chinese Communist Party accountable for their early missteps that allowed the virus to spread unchecked for weeks. Chernobyl is the site of the worst nuclear power plant accident in history. Many consider it a pivotal cause of the collapse of the Soviet Union. On April 26, 1986, a routine test at Chernobyl led to an explosion and the release of 400 times m... Read more

  • Trump has given us a path to a balanced budget -- it's pro-worker, pro-family and pro-growth
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on February 12, 2020 | Preview rr

    The following op-ed appeared at on February 12, 2020. In 2017, Speaker Pelosi famously cajoled Republicans to produce a budget, warning “show me your budget, show me your values.” She was understood to mean that you can learn about someone’s deepest convictions judging the way in which they spend their money. Ironically, she and her party never produced a budget when they regained control of the House in 2019. One could presume they failed to “show” their “values” because the values ... Read more

  • The Hill: Democrats should firmly commit to not bring back earmarks
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on February 12, 2020 | Preview rr

    The following op-ed appeared at on February 12, 2020. While impeachment, Iowa and the State of the Union dominate headlines, House Democrat leaders are quietly trying to overturn the single biggest victory for the “Drain the Swamp” campaign in the last decade – the earmarks ban. The moniker “earmarks” denotes a practice where House leaders buy members’ votes by guaranteeing funding for pet projects via must-pass government funding bills. An example: The late Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa.) ... Read more

  • The Hill: Trump’s Trade Strategy: A Blueprint for a Bilateral Future
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on February 3, 2020 | Preview rr

    The following op-ed appeared at The on February 3, 2020. With the signing of last month’s historic “Phase One” trade deal between the United States and the People’s Republic of China, President Donald Trump sent a loud and clear message to the hard-working Americans who were previously left behind by bad trade deals: you are forgotten no more. A critical first step toward re-balancing America’s trade with China, President Trump made good on his promise to put “America First” by making s... Read more

  • Rep Jim Banks: Trump should tout achievements in rebuilding U.S. military at State of the Union
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on February 3, 2020 | Preview rr

    The following op-ed appeared on on February 3, 2020. During this year’s State of the Union, President Trump is expected to contrast his record of productivity with the Democrats’ crowning achievement; a wasteful, partisan impeachment. The only question for President Trump is, where to begin? Despite unprecedented obstruction, President Trump has appointed a record number of originalist judges, steered the U.S. economy to new heights and re-written the rules of global trade on fairer ... Read more

  • National Defense Magazine: Taking on China Requires a Strengthened Workforce
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on January 8, 2020 | Preview rr

    The following op-ed appeared in the January 8th edition of National Defense. During my time in the Navy Reserves I saw the impressive capabilities the Defense Department could deliver to our men and women at the frontlines. It has seen enormous successes during the past several years: the fifth-generation capabilities of the F-35, the elaborate network of our satellite communication systems and advanced undersea detection capabilities. I am proud of our military and want to ensure that it is pre... Read more

  • Trump’s Iran strategy is succeeding – Democrats should get out of his way
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on January 7, 2020 | Preview rr

    The following op-ed appeared at on January 7, 2020. As someone who has deployed to foreign soil, I know how important it is to have a commander in chief that has your back. President Trump has communicated in the last few days to Americans across the world: “I have your back.” Americans are safer today because Iran's Gen. Qassem Soleimani is dead. Let’s take a step back, though, and evaluate what’s really going on here. The president isn’t merely reacting to Iranian provocations or r... Read more

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