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    4 Lessons I Learned from My Dad

    *Originally published in the Cincinnati Enquirer My father, Jack Wenstrup, passed away this year on May 3, 2019. When someone you love leaves this earth, there's a hole in the fabric of your life that never quite gets patched over. Even as new memories are woven, there is still that ache of somethin...

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    Those Who Lay Down Their Lives

    The natural human instinct is to run away from danger. That panicky, heart-pounding urge to turn tail and flee is often good — it's part of our self-preservation and survival. But there's something special about the individuals who push that aside and choose to face danger head-on. I think about the...

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    Got your six: Honoring the men and women who have our back

    Originally published in the Washington Examiner. The saying "got your six" dates back to World War I, when fighter pilots would use "twelve o’clock" to indicate the front of their airplane and "six o’clock" to reference the rear of the aircraft. As a pilot heading into a brutal air battle, the six o...

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    Each of Us Can Choose the Legacy We Leave

    Originally published in the Cincinnati Enquirer. On Feb. 2, in Clermont County, two police officers came under fire when responding to a call that was believed to be an attempted suicide. Instead, it turned out to be an ambush. The gunman lured Lt. Nick DeRose and Detective Bill Brewer into his home...

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    Contemporary Proposals Call for New Looks at Socialism

    Originally published in the Columbus Dispatch. Our Founders George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, Alexander Hamilton and Benjamin Franklin were ideologues who didn’t always agree. These revolutionary thinkers were the authors and influencers of the most significant documents in our nat...

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    Earn This

    Decades have passed. Now, Private First Class James Francis Ryan, played by Matt Damon, is feeble and his hair is gray. It has been many years since the Normandy invasion, when a dying Captain John H. Miller, played by Tom Hanks, charged Private Ryan with: “Earn this…Earn it!” Now, standing before t...

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    Born Alive… Sentenced to Death?

    Today, I asked a question, of Congress and our country, on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives. I requested unanimous consent for the House to consider H.R. 962, the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, which ensures that any infant born alive after a failed abortion would receiv...

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    Five Enduring Lessons from Ronald Reagan This President’s Day

    If you walk into my Congressional office, you will see a small, unassuming plaque on my desk that reads: “There is no limit to what a man can do or where he can go if he does not mind who gets the credit.” I borrowed this from Ronald Reagan, who kept a plaque on his desk in the Oval Office inscribed...

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