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In this Feb. 26, 2016, file photo, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump gestures during a speech at a rally in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)

Donald Trump an explosive force to be reckoned with

It's time to face reality. Having handily won the last three primary contests heading into Super Tuesday, absent some unforeseen circumstance, Donald Trump is the odds-on favorite to be the Republican presidential nominee and very possibly our next president. Published February 28, 2016

Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson speaks during a town hall meeting Sunday, Feb. 21, 2016, in Reno, Nev. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Hard choices for Carson on the road to Nevada

Ben Carson's last-place finish in the South Carolina Republican primary (he earned 7.2 percent of the total votes cast) has given rise to speculation that he must make some difficult choices about whether to continue his campaign — especially after Jeb Bush, who slightly bested Mr. Carson at 7.8 percent, announced after Saturday's vote that he was suspending his campaign. Published February 21, 2016

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Success and the moral life, as seen from a higher vantage point

The outside observer looking at what I have been able to accomplish over the years might agree that I have been blessed with an abundance of outward success. But I tend to view life from a much different angle. Whereas the outward success is the result of God's blessings, the true blessing is the vantage point from which I view my life's work, and all the opportunities and challenges that comes along with it. Published February 14, 2016

Yale University students and faculty rally in November to demand that Yale University become more inclusive to all students on Cross Campus in New Haven, Connecticut. (Associated Press/File)

Microcosm, macroaggression and the offended generation

Scores of dead white men glared back at them from the walls of the college dorm. The thought that some of those esteemed alumni could have actually owned their ancestors apparently haunted the dreams of some of the privileged, elite students at Yale so much that they took to the yard in protest. The dorms at Yale, they have declared, are no longer a "safe space" for black students. Published February 7, 2016

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and Flint Mayor Karen Weaver (The Flint via Associated Press/File)

Flint's water woes expose a polluted idea of government

Something is definitely rotten in the state of Michigan. And it's not just the lead-poisoned water coming from the corroded pipes undergirding Flint's public water system. The rottenness goes to the very core of an attitude of managerial expediency unfettered by moral leadership. Published January 31, 2016

President Barack Obama waves at the conclusion of his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, Pool)

King, Obama and a call for a new American politics

There are certain moments in time when the weight of history is more noticeable than at others. Many of us felt that weight earlier this month as we listened to what will likely be President Obama's last State of the Union address to Congress. Published January 24, 2016

This frame grab from Tuesday, January 12, 2016 video by the Iranian state-run IRIB News Agency, shows detention of American Navy sailors by the Iranian Revolutionary Guards in the Persian Gulf, Iran. The 10 U.S. Navy sailors detained by Iran after their two small boats allegedly drifted into Iranian territorial waters around one of Iran's Persian Gulf islands a day earlier have been freed, the United States and Iran said Wednesday. (IRIB News Agency via AP)

Iran broadcasts its contempt of Obama's America

The images that flashed on television screens all across the world last week were an epic propaganda victory for Iran and the latest in a series of reminders that the Obama presidency's biggest foreign policy "achievement" is destined to leave a legacy of even greater bloodshed and conflict. Iran, literally and figuratively, has brought America to its knees. Published January 17, 2016

Radio host and columnist Armstrong Williams. (Image courtesy of New Chapter Publisher)

Obama's blind spots and tunnel vision on Islamic terror

Many people continue to reflect and remark on the strange eulogy President Obama delivered from the Oval Office in the aftermath of the San Bernardino attacks. It seemed to many more like an exercise in defending Islam rather than an address to honor the dead, comfort the living, or express our righteous fury at the perpetrators of this barbarism. Published January 10, 2016

Terry Holcomb,executive director of Texas Carry, happily displays his customized holster as he walks to the Capitol for a rally, Friday, Jan. 1, 2016, in Austin, Texas. (Ralph Barrera /Austin American-Statesman via AP)  AUSTIN CHRONICLE OUT, COMMUNITY IMPACT OUT, INTERNET AND TV MUST CREDIT PHOTOGRAPHER AND STATESMAN.COM, MAGS OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT

Responsible gun ownership is not only a right, but a duty of citizenship

It has been said time and again, but it bears repeating: About the only thing that restrictive gun laws have done in our country is prevent the good guys from defending themselves when bad guys attack. This maxim applies directly to the San Bernardino, California, situation, an immense tragedy in which fourteen innocent people were gunned down by a married couple with Islamic extremist allegiances. Published January 3, 2016

Russian President Vladimir Putin (Associated Press/File)

The year ahead: A changing of the guard amid a brave new world

The famed satirist Aldous Huxley once remarked that "experience is not what happens to a man; it is what a man does with what happens to him." Thus, as we look forward to 2016, we should do so while keeping in mind the lessons that past years of experience have taught us. Published January 3, 2016

In a surprise to the Democratic Party, which thought Hillary Clinton would be the uncontested presidential nominee, Sen. Bernard Sanders drew voters in droves to rallies as he preached leadership from the left flank. (Associated Press/File)

Retrospective on a year of intransigence and volatility

By all accounts, the political arena has proved to be full of surprises this year. We've witnessed the improbable and inexorable rise of the outsider candidate, as first-time office seekers Ben Carson and Donald Trump have led the Republican primary race for the better part of the year. The assumption that Hillary Clinton would rise uncontested to the Democratic nomination has also been challenged by the improbable left-flank insurgency of Sen. Bernard Sanders of Vermont. Published December 27, 2015

Armstrong Williams

Responsible gun ownership is not only a right but a duty of citizenship

It has been said time and again, but it bears repeating: About the only thing that restrictive gun laws have done in our country is prevent the good guys from defending themselves when bad guys attack. This maxim applies directly to the San Bernardino, California, rampage, an immense tragedy in which 14 innocent people were gunned down by a married couple with Islamist allegiances. Published December 20, 2015

A custodian found an abandoned newborn last month in the Nativity scene at the Holy Child of Jesus Church in Queens, New York. (Associated Press)

Reflections on three wise men, a mom and a manger

In the days before Thanksgiving this year, a young mother left her newborn baby boy (umbilical cord intact) swaddled in a manger that was part of the Nativity scene at Holy Child Jesus Church, a Catholic congregation in the Richmond Hill neighborhood of Queens, New York. This is not the first time a mother in distress has left her child on the steps of a church, but when such acts do occur it is a sign for us all to reflect about the society we live in and how we can make it a better place for mothers and children. Published December 14, 2015

Jennifer Wheeler pays respects at a makeshift memorial honoring the victims of Wednesday's shooting rampage that killed multiple people, Sunday, Dec. 6, 2015, in San Bernardino, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Coping with evil in America

With every passing day new and increasingly vile reports of evil acts bombard our lives, jolting us out of our day-to-day lives. The latest comes courtesy of a man and woman in San Bernardino, California, who viciously murdered 14 people and left at least 17 wounded. Published December 6, 2015

Armstrong Williams, moderator and host of The Right Side Forum

A sober reflection on appropriate measures to counteract the Islamic State

It is an oft-stated maxim that acts of terrorism are carried out by organizations with weak military power and a strong political motive. Despite receiving some funding and munitions by way of black market oil sales the Islamic State is a minuscule military force, especially when compared against the military power of their two most recent targets -- France, Lebanon and (likely) Russia. Published December 1, 2015

At this time of year, we sit down with our families to share festivities that incorporate all the ancient and modern traditions that define our American society. What makes this national feast possible is the abundance of peace and stability that we have enjoyed for so long. (Associated Press/File)

A Thanksgiving meditation on war and peace

One of the things we have much to be grateful for in this country is that, for the past century and a half, our wars have not been fought on our own soil. Published November 29, 2015

Police officers stand in a street next to Le Carillon, a bar-cafe where people were killed and several gravely injured, according to the prosecutor, in Paris, Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015. A series of attacks targeting young concert-goers, soccer fans and Parisians enjoying a Friday night out at popular nightspots killed over 100 people in the deadliest violence to strike France since World War II. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

A dance with the devil under the Paris moon

Sometimes life guides us in the strangest of ways. Just last week my production team and I arrived in London to begin filming a series of news pieces dealing with immigration in Europe and the threat of domestic terrorism on the continent. Published November 15, 2015

Deputy Darren Goforth (Associated Press/File)

Cops put it all on the line for their communities

Public agitation and rhetoric surrounding police relations with the black community have reached a fever pitch. Many have already chosen sides, either blindly siding with law enforcement or, conversely, viewing every publicized encounter between police and black citizens as a referendum on race. Published November 8, 2015