By Evan Bernick
Our America Initiative Advisory Council Member for Over Criminalization
Man Verbally Abused, Arrested for Filming Police. Regrettably, the public service of our “public servants” sometimes leaves much to be desired. Just ask George Thompson, who claims that he was verbally abused, arrested, and locked up overnight for exercising his First Amendment right to film a profane police officer from his own front porch. According to The Daily Caller, Thompson, a 51-year-old citizen of Fall Rivers, Massachusetts, was minding his own business on his porch when he observed Officer Thomas Barboza sitting in a patrol car, engaged in a cell phone conversation unfit for public consumption.
By Seung Min Kim -Politico
House Democrats are rolling out a new strategy to target 30 House Republicans on immigration reform during the two-week congressional recess, marking a last-ditch effort to force GOP action on a legislative overhaul.
By Matt Ferner -Huff Post Politics
Legalizing medical marijuana causes no increase in crime, according to a new study. In fact, legalized medical pot may reduce some violent crime, including homicide, University of Texas at Dallas researchers wrote in a journal article published this week.
By Chris Edwards - The Cato Institute
The Internal Revenue Service scandal over the targeting of conservative groups has highlighted the agency’s power to obstruct our political freedoms. Filing taxes every April also drives home how the government reduces our freedom.
By Charlie Warzel - BussFeed FWD
Heartbleed, the enormous security bug that could affect up to two-thirds of the internet, has left more than 500,000 websites exposed to attackers. And while many are worried their information was left vulnerable to criminal hackers, one security adviser believes the National Security Agency could well have been the true beneficiary of the flaw.
By Abigail Thernstrom - The American
Our America Initiative Advisory Council Member for Civil Liberties
California Democrats have proposed a new referendum that would reinstate racial preferences in higher education, but the state's Asian Americans are rebelling.
What a hash the Supreme Court has consistently made in decisions involving race. The latest example is Fisher v. University of Texas, Austin. The case, which involved affirmative action in higher education, sat in the Supreme Court docket for an unusual nine months last year, at the end of which the Court issued an opinion that did almost nothing to advance the decades-long debate over racial preferences. It stamped its foot and said judges must more rigorously scrutinize racial sorting — admissions determined in part on the basis of racial or ethnic identity. But that was neither a new command nor one with any real legal teeth. And thus the decision left the matter of the constitutionality of racial double standards in higher education still open to debate.
By Jeffrey A. Singer - Reason.com
Our America initiative Advisory Council Member for Health Care
In 1997, Jacques Chaouilli, MD, a family physician in Montreal, Quebec, decided he could no longer tolerate seeing his patients suffer—sometimes die—lingering on waiting lists for treatment and/or specialty care. He started a private emergency housecall service that got shut down by the government because of its prohibition of private health care. He then decided to challenge Canada’s law prohibiting patients from seeking—and doctors from providing—private health care outside of the government run single-payer monopoly health care system.
By George F. Will - The Washington Post
PHOENIX -From the Goldwater Institute, the fertile frontal lobe of the conservative movement’s brain, comes an innovative idea that is gaining traction in Alaska, Arizona and Georgia, and its advocates may bring it to at least 35 other state legislatures. It would use the Constitution’s Article V to move the nation back toward the limited government the Constitution’s Framers thought their document guaranteed.
By George Leef - Forbes
Our America Initiative Advisory Council Member for Educational Choices
In early America, people spoke about liberty a great deal. Patrick Henry famously declared, “Give me liberty or give me death.” The preamble to the Constitution speaks to the importance of securing “the blessings of liberty.”
These days, however, we hear or read the word much less often. It doesn’t seem to be in President Obama’s vocabulary at all. He has declared that inequality is the greatest problem we face, but can anyone remember his ever talking about the importance of liberty?