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The Importance of Government Transparency

“A government by the people for the people” is how President Lincoln described our democratic republic in his address at Gettysburg. It is a representative form of government where we the people have the honor and duty of picking who will serve for us in Congress. Our elections are set up so that we may keep our representatives accountable and in check. But if we don’t understand or know what they are doing in Washington D.C., then is it even possible for elections to serve their intended purpose? If all we know about the happens under the capitol dome is what our elected officials tell us, we lose the ability to research for ourselves in order to make good and informed decisions.

In 1788, while writing Federalist 51, James Madison penned: “A dependence on the people is, no doubt, the primary control on the government; but experience has taught mankind the necessity of auxiliary precautions.” He knew that the success of our form of government depends on “the people” as a primary quality control. Thomas Jefferson is credited as saying, “An educated citizenry is a vital requisite for our survival as a free people.” With that in mind, it is important for the happenings of Washington D.C. to be open and transparent to the scrutiny of the people in our nation and for all in our power to be done to improve and secure the ability of review.

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How to Keep Students Safe

With the tragic shooting at the school in Parkland, Florida the talk of the day, and month, surrounds school safety and how to protect our children. Many of a left-of-center persuasion jump straight to calls for gun control. They want to place all the blame for horrific events like this on guns. But doing so fails to comprehend that gun control laws only keep guns out of the hands of good people who, if armed, could stop bad people with guns. The solution to violence is not that simple. Heritage Foundation President Kay Cole James said, “The knee-jerk answer by many liberals is ‘ban guns.’ But I think the questions we face are just too complex to be resolved by two little words.” We couldn’t agree more.

Did you know that 90% of al shootings happen inl mass “gun-free zones”? With that in mind, Liberty for All-supported Congressman Rep. Thomas Massie of Kentucky has an actual solution to the problem. His proposed legislation, HR 34 entitled the “Safe Students Act,” would repeal the 1990 “Gun Free School Zones Act.” Three out of the four deadliest school shootings in U.S. history have happened since gun-free school zones were implemented. Clearly just banning guns from public school property is not a working solution.

The problems that we face go back to a basic truth about freedom. Benjamin Franklin said, “Those who would give up essential liberty, to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.” History ... continue reading »

Why Have the “Right to Try”?

America is called the land of freedom and opportunity. Here terminally ill patients should be at liberty, knowing the potential risks, to try experimental therapies (drugs, biologics, devices) in hopes of saving their own life. These are therapies which have completed Phase 1 testing, but have not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration. This is the argument behind the aptly titled “right to try” laws.

Opponents of the bill say that it can open up the patient to harm, but this ignores the painfully obvious fact that they already have a terminal diagnosis. Who better to make decisions affecting the life of a patient than that patient along with the counsel of their doctor? Why should a federal bureaucracy make the decision for them?

Kurt Altman, National Policy Adviser for the Goldwater Institute, has said that right-to-try laws return control of medical decisions “back to a local level”. Victor Riches, President & CEO of the Goldwater Institute said, “There’s no more fundamental freedom than the right to save your own life. Right to try guarantees that freedom by ensuring that patients, along with their doctors, are in control of the treatments they receive when facing a terminal diagnosis. Right to try will open new paths to treatments for many patients who are currently out of options.”

Liberty for All supported Senator Eric Brakey of Maine who was the lead Senate sponsor of “right to try” legislation during his time as Chair of the Health and Human ... continue reading »