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The Angel Initiative: How Kentucky Is Leading the Fight Against Addiction

The United States is facing an opioid crisis. Millions of Americans, through no faults of their own, get addicted to powerful pain medications. Most of the time, these medications were prescribed by doctors after needed procedures. But these drugs are very addictive and patients quickly become dependent on them.

For years Americans lost their lives, thanks to opioid addiction. Families lost mothers and fathers. Those who don’t die, face a painful cycle of debilitating addiction. They lose everything because of their dependency on these drugs. Yet, until recently, our country ignored this epidemic.

President Donald Trump declared war on the opioid crisis. He made it a priority of his administration to end the ugly cycle that has so many Americans addicted to these drugs. The president is taking steps to confront abusive practices by pharmaceutical makers and the government loopholes that allow them to scam Americans. But so much more must be done.

While work is underway at the federal level, addiction is a personal affliction. It hurts individual people. To solve this crisis, it takes the support and compassion of our leaders at every level. In the past, local and state government confronted drug use with an iron fist. People suffering from addiction could face harsh penalties like jail time. It did nothing to free them from addiction or encourage others to seek help. In fact, it made the problem much worse.

Leaders like Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin are taking bold new steps to end this crisis. The brave ... continue reading »

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.

Are you wondering what bills your Congressman has filed this year? Or ... continue reading »

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 »