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"If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter."
                                             -- George Washington

"If we stuck to the Constitution as written, we would have: no federal meddling in our schools; no Federal Reserve; no U.S. membership in the UN; no gun control; and no foreign aid.

We would have no welfare for big corporations, or the "poor"; no American troops in 100 foreign countries; no NAFTA, GATT, or "fast-track"; no arrogant federal judges usurping states rights; no attacks on private property; no income tax. We could get rid of most of the cabinet departments, most of the agencies, and most of the budget."

Liberty Defined: 50 Essential Issues That Affect Our Freedom by Dr. Ron Paul

"Freedom is not defined by safety. Freedom is defined by the ability of citizens to live without government interference. Government cannot create a world without risks, nor would we really wish to live in such a fictional place. Only a totalitarian society would even claim absolute safety as a worthy ideal, because it would require total state control over its citizens' lives. Liberty has meaning only if we still believe in it when terrible things happen and a false government security blanket beckons."
                                             -- Congressman Ron Paul

End the Fed by Dr. Ron Paul

"The government is best which governs least."
                                                       -- Thomas Jefferson

Freedom in the News

      
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ReliableAnswers.com

by Shawn K. Hall

October 14, 2003

CBS has taken the very worst events in the history of homeschooling and painted them as the hidden culture and agenda of parents who choose to educate their own children.

I do not deny they happen, no more than I deny the existence of Adolf Hitler. However, the assertion that these are common events is no less ridiculous than saying that every politician is as bad as Hitler; using Dr. Zhivago as the poster child for the entire medical community; implying that every public school suffers from the same traumas and disasters as Columbine; or that every news organization is as irresponsible in their reporting as CBS. I don't claim that any of these are untrue, but very unlikely.

Law.com

by Jonathan Ringel

September 8, 2003

In the case of Vaughan v. Cox, No. 00-14380, a three-judge panel on Aug. 29 reversed itself after twice finding immunity for a police officer sued for shooting a fleeing suspect in a high-speed car chase.

Given the 11th Circuit's reputation as a sympathetic court to law enforcement, the about-face in favor of the plaintiff was surprising enough. But what shocked court watchers was that the panel acted on its own, without any motions by either side in the case and without any prompting by the U.S. Supreme Court. Search for <a href="http://www.ca11.uscourts.gov/opinions/search.php" target="_blank" title="Eleventh Circuit Opinions - Search by Case Number">Case number: 00-14380</a>

The National Rifle Association - Headquarters

by Entry Deadline: October 1, 2003

September 6, 2003

The NRA is now accepting entries for its 2003 Youth Wildlife Art Contest.

The contest, the 16th in the annual series, is open to students in grades 1 through 12 (including homeschooled children). NRA membership is not required. The deadline to enter is October 1, 2003.[See website for complete rules.]

The Christian Science Monitor

by Amanda Paulson and Abraham McLaughlin

September 4, 2003

On the surface, this week's ruling by the Ninth Circuit court of appeals - overturning the death sentences of more than 100 inmates in Arizona, Montana, and Idaho - is the latest sign of statistical retreat for capital punishment in America.

Reflect Americans' ambivalence about a penalty that most still believe in but are more hesitant to inflict. On the one hand, legislatures are enacting tough-on-crime laws. Attorney General John Ashcroft has been an active proponent of tough sentencing. And 74 percent of Americans favor the death penalty for a person convicted of murder, according to the latest Gallup Poll in May. (The number drops to 53 percent when life without parole is an alternative.)

CBS News.com

August 28, 2003

Rangers in Sequoia National Park have swapped their Smokey Bear hats for helmets, weapons and camouflage.

It's more than a cash crop; it's a cash cow. One plant brings $4,000 on the street. Last year, agents pulled $1.5 billion worth from federal land in California alone - a tenfold increase from nine years ago. They expect to exceed that this year.

Amarillo Globe News

by Greg Cunningham

August 23, 2003

A four-year legal odyssey that engulfed an entire Panhandle town in a firestorm of controversy came to an end Friday when Gov. Rick Perry pardoned 35 men and women convicted in the controversial 1999 Tulia drug sting.

The cases broke down in March when Coleman gave contradictory statements during evidentiary hearings in Tulia. The testimony led the judge to stop the hearings and recommend the cases of everyone convicted in the bust be overturned. Coleman has since been indicted on perjury charges.<br><br>"Tulia has become a model for what's wrong with the criminal justice system," said Gupta, who helped line up prominent attorneys to join the fight. "It's been so compelling nationally because of the story it tells. What is now needed is for local, state and federal authorities to examine what happened there and put into effect reforms that will keep it from happening again."

lewrockwell.com

by Butler Shaffer

August 22, 2003

In previous years, and on the first day of class, I have given my new students a ballot, indicating that "it is time to elect the leader of a great nation," and offering them two candidates, A and B.

Candidate A is identified as "a well-known critic of government, this man has been involved in tax protest movements, and has openly advocated secession, armed rebellion against the existing national government, and even the overthrow of that government. He is a known member of a militia group that was involved in a shoot-out with law enforcement authorities. He opposes gun control efforts of the present national government, as well as restrictions on open immigration into this country. He is a businessman who has earned his fortune from such businesses as alcohol, tobacco, retailing, and smuggling."

World Net Daily

August 20, 2003

Why many citizens fear attorneys, judges more than terrorists

I have come to fear almost everything having to do with law. Though there are many fine people in the legal profession, and though law is necessary to protect society from descending into chaos, I now fear the legal profession more than I do Islamic terror ...

News Release Wire (VA)

August 19, 2003

Barbara Bryan, child/family justice advocate in the Commonwealth for years and now worldwide, observes changes in form but not substance.

Two decades after three middle school age Boy Scouts were felled by a repeat mandated vaccination, their once falsely accused mother notes no substantive features added to Virginia's child protective services (CPS) regulations to prevent the nightmare visited on them by government agents.<br><br>What is true in one state--that CPS and "family" courts are extraconstitutional and accept a reverse presumption: that the accused must prove innocence--is generally true throughout the United States and has been for years. Inducement of "more federal money" was too powerful a lure for counting the cost of liberty.

London Evening Standard

by Les Iversen

June 5, 2003

When I read last week that as many as 30,000 deaths a year in Britain could be caused by smoking cannabis, I reacted in a most uncustomary way for a mild-mannered scientist.

I was infuriated. As someone acknowledged throughout the world as a specialist in how drugs affect the brain, I know a great deal about cannabis, and I know that the facts are not there to stand up such an outrageous statement.

      
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