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Volume 20, Issue 31                              August 20, 2015
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FROM ME TO YOU 
Freedom is Indivisible 

NEWS YOU CAN USE 
A New Mandatory Minimum for Illegal Immigration is a Costly Bad Idea
#BigGovernmentStrikesAgain
#FreedomPrevails

QUOTABLE
See what Winston Churchill, Dr. Ben Carson, Mason Tvert, Martin Luther King III, James Harrison, and John Stossel  had to say about vices, government control, marijuana, violence, entitlement, and resisting the government.

CONVERSATIONS WITH MY BOYS
You Can't Force a Person to Learn Something

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From Me To You

by Brett Bittner

 

Freedom is Indivisible 

Economic freedom. Civil freedom. Religious freedom. Sexual freedom. Personal freedom. Political freedom.

Freedom is popular.

freedom

As such, some attempt to position themselves as its champions, by defining which 

carefully-worded sliver of freedom they feel comfortable permitting you to exercise.

Libertarians believe that freedom, while formed from many components, is indivisible. 

While some may value their economic freedom over their political or civil freedom, without the political freedom to choose between candidates and ideas and civil liberties to ensure that government has not improperly imprisoned the dissidents, economic freedom cannot exist.

The freedom to live your religious convictions cannot survive in an environment without the freedom to choose your mate or to have the ability to support your church financially.

Essentially, each aspect of freedom is interdependent on the others, and when you try to dissect and distribute only parts of the whole, freedom does not really exist. When only slivers are permitted, none of us live free.

As documented in the Declaration of Independence, rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness were paramount in the founding of America. Our freedom engenders our ability live our lives as we see fit without the force or coercion of others.

This week, our friends at The CATO Institute and the Fraser Institute released the Human Freedom Index, which “presents the state of human freedom in the world based on a broad measure that encompasses personal, civil, and economic freedom.”

As you will note, the United States is no longer the leading bastion of liberty we once were, falling to 20th out of 152 countries measured in the index. Expansion of the regulatory state, multiple “wars” (terror, drugs, poverty, etc.), and the victories of eminent domain and civil asset forfeiture over property rights all contribute to our loss of freedom. None of those factors is exclusively detrimental to one aspect of freedom, yet they all undermine our overall freedom.

So, the next time you hear someone espouse their love for their preferred aspect, remind them that freedom is indivisible, and that without all of it, none of us are truly free.

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A New Mandatory Minimum for Illegal Immigration is a Costly Bad Idea

Senate Republicans plan to bring to legislation to the floor in September that will target so-called “sanctuary cities” that provide a safe haven for illegal immigrants. The bill, according to a Politico report last month, “would block funding for cities and other local governments that decline to cooperate with federal immigration officials.”

mandatory minimum  sentencingThere’s a recent wrinkle in that a) doesn’t make much sense and b) could undermine efforts in Congress to reform America’s criminal justice system. In response to the tragic murder of Kate Steinle at the hands of an illegal immigrant, some members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, including Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, want this proposal attached to the sanctuary cities bill.

Read more about the cost of "Kate's Law" here...

#BigGovernmentStrikesAgain 

Texting bans don't reduce crashes; effects are slight crash increases - IIHS
Fed official: No evidence QE boosted economy - CNBC
Calfornia measure fails to create green jobs - Yahoo! News

#FreedomPrevails

So Elon Musk’s Hyperloop Is Actually Getting Kinda Serious- Wired
This Could Be the Greatest Gambling Platform in History.Can the Government Stop It? - FEE.org
When Rules Multiply, the World Needs Rule Breakers - Reason

News You Can Use is written and compiled by staff at the Advocates for Self-Government. 
How much is Liberty worth?
Quotable
Bits and Bytes From Across the Spectrum
 
Winston Churchill

NOW IS THE TIME:"[T]he government would simply grow and grow and infiltrate every aspect of our lives and begin to control who we were and we would begin to turn into something else, but just before we turned into another form of government [Jefferson] said the people would wake up and regain control. I think now is the time we are doing that." â€” Dr. Ben Carson, Candidate for President, August 2015

THE VOTERS HAVE SPOKEN:"Colorado voters made it clear that they do not want adults to be punished for possessing small amounts of marijuana. Hopefully this ruling will ensure these convictions get overturned in any similar cases that might be pending. Fortunately, we have taken the steps needed to prevent these possession convictions from occurring to begin with.” â€”  Mason Tvert, Communications Director for Marijuana Policy Project, August 2015

LANGUAGE OF THE UNHEARD: â€œMany are shocked by the behavior in Baltimore and Ferguson, but, as my father said, ‘Violence is the language of the unheard.’ When people have no forum, they feel no one has any way to address the issues they care about. Neither my father or I would ever condone violence — the correct way to address violence is to understand what causes it.”  â€” Martin Luther King III, anti-poverty activist, August 2015

SORRY NOT SORRY: â€œI’m sorry I’m not sorry for believing that everything in life should be earned and I’m not about to raise two boys to be men by making them believe that they are entitled to something just because they tried their best…cause sometimes your best is not enough.”  â€” James Harrison, Pittsburgh Steelers Linebacker, August 19, 2015 
 
John Stossel
 
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Conversations with My Boys

By The Libertarian Homeschooler
 

You Can’t Force a Person to Learn Something

Me: Can I force you to learn something?
The Young Statesman (then 12): No. You can not.
Me: So, if I sat you down and did chemistry lessons with you and threatened to….
You can't force someone to learnYS: Take something away?
Me: Yes. Take something away. If I threaten to take something away if you don’t do well on a chemistry test I give you will that make you learn it?
YS: I’ll learn it, I’ll spit it out, and then I’ll forget it.
Me: Isn’t that learning?
YS: No. That isn’t learning. That’s wasting time.
Me: What if I gave you an incentive to do well on a chemistry test. Will that make you learn it?

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