A common belief held among our founding fathers was that man is not truly free unless he is secure in his person from unwarranted searches without cause. Their first-hand experience proved its important. In the early 1760’s part of the increasing tension between the Colonies and Great Britain was the use of writs of assistance. These general search warrants were granted to customs officers by the British government, giving them the authority to search any place without cause. On top of that, the searcher was not held responsible for any damages they caused. Colonists protested that the writs violated their rights as British subjects.
The writers of the U.S. Constitution placed great importance on the fundamental right of a person to be secure in his person, papers and effects. Because of this, when they met in 1789, they placed it in the Bill of Rights as the Fourth Amendment.
“The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause…” ~ The Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution
The fight to protect each person’s right to privacy has never ended. One of the latest chapters in the continuing saga surrounds FISA, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. This act was created to provide judicial and congressional oversight of the government’s covert surveillance activities of foreign entities and individuals in the United States, while maintaining the secrecy ... continue reading »
In December 2017, the Republican majority-led Congress delivered an amazing Christmas present to the American people in the form of tax cuts. These rate cuts were bigger than we’ve seen in decades.
Not everyone is happy with the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act”. There are those who rail against the tax cuts as only being for the rich. Setting aside the fact that almost every income bracket should see their taxes reduce, these critics do not understand that the wealthy are the funders of growth in our nation’s economy. They are the ones starting companies, investing in small (or even large) businesses, and hiring people. When they see tax rates rising on these money-making endeavors, they divert their capital into other channels, like tax-exempt securities, where it doesn’t see as much taxation. This doesn’t help America’s economic growth or tax revenue. In fact, studies have shown that in the long term tax rate cuts and not tax rate increases grow the government’s revenue.
Looking on another side of taxing you can see a direct connection between lower taxes and higher individual freedom, or vice versa. Put simply: When taxes go up government grows and expands into more and more areas of our life. We lose individual freedoms when government grows. When taxes are cut and government’s take of each of our daily activity’s reward grows smaller, then government has to shrink and freedom abounds.
We should say at this point also that this only works if the federal government ... continue reading »
“…the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.” – The U.S. Constitution
Our most basic right of self-protection is God-given and protected by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Still, this right must continually be kept safe from those who seek to take away our freedom. This is why Liberty for All supports candidates and elected officials who fight in State Legislatures and Congress to ensure every individual citizen’s right to defend their families and loved ones is kept safe.
Rep. J.R. Hoell currently has a bill moving through the New Hampshire legislative process that would reinforce the state’s law against local municipalities and governments infringing on the ability of New Hampshire citizens to lawfully practice their Second Amendment rights. The bill brings to light that over the past six months there have been a growing number of instances occurring where cities have implemented legislation in direct opposition to New Hampshire’s gun laws. If passed, this bill would put in place fines to deter local governments from persisting in curtailing Second Amendment freedoms.
“The more local the control the better” argument is often thought to be best, and in general we agree. The reality in America, though, is that the states came together to create the federal government and simultaneously reserved all non-delegated powers for themselves. All local governments, cities and counties, are created by state governments and their powers are granted to them by their respective state. Therefore, it follows ... continue reading »