Thinking of a change in scenery? Maybe you want to move to a city that is bursting with economic potential? According to the number-crunchers at Forbes, there is only one city in America you should look at: Dallas, TX.
For two years in a row, the website has picked D-Town as the best city for economic growth and opportunity. Dallas enjoyed 2.8% job growth last year, 19.6% since 2012 and an impressive 25.6% since 2006. This, even when other regions in the country suffered economic slowdowns, declining industries, and jobs shipped overseas.
However, the Dallas area has enjoyed an ongoing boom in recent years. You don’t have to look far to see the incredible growth being seen in areas like Dallas and Fort Worth. Businesses are hiring people at a record pace. Homes are being built everywhere. Americans are fleeing declining regions, from all corners of the country, to set down roots in Texas.
There’s a pretty good reason why. State senators like Don Huffines have been working fiercely to keep Texas a free, prosperous state. Huffines considers himself a watchdog for taxpayers and it seems his intrepid work to keep taxes low is paying off in a big way.
You see, heavy taxation is death to a region. Yet all across America, we see hard-left politicians driving prosperity into the ground. Bloated, rampant government kills American success. Our country can only thrive when people are free to pursue their dreams. That includes the ... continue reading »
Self-defense is a God-given and inalienable right protected in our U.S. Constitution. Yet, if you are under eighteen, our federal laws keep you from arming yourself with a handgun in preparation for fulfilling that duty. If harm comes calling, why should your ability to defend yourself or your loved ones be restricted because of your age when you are a legal adult?
Part of the Gun Control Act of 1968, passed by Congress, placed into law the requirement that a person be twenty-one years of age to legally purchase a handgun. This leaves many individuals unprotected, some whom would benefit the most from the added force that a handgun could provide. For example, girls under the age of 21 attending college. With the rising rate of forcible sex offences on college campuses we should be intent on helping, not hindering, their ability to defend themselves at all times. A handgun in a purse is much closer than a security guard a phone call and quarter of a mile away.
“Men by their constitutions are naturally divided into two parties. 1. Those who fear and distrust the people, and wish to draw all powers from them into the hands of the higher classes. 2dly those who identify themselves with the people, have confidence in them cherish and consider them as the most honest and safe, altho’ not the most wise depository of the public interests.”
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 »