Stolen Rights: Why Government Seizure of Innocent Americans’ Property Must End

This article is part of a series focusing on Lens of Liberty, a project of the Vernon K. Krieble Foundation In her Liberty Minute titled “Forfeit this Practice,” Helen Krieble discusses one of the most blatant violations of freedom that regularly occurs in the United States: civil asset forfeiture. Convicted criminals obviously can’t keep ill-gotten wealth, but police often seize property from people who aren’t even charged with a crime, much less convicted. If police merely suspect something was acquired illegally they can take it under a program called civil asset forfeiture. It’s become a regular source of funding for

Unhappy Hour? Why This State’s Regulations on Bars’ Ads Go Too Far

This article is part of a series focusing on Lens of Liberty, a project of the Vernon K. Krieble Foundation In her Liberty Minute titled “Modern Sign Language,” Helen Krieble discusses unfair advertisement laws in some American towns: There were once so many highway billboards that people complained of sign pollution. So today many cities have restrictive sign codes. But are they about highway beautification or government picking winners and losers? Towns from Redman, Washington, to Fairfax, Virginia, allow signs along the streets for political campaigns and for real estate — but not for any other businesses. One town allowed employees

Regulations Gone Wrong: Why These Unfair Texas Laws Need to Go

This article is part of a series focusing on Lens of Liberty, a project of the Vernon K. Krieble Foundation. For years, the government’s answer to almost every problem has been to impose regulations. But while bureaucrats see such rules as a necessary way to protect citizens, they are blind to the fact that these regulations violate Americans’ constitutional right to equal protection under the law, by allowing government to favor some groups over others. In her Liberty Minute titled “Hot Air in Houston,” Helen Krieble provides a perfect example of a local government picking winners and losers — and

Do People Need Protection from Mobile Games? One State Thinks So.

This article is part of a series focusing on Lens of Liberty, a project of the Vernon K. Krieble Foundation. In her Liberty Minute titled “Serve Yourself,” Helen Krieble discusses an example of two states’ governments overstepping their bounds in the name of protecting their citizens: I can remember when gas stations had both self service and full service islands, and many drivers enjoyed the full service choice. Attendants would run out to the car, pump the gas, air up your tires, wash the windshield, and check the oil. When consumers found that self-service resulted in cheaper gas though, most

Has Washington Forgotten About the Right to Privacy?

This article is part of a series focusing on Lens of Liberty, a project of the Vernon K. Krieble Foundation. In her Liberty Minute titled “Browsing the Fourth Amendment,” Helen Krieble sheds light on the government’s failure to regulate private companies who regularly violate Americans’ Fourth Amendment rights: Do you want telemarketers to know what you searched for online? Should strangers be able to access your financial information? The current national debate about peoples’ internet browsing privacy is a bedrock principles issue. Some private companies like Google and Facebook collect data from their customers and sell it to advertisers without

Why Is This State Banning Moms from Selling Home-Baked Goods?

This article is part of a series focusing on Lens of Liberty, a project of the Vernon K. Krieble Foundation. In her Liberty Minute entitled “Moving the State,” Helen Krieble talks about an interesting story which bears some resemblance to a legal battle currently being fought in New Jersey: A young man in Kentucky helped his sister move and realized that might be a good living. So he and a friend posted an ad on Craigslist, and the new moving business took off. Before long, they had five trucks and thirty employees. But then, the state stepped in requiring a

Regulations on Tide Pods? Why New Laws Won’t Fix Everything

This article is part of a series focusing on Lens of Liberty, a project of the Vernon K. Krieble Foundation. In her Liberty Minute entitled “Forgive Us Our Trespasses,” Helen Krieble discusses the essential link between personal responsibility and limited government: In homes across the country, door knobs are a standard three feet from the floor, but a friend of mine was told she had to replace the door knobs on her whole house with ones four feet from the ground because she had an indoor swimming pool and a toddler might enter her house and drown. Since the pool,

Do Americans Still Respect the Bill of Rights?

This article is part of a series focusing on Lens of Liberty, a project of the Vernon K. Krieble Foundation. One of the greatest documents America’s Founding Fathers left us with is our Bill of Rights, a list of guarantees intended to protect citizens from an abusive government. Wisely foreseeing that the democratic nature of our government would allow for people with varying views to get into office, they realized the necessity of putting down on paper ten fundamental rights which no laws are ever permitted to compromise. Unfortunately, in recent years these limits on what the government may and

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