Will SCOTUS Heed a 182-Year-Old Warning in Wedding Cake Case?

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 “Flocks of Sheep,” Helen Krieble quotes a passage from Alexis de Tocqueville’s Democracy in America that is just as pertinent today as it was when it was published in 1835: A hundred and seventy-five years ago, Tocqueville warned Americans about a new kind of oppression from our own government. He said: The government covers the surface of society with a network of small, complicated rules, through which the most original minds and the most energetic

No More Garage Businesses? How One City Is Destroying Startups

This article is part of a series focusing on Lens of Liberty, a project of the Vernon K. Krieble Foundation. “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” These three inalienable rights acknowledged in the first sentence of the Declaration of Independence form the basis of the American notion of freedom. Although they slightly changed the wording of the third right from “property” to “pursuit of Happiness,” the Founders were strongly influenced by

No More Chocolate S’mores? Why Taking the Feds’ Diet Advice Is Foolish

This article is part of a series focusing on Lens of Liberty, a project of the Vernon K. Krieble Foundation. Paraphrasing Thomas Jefferson, a wise saying goes: “If people let the government decide what foods they eat and what medicines they take, their bodies will soon be in as sorry a state as are the souls of those who live under tyranny.” This quote could not be more pertinent as it is to the topic Helen Krieble talks about in her Liberty Minute titled “I’ll Have S’More”: Many of us share fond memories of roasting marshmallows around the campfire and

Should College Students Be Able to Grade Themselves? One Professor Thinks So…

This article is part of a series focusing on Lens of Liberty, a project of the Vernon K. Krieble Foundation. In a recent Liberty Minute entitled “I Deserve an A,” Helen Krieble talks about a college professor’s decision to let his students choose their own grades this fall semester: A student in Georgia complained that tests and grades were stressful, so the professor adopted a new “stress-reduction” policy: Students who feel stressed about tests can decide their own grades. If they feel any stress, they’re welcome to leave without explanation and with no effect on their grade. A stress-free environment

A Win for Freedom: USDA Issues New Guidance to Protect First Amendment Rights

This article is part of a series focusing on Lens of Liberty, a project of the Vernon K. Krieble Foundation. In a Liberty Minute entitled “Less Free,” Helen Krieble discusses the results of a poll which show that most Americans feel that their freedom is increasingly compromised as an effect of living under the grasp of powerful governmental bodies: In a recent national survey, a majority of Americans said they felt less free than they were five years ago. Only 13 percent said they felt freer than before. It is so troubling that so many Americans fear the growing power

Poll Shows Americans Would Deny Free Speech to Opponents — And That’s a Problem

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 “Do as I Say Not as I Do,” Helen Krieble speaks about fairness and how it should be upheld across the board by the law: I love watching an eagle soar overhead, and I remember all too well when they were almost all gone. So we now have laws protecting them. I find it odd that the government has decided to allow them to be killed by wind generators while others are fined and even

The “PC Police” Are Back This Year — And No Halloween Costume Is Safe

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 “Pull Up or Pay Up,” Helen Krieble criticized school boards and city councils which have taken their power to the extreme by even mandating what people are and are not allowed to wear: Lots of schools have adopted rules against wearing low pants and some businesses have barred admittance to young people wearing their pants too low. Some say it’s old fashioned to care about proper attire and public decorum, though I think what the

When Government Picks Winners and Losers, Everybody Loses

This article is part of a series focusing on Lens of Liberty, a project of the Vernon K. Krieble Foundation. Last week, the Washington Free Beacon reported that Seattle University’s Law School revoked its sponsorship of an event hosted by the conservative Federalist Society. The school’s dean announced her decision via an email stating that she had been swayed by a petition claiming that the event would include “hateful xenophobic and anti-immigrant rhetoric”: Annette Clark, the dean of Seattle University’s Law School, has revoked the school’s sponsorship of a Federalist Society event. The reason? The proposed debate on immigration, hosted