A Ban on Dancing? These Absurd, Antiquated Laws Need to Go

This article is part of a series focusing on Lens of Liberty, a project of the Vernon K. Krieble Foundation. A few weeks ago, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio finally gave his support to efforts aimed at repealing an absurd anti-dancing law which has been in the books for over 90 years. The Prohibition-era law prohibits groups of three or more people from dancing in “any room, place or space in the city” where there is “musical entertainment, singing, dancing or other forms of amusement.” Exceptions to this ban are given to establishments that obtain expensive city-issued licenses

In the Age of Facebook, the First Amendment Is More Important Than Ever

This article is part of a series focusing on Lens of Liberty, a project of the Vernon K. Krieble Foundation. The First Amendment is under attack. Of course, that shouldn’t come as a surprise to you as a reader of The National Pulse, where we cover these malicious assaults on our freedom on a daily basis. Whether it’s an attempt by social media networks to label right-leaning stories as “fake news,” or an effort to block conservative speakers like Ben Shapiro on a college campus, the anti-First Amendment zealots are always at work. In a recent Liberty Minute titled “That

Did Oklahoma Really Outlaw Sharing a Hamburger?

This article is part of a series focusing on Lens of Liberty, a project of the Vernon K. Krieble Foundation. If you’re anything like me, you love good food. My family owns a pizza restaurant — I worked there for almost 15 years — and it allowed me to get creative with cooking. Through tons of experimentation, I’ve created some unlikely delicious meals — pineapple, pepperoni, jalapeno, and bacon pizza to name just one. But all that experimentation had some unintended side effects — weight gain included. So rather than adjust how much I experiment with cooking, I instead adjusted

This Woman Tried to Secure Her Home — And It Got Her Arrested

This article is part of a series focusing on Lens of Liberty, a project of the Vernon K. Krieble Foundation. A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed. The Second Amendment clearly grants the right to American citizens to protect themselves, their families, and their property. Furthermore, contrary to radical left-wingers, it gives us the right to more than just muskets and really has not much to do with hunting. Our right to protect ourselves is sacred — similar to the

Bad Laws 101: When “Saving the Planet” Backfires

This article is part of a series focusing on Lens of Liberty, a project of the Vernon K. Krieble Foundation. Most of Helen Krieble’s Liberty Minutes involve stories where she has heard of government interference affecting other people. However, in a recent installment, “GESC Fencing,” the government overreach hits a little closer to home: My home county has a thick notebook called the General Erosion and Sediment Control plan which supposedly dictates how all new construction should handle water runoff. But not all new construction causes erosion. We were actually required by these rules to cut the roots of an

$262,000 for a Steeple? When Government Micromanaging Goes Too Far

This article is part of a series focusing on Lens of Liberty, a project of the Vernon K. Krieble Foundation. If you’ve ever debated common sense issues like protecting the right to life or religious freedom, you’ve probably heard a liberal use the tired, old “Separation of Church and State” argument. All too often, however, the separation of church and state seems to go only one way — allowing for the state to interfere with church. To take one example, as Helen Krieble details in the Liberty Minute “Wooden Steeples,” this was recently the case for a church in Virginia: An

Does Your Car Have Fuzzy Dice? You Could Face a Hefty Fine in Illinois.

This article is part of a series focusing on Lens of Liberty, a project of the Vernon K. Krieble Foundation. It breaks my heart, being that it’s my home state, but it seems like everyday there’s another problem brewing in Illinois. If it’s not sky-high murder rates in Chicago, it’s the unfunded pension liability. Gov. Bruce Rauner has no easy task either — state House Speaker Mike Madigan and his Democrat cronies have been wreaking havoc on the Land of Lincoln for decades. The taxes are sky high, debt is growing everyday, and it seems that help is nowhere in

How Can We Unite a Divided America? Talk to Each Other…

This article is part of series focusing on Lens of Liberty, a project of the Vernon K. Krieble Foundation. It’s been awhile since Americans have seen this level of social unrest and division. One would be hard pressed to find a nightly news program without at least one clip of intense protests, flag burnings, black-masked Antifa members assaulting cops, or even the KKK and neo-nazis. All of this division and controversy has sparked a new debate over freedom of speech. In a Liberty Minute entitled “Talk to Each Other,” Helen Krieble implores all Americans to discuss current events with their

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