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Hemp for Victory (1942 USDA Film)

Hemp for Victory was a 13 minute propaganda-esque film released by the United States Department of Agriculture in 1942, urging U.S. farmers to grow industrial hemp for the war effort. Of course, it was just five years earlier in 1937 when the anti-Cannabis campaign efforts of Harry Anslinger and the Bureau of Narcotics successfully culminated [...]

Kentucky Lieutenant Governor Jerry Abramson “On Board” with Industrial Hemp

Kentucky Lieutenant Governor Jerry Abramson came to Berea College today and spoke to our entrepreneurship class. I took the opportunity to inform him about industrial hemp and why it should be immediately decriminalized (before hemp was criminalized in 1937, it was the number 2 crop grown in Kentucky behind Tobacco, and Kentucky grew more hemp [...]

Why I No Longer Support Rand Paul

An explanation of why I am no longer supporting Rand Paul. I supported Rand when he ran for Senate and donated to his campaign, I’ve been his constituent for two years, but I cannot support him any longer after his endorsement of Mitt Romney. What say you? Tweet

Meeting with Lonnie Hendrix (Mayor of Hyden, Kentucky)

Today I had the pleasure of meeting and talking with Lonnie Hendrix, Mayor of Hyden, Kentucky (a small town of 300 in Leslie County in Eastern Kentucky). I was blown away by Mr. Hendrix’s spiritual depth, dedication to service, and humility. He was very welcoming to our group of 15 students, who are participating in [...]

Ron Paul: The TSA and the Growing Police State

“The police state in this country is growing out of control.  One of the ultimate embodiments of this is the TSA that gropes and grabs our children, our seniors, and our loved ones and neighbors with disabilities.  The TSA does all of this while doing nothing to keep us safe. That is why my ‘Plan to [...]

Obama Should Listen to Jefferson

In light of the disturbing developments with the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012, legislation passed by the House and Senate which would allow for the indefinite detention of U.S. citizens, it’s only appropriate to share a quote from Thomas Jefferson that is all too fitting for this occasion. “[T]he same act undertaking to authorize [...]

An Open Letter to Rand Paul: Investigate the Killing of an American Teenager

Hello Senator Paul, My name is David Kretzmann. I am a 19 year old student at Berea College in Kentucky; I’ve lived in Kentucky since August of 2010. Today I urgently write you to investigate the death of Abdulrahman Al-awlaki. Within the past 45 days, three U.S. citizens have been killed at the hand of [...]

Meeting Gatewood Galbraith at Berea College

Gatewood Galbraith is an independent candidate for governor of Kentucky. He has received the endorsements of Willie Nelson, the Green Party, and the Constitution Party. The man is principled, dedicated to individual liberty, and is a shining example of what we need in America today. It was a pleasure to meet him and hear his [...]