15 episodes

As we learn the principles of freedom, we live better lives. Higher Purpose + Personal Responsibility + Stand for Liberty = Freedom. These conversations are all about learning, expanding and appreciating different perspectives as we seek to understand one another. We promote civility in debate -- not hate. As we share stories, we humanize one another. We share the stories about how good people can make a positive difference in our communities and in our country. We share the stories of statesmanship, public service, the impact of legislation, the importance of history, and the role of government in enabling -- not controlling -- how people live and thrive. We discuss a higher purpose, personal responsibility and standing for liberty. We talk about what it means to be free.

Principles of Freedom S. Max Brown

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As we learn the principles of freedom, we live better lives. Higher Purpose + Personal Responsibility + Stand for Liberty = Freedom. These conversations are all about learning, expanding and appreciating different perspectives as we seek to understand one another. We promote civility in debate -- not hate. As we share stories, we humanize one another. We share the stories about how good people can make a positive difference in our communities and in our country. We share the stories of statesmanship, public service, the impact of legislation, the importance of history, and the role of government in enabling -- not controlling -- how people live and thrive. We discuss a higher purpose, personal responsibility and standing for liberty. We talk about what it means to be free.

    Laura Stack: Johnny's Ambassadors -- Youth Marijuana Prevention

    Laura Stack: Johnny's Ambassadors -- Youth Marijuana Prevention

    The Founder & CEO of Johnny’s Ambassadors is Laura Stack, Johnny’s mom. Before losing Johnny, she was a successful 30-year businesswoman, professional speaker, and published author with two for-profit organizations.
    In Laura’s Words: If you’re a regular visitor to Johnny’s Ambassadors blog, you no doubt know Johnny’s story, and the stimulus for my fight against marijuana use by young people. For those who may read this in other venues and don’t know me, I’m a concerned, grieving mother, who is active in the movement to discourage young people from using marijuana in any form until their brains are formed—and hopefully never. My family and I live in Colorado, one of the first states in America to legalize the recreational use of marijuana. This released a flood of pot onto our streets, and our government regulation failed to limit it to adult users. It soon spread like a plague into our adolescent population. Any high schooler can get high-potency dabs in five minutes here in Colorado.

    Johnny had a 4.0 GPA and a perfect 800/800 score on the SAT math portion. He attended church and youth group and did regular family things. At 14, Johnny began smoking marijuana when he attended a high school party and wanted to try getting high with his friends. At 16, he moved on to dabbing high-THC products like wax and shatter. At 18, he experienced psychosis and delusional episodes, a suicide attempt, and by 19, full-blown schizophrenia (the psychosis didn’t resolve when the marijuana was withdrawn). Tragically, despite our repeated efforts at rehab and support, he refused to take the antipsychotic medication he now needed, and he died by suicide on November 20, 2019, convinced the mob was after him and “everyone knew everything about him.”
    As Johnny said in his college essay describing his most important value, “To me, altruism means being selfless or giving to other people, even when there may be nothing to gain and something to lose. Altruistic people do things for the collective interest instead of their own.” Johnny’s Ambassadors are joined in altruistic solidarity to save the lives of our youth from the harms of marijuana.
    “Forge ahead despite your pain and give meaning to your loss.” – Laura Stack
    To learn more visit: johnnysambassadors.org

    • 29 min
    Luci Willits: Candidate for Boise City Council

    Luci Willits: Candidate for Boise City Council

    Luci Willits is an Idaho native and has called Boise "home" for almost two decades. She cares deeply about our Capital City and maintaining our Idaho lifestyle and amenities. 
    She grew up in rural Idaho where her parents owned a small agricultural business. A graduate of Idaho State University, Luci has worked in both the public and private sectors and knows how to get things done. She currently works for an education research company where she is a senior vice president.
    She is the mother of two grown daughters and has been married to Mike Willits for 25 years. She loves reading, watching witty media, traveling, and enjoying our Boise weather. 
    To Learn More about Luci Willits visit:
    https://www.luciwillits.com/

    • 9 min
    David Bobb: President at the Bill of Rights Institute

    David Bobb: President at the Bill of Rights Institute

    This conversation still has me reflecting on so many good points! David Bobb joined the Bill of Rights Institute as president in 2013 and has worked for twenty years at the intersection of civic engagement and education reform. Having taught courses in American politics and public policy in the history and political science departments of Boston College and Hillsdale College, he was also founding director of a national civic education program for high school teachers at Hillsdale College, as well as the Allan P. Kirby, Jr. Center for Citizenship and Constitutional Studies, in Washington, D.C. David has designed online educational programs used by more than half a million participants and is a nationally-recognized proponent of civic education that engages the hearts and minds of students. Author of Humility: An Unlikely Biography of America’s Greatest Virtue (HarperCollins, 2013), David has written for the Wall Street Journal and Fast Company, among many other publications. He earned his Ph.D. in political science from Boston College, where he received fellowships from the Pew, Earhart, and Bradley Foundations. 
    Bill of Rights Institute
    mybri.org

    • 34 min
    Rep. Tammy Nichols: Mom, Businesswoman & Legislator

    Rep. Tammy Nichols: Mom, Businesswoman & Legislator

    Born and raised in Boise, Idaho Tammy Nichols learned early the value of hard work , teamwork, and perseverance. Tammy began working at the age of 6 years old as she grew up in a family which owned and operated several private schools and day care centers in the Boise area. She graduated from Boise High School where she participated in the student body government, as well as on the "Brave Sensation" Dance/Drill Team.

    Tammy is invested in her community and has served in a wide variety of capacities and leadership positions. She has coached youth soccer and basketball, worked with the Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts programs, has participated in various service projects and community events including The March of Dimes. As a school volunteer, she has participated as a classroom mom, "field trip chaperone", football parent, and with many projects such as fund raisers, teacher appreciation days, pictures days and many other activities and functions. As a church volunteer, she has served participating with the children's music program, youth girls activity group. She has also served as Sunday school teacher, youth organizational president, secretary in the women's Relief Society organization, and instructor.

    Experience in the banking industry and medical industries, serving on several boards of directors as treasurer, and handling the financial responsibilities of her own small business and family finances has taught Tammy how to be financially conservative, whether it be in business or personal . She does not have a spend thrift mentality. "I grew up in a family business, I learned early the importance of financial responsibility and what it took to make a living. This is how I function in my own business and in my family. When you are entrusted with the money of the public, it should mean even greater responsibility and higher standards in the way in which you use and spend that money."

    Currently holding the office of Central Committeeman and Treasurer in Canyon County, Tammy has seen and participated in the governmental process first hand, and understands the good, the bad and the ugly that comes with it.

    Tammy has worked with several local and national organizations on various issues that concern not only Idaho, but also our nation. These include educational issues, the 2nd Amendment, Constitutional Amendments, Veteran, taxes, marriage, abortion and more. She has had the opportunity to speak and work with many national and state leaders regarding these important issues. This has been a very valuable, and educational experience for her.
    Today, Tammy represents you in the Idaho Legislature. She serves on 3 committees which are: Agriculture, Business, and Revenue and Taxation. Here, she uses her voice to echo your concerns. A voice that matters. A voice that cares, and a voice that stands for liberty, freedom and truth.

    https://nicholsforidaho.com/

    • 21 min
    Brittany Love: Candidate Idaho House of Representatives Dist #17

    Brittany Love: Candidate Idaho House of Representatives Dist #17

    I am a pro-life conservative invested in serving my community and protecting the constitutional  rights of American citizens. As an advocate for the 2nd amendment, and the wife of a police officer, I recognize that self defense is not only our right, it is our duty, and I will not hesitate to protect our rights.
    The number one accomplishment I will strive for when elected to the state house is to be the best Idaho legislator for my District 17 constituents. As an educator,  working with the Boise School District to improve education for the kids and make sure teachers and staff are well taken care of important to me. 
    Currently, I work in ministry but I have served as a member of the Ada County Republicans Committee for many years. Because of my Christian values I understand the plight of the less fortunate and I will strive to improve their lives in a way where big government is not their stranglehold. Outside of working in ministry and serving as a precinct committeewoman, I enjoy volunteering for a variety of local charities and non-profit organizations. My foremost passion is being involved and keeping Idaho great. 
    I also love to hike those glorious foothills and spend time with my family as much as I can. 

    • 4 min
    Lt Governor Janice McGeachin: A Conversation with Idaho's First Female Lt. Governor

    Lt Governor Janice McGeachin: A Conversation with Idaho's First Female Lt. Governor

    Janice McGeachin is the first female Lt. Governor to serve the state of Idaho.
    Janice is a former State Representative and a successful business owner from Idaho Falls who, along with her husband Jim McGeachin, own and operate multiple businesses in the automotive industry, with stores in Idaho Falls and Boise. In 2012, she and her family renovated an historic building in downtown Idaho Falls and established the area’s only Irish restaurant, The Celt Pub & Grill. Janice and Jim have two children, Liza and James, who help manage their family businesses.
    Janice is a proven conservative with an established track record of working with others to promote fiscal responsibility. She is committed to Keeping Idaho Conservative and, as a staunchly pro-life legislator, worked to implement Informed Consent and Ultrasound laws designed to protect the life and health of the mother and unborn child.
    Janice is committed to promoting consistency among Republican leadership on fiscal responsibility and working to increase public awareness regarding our state and nation’s finances.
    Janice was an elected State Representative from 2002-2012, and served on numerous committees including State Affairs, Revenue & Taxation, Judicial, Joint Finance and Appropriations (JFAC), and Health & Welfare where she served as the Chair and worked to prevent the implementation of Obamacare in Idaho in 2012 by educating colleagues and the public of the devastating impacts of the law to individuals and to our business community.
    As Chair, she collaborated with House and Senate Leadership, the medical community, recipients, departments, agencies, and the Governor’s Office to reduce Medicaid costs across the board, avoiding deep cuts to particular programs when tax revenues came up short in 2011.
    Janice served on the Joint Millennium Fund Committee, state employee Change in Employee Compensation Committee, Economic Outlook and Revenue Assessment Committee, and the Health Care Task Force.
    Janice enjoys skiing, hiking, and traveling.
    Janice graduated from Skyline High School in 1981 and received her BSBA in Finance and Accounting from the University of Arizona in 1985.
    Janice is a member of the First Presbyterian Church. She has been involved in children and youth ministries and served as a Ruling Elder within the church.
    Janice’s community service includes having served as the Chairman of the Board for the Idaho Innovation Center and as a Board Member for the Development Workshop and the Mountain River Valley American Red Cross. She is a member of the Idaho Falls Rotary Club, and was an active member of the Greater Idaho Falls Chamber of Commerce, and the United Way Disbursement Committee.

    • 31 min

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