Freedom Fest began in Las Vegas, Nevada, yesterday. The annual event celebrates “great books, great ideas, and great thinkers in an open-minded environment,” according to the website. The speaker line up this year is impressive, featuring actor William Shatner, Steve Forbes, and Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah), who joined Mike Opelka on today’s “Pure Opelka.”
“Interesting things can happen from time to time when one believes in freedom,” he said of being among such prestigious fellow speakers. The senator believes the American people have benefited from limitations placed on government by the United States Constitution and wrote “Written Out of History,” the stories of eight forgotten founders, to draw attention to those benefits.
In contrast to the heady freedom of America’s first years is the current debate about health care. Lee would like to see “real, meaningful reform in the marketplace” so that hard working families can get a break on the artificially high premiums associated with the Affordable Care Act. He advocates for a full repeal, or at least a partial repeal with a “full strength version of the Consumer Freedom Amendment” he drew up with Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas).