We Americans face the greatest erosion of liberty of our lifetime. We are suffocating our free-market economy with burdensome regulations and taxes. Now every aspect of our lives is being planned by an "unelected bureaucracy." This "trickle-down tyranny" is rapidly increasing our slide toward a government-dependent society (the nanny state).
This regulation and control is diametrically opposed to the American ideal of a free people pursuing their own dreams. We support the efforts of the farmers' market who conscientiously produce wholesome, nutritious food grown on soil that has not been depleted of nutrients. They are also a helpful source of knowledge and expertise for those who are beginning gardeners and producers. Let the farmers' market do what they do best without government interference and they will not need government assistance. They will be successful and free.
Those who receive taxpayer dollars would do well to use these producers as an example -- plant, grow, feed your family and reduce your dependency on government. You will soon be free from the self-perpetuating food stamp/welfare programs. That's the true "American Spirit" -- self-respect, personal responsibility and productivity. Aren't these the qualities you want to pass to your children?
An understanding of limited government, as defined by our Constitution and Bill of Rights, lets ordinary people achieve extraordinary things. This is American exceptionalism. The Constitution protects our God-given rights from government. Ronald Reagan warned us:
"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We did not pass it to our children in our bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected and handed on for them to do the same or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and children's children what it was once line in the United States where men were free."
We hold all officeholders accountable to these uniquely American principles and demand concrete action to protect us from government tyranny. Never forget; government derives its powers from the "consent of the governed." We do not consent to destructive regulations, which are merely a deceitful way to raise revenue and control the people. We still believe in the American dream.
Ozark Property Rights Congress member
I am the chairman of the Stella Veteran Memorial veterans committee. As a Vietnam veteran, I am very proud of our memorial. It was designed to honor all veterans of the United States of America who have served in the military, from those who are presenting serving to those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for the freedoms that we as Americans hold dear.
A lot of work has gone into bringing this memorial into what it is today, and the work continues. Bricks are still being purchased and laid in the memorial in honor of veterans from all over.
Our flag was stolen the first year. Then, last October or at the first of November, our cross was vandalized by someone who does not know the meaning of freedom or veteran or what they sacrificed for us to live in a presently free nation. Maybe one day they will.
We got a new flag and a new, and a bigger cross was installed free of charge, donated by Clark Funeral Home. We humbly thank them again.
We do except donations to the Stella Veterans Memorial for care and maintenance. Donations can be sent to P.O. Box 615 Ozark St., Stella MO 64867.
We will not be held responsible for anyone soliciting money or donations in the Stella Veterans Memorial name without the permission of the veterans committee. Those authorized to ask for or receive donations for the memorial include: William "Bill" Beckett, chairman; and Mike Maddox, Loretta Taylor, Danny Simmons and Jack Roy, committee members.
William "Bill" Beckett
Stella Veterans Memorial