Opinion

Bob Mitchell: Past political movement remembered

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Some new names, at least many of those few might have heard before, were just part of what came out of the disaster that struck the U.S. Capitol early this year.

Hopefully, they won’t become a part of our vocabulary or our way of life.

Several of those involved that have been arrested came out of the Ozarks, some very close to Barry County, which hopefully isn’t an indication that these organizations, in any large number, exist in our communities. They can serve no useful purpose in the Constitutional government of these United States of America.

Other groups have existed

There probably aren’t many people who will remember another movement that existed years ago that had ideas of government that wildly differed with the large majority of those in places of responsibility. It was called The Trilateral Commission and claimed as some of its members some officials in Missouri government.

One such person was John Danforth, who at the time was attorney general of Missouri. Danforth at the time was in a fairly difficult campaign for office and made many trips to Barry County to hold onto a solid base of GOP voters.

In those days general political gatherings during the day were held in the old circuit court spaces in the courthouse, which were more accessible to those in town for any early daytime event.

Often questioned

Most of the time, someone in the audience would have a question for the candidate. They would request for a yes or no answer, “is it true you are a member of the Trilateral Commission?” However, they never did get a straight answer from the candidate, and for some reason the media never did take up the question for the people to know whether or not Danforth was “horsing around” with something other than basic government for the state.

It must not have mattered much since Danforth was elected attorney general and later became U.S. Senator from Missouri.

Off the spike

Back in the days of Wormington Monument Co., owned by Albert McIntyre of Monett, there were two locations, in Cassville and Monett. McIntyre, always strong as “horseradish” for his community, never could get over the idea of Cassville being the county seat of Barry County. As a good friend and customer and a pair that thought together politically, we had many conversations about the subject. His argument was always based on the old idea that an election deciding the location had dogs and hogs in south county voting for the Cassville location. We always responded to him that north county should have had more hogs and dogs to vote for them.

As the pandemic would seem to be slacking-off in the country, I’m wondering people if realize that there are more deaths in this country than those killed in World War I, World War II and Korea all combined!

Now that the incidents of the disease seem to be residing, it is no time to let up on precautions. People should take all opportunities to receive vaccination for the virus. Then, the same cautions of masking, washing hands and distancing should be observed until those in authority tell us it is safe to resume normal activities.

Our modern icemakers have come a long way in producing the chipped frozen water that is widely used today’s beverages to refresh ourselves. Back in the days of working behind a soda fountain, we would normally take a 25-pound block out of the original 350-pound block, place the smaller one in a tin-lined wooden box and using a chipper make the shaved ice to manufacture a fountain drink.

Watching fishing activities on TV these days has proven modern anglers don’t appreciate the past trips to rivers of Barry County. One place in particular, Cottner Ford, was our destination every July 15 for opening of Catfish season, as a birthday present. My dad, Ralph Hawk and I would always have a “two-nighter” for this event. One year I took Sport, my Pointer bird dog, who loved the water. The menu that one evening included Pork ‘n’ Beans, with the leftovers being fed to Sport. We were sleeping in a grain-bed truck, and during the night Sport had a stomach-gas problem in a big way. Needless to say, he spent most of the night outside the truck. The next morning he was up, around and ready to go.

Bob Mitchell is the former editor and publisher of the Cassville Democrat. He is a 2017 inductee to both the Missouri Press Association Hall of Fame and Missouri Southern State University’s Regional Media Hall of Fame.

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