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Land of the Persecuted, Home of the Distressed: A Year of Oppression in Review

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Another Independence Day has come and gone.   Folks were out celebrating as if nothing was going on, yet this year, like years past, has been an eye-opener, if you're concerned about your freedom!   Once the Land of the Free, Home of the Brave, the united States of America has been reduced to a land of tyranny and shame.  


Our people have forgotten what this country is about and that our founding generation put safeguards in our governing documents to protect us from despotic governments.   Documentaries like Blood of Patriots and Don't Tread On Me reach out to remind us what our rights are supposed to be and what made this country the envy of the world.   Yet, we celebrate this Independence Day more oppressed than just a year ago.   Should we truly reflect over this past year, we would see our country is plagued with some of the most ridiculous rulings and considerations, and realize they are neither isolated nor unusual.


What does gardening, raising rabbits, Girl Scout cookies, Enhanced Enterprise Zones, raising chickens, raw milk, soda, The World Trade Organization, Monsanto and Obamacare have in common?   The loss of your freedom to choose, the loss of your right to eat and drink what you want, and the loss of your right to pursue happiness on your own property.   That's right.   What happened to our freedom to pursue our dreams, provide for our families and enjoy privacy on our own property?  


The Bass family of Oak Park, Michigan, Denise Morrison of Tulsa, OK and Karl Tricamo of Ferguson, MO faced similar plights, even after consulting city regulations, about planting gardens in their yards.   First Lady Michelle Obama plants veggie gardens at the White House for crying out loud, but these people, in an effort to save money in our economic nightmare and grow better, more nutritious food for their families, found they were facing trouble in their respective neighborhoods.   The Bass family fought hard, Morrison's gardens were destroyed before the court date and Tricamo faces an uphill battle with the city of Ferguson over his garden.   "The sad fact of the matter is that too many local officials want to be able to control their citizens' lives, even if the citizens' behavior is not harming anyone else," says an article posted by Dave Rolland on The Freedom Center of Missouri's website.  


Underwood, ND farmer Doyle Johannes and farmer friends proposed state legislation halting out-of-state firms from interfering with farming practices in North Dakota after the Humane Society tried to regulate what could and could not happen in there.   About the piece of legislation, Johannes said, "We want to be able to farm in North Dakota, the way we think we should be able to."


Just the possibility of these four incidences happening in our country would have been unthinkable when I was growing up, but they are fast becoming the norm.


John and Judy Dollarhites of Nixa, MO decided to give their children a lesson in earning money, so they rescued a male and female rabbit.   As the rabbits started to breed, they started selling them for a few bucks.   It was a hobby and teaching tool that brought in $4,600 that year.   Fines lobbied against them for selling more than $500 worth of rabbits started at more than $90,000, and could have reached as high as $4 million.   


Girl Scout cookies seem innocuous enough, right?   Not so!   In the city of Hazelwood, MO, Caitlin and Abigail Mills were in court last summer fighting for their right to sell Girl Scout cookies"from their DRIVEWAY!   Yes, their own driveway!   These girls have sold "thousand boxes each every year" helping their troop afford trips and functions.   Last year, a neighbor had issues, and the girls were dragged to court.


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