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Derry Brownfield
January 13, 2008

I recently aired a program dealing with the fact that our governments meet their budgets by making criminals out of honest people. In Redford Township, Michigan the police department awards officers overtime and incentives for meeting traffic violation quotas. The policy is to pay officers time-and-a-half their hourly wages, according to the number of tickets written, and not the actual hours worked. For every two tickets the officer writes, they will get paid for one hour of overtime. Police are everywhere handing out $140 traffic violations, but the program is �for the citizen�s safety.�

The city of Springfield, Missouri shortened the yellow time of traffic lights by one-half second and their RED LIGHT CAMERAS became much more PROFITABLE. Lasercraft is the company that operates the system in Springfield and they test the intersections to determine which ones should have the yellow time shortened to make the intersection and the RED LIGHT CAMERAS more PROFITABLE. The Texas Transportation institute found a one second reduction in yellow time resulted in a 100% increase in the number of violations.

Saint George, Missouri, a suburb of St. Louis, gets 28% of its budget through traffic tickets.

I also aired a segment of the program where a young man that had done nothing wrong, was yelled at by a cop who said he could make up charges against him if he didn�t cooperate. The cop was asking him personal questions, which he had no right or reason to ask. The driver had a video camera in his car and the entire episode was exposed to the news media.

After airing this information, I received an e-mail from a listener who writes, �If this does not chill people�s blood, they are not listening. The typical response is, �this can�t happen here.� My response is �it is happening here right now.� I have the privilege of having spent 30+ years in the Merchant Marines. I am a Native American and the color of my skin has reduced me to 3rd class status in any situation involving law enforcement. I have been accused of being every kind of terrorist starting when the Cubans were hijacking airplanes in the 70�s and from then on.

Outrage at the harassment I have experienced led me to go to law school, where I learned that there is no defense against this sort of things, short of massive public refusal to participate. Perhaps I have brought some of the problems on myself because I do not answer personal questions directed to me by police officers, which are designed to let them pretend they have �reasonable suspicion� to harass me further. I do not submit to searches of myself or my vehicle without a warrant. This has led to a great deal of additional harassment and I have been arrested on occasion.

This is what people can expect if they refuse to participate in the effort to make this into a fascist police state. Nevertheless, I believe it is everyone�s obligation to stand by their Constitutional rights to be free of unreasonable searches and seizures. If not � we will lose all our rights. When the officer invents charges against you, follow up on that by going to court. You do not need a lawyer because you will lose regardless. But you will tie up their time. When you lose, appeal. I recently stated in court, �If you like what happened at Waco and Ruby Ridge, let the police continue to do what they have done to me. You will see a lot more of it.�

The Judge objected strenuously to this and it was stricken from the record without further discussion. I lost, but when I appealed the charges were dropped.�

We have always had good cops-bad cops, but we are no longer living in the good-ole-days, and I put the blame on our ancestors. Not the ones who wrote the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, and pledged their lives, their fortunes and sacred honor. No, it was the following generations that allowed this cancerous infection to eat away at our freedoms in the first place. A patient doesn�t die because he has one or two cancer cells. No one ever died from cancer in one day. To end a life the cell must become malignant and reproduce itself until it can destroy vital organs. So it is with a tyrannical government.

Our Founding Fathers gave us a prescription that would prevent socialism, communism, a dictatorship or any other form of government alien to our Constitutional Republic. This malignant tumor we are fighting today began with a pimple or a mole over 100 years ago. Our great-great grandparents knew the Constitution. They knew the writings of our early patriots because these things were taught in our schools. Yet, knowing their freedoms didn�t mean they were willing to protect them. At that period of time they were in a much better position to rebel than we are today. They should never have accepted a marriage license, a driver�s license or a license for their car. They didn�t license their horse and buggy, why should a car be any different?

In 1913 on the eve of Christmas vacation, under the direction of President Woodrow Wilson, a few hand picked members of Congress voted to allow the bankers to take control of our money system. When Congress convened after the holiday, the Federal Reserve Act should have been immediately repealed and Congress should have impeached Wilson. Previous generations who knew and understood our Constitutional form of government much better than the general public does today, should have forced their representatives to follow Constitutional Law. The attitude then and still is today, a little here and a little there won�t hurt; this is still the greatest nation in the world. It may be, but some day, some time this giant tumor must be removed. It will be an expensive operation and the patient may not survive.

I could write pages concerning the freedoms we have lost, that could have been saved if our grandparents would have rebelled. My mother was always �nipping something in the bud.� Last April we had a hard freeze across much of the nations� breadbasket. Fruit trees were blooming and setting buds. The frost �nipped them in the bud� and there are no apples, peaches and nuts on those trees today. These lost freedoms could have been �nipped in the bud� just like that malignant tumor could have been stopped while in the one cell stage. Since our ancestors didn�t take care of the problem, we now have a much greater fight on our hands.

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Yes, we can still fight, and we should, but it would have been a much easier battle if our ancestors had �nipped it in the bud� before our government became the monstrosity that it is today.

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Derry Brownfield was born in 1932 and grew up during the depression. He is a farmer and a broadcaster. Derry attended the College of Agriculture at the University of Missouri where he received his B.S. and M.S. degrees. He taught Vocational Agriculture several years before going to work as a Marketing Specialist with the Missouri Department of Agriculture. Derry served as Director of the Kansas City Livestock Market Foundation at the Kansas City Stockyard prior to establishing himself in farm broadcasting.

Derry started farming when he was 16 years old and received the Future Farmers of America State Farmer degree in 1949. Since that time the Brownfield Farm has grown to over 1000 acres maintaining a herd of 200 registered Charolias cows.

In 1972, Derry and his partner established the Brownfield Network which now serves 250 radio stations throughout the Midwest with news and market information. In 1994, Derry started his own syndicated radio talk show and he is one of the most popular radio talk show hosts in America. The Derry Brownfield Show can be heard on approximately 80 radio stations in 23 states. With his entertaining sense of humor and witty commentary he has captured audiences for over 30 years. His ability to present an informative talk show while being light and colorful is why he has a large loyal listening audience.

Derry Brownfield is a practical farmer, a practical business man and a very entertaining speaker. He travels extensively throughout the country speaking about his common-sense point of view.

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Yes, we can still fight, and we should, but it would have been a much easier battle if our ancestors had �nipped it in the bud� before our government became the monstrosity that it is today.