The 1948 cartoon “Make Mine Freedom” was produced by Harding College to show the positive side of the American way of life, free enterprise and what happens if we yield those freedoms. This cartoon illustrates some lessons that are still relevant today and evokes the beliefs of many of the members of Colorado Farm Bureau.
The first section of the current Farm Bureau policy book mirrors those beliefs; reading it you can’t help but feel proud of belonging to an organization that has such strong grassroots. Make mine freedom.
Farm Bureau Beliefs
-America’s unparalleled progress is based on freedom and dignity of the individual, sustained by basic moral and religious concepts.
-Economic progress, cultural advancement, ethical and religious principles flourish best where people are free, responsible individuals.
-Individual freedom and opportunity must not be sacrificed in a quest for guaranteed “security.”
-We believe in government by legislative and constitutional law, impartially administered, without special privilege.
-We believe in the representative form of government – a republic – as provided in our Constitution, in limitations on government power, in maintenance of equal opportunity, in the right of each individual to freedom of worship and in freedom of speech, press and peaceful assembly.We believe that the basic principles of Americanism – with emphasis upon freedom, dignity and the responsibility of the individual, and our private competitive enterprise system – should be taught in the schools.
-Individuals have a moral responsibility to help preserve freedom for future generations by participating in public affairs and by helping to elect candidates who share their fundamental beliefs and principles.
-People have the right and the responsibility to speak for themselves individually or through organizations of their choice without coercion or government intervention.
-Property rights are among the human rights essential to the preservation of individual freedom.
-We believe in the right of every person to choose an occupation; to be rewarded according to his/her contribution to society; to save, invest or spend; and to convey his/her property to heirs. Each person has the responsibility to meet financial obligations incurred.
-We believe that legislation and regulations favorable to all sectors of agriculture should be aggressively developed in cooperation with allied groups possessing common goals.
-We support the right of private organizations to require membership as a prerequisite for member services.