Tuesday, March 11, 2008

eminent domain battle in MO

Dear Friend of Liberty,

We're getting closer to victory... This is our chance to stop eminent domain for private gain once and for all in Missouri! We need your help!

The Founding Father knew that freedom is not free. On March 23, 1775, Patrick Henry gave his famous "Give me liberty, or give me death" speech. We all know of the war that followed and the great sacrifices of our forefathers to secure that liberty for us.

Those great men and women would be appalled at the abuse of the government's power of eminent domain today. Missourian's are losing their homes and businesses Ć¢EURO" not for roads, bridges or sewers, but so that private developers can build another strip mall for their own profit! (Read about some of the abuses at: www.mo-cpr.org/fundraise.html) We must not continue to squander the great blessings of liberty that were purchased with so much blood and tears!

For the past two years Missouri Citizens for Property Rights has been working on a solution. We are circulating two petitions to amend the Missouri constitution. If passed by the voters in November 2008, we will end the use of eminent domain for private gain. Instead of being one of the top five abusers of eminent domain, Missouri will have the best property protection in the nation - the very thing that promotes a strong economy.

Volunteers have been collecting signatures since April, 2007. However, volunteers alone can't get the job done. In February, we hired a professional firm to manage the monumental job of collecting 215,000 signatures per petition by the May 4th deadline.

We need your help. This effort will cost about $860,000. We've raised almost $500,000 of that but at the rate we are collecting signatures, that money will soon run out.

We weren't there in 1776 to man musket and cannon, but on the anniversary of Patrick Henry's great speech we want to drop a MONEY BOMB!

Like the sacrifices our Forefathers made, your contribution toward these amendments will protect the property rights of many future generations - and we aren't relying on ANY politicians to get the job done!

Here are two things you can do that WILL make a difference:

1) Go to www.mo-cpr.org/givemeliberty.html and pledge $100 (or whatever you can afford). We will send you a reminder email to make your donation on March 23rd.

2) Pass this email on to as many people as you can.

Together, we can win! Please act NOW!

The battle, sir, is not to the strong alone; it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave...

Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death! (Patrick Henry, in a speech before the Second Virginia Convention, March 23, A.D. 1775)

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