I received an email from a gentleman the other day that said Loyal 9 wouldn’t work in saving the country. Nothing would. It was too late.
I have had flashes of feeling this way. I especially felt it the week the "Guardian" began releasing its series of revelations documenting government spying on all citizens.
This was the same week Bradley Manning's exposure of Department of Defense cover ups were finding light in court: illegal dealings with other countries, cover ups of debauched and vicious actions of the worst of our soldiers, bombers called in to destroy the evidence. That day’s Newswire also documented that tax payer’s money was used to fund million dollar parties, Secret Service's sex, and another Matt Taibbi expose on the inbred corruption between the banks and their agency. It was about the same time a boy that may have had information on the Boston Marathon bombing was shot in an interrogation room.
Nevertheless, the gentleman's email I cited above is wrong in his cynicism. I was wrong in my bout of despair. It is not too late. The fight is not lost. This is a pivotal time, a turning tide.
President Obama’s chief of staff Rahm Emanuel once enraged some as he pushed to turn a social tragedy into another government expanding policy with the statement, “Never let a serious crisis go to waste,” Well, the nation is in crisis. And the government overreach has been the bell waking people up from their sleepiness to the danger we are in.
Ladies and gentleman, standing up and fighting back works. We must remember that. Here is some recent evidence.
A – Two years ago, legislators tried to pass SOPA. This bill would have allowed any website to be shut down by a mere complaint of plagiarism. Under this law, the shutdown would be automatic and remain in place pending an eventual investigation -- violating due process, empowering malicious complainants, and potentially arming the government with an internet kill switch. Outrage over this bill caught fire. Tens of thousands wrote their congress, and internet companies staged electronic versions of sit ins. Congress buckled, and almost certain passage turned into an abandoned bill. This is the model for Loyal 9.
B – About the same time period, at the state level in Utah, the state legislators (most who are quick to market themselves as Constitution-loving conservatives) introduced and passed a bill they claimed enhanced government transparency – except it actually added to the list of legislative communications that would NO longer be part of the public record. And, it significantly raised the fees to access public records. The legislature completed this non-transparent process for "transparency" in little more than twenty-four hours while trying to keep it out of the public eye. The public howled. The legislators defended themselves, “See, we knew you wouldn’t understand and would believe the rumors you heard, so that is WHY we had to do it this way.” Then they tucked tail between legs under pressure and returned from their vacations to the capital to rescind the bill!
C – Also on the state level, in the last couple of months, states have stood up to the federal government’s spying. Texas legislators passed a bill explicitly forbidding electronic spying on citizens in its state.
D – Maine legislators passed a bill to forbid using cell phones as tracking devices without warrant.
E – Wisconsin, Maine, Texas, as well as several cities, have banned or are considering banning drone surveillance without probable cause warrants. Some have completely banned drones in their airspace.
F – Momentum is building against red light cameras and their violation of due-process. New Mexico, Ohio, and several many cities including Los Angeles, San Diego, and San Luis Obispo have removed theirs.
G – 475 Sheriffs and 18 state Sheriffs’ Associations have pledged to not enforce unconstitutional gun control legislation (http://cspoa.org/sheriffs-gun-rights/)
H – In light of the recent irrefutable evidence of spying on citizens, the ACLU has filed suit to halt Patriot Act surveillance programs and has sought to access the FISA court documents previously locked away from oversight.
I – Regional internet provider Xmission.com has refused to comply with all but one government agency request for information in its fifteen year existence. As featured in "The Guardian," the story has now been picked up by many other news outlets. Xmission CEO Pete Ashdown calls on others to put principles over pocketbook and refuse to provide materials and services to NSA Data Centers.
J – Recognizing that the government that most directly affects our lives is that government close to home, Bill Way has established a city government tracking site in St George, UT. For the upcoming city elections, the website provides a forum for candidates to explain their positions in more depth than their roadside signs and Candidates Night provide. Comment sections allow locals to vouch for the candidate or call them out where words don’t match actions. http://wwwjr.wordpress.com/
Yes, this fight will work. We know because it is working. We know because it must work.
The hour is grave because of what we have forgotten.
And now there are two (er, three?). Did it matter which? After watching the debates, it seems being AGAINST Liberty is now a campaign technique. And the winners are . . . (not the Bill of Rights).
Target date is 2030
Take a failed issue. Give it a righteous new name. Get people begging for government salvation. Ram the details through in secrecy. Paranoid indeed.
A must read: on the surface it is about the people who work behind the scenes for Trump. More deeply, it is an expose on the way the world really works. How are we brought to believe what we believe?
FIA acquired emails document favorable treatment for favorable treatment
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