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Privacy and Control: CISA

CISA was reintroduced and passed -- secretly buried in a 2000 page budget bill.

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Celebrating Victories

More evidence of the power of our combined voices

by Loyal 9 staff

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Still says, “We will win in the end.“

The news is trumpeting the supposed calamity that some government operations may get shut down here in a couple of days over the budget. Hmm. Maybe I'll find I'm too lackadaisical over this, but instead of fear, I'm just feeling disgust. All I see is more grandstanding, more sophomoric behavior, more pretend solutions, more insults to our intelligence instead of honest-to-goodness concern over our spiraling debt and money printing. In the meantime, it is a convenient distraction from the real threats as they undermine our liberties with major, long term consequences.

There is good news, though. In their arrogance, our elected officials have pushed too far, too fast ("22 Violations"). More and more people are awakening and pushing back. A couple of victories this past month prove the power of the citizens in taking a stand. The momentum is changing.

If you haven't heard already, here is some great news. Six months ago, the Colorado state legislation passed a string of nefarious anti-gun laws despite the outcry of the citizens. It seems the elected officials felt they knew better than the people they represented. The good part of that news is that there are now two UNelected officials.

Loyal 9 member Cal Burris, in his blog, documented the state bills battling it out in attacking and defending the 2nd Amendment, but the right to ownership was significantly wounded by the ensuing vote. When Colorado's reps completed their attack, he and so many others kept up the cry to make things right. This past month, the senate president Angela Giron and fellow state senator John Morse were dismissed in a recall election. A standing ovation for Colorado citizens and for the Bill of Rights is in order.

Victory #2 is that the Monsanto Protection Act has met its demise. It ends when the new budget bill is finally passed. Loyal 9 had written this about the provision: "The senate slipped this paragraph in a must-pass budget bill that overrides courts, saying that planters cannot be stopped by the courts from planting GMO seeds even during testing for health or environmental effects. This paragraph is mocked as the Monsanto Protection Act after it appears after a 3 million dollar lobbying spree in one quarter, but the senators sell it to us as "Farmers Assurance."

This provision undercut the Constitution's checks and balances as the Legislators claim to control what the Judicial branch can and can't do. Further, this was done in a passage written in conjunction with Monsanto itself and after 10 million dollars of lobbying over the previous year. The outrage caught fire and the head of the committee that shepherded the provision, Barbara Mikulski, soon apologized and now spearheaded the removal of this policy in the followup budget bill.

These are two major examples that remind us that while we have great work to do, our efforts do bear fruit.


A state of war only serves as an excuse for domestic tyranny.

- Alexander Solzhenitsyn

Recent Commentaries

The United States of Dysfunction, by Carl Jarvis

The hour is grave because of what we have forgotten.

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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).

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The UN to Implement Universal Biometric Identification

Target date is 2030

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Be Afraid: The FCC Internet Grab -- In the Insiders' Own Words

Take a failed issue. Give it a righteous new name. Get people begging for government salvation. Ram the details through in secrecy. Paranoid indeed.

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Lobbying for Tyrants

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?

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Press Took Marching Orders from Clinton While SecState

FIA acquired emails document favorable treatment for favorable treatment

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The Money Monopoly

How do banks keep fees high and rates they pay low despite "Competition"? They're all owned by the same people.

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Washington Post: "Massive Decline in Gun Violence"

L9 Member Highlight

Haven't we been pre-warned about sacrificing freedoms in exchange for security? We must understand that the freedom is inherently ours and not given to us by any man or form of government.

- Brian, MO