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S. 754 / H.R. 2029

Privacy and Control: CISA

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

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1765: The History of The Loyal Nine -- Then and Now

A group of nine men from the dawn of our country give this community its name and its inspiration.

by Loyal 9 staff

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John Avery and Thomas Chase were distillers. John Smith and Stephen Cleverly were brass workers. Benjamin Edes was a printer, George Trott a jeweler. One thing these men had in common is that they were common men -- not men of power, wealth, or authority.

Another thing they had in common was a realization that it was no longer enough to sit around griping about their government -- King George and the parliament. They had to do something. In 1765, at grave risk to themselves, they started to meet at a set location, called the Liberty Tree, along with Henry Wells, Thomas Crafts, and Joseph Fields. They called themselves the Loyal Nine.

Soon they were printing agitating fliers. Then crowds were gathering into a storm of support. A few effigies were hung; tea was dumped in the bay. The organization spread from town to town and came to be called the Sons of Liberty. Ten years later, Thomas Jefferson and his committee put the finishing touches on the Declaration of Independence as he decried the undercutting of judicial process; officials living off the citizens' sustenance; the infiltration of the citizens' towns and homes with police force; the king using executive position to legislate; making the military superior to civilian power; utilizing "armies of foreign mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation and tyranny," and "excit[ing] domestic insurrections."

This progression from nine men to a new country is a testament to the power of a few people standing up.

Two hundred years later, however, the list of grievances is distressingly similar.

Once again, the cry is spreading that liberty is in on its last legs. People are awakening through great talk shows, blogs, passionate friends, documented exposés. Once again, though, it is no longer enough to talk, merely hope, hide. The genesis of the New Loyal 9, inspired by our heroes of old, came two and a half years ago as we watched the senators and representatives turn tail in full retreat from the pressure of the combined voices of the public. The bill was called SOPA and gave the government the right to shut down a webpage upon a mere complaint, no due process -- a government internet kill switch, in reality. The word spread, and this time the citizens ACTED. What had seemed sure passage in the house all of a sudden was dropped!

The idea was born: What if that same outrage, same power, same combining of the voice of all who still love the promise and hope of the Bill of Rights could be brought to its defense EVERYtime it was threatened?

In this case, of course, the tools are now longer effigies, but letters. At a thousand votes counted by the senators per letter, that is a powerful leverage. The true power of the combined voices can be seen as eyes are opening. After years of laughing at Representative Ron Paul, now over 150 house sponsors have signed on to demand a look into the secrecy behind our money system. After years of denying the existence of NSA surveillance of all citizens, and months of claiming they were in the dark, fifty representative and senators have signed on to a bill that would shackle the NSA back to the principals of the constitution.

It is an uphill battle. Those who have brought the county to this precarious point certainly will not cede defeat easily. Thank you for being one who loves and will stand up for this country.


Any Truth is better than make-believe. . . Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me truth.

- Henry David Thoreau

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