I live in the Southwest desert: red cliffs, sage, and lava rocks. And this year: snow.
At first it came down in flakes tiny enough we had to look at it squinty-eyed and at the perfect angle to the light. "Hey, I think that is snow. Do you see it?" The kids and I ran outside figuring that was our only chance to play in the snow, catching it on our tongues.
The flakes got bigger -- giant, frosty cotton balls -- and soon they started to coat the ground. An inch, then two, then four or five inches transformed the landscape.
I couldn't help noting that it all started with a few tiny flakes. Hey, kinda like Loyal 9.
Much like the snow flakes, we individuals may not make much effect on the course of the world alone. Like the snowflakes, together we do. We need to keep that in mind. We must take heart from that fact and let it motivate us to persevere.
Our work is working. The combined voice of concerned and passionate people is garnering power and spreading, but it took the unbending, unfailing perseverance of those early voices.
Twenty years ago, my uncle did something different after decades of flying the flag in honor of our country and in honor of my grandpa's sacrifice fighting in WWII; he began flying the flag upside down. This display, a signal of distress, expressed his call for help on behalf of a great land of liberty being undermined by creeping encroachments. Uncle Bud's gesture may have seemed one of futility, hidden away as it was in a small town nestled away in a mountainous forest. Now, with the internet, these calls for help are answered with dozens, hundreds, thousands of similar cries for help. But combined, they are no longer cries for help, but they are expressions of solidarity, and then calls for action, and then they are combined power.
For twenty years, Dr Ron Paul has been preaching against the secrecy of a private organization that controls our public money supply. At first he was ignored; then his accusations denied; then he was mocked; then the word began it spread; but with seeming no effect for a long time. Now a bill is back on the table, with over one hundred sponsors for the government to be able to take a look at the secret world that controls the money creation, international loans, bank policies. he didn't give up.
For twenty years, some have been claiming (and documenting) that our government was recording our moves through cameras, phone records, medical data. Usually these cries were from the wilderness, with the messengers dismissed as crazy paranoid conspiracy theorists. The government officials officially and uncategorically denied these accusations. Then their own records exposed them. Then they turned the blame on the messengers, and they still voted against bills that would have shut these programs down.
But they can't hide now. The pressure from the combined voice of the people has built to the point they can't hide. Now a bill is on the table to restore the the Bill of Rights as the standard of privacy and due process. Now there are one hundred fifty sponsors for the bill. A recent article documents that the committee chairs that would bury the bill are on the verge of buckling. Were they converted to the Constitution in the past six months? Now, they are buckling to the pressure.
These are just a couple of the success stories of our combined power, and they aren't really success stories yet, as the powers aren't relinquishing their ground easily. They are signs, though, that we have gained the high ground. They are signs that together we still wield the power to change the landscape.
Thank you for your fight, passion, love and camaraderie, our Loyal 9 friends. Thanks to those who have supported the work, sent encouraging words, even said you are praying for this growing project. Keep fighting, keep spreading the word, keep the pressure on our elected representatives.
Merry Christmas to you and all those you love.
The Loyal 9 staff
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Target date is 2030
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FIA acquired emails document favorable treatment for favorable treatment
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