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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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"If It Could Speak"

Loyal 9 is reaching back into its archives for some of its most popular articles. This one's short and sweet: David O. McKay reminds us of the vital gift that is the Bill of Rights and of our responsibility to defend it.

by David O. McKay

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Thanks to Brandon Scott for bringing this to our attention from days when information came in books.

Today the Bill of Rights is in jeopardy. If it could speak, I believe it would have this to say: I am your Bill of Rights. Don't take me for granted. As man brought me to life, I can be slain by men, and I will be slain unless you, the plain people of America, organize to defend me.

I am freedom of religion, freedom of speech, freedom of the press, freedom of assembly. I am the privacy and sanctity of your home. I am your guarantee of trial by jury, and I am the custodian who guards your property rights. I am your signed lease to spiritual, mental, and physical freedom.

My existence depends on how vigilantly you watch those who administer your government. Put every law proposed in Washington into the crucible of my ten commandment. Your question must always be: "Not what does a law give me, but what does it take away from me?"


They connected people in a way that had never been done before with Facebook. If they knew I was an undecided voter, they also knew I was in the Marine Corps, and they'd have a retired gunnery sergeant call me to get me to vote. It was way far above anything that's ever been tried in politics before.

- James Carville, political consultant, on modern campaigning

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L9 Member Highlight

Most important from that [David O. McKay] quote: Your question must always be: "Not what does a law give me, but what does it take away from me?"

- Mark, CA