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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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What Do You Get When You Vote According to the Constitution?

Fired by the Republican Party

by Loyal 9 staff

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This 1874 Nast cartoon was an early depiction of the Republican elephant. Now, instead of wrecking havoc AGAINST corruption and inflation . . .

Two years ago, a bill was passed to make free speech a felony. "The Federal Restricted Buildings and Grounds Act" made it illegal to protest near a federal building or a federal officer. If the officer says you are "disrupting," you are out of line and under arrest.

Did the "party of small government and Constitutional liberty" step forward in a valiant battle for this most fundamental of all rights?

Actually, a Republican sponsored it.
Only three members of the party voted no.
All the rest voted in support of the bill, which passed 399-3.
In the senate, the bill passed unanimously.

One of the three representatives that voted against this bill -- Rep Justin Amash of Michigan -- is up for re-election. The Republican Party is gunning to get rid of him. It seems that despite its PR Patriotism, the Grand Old Party cannot abide this liberty-defending thorn in their sides. They have provided the challenger, the money, and the campaign to discredit him.

Rep. Devin Nunes attacks Amash by calling him “Al Qaeda’s best friend in the Congress.” Nunes must still be upset that Amash did not vote alongside him and 192 other Republicans to allow the president to declare war without congressional approval and to allow the government to hold prisoners without lawyers and other due process (HR 1540).

House Republican leader Mike Rogers isn't too fond of Amash either. He donated money to Amash's opponent and resorted to calling him names. "He votes more with the Democrats than with the Republicans," Rogers said. Maybe Rogers didn't like that traitorous Amash sponsoring an amendment that would have limited the NSA's "the collection of any tangible things (including telephone numbers dialed, telephone numbers of incoming calls, and the duration of calls)" to people deemed to be subjects of investigation through court order. The amendment was supported by Democrats but overwhelmingly voted down by Republicans.

Republican strategist Karl Rove is following this same strategy in attempting to drag down Amash through name calling, trying to link Amash to the new N word, Nancy Pelosi, and accusing Amash of being "Far more liberal than any other Republican. And why? Because he is 100% purist libertarian."

I would amend that quote to more accurately read "100% in line with the Constitution," but really Rove exposes so much about the lay of the political land. If a representative has earned a 100% rating from FreedomWorks and the Party sees that as a cancer to be removed, something is rotten. But it's not Mr Amash.

Source note: Thanks to Loyal 9 member John W for compiling much of the research used in this article at the political discussion group "Everyone's Plan B."


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