Newsletter | August 17, 2023
Last week a new star appeared on the horizon, and if you’re a country music fan, you’ve probably already heard of him — Oliver Anthony. His song “Rich Men North of Richmond” is number one on iTunes. Number two on the chart is Anthony singing, “Aint Gotta Dollar,” and number three is another Anthony tune, “I’ve Got to Get Sober.” He’s got five in the top ten and eight in the top twenty. His first public performance since he broke out brought thousands out to a small farm in Currituck, North Carolina. Folks were lined up for hours waiting to get a picture of him. What’s it all about?
The thirty-three-year-old red-bearded Virginia farmer has a deep, soulful voice, knows how to play the guitar, and writes plain-spoken memorable lyrics. And he has a moving story: he says a few months ago, he fell to his knees sobbing. He wanted to get sober and asked for God’s help: Please Lord help me make my dream come true. It appears that the Almighty figured he could use a man like him because Oliver Anthony’s dreams seem to be intersecting with God’s plans to heal our country.
Anthony sings from the heart is why he’s gotten the attention of so many, millions, in a little more than a week. And he sings of pain, American pain, and his voice is an expression of that pain. Here’s how his number one hit “Rich Men North of Richmond” opens:
I’ve been sellin’ my soul, workin’ all day
Overtime hours for bulls–t pay
So I can sit out here and waste my life away
Drag back home and drown my troubles away
It’s a damn shame what the world’s gotten to
For people like me and people like you
Wish I could just wake up and it not be true
But it is, oh, it is
His music is a demand to be heard as an American and as a man. It’s a protest against a corrupt ruling class eating away at our nation — spying on citizens, exposing children to predators, taxing hard-working Americans into poverty to pay for the destructive preferences of a pathological ruling class.
Livin’ in the new world
With an old soul
These rich men north of Richmond
Lord knows they all just wanna have total control
Wanna know what you think, wanna know what you do
And they don’t think you know, but I know that you do
‘Cause your dollar ain’t s–t and it’s taxed to no end
‘Cause of rich men north of Richmond
Pray for Oliver Anthony that God may protect him. Anyone who’s captured the attention of the American people as he has, anyone who’s given voice to our pain and called out our corrupt ruling class like he has, is surely now in their crosshairs. And pray, too, that God may continue to bless him and keep his song clear and true.
“You weren’t born to just pay bills and die,” says Oliver Anthony. We were meant for something more, and we won’t accept any less anymore.
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Sara Carter joined the Fox News Channel as a contributor in 2017. She writes for her website, SaraACarter.com, and is the host of the Sara Carter Show podcast. Throughout her career, she has reported on a range of stories, including national security, terrorism, and immigration. She also delivered front-line coverage of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Her work along the U.S.-Mexico border paved a new path in national security-related stories in the region. Carter is fluent in Spanish — her mother is a Cuban immigrant, and her father was a Marine and veteran of two wars. She has six children and is married to a war hero who was blinded while on a mission in Afghanistan. We spoke with Sara recently to get her thoughts about our great country.
You’ve spent as much time as any reporter covering the crisis on our southern border — is that the biggest crisis we’re facing right now?
I believe the Biden Administration’s open border policy is endemic of the radical left’s push to destroy the fabric of our nation at the expense of not only the American people but those who have been trafficked in the most inhumane conditions. The takeover of radical leftist ideology in the DHS is purposeful, and I believe it’s a microcosm of what is happening in our bureaucracies across the board, and frankly, that is the most dangerous crisis we are facing right now.
You’ve written on virtually every scandal of the last several years, from Russiagate to Hunter Biden’s laptop; what do you think is the biggest scandal from this period?
The open knowledge that the Biden family has been taking money from U.S. adversaries and others, potentially exposing our nation and threatening our security, and the media – for the most part – has done little to expose it or inform the American public of this truth. Our weakness – the weakness of our leadership – is an open door for our enemies.
In addition to following your great work, what’s the best way for Americans to get real reporting and real news to understand what’s happening in our country today?
Americans must be willing to seek out the truth and educate one another on what is happening not only in the nation but even within their own communities. This is where it all starts. We must first be willing to stand up and speak out against those that are threatening the foundation of our nation, hold lawmakers accountable, and hold ourselves accountable.
What is your prayer for America?
I pray that America wakes up, stands up against injustice, and finds a way to repair the damage done by the leftist Marxists. I pray we no longer continue to fight one another but get back to the basics of what our founding fathers dreamed of and realize that this nation is the beacon of light for the rest of the world – without America, our world will be a very dark and dangerous place. I pray that we realize this before it’s too late and we put a president in office come 2024 who will help lead us there.
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Understanding the Constitutional Impeachment Power
One of the reasons that Republican activists are becoming frustrated with Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy and leaders in the House of Representatives is their unwillingness to use one of their most potent Constitutional powers — the Power of Impeachment. Democrats in the House of Representatives were not afraid to impeach President Trump (twice) for phony reasons, even though they were certain that the Senate would not convict. But many Republicans fear impeaching Biden despite solid evidence of “high crimes and misdemeanors” because they believe the Senate will not convict. What’s going on here? Why are Republicans so timid about using the impeachment power?
President Trump was inaugurated as the nation’s 45th President on January 20, 2017, and before he left office four years later, he had been impeached twice. President Trump’s first impeachment trial began on December 18, 2019, and he was acquitted on February 5, 2020. Fully 67 votes were required in the Senate to convict, but only 47 and 48 Senators voted “guilty” on the two Articles of Impeachment. (The one Republican Senator who voted to convict was Mitt Romney (R-UT).)
The first failure to convict didn’t stop House Democrats from impeaching him again on January 13, 2021 — only one week before his term of office was to have expired. President Trump’s second trial did not actually begin until after he had left office and become a private citizen. He was acquitted on February 13, 2021, when 57 senators voted “guilty,” but that was still well short of the 67 votes needed to convict. (This time, seven Republican Senators voted to convict: Richard Burr (R-NC), Susan Collins (R-ME), Bill Cassiday (R-LA), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Mitt Romney (R-UT), Ben Sasse (R-NE), and Pat Toomey (R-PA).)
After avoiding the issue of impeachment of President Biden for most of 2022 and thus far in 2023, the Republican establishment which controls the House of Representatives have at last begun to at least consider impeachment proceedings. It had become increasingly difficult even for the moderate Republican leadership to avert their eyes from the flood of revelations that Biden lied about supposedly not being involved with his son Hunter’s corrupt business dealings with the Ukrainians and Chinese Communist Party apparatchiks. On July 25, 2023, Speaker McCarthy observed: “this is rising to the level of impeachment inquiry, which provides Congress the strongest power to get the rest of the knowledge and information needed.”
Others in Congress have been far more bold than the Speaker. On August 11, 2023, Congressman Greg Steube (R-FL) became the most recent Republican to file articles of impeachment against Biden. “It’s long past time to impeach Joe Biden,” said Steube, listing just some of his reasons:
He has undermined the integrity of his office, brought disrepute on the Presidency, betrayed his trust as President, and acted in a manner subversive of the rule of law and justice at the expense of America’s citizens. The evidence continues to mount by the day — the Biden Crime Family has personally profited off Joe’s government positions through bribery, threats, and fraud. Joe Biden must not be allowed to continue to sit in the White House, selling out our country.
Congressman Steube joins other House Members who favor impeachment.
In view of the fact there just may be an impeachment of a Democrat someday soon, it is worth reviewing the procedures that would need to be followed. There are four key clauses of the Constitution governing impeachment. The first three are in Article I (dealing with the powers of Congress) and the fourth is in Article II (dealing with the powers of the Executive Branch):
From these clauses, it can be seen that impeachment by the House is similar to the issuance of a criminal indictment by a grand jury. The House “impeaches” when it determines that there are sufficient grounds to justify referring the matter for a trial in the Senate. Those grounds must meet the test of “Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.” Although not required by the Constitution, the process is that after the House impeaches, a committee of representatives from the House, called “managers,” serve as “prosecutors” during the Senate trial. The trial occurs in the Senate, with the Chief Justice presiding only when the President is impeached. Conviction occurs by a two-thirds vote in the Senate, which has the consequence of removal from office. Once the Senate convicts and removes by a two-thirds vote, then a simple majority vote has been considered to be sufficient to disqualify the official from future office.
Over the next several weeks, we will be covering a number of important topics relating to impeachment, learning about its history in the United States, discussing which federal officials are subject to impeachment, and examining whether President Biden and some of his key officials have committed “high crimes and misdemeanors.” These articles, under the banner, “Using the Congressional Impeachment Power,” will help give a historical and constitutional context to the events that may soon dominate our headlines.
A Primer On Whistleblowing & the Need For Protection
Whistleblowers are stepping up more and more on behalf of We The People. These brave patriots embody the great American spirit and all she stands for – duty, honor, bravery, loyalty, fidelity to country, and devotion to family and community. They come forward to speak the truth at the risk of their personal and professional lives. In too many instances, their courageous actions are the only means that bring to the surface conduct of corruption, fraud, and abuses of power within the federal government. Without them, much of what is discovered would be hidden away.
America’s Future recognizes the peril whistleblowers face when they decide to step forward. To refresh the public’s recollection of whistleblower laws and regulations, the following is helpful information as to the sacrifices and costs honorable people take to protect our Constitutional Republic.
The Whistleblower Protection Act of 1989 (WPA) prohibits retaliation against executive branch employees and contractors when they blow the whistle on department or agency wrongdoing. The WPA was amended in 1994 and reinforced in 2012 when Congress passed the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act. However, not all executive branch employees are covered by the Act and, therefore, cannot claim whistleblower protections. The list of excluded employees includes:
Protected disclosures, under the Act, can be made either internally to others within the agency or publicly. Typically, when whistleblowers disclose wrongdoing publicly, they turn to members of Congress, the Office of the Special Counsel (OSC), the Office of Inspector General (OIG), or government watchdog agencies. Although unusual, whistleblowers could take their information directly to the media or to the American public. The WPA protects public disclosures to the extent that the underlying information is not restricted from release based on an executive order, specifically prohibited by statute, or otherwise considered sensitive. Disclosures of wrongdoing that are prohibited from public release are still protected as long as the whistleblower shares the information with the OIG, the OSC, or to appropriate members of the whistleblower’s agency who are authorized to receive the information.
It is unlawful to retaliate against whistleblowers. However, it happens too often. If a whistleblower is subjected to retaliation, s/he can file a retaliation claim with the OSC within three years of the retaliatory acts. The OSC investigates and, if verified within 120 days from receipt, prosecutes the claim. If the OSC fails to determine the validity of the claim within 120 days, the whistleblower (and his or her attorney) can seek adjudication of the retaliation claim directly from the Merits System Protection Board (MSPB), an independent, quasi-judicial federal agency that, among other functions, receives and adjudicates whistleblower retaliation claims under the WPA.
Below are three summaries of recent whistleblower actions bringing light to conditions of crisis in America today.
Three Former FBI Special Agents Blow the Whistle on FBI Persecutions and Covert Targeting
On May 18, 2023, the U.S. House Judiciary Committee, Subcommittee on the Weaponization of the Federal Government, held a hearing to take the testimony of three FBI Whistleblowers and an attorney familiar with the retaliatory nature of our current system. Former special agents Garret O’Boyle, Stephen Friend, and Marcus Allen, along with Tristan Leavitt, attorney and former member of the MSPB spoke to America about the abuses they have suffered coming forward to their superiors with revelations of devilish corruption and abuses of authority by the FBI’s top brass. The hearing painted a dark picture of the disrepair and disorder that plagues the FBI. It illustrated a shocking level of malfeasance within the agency, including persecution campaigns against the political right and covert targeting operations directed at concerned parents and practicing Catholics.
Due, in part to their testimony, long gone are the days of placing blind trust in our federal law enforcement and intel agencies. The FBI Whistleblowers endured severe retaliation resulting in life-changing damages including significant income loss, intimidation, public shaming by the left, and mainstream media-driven reputational harm. It’s no wonder many Americans demand Congress defund the FBI. It is plain to see that instead of safeguarding Americans, the agency has become another irreparably compromised political institution.
HHS Whistleblower Shines Light On the Federal Government’s Role in Child Trafficking and Exploitation at the Southern Border
On April 25, 2023, Tara Lee Rodas, a Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) whistleblower testified about what she saw and experienced when she first learned how broken the HHS system was while deployed to the HHS Pomona Fairplex Emergency Intake Site in California, after volunteering to help with the crisis at the southern border as part of the administration’s Operation Artemis. Her testimony was explosive, taking the entire federal government to task for the participatory role it is playing in the sex trafficking and exploitation of children – an illegal industry that has significantly expanded under the current administration. In a hearing before the U.S. House Judiciary Committee, Subcommittee on Immigration Integrity, Security and Enforcement, Ms. Rodas testified, “today, children will work overnight shifts at slaughterhouses, factories, restaurants to pay their debts to smugglers and traffickers. Today, children will be sold for sex.” Shining a light not only on the crisis of migrant children entering America unaccompanied, only to be trafficked into a sex slavery underworld industry, but also the complicit role this administration plays, Ms. Rodas explained, “It could be argued that the U.S. government has become the middleman in a large scale, multi-billion-dollar, child trafficking operation that is run by bad actors seeking to profit off of the lives of children.”
IRS Whistleblowers Expose Biden-Family Secrets and Reveal Two-Tiered Justice System
On July 19, 2023, the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Accountability held a hearing with Internal Revenue Service (IRS) whistleblowers Joe Ziegler, a IRS Special Agent and Gary Shapley, an IRS Supervisory Special Agent. Ziegler and Shapley were members of an IRS investigation team tasked to examine Hunter Biden’s evasion of taxes on his $8.3 million income. Both men testified about witnessing multiple incidences of blatant misconduct and politically-motivated preferential treatment by Biden’s Department of Justice (DOJ) when it came to Hunter Biden’s criminal investigation. A press release from the Committee includes a showing that their testimony and supporting documents illustrates that the Biden DOJ “prevented investigators from following evidence that could have led to Joe Biden; divulged sensitive information to Hunter Biden’s attorneys; and allowed the clock to run out to prevent charging Hunter Biden with felonies.” The Committee highlighted the following key takeaways from the hearing:
Whistleblowers, now more than ever, need adequate legal protections in order to mitigate the risk of retaliation. We, at America’s Future, recognize the bravery of whistleblowers and thank them for their service to America.
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