Newsletter | August 3, 2023
The onslaught of attacks against a fundamental principle of America – equal justice for all – has given way to grave concerns that a criminal enterprise has taken control of the federal government to enrich itself and its friends while acting under the color of law to destroy its rivals.
This last week has given Americans plenty of reason to despair for our great nation. Evidence is massing that the current president and his family were using his offices as Senator and then Vice President to extort money from foreign officials and enterprises. To date, we know of a Chinese energy company chaired by a man Hunter Biden called the spy chief of China. There’s also Burisma, the Ukrainian energy company, that paid off Hunter and his father Joe $5 million each to protect the company from international and local investigations. Russians also paid off the Bidens, like the widow of the former Mayor of Moscow, who invested $40 million in one of Hunter’s companies and tipped him with another $3.5 million in “consulting fees.”
At the same time, the Justice Department, the Biden regime’s praetorian guard, opened up a second case against the 45th president and frontrunner for the 2024 nomination, Donald Trump. The January 6-related charges enumerated in this indictment for exercising first-amendment rights are as spurious as those in the government’s case against Trump for possessing the presidential records he’s entitled to hold. In short, the Republican candidate for president will have to campaign while preparing for two federal trials and another in a Manhattan courtroom for business records.
Millions of Americans are awake to the schemes, but the tipping point is here. When all things are considered, it appears as bad as if Whitey Bulger was in the White House.
So, where do we go from here?
If you’re like us, you’ve seen family and friends, colleagues, and compatriots become despondent for our country and our children’s future. Maybe you, too, have become numbed by the news, concluding the only possible course for our country is further decline, and soon we’ll be as bad as any banana republic.
So here’s some advice going forward when you are tempted to despair: Hold on to true things. Your family and community, for sure. Your kids and grandkids. Your home and your hobbies. Your garden, your woodshop. The travel team you coach. The book clubs. The church socials. The hunting and fishing trips with friends. Your walk through the woods on a Sunday morning before Church. Your fellowship and communion. God and Nature are true and real things. Hold on to them.
But America is real, too, and it’s true. If the character of our ruling class is best defined by its depravity and mendacity, that’s just them. There’s nothing fake or twisted about our country. We’re not perfect, and no American ever said we are. But our history is real and true, from the founding and our great revolution to the present. The risks Americans have taken to improve the condition of mankind are real. The blood Americans have shed to preserve our freedom and advance the cause of liberty around the world is real. The dreams that Americans worked and fought to make real are worthy of our respect and honor.
America isn’t the sum total of the sickness of our political, corporate, and cultural elites. America is not the organized crime family that occupies the White House at present, or the corrupt retinue of bureaucrats tasked to facilitate their corruption. All this will pass — so long as we are determined to fight for what is true and real.
And as we commit to that fight, let’s remember that America is its people — it always has been and always will be. America is We the People, a people defined by their courage, resilience, strength, and faith. America is you, and we stand with you. Together we are multitudes.
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Sean Davis is CEO and co-founder of The Federalist, one of America’s most influential conservative news organizations. He previously worked as an economic policy adviser to Gov. Rick Perry, as CFO of Daily Caller, and as chief investigator for Sen. Tom Coburn. He was named by The Hill as one of the top congressional staffers under the age of 35 for his role in spearheading the enactment of the law that created USASpending.gov. Sean received a BBA in finance from Texas Tech University and an MBA in finance and entrepreneurial management from the Wharton School. We spoke with him recently to get his thoughts on our great country.
You’ve said that the battle Americans are engaged in right now is more spiritual than it is political. Can you explain?
Just look at the big fights we are having now. They’re not about the right tax rate for corporations or what the exact budget should be for this or that. The fights are existential. Can boys become girls? Is it okay to murder unborn babies? Is marriage between one man and one woman? Sin is now openly masquerading as virtue, while virtue is treated as evil. These are existential issues rooted not in politics but in one’s view of God and the order He created. Everything we are experiencing now is described in Romans 1 in the Bible: “And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done.”
You’ve covered every scandal of the last several years starting with Russiagate through Biden family corruption. In your opinion, what’s the biggest scandal?
The utter corruption of the FBI and Department of Justice is the biggest scandal in American history. Russiagate, the ridiculous Ukraine impeachment, the J6 inquisitions, censorship of Americans, and of course, the cover-up of the Biden family foreign influence-peddling scheme — none of these are possible without DOJ and FBI using their power to crush the rule of law and the Constitution.
What are the challenges facing conservative media at present?
The biggest problem facing conservative media is the censorship-industrial complex: the unholy alliance between corrupt government and tech monopolies like Google and Facebook to shut down any speech they don’t like. As more and more of our daily life becomes digital — phones, social media, online banking, smart homes, and appliances — the ability of these corrupt companies to manipulate behavior by shutting off services to anyone whose views they don’t like grows. It’s a huge problem not just for conservative media, but for any individual who dissents from regime propaganda.
What did you learn as a Senate investigator that has informed your work as a journalist?
Tom Coburn taught me that documents are everything. They’re the gold standard of evidence, so don’t stop digging until you find documents that corroborate or disprove allegations.
What is your prayer for America?
I pray that America — its people and its leaders — would turn back to Jesus Christ, repent of our sins, and glorify Him in all that we do. We were founded as a Christian nation, we prospered and were blessed when we honored God, and our rapid decline began when we decided we no longer needed to honor or obey Him.
America’s Future Helps Score First Amendment Win in Virginia Court
America’s Futures adds to its portfolio of helping score wins for American citizens as part of its legal work, most recently in Virginia’s Sixteenth District Circuit Court in the case, McCoy v Rector & Visitors UVA Health System, Charlottesville Cir. Court Dkt. No. CL 21-44.
On Thursday, July 27, 2023, the court issued an Opinion Letter in McCoy finding that the University of Virginia Health System (UVA), the defendant in this case, violated its own vaccine policy by refusing to grant religious exemptions based on sincerely held views and therefore its disciplinary actions against its employee, Ms. Kaycee McCoy, were arbitrary and capricious and could not stand. America’s Future contributed to the plaintiff’s pursuit of this case and the overall pursuit of justice based on UVA’s constitutional violations of Ms. McCoy and many others’ First Amendment right to the free exercise of religion.
When this lawsuit was filed, Ms. McCoy had been working for UVA as a cytotechnologist for over ten years. This case arose when UVA required employees, unless exempt, be administered the COVID-19 “jab” based on its status as a recipient of Medicare and Medicaid funding, which pulled them into the scope of Biden’s federal law compelling recipients of Medicare and Medicaid funding to effectuate COVID-19 vaccinations into the bodies of their employees.
On October 14, 2021, UVA denied Ms. McCoy’s application for a religious exemption. On or about that same date, UVA informed Ms. McCoy of the following facts: (1) the UVA denial decision was final and unappealable; and (2) If she refused a forced injection of the COVID-19 vaccine, she would face disciplinary action, which eventually came in the form of a five-day suspension from work followed by termination from employment.
On November 10, 2021, Ms. McCoy, through counsel, filed her Complaint for Declaratory Judgment along with an Application for immediate injunctive relief against UVA. As this court correctly notes in its decision, Ms. McCoy “met the requirements necessary to show that she had sincerely held religious beliefs that allow her to seek an exception to the vaccine requirement. Further, her application was sufficient on its face that it should not have been denied.”
We, at America’s Future, hope courts will follow this ruling and go further, forbidding tyrannical power-hungry bullies from implementing outrageous “rules for thee, but not for me” regulations. And, we will continue to pursue the preservation of our constitutional rights.
Help End The War On Children In America
Child trafficking is a nationwide crisis. Children in all communities, in every state, are kidnapped, trafficked, and sold for sex and slavery, causing unimaginable pain and suffering to innocent lives. The numbers are staggering, and sadly, this evil is allowed to exist and flourish. You can help end this tragedy by getting the facts, knowing the truth, and getting into the fight with America’s Future to put an end to the war on children.
Register today for the Get In The Fight Florida State Summit 2023 and training programs for parents and professionals and take a stand against child exploitation and trafficking in America. Get In The Fight is a nationwide campaign and part of America’s Future Project Defend & Protect Our Children (PDPC) program.
The Florida summit is scheduled for August 17, 2023, in Sarasota. It features General Mike Flynn, America’s Future Board Chair, and award-winning, investigative journalist Lara Logan, Board Director and member of the PDPC Advisory Board as moderator. Panelists include other Advisory Board members Tara Lee Rodas, HHS whistleblower who exposed government-sponsored, taxpayer-funded child trafficking at the southern border, Bazzel Baz, founder and president of the Association for the Recovery of Children (ARC), Tina Baz, ARC Human Trafficking Program Director, and Silvia Almond, President of S.O.A.P. (Save Our Adolescents From Prostitution).
A post-summit networking opportunity is also planned for attendees to have a chance to ask questions and gain more knowledge from other experts in the prevention, rescue, and recovery of victims with our PDPC advisors, Liz Crokin, investigative journalist, author, and producer, Lynze Piper-Loomis, overcomer and author of I Am Silent No More, Mike Smith, film producer and director of Out of Shadows, Brian Gamble, CIO of O’Keefe Media Group, and Attorneys Ben Moore, Alicia Kutzer, and William “Bill” J. Olson.
The first educational training program will take place on August 18, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. It will offer real estate brokers and agents, first responders, home appraiser professionals, and other interested stakeholders information and facts to identify and stop trafficking in its tracks.
Later in the fall, a program for parents, grandparents, and other caring adults is scheduled for October 5th, where attendees will learn what grooming is, the traits of groomers, and what personality behaviors to watch for if you suspect a child is being groomed. Additionally, the program will focus on raising a responsible digital citizen. On October 6th, a training program called, “Pitfalls of Pornography,” will provide information to attendees about the causes and solutions to sexual exploitation, the dangers of pornography and how it is an entry point for child predators. It will explain why normalized beliefs about pornography are driving factors as to why some men feel emboldened to purchase sex.
America’s Future Get In The Fight campaign also includes a six-day comprehensive program in November in collaboration with the Association for the Recovery of Children, which will equip attendees with the knowledge and skills to combat sex trafficking on all levels, from prevention and intervention, to rescue and recovery.
The summit and training programs are all being held at the Sarasota Fairgrounds, located at 3000 Ringling Blvd. To learn more and to register, visit GET IN THE FIGHT. If you or an organization you are affiliated with are interested in coordinating a Get In The Fight campaign in your state, please email Lisa MacDonald, Director of Strategic Planning and Development, at [email protected].
Let’s Cut Corrupt Spending With an IG for the Ukraine War
This is the fifteenth entry in our IN FOCUS section highlighting some of the most abusive and oppressive federal agencies and programs that House Republicans should target for ending. Readers will find the previous articles of the series here.
For the last 18 months, the United States has been shoveling money to one of the most corrupt governments in the world — Ukraine — with no end in sight. At President Biden’s request, and with the support of the Uniparty in Congress, our country has handed the Ukraine government about $115 billion, or over $200 million of taxpayer money every day since the war began.
In Fiscal Year (FY) 2022, Congress passed two bills to provide $13.6 billion and $41.6 billion in military and humanitarian funding. That was just the start. In FY 2023, Congress passed two more bills providing an additional $12.3 billion and $47.4 billion. And, on top of those, President Biden signed the Ukraine Democracy Defense Lend-Lease Act of 2022, sponsored by nominal Republican Senator John Cornyn (R-TX), authorizing Biden to “lend” additional military equipment to Ukraine. In the House, no Democrats, and only 10 Republicans were brave enough to vote no on that bill, including Congressman Andy Biggs (R-AZ), Matt Gaetz (R-FL), and Tom Massie (R-KY).
Beginning well before the war began, Ukraine was often described as “the most corrupt nation in Europe.” One measure of public corruption termed the “Corruption Perceptions Index” ranked Ukraine as having the same level of corruption as Algeria, Angola, and Zambia. If the United States wanted to spend that money honestly and efficiently, you would think that it would do all it could to track and trace the money sent into that type of country. The most obvious way would be to task an independent officer of the United States with the responsibility and authority to see where the money is spent — an Inspector General. But “the powers that be” do not want the money tracked, and we can only speculate as to why they so vigorously oppose spending accountability to the taxpayers.
Certainly not all the money appropriated is just handed over to the Ukrainian government — much of it is paid out to what President Eisenhower warned against — “the Military-Industrial Complex.”
Our major defense contractors are so tied to the Ukrainian government that when the Ukrainian Ambassador held a reception last December at the Ronald Reagan Building, the event was sponsored by: Northrop Grumman, Raytheon Technologies, and Lockheed Martin. “Each of their stocks has climbed since Russia’s invasion, with Lockheed up about 38 percent” last year. So it’s not just about tracing money, it’s about tracing military equipment. One would think we would want to know where arms go. After all, the United States has strict laws governing the commercial export of arms, and the International Traffic in Arms Regulations are administered by the Department of State. But we do not really know what rules are being followed on these weapons shipped to the Ukraine.
Last year, officials admitted to “[t]he Wall Street Journal that they have ‘little direct knowledge’ of where equipment goes once it reaches the Ukrainian government.” Two proposals were considered in the Senate to have greater Congressional oversight. The more meaningful of the proposals was offered by Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) to empower the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) to handle oversight of Ukraine funding as well, which failed.
Just last month, the U.S. Senate overwhelmingly passed a nearly trillion-dollar defense spending bill called the National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2024 (NDAA) Republican senators proposed to create an Inspector General for Ukraine, but the amendment required 60 votes to cut off debate, and died with a vote of 50-49 in favor. Senator Paul proposed essentially the same amendment as he did last year to empower SIGAR to track Ukraine spending, which failed 20-78.
Is oversight on Ukraine spending really a waste of time and money? Not if past is prologue:
In the recent history of conflicts involving the US, there has been an increasing number of incidents of war material diversion, with US weapons falling into the “wrong hands”.… The result is that terrorist organizations, extremist militias, paramilitary groups and drug traffickers around the world benefit from this, purchasing such weapons illegally…. Ukraine is home to one of the largest black arms markets on the European continent. In short, trafficking networks operate freely in the country … which is certainly a consequence of the widespread corruption of Ukrainian public agents.
What have American taxpayers received for this colossal investment? Where has the money gone? We are told, “tracking every dollar of appropriated funds is difficult.” On the other hand, misspending every dollar of appropriated funds is easy.
Recent U.S. spending in Afghanistan shows how easily money can be lost. The SIGAR office reviewed the U.S.’s funding of $134 billion to the Afghan government since overthrowing the Taliban, and found that one-third of the funds reviewed ($19 billion out of $63 billion reviewed) had been lost to waste, fraud, and abuse. This does not count the colossal losses when U.S. equipment was abandoned to Taliban forces at Biden’s botched scramble to withdraw from the country, which “delivered roughly $24 billion worth of American equipment — including almost 600,000 small arms and artillery pieces, 75,898 vehicles, and 208 aircraft — to the Taliban.”
If having an Inspector General (IG) review spending is really a waste of time, as many in the Uniparty seem to believe, why do we have them at all? The U.S. government recently was reported to have 72 statutory IGs tasked with combating waste, fraud, and abuse across most departments and agencies. But war spending is apparently different.
As Senator Paul fruitlessly argued to his fellow senators, “Given the fast-evolving situation on the ground in Ukraine and the significant sums already committed, the American taxpayers deserve the oversight experience of tried-and-true investigatory personnel to detect and prevent waste, fraud, and abuse.”
In funding the Ukraine war, Congress lives by one rule: “if you don’t want to find corruption, you certainly don’t want to look for it.” Each Senator or Congressman who has opposed Senator Paul’s amendment should be held to account.
Editor’s Note: To read the articles in this series, please click here.
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