Newsletter | November, 10 2022
Let’s put Tuesday’s election results in context.
First, pro-freedom candidates did do well. All across the country, Americans elected men and women, many for the first time, who promised to put the country back on the right track. Although votes are still being tabulated, if all goes as it appears as of this date, conservatives will regain control of the House of Representatives and there is still a shot at winning back the Senate as well.
Second, voters rewarded many leaders who’d protected them, like the governors of Florida and Texas, two states that enjoyed sweeping wins for pro-freedom candidates. Victories were massive in these states, right down to the local school board level. Newcomers to the Sunshine and Lone Star states and long-time residents alike sought freedom and elected leaders determined to defend their rights to it.
And third, voters elected new pro-freedom leaders like Governor-Elect Sarah Huckabee Sanders who becomes the first woman to hold the position in Arkansas. In Long Island, NY, voters made history by electing a bench of pro-freedom candidates to Congress. In Michigan’s 10th Congressional District, John James also flipped a House seat red. In Iowa’s 3rd District, Zach Nunn defeated Democrat incumbent Cindy Axne to flip that key House seat from blue to red. And in Texas’ Rio Grande Valley Border District, Monica De La Cruz won her election becoming the first Republican to represent Texas’ 15th Congressional District.
Certainly, the expected Red Wave didn’t happen. Instead, voters re-elected many of the same officials responsible for the worst abuses of the past several years. The same governors (California, Michigan, and Illinois) who implemented the harshest Covid-19 measures — closing schools, crushing small businesses, mandating masks, requiring people social distance, and encouraging employer-mandated vaccines, etc. — were rewarded by voters who seem to prefer misery and submission over freedom and independence. How is that possible in a country where our God-given rights are enshrined in the Constitution?
So, Republicans have work to do before the 2024 Presidential election. Election integrity must be a priority. It is unconscionable that vote counting is still ongoing in Arizona, Nevada, and elsewhere.
Patriots must stay steady at the helm if this country is to survive as a free nation and hold to account those who pledged to fight for our rights, reduce crime, stop the invasion on the southern border, and get to the bottom of corrupted government agencies.
We will get there, but it will not be without sacrifice. It will not be without perseverance. It will not be without hard times. We will get there because that’s the way patriotic Americans are – knock us down and we’ll bounce back more determined than ever.
As we all wait for the final tally in the House and Senate, America’s Future urges pro-freedom, pro-America patriots to keep your family strong and help build your community. Get involved and stay informed. Our families and communities are what make up our great country, for Americans are and always will be this great country’s center of gravity.
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Americans Stand on the Shoulders of Veterans and Their Families
Americans owe their freedom to the service and sacrifice of generations of veterans from all branches of our fighting forces so today we congratulate the U.S. Marines on the occasion of its 247th birthday and tomorrow, Nov. 11, 2022, we honor all veterans when we celebrate this year’s Veterans Day.
These are the men and women who have faithfully served this nation and fearlessly committed themselves to protect and defend America against all those who seek to destroy our way of life and our God-given rights and liberties. We stand on their shoulders as free people in the greatest nation in the world. All Americans share in gratitude for every veteran and their families who put everything on the line for love of country, dedication to freedom, fidelity to service, and devotion to family and faith.
Veterans Day was initially designated “Armistice Day” and was first recognized by President Woodrow Wilson in November 1919, one year after the cessation of brutal combat between the Allied nations and Germany, and less than five months after the June 28, 1919, signing of the Treaty of Versailles, officially ending World War I, known as “The Great War.” President Wilson declared November 11 as a day of observance stating,
“To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations…”
From that year forward, November 11th has been sacred; not only for veterans and their families, but for all patriots who honor and salute their service and sacrifices. In May 1938, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed into law the Act that codified November 11th as a legal holiday. Still, at that time, the holiday remained as “Armistice Day,” a day dedicated to World War I veterans.
However, on October 8, 1954, following World War II and U.S. military action in Korea, President Dwight D. Eisenhower issued a Proclamation converting “Armistice Day” to “Veterans Day” to ensure our nation hold all veterans in the highest regard and “[i]n order to insure proper and widespread observance of this anniversary, all veterans, all veterans’ organizations, and the entire citizenry will wish to join hands in the common purpose.”
We, at America’s Future, hope you join us in our pledge to honor our heroic veterans for their patriotism, protection, faithful service, and sacrifice. If you would like to participate in our “Say Thanks To A Vet” with a free American Flag, please visit our website at Raise The Flag Say The Pledge.
SCOTUS Considers Political Influence by Private Citizens Issue
To keep our readers up-to-date and well-informed, we continue our series focusing on cases currently in front of the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) during its new October 2022 term. This week we turn to Percoco v United States, Dkt. No. 21-1158. The petitioner in this case, Mr. Percoco, was convicted of committing “honest-services fraud” (i.e., a fraud against the public) based on his longtime friendship with former NY Governor Andrew Cuomo (and Mr. Percoco’s status as a high-ranking staffer for the former NY Governor).
Mr. Percoco’s criminal conviction was upheld by the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. He now comes before the SCOTUS seeking the Court resolve the following issue:
Does a private citizen who holds no elected office or government employment, but has informal political or other influence over governmental decision-making, owe a fiduciary duty to the general public such that he can be convicted of honest-services fraud?
This case, Percoco v US, caught our attention because our nation finds itself, once again, amidst election chaos and political unrest.
The crux of this case, however, takes place after a person is elected. It involves the accountability of elected officials to the public they serve and whether a private citizen owes the same duty to the public as an elected official. Something about that notion seems off. If an elected official accepts bribes in exchange for handing out jobs or contracts, for instance, it is the elected official and no one else who betrayed the trust of the public and corrupted the office he or she holds. In other words, absent duress, coercion, threat, or some other force strong enough to overcome free will, elected officials (like any competent adult) are responsible for the decisions they make and the corrupt action they take.
SCOTUS will duly consider the term “fiduciary duty” and the criminal offense of “honest-services fraud” when resolving the issues in this case so definitions of legal terminology is important.
First, Fiduciary duties. This term describes the responsibilities a person, entity, or group of people (i.e., the Fiduciary), have to another person, entity, or group of people (i.e., the Beneficiary or Principle) based upon the relationship at hand. Essentially, a person acting as a Fiduciary must put the other person’s best interests in front of their own. Common types of Fiduciary-Principle relationships include Attorney-Client, Executor-Estate, Board Member-Organization, Guardian-Ward. A lesser-known relationship along the same lines is Elected Officials – The Public. Elected officials are stewards of the public trust; obligated to make policy and financial decisions on behalf of the public they serve and not for their own best interests. Their decision-making process must never entertain or take into consideration personal gain – financial or otherwise.
Second, a criminal offense of “honest-services fraud.” Under 18 U.S.C. § 1341 – 1346, a person can be convicted for the federal crime of “honest services fraud,” insomuch as this set of federal law broadly defines “scheme or artifice to defraud” to include a “scheme or artifice to deprive another of the intangible right of honest services” making it criminal to devise or intend to devise “any scheme or artifice to defraud, or for obtaining money or property by means of false or fraudulent pretenses, representations, or promises.
In this case, no matter your political preference, the petitioner, Mr. Percoco, a longtime friend and staffer of former NY Governor Andrew Cuomo, presents the SCOTUS with strong arguments as to why the Second Circuit’s decision to uphold his criminal conviction should be reversed. The bottom line, as stated in his petition, is “[w]hen a public official accepts money to convince the government to do something, we call him a crook. But when a private citizen accepts money to convince the government to do something, we call him a lobbyist. That is not an arbitrary distinction. It reflects the fact that public officials hold a fiduciary obligation to act in the best interests of the public, while private citizens do not.”
To learn more about this case, the docket is located here. The case is scheduled for oral argument to take place on Monday, November 28, 2022. To access the SCOTUS website for more information, visit https://www.supremecourt.gov/.
This is the twelfth article in our series on the nation’s premier law enforcement agency, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and its self-destruction over time.
The FBI’s work in service to the nation’s ruling class is often conducted surreptitiously, and usually, Americans don’t learn of their nefarious deeds until years later. Occasionally, however, the leaks come out more rapidly. Earlier this year, it was discovered that only two years ago the FBI coordinated directly with social media giants to restrict political speech to help elect the Presidential candidate favored by the Deep State.
During the summer of 2020, the FBI told Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to expect “some kind of dump” of “Russian propaganda.” Then, when the Hunter Biden laptop story broke in October 2020, only weeks before the November election, the FBI sprang into action. Mark Zuckerberg has admitted that, at the FBI’s request, he limited Facebook’s sharing of the New York Post’s reporting on the Biden laptop story, designating it as “misinformation.”
The question is why? Could it be that Zuckerberg wanted to avoid an FBI investigation into the $400 million he gave to election officials in 49 states to help turn out Democrat voters?
During an interview with the New York Times Editorial Board in January of 2020, then-candidate Biden called for repeal of Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which protects Internet search engines and companies such as Facebook from liability for certain operations. A transcript shows that Biden stated, “I’ve never been a big Zuckerberg fan. I think he’s a real problem.” Candidate Biden even suggested criminal prosecution of Internet search companies depending on the content of information they allow to be published: “[Zuckerberg] should be submitted to civil liability and his company to civil liability.”
Once Biden took office, the Biden Administration’s pressure on social media ramped up. On March 1, 2022, FBI Section Chief Laura Dehmlow warned in a meeting attended by Twitter executives that “we need a media infrastructure that is held accountable” for sharing “misinformation.” The threat from the administration to Big Tech could hardly have been more clear.
Earlier this month, on Nov. 4, the House Judiciary Committee’s Republican members released a 1050-page report detailing FBI abuses, highlighting how the FBI has indeed pressured social media companies to suppress stories in social media for purely political reasons. “An FBI directive that interferes in free and fair election-related public discourse raises significant risk of First Amendment violations through private-sector censorship at the government’s behest,” the Judiciary Republicans concluded.
And for once, a court is helping uncover FBI abuses.
On May 5, 2022, the attorneys general of Missouri and Louisiana filed suit against the Biden regime for “working with social media giants such as Meta, Twitter, and Youtube to censor and suppress free speech, including truthful information, related to COVID-19, election integrity, and other topics, under the guise of combating ‘misinformation.’”
Then, on October 21, 2022, the judge hearing the case ordered a deposition of FBI Supervisory Special Agent Elvis Chan, finding that “Chan has personal knowledge about … censorship across social media as it related to COVID-19,” and that “Chan was identified [by the plaintiffs] as the FBI Agent who communicated with Facebook to suppress a story about the Hunter Biden laptop. If he did this, the Court ultimately finds there are reasons to believe that he has interfered in other ways, too.”
The FBI control over social media is not a rare event, and systems have been set up to ensure quick responses to government demands. “[T]here was a back channel to companies like Facebook and Twitter coming from agencies and they were sort of dropping the dime on people that they wanted to silence,” said George Washington University law professor Jonathan Turley. “What we’re seeing now is more and more evidence that there was censorship by surrogate and that some high-ranking government officials were part of that effort,” Turley said.
In normal times, the press would investigate stories of government abuse, but these are not normal times. These days, the FBI has as much control over the corporate media as it does social media, and neither has the incentive to tell the truth to the American people, and so the abuses continue. We can only hope that one day enough Americans will so fully understand the corrupt role being played by the FBI to undermine the Constitution that they demand the candidates they support pledge to abolish that agency.
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