Newsletter | August 25, 2022
Forsaking its cause to inform Americans with unbiased, fact-based reporting, the media has chosen to side with a political faction that has targeted its opponents for destruction. The result is that the country’s constitutional order is in ruins.
In our continuing newsletter series on the media, we have addressed several areas of concern, all of which reveal an undeniable reality – the legacy media’s incessant perpetuation of downright lies and sheer propaganda risks our nation’s peace and prosperity and threatens national security.
Without regard to the stability of our nation, the media echoes the vicious threats of deranged and deracinated political elites and eggs them on further. In newscasts and newspaper columns, the media clamors for more pain and suffering inflicted on those they deem disposable — that is, everyone not numbered among a small clique of elites.
Our country’s self-indulgent intellectual classes are fond of quoting Lincoln’s observation that a house divided against itself cannot stand. Unfortunately, they either lack the self-awareness necessary to see that they are the ones creating the divide or they act with malice.
The drumbeat of narratives and name-calling worsens daily and is unyielding: Lock them down in their homes. Force them to take experimental medical treatments. If they refuse, fire them from their jobs. Shut down their businesses. Close their children’s schools. Throw them off social media. Prevent them from getting legal representation. Threaten to confiscate their bank accounts. Label them “domestic terrorists.” Put them in jail and throw away the key.
Further, in driving America apart, the media has made us vulnerable to adversaries abroad. Our foreign enemies no longer need to steal US secrets to find our weakness. All they need to do is read the press to see how our ruling classes spend their energies not in protecting America, but punishing Americans.
Unfolding before our very eyes is another reckless media campaign of willful blindness. The media refuses to investigate facts surrounding the incoherent, nonsensical and ever-changing COVID-19 information fed to America for over two years; instead, the legacy media repeatedly promotes and applauds Anthony Fauci without question or discernment of any kind. Their unapologetic inaction caused millions of Americans across this country unnecessary suffering, sorrow and pain.
And now, the press colludes with the administrative state defending the Justice Department’s raid on the home of a former President – a raid and ransacking that violated not only protocol and decorum but also Fourth Amendment’s guarantees against unreasonable searches and seizures.
There are many, many examples – too many!
The reality is that the US media has pushed the country into dark and uncharted territory. America’s Future urges our fellow citizens to continue to walk in the path of light and join us in exposing the moral rot at the heart of the media’s dangerous enterprise.
In our survey we ask if there are external powers influencing our press to weaken America and encourage you to offer your insights and thoughts. Please continue to participate in our surveys. We thank you and welcome you to watch our Executive Director Mary O’Neill on America’s Mondays With Mary at 9 a.m. every Monday when she shares readers’ responses.
Over the entrance of the Supreme Court building in Washington, D.C. are inscribed the words, “Equal Justice Under Law.” Those words reflect a promise by our federal government that “We the People” will be treated equally by those entrusted with law enforcement, prosecutorial and judicial powers. It is our shared belief that there is one standard of justice that applies to us all, which has provided the glue that has held our nation together for over two centuries. Today that glue is dissolving before our eyes.
In our mission and effort to protect and preserve our God-given rights and Constitutional Republic for our fellow Americans through information and education, America’s Future begins a series of “In Focus” articles on the nation’s premier law enforcement agency, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and its self-destruction over time. Many readers will be astonished that Bureau abuses are not new but have existed for decades. This introduction to our new series begins with an outline of more recent activities causing grave concern to most Americans as signs of unequal, politicized treatment abounds.
Consider, two dozen FBI agents had no qualms about conducting an armed raid on President Trump’s home at Mar-a-Lago even though no former President had ever been treated in such a fashion. FBI agents have arrested Trump campaign officials in early morning raids on their own homes, placed them in handcuffs and leg irons, and seized their phones. At least thus far, it even appears that the role of the FBI has been more to protect the son of the current President of the United States than to investigate him.
Leftists Antifa and Black Lives Matter (BLM) rioters were allowed to storm the federal courthouse in Portland, burn down stores, and kill without consequence, but election protesters welcomed into the Capitol by police on January 6, egged on by informants who have never been arrested, are treated as terrorists, hunted down by the FBI, locked down in solitary confinement, beaten by prison guards and prosecuted, many without adequate access to effective counsel. Those who break into stores are released without bond, while those who defend themselves and their property are arrested and prosecuted. We recently learned that the plot to kidnap the Governor of Michigan was largely concocted by FBI agents and informants. Could it get any worse?
Federal law enforcement has failed us. Government exists “for the punishment of evildoers, and for the praise of them that do well” (1 Peter 2:14), but in practice, it rewards evildoers and punishes those who do well.
This type of unequal justice is literally tearing America apart. The prophet Isaiah describes what happens when law enforcement acts corruptly: “Justice is turned back, And righteousness stands far away; For truth has stumbled in the street, And uprightness cannot enter.” (Isaiah 59:14.)
We at America’s Future are determined to stand against corrupt federal law enforcement. Until we know the true scope of the problem, we will be unable to correct it. We encourage you to continue reading our “In Focus” series in future newsletters to stay informed, and invite you to work with us to resist this evil that we may restore justice and righteousness to our land.
Awareness Is The First Step As Parents Take The Reins
The exodus from public school systems continues to grow. Several factors are causing this exit. One stands out: Parents becoming aware of classroom curriculum that does not square with their family standards regarding education and values.
In light of this shift away from public school education, the question arises: Shouldn’t taxpayer money earmarked for the education of today’s youth follow the student to the learning environment his or her parents determine to be most suitable and in the best interests of their own child? No other allocation of taxpayer funds devoted to educating schoolchildren seems justifiable or even reasonable any longer.
And it appears the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) is sympathetic to this position.
On June 21, 2022, the SCOTUS decided Carson v Makin, No. 20-1088 (2022), a lawsuit out of Maine, filed by parents “who live in school districts that neither operate a secondary school of their own nor contract with a particular school in the district. Under that program, parents designate the secondary school they would like their child to attend, and the school district transmits payments to that school to help defray the costs of tuition.” Since 1981, Maine has refused to provide any funding for a child’s education if the parent(s) selected a religious-based school.
A group of aggrieved parents who want their children to be educated in faith-based schools initiated this lawsuit on the grounds Maine’s program is discriminatory and violates the Establishment and Free Exercise Clauses of the First Amendment.
In Carson, a 6-3 decision, the SCOTUS ruled in favor of the parents. Chief Justice Roberts, writing for the majority, announced that Maine’s refusal to provide tuition assistance for faith-based schooling violates the Free Exercise of Religion Clause of the First Amendment. He went on to explain, “We have repeatedly held that a State violates the Free Exercise Clause when it excludes religious observers from otherwise available public benefits.”
Perhaps we are getting closer to the full restoration of parents’ fundamental rights to rear their children in the manner they see fit, including in areas of education and faith-based practices. We, at America’s Future, hope the Carson ruling brings awareness and encourages parents to continue fighting for their children against contemptible indoctrination recently uncovered.
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America’s Future Files Amicus Brief in Ninth Circuit in On-going Second Amendment Challenge
On Tuesday, August 23, 2022, America’s Future joined 12 other nonprofit organizations to submit a Motion to Leave to File an Amicus brief along with the Amicus Brief to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in Duncan, et al. v. Rob Bonta, in His Official Capacity as Attorney General of California, No. 19-55376 (2021). Should the Ninth Circuit grant our Motion, our Amicus brief is filed in support of Appellant Virginia Duncan’s, et al. position that California Penal Code § 32310, as amended by Ca. Senate Bill 1446 together with Proposition 63 (2016 referendum) is an unconstitutional infringement of Appellants’ Second and Fourteenth Amendment right to bear arms.
This is our second brief filing in this case. On April 1, 2022, America’s Future filed a brief to the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS). Following the SCOTUS’s landmark Second Amendment decision in New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. Bruen 597 U.S (2022) on June 23, 2022, the SCOTUS vacated the Ninth Circuit’s en banc decision, sending it back to the Circuit for further consideration based on new law.
As Justice Clarence Thomas stated in writing for the majority in the landmark decision, clarifying earlier Second Amendment SCOTUS decisions [i.e., Heller (2008) and McDonald (1985)], lower courts must now refrain from employing a “two-step” test, but instead shall rule on Second Amendment cases based solely upon the text of, believe it or not, the Second Amendment. In his typical straightforward and astute fashion, Justice Thomas declares, “Today, we decline to adopt that two-part approach…. Despite the popularity of this two-step approach, it is one step too many….”
Justice Thomas explained that in the Second Amendment context, there is only one question a court must tackle, “the test that the Court sets forth…requires courts to assess whether modern firearms regulations are consistent with the Second Amendment’s text and historical understanding [and nothing more].” He further wrote, lower courts should apply the law from Bruen to matters at issue before them using two metrics, “first, whether modern and historical regulations impose a comparable burden on the right of armed self-defense, and second, whether that regulatory burden is comparably justified. Because individual self-defense is the central component of the Second Amendment right these two metrics are central considerations when engaging in an analogical inquiry.” [internal citations omitted]
Turning to the case at bar, i.e., Duncan v Bonta, No. 19-55376 (2021), the Ninth Circuit should cast-off judicial activism, embrace judicial restraint and reconsider the constitutional challenge in this case clear-eyed. The SCOTUS in Bruen laid out the appropriate way to analyze whether California’s statutory scheme prohibiting law-abiding citizens from possessing large-capacity magazines infringes the Second Amendment as applied to the states through the Fourteenth Amendment. To us it is clear – California regulations contravene the fundamental right to bear arms for self-defense enjoyed by law-abiding citizens.
Citing Bruen, our Amicus brief explains the task before the Ninth Circuit is simple, stating, “The only issue to decide is whether California has ‘demonstrated that the regulation is consistent with this Nation’s historical tradition of firearm regulation.’ There is to be no means-end scrutiny, no need for recitations of the dangers and risks of firearms. There is no deference to the legislative branch whatsoever, because ‘while that judicial deference to legislative interest balancing is understandable — and, elsewhere, appropriate — it is not deference that the Constitution demands here. The Second Amendment ‘is the very product of an interest balancing by the people….’.”
For additional information about this case on our website’s Law & Policy page, click here.
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