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Freedom – On The March

Newsletter | December 7, 2023

American Flags

The media has taken to calling Donald Trump a dictator because they’re scared. They’re not scared that he’s really a dictator. Of course not — they know who the real dictators are. No, the ruling class is scared because the election interference plot that’s being managed by the Department of Justice is failing. They’re running out of options and are getting desperate with less than a year before the 2024 vote.

The lawfare scheme to strip Americans of their right to elect the candidate of their choice has backfired. The federal and state cases against the 45th President and Republican frontrunner are coming apart at the seams. His supporters aren’t abandoning him like the political and media establishment planned. Rather, he’s rising in the polls.

It’s no miracle, just the common good sense of the American people. They can’t help but see how the current White House has turned the country upside down in only three years.

The media says that the middle-class is just too dumb to understand how good the economy really is. But working Americans deal with the reality of surging inflation every day, with food, energy, and housing costs soaring. With mortgage rates at their highest in decades, younger Americans are seeing the dream of home ownership slipping away.

Our cities have been turned into garbage heaps with George Soros funding district attorneys to set felons loose on American communities and families. New York, Chicago, San Francisco are in ruins with others on the verge of collapse thanks to the millions of illegals the government has invited to cross our border. And of late, our great metropolises have been besieged by pro-Palestinian terror mobs, again supported by Soros-funded organizations, calling for a second Holocaust.

Americans want our country back. We want peace and prosperity, law and order, and our rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. And thus, in spite of the attacks coordinated by the media, federal law enforcement, and political operatives left and right, Americans are looking to the man who promises to restore the country to where it was just three years ago when he left. African-Americans, Hispanics, women are trending toward the opposition candidate and — and you’ll even see Hollywood celebrities on social media reversing their earlier positions and embracing America First. That’s because it’s the natural inclination of all Americans — to put our great nation, our communities, and our families first.

And that’s what’s rattled the political establishment — not only that they’ll lose power but also that they’ll be held accountable for the crimes they’ve committed over the past decade. They’ve spied on U.S. citizens and failed to protect our borders; they’ve violated our rights to freedom of speech and assembly and worship and have unconstitutionally detained political dissidents. They’re the tyrants.

It’s no wonder at this late hour, with their backs against the wall, that they accuse their opponents of what they themselves have done. If Trump is elected, they say, he’ll become a dictator, he’ll strip Americans of their rights and silence dissent and use the DOJ to jail opponents. But it’s always the same with our unholy ruling establishment — every last thing they accuse their opponents of planning, they’re already doing.

So stand strong Americans, block out the noise, the fearful bleats of a herd-like ruling class. They’re losing. And We the People are on the march.

Please participate in our Reader’s Survey. Your insights and thoughts are important as we learn what is on the minds and in the hearts of our fellow Americans. We read them all and share some of them Mondays at 9 a.m. during America’s Future live broadcasts with our Executive Director Mary O’Neill on America’s Mondays With Mary. Thank You!

America Patriots - Rich Baris

Rich Baris is the director of Big Data Poll, “the new gold standard in survey research,” and the host of “Inside the Numbers.” We spoke with Rich recently to get his insight on polling, the 2024 election, and the future of our great nation.

When did you start you career as a pollster?

I suppose my career as a “public” pollster technically started in 2014, and I began releasing public polling in 2016. But anyone interested in this industry must learn from others, and that process started as far back as 2010, when a professor in college introduced me to the wide world of polling and election forecasting.

Americans have come to distrust polls almost as much as they distrust the media; are they wrong?

No, it’s healthy to be at least skeptical of political information in this era. People shouldn’t dismiss the polls, but they do need to educate themselves about how they’re conducted and remember pollsters are having a difficult time evolving in the information era.

What is the most surprising trend you’ve seen of late?

Whether it’s the shift we’re seeing to President Trump among younger or non-white voters, I honestly can say that I’m not all that surprised. The tell-tale signs were there all along.

What is the most important issue to Americans heading into the 2024 election cycle?

The economy is still the most important issue. But there is a growing sentiment that things are just out of control, and that will be something I’ll watch closely over the next 12 months.

What is your prayer for America?

I’m a father first, and I pray every single day for America to remember we are a nation with a tradition of solving our political problems at the ballot box, not inside a juror box. It’s all over for self-governance when the electoral process is corrupted, and loses credibility.

Editor’s Note: To read other Speaking With American Patriots interviews, please click here.

No Exceptions – Get In The Fight

The rapid escalation of illegals entering the U.S. at both the northern and southern borders is costing Americans their safety and security, their prosperity, and their lives. Taxpayers are paying to house and feed illegals, and the nation is weeping for families who have lost loved ones to drugs like fentanyl coming over the borders and for the thousands of migrant children who are abandoned and lost somewhere in the U.S. while traffickers profit off their lives. No state is exempt from the release of unaccompanied children into their communities, including Michigan, where, according to a government report, nearly 1,500 were released by the Department of Health and Human Services (FY21-3/2023).

Beginning tomorrow and through Saturday (Dec. 8 and 9), America’s Future is taking its Get In The Fight campaign to the border state of Michigan for residents to learn more about the child trafficking crisis in their state generally and as a border state, and how they can help end child exploitation and trafficking in their communities when they attend a summit panel discussion and training sessions being held at Grace Christian Church at 33801 Van Dyke Ave. in Sterling Heights.

A speaker’s meet and greet reception from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Dec. 8th will be followed by the summit panel discussion from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. General Mike Flynn, America’s Future Board Chair will give remarks, and leading journalists, subject matter experts, and highly experienced warriors in the protection, recovery, and rescue of children will join the panel discussion moderated by Investigative Journalist Lara Logan. Among the panelists include Bazzel Baz, founder and president of the Association for the Recovery of Children; Liz Crokin, investigative journalist and author; Tara Lee Rodas, HHS whistleblower; Jaeson Jones, CEO of Omni Intelligence, and Christine Dolan, author and investigative journalist.

The training programs on December 9th will run from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Among the courses taught by experienced instructors include seminars for hospitality and healthcare professionals, parents and caring adults, first responders, and overcomers. Other training programs include seminars regarding the world of commercial sexual exploitation and Artificial Intelligence (AI) with a focus on how traffickers and predators blend apps and AI tools with the techniques of psychological operations to control human behavior.  The AI course includes viewing the movie, Into The Light, produced by acclaimed filmmaker, Mike Smith, an America’s Future Board Director.

Michigan residents and all those interested are encouraged to register today to attend all the events and get involved to help end child exploitation and trafficking. Next year, Illinois will hold its Get In The Fight campaign on January 26 and 27, and other state schedules include Texas on February 23 and 24, Pennsylvania on May 17 and 18, and Ohio on June 14 and 15. If you or an organization you are affiliated with are interested in coordinating a Get In The Fightcampaign in your state, please email Lisa MacDonald, America’s Future Director of Strategic Planning and Development, at [email protected].

Keeping You Informed

All Eyes on SCOTUS in Missouri v Biden

To keep our readers up-to-date and well informed, this week we continue our Keeping You Informed newsletter series regarding cases that have been selected to be heard and resolved by the nine Justices of our Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS).

Cases selected for commentary are based upon public interest, significance, and the potential impact on Americans.   As for the current SCOTUS October Term 2023, SCOTUS has announced 45 cases it intends to adjudicate.  Likely, the SCOTUS will add another 25-35 cases before this Term is complete.  The most recently published list of petitions granted, i.e. cases to be heard, during this upcoming term is located here.  Once the SCOTUS agrees to hear a case, deadlines for briefs are set and oral argument is typically scheduled.  Once oral argument takes place, the SCOTUS publishes the argument audio file along with a pdf transcript of the same.  All audio files and transcripts are located here.

The case focused on in this update is key to America’s path forward as a nation and our future as a Constitutional Republic. SCOTUS recently agreed to hear and resolve this case during this October Term 2023.

Murthy v Missouri (more commonly known as Missouri v Biden)

On October 20, 2023, the SCOTUS agreed to hear Murthy v Missouri, Dkt No 23-411.  This case is more commonly known as “Missouri v Biden” and public interest in this case has been at a fever pitch since the July 4, 2023 Independence Day 155-page memorandum order of injunctive relief was issued by the Hon. Terry Doughty, a district court judge out of the Western District of Louisiana – Monroe Division.  In granting the injunctive relief, Judge Doughty established “[the plaintiffs] can likely prove that White House defendants engaged in coercion to induce social media companies to suppress free speech.

Judge Doughty’s explosive memorandum ruling acknowledges the expansive free speech violations by the government in the ruling, noting that “the present case arguably involves the most massive attack against free speech in United States history. In their attempts to suppress alleged disinformation, the Federal Government, and particularly the Defendants named here, are alleged to have blatantly ignored the First Amendment’s right to free speech.”

Biden’s federal government, exposed as corrupt hypocrites, appealed the ruling and, at this point, the case has worked its way up to the SCOTUS.  Upon receipt of the case, the SCOTUS agreed to hear and resolve the following three legal questions 

(1) Whether respondents have Article III standing?

(2) Whether the terms and breadth of the preliminary injunction are proper?

(3) Whether the government’s challenged conduct transformed private social-media companies’ content-moderation decisions into state action and violated respondents’ First Amendment rights?

The outcome of this case is central to determining the path America will take going forward.  Whether America can survive these pivotal times and, when all is said and done, remain a free and sovereign nation of a self-governed people who elect representatives in fair and free elections is to be determined and is what is at stake here.

The most recent SCOTUS filings in this case include:

  1. A Motion to Intervene filed by a group dubbed the Kennedy Plaintiffs, who filed on behalf of Robert Kennedy, Jr., 2024 candidate for U.S. President, or in the interests Robert Kennedy, Jr’s presidential campaign.  This motion was filed on October 26, 2023.  Shortly thereafter, on November 2nd and November 6th, respectively, the parties of interest each filed a response, opposing the Kennedy motion.  The federal government’s November 2nd response is located here and Missouri’s November 6th response is located here. The Court plans to consider the motion and responses at their conference scheduled to take place tomorrow, December 8, 2023; and

  2. On December 1, 2023, the SCOTUS granted the parties’ Joint Motion to Extend Time to File Briefs; ordering the federal government to file its “on the merits” brief by December 19, 2023 and Missouri, et al., to file its brief no later than February 2, 2024.

Of significance, on October 20, 2023, the SCOTUS granted an Application to stay the preliminary injunction issued by the District Court and as modified by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. Additionally, the SCOTUS treated the Application for stay filed by the federal government as a petition for a writ of certiorari, granted the petition, and ordered termination of the stay to occur only upon resolution of the case.

America’s Future will continue to watch this case closely and deliver updates intermittently.  The SCOTUS public docket comprised of briefs, court orders and other filings in this case is located here.

In Focus Using The Congressional Impeachment Power
Does the House Have a Duty to Impeach?

This is the sixteenth entry in our IN FOCUS section examining the impeachment power to help give readers a historical and constitutional context to this political process. To access previous articles, please click here.

It is no surprise that there is not one Democrat in the House of Representatives that has ever mentioned the possibility of supporting the impeachment of President Joe Biden.  A study of the votes taken in the House during 2022, when the Democrats held a slim majority, showed unprecedented party unity:

House Democrats have recorded the highest level of party unity in floor votes that either party has reached in at least 50 years….  Democrats have passed legislation on virtually every element of their party’s priority list – from the sweeping Build Back Better investment and social welfare package to bills setting a national floor for voting and abortion rights to major gun control proposals, legalization for big groups of undocumented immigrants and ambitious police reform – with dissenting votes from no more than two of their members and often opposition from only one or none.  [Emphasis added.]

This pattern of party obedience has continued in 2023, with Democrats now in the minority.  Former Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) was credited for her “masterful” service in keeping Democrats in line, but Speaker Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) has had no significant problem with dissenting votes from his side of the aisle either.  When the whip is cracked, House Democrats know how to fall in line.

Republicans are not nearly as unified.  Just a few months ago, there were several House Republicans who publicly criticized impeachment — but now most are warming to the idea.  For example, Congressman Don Bacon (R-NE) once was counseling against impeachment, says his reluctance is in the past.

While former Speaker Kevin McCarthy was a reluctant supporter of impeachment, Speaker Mike Johnson has announced plans to hold a House floor vote for an official “impeachment inquiry.”  He explained:  “The evidence is so clear you cannot look away.”  Johnson then went further than any Republican leader before in calling for impeachment when he characterized the issue as follows: 

The Constitution requires the House to follow the truth where it leads. We have a duty to do this. We cannot stop the process.  [Emphasis added.]

Johnson’s framing of the decision of an individual Congressmen to impeach the President as “a constitutional duty” is a horse of a different color than viewing impeachment “a choice” to be made based on a political calculation.

Article II, Section 4 of the Constitution states:

The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.  [Emphasis added.]  

To be sure, the Constitution doesn’t say “shall be impeached,” but only shall be removed after impeachment by the House and conviction in the Senate.  But an implicit duty can be found in these words from the Constitution — a duty of every House Member to vote to impeach when the evidence is clear that a President has committed “Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.”  A Congressman cannot avert his eyes to such behavior and still fulfill his oath, where he pledged:

I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God.  [Emphasis added.]

To be sure, the duty of a House member to fulfil his oath may not be a duty that can be enforced by anyone other than the voters at the next election — but it is a duty all the same.  Think of the impeachment power by analogy to law enforcement.  Each state specifies different oaths taken by law enforcement officers, but as an illustration, the oath of the International Association of Chiefs of Police begins:

On my honor, I will never Betray my integrity, my character Or the public trust.  I will always have the courage to hold myself and others accountable for our actions. [Emphasis added.]

Does a Congressman have a lesser duty to hold the President “accountable” for his actions? If Congress will not act to stop corruption, who can?

For 40 years, the U.S. Department of Justice has taken the (correct) legal position that a sitting President cannot be indicted or prosecuted, since that would impair his capacity to perform its constitutional duties.  Thus, the only constitutionally permissible way to stop a rogue President is impeachment and removal, and a Congressman who refuses to impeach a President committing crimes is ensuring that the corruption will continue until the end of the President’s term.

As the House moves toward that decision to officially authorize an impeachment inquiry, let’s consider some of the high points of the information it has before it.

Bribes and Threats.  In June, House Republicans announced the contents of an FBI document detailing conversations with an informant who had spoken with Mykola Zlochevsky, the owner of Ukrainian energy company Burisma.  Zlochevsky told the informant that he had paid Joe and Hunter Biden a bribe of $5 million each to help call off an investigation into Burisma business practices by Ukrainian prosecutor Viktor Shokin.  Biden later bragged in 2018 that, as Vice President, he had pressured Ukraine to fire Shokin by delaying $1 billion in U.S. aid to Ukraine. “I looked at them and said: ‘I’m leaving in six hours.  If the prosecutor is not fired, you’re not getting the money.’  Well, son of a bitch.  He got fired,” Biden said.

Lies about Finances.  Again and again, Biden’s claims not to be personally associated with his son Hunter’s overseas money laundering and influence-peddling schemes have been exposed as lies.  Biden has had to repeatedly move the goalposts, as each lie has been revealed.  House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer has detailed each of Biden’s lies.  “President Joe Biden claimed there was an ‘absolute wall’ between his official government duties and his family’s influence-peddling schemes.  This was a lie.  President Joe Biden claimed his family didn’t receive money from China.  This was a lie.  President Joe Biden claimed he never spoke to his son, Hunter Biden, about the Biden family’s shady business dealings.  This was a lie.”

Direct Payments.  The Oversight Committee has released bank records showing that just one of Hunter Biden’s illicit businesses, Owasco PC, made payments directly to Joe Biden, of $1,380.  According to the New York Post, Owasco PC made three monthly payments to Joe Biden, in September, October and November 2018.  Where did Owasco PC get that money?  Well, “[a]t the time that the recurring payment was set up, Hunter also was at the tail end of disbursing millions of dollars received from CEFC China Energy — one of two major Biden family dealings with Chinese government-linked firms.  Chinese Communist company CEFC.”  CEFC “transferred $5 million to another Biden family-linked entity, Hudson West III, in August 2017 after Hunter warned a China-based associate of his father’s wrath if a business deal was aborted, warning he was ‘sitting here with my father.’ Much of the subsequent transfer later went to Hunter’s Owasco PC.”

Direct Participation.  As the Oversight Committee has detailed, “the Bidens and their associates raked in over $24 million dollars  between 2015 and 2019 by selling Joe Biden as ‘the brand.’”  And if the Biden family business partners didn’t do as they were told, Joe Biden himself was used as the heavy to force their hand.  As Hunter Biden himself put it in a July 30, 2017 WhatsApp message to Henry Zhao, CEO of the Chinese company Harvest Fund Management:

I am sitting here with my father and we would like to understand why the commitment made has not been fulfilled.  Tell the director that I would like to resolve this now before it gets out of hand, and now means tonight. And, Z, if I get a call or text from anyone involved in this other than you, Zhang, or the chairman, I will make certain that between the man sitting next to me and every person he knows and my ability to forever hold a grudge that you will regret not following my direction….  [Emphasis added.]

“Within 10 days of the threat, $5.1 million flowed to Biden-linked accounts in two transfers.”

Benefits to Family.  The Oversight Committee has already noted that “the law recognizes payments to family members to corruptly influence others can constitute a bribe.”  As the Committee notes, “Under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, ‘Companies also may violate the FCPA if they give payments or gifts to third parties, such as an official’s family members, as an indirect way of corruptly influencing a foreign official.’”

If Donald Trump and his children had done anything near what Joe and Hunter Biden have done, Democrats would have voted to impeach him long ago.  The breadth of evidence against the Biden family is so strong, doubt only creeps in when we are astonished that anyone could have acted that corruptly.  Republicans already have all the evidence they need, not to just officially launch an investigation, but to approve articles of impeachment.  The question now is whether Republicans have the character and courage to hold the President accountable.  The goal is not to achieve a political advantage, but to fulfil a duty even if it results in political blowback.  By exercising his duties irrespective of consequences, a politician demonstrates the characteristics of a statesman.  We shall see.

Editor’s Note: To read the articles in this series, please click here.

Reminders and Updates

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