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Hold Tight Patriots! Destiny Calls

Newsletter | March 23, 2023

Our nation is at risk. Our history and traditions, our values, our songs and stories, even our holidays have come under sustained attacks from arrogant elites and a propaganda press.  They desperately aim to destroy the pillars of our national character and replace the Republic with vile coercions of totalitarianism. The chaos unleashed by the ruling establishment’s ongoing campaign of demoralization and desecration of truth causes us to find the footing necessary to hold tight and preserve our liberties.

This week we conclude our exploration of The Federalist Papers, one of our nation’s foundational texts, by reflecting on this collection of 85 writings that are as relevant today as when they were first published. The destiny of this nation has more chapters to write, and We The People are called upon, once again, to fight for freedom for it is not an abstraction, not just an idea. Rather, it is in the nature of the blood that flows through our veins, the air that fills our lungs, and the aspirations that drive us forward.

The Federalist Papers were written from 1787 to 1788, and co-authored by Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, and James Madison, whose intent was to encourage the thirteen original states to ratify the Constitution, the supreme law of the land, binding us together as Americans.

We call The Federalist Papers the Constitution’s biography because it explains not only how it was written and why, but also details the ideas that brought it to life, and with it the conviction that free men not only can, but must create their own destiny. This, after all, is the duty that all those born free, with God-given inalienable rights, owe to liberty. And our particular mission is to preserve the freedom won by our ancestors for the next generations – our children and grandchildren.

The principles and ideas woven through The Federalist Papers are as significant to us today as ever before. The purpose of these 85 essays, as Hamilton explains in the introductory essay, Federalist No. 1, is to explain to those who will vote on the Constitution what’s at stake. He writes,

It has been frequently remarked, that it seems to have been reserved to the people of this country, by their conduct and example, to decide the important question, whether societies of men are really capable or not, of establishing good government from reflection and choice, or whether they are forever destined to depend, for their political constitutions, on accident and force.

With “reflection” and “choice,” Hamilton underscores the significance of The Federalist Papers as a whole in persuasive arguments by him and his co-authors to ratify or not the Constitution. The crucial point is this — a free society can only be guided by a clear understanding of the choices before them. Truth is always the touchstone of freedom.

For us, however, what we’ve seen over the past several years is lie after lie rolled out by our ruling class. From Russiagate to labeling January 6 as an “insurrection,” from COVID-19 mandates to the collapse of our economy, from open borders flush with fentanyl killing our family members and friends to the radical race and gender ideologies unapologetically forced upon schoolchildren, we have evidence that the men and women tasked to lead America have instead lied to it, putting our freedom at risk. 

And so as we today stand at a crossroads, let us remember that our Founding Fathers found themselves in the same place. We will learn from them, reading what they wrote not only for their own generation but for generations of Americans to come. Moved by Hamilton, Jay, and Madison, they took their fate in their hands and by ratifying the supreme law of the land chose to live together as a free nation. Our choice will also be guided by the light of truth.

Thousands of people have read our series on The Federalist Papers and responded to our Reader’s Survey. We learn from you – our fellow Americans – and read every comment and share many of the insights we received every Monday at 9 a.m. on America’s Mondays With Mary, hosted by our Executive Director Mary O’Neill. Tune in and listen to what is on the minds and in the hearts of patriotic Americans. To access the entire Perspectives On The Federalist Papers series of articles published in our newsletters, please click here. Thank you!

Know Your Constitution AMERICA!

Freedom is the principle human right. It is God-given and enshrined in our founding documents, as are the checks and balances that bring about accountability to our government and its three branches.  

God did not bless the people of this great nation to live in chaos and fear, but it is up to us to seek truth and knowledge. Our mission at America’s Future is to educate and share information so that all American citizens live as we were born to live – in freedom.

We encourage readers to place their orders for our two free books, Exploring Our Founding Documents and Understanding The Separation Of Powers Principles, and access the digital versions on our website here. This study series of books is highly visual and adds value to your family discussions about the founding of our nation and the vision of our Founding Fathers. These informative books offer learning opportunities that will increase your knowledge of American history. Homeschoolers are free to add them to their curriculum and resource tools.

Know Your Constitution America! Order your print copies of the books and renew your commitment to the beauty and bounty of the greatest nation in the world.


AZ Supreme Court Grants America’s Future Request to File a Brief and Issues an Order In Favor of Election Integrity

Last Thursday (March 16, 2023) America’s Future along with three other nonprofit organizations jointly moved Arizona’s Supreme Court seeking Leave to File an Amicus brief in support of Petitioner/Plaintiff Kari Lake and her positions in Lake v Hobbs, AZ S. Ct. Dkt No. CV-23-0046-PR.

America’s Future is pleased to report that Arizona’s Supreme Court granted our request to file an Amicus brief in this case, following a refiling of our Motion along with an abbreviated version of our Amicus brief attached.  Our initial Motion and Amicus brief are located here. The refiled and abbreviated version is located here.

America’s Future is also pleased to report that yesterday (March 22, 2023) Arizona’s Supreme Court issued a five-page order in favor of Kari Lake’s lawsuit moving forward.  Arizona’s Supreme Court vacated Arizona’s Superior Court’s dismissal of Ms. Lake’s lawsuit because the dismissal was erroneous and contrary to reason.  Yesterday’s court order remands the case back down to the trial court level and directs the trial court to determine whether Ms. Lake’s position that Maricopa County administered the vote count and election process unlawfully including failing to properly apply signature verification policies such that votes were affected in sufficient numbers to alter the outcome of the election.  Yesterday’s order explained, in part:

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED granting review of… count three of the complaint [which] challenges the Maricopa County Recorder’s application of siagnature-verification policies during the election. [This issue] asks, “Did the panel err in dismissing the signature-verification claim … mischaracterizing Lake’s claim as a challenge to existing signature verification policies, when Lake in fact alleged that Maricopa failed to follow these policies during the 2022 general election…

Contrary to the ruling of the trial court and the Court of Appeals Opinion, this signature verification challenge is to the application of the policies, not to the policies themselves. Therefore, it was erroneous to dismiss this claim under the doctrine of laches because Lake could not have brought this challenge before the election.

This case arises out of an election dispute concerning vote counting and vote security.  Ms. Lake is the GOP gubernatorial nominee in the 2022 Arizona general election.  Following a controversial vote certification process in Arizona, residents of Arizona and citizens from across the nation expressed outrage over conduct exhibited by Arizona officials in charge of election administration, vote counting, vote disputes, and even vote security for the County of Maricopa – the most populated county in the state.

Rife with concerns for malfeasance and misconduct, this election shocked the conscience of many Americans who feared our Constitutional Republic was becoming a Banana Republic before our very eyes. Yesterday’s court order is located here

America’s Future stands for free and fair elections and supports legitimate election scrutiny. Without a meaningful right to vote, no other rights survive.  We will update you about this case as we receive news.

Twenty-Second Amendment

Welcome back to our series surveying the 27 constitutional amendments ratified over the course of our history as a sovereign nation, a Constitutional Republic.  Each amendment revises our Constitution, alters the course of history, and, in one way or another, advances America closer on her path to exceptionalism.  The article below reviews the Twenty-Second Amendment.

The Twenty-Second Amendment was proposed by Congress on March 21, 1947, and ratified on February 27, 1951.  Comprised of two sections, it sets a two-term (four years each) limit for an elected President, and those restrictions apply to an individual who becomes president, but not through the election process, and serves for more than two years.

The full text of the Twenty-Second Amendment states,

Section 1.

No person shall be elected to the office of the President more than twice, and no person who has held the office of President, or acted as President, for more than two years of a term to which some other person was elected President shall be elected to the office of the President more than once. But this article shall not apply to any person holding the office of President when this article was proposed by the Congress, and shall not prevent any person who may be holding the office of President, or acting as President, during the term within which this article becomes operative from holding the office of President or acting as President during the remainder of such term.

Section 2.

This article shall be inoperative unless it shall have been ratified as an amendment to the Constitution by the legislatures of three-fourths of the several states within seven years from the date of its submission to the states by the Congress.

The number of terms a President can serve was not established in the Constitution. Although discussed over time, it became an issue with the Franklin D. Roosevelt presidency. President Roosevelt was first elected to office in November 1933, and later for a second and third term, ending his presidency upon his death on April 12, 1945, in his fourth term that year. Prior presidents had run for third terms in office, but were unsuccessful.

Two years following his death, a 1947 House of Representatives Report noted that a two-term limit had developed naturally over time in America and therefore was rooted in reason, tradition, and history, explaining “a well-defined custom which has risen in the past that no President should have more than two terms in that office.”

Although this amendment seems “cut and dry,” a careful reading of the text demonstrates loopholes. Yes, it stresses limitations on Presidents elected to office.  However, it remains possible that a former President who was twice elected, and having served both terms, can subsequently serve as Vice-President, and then become President again by succession.

After Roosevelt’s unprecedented four terms in office, the rather vague language contained in the Twenty-Second Amendment, as well as its interplay with the Twelfth Amendment has yet to be tested in court – no case pertaining to these issues has ever been brought before the Supreme Court of the United States.  

Unequal Justice Under Law

DOJ Fingerprints on Manhattan DA Investigation of Trump

This is the twelfth entry in our expanded IN FOCUS section addressing corruption in the U.S. Department of Justice and the self-destruction of the FBI. Readers will find the compilation of the complete series of articles at Unequal Justice Under Law.

On March 18, 2023, former President Trump posted on his social media website that based on leaks from the office of the Manhattan District Attorney, he expected to be arrested the following Tuesday.  Every day since, there have been an endless number of reports out of that District Attorney’s office that an indictment should be forthcoming, with commentators discussing the legal and political issues.  The coverage truly has been “wall-to-wall.”  What should Americans think of this non-stop coverage?  We offer two thoughts.

First, when a story is covered incessantly by the press, Americans should first consider whether this is an artificial effort to divert the public’s attention from some other matter — often government corruption.  The list of topics that the government does not want the People to focus on about is long.  At the moment, it certainly includes whether government policies are causing the collapse of the banking system to ease the way to the adoption of a Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC) which would give total control over our lives to the federal government.  And the government certainly suppressed the revelations by the House Oversight Committee into Communist China-connected sources paying billions to the Biden Family. 

Beyond that, there is a second question we should ask — did some prior federal government action contribute to the present crisis?  All the stories about the anticipated Trump indictment focus on the leftist Manhattan District Attorney and the Manhattan grand jury.  There is almost no press attention paid to how the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) teed up the criminal case for the Manhattan DA.

But what exactly is the crime Trump could be indicted for?  According to the rumors, the allegations relate to so-called “hush money” payments made in 2016 by the Trump organization relating to Stormy Daniels.  It is unclear precisely what state crimes Trump might be indicted for, but they relate to a federal case previously brought against Trump’s former lawyer, Michael Cohen.  Daniels sold the exclusive rights to her salacious story of an affair — which Donald Trump denies — to the National Enquirer.  In turn, Cohen purchased the story from the National Enquirer for the Trump Organization to prevent it from being published and becoming a publicity distraction.

In 2018, Cohen plead guilty to a federal campaign finance law violation,.  At the time, Cohen was facing dozens of federal criminal charges unrelated to Trump, such as tax evasion and bank loan fraud.  However, DOJ lawyers allowed Cohen to plead guilty to violating federal election law.  The claim was that Cohen had facilitated a “corporate contribution” to be made in order to “prevent [the story] from influencing the election.”  The indictment referred to an unidentified person who the media says was Trump, making him guilty by association.  But since Trump was not charged, he never had a chance to defend himself.  Thus, the DOJ lawyers wrapped salacious charges around Trump’s neck before the 2020 election with no way for him to absolve himself.

There’s one small problem — Cohen pled guilty to something that was not a crime.  It can’t be illegal to make the payments personally if the payments could not have been made by the campaign.  If the payment to Daniels had been made by the Trump campaign, it would have violated the law as payments made for a “personal use.

Second, and significantly, federal courts have interpreted the statutory terms “contribution” and “expenditure” and “coordinated expenditures” very narrowly to avoid criminalizing activities which are exercises of First Amendment protected rights.  Paying someone not to publish a story is not even close to being the same as making a corporate expenditure to disseminate express advocacy to support or oppose a candidate.

DOJ lawyers attempted a similar strategy only once before when Senator John Edwards had helped support his mistress to keep his affair quiet and prevent it from hurting his political aspirations.  He was charged with four campaign finance violations, acquitted on one charge, and the other charges were later dropped.  Thus, the DOJ legal theory has never previously been successfully used during FECA’s 50-plus years in existence, and certainly has not been subjected to judicial scrutiny.

But by incentivizing Cohen to “roll over” (i.e., plead guilty) to the campaign finance charge in exchange for dropping other charges, it allowed the judge to look the other way, never being required to write an opinion concluding that Trump’s purchase of the Daniels’ story was prohibited by the Federal Election Campaign Act.

If that same legal theory were applied across the political spectrum, Twitter’s former head of “Trust & Safety,” Yoel Roth, and others at Twitter would be facing federal criminal charges for using corporate resources when it suppressed the circulation of legitimate news stories such as the Hunter Biden laptop story in October 2020.  But in the United States, DOJ lawyers have unbridled discretion who to prosecute and who to let off.  Regardless of their high-sounding rhetoric, “by their deeds you may know them.”  Matthew 7:16.

So it may seem that the charges against Trump are being investigated by the Manhattan DA, but those charges were based on shameless acts by DOJ lawyers before the 2020 election, and are now being recycled to thwart another presidential run by Trump in 2024.

To read the entire series of articles, please click here.


Reminders & Updates

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Join hundreds of Americans who have signed up to be a part of America’s Future Project Defend & Protect Our Childrennetwork to help end child exploitation, abuse, and trafficking. Visit the Project’s web page here to watch multiple videos describing the initiative and download our tips sheets for suggestions you can do in your community. The first issue of the PDPC Bulletin is in production and will be released in the next weeks. Sign-up now to ensure you receive this inaugural edition.

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