Newsletter | January 19, 2023
Propaganda media, pundits, and political officials’ drumbeat of complaints about the threats to what they call “our democracy” are loathsome. It’s as if America belongs to that faction alone. In reality, those most publicly concerned about “democracy” are among the most anti-democratic people in our midst. What worries them is that their fellow Americans are free to exercise their constitutional rights, in particular those rights articulated in the First Amendment. Thus, the chief goal of those anti-democratic activists is to take away our freedoms and dismantle America’s constitutional order.
Spending time reading and exploring “The Federalist Papers,” an assortment of our great nation’s fundamental texts, brings insight and a historical perspective to current affairs, and so we continue with our newsletter’s series on this important collection of essays and articles written by some of the best minds of America’s founding generation, Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay. Their aim was to persuade their fellow Americans to ratify the new Constitution.
The Supreme Law of the Land shows us that America isn’t purely a democracy, certainly not a direct democracy in which the raw majority of voters have the final say. Rather, we are a Constitutional Republic, in which we vote for representatives who vote for laws. This is representative democracy. As Madison explains in 1787, in Federalist No.10, an article many scholars believe to be among the most important, the Constitution is designed to prevent a “tyranny of the majority.”
Madison, the fourth president of the United States, understood that it is in the nature of man to split into factions. In other words, men, allowed to voice their opinions freely, would have different opinions about policies concerning government, religion, and other matters. His concern was about majority factions that would “sacrifice to its ruling passion or interest both the public good and the rights of other citizens.”
Madison argued that a republic was the best defense against unsavory ideas generated by majority factions. In a country as large and as diverse as the original thirteen states, encouraging a variety of interests would make it difficult for any faction to dominate. Further, power would be diffused between the states and the federal government, a natural deterrent to the grave threat of large factions wresting absolute control.
Today we hear calls to abolish the electoral college and other initiatives intended to destroy the careful balance designed by the Constitution. In this context, what these activists are demanding isn’t more liberty but rather the prerogative to rule over other Americans. What they’re calling for is a “tyranny of the majority.”
Now more than ever, we must stand in defense of our Constitutional Republic and take up the call of our Founding Fathers — liberty for all.
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SCOTUS Releases Leak Investigation Report
Today, January 19, 2023, The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) publicly released a Statement and Report concerning its investigation into the May 2, 2022, leak of its draft opinion in Dobbs (2022), a landmark and polarizing case overturning Roe v Wade (1973). The SCOTUS statement recognizes the leak was a “grave assault on the judicial process…[and an] extraordinary betrayal of trust…[therefore] warranting a thorough investigation.”
In response to the leak, on May 3, Chief Justice Roberts assigned the task of investigating to the Marshall of the SCOTUS and staff. The announcement today indicates the investigators have been unable to identify the culprit, despite what the SCOTUS describes as a “diligent analysis of forensic evidence and interviews of almost 100 employees.”
From the Report, we learn that 82 employees had access to electronic or hard copies of the leaked draft opinion. The SCOTUS statement acknowledges that the investigators will “continue to review and process some electronic data that has been collected and a few other inquiries remain pending.”
The SCOTUS also consulted with outside counsel, who did not recommend any further investigation, stating, “[a]t this time, I cannot identify any additional useful investigative measures.”
America’s Future agrees that the leak of the draft opinion was a breach of public trust and a grave assault on the Judiciary branch. We will provide updates as they unfold in this matter.
The Thirteenth Amendment – Slavery and Involuntary Servitude Outlawed
The practice of slavery and involuntary servitude is unquestionably one of the greatest wrongs and injustices in the history of the world. For centuries, nations and territories permitted slavery and advanced a harmful philosophy that socio-demographics such as age, religion, sex, race, ethnicity, etc…determine worthiness.
During the 1787 Constitutional Convention, the Framers vigorously debated whether the newly created United States would permit the practice of slavery. And, although the word “slavery” is not specifically stated in our Constitution, the practice of one person compelling another to “service or labor” was expressly permitted then and for years to come, despite its morally offensive nature.
It wasn’t until the Civil War ended and the ratification of the Thirteenth Amendment on December 6, 1865, that slavery and involuntary servitude were outlawed in every US state and jurisdiction. The text of the Amendment confirmed an absolute prohibition throughout the land, stating,
“Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction. Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.”
The Civil War was fought over the course of four years, from 1861 through 1865. Historical records confirm it was our bloodiest war, with over 1.2 million deaths counted.
Before the Civil War ended, the “free states,” i.e., the Union states, had already abolished slavery. In fact, in 1777, Vermont first adopted a policy protecting freedom, setting forth on a path to emancipate slaves. Thereafter, from 1777 through 1820, all New England states, along with Pennsylvania, Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, New Jersey, and New York, had become free states, banning slavery from their jurisdictions. From 1837 through 1861, the Union states of Michigan, Iowa, Wisconsin, California, Minnesota, Oregon, and Kansas enacted laws prohibiting slavery. And, finally, in 1864, Nevada, having just become a state that same year, declared slavery unlawful, becoming the final Union state to forbid slavery.
Of significant importance relative to the Thirteenth Amendment, is that this amendment is the only Constitutional provision in effect that directly regulates private action. All other effective provisions regulate government action.
Editor’s Note: This article is a continuation of our effort to include all of the amendments to the Constitution in our newsletters. The photo above depicts members of the U.S. House of Representatives who voted ‘Aye’ on the 13th Amendment. The larger central portrait is of Speaker of the House at that time, Schuyler Colfax.
Department of Justice January 6 Lies and Abuses
This is the third 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.
Attorney General Merrick Garland used the occasion of the second anniversary of the events of January 6, 2021, to ramp-up his threats against opponents of the Biden Administration. He issued a press release to warn that “the investigation and prosecution of those responsible for the attack continues to move forward at an unprecedented speed and scale.”
The Department of Justice (DOJ) always describes the January 6 riot as an “insurrection” that “interfered with…the peaceful transfer of power” so that it can justify abusing the constitutional rights – not just of those few who actually acted aggressively that day – but all others who also supported President Trump and harbored concerns over 2020 election irregularities. The “insurrection” claim allows the federal government to vastly expand its powers to confront the ostensible “emergency” of the “insurrection.” It allows DOJ to do much more than arrest the guilty or “round up the usual suspects.”
The only problem is that DOJ’s “insurrection” narrative is completely false.
The foundation of the DOJ’s “insurrection” argument collapses on examination. January 6 will go down as likely the only unarmed “insurrection” in the history of the world. Out of nearly 1,000 people charged, only five were charged with possessing a firearm somewhere in DC, and none of those were charged with using firearms during the riot.
The only person shot on January 6 was a Trump supporter, Air Force veteran Ashli Babbitt, who was shot and killed by Capitol Police despite herself being unarmed. Four people actually died at the Capitol that day, all Trump supporters. Besides Babbitt, two died of heart attacks, and one of a drug overdose.
The DOJ, and Democrat shills like new House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries, constantly imply that five or sometimes six Capitol Police officers lost their lives “due to the events of January 6.” They speak of officers who “are no longer with us.” Yet the facts refute the claim. Actually, only one officer died in the 24 hours following the riot, and many lies surround his death.
CNN and MSNBC repeatedly reported that he was beaten to death by Trump supporters with a fire extinguisher. The New York Times reported the same. Yet in reality, Officer Sicknick texted his family the night of the riot to tell them that he had been pepper sprayed but was in good spirits. Not until three months later did the D.C. medical examiner admit that Sicknick had actually suffered two strokes the day after the riot, and died of natural causes. A lengthy and brilliant expose by Glenn Greenwald demonstrated the conspiracy of lies between Capitol Police, Congressional Democrats, and the Controlled Media that have convinced Americans that Officer Sicknick was killed by a pro-Trump mob.
The other four officers cited by Jeffries were all suicides. One killed himself three days after the riots, another two weeks afterward, and two in July, some six months afterward. Yet the Left, in its desperation to exaggerate the riot into an “insurrection,” is more than happy to add even the July suicides to its January “body count” — when in reality, not a single officer died of injuries sustained in the so-called “insurrection.”
Why were these lies critical to “the narrative?” It certainly would not support the myth of an insurrection if the public were to be told that only one person died that day — a female U.S. Air Force Veteran Trump supporter, and her death came while she was unarmed and offering no threat to anyone, came at the hands of a Capitol police officer, Lt. Michael Byrd. Documents reveal there was no good reason to justify this shooting.
As the FBI uses Chinese Communist Party-style surveillance techniques to identify those who were anywhere near the Capitol that day, it ignores persons like Ray Epps, who tried to get protestors “to go into the Capitol.” Epps was immediately identified as a troublemaker by the pro-Trump crowd. “Fed, Fed, Fed,” they shouted as he provoked the crowd. The fact that neither the January 6 Committee or the FBI had any problem with Epps’ rousing outbursts speaks volumes about the dark forces for which he was working.
The truth is that many governments have used agent-provocateurs to infiltrate the ranks of protests to encourage the commission of illegal acts so that the government has an excuse to retaliate against peaceful protesters. The FBI was caught using this technique in May 1970 when an FBI informant burned down a building at the University of Alabama to give the government an excuse to arrest 150 protestors.
Indeed, there was no good reason for any of the events of January 6. The Deep State wanted an attack on the Capitol, as demonstrated by the rabble-rousing of people like Ray Epps. The FBI knew everything about whatever may have been planned as it has acknowledged that it had infiltrated the Proud Boys, Three Percenters, and Oath Keepers. Importantly, Department of Defense Chief of Staff Kash Patel has revealed that President Trump authorized 20,000 National Guard to support local law enforcement in defense of the Capitol, if requested, two days before January 6, but no request, as required by law, came from the Capitol police or from D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser.
With the false narrative of the insurrection, the Biden Administration was able to go on the offense against MAGA Republicans, saying “Democracy was attacked during the January 6 insurrection.”
President Biden even claimed the middle-of-the night “assault” on Paul Pelosi by a leftist Green Party supporter and nudist activist in October 2022, was a continuation of the events of January 6, to demonize all his political opponents: “the mob when they stormed the United States Capitol on January the 6th when they broke windows, kicked in the doors, brutally attacked law enforcement, roamed the corridors hunting for officials, and erected gallows to hang the former Vice President, Mike Pence…whipped up into a frenzy by a President repeating over and over again the Big Lie that the election of 2020 had been stolen…a lie that fueled the dangerous rise in political violence and voter intimidation….” Horse feathers!
Two years after the January 6, 2021 riot, the DOJ has been fully weaponized to punish and intimidate the political opponents of the Biden Administration, having arranged for more than 900 arrests, nearly 500 guilty pleas entered by terrified Americans, and the DOJ claims “[a]t least 250 suspects wanted by the bureau on accusations that they assaulted officers on Jan. 6, 2021, are still at large.” This is exactly the type of weaponization of government that the House Judiciary Committee’s SubCommittee on the Weaponization of the Federal Government must investigate and find a way to end before we lose our Republic forever.
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