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Newsletter | June 8, 2023

Vintage American Flag

On June 14 we celebrate Flag Day to commemorate the date in 1777 when the Second Continental Congress resolved “that the flag of the thirteen United States be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new constellation.” In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson issued an official proclamation declaring the 14th of June Flag Day, and in 1949 Congress passed an act that officially established it as National Flag Day.

It seems meaningful that the U.S. Army celebrates its birthday the same day, for two years before Congress adopted the new American Flag, it established the U.S. Continental Army. The military is perhaps our finest institution for building the national identity the star-spangled banner, our American Flag, represents.

We’ve all seen the great WWII movies with young Americans gathered from all around the nation united in one common cause. There’s the Midwestern farm boy, the wise-cracking kid from Brooklyn, a young man from Virginia whose ancestors fought alongside George Washington, and other assorted characters from all around the country. Maybe they didn’t get along at first — maybe they didn’t even understand each other’s regional accents. But when it came to fight, they gave everything they had, for their country, and for each other.

As we wrote in a recent newsletter, the U.S. armed forces under the current administration has shown it has other priorities. Rather than building unit cohesion, a building block of national unity, it gives privilege to differences and encourages a divided nation, typically along lines of race and sexual orientation.

This fact was underscored when an official U.S. Air Force social media account recently posted an illustration of a serviceman saluting the Pride flag. This is not the flag that American men and women sign up to serve under, no matter how many U.S. embassies fly it across the world, and often in tandem with the Black Lives Matter flag. These are flags that represent particular identity groups, they are sectarian banners.

American servicemen and women know better than anyone what happens when political forces promote difference based on race, ethnicity, and religion. Over the course of the last half-century, sailors, soldiers, airmen, and Marines have frequently been called on to quell the furies of civil war. Americans hit the ground in Lebanon in the 1980s, Somalia in the early 90s, the former Yugoslavia later in that decade, Iraq in the early 2000s. These brutal conflicts all shared the same source, sectarian conflict driven by political leadership that profited from dividing a population.

It’s high time we call our civilian and military leaders to account. By pushing identity politics in our armed forces and in society as a whole, they’re dividing the country. And we’ve seen time and again, that can lead only to tragic and deadly consequences.

Remember that our Flag stands for one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice — not just for groups supported by political and corporate elites, but liberty and justice for all.  So fly the flag high on Flag Day, fly it high every day. The American Flag, our star-spangled banner, represents our unity as individuals, and long may she wave, here in the land of the free and the home of the brave.

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! (Editor’s Note: There were technical difficulties going live for last Monday’s show. We apologize and re-recorded the show, which is available here.) 

America Patriots - Aaron Stevenson

Aaron Stevenson is a whistleblower who served his country for 17 years, eight in the Marine Corps and nine as a federal employee. He was fired from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for revealing that unaccountable DHS bureaucrats initiated a rule change that ensures the White House’s open border policy stays in effect, thereby threatening U.S. national security, undercutting legal immigration, harming working-class wages, and enabling the heinous child trafficking of vulnerable migrant children. He came forward to tell the truth to his fellow Americans, and we spoke with him recently to ask him why the government is no longer responsive to We the People.

Why did you decide to pull back the curtain on abuses and crimes committed by the U.S. government, in particular, DHS?

I had seen enough corruption and had also seen I am unable to correct any action, let alone steer the course unless I were to become any type of political appointee, which I am definitely not going to. Given the severity of what is going on in America, I felt I had exhausted all options.

Are there other DHS officials who want to come forward to tell the truth?

Yes, and no.  Several have told me how much they respect me, how much they agree with me, etc.  But they are unwilling to do so themselves; the culture creates a very comfortable condition to where stepping forward really is a scary idea.

What is the most dangerous thing that DHS is hiding from the U.S. public?

Three things:

a. The true nature of how many national security threats (transnational organized crime and terrorist) are in the country legally through the corrupt USCIS processes;
b. The level of aggression DHS will be accelerating regarding domestic intelligence operations;
c. The level of autonomy DHS operates via administrative law.

Why won’t the department come clean and just fix what’s been broken — or is it U.S. policy to allow terrorists and trafficking cartels to cross our borders illegally?

Because everybody is making money: the NGOs to operate for the government; the cartels to control the flow (which are probably sending a cut to the IC); the business leaders demanding cheap labor; and the American economy needing cheap goods. Plus, it artificially supports social security.

What is your prayer for America?

There is only one avenue: through Jesus Christ, Son and Logos of God, our Lord and Savior.  As Western Rome fell, Eastern Rome blossomed for almost 1,000 years.  Revelation 3:16


America’s Future Launches Not On My Watch Podcast

America’s Future announces the launch of its new Not On My Watch podcast as part of its Project Defend & Protect Our Children (PDPC), a nationwide initiative that aims to build a grassroots community-based network of citizens across America to end child exploitation and trafficking. The show host is Liz Crokin, an investigative journalist, author, and producer, who is well-known for her persistent effort to expose predators, whether they are individuals or organized enterprises, and end child sex and slave labor trafficking wherever it exists.

In Episode 1 of the podcast, Liz interviews the courageous HHS Whistleblower Tara Lee Rodas, who first exposed government-sponsored, taxpayer-funded child trafficking occurring at the southern border during her testimony at a hearing on April 26, 2023, before the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration Integrity, Security, and Enforcement.

In the interview, Tara describes HHS’s broken system, including the failed policies and inadequate procedures in place purported to handle hundreds of thousands of unaccompanied children entering the U.S. She also explains her skepticism as to the actual number of migrant children missing in America since the Biden administration took over border security, and she urges the public to get involved and speak up. As Ms. Rodas says, “One voice can make a difference.”

In addition to Liz’s work as host of the new podcast, she is also a member of America’s Future PDPC Little Flower Advisory Board, along with new advisors, Tara and Silvia Almond, who has nearly three decades of dedicated service to helping end human trafficking internationally, and others. To read the bios of all members of the PDPC Advisory Board, click here.

America’s Future, through its PDPC Advisory Board, has scheduled the first education and awareness summit and training program to help end child exploitation and trafficking for later this summer in Sarasota, Florida. Mark your calendars for August 17 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. to attend the summit, and look for registration information on the summit and more details about the series of training programs for parents and professionals in upcoming newsletters. To join America’s Future PDPC network of grassroots Americans coming together to rid society of child trafficking in America, please click here


America’s Future Files Amicus Brief In Support of Second Amendment Rights

Gavel With Book

On Friday, June 2, 2023, America’s Future filed an Amicus Brief in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in Lance Boland, et al. v Rob Bonta, et al. (9th Cir. Dkt. No. 22-55276), a case which will decide the constitutionality of California’s “Unsafe Handgun Act” or UHA, a state gun statute.  Our Amicus brief, joined by seven nonprofit organizations, supports the plaintiffs’ positions and advocates for affirmance of a preliminary injunction issued by California’s central federal district court.

The plaintiffs, in this case, have challenged the constitutionality of three provisions of the UHA, arguing violations of the Second Amendment right to bear arms.  The three provisions of the state statute, at issue, are:  (1) the requirement that “certain handguns…have a chamber load indicator (‘CLI’), which is a device that indicates whether a handgun is loaded”; (2) the requirement that “certain handguns to have a magazine disconnect mechanism (‘MDM’), which prevents a handgun from being fired if the magazine is not fully inserted”; and (3) the requirement that “certain handguns have the ability to transfer microscopic characters representing the handgun’s make, model, and serial number onto shell casings when the handgun is fired, commonly referred to as microstamping capability.”

On March 20, 2023, at the trial level, California federal district court judge from the central district, the Hon. Cormac Carney applied the test set forth by the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) in NY Rifle & Pistol Assn v Bruen (2022) and determined that the plaintiffs are likely to succeed at trial insomuch as all three provisions do, in fact, unconstitutionally infringe Second Amendment rights of citizens.  As a result of Judge Carney’s findings, the district court granted plaintiffs’ motion for a preliminary injunction, blocking the enforcement of the three provisions, at issue.

As noted in our Amicus brief, the Act, in its current version, prohibits the commercial sale (while allowing certain private and out-of-state sales) of any semi-automatic handguns not currently appearing on California’s approved list, known as the Roster.  Our brief emphasizes the gravity of the UHA’s ban on handguns that do not meet requirements of the regulation, highlighting Judge Carney’s inescapable finding that only guns grandfathered in are capable of purchase and possession because “[n]o handgun available in the world has all three of these features [i.e. the CLI, MDM, and microstamping capability].”

Judge Carney noted that the Second Amendment right to bear arms is “so fundamental that to regulate conduct covered by the Second Amendment’s plain text, the government must show more than the regulation promotes an important interest, like reducing accidental discharges or solving crime. Rather, to be constitutional, regulations of Second Amendment rights must be “‘consistent with this Nation’s historical tradition of firearm regulation’.”

America’s Future agrees with the plaintiffs in this case and with Judge Carney’s opinion and opposes the UHA regulations as implicating and infringing the Second Amendment right to bear arms.  And, as stated in our Amicus brief, “no court should assume that ‘public safety’ considerations support limitations on handgun choice. There are about 21,000 firearm homicides per year nationwide, but many more defensive gun uses annually which prevent assaults and homicides.”  In fact, “a CDC survey in the mid-1990s suggested there are some 2.4 million defensive uses of guns yearly and in a 2021 study cites 17 national surveys indicating ‘between 760,000 defensive handgun uses and 3.6 million defensive uses of any type of gun per year…in 95 percent of the survey responses, the gun owner had only to brandish the weapon to defuse the attempted crime’.”

Our brief provides a historical and biblical perspective on the fundamental right to bear arms. America’s Future takes the position that the March 20, 2023, federal injunction should be affirmed and, eventually, California’s UHA should be struck down as unconstitutional, in clear violation of our Second Amendment right to bear arms.

Click here to view other America’s Future Amicus brief filings.

Keeping You Informed

Recent SCOTUS Decisions Involve the Voting Rights Act, Labor Laws, Trademark Laws and More

Since June 1, 2023, the SCOTUS has issued seven more decisions, including four today (June 8, 2023).  To stay informed about these important decisions, readers can access this term’s case highlights and rulings on our website here. Below are highlights of the seven decisions published this week. To access the SCOTUS website for more information, please visit

Slack Technologies, LLC v Pirani (22-200)
ISSUE: “[What] a public buyer [of a public offering] must allege to state a claim under §11 [of the Securities Act of 1933]”
RULING: “Section 11 of the 1933 [Securities] Act requires a plaintiff to plead and prove that he purchased securities registered under a materially misleading registration statement. The relevant language of §11(a) authorizes an individual to sue for a material misstatement or omission in a registration statement when the individual has acquired ‘such security’.” – The dismissal issued by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals is vacated, and the case is remanded.

Glacier Northwest, Inc. v Teamsters (21-1449)
ISSUE: Whether the NLRA preempts tort claims alleging that a defendant Union intentionally destroyed the company’s property during a labor dispute.” 
RULING: No. “The NLRA did not preempt the tort claims alleging that the [defendant] Union intentionally destroyed the company’s property during a labor dispute.” – The Supreme Court of Washington is reversed, and the case is remanded.

US, et al., ex rel., Schutte, et al. v Supervalu inc., et al. (21-1326)
ISSUE: Whether the False Claims Act (FCA) “scienter element refers to a defendant’s knowledge and subjective beliefs—not to what an objectively reasonable person may have known or believed.” – The dismissal issued by the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals is vacated, and the case is remanded.
RULING: Yes.  The FCA’s “scienter element refers to a defendant’s knowledge and subjective beliefs—not to what an objectively reasonable person may have known or believed.” 

Allen, Alabama Secretary of State v Milligan (21-1086)
ISSUE: “[W]hether the districting plan adopted by the State of Alabama for its 2022 congressional elections likely violated §2 of the Voting Rights Act, 52 U. S. C. §10301.”
RULING: “The Court affirms the District Court’s determination that plaintiffs demonstrated a reasonable likelihood of success on their claim that HB1 violates §2 [of the Voting Rights Act].”

Dubin v US (22-10)
ISSUE: Whether a person “convicted of healthcare fraud under 18 U. S. C. §1347 [] also committed “[a]ggravated identity theft” under [18 U.S.C.] §1028A(a)(1).”
RULING: It depends. “Section Under §1028A(a)(1), a defendant ‘uses’ another person’s means of identification ‘in relation to’ a predicate offense when the use is at the crux of what makes the conduct criminal.” – The dismissal issued by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals is vacated, and the case is remanded.

Jack Daniel’s Properties, Inc. v VIP Products, LLC (22-148)
ISSUE: “Whether the defendant’s use of a mark is ‘likely to cause confusion, or to cause mistake, or to deceive’ [or] whether the defendant ‘harm[ed] the reputation” of a famous trademark’.”
RULING: Trademark infringement occurs when the infringer “has used a trademark to designate the source of its own goods—in other words, has used a trademark as a trademark. That kind of use falls within the heartland of trademark law, and does not receive special First Amendment protection…[t]he use of a mark does not count as noncommercial just because it parodies, or otherwise comments on, another’s products.”- The dismissal issued by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals is vacated, and the case is remanded.

Health and Hospital Corp of Marion City v Talevski (21-806)
ISSUE: Whether the Federal Nursing Home Reform Act (FNHRA) “provisions at issue unambiguously create §1983-enforceable rights, and the Court discerns no incompatibility between private enforcement under §1983 and the remedial scheme that Congress devised.”
RULING: Yes.  “The FNHRA provisions at issue unambiguously create §1983-enforceable rights, and the Court discerns no incompatibility between private enforcement under §1983 and the remedial scheme that Congress devised.” – The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals is affirmed.

Defund The Federal Beast

Time to Defund the ATF

This is the seventh entry in our IN FOCUS section highlighting some of the most abusive and oppressive federal agencies and programs that House Republicans should target for ending. Readers will find the previous articles of the series here.

For decades, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (ATF) has acted in a lawless fashion, including engaging in acts of violence against American citizens.  For most of its existence, ATF was situated in the U.S. Department of the Treasury because federal control of alcohol and tobacco centered on the collection of federal excise taxes.  However, in 2003, ATF was moved to the U.S. Department of Justice, demonstrating that it was a full-fledged law enforcement organization.  It didn’t deserve to be transferred and elevated — it should have been abolished.  The list of reasons that ATF has been one of the most despised and distrusted federal agencies is long, and only a few of its most disgraceful actions are discussed here.

The Assault on Ruby Ridge.  Beginning in late August 1992, ATF was at the center of an 11-day assault on the remote Idaho cabin of survivalist Randy Weaver and his family.  Weaver allegedly had sold a sawed-off shotgun to an ATF informant and then failed to appear in court to address those charges.  That was enough for federal agents to launch a full-scale assault on the Weaver property.

During the assault, FBI sniper Lon Horiuchi wounded Weaver family friend Kevin Harris as well as shot and killed Randy’s wife Vicky (who when shot was holding their 10-month-old child).  Randy’s teenage son Sammy was shot and killed by a U.S. Marshall while firing back at those federal agents who had shot and killed his dog.  Conservative author and commentator William Norman Grigg pointed out the irony of Horiuchi serving as a sniper on what was called the FBI’s “‘Hostage Rescue Team,’ an Orwellian designation for a unit that functioned as a death squad at Ruby Ridge in 1992 and Waco in 1993.”  A U.S. Marshall was also shot and killed during the attack.

FBI Sniper Horiuchi was charged with involuntary manslaughter in Idaho state court, after which the case was removed to federal court, where the charges were dismissed based on claimed immunity of federal officers acting in the scope of their employment.  Idaho v. Horiuchi, 1998 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 7667, at *31.  The Ninth Circuit reversed, but state charges were eventually dropped, apparently under pressure from the federal law enforcement.  Civil litigation resulted in a $3.1 million settlement paid by the federal government.  “[A] U.S. Senate panel accused the federal agencies involved of ‘substantial failures’ in their handling of the Ruby Ridge operation” — a mild rebuke to be sure.

The Assault on Branch Davidians.  About a year later, after Bill Clinton assumed office, ATF was at the center of the standoff at the “Branch Davidian” compound of cult leader David Koresh in Waco, Texas, leading to the death of 76 civilians as their building went up in flames after an attack by ATF and the FBI using tanks and tear gas against Americans.

The House Government Reform & Oversight Committee issued a blistering follow-up report on ATF’s multitude of mistakesin the operation from its inception onward.  The report found that the original “affidavit filed in support of the warrants [to search the compound for alleged illegal weapons] contained numerous false statements.”  (It seems that in government reports any false statement made by an American Citizen is described as a “lie,” but any lie told by federal law enforcement is merely a “false statement.”)

The report found that “Koresh could have been arrested outside the Davidian compound.  The ATF deliberately chose not to arrest Koresh outside the Davidian residence and instead determined to use a dynamic entry approach,” the “most hazardous of the options.”  In making this decision, “ATF agents exercised extremely poor judgment, made erroneous assumptions, and ignored the perils of this course of action which they should have foreseen.”

The report shredded ATF for its “propensity to engage in aggressive law enforcement,” noting that “planning for a military style raid began more than 2 months before undercover and infiltration efforts even began.”  The House Committee found that the ATF chose “the most hazardous of the options [to arrest Koresh], despite its recognition that a violent confrontation was predictable.”  This was not an innocent choice of “tactics” — ATF’s enthusiasm to use siege tactics and employ weapons of war against American citizens led to the death of 76 human beings, including many women and children.

Fast & Furious Gun Walking.  In 2009, the Phoenix ATF office began to allow “[g]un-buyers, many of whom the feds suspected were criminals … to take firearms purchased in the U.S. and walk into Mexico …; the [alleged] intention was that once the guns were sold to powerful drug cartels, the ATF would later trace the firearms.”  Undermining the honesty of that claimed purpose, “[w]histleblowers and investigators, however, found no attempt [was made] to trace the guns.”  More than 2,000 guns were trafficked.  Predictably, the program led to an explosion in the number of guns illegally in the hands of Mexican drug cartels and terrorists.  By June 2010, “the ATF were aware of over 300 of these weapons being found at crime scenes, 179 in Mexico and 130 in the United States.”

If the motive to let the guns “walk” to Mexico was not to track their movements, what might it have been?  One commentator explained the Obama Administration’s plan.  “Politically motivated officials who wanted to find an excuse to crack down on Second Amendment rights joined with inept bureaucrats to create a toxic brew.”

Tragically, this Fast and Furious ATF program led directly to the murder of Border Patrol agent Brian Terry by gunmen whose “Fast and Furious” trafficked rifles were left at the scene.  The sordid story of ATF arming Mexican terrorists was brilliantly exposed in Katie Pavlich’s 2012 book Fast and Furious: Barack Obama’s Bloodiest Scandal and the Shameless Cover-Up.

National Gun Registry.  Now fast forward to 2021.  Gun Owners of America’s research uncovered the fact that the ATF was violating federal law by beginning to compile a national gun registry, in violation of an explicit prohibition in the federal Firearms Owners Protection Act (“FOPA”).  In November 2021, Congressman Michael Cloud (R-TX) and 51 other House Republicans followed up with a letter to Marvin Richardson, acting director of ATF.  The letter explained that ATF’s proposed regulation that would violate FOPA as it would “require [licensed firearms dealers] to preserve all firearm transaction records.  This means that 100% of all lawful commercial firearm transfers would eventually end up in an ATF computer system, thereby creating a permanent database.”  The letter reminded the ATF that Congress had made it crystal clear in FOPA that “the federal government shall not create a federal gun registry and has prohibited ATF from creating any centralized databases with its funding.”

Congressman Cloud also introduced in the House, along with Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) in the Senate, the “No Registry Rights Act,” to require the ATF to destroy all firearm purchase records in its possession and to require licensed dealers to destroy purchase records as well, instead of turning them over to the ATF.  “Governments should not have a list, in any country, of the people who possess the firearms meant to keep those very governments in check.  Gun registries are precursors to gun confiscation and should not exist,” said Congressman Thomas Massie (R-KY).

It is difficult to imagine an agency with a worse track record than ATF — although the FBI does give ATF a run for its money.  This is a rogue agency that has acted in a lawless and reckless fashion, unwilling to be constrained by federal law or common decency.  It should not be allowed to continue to cause the death of even more Americans, to say nothing of its work to deprive Americans of their firearms liberties.  There are enough state gun laws on the books to meet the nation’s needs, so we can let the states prosecute all gun crimes, and save the taxpayers nearly $2 billion a year by simply abolishing the ATF — or at least its authority over guns, as a start.

To read the articles in this series, please click here.

Reminders & Updates

Join hundreds of Americans who have signed up to be a part of America’s Future Project Defend & Protect Our Children (PDPC) nationwide network to help end child exploitation, abuse, and trafficking. Visit the Project’s web page here to read the PDPC Bulletin, watch multiple videos describing the initiative, and download our tips sheet for suggestions about what you can do to end the war on children in your community.

Join hundreds of Americans who have signed up to be a part of America’s Future Project Defend & Protect Our Children (PDPC) nationwide network to help end child exploitation, abuse, and trafficking. Visit the Project’s web page here to read the PDPC Bulletin, watch multiple videos describing the initiative, and download our tips sheet for suggestions about what you can do to end the war on children in your community.

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