Newsletter | October 27, 2022
Americans know how to read reality. Jumps in the price of oil to heat homes and fuel cars, rising mortgage rates, skyrocketing costs to feed families, falling 401(k) values – all these economic hardships have been caused by elected officials who deny facts, play the blame game, and control the narratives with their complacent media stenographers. It’s like advertising inflation, then expecting Americans to excuse the sorry state of our economy. Not this time. Americans are at the helm and paying close attention as we head into the midterms.
Trying to hide the rising costs of gas at the pump by begging foreign powers to pump more oil or irresponsibly releasing millions of gallons of oil from our strategic reserve by the Biden administration is insanity on steroids. Yet, that is the economic state of affairs now and Americans are done with the tricks, the double-speak, and the downright lies.
Americans are practical people. We’re dreamers as well. After all, the American Dream isn’t about rubbing a magic lantern and making a wish — no, it’s about taking a risk to start your own business, realizing an opportunity when it comes your way, and just working hard to provide for our families; to give our children and grandchildren a step up on the ladder to success and happiness.
But for millions of our fellow Americans over the last two years, it feels like the ladder has been kicked out from under us. The COVID lockdowns transferred trillions of dollars of middle-class wealth to billionaire pharma and other political moguls. It destroyed small businesses and made corporate giants even richer. Then the White House printed trillions more to pay off its climate clients. That spiked inflation. The result is that our savings — never mind our paychecks — are worth far less than they were just 24 months ago.
To make it worse, the government dismantled the fossil-fuel industry to force so-called “green” energy down our throats. As anyone with a shred of common sense knows, renewable energy is more expensive than oil and natural gas; the infrastructure necessary for electric vehicles, wind, and solar energy can be far worse for the environment; and to top it all off, there’s not enough renewable processed energy to replace fossil fuels and probably never will be.
Politicians have put their money over the country they were elected to serve. They reward their donors and corporate elites with huge investments in the climate change agenda.
But it’s caught up with them. Economic issues dominate American concerns when it comes to casting their vote on November 8th. Nearly 80% of voters reported the economy “will be very important to their voting decisions,” according to a recent study by PEW Research Center.
Americans are awake and as motivated as ever to stand up and make their voices heard. And that’s what we’ll be doing in two weeks’ time at the ballot box. Make sure you, too, get out there and vote. There’s a rising generation of leaders who see what the problems are and have ideas on how to set things right again.
Reviving our economy, and restoring our country is going to take hard work. Americans are up for the task. It’s inscribed in our founding documents. Remember that it’s the pursuit of happiness that the Declaration of Independence enshrines as an inalienable right, next to life and liberty. That means it’s the challenge, the opportunity that’s been given to us. Are you ready to capitalize on it?
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“What am I going to do to help my country, to help my family, to help my community?” is the question asked to all Americans in a video with General Michael Flynn. General Flynn is Board Chair of America’s Future and the powerhouse force in America’s fight for freedom and the preservation of our Constitutional Republic and God-given rights as citizens of this great nation.
America’s Future urges all Americans to get involved and never quit the fight for freedom. Please watch the video, heed General Flynn’s message, and get to the polls on November 8 and vote!
Pledge For Parents’ Rights On Election Day
Public trust in government is at an all-time low. Confidence in agencies like the CDC is exponentially eroding with good reason. Consider a recent vote by a CDC advisory board recommending that COVID-19 vaccines be required to attend K-12 public and private schools. The final decision is pending but it’s a sure sign of big government interfering with parental rights, particularly considering the fact that the vaccine has not yet received full approval from the FDA and we are still learning about its side effects and long-term consequences.
If the CDC does adopt the board’s recommendation to add the jab to the immunization schedule to attend school, there is hope in the states, which are not legally bound to implement the agency’s recommendations. But parents must take the reins to ensure states promulgate rules that are in the best interest of children and not just continue to rubber-stamp CDC recommendations. As time goes by, more and more facts and data about COVID-19 vaccines are being publicly disclosed and concerns related to grave risks to children (especially young boys) for myocarditis and other serious side effects have heightened.
As Americans, and especially as parents, we must take on the role of a responsible fact-finder ourselves. We owe it to our children and the future of our country to not sit idly by while bureaucrats and contractors design and implement rules and policies that undermine educational and societal progress without justification.
Our society and youth have been through enough over the duration of the so-called pandemic. Recently, America’s national report card was released and the results are shocking and dismal. In fact, based on 2022 testing of students in grades 4 and 8, only 36% of fourth graders and 26% of eighth graders are proficient in math. In reading, the scores are just as bad – only 33% of fourth graders and 31% of eighth graders are proficient.
To introduce an additional barrier to learning by way of requiring school-aged children to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in order to attend school leads us down the wrong path. America’s Future stands by parents and the fundamental right to rear their children as they choose. Parents should be the final decision-makers for their child’s education and medical care. Stay informed and get involved. On November 8th, let’s all pledge to elect national, state, and local candidates that will put parents first.
Court Quashes Overreach of DOJ Consistent With America’s Future Amicus Brief
America’s Future continues to file Amicus briefs in the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) and around the nation in various U.S. District Courts and Courts of Appeal in defense of our Constitution and to guard and protect our individual liberties. These efforts are in furtherance of our mission to fight to preserve the rights and freedoms of American citizens.
While many cases are pending, America’s Future was pleased to help score a win when the SCOTUS stopped the Biden Administration from imposing its COVID-19 vaccine mandate on two-thirds of the national workforce in the OSHA case. And, as recent as this week, the United States District Court for the Middle District of Alabama – Northern District issued an opinion consistent with our Amicus brief and granted the nonparties’ motions to quash subpoenas that exceeded the scope of discovery.
As a refresher, Amicus briefs are legal filings with courts by nonparty participants or non-litigants, termed Amicus Curiae or “friend of the court” to call the court’s attention to relevant information, insight, or additional reasoning not already brought into the case.
To keep readers informed, as of noon today (October 27, 2022), the following are summary updates regarding Amicus briefs filed by America’s Future:
1. In Duncan, et al. v Bonta, SCOTUS Dkt. No. 21-1194, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Dkt. No. 19-55376, we filed multiple Amicus briefs in support of Petitioner Virginia Duncan’s request for relief in her fight to protect our Second Amendment right to bear arms. We can report that on September 23, 2022, the Ninth Circuit vacated its earlier decision and remanded the case back to the District court (i.e. the trial court) for further proceedings in light of the SCOTUS’s June 23, 2022 ruling in New York State Rifle & Pistol Assn., Inc. v. Bruen, 597 U.S. (2022).
STATUS: On September 26, 2022, the preliminary injunction prohibiting California from enforcing the law at issue, which bans ammunition magazines over 10 rounds was continued as proper. The District Court is currently awaiting briefs from the parties addressing the constitutionality of the California law.
2. In Yukutake v Conners (formerly Yukutake v Shikada), Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Dkt No. 21-16756, which is also a Second Amendment case, we filed an Amicus brief in support of the Plaintiffs, Mr. Yukutake and Mr. Kikukawa who had been granted a summary judgment at the lower level trial court (i.e. the United States District Court for the District of Hawaii).
STATUS: We can report that on October 20, 2022, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals proposed oral arguments be held in this case in the middle of February 2023.
3. In State of Illinois, et al v. David Ferriero, United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Dkt. No. 21-5096, we filed an Amicus brief supporting the dismissal at the lower-level trial court issued regarding the State of Illinois’ recent request to certify the 1972 Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) as part of our Constitution.\
STATUS: On September 28, 2022, the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia held oral arguments. At issue is whether the dismissal of the case by the trial court Judge was properly based on procedural defects regarded by most scholars as fatal to a court action, including lack of standing to sue and “laches,” a legal doctrine known as “sitting on your rights.”
4. In Missouri v Biden, SCOTUS Dkt. No. 21-1463, we filed an Amicus brief opposing enforcement of COVID-19 vaccine mandates pursuant to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) agency-created administration regulation announced on November 5, 2021 as “immediately effective” nationwide. Our position in this case is consistent with our position opposing the OSHA vaccine mandates as bureaucratic overreach by the federal government operating beyond its scope of authority.
STATUS: On October 3, 2022, the SCOTUS denied the petition, which was filed by the following ten states: Missouri, Nebraska, Alaska, Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, New Hampshire, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming.
5. In Torcivia v Suffolk County, SCOTUS Dkt No. 21-1522, we filed an Amicus brief in defense of our Fourth Amendment right to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures.
STATUS: On October 25, 2022, the SCOTUS distributed all filings in this docket to the Justices for review and consideration. The Justices are scheduled to consider taking this case during the SCOTUS conference scheduled for November 10, 2022.
6. In 303 Creative LLC v Elenis, SCOTUS Dkt. No. 21-476, we filed an Amicus brief in support and defense of our First Amendment rights to speak freely and exercise religious beliefs without unreasonable intrusion by the government.
STATUS: On October 18, 2022, the SCOTUS scheduled oral argument in this case for December 5, 2022. For those interested in listening to the oral argument, the audio will be posted here on the same day oral arguments are heard.
7. In Cargill v Merrick B. Garland, U.S. Attorney General, et al., Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals Dkt. No. 20-51016, we filed an Amicus brief supporting the Second Amendment right to bear arms. Central to this case is whether an ATF regulation known as the “Bump Stock Rule” is constitutional considering the ATF’s conduct, including redefining the term “machinegun” to include this version of a gun.
STATUS: On September 13, 2022, an en banc panel of Circuit Judges from the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals heard argument by the parties. A decision, out of the Fifth Circuit, in this matter should be forthcoming.
8. In Timothy Moore, in his official capacity as Speaker of the North Carolina House of Representatives v Rebecca Harper, et al., SCOTUS Dkt. No. 21-1271, we filed an Amicus brief supporting the integrity of elections. In this case, North Carolina’s General Assembly revised the congressional districts within its borders only to have the state’s highest court reject the General Assembly’s redistricted map and, instead, put in place a redistricted map of its own choosing. The paradox here is that North Carolina’s judges are elected political figures yet they operate as though they are apolitical, being held out to the public as impartial and neutral decision-makers.
STATUS: On October 18, 2022, this case was scheduled for oral argument to take place on December 7, 2022. For those interested in listening to the oral argument, the audio will be posted here on the same day oral arguments are heard.
9. In Eknes-Tucker v Ivey, in her official capacity as Governor of the State of Alabama, No. 2:22-cv-00184 (2022) a.k.a. Boe v Marshall, No. 2:22-cv-00184 (2022), we filed an Amicus brief supporting nonparties’ motions to quash subpoenas issued by the USA-Department of Justice.
STATUS: On October 24, 2022, the United States District Court for the Middle District of Alabama – Northern District issued an opinion consistent with our Amicus brief and granted the nonparties’ motions to quash the subpoenas, which exceeded the scope of discovery.
There are no updates to report regarding litigation in connection with our most recent Amicus brief, i.e. Klein v Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries, SCOTUS Dkt. No. 22-204. As new information is reported by the courts, America’s Future will continue to share the results. More information regarding cases in which we have filed Amicus briefs is located on our Law & Policy page.
FBI Declares War on Parents
This is the tenth article in our series on the nation’s premier law enforcement agency, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and its self-destruction over time.
In an earlier time, parents entrusting their children to the public school system could have assumed that the teachers and administrators shared their values. Those days are long gone as the current generation of teachers and administrators has its own agenda. Actually, it’s been getting worse for 50 years. Americans once learned to read using phonics, but now are taught with the “look say” method and similar nonsense. Real math was replaced with the new math. History classes now teach that America was built on racism. Reading the Classics has been replaced by reading propaganda.
As government schools failed to educate, more and more parents shifted to homeschooling and private schools, but most of those who have stayed in the system remained passive. Parents only began to organize when they were horrified by school libraries filled with pornographic books, classes teaching “critical race theory,” girls’ rooms being visited by boys, “drag queen” shows, and now secretly encouraging young children to “transition to another sex.” Concerned parents flocked to school board meetings to speak out and have been working to replace school board members at the polls.
What’s this got to do with the FBI? A great deal. The FBI is the enforcement arm of the ruling class in America. If the ruling class wants to have teachers replace parents in raising children, they can count on the FBI to bring parents to heel — which is exactly what has happened. The pushback from the left began with Child Protective Services and the local police but has now elevated to the FBI. Consider a few illustrations that show this progression.
In Salinas, California, Jessica Konen was brought before her daughter’s principal and a teacher, and was told that her daughter was “trans fluid.” “The teacher accused Konen of not being ‘emotionally supportive’ of her daughter, who was to be called by a new name and male pronouns and would be using the unisex restroom at school.” The mother’s reaction was “I felt she completely coached my child.” A few days later, the police came to her home and told her that there had been a complaint made to Child Protective Services (CPS). The police questioned her two children as to whether they wished to be removed from Konen’s home. This all began with teachers coaching the child behind her mother’s back.
Parents in Loudoun County, Virginia, began appearing in large numbers at school board meetings after the board actively covered up the rape of a 9th-grade girl in the girls’ bathroom by a boy wearing a skirt. The schools transferred the boy to another school where he committed another sexual assault. And when the girl’s father showed up at a school board meeting to protest the “transgender bathroom” policy, he was arrested and charged by local law enforcement.
When the local authorities failed to stop the protests, the matter escalated to the national level. On September 29, 2021, the National School Boards Association sent a letter to the Biden administration, asking for federal help to control concerned parents. The letter compared parent speeches and protests at school board meetings to “domestic terrorism and hate crimes.” The following week, on cue, Attorney General Merrick Garland announced in a memo to the FBI that the FBI would respond and begin investigating the “threat” posed by the parent protestors.
Garland testified before Congress that he drafted his memo to the FBI in response to the NSBA’s letter. What he did not tell Congress, and was later uncovered, was that the NSBA’s letter was actually requested by Biden Education Secretary Miguel Cardona, to give Garland the pretext to enlist the FBI.
One mother, Stacy Langton, attacked books in the Fairfax County public school library that featured child pornography and pedophilia. On October 17, 2021, Langton and many other parents participated in a “Parents are not Terrorists” protest outside the Justice Department. At the next school board meeting on October 21, 2021, federal agents, unmarked cars and a helicopter converged on the meeting, Langton said. “This is something that is incredible in America, and it’s ridiculously un-American,” Langton said.
Called to testify before Congress, Garland tried to deny that the FBI was using antiterrorism statutes such as the Patriot Act to target parents for exercising their First Amendment rights. But FBI whistleblowers have since revealed that Garland and the FBI have targeted dozens of parents nationwide on the flimsiest of pretexts.
On the basis of the whistleblower revelation, Congressmen Jim Jordan (R-OH) and Mike Johnson (R-LA) wrote their own letter to Garland on May 11, 2022 calling him out for his false testimony and unmasking the FBI’s targeting:
[T]he FBI … interviewed a mom for allegedly telling a local school board “we are coming for you.” The complaint, which came into the FBI through the National Threat Operations Center snitch-line, alleged that the mom was a threat because she belonged to a “right wing mom’s group” known as “Moms for Liberty” and because she “is a gun owner.” When an FBI agent interviewed the mom, she told the agent that she was upset about the school board’s mask mandates and that her statement was a warning that her organization would seek to replace the school board with new members through the electoral process.
Another FBI office opened an investigation into Republican state elected officials over allegations from a state Democratic party official that the Republicans incited violence by expressing public displeasure with school districts’ vaccine mandates.
On October 17, 2022, House Judiciary Republicans sent a “preservation letter” to the White House, demanding that all communications to or from the administration relating to “terrorism” investigations of parents be preserved. The letter warned that “Committee Republicans intend to continue to pursue this serious misuse of federal law-enforcement resources, including if necessary into the 118th Congress.”
There is no guarantee that Congressional Republicans will take any meaningful action even if they win in November, but they could and they should. Congress has less authority over local Child Protective Services and local law enforcement, but it certainly can rein in the FBI. What should be the strategy: first, exposure so that even more Americans know how corrupt the FBI has become; then, attach riders to appropriations bills limiting the FBI’s authority; and, finally, develop a plan to close down the FBI once and for all within one year. (And, while we’re at it, let’s have Congress defund the corrupt Department of Education as well.)
To read the entire series of articles, please click here.
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