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Newsletter | July 20, 2023

American Patriot

It seems clear that the Justice Department is going to indict Donald Trump on charges related to January 6. We’ve seen this coming for more than two years, or ever since federal law enforcement started sweeping up Americans who gathered in Washington D.C. to protest on behalf of the candidate they supported and against obvious irregularities in counting the vote.

We make no apologies for those who broke the law that day — nor on the other hand, do we recategorize those who violated criminal statutes as domestic terrorists or white supremacists, etc. Americans accused of misdemeanors or felonies, are owed due process, their day in court and all other rights afforded to the accused as enumerated in our Constitution. Instead, Jan 6 defendants have been denied bail and speedy trials, with many locked up in pre-trial detention for months, even years. They’re political prisoners held for the crime of supporting the candidate of one of our country’s two main political parties.

The corrupt prosecutors who have been hunting Americans for simply exercising their First Amendment rights of freedom of speech and assembly have boasted for more than two years that they intended to indict the man Jan 6 defendants supported. And now it’s almost surely going to happen. The candidate who was installed in the White House has done so much damage to our constitutional order in those two-plus years that Americans who love our great country and the principles she was built on are straddling two different emotions — first is outrage, second is acceptance of what has long seemed inevitable. So much damage has been done; it was only a matter of time before America’s ruling class openly declared war on America.

So where does that leave us? Sometimes we’re dug in so deep in the trenches that we lose sight of the bigger picture. In our fight to save our country, sometimes we lack the perspective necessary to understand the nature and meaning of our struggle. So, let’s imagine what it looks like from afar. Or even better yet, let’s imagine what this America looks like to future Americans 250 years from now.

Some may wonder why it took us so long to recognize what was happening, how come we didn’t see that while we called ourselves a representative democracy — by, for, and of the people — our policies and preferences, even our leaders, were being chosen by others. They’ll wonder how come we didn’t see earlier that the vicious conspiracy of corporate and political elites, spies, Big Tech, and the media was running our country into the ground. Our progeny will wonder, how did we let it get so bad?

Then they’ll go to the next chapter in this history and see a proud, hard-working, God-fearing people, who devoted the bulk of their time and energy to their families and communities. And thank goodness they didn’t spend all their days with their nose dug into their phones, reading websites carrying dark news of the day. Our future sons and daughters will see that we trusted that national leaders had our best interests at heart and were working for the good of all Americans. But when we learned that we couldn’t trust them when we discovered that those who arrogated to themselves the power to dictate terms to a free people, we fought and didn’t stop fighting until we won. We won because we drew our resilience and courage, and wisdom from what mattered most to us — our families, communities, and our faith in God.

In the future, those Americans 250 years on will say that it was at this present moment, inspired by this outrage, when their ancestors began to fight. Dig in, brothers and sisters. America’s future is at stake.

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 - Lee Smith

Lee Smith is a journalist and author of the bestselling book about Russiagate, The Plot Against the President: The True Story of How Congressman Devin Nunes Uncovered the Biggest Political Scandal in US History. With more evidence of Biden family corruption surfacing, we spoke with him about the current state of our great country.

Sen Charles Grassley just released the FBI report showing that Joe and Hunter Biden took bribes from a Ukrainian energy company to make an investigation go away. What do these documents tell us?

The documents describe the Bidens’ corrupt activities in Ukraine, but they are much more than that: They give us further insight into what appears to be the President’s long history of using his offices to enrich himself and his family. How did a man who only ever worked in the public sector make enough money to buy so many homes and other amenities befitting a multibillionaire? Given the amount of corruption around the President, it’s not surprising he’s using his current office to further corrupt government agencies and use them to target his political opponents.

Will the Bidens be held accountable?

The Bidens will not be held accountable by Joe Biden’s Justice Department. This fact underscores the significance of the coming election. If Americans want to be able to hold our elected officials accountable, we need to make our voice heard and vote.

If the Justice Department indicts Trump on charges related to January 6, will that hurt his chances to win the Republican primaries or the national election?

No. The people in the media and the federal bureaucracy who think it will push people away from Trump misunderstand the character of the men and women who are the heart and soul of America. When things get tough, these are the people who rally behind friends and family. We already see how people are rallying behind Trump.

With all the corruption, criminality, and insanity filling our public square, how do we stay optimistic about our country?

First, I’m not sure all that we know now about the Bidens, the FBI, and DOJ is evidence that Washington is more corrupt than ever. It probably means that we have more information and insight now so we can act on it. Second, I think we’re a lucky generation, called on to fight for our country: what a blessing!

What is your prayer for America?

I pray that God gives us the strength and courage and the wisdom and good cheer to live up to this meaningful time in our country’s history. 


America’s Future Files SCOTUS Brief Against ATF in Second Amendment Litigation

Supreme Court

Today (July 20, 2023), America’s Future filed an Amicus brief with the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) in Guedes, et al. v Bureau of Alcohol, Tabacco, Firearms and Explosives, SCOTUS Dkt. 22-1222. The brief calls on the Court to reverse the judgment of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals (USCA-DC) in this case, and strike down a regulation of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) known as the “Bump Stock Rule”(Rule). Eight other nonprofits joined the filing in support of the petitioner. The SCOTUS docket in this case is located here.

As background, this case comes before SCOTUS from the USCA-DC court, which upheld ATF’s Rule, including the ATF’s new definition that any gun modified with bump stock is a machine gun, thus banned from use and possession by individuals. Essentially, the issue is that ATF jumped through statutory hoops to conjure up a whole new definition of bump stock to re-interpret the statute in a manner that contravenes ATF’s longstanding definition of bump stock and the ATF’s interpretation of the same statute.  That the ATF’s moves had to be so choreographed to get done what they wanted, it is apparent this new interpretation is deceptive and came about as a pretext or means to an end.  In reality, this unsavory tactic used by administrative agencies – in this case, the AFT – is an executive branch usurpation of the legislative branch powers.

Even more provocative, the ATF’s Rule criminalizes possession of bump stock-modified guns.  By redefining machine gun in this manner, ownership or the use of these altered guns is classified as a felony. It is the Congress that creates law.  Here, the ATF’s Rule illustrates an unscrupulous workaround that agencies employ to get the desired results that some bureaucratic group of unelected government employees and contractors demand.

The Rule came about in the aftermath of the 2017 Las Vegas outdoor concert mass shooting, which left at least 58 people dead and hundreds injured.  The shooter had altered his semi-automatic rifle using bump stocks, which enhanced the rapidity of ammunition discharge although did not change the fact that each pull of the trigger produces only one shot fired.

Our brief calls upon the SCOTUS to strike down ATF’s Rule as an unreasonable infringement of the Second Amendment and unlawful overreach by the ATF, an Executive branch agency. The petitioner’s brief to SCOTUS highlights the clear need for SCOTUS to hear this case due to a circuit split about the Rule. In fact, the petitioner wrote, “at least 30 opinions authored or joined by 57 different federal judges, totaling over 400 reported pages, have addressed the bump stock rule]”

America’s Future defends the constitutional rights of Americans.  Each American is endowed with an inalienable, God-given right to bear arms, embodied in the Bill of Rights Second Amendment. We urge SCOTUS to resolve the circuit split in favor of our Second Amendment rights.  Our brief posits that SCOTUS should reverse the USCA-DC and strike the ATF’s bump stock rule as an unconstitutional infringement of our Second Amendment rights.

Editor’s Note: To read all of our Amicus briefs, please visit our Law & Policy page.


Americans are waking up to the shocking reality that this nation – every state and every community – must face and fight the war on children. It is time to answer the call to help end child exploitation and trafficking. It starts with awareness and education. America’s Future urges citizens across the country to rally to the call, get involved, and increase their knowledge on how to prevent and stop the suffering and pain of our precious children who are in harm’s way.

To help lead in this effort, America’s Future has established its Get In The Fight nationwide campaign as part of its Project Defend & Protect Our Children (PDPC) program and will kick off its first summit and series of training programs for parents and professionals in the State of Florida on August 17, 2023, in Sarasota.

Please join America’s Future Board Chair, General Mike Flynn, and our entire team at the event. Register now for the GET IN THE FIGHT – Florida Summit and sign-up for one or more of the series of training programs for parents and professionals scheduled through the fall. The summit and training programs are all being held at the Sarasota Fairgrounds, located at 3000 Ringling Blvd.

The summit features award-winning, investigative journalist Lara Logan, America’s Future Board Director and member of the PDPC Advisory Board as moderator. Panelists include other Advisory Board members Tara Lee Rodas, HHS whistleblower who exposed government-sponsored, taxpayer-funded child trafficking at the southern border, Bazzel Baz, founder and president of the Association for the Recovery of Children (ARC), Tina Baz, ARC Human Trafficking Program Director, and Silvia Almond, President of S.O.A.P. (Save Our Adolescents From Prostitution).

A post-summit networking opportunity is also planned for attendees to have a chance to ask questions and gain more knowledge from other experts in the prevention, rescue, and recovery of victims with our PDPC advisors, Liz Crokin, investigative journalist, author, and producer, Lynze Piper-Loomis, overcomer and author of I Am Silent No More, Mike Smith, film producer and director of Out of Shadows, Brian Gamble, CIO of O’Keefe Media Group, and Attorneys Ben Moore, Alicia Kutzer, and William “Bill” J. Olson.

If you or an organization you are affiliated with is interested in coordinating a Get In The Fight campaign in your state, please email Lisa MacDonald, Director of Strategic Planning and Development, at [email protected].

Defund The Federal Beast

Ending Pork Barrel Spending By Ending Earmarks

This is the thirteenth 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

Article I of the U.S. Constitution lists Congress’s enumerated powers, and then concludes with a final provision specifying that Congress has the power:

To make all Laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into Execution the foregoing Powers, and all other Powers vested by this Constitution in the Government of the United States, or in any Department or Officer thereof.  [Article I, Sec. 8, cl. 18.]

This clause generally is interpreted to enhance Congress’s authority to include implied powers incidental to exercising its enumerated powers.  In McCulloch v. Maryland, 17 U.S. 316 (1819), the Supreme Court relied on this Clause to uphold the power of the federal government to create a national bank — the First Bank of the United States — without an express constitutional grant of power to do so.  

However, there is reason to believe that the “Necessary and Proper Clause” had another, quite different purpose — to limit the power of Congress to only enact those laws which met the twin tests of being both (i) necessary and (ii) proper.  How much Congressional spending would pass such a test?  

In addition to appropriating funds to keep the departments and agencies of government operational, Congress spends a great amount of money to fund “earmarks” for special projects requested by individual Congressmen.  The examples are too numerous to list, but here are a few, compiled by Citizens Against Government Waste: 

  • $3 million for aquariums in Massachusetts; 
  • $61 million to combat “underwater pests”; 
  • $7 million for the Jimmy Carter presidential library; 
  • $6 million for the Ulysses. S. Grant presidential library; 
  • $828,000 for a Federal Emergency Management Agency operations center in Monte Vista, Colorado (population 4,194);  
  • $500,000 for the Birthplace of Country Music Preservation Project in Bristol, Virginia;
  • $500,000 for the Bethlehem Museum in Pennsylvania; and
  • $99,000,000 for a physical fitness center annex at Fort Wainwright in Fairbanks, Alaska.

In a country running an annual deficit north of $1.3 trillion, and with a national debt of over $32 trillion, how many of these earmarks for spending could be said to be both Necessary AND Proper?

In a 2021 Politico/Morning Consult poll, Americans opposed earmarks by a 43% to 19% margin — but the results might be different if the persons surveyed were told the spending would occur in their district.

The great Noah Webster — whose name has become immortalized as the father of Webster’s dictionary — warned:

if the citizens neglect their duty and place unprincipled men in office, the government will soon be corrupted; laws will be made … for selfish or local purposes …  the public revenues will be squandered on unworthy men; and the rights of the citizens will be violated or disregarded.  [Emphasis added.]

By any standard, America has more than its share of unprincipled men in office, and her revenues are being squandered by those unworthy men who are bankrupting the country — while finding ways to enrich themselves.  Earmarks are one of the most egregious ways that Congress robs the public fisc. 

Everything that Americans hate about Congress is encapsulated in earmarking.  When one thinks of “the swamp,” or “pork barrel spending” or “waste and abuse,” earmarks are the most glaring example.  In reality, earmarks are the ultimate quid pro quo, “you scratch my back, I’ll scratch yours.”  Senators and representatives earmark specific funds for specific projects in their districts, and attach them to Continuing Resolutions or bills that may have nothing to do with the project that must be passed — that “everyone has to vote for.”  That technique allows members to decry “pork barrel spending” while still getting their share of the pig.

Since there is little public scrutiny of earmarks, they can be used for disturbing purposes.

Rep. Alan Mollohan (D-WV) poured hundreds of millions of dollars in earmarks into his district.  Some of those millions were directed towards West Virginian non-profits that he helped start and that are run by his former staff, while millions more federal dollars were directed to his landowner partner, CEO Dale R. McBride of FMW Composite Systems Inc.  Ironically, or for this Congress maybe appropriately, while Mollohan was benefiting unscrupulously by hiding massive real estate assets and financial transactions, he was the ranking member on the House Ethics Committee. 

In 2010, Republicans banned earmarks when they won control of the House in the Tea Party wave that year.  But Democrats brought earmarks back when they took both houses of Congress in 2020.  Infuriatingly to advocates of limited government, House Republicans joined Democrats — in a secret ballot — to bring back the practice in 2021.

Even now, the number of Republicans who oppose earmarks is tiny.  On March 17, 2021, 28 House Republicans led by Rep. Chip Roy (R-TX) sent a letter to Nancy Pelosi pledging not to request earmarks for their districts.  Out of 215 Republicans, only 13 percent signed the letter.  In fact, under the GOP House majority, House Republicans received far more earmarks than Democrats.  “Democrats requested 279 projects and were given a total of $246 million for them. Republicans, on the other hand, sought fewer projects — 256 — but were given a whopping $706.43 million for theirs.”

“No Republican should be for earmarks,” said Congressman Bob Good (R-VA). “Earmarks is a way to buy votes, earmarks simply is buying votes, and no Republican should do that.”  While no member of Congress should ask for earmarks, as Noah Webster warned — when unprincipled men are in office, public revenues will be squandered.

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

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