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Renewing Our Founders’ Demand For Independence

Newsletter | June 29, 2023

Statue of Liberty with Fireworks

Independence Day is upon us. There is no better time to return to the Declaration of Independence announcing our freedom 243 years ago than now. Highlighting this founding document is a crucial part of our ongoing effort to educate our fellow Americans and an opportunity to reflect upon our history, beginning with the Founders’ revolutionary ideas and the costly sacrifices they made to realize them.

Our forefathers meant for us to visit them through the records they left us of their thoughts in hopeful and troubled times alike. They wanted us to speak with them, to bring them our questions and concerns, and to hear them, so we might find wisdom and guidance in our own time in order to preserve the liberty they won, not just for themselves, but for all who followed them — like us, more than two centuries later.

We know the Declaration nearly by heart, but poring through the text closely again, line by line, it is astonishing to realize how much of it applies to our present predicament. 

Here, for instance, is a line that can’t help but resonate with us now, ringing clear as the Liberty Bell through the ages: “The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States.” Substitute American President for King of Great Britain, and you’ll see that the Founders’ description is as relevant as ever. 

Rereading the revolutionaries’ complaints against the British crown, we found numerous parallels to the present and our repeated entreaties to the chief executive at the head of the current administration. Here are a few, edited for brevity:

  • He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.

  • He has obstructed the Administration of Justice.

  • He has erected a multitude of New Offices and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people.

  • He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation: For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent; For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury.

  • He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us and has endeavored to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers.

  • In every stage of these Oppressions, We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

Taken together, we, as freeborn citizens who have inherited the legacy of the Founders whose vital blood courses through us, renew our forefathers’ demand for independence and thus rebel against tyranny.

Because of the government’s corruption, reaching as high as the first family; because of government censorship and the indoctrination of our children; because the government opened our border to criminals, cartels, and terrorists; because of foreign policy that threatens our peace; because of economic policy that threatens our prosperity; because of soft policies on crime that threaten our lives; because of secret intelligence agencies that threaten our freedom; and the pathologically perverted policies endorsing drug abuse, abortion, communism, pornography and pedophilia that threaten our souls; because of all these and more, We the People demand our independence.

And we shall have it, this July 4th and onwards. The American people are dug in — this is our country and our inheritance. Our independence will not be denied.

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 - Mike Benz

Mike Benz is Executive Director of the Foundation for Freedom Online, an organization championing digital freedom around the world in the public sector. He served in the State Department under the Donald Trump administration, where he worked on U.S. foreign policy, international communications, and information technology. Today he is one of the leading voices in the fight to defend freedom of speech, freedom of expression, and the free exchange of ideas online. His analysis and research continue to inform those fighting censorship, through congressional investigations, lawsuits, and press reports. We asked Mike recently about how censorship affects Americans.

Can the internet still be the public square designed to enhance our freedom and knowledge that we dreamed of decades ago?

Yes. The only thing stopping that dream is the censorship industry.

Can you recommend a few media sites that you trust to provide reliable information?

Foundation for Freedom Online, Reclaim The Net, Revolver News, The Grayzone.

How concerned should ordinary social media users be that they, too, are being censored?

Beyond concerned – they should be 100% assured it’s happening.

What evidence have you seen of censorship/interference in the upcoming 2024 election?

First, there’s $40 million in censorship funding from the National Science Foundation, with more than fifty universities now on board as election censorship mercenary groups.

Then let’s talk about what I refer to as the Transatlantic Flank Attack from Europe. It describes how the U.S. foreign policy shadow state works with transatlantic partners to have them censor social media users first so the U.S. can follow. It’s how U.S. officials get around the first amendment. They’re somewhat limited in their ability to force social media platforms to censor Americans, so this is the workaround. In 2017, for instance, U.S. State Department officials persuaded European regulators to be more brutal with their censorship regimes. If Europe did it, that would force changes in U.S. tech platforms, too, and make it look like the U.S. was just catching up.

Now we’re seeing new EU regulations starting to come into effect that are directed primarily at Twitter. The thinking is that they can contain Elon Musk in the U.S. by deploying these regulations in Europe. Twitter will comply rather than forfeit access to all of Europe, which Twitter sees as an existential threat to itself.

Then there’s the Election Integrity Partnership, with a whole-of-society approach to censorship, consisting of civil society organizations, the Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensic Research Lab; academia, the Stanford Internet Observatory and the University of Washington Center for an Informed Public; and Graphika, a private Beltway outfit founded and staffed in part by retired CIA officials. EIP was really at the heart of the censorship campaign for the 2020 elections, but this time out, they have problems. Because of their past work, they’re under intense scrutiny from lawsuits and congressional investigations, so they’ll be involved again, but the censorship consortium will not depend on them specifically this election, as they did last time. Now they are just part of a large network, which is much bigger than it was in 2020.

What is your prayer for America?

The Internet was once our proudest beacon of freedom for the rest of the world. It can be once again. But it will take a unified front to accomplish that. My prayer is for that unified front.


Mobilizing A Nation To End The War On Children – GET IN THE FIGHT

“We’re coming after you,” proclaimed Florida’s Polk County Sheriff, Grady Judd, at a news conference he held on June 1, 2023, announcing his department’s arrest of eight men facing 1,280 felony charges for crimes against children, including “thousands of photos and videos depicting babies, toddlers, and children being sexually battered, forced to engage in sex acts, or displayed in sexually explicit poses.”

The “monsters” as he refers to them are not only in Florida but across the country, in neighborhoods, in businesses, in schools, in organizations…everywhere. And, as hard as it may be to listen to the press event and hear the despicable descriptions of criminal conduct, we must. Awareness is the first step in taking action to rid our nation and society of this war on children.

America’s Future is taking a lead in helping to raise awareness and educate the citizenry about child exploitation and trafficking with its Get In The Fight nationwide campaign. The campaign is part of its Project Defend & Protect Our Children (PDPC) initiative and will kick off in the State of Florida on August 17, 2023, in Sarasota, with a summit from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM, featuring General Mike Flynn, America’s Future Board Chair, and Award-Winning, Investigative Journalist Lara Logan, America’s Future Board Director and member of the PDPC Advisory Board. It will be held at the Sarasota Fairgrounds Potter Building, 3000 Ringling Blvd, Sarasota, FL 34237.

The Florida State Summit 2023 will be followed by a series of training programs for parents and professionals scheduled through the fall. To learn more about the summit, training programs, and dates, and to register, visit GET IN THE FIGHT – Florida Summit. If your organization is interested in learning more about organizing a Get In The Fight campaign in your state, please email Lisa MacDonald, Director of Strategic Planning and Development, at [email protected].


SCOTUS Strikes Down Affirmative Action In Landmark Decision

Scales of Justice Statue

As of today (June 29, 2023), the use of racial preferences by colleges and universities as a component of their admissions process, known as Affirmative Action, is prohibited.  The landmark decision, released by the Supreme Court (SCOTUS), was published in a 228-page opinion that resolves two companion cases, both brought by “Students for Fair Admissions (SFFA),” a nonprofit organization, regarding the constitutionality of Affirmative Action.

One of the two cases, SFFA v University of North Carolina (UNC), SCOUTUS Dkt No. 21-707, requested the Court completely ban the use of Affirmative Action by colleges during the admissions process, arguing that race-based preferences are unconstitutional violations of the Equal Protection Clause. The other case, SFFA v Harvard, Dkt. No. 20-1199, focused on whether Title VI of the Civil Rights Act violates the constitutional rights of Asian-American and certain other minority populations who are penalized by race-based admissions policies that only favor some minority populations.

Pleading with the court to overturn its 20-year-old ruling in Grutter v Bollinger (2003), the plaintiff in the cases argued that colleges and universities should be prohibited from infusing race-based preferences into their admissions practices, declaring on its website, “a student’s race and ethnicity should not be factors that either harm or help that student to gain admission to a competitive university.”

Persuaded by the well-reasoned arguments brought forth by the plaintiff, the Court reversed its 2003 ruling and, at the end of the day, fairness and equality won out.  Race-based preferences that provide advantages to one group over another based on skin tone or ethnic identity inherently violate Equal Protection and undermine everything America has stood for since its founding.

Writing for the majority, the words of Chief Justice John Roberts speak to the essence of today’s landmark ruling,

Because [the] admissions programs [of colleges and universities] lack sufficiently focused and measurable objectives warranting the use of race, unavoidably employ race in a negative manner, involve racial stereotyping, and lack meaningful end points, those admissions programs cannot be reconciled with the guarantees of the Equal Protection Clause…Many universities have for too long wrongly concluded that the touchstone of an individual’s identity is not challenges bested, skills built, or lessons learned, but the color of their skin. This Nation’s constitutional history does not tolerate that choice.

We, at America’s Future, applaud the Court’s decisive and principled action in overruling an aged case that never squared with the American truth penned by Thomas Jefferson that we hold to be self-evident – “that all men are created equal.”

Editor’s Note: To stay informed about the other SCOTUS decisions in the October Term 2022, including rulings up to today (June 29, 2023) at the time of this writing, please click here.

Defund The Federal Beast

Using The Holman Rule to Defund Leftist Programs and Rogue Bureaucrats

This is the tenth 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.

One of the many benefits of the members of The House Freedom Caucus having challenged Kevin McCarthy for Speaker was incorporating The Holman Rule into the House Rules for the 118th Congress (2023-2025).  Very few have heard of The Holman rule, and even fewer could explain what it is, but this Rule could prove to be one of the most useful tools for House Republicans to defund terrible government programs and personnel.

Relying on The Holman Rule, Representatives Matt Gaetz (R-FL) and Marjorie Taylor-Greene (R-GA) have proposed cutting the salary of ATF director Steve Dettelbach — a particularly dangerous Biden Administration official who has been waging a war against gun owners and gun dealers in every way he can.  The Holman Rule, named after Congressman William S. Holman of Indiana, originated in 1876 and gives a powerful tool to accomplish this and many other Conservative objectives.

In Congress, there is natural rivalry between the authorizing committees, which write the laws implemented by government agencies, and appropriating committees which determine how much money bureaucrats are given to spend.  Appropriations bills determine how much money departments may spend, but ordinarily, they may not change the statutory scheme for the departments and agencies being funded.

Under The Holman Rule, however, appropriations bills may include “germane provisions that retrench expenditures by the reduction of amounts of money covered by the bill.”  In other words, an appropriations bill may make changes in law to defund a particular program or even a particular employee.  There are some limits to this Rule.  For example, not just any program or government official can be defunded — it must be related (i.e., germane) to the appropriations bill.  Since rules have been interpreted over the years by the House and its House parliamentarians, exactly what those limits are is a complex issue.

The Holman Rule was first in effect for a period at the end of the 19th Century, and for a while at the beginning of the 20th Century, but fell into disuse.  It was revived by the Republicans in the 115th Congress (2017-2019), dropped by the Democrats in the 116th and 117th Congresses (2019-2023), but now has been reinstated by the Republicans for the 118th Congress (2023-2025).

Generally, The Holman Rule is supported by conservatives who want to cut spending for particularly bad programs and bureaucrats and is opposed by liberals who never seem to have a problem with spending and always want to protect bureaucrats from accountability.  Former Speaker Tip O’Neill opposed The Rule to prevent spending cuts proposed by Republicans and conservative Democrats.  Speaker Nancy Pelosi opposed The Rule when Democrats took charge in 2019 “because conservatives had held it over past Republican speakers as a threat.”

The federal employee unions hate The Holman Rule. “It takes the power and authority away from the President’s Cabinet secretaries and administrators to determine how to run agencies, and gives it solely to a member of Congress,” said J. David Cox, president of the American Federation of Government Employees.  “It’s a dangerous rule, it’s a reckless rule….”  In opposing the Rule, Cox inadvertently explained why The Holman Rule is needed when he argued that it strips power from our unelected, unaccountable bureaucracy.

Since federal employees oppose the Rule, Congressmen representing areas around the D.C. Swamp oppose it.  Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-VA) calls The Holman Rule “a backdoor way for MAGA Republicans to dismantle the federal workforce and carry out political vendettas at the expense of career civil servants…House Democrats will stand up for our brave, professional and experienced federal employees,” he said.  Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA) called it a “House Republican effort[] to vilify and punish hardworking federal civil servantsfor doing their jobs.”  Rep. John Sarbanes (D-MD) called it an “assault on our nation’s civil servants.” 

Nine hard-left representatives from the Washington metro area, including January 6 Committee fraudster Jamie Raskin (D-MD), called the Rule a tool of “the extreme right wing” and the “hard right MAGA fringe.” 

The Rule has already been suggested for use to achieve these important objectives:

Consider other ways The Holman Rule could be used:

  • to defund Biden’s new 87,000 IRS agents.
  • to defund prosecution of January 6 protestors.
  • to reduce to $1 the salaries of deadbeat Cabinet members such as Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.
  • to cut federal funding for divisive and hateful programs masquerading under the label of “diversity, equity and inclusion.” 
  • to cut federal government collaboration with Big Tech companies to suppress conservative speech and promote leftist ideology.

The Holman Rule’s most prominent Congressional proponent, Rep. Morgan Griffith (R-VA) has explained that Republicans can use The Holman Rule like a rifle rather than a shotgun.  The federal budget is a target-rich environment, and Republicans have a very useful weapon in The Holman Rule.  As always, the question is, will House Republicans have the courage and character to use it?

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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