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Newsletter | December 28, 2023

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UFC fighter Bo Nickal recently relayed a story about a golf game with two former NFL superstars and the 2024 Republican frontrunner, Donald Trump. According to Nickal, the former President hit a 150-yard approach shot right onto the green, and the fighter congratulated him. “That was clutch,” said Nickal. Trump turned to him and said, “don’t you want your president to be clutch?”

Don’t you want your country to be clutch, too?

With 2023 coming to a close, Americans understand that the coming year will be unlike any in our history. The same actors who have turned America inside out the last eight years — the intelligence services, Big Tech, the media, and Wall Street, among others — will stop at nothing to undermine our Republic and subvert democratic processes to advance their rolling coup against the constitution. Time to prepare ourselves because if we aren’t ready to stay the course, we’ll lose our country. It’s clutch time. Is Team America ready?

In fact, the momentum is going our way. The plots have failed. The lawfare operation against Trump to destroy him during election season has been exposed. The special counsel weaponized to target Trump has faced repeated setbacks. The legality of the bogus obstruction charge leveled against the 45th U.S. President, as well as hundreds of Jan 6 protestors, is going to be tested at the Supreme Court. The conspiracies have unraveled. There’s no longer any question that the censorship of Americans is run by a powerful consortium of oligarchs that want to turn America into a one-party state. The mask has dropped, and now it’s clear for all of America to see the ugliness of our elite educational institutions as professors, administrators, and students riot at campuses across the country in defense of a Palestinian terror group that killed 1200 people, including 30 Americans. Our anti-American ruling class has been exposed for what it truly is — a demonic caste determined to remake our country in its ugly, misshapen, and perverted image.

Thus, a clear-eyed reckoning shows that it was a good season for Team America. Parents stood up for their children and fought against vile ideas like critical race theory and transgender identity promoted by our deracinated and destructive elite. That’s a victory. And it’s another win when Americans turn away from legacy media and get their news from independent and alternative sources. And it’s a key indicator Team America is rising when, in spite of all the attacks, President Clutch is surging in the polls.

Stand up and give yourselves a round of applause because this last year, you were clutch, too. You met the challenges and kept fighting. Now it’s time to gird ourselves for 2024 and ring in the new year resolutely. Our freedom is on the line.

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 - Gene D'Agostino

Gene D’Agostino is the producer of the Charleston Meeting, a monthly off-the-record gathering of elected officials, journalists, business leaders, and conservative authors from around the country. Recent guests of the Charleston Meeting have included Mollie Hemingway, James Lindsay, Miranda Devine, Nancy Mace, and Roger Simon. A longtime advocate of school choice, Gene is also chair of the South Carolina Charter School Alliance.

You play an active role in local politics in the Charleston area; can you give an example of how local actions have national effects?

When Moms For Liberty turned over the school board in Charleston County, it encouraged other parents all over the nation to get involved in their kids’ education.

Before moving south, you lived in Connecticut for many years; is there a difference between local politics in these two regions?

Connecticut is a one-party state, none of the candidates I supported ever won. People get discouraged and are not engaged like down here.

Who is the most inspiring speaker you’ve hosted at the Charleston Meeting?

There have been lots of inspirational speakers. The most recent is the one that comes to mind. FBI whistleblower Steve Friend inspired us all with his courage and fearlessness.

What will be the biggest issues heading into the 2024 election season?

Weaponization of the Federal Government and immigration.

What is your prayer for America?

I pray that America can develop a sense of the transcendence – an understanding that there is something greater than us and that there are eternal truths.

Editor’s Note: To read other Speaking With American Patriots interviews, please click here.

Get The Facts – Get In The Fight
Kids on Social Media

It’s time to send a rallying cry out to parents, grandparents, and other caring adults that paying closer attention to their teenager’s use of social media is a must-do.

Pew Research released a study on December 11, finding that the majority of teens describe their use of social media as “almost constant.” According to the study, 63% of teens, ages 13 to 17 use TikTok, 60% use Snapchat, 59% use Instagram, and approximately “nine-in-ten teens say they use YouTube, making it the most widely used platform measured.”

With the constant use of social media and the proliferation of grooming and pornography occurring online, the time is now to ensure your teens are safe in the digital space.

America’s Future Get In The Fight nationwide campaigns offer training for parents and caring adults regarding online safety for pre-teens and teens.  The training program examines apps children frequently use and offers tools for communicating effectively with children about becoming a responsible digital citizen. Other training programs tailored for parents instruct about the vulnerability of children and their engagement with social media, with a deep dive into the progression of detrimental digital applications.

These learning opportunities are among several offered during Get In The Fight two-day events that have been held in Florida and Michigan since August to build a grassroots network across the country to keep children safe and help end child exploitation and trafficking. Illinois is next, with its state campaign scheduled for January 26 and 27, 2024. Several other states are in the pipeline for 2024. Please click here to learn more about Illinois’ campaign and to register. You can access the multi-state Get In The Fight information by clicking here.

Parents and guardians will always be the first line of defense for their children. And when a community steps up and takes a stand against the crisis our society faces in the war on children, online or otherwise, America wins and children stay safe.

If you or an organization you are affiliated with are interested in coordinating a Get In The Fight campaign in your state, please email Lisa MacDonald, America’s Future Director of Strategic Planning, at [email protected]. Click here to join the PDPC network and receive news and information about upcoming events and other important educational material. 

Tools Of Tyrants
How the Left Projects Its Dark Deeds onto Others

This is the first entry in our In Focus series identifying and exposing the tools that modern-day tyrants are using to thwart the will of We The People for power and control. To read the introduction to this latest series, please click here.

How many times have we seen leftists accuse Patriots of wrongdoing, only to later discover that the leftists were doing in secret exactly what they accused the Patriots of doing?

Here’s a recent illustration.  For years, high ranking officials accused President Trump of colluding with Russia to assist his 2016 campaign, thereby “stealing” the election.  After four years of investigation by the FBI and others, the Durham report demonstrated there was no evidence of coordination between the Kremlin and Trump’s campaign.  However, Americans have now learned that there actually was some Russian collusion — but the collusion was with a senior FBI official.  Former FBI Special Agent In Charge Charles McGonigal, who ran its New York counterintelligence division, was convicted of colluding with and taking payments from a Russian oligarch.

Making unfounded accusations is a useful tool for tyrants, enabling them to stay on the offensive by hyping imagined fears.  When those charges also relate to what the tyrants are themselves doing, it helps the tyrant evade scrutiny for their own behavior.  It is clearly a political technique, but it has deep roots in human nature.

Psychologists call this type of behavior “Projection” or “Defensive Projection.”  An example is “a woman wrestling with the urge to steal [who] comes to believe that her neighbors are trying to break into her home.”

Here is the key.  Once we know this behavior pattern exists, we can make use of it.  When a leftist accuses a Patriot of some nefarious deed, we can make two operating assumptions: 

  1. the charge by the leftist against the Patriot is false; and 
  2. the leftist is doing in secret what he has accused the Patriot of doing.

There is a Biblical principle involved here.  Romans 2:3 explains that those who pass judgment on others often do the same things that they accuse others of doing.  Romans 2:15 is less clear, but may explain that we often “accuse” others of the same behavior that we “excuse” in ourselves.

Literature also reveals this human characteristic.  In Shakespeare’s Hamlet, the character Gertrude famously says, “The lady doth protest too much, methinks.”  For 400 years, Shakespeare’s words discuss that when a person carries on and on about a matter, the opposite is likely to be true.

Let’s test how projection has worked by a review of recent events.

In recent months, Democrats have robotically compared Trump to Hitler.  Former Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill declared Trump was “even more dangerous” than Hitler.  Biden himself is “leaning heavily into the comparison….”  If Trump actually is Hitler to them, leftists can justify use of any anti-democratic device to achieve the greater good — to “save Democracy.”

Washington Post editor at large Robert Kagan forecast a “Trump dictatorship,” demanding Democrats “throw everything [they] can at him — pots, pans, candlesticks — in the hope of … tripping him up,” and threatening that since “Democrats … threw every legitimate weapon against Trump and still failed,” they may be forced instead to “turn instead to illegitimate, extralegal action.”  Rep. Dan Goldman (D-NY) said Trump “is destructive to our democracy, and … has to be eliminated.”

But when looking at the terrible things the Left thinks Trump will do, it’s clear the Left is projecting its own authoritarian tendencies.  Kagan threatens Trump might “invok[e] the Insurrection Act” if leftists protested a Trump victory, using the National Guard against protestors.  Is Kagan not aware of the January 6 prosecutions, where a weaponized Justice Department has jailed dozens of Americans for years, without trial, for trespassing during a political protest?  That was Biden who did that, not Trump.

CNN’s Oliver Darcy warns Trump will “weaponize government and seek retribution against the news media.”  Is Darcy not aware that the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals concluded that Biden’s administration “likely … coerced [social media] platforms … by way of intimidating messages and threats of adverse consequences …  in violation of the First Amendment”? Missouri v. Biden, 83 F.4th 350, 381-381 (5th Cir. 2023).

Kagan frets, “Will those who balked at resisting Trump when the risk was merely political oblivion suddenly discover their courage when the cost might be the ruin of oneself and one’s family?”  Has Kagan not heard of pro-life protestor Mark Houck, snagged by FBI SWAT teams in front of his panicked children for peacefully protesting Biden’s abortion policies?

Compare the FBI’s raid on Trump’s home for classified documents, an event unprecedented in American history, with the fact that Trump’s administration never sought charges against Hillary Clinton for maintaining an unsecured server in her home while Secretary of State, compromising hundreds of classified documents.  Who’s the tyrant here?

As Allysia Finley writes in the Wall Street Journal, “the portrayal of Mr. Trump as a would-be dictator is a textbook case of psychological projection….  Biden and his supporters project their own authoritarian impulses onto Mr. Trump….”

Ronald Brownstein projects that Trump “would further escalate his war on blue America [via] federal legislation that would impose policies popular in red states onto the blue states that have rejected them.”  Meanwhile, Biden has sought to force a federal takeover of state election laws, overturning many red states’ election integrity measures.  Indiana attorney general Todd Rokita rightly called Biden’s plan a “heavy-handed effort to circumvent … state sovereignty, and the will of the people.”

The Left is hyperventilating over Trump’s joking to Sean Hannity that “[N]o, no, no, other than day one.  We are closing the border and drilling, drilling, drilling.  Other than that I am not a dictator.”  “He’s saying it out loud,” Biden shrilled a week later.  Yet the real dictator has been Joe Biden — according to Biden’s own definition.

Three weeks before the 2020 election, Biden said, “I have this strange notion, we are a democracy … you can’t [legislate] by executive order unless you’re a dictator.”  It took Biden less than one week in office to become a dictator, by his standard.  He signed 37 executive orders his first week.  Barack Obama signed just five.  Trump signed four.  George W. Bush signed none.  Even the New York Times essentially accused Biden of acting illegally.

Indeed, the Supreme Court has repeatedly had to act as the only counterbalancing force against a Biden dictatorship.  As Allysia Finley writes, “With the stroke of a pen, Mr. Biden tried to cancel half a trillion dollars in student debt, ban evictions and mandate Covid vaccines—each of which the Supreme Court blocked because Congress never gave the president the authority….”

Democrats accuse a potential Trump administration of imposing the authoritarianism they themselves have imposed — although he was President for four years, and never did anything like he is now accused of planning.

When voices like Kagan call for stopping Trump’s comeback “by any means, legal or illegal,” taking “every conceivable measure … including many things that might not work,” and propose that “illegitimate, extralegal action” may be necessary, it’s time to take them at their word.

It turns out that 400 years ago Shakespeare fully understood the tactics of modern Leftists:   “The lady doth protest too much, methinks.”

Reminders and Updates

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