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The Grit Of A Nation

Newsletter | May 9, 2024

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We are watching something Americans have never seen before and hopefully never will again – a former commander-in-chief and the leader of the opposition party fighting for his life. Whether Donald J. Trump is on the campaign trail or in a courtroom, he is taking on the corruption eating away at our country. It’s almost as if he welcomes this dramatic and dangerous opportunity to make his case. And with America listening, he’s drawing more people to his cause, the cause of the underdog.

Most former U.S. Presidents retire into a life of leisure — some do charity work, others focus on their golf game. But the 45th President of the United States intends to fight until the final bell for a country he loves. It sounds nuts — that a celebrity billionaire is an underdog. It wasn’t supposed to happen that way, but he stood up for regular Americans who’d been cheated by the establishment, and all of a sudden, the people who used to knock on Trump’s door for campaign donations turned on him. They’re still hunting him but he’s outfoxing them at every turn.

We’re seeing the retelling of the American story, the story we have told ourselves and lived again and again from the founding down to the present. It’s the story of a man, a family, a nation turning what seems improbable into reality. It’s the story of the underdog who triumphs in the end.

It’s not hard to see why the “underdog” is such a crucial figure in our national story. We started as a country when a small band of farmers, merchants, and scribes rose up against tyranny to defeat what was, at the time, the world’s greatest imperial power and military force. It must have seemed outlandish and preposterous. And yet, we prevailed. Americans have made the impossible happen again and again.

George Washington was tested by adversity and overcame early failures that would have forced a lesser man to stay at home and never try again. Teddy Roosevelt was a sickly boy who, through a seemingly impossible physical and spiritual regimen, made himself hard as steel. He didn’t just survive loss and tragedy — no, rather, he defeated disappointment and despair, work that augmented his ambition and fed his appetite for greatness. Two American leaders, who like Trump, battled as underdogs do and met their challenges head-on.

And, of course, this is the material that American greatness is made of — it’s not an abstract quality bestowed on our land and citizenry by a benevolent nature. No, it’s the hard work, self-reliance, faith of our people. Our grit. A man who takes his family to the frontiers of civilization to make his fortune is, by definition, an underdog — everything is going against him, starting with the forces of wilderness itself.

There are underdogs everywhere you look in America, an army of Rocky Balboas, men and women who embody the lessons of self-reliance and, hard work and grit. They have faith in God, in our country, and in themselves. They’re your neighbors, your co-workers, your family, it’s you. What a great time to be an American.

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America Patriots - Corey A. DeAngelis

Corey A. DeAngelis is a senior fellow at the American Federation for Children and a visiting fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution. Known as the “school choice evangelist,” Corey has been described as “the most effective school choice advocate since Milton Friedman.” We recently spoke with Corey about his brand-new book, The Parent Revolution: Rescuing Your Kids from Radicals Ruining Our Schools.

You dedicate the book to Randi Weingarten, head of the American Federation of Teachers, and the teachers’ unions, whose failures have done “more to advance freedom in education than anyone could have ever imagined.” Are teachers’ unions most responsible for the collapse of our public education system?

Yes. The power-hungry teachers’ unions fight against any form of accountability whatsoever. Their primary goal is to maintain their monopoly at the expense of children and their families. Even more nefariously, they’re using the government school system to mold the minds of other people’s children in their socialist worldview.

How did the “parent revolution” start?

The control freaks at the teachers’ unions overplayed their hand by fighting to keep schools closed as long as possible. They held children’s education hostage to extract ransom payments from taxpayers. The good news is their greedy plan backfired. Families got to see the rot in our government school system through remote learning, and parents began fighting back. And parents are now winning the war the unions waged on their families.

What role does homeschooling play in school choice?

The radical Left doesn’t even need to have kids to shape the direction of America if they infiltrate the school system, indoctrinating millions of kids each year.

Homeschooling will save our country from this socialist takeover. Education savings account initiatives – like the one passed in Arizona – allow families to take their children’s taxpayer-funded education dollars to the education providers of their choosing, including private, religious, and home schools.

Homeschooling has doubled since 2019 levels, and recent school choice victories will only expand homeschooling even further. That loss of control scares the radical Left more than anything else. Good.

What kind of success are you seeing with school choice around the country?

Eleven states have passed universal school choice since 2021. We’re freeing families from the depraved clutches of the teachers’ unions once and for all because parents have awakened, like a sleeping giant, and are holding politicians accountable. For far too long in K-12 education, the only special interests represented the employees – the adults – in the system. But now, the kids have a union of their own: their parents.

What is your prayer for America?

I pray that more parents wake up and continue to fight back. They must never be bullied or silenced into submission because the fight is too important. Thankfully, many parents will never unsee the rot they’ve seen in the system. Education freedom will save the children and our country because empowering families strikes at the root of the problem. 

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

America’s Destiny Depends On You

Election interference by those seeking to destroy the greatest nation in the world is in rapid-fire mode. From the invasion of millions of illegals into the homeland to churn out votes for the Left to President Biden’s March 2021 Executive Order 14019 directing federal agencies to engage in political activity to the lawfare strategy underway against the leading Republican candidate for President and his supporters. Patriots can expect more lawlessness and nefarious interference methods into the sacred voting rights of citizens to come as the election nears – an infusion of money into select campaigns, psyops to control the narrative, greater censorship attempts on social media, media propagandists’ fake news reporting, and others.

The fate of America rests in the hands of those willing to step up, just as our forefathers did. They defied the overlords, fully aware of the consequences, and declared the birth of a new nation based on individual rights and limited government. We, too, must stand up and defend these principles, for they are the essence of our nation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government.

Our Founders showed the way. Freedom and liberty are worth the fight.  Keep these words from the Declaration of Independence in mind when fear-mongering attacks come your way. Study the U.S. Constitution to understand your rights and the principles upon which America was founded. And vote like your life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness depends on it because it does. Never surrender.

A Day Of Celebration And Appreciation
Three Kids in a field

Sunday is Mother’s Day, a day of celebration and appreciation. America’s Future joins families in celebrating mothers and the unbreakable bond of love with their children.  The sacred nature of a mother’s work — to love and protect unconditionally, to instill character and self-determination in your children, and to raise children by the golden rule to treat others as they would like to be treated makes our country great. America’s Future honors all mothers who lead the way with bravery, insight, and strength and fiercely protect our most important treasures – the children of America. Happy Mother’s Day.

Keeping You Informed

Reporting On America’s Future Amicus Briefs

The following information is the final installment of America’s Future series of status updates on over 50 amicus briefs filed by our organization since December 2021. Our legal briefs continue to be essential in the fight to safeguard America’s foundational values and evidence our pledge to protecting the survival of citizens’ rights and the Republic. We will continue to keep readers informed as to the travel of the cases and new legal filings as they occur. To access all the status updates posted thus far, please click here.

Case: Hetzel v Youngkin, SCOTUS Dkt No. 21-1084
Amicus Brief
Filing Date(s): March 9, 2022
Primary Issue(s): Whether dismissal of the case was proper when the Lee Monument was removed from land pursuant to a contract dating back 130 years.
Outcome: Contrary to the urging of America’s Future, on June 13, 2022, the SCOTUS denied the petition for a writ of certiorari, thereby affirming the judgement of the Virginia Supreme Court. 

Case: Jewel v NSA, SCOTUS, Dkt No. 21-1017
Amicus Brief
Filing Date(s): February 18, 2022
Primary Issues(s):  Whether the U.S. federal government violated the rights of its own citizens, under the First and Fourth Amendments of the Constitution, by covertly and unlawfully intercepting, copying, collecting, searching, and retaining detailed records of American citizens’ internet and cell phone usage and communications for over two decades without any authority and under the color of law.
Outcome: Contrary to the urging of America’s Future, on March 28, 2022, the SCOTUS denied the petition for a writ of certiorari, thereby affirming the judgement of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Case: NFIB v Department of Labor (DOL), SCOTUS Dkt. No. 21A244 
Amicus Brief
Filing Date(s): December 30, 2021
Primary Issue(s): Whether petitioner’s Emergency Applications for Stay of Administrative Action in connection with and against the DOL Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) regulation mandating Whether the Supreme Court should issue a stay of OSHA’s vaccine-or-testing regime for all businesses with 100 or more employees should be granted; and (2) OSHA’s mandate exceeds its statutory authority and is otherwise unlawful.
Outcome: Consistent with the urging of America’s Future, on January 13, 2022, the SCOTUS granted a stay and issued a per curium opinion and order.

Case: Ohio v Department of Labor (DOL), SCOTUS Dkt. No. 21A247
Amicus Brief
Filing Date(s): December 30, 2021
Primary Issue(s): Whether petitioner’s Emergency Applications for Stay of Administrative Action in connection with and against the DOL Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) regulation mandating Whether the Supreme Court should issue a stay of OSHA’s vaccine-or-testing regime for all businesses with 100 or more employees should be granted; and (2) OSHA’s mandate exceeds its statutory authority and is otherwise unlawful.
Outcome: Consistent with the urging of America’s Future, on January 13, 2022, the SCOTUS granted a stay and issued a per curium opinion and order.

Editor’s Note: To read all the Amicus briefs’ status updates posted thus far, please click here.

Refuse To Yield To Tyranny
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Call To Action

Redefining terms and hidden agendas are tools tyrants use to hide their dirty dealings. In this newsletter’s In Focus article, readers will find that is the case, as the current administration intends to sign on to the World Health Organization’s (WHO) “Pandemic Treaty” during meetings beginning on May 27, 2024, in Geneva, Switzerland.  The Administration has been calling the “Treaty” an “accord” in order to avoid the need for Senate ratification.

Should the United States become subject to the Treaty, it would override the sovereignty of our national, state, and local governments and reduce the freedom of Americans to make their own medical choices. And worse yet, it allows for the issuance of directives forcing medical staff and facilities around the world to participate in abortion, LGBTQ-supporting “treatment” and forced “vaccinations,” without regard to religious or other objections.

America’s Future urges our fellow Americans to read the full article below and study this pending surrender of American sovereignty to the WHO – a United Nations agency. Make your voices heard before May 27th by sending your opposition to signing the Treaty to the White House online at or call the White House comment line at 202-456-1111. It is up to We The People to send a clear message that patriots will not yield to or cooperate with tyranny.

Tools Of Tyrants

The WHO “Pandemic Treaty”

This is the twentieth 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 access previous articles, please click here.

On May 27, 2024, politicians and bureaucrats from around the world will gather in Geneva, Switzerland at the headquarters of the World Health Organization (WHO) to implement a global “Pandemic Treaty.”  If this treaty goes into effect, it will grant broad powers over matters of public health to the World Health Organization, including declaring pandemics and dictating health care responses in member countries.

The Pandemic Treaty would impose scores of directives with which member states must comply.  If the United States becomes subject to the Treaty, it would override not just the sovereignty of our national, state, and local governments but also reduce the ability of individual Americans to make their own medical choices.  Along the way, it would wipe out First Amendment protection for critics of national and international medical “experts,” and their disproven and dangerous lockdown and forced vaccination policies.  As Liberty Counsel warns, the Treaty would empower the WHO to:

  • create and internationally share “digital health” passports including test results, vaccines, medical history, and any other information the WHO demands; 
  • establish health care as a “right” for international socialized medicine;
  • elevate plants, animals, and the ecosystem as equal to human life and demand standards of control over everything from plants to pets;
  • censor information the WHO considers to be “disinformation” and/or “misinformation”;
  • allow the WHO to control access to approved medicines;
  • enforce WHO international mandates at local “community levels”;
  • allow the WHO to define and enforce “equity” in health care; 
  • force wealthy nations to finance health case in other nations; and 
  • issue directives forcing medical staff and facilities to participate in abortion, LGBTQ-supporting “treatment” and forced “vaccinations,” without regard to religious or other objections.

Imposing Tyranny Without Accountability

During our recent experience with COVID-19, government at all levels exercised power over the daily lives of Americans that courts should have deemed unconstitutional.  While a few victories in court were achieved, most judges did not want to impede policymakers from doing what they thought best to address the COVID-19 pandemic.  The nation suffered under:  mandatory vaccinations, lockdowns, curfews, compulsory facemasks, closing of “non-essential” businesses, censorship of those telling the truth about the dangers of vaccines, propaganda about “safe and effective” vaccines, hospital protocols providing for use of Remdesivir and ventilators that resulted in deaths, suppression of the story about the Wuhan lab’s involvement, etc.

Having seen how wrong government “experts” have been, tens of millions of Americans are prepared to resist whatever they may demand should the nation face another pandemic.  Yet, those same public health officials still want the power to exercise draconian powers.  The Pandemic Treaty gives them the justification to impose controls while explaining they are “just following orders” from the WHO in Geneva.

Constitutional Treaties

On May 1, 2024, all 49 Republican U.S. Senators signed a letter to President Biden asking him to withdraw administration support for the Pandemic Treaty and to submit it to the Senate for ratification before taking any step to commit the U.S. to follow it.  Under Article II, Sec. 2 of the U.S. Constitution, the President is given the power to negotiate treaties, but they have no force until they are approved by two-thirds of the Senators.  Knowing that the Senate would never approve the Pandemic Treaty, the Biden administration refuses to call it a treaty, but describes it as a “pandemic accord.”  In this way, it hopes to achieve the legal effect of a treaty while bypassing the requirement of Senate ratification.  

Destroy health freedom

The Pandemic Treaty would “permit the WHO to unilaterally determine what measures will be imposed in response to these future declared pandemics, including lockdown policies, mandatory masking, social distancing, and coercing the population into undergoing medical treatments and vaccinations.”  The treaty would “impose treatments and vaccination on individuals against their own will,” thereby restricting freedom on a global scale.

The WHO is led by Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, who was associated with the Marxist Tigrayan People’s Liberation Front, which oversaw the Ethiopian famine in the 1980s and was responsible for innumerable human rights abuses.  The Communist Chinese government was Tedros’ strongest backer when he was initially selected as WHO Director General, and he continuously covered up China’s role in creating and spreading the COVID pandemic.  Now he wants control over the world’s health systems in time for “the next pandemic.”

Destroys free speech

The Treaty would empower the WHO to declare a “public health emergency of international concern.”  As Dr. Meryl Nass warns, “Nations must ‘adjust’ their domestic legislation to comply.”  The Treaty also requires member nations to combat “misinformation” about WHO pandemic policies.  “‘[S]urveillance’ and managing misinformation are now considered ‘Core Capacities’ that all nations will have to develop,” Nass notes.

The threat to free speech resembles the recent efforts of the federal government to censor what it termed “COVID vaccine misinformation.”  The Treaty would require, worldwide, “the ‘management’ of so-called ‘infodemics,’ defined as ‘too much information, false or misleading information, in digital and physical environments during a disease outbreak’ causing ‘confusion’ as well as ‘mistrust’ in health authorities.

Undermines Sovereignty

The effort to destroy Americans’ ability to question WHO “solutions” is especially rich given how disastrously the “experts” at the WHO and at our own Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) mishandled the COVID pandemic that began in 2020.  Never mind that “[t]he WHO seriously mishandled the Covid-19 pandemic, promoting the lies of the Chinese Communist Party, lies which caused the deaths of millions.”  Who would trust these people to make decisions for anyone?  The government has no authority to yield American sovereignty to this international institution.

Opposition Forming

Interested groups and individuals opposing the treaty have formed an organization known as the Sovereignty Coalition, which points out: 

The “China Model” of lockdowns, masks and vaccine mandates and digital enforcement mechanisms was endorsed [by the WHO].  And the WHO approved the use of expensive and inadequately tested gene therapies as “vaccinations” and the suppression of readily available, effective and inexpensive treatments.  Thanks in part to such misconduct, the pandemic has resulted in the deaths of over a million Americans and many more elsewhere around the world, an untold number of whom perished needlessly.

State Level Opposition

State legislatures have also begun to preemptively push back against this surrender of our sovereignty and medical freedom.  As the Epoch Times reports, in May 2023, Florida:

enacted a package of laws to protect state residents from the “biomedical security state.  The laws prohibit residents from being forced by a business, school, or government entity to undergo testing, wear a mask, or be vaccinated for COVID-19, and it bans global organizations like the WHO from dictating health policy in the state.

On January 31, Utah Governor Spencer Cox signed legislation that prohibits “enforcement of a federal directive within the state by government officers if the Legislature determines the federal directive violates the principles of state sovereignty.”  In March 2024, the Louisiana Senate passed legislatioan providing that “[n]o rule, regulation, fee, tax, policy, or mandate of any kind of the World Health Organization, United Nations, and the World Economic Forum shall be enforced or implemented by the state of Louisiana.”  Oklahoma and Tennessee are considering similar legislation.

Federal Opposition

In 2022, Senator Ron Jodhnson (R-WI) sponsored legislation to require any pandemic agreement to undergo Senate ratification before the United States signs on.  “The WHO, along with our federal health agencies, failed miserably in its response to COVID-19.  Its failure should not be rewarded with a new international treaty that would increase its power at the expense of American sovereignty,” Johnson said.

On April 19, 2024, a group of Senators and Congressmen held a press conference on Capitol Hill to denounce the surrender of Americans’ health choice and our national sovereignty to the WHO “health police.”  Participating were:  Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) and Representatives Ralph Norman (R-SC), Bob Good (R-VA), Chris Smith (R-NJ), Andy Biggs (R-AZ), Chip Roy (R-TX), Matt Rosendale (R-MT), Paul Gosar (R-AZ), Tom Tiffany (R-WI), and Scott Perry (R-PA).  These Senators and Congressmen “denounced the Biden administration’s intention to approve these treaties that surrender U.S. sovereignty, compromise states’ rights, and undermine, if not terminate, constitutionally guaranteed freedoms.”

Call to Action

Americans opposed to surrendering American sovereignty to a United Nations agency should make their views known to the White House beginning now and certainly before May 27.  Your message can include:

  • insist that the administration rescind its support of the “Pandemic Accord”;
  • explain that American sovereignty must not be yielded to the WHO; and
  • criticize the globalist bureaucrats whose failed “health” policies created so much death and destruction during COVID.

Comments can be left on-line at:  Or, you can call the White House comment line at 202-456-1111, where, after a long delay, you can speak with a White House volunteer operator who will type out your comment and submit it anonymously.

Whatever approval is given to the Pandemic Treaty, Americans need to determine now that they will not yield to or cooperate with tyranny. As Frederick Douglas explained:  “Power concedes nothing without a demand.  It never did and it never will.”

Editor’s Note: To read the articles in this series, please click here.

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