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The Irrepressible American

Newsletter | June 6, 2024

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The American citizens who sniffed out the dirty dealings of tyranny at the doorsteps in 2016 and refused to stop pushing for the truth and speaking out amid the collusion of the political-media-corporate ruling class represent the best of the best of what our Founders envisioned for a free nation.

These are the irrepressible Americans. They refuse to be silenced and bullied. They bleed “red, white, and blue” for love of country, liberty, and self-determination. Their hearts swell with pride at the sound of the Star-Spangled Banner. They salute the U.S. Flag wherever it flies, and they thank God for the privilege of being an American.

It was Thomas Jefferson, our third President, who warned that with freedom comes duty. “All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent,” wrote the author of the Declaration of Independence.

People of good conscience are the irrepressible Americans who live their lives according to Judeo-Christian values – the historic principles of American culture – that life is valuable in and of itself, that family matters the most, that God-given rights shall not be denied, that truth will prevail, and that freedom must be protected.

In today’s America, the people of good conscience include individuals like former Congressman Devin Nunes, who first exposed one of the greatest crimes in U.S. history, Russigate; Tara Lee Rodas, who fearlessly testified to Congress that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services was knowingly facilitating the trafficking of migrant children at the southern border; Mark Houck, persecuted for defending his 12-year-old son from abortion activists and was hounded by an FBI SWAT team that drew guns on his wife and children; the victims of Jeffery Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell, who never gave up the battle so others would not be victimized by the criminal duo; Leah McGhee, who defended her teenage son after his suspension from school for using the phrase “illegal alien.” These are a few of the growing list of Americans who stand up for what is right and good and refuse to be silenced.

Patriots are awakening, raising their voices, and heeding the lesson of Jefferson – to be silent is to invite tyranny. The last four years have been living proof that freedom is fragile.

But the fact remains that more voices are needed. The fate of our nation now rests on the shoulders of freedom-loving patriots — citizens repulsed by lawfare tactics that target Americans for their religion and beliefs, by the corruption of our once respected institutions, by political persecution and an unjust legal system. It is our duty to stand up against these tyrannical injustices as our Founders did and be people of good conscience.

This generation – our generation – can’t be the one that fails to defend our independence, self-determination, and liberty and pass it down to our children and grandchildren. The choice is ours. We know their playbook. The battlelines are dawn. Join the ranks of the irrepressible good Americans. Step up, stand up, and speak up.

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America Patriots - Peter Theroux

Peter Theroux served in the U.S. government for over twenty years as an intelligence officer focusing on terrorism and the Middle East and was awarded the Career Intelligence Medal on retirement. Peter is also a writer and has just published In Obscura, a memoir describing what CIA officers do all day, whether at Langley headquarters, war zones, black sites, or on rotation at the White House. He is the author of Sandstorms: Days and Nights in Arabia, Translating LA, and The Strange Disappearance of Imam Moussa Sadr. He is also America’s leading translator of Arabic literature, including Children of the Alley by Nobel laureate Naguib Mahfouz and the Cities of Salt trilogy by Abdelrahman Munif.

Peter is also a pillar of America’s most famous literary family, including his brothers, novelists Paul and Alexander Theroux, and nephew Justin Theroux, the screenwriter and actor. We spoke with Peter recently to get his insight on the CIA, US national security, and Arabic literature.

What was the most interesting work — important and/or unusual — you did at the CIA?

It came towards the end of my career. It was counterterrorism work against a sensitive Iranian target and was easy because, in the U.S. government, we are blessed with incredible resources: human intelligence networks, satellites, mind-blowing open-source collection, and more. All it takes is the political will.

Was John Brennan a bad CIA director?

In his memoir, entitled Undaunted—a good description of what a reader has to be to read Brennan’s book to the end—Brennan spits nails at President Trump, the CIA’s Directorate of Operations, and various Beltway rivals. He does not have an unkind word for Iran or Hezbollah. Is it a coincidence that we did not have a single counterterrorism success during his tenure? That’s my long way of saying yes.

What foreign power — nation-state or terrorist organization — constitutes the biggest threat to U.S. national security, at home and abroad?

Photo finish between China and Iran. Imagine an evil planetary model with Iran at its center and with day, night, and tidal movements determined by Beijing and Moscow and orbited by moons named Hezbollah, PIJ, Hamas, Houthis, the Assad Dynasty, and Iraqi Stooges. And maybe a mysterious, eccentric little moon known as Obama/Biden.

What is the one Arabic-language book Americans should read?

Children of the Alley by Naguib Mahfouz. It’s a modern retelling of holy scriptures and so full of wit and humanity—it could only have come out of Egypt. OK, OK, I did the English translation, but still.
 
What is your prayer for America?

My prayer for individual Americans, and every person, comes from one of the old Syrian church fathers: “You dream of controlling a great empire? Rule over yourself.” It’s consistent with Margaret Thatcher’s point that there is no such thing as society, there is just each of us.

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

America’s Future Files Brief Supporting Second Amendment Rights
Courtroom Gavel with Scales of Justice

On June 4, 2024, America’s Future submitted an Amicus brief to the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in Nguyen, et al. v Bonta, Dkt. No. 24-2036.  In this Second Amendment case, our brief urges the Ninth Circuit to affirm the judgment of the federal district trial court striking down California Penal Code sections 27535 and 27540(f) as constitutionally impermissible and void for violating the right to keep and bear arms, as protected by the Second Amendment.

In this case, in October 2019, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed SB 61, extending the 1999 one handgun per person limit to one firearm per month. Thus, SB 61 amended California Penal Code § 27535(a) to read: “A person shall not make an application to purchase more than one firearm within any 30-day period.”  Often referred to as California’s “one gun a month” law (OGM law), the law not only regulates gun access and possession by citizens, but it also criminalizes conduct closely tethered to Second Amendment protections.

Plaintiffs-appellees filed suit seeking injunctive relief to prevent enforcement of the law, arguing that the law is constitutionally impermissible when tested against Second Amendment rights.

At the district court, the plaintiffs-appellees prevailed, and a permanent injunction against California was granted, prohibiting enforcement of the law.  Aggrieved by the injunction, California applied for an emergency stay of the injunction until the appeal process played out. The Ninth Circuit granted the stay and accepted jurisdiction of the case.

The legal framework for resolving Second Amendment challenges to state gun statutes was settled two years ago by the Supreme Court (SCOTUS) in the landmark ruling, New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. Bruen, 597 U.S 1 (2022).

In Bruen, the SCOTUS considered the “two-step” approach that appellate courts have applied to this type of case. The first step determined whether the challenged statute regulates conduct protected by the Second Amendment, as originally understood, by analyzing the text and history of the Second Amendment. Then, step two determined whether a challenged statute that fell within the scope of Second Amendment protections was, nonetheless, justified. After explaining how lower courts apply this two-step approach, Justice Thomas, writing for the majority in Bruen, rebuked the second step, stating, 

The Courts of Appeals have developed a “two-step” framework for analyzing Second Amendment challenges that combines history with means-end scrutiny. The Court rejects that two-part approach as having one step too many.

The holding in Bruen mandates all lower courts to decide these cases with strict adherence to the intent of our Framers and the text of our Constitution, explaining,

When the Second Amendment’s plain text covers an individual’s conduct, the Constitution presumptively protects that conduct. The government must then justify its regulation by demonstrating that it is consistent with the Nation’s historical tradition of firearm regulation. Only then may a court conclude that the individual’s conduct falls outside the Second Amendment’s ‘unqualified command’

In this case, the district court correctly determined that the text of the Second Amendment protects the conduct criminalized by California OGM law.  The Framers would agree. Our brief includes a deep-dive examination into our Framers intent and purpose for enshrining the Second Amendment, stating,

The Framers of the Second Amendment reflected the concerns of the People that the day would come when those in government would be tempted to abuse the People they were supposed to serve, through the exercise of powers with which they were never entrusted.

When a government exercises “arbitrary” power over the People, it begins to fear that it could provoke the People to withdraw their consent — to resist.   Rather than seeking to respect and serve the People, it looks to find ways to weaken their ability to resist arbitrary exercises of governmental power. To protect the People against such a day when governments would be tempted to deny arms to the People, our Framers expressly wrote into our Constitution a recognition of a God-given right to self defense only two years after the Constitution was ratified.

America’s Future urges the Ninth Circuit to affirm the district court judgement and permanent injunction consistent with Bruen. Oral argument in this case is scheduled for August 14, 2024.

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

Today is D-Day – 80 Years Ago
D-Day

The liberation of Europe began 80 years ago today, June 6, 1944. It was the turning point for World War II as Allied forces began landing in Northern France to battle for global freedom. It was D-Day, considered one of the greatest feats in military history, when 156,115 Allied troops, including 73,000 American soldiers, landed in Normandy by land, air, and sea, stretching out over a 50-mile shoreline tract.

The Allied invasion was executed under the code name Operation Overlord with five sectors of the coast targeted for landing, given the code names Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno, and Sword, to liberate France and the rest of Europe from Hitler and the Nazis.

Success was achieved by precise planning and the brave execution of aerial attacks, naval landings, and other military maneuvers, which culminated in the Allied forces establishing a critical position in Northern France and opening the gateway to Germany.  The Allied forces were in command by June 30, 1944, twenty-four days into the effort. The Battle of Normandy was not considered complete until August 19, 1944, the day the Allied forces crossed the River Seine.

At the 40th anniversary at Pointe du Hoc in Normandy, then-U.S. President Ronald Reagan gave powerful remarks to an audience that included many D-day veterans. He said, 

You all knew that some things are worth dying for. One’s country is worth dying for, and democracy is worth dying for, because it’s the most deeply honorable form of government ever devised by man. All of you loved liberty. All of you were willing to fight tyranny, and you knew the people of your countries were behind you.

Join America’s Future in remembering D-Day and always honoring the brave and courageous military heroes over generations for their faithful service, patriotism, protection, and sacrifice.

Editor’s Notes: Please click here for D-Day: The Beaches., a fact sheet published by the U.S. Department of Defense.

Keeping You Informed

SCOTUS Issues Contract Law Rulings; America Awaits Blockbusters

Today (June 6, 2024) the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) kicked off its final month of the October Term 2023 by resolving three out of roughly 40 cases remaining on its docket.  The nation awaits decisions in many high-profile cases.  Cases concerning presidential immunity, the up charging of the Jan 6 defendants, state powers related to invasions, immigration and self-defense, government censorship by proxy, etc.  To stay informed about all of the SCOTUS decisions issued during this term and throughout the month of June, click here. To access the SCOTUS website for more information, please visit www.supremecourt.gov.

Today’s three rulings published by SCOTUS are summarized below.

Becerra v. San Carlos Apache Tribe (23-250)
ISSUE: Whether the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act (ISDA) requires the Indian Health Service (IHS) to pay the contract support costs that a tribe incurs when it collects and spends program income—i.e., revenue from third-party payers like Medicare, Medicaid, and private insurers—to further the functions, services, activities, and programs transferred to it from IHS in a self-determination contract?
RULING: Yes.  The ISDA requires IHS to pay the contract support costs that a tribe incurs when it collects and spends program income—i.e., revenue from third-party payers like Medicare, Medicaid, and private insurers – The judgment of The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit is affirmed.
LINK TO OPINION: https://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/23pdf/23-250_2dp3.pdf

Connelly v. United States (23-146)
ISSUE: Whether a corporation’s contractual obligation to redeem shares is a liability that reduces a corporation’s value for purposes of the federal estate tax.
RULING: It depends. A corporation’s contractual obligation to redeem shares is not necessarily a liability that reduces a corporation’s value for purposes of the federal estate tax– The judgment of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit is affirmed.
LINK TO OPINION: https://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/23pdf/23-146_i42j.pdf 

Truck Insurance Exchange v. Kaiser Gypsum Co. (22-1079)
ISSUE: Whether an insurer with financial responsibility for bankruptcy claims is a “party in interest” that “may raise and may appear and be heard on any issue” in a Chapter 11 case.
RULING: Yes. An insurer with financial responsibility for bankruptcy claims is a “party in interest” under 11 U. S. C. §1109(b) that “may raise and may appear and be heard on any issue” in a Chapter 11 case – The judgment of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit is reversed and the case is remanded with instructions.
LINK TO OPINION: https://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/23pdf/22-1079_868c.pdf 

Editor’s Note: To read all the SCOTUS October Term 2023 Decisions updates, please click here.

Tools Of Tyrants
Undermining the Family

This is the twenty-fourth 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.

Stable families — ideally consisting of a father and a mother working together to nurture and educate their children — is God’s template for a successful, free society.  Governments that respect the freedoms of their people seek to uphold and encourage stable families.  On the other hand, if there is one characteristic common to all tyrannies, it is implementing policies to weaken the family.  The reason is obvious:  the family provides a check on the power of the state.

Family Friendly Politicians

Today, many of our politicians tell us they are family friendly, but then implement policies that undermine the family.  In 1969, California Governor Ronald Reagan signed the nation’s first no-fault divorce bill.  That law allowed divorces to be processed routinely by courts without the need to find any wrongdoing to justify a divorce.  The trend swept the country, and divorces skyrocketed.  Reagan later admitted that this was one of the biggest mistakes of his political life.  It is speculated he supported it because his first wife, Jane Wyman, had unfairly accused him of “mental cruelty” to obtain a divorce in 1948.  Although we are told the personal lives of politicians do not matter, it is clear that their lived experiences can alter their political behavior.

Family as the Foundation of Civil Society

God created four types of government.  The first is self-government.  “A man without self-control is like a city broken into and left without walls.”  Proverbs 25:28.  The other three types of government are institutions:

  • The family (Genesis 1:26-28);
  • Civil government (Genesis 9:6) with the power of the sword;  
  • In our time, the Church (Ephesians 2:19-20).

Herbert W Titus, Founding Dean of Regent University Law School, noted that “God created the family as the primary governing authority upon which the success of the civil government depends.”  Although designed to complement each other, in a fallen world, the civil government often views the family and the Church as competitors for the loyalty of the people, and thus are the enemy.  This is not a new development.

In 1947, Sociologist Carle C. Zimmerman undertook a study of how the institution of the family has altered the development of civilization, concluding that while good governments need strong families, there is also some tension between those institutions:

Aristotle’s dictum that if children did not love their parents and family members, they would love no one but themselves would have caused them to stop and realize that … the attachments basic to human society all arise and take their orientation from the human family….  In the absence of strong central governments … familism as a key to the internal strength of social groups must have played a much greater role in social order than in other periods….  [S]trongly developed central governments made the internal cohesion of family groups less and less necessary as a unified social force.  [C. Zimmerman, Family and Civilization at 13-14 (Harper and Brothers: 1947) (emphasis added)].

Government Has Undermined the Black Family

Good governments do not regard the family unit as competitors, but tyrants throughout history have attacked and undermined the family.  Consider the case of black families.

Long ago, American slavery laws allowed attacks on the black family, often ripping families apart and selling one family member away from another.  “Historian Michael Tadman has estimated that approximately one third of enslaved children in the upper South states of Maryland and Virginia experienced family separation in one of three possible scenarios: sale away from parents; sale with mother away from father; or sale of mother or father away from child.”

Dr. Joe Morecraft writes:  “The family, not the state, is to provide for its own economic and moral welfare, with the … assistance of the church.”  Let’s consider what happen when the state usurps that role with respect to black families.  While most today will blame the condition of black families on the legacy of slavery, distinguished black libertarian economist Professor Walter E. Williams puts the blame squarely on government:

The No. 1 problem among blacks is the effects stemming from a very weak family structure….Here’s my question: Was the increase in single-parent black families after 1960 a legacy of slavery, or might it be a legacy of the welfare stateushered in by the War on Poverty? … The undeniable truth is that neither slavery nor Jim Crow nor the harshest racism has decimated the black family the way the welfare state has.

Dr. Williams’ analysis applies the basic economic principle that if you subsidize something, you get more of it.  If you tell a young teenage girl she can escape her mother’s control, get an apartment on her own, and get SNAP benefits (formerly “food stamps”) from the government, if only she has a baby, that government program will lead to more single mothers with children.  As a result, while in 1938, only 11 percent of black children were born to unwed mothers, more recently it hovers near 72 percent.

Dr. Williams wrote the “most damage done to black Americans is inflicted by those politicians … who assert that every problem confronting blacks is a result of the legacy of slavery and discrimination — a vision that guarantees perpetuity for these problems.”  When Lyndon Johnson launched his “War on Poverty,” he created a vast national and state infrastructure to hand out benefits which then depends on the existence of, and perpetuation of, a large number of people needing those benefits.

Thus, while politicians run for office claiming to be compassionate to those in need, their policies are undermining the family.  Often, a new government program is designed to solve a problem created by an old government program.  Americans should ask if the need was created by the government.  One of the most influential black Christian conservatives of the late twentieth century was J.A. (Jay) Parker, who often described the War on Poverty as the best way to keep blacks subjugated and “on the plantation” by leftist politicians.

Communism Abhors the Family

Karl Marx knew a great deal about how to usher in and preserve tyrannies.  Marx called for nothing less than the “abolition of the family.”  He and his co-author Friedrich Engels, in their book The Origin of the Family, derided the institution of the family as the creator of capitalism and private property.  They wanted to end family so that the state could take control of children.  They advocated a: 

fanatical push to abolish all right of inheritance, to end home and religious education, to dissolve monogamy in marriage, to pursue pre- and extra-marital sex, to foster and ‘tolerate’ (as Engels put it) the ‘gradual growth of unconstrained sexual intercourse’ by unmarried women … and, most of all, for society and the state to rear and educate children.  [Emphasis added.]

Marx rejected every rule and principle that God established for his created order.  It is no surprise that he wrote in a poem in 1837:  “Thus Heaven I’ve forfeited, I know it full well … My soul, once true to God, is chosen for Hell.”  [A deep dive into the demonic doctrines of Marx was conducted by Grove City College Professor Paul Kengor — The Devil and Karl Marx (TAN Books: 2020).]

Make no mistake about it:  Tyrants want your children.  During Hungary’s first brief experiment with Communism in 1919, the short-lived regime declared war on the family: 

Special lectures were organized in schools and literature printed and distributed to ‘instruct’ children about free love, about the nature of sexual intercourse, about the archaic nature of bourgeois family codes, about the outdatedness of monogamy, and the irrelevance of religion, which deprives man of all pleasure.  Children [were] urged thus to reject and deride paternal authority and the authority of the church, and to ignore precepts of morality.

Theologian Rousas John Rushdooney explained how the destruction of the family ties into other communist objectives and leads directly to disaster:

Private property is a stabilizing force for the family and society.  When the state dispossesses the family of property and replaces the family as the custodian of property, the marriage tie is harmed thereby….Socialism attacks parental control over both children and property in order to ensure the priority of the state in society.  [R. Rushdooney, The Institutes of Biblical Law at 415-16 (The Craig Press: 1973).]

What is the legacy of communism?  By one study, “[o]verall the communists murdered approximately 168,759,000 from 1900 to 1987

American Totalitarians

Today’s totalitarian ideologies beat the same drum.  Black Lives Matter, whose co-founder Patrisse Cullors describes herself as a “trained Marxist,” has also called to “abolish the family.”  And radical “transgender” ideology demands the right to snatch children from their parents, to be sacrificed in the service of perhaps the most radically anti-family ideology the world has ever seen, cutting off body parts and destroying the fertility and self-esteem of children despite their parents’ best efforts.

In 2023, California’s legislature passed AB 957, declaring that a parent’s failure to provide “affirmation” to a “gender transition” of a confused child would constitute child abuse.  Abigail Martinez testified to the legislature how “[m]y daughter was murdered by gender ideology.”

“CPS took my daughter when she was 16 years old….  My daughter was taken from her loving home because the State of California claimed I was abusive for not affirming her trans identity.  I lost my daughter over a name and pronouns — even after I promised to call her a male name.  It wasn’t enough.  My daughter was not a boy trapped in a girl’s body.  She had mental health issues.  Against my consent, my daughter was given testosterone instead of therapy.  The LGBTQ group used her to raise money for them…” Martinez finished in tears, sharing the details of her daughter’s suicide as a result of destroyed mental health.

After the bill passed, California state senator Scott Wilk urged parents, “In the past when we’ve had these discussions and I’ve seen parental rights atrophied — I’ve encouraged people to keep fighting…. I’ve changed my mind on that.  If you love your children, you need to flee California.  You need to flee.”

Strong families promote free and self-reliant societies.  Strong families provide support structures for individuals, making them better able to resist tyranny.  To attack the family, tyrants attack Biblical morality.  For the preservation of the nation, the demonic theme underlying every attack on the family must be perceived and the attack resisted.  

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

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