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Newsletter | August 24, 2023


Just months before the 2016 election, Barack Obama’s former campaign manager tweeted, “It is not enough to simply beat Trump.” Rather, said David Plouffe, “He must be destroyed thoroughly. His kind must not rise again.”

Since then, the sinister plot behind Plouffe’s sentiment has unfolded before our very eyes in malicious actions taken by the confederation of power-hungry elites, media, and political operatives against an unconventional presidential candidate and “his kind” to drive a wedge among American citizens, interfere in free and fair elections, weaponize our justice department, and to bring the nation to the brink of a crisis in confidence of our constitutional rights.

As we continue our series focusing on key areas of the ruling establishment’s effort to destroy America, we are reminded that the anti-Trump coup started even before his inauguration, January 5, 2017, when his predecessor convened his top deputies, including James Comey, Susan Rice, and then-Vice President Joe Biden, for a meeting in the Oval Office. Obama resolved to use Russiagate — Hillary Clinton’s dirty tricks operation smearing Trump as an agent of Moscow — as a weapon to delegitimize Trump’s election and those who elected him, undermine his administration and split America in two. Trump survived that and kept pushing on.

Then the same gang of malcontents that tied him down with Russiagate and the special counsel investigation moved to impeach him. He survived these, too. And with that, ordinary Americans started to ask, why did the establishment keep trying to overturn an election their candidate lost? Why not just come up with a better candidate next time? It was hard not to conclude that there was something deeply wrong with the ruling classes.

They weren’t just corrupt and incompetent. Ordinary Americans had already seen that with the financial crisis of 2008, they’d seen it when civilian and military leadership failed Americans in Iraq and Afghanistan. This was something different — Americans started to see their elites truly were full of fanatical and pathological hatred, in particular, for the hard-working, God-fearing middle-class patriots with whom they nominally share the country. Hillary Clinton’s crude contempt for the “deplorables,” wasn’t the exception but the rule.

In the end, it boils down to what Plouffe meant when he said Trump’s “kind must not rise again.” It seems he meant someone who listens to the people and speaks for them, too, someone who fights for ordinary Americans, someone who, when he’s knocked down, gets right back into the fight. Four indictments, and they’re still coming for Trump in an effort to destroy him thoroughly. But he’s still standing. In fact, he seems to be getting stronger.

For the ruling class, the plot against Trump is endless, for the war is against the American people, the backbone, brain, and brawn of this great country. We’re here for that fight. And we won’t stop fighting to preserve our freedoms. We always have and always will.

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 - Lou Dobbs

Lou Dobbs is one of the biggest names in American journalism. Political commentator, bestselling author, and broadcast superstar, he hosted “Lou Dobbs Tonight” on CNN from 2003 to 2009 and on Fox Business Channel from 2011 to 2021. For decades, he’s bravely spoken out against the corruption of America’s political, corporate, and media elites and continues to tell hard and necessary truths as host of The Great America Show, a podcast carried on, iHeart radio, and other popular platforms. We spoke with Lou recently to see what he thinks is ailing our great country and what we need to do to restore America’s greatnessL

Has the corporate media always been this corrupt and dishonest, or has it gotten worse in the last decade?

Unquestionably worse—as wealth and corporate power have become concentrated in the hands of fewer owners, particularly American billionaire Oligarchs who are uniformly Leftists.

Over your great and historic career, you’ve covered so many big stories and scandals — why have so many of our biggest scandals occurred during the Donald Trump era?

Donald Trump was what he promised to be—the Great Populist Disruptor.  He took on the radical Islamist terrorists, the Ayatollahs, Russia and China-shut down illegal immigration and secured the border while building a better relationship with Mexico. Insisted the U.S. have balanced trade relationships with all countries, and didn’t hesitate to put tariffs on the Chinese for their mercantilist trade policies. Trump also reined in the military industrial complex, withdrawing our troops from global postings that make no sense and pursued a foreign policy that was modest, not senselessly aggressive. And didn’t kowtow to the Pentagon or the Intelligence Agencies. And perhaps in the eyes of the Establishment, his greatest affront was to embrace our working men and women, their families and small business, our middle class —not the One Per Cent.  And he took on all those power centers and orthodoxies at once.

As someone who’s covered Washington, D.C. for decades, did you always know that Joe Biden, as Senator, then Vice President, and now President, was corrupt?

I didn’t pay much attention to Biden in his Senate years—to me, he was the affable, run-of-the-mill, slightly over-his-head Senator, and he left most of us, I’d guess, wondering why he was given the Chairmanship of the Judiciary Committee. Became the obsequious VP to the smooth President.  He was a sympathetic figure and given a pass because of a series of family tragedies.  And Joe exploited them all.  We know now he’s a crook, has been for a very long time.

You’ve known Donald Trump for many years going back to his early days as a New York real estate magnate and celebrity — did you know that he had this enormous well of resilience, strength, and courage?

I never dreamed any President would have to face anything like what the Democrat Party and Deep State have thrown at him—the Dems, the FBI, and Obama’s intel agencies trying to smear him as a candidate, then frame him as President. He’s now in the eighth year of their political persecution—and I don’t know of any other American who could have withstood the savagery of the Marxist Dems and Deep State and the cowardice of the Republican leadership.

What is your prayer for America?

I pray we find the resolve as Americans to stand up for President Trump and defend him, the resolve to defend our great nation against the evil forces that are arrayed against us. To restore America’s values and destiny for our children and the next generations.

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

The story of Michelle Peterson and her son, Andrew, is one all Americans must hear, especially parents. It is the story of a warrior mother who instinctively knew that a late-night phone call to her son by one of his high school teachers was out-of-line and might be nefarious. Michelle was right. By listening to her gut and knowing her son, this “ultimate MaMa bear” was able to prevent further sexual grooming from occurring to her son by this teacher…and, in the end, her actions protected other young people. 

In Episode 3 of America’s Future Not On My Watch with host Liz Crokin, investigative journalist and a member of America’s Future Project Defend & Protect Our Children Advisory Board, Michelle recounts her family’s fight that lasted over three years (2010-2013) to have a predator and sexual groomer incarcerated. 

Michelle’s courage and persistence with school officials, law enforcement, child protective services executives, state leaders, and others were the characteristics required to see her through the ordeal. 

She cautions parents to be alert for any changes in the behavior of their son or daughter. These are the first warning signs to look for and know about. She stresses the need for parents to monitor their children’s digital use, including their mobile phones, and to never give up fighting.

This hard lesson learned by Michelle will be elaborated upon at the October 5th training seminar for parents being offered by America’s Future as part of its Florida Get In The Fight campaign that kicked off in Sarasota last week (August 17). The seminar will also cover the traits of groomers and how to raise a responsible digital citizen. Parents, grandparents, caring adults, and others are encouraged to take advantage of this program and consider registering for the next day’s training seminar called “Pitfalls of Pornography.” 

Watch Not On My Watch to learn more about Michelle and how her efforts have made a difference in her son’s life and the lives of other young people, and sign up for the October seminars. Get In The Fight to help end child exploitation and trafficking is a nationwide campaign presented as part of America’s Future Project Defend & Protect Our Children(PDPC) and the PDPC Little Flower Advisory Board. 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, Director of Strategic Planning and Development, at l[email protected]

America’s Future Files Amicus Brief Urging Executive Branch Constraints

Courtroom mallet

On Monday, August 21, 2023, America’s Future filed an Amicus brief with the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) v Townstone Financial, Inc and Barry Sturner, Dkt. No. 23-1654. Filed in support of defendants-appellees, Townstone, a mortgage broker/lender, and Mr. Sturner, the owner of Townstone, our brief was joined by four other nonprofits. The plaintiff-appellant, the CFPB, is a federal government agency that was created by Congress purportedly intended to protect consumers.

In November 2020, the CFPB filed an Amended Complaint against the defendants in the district court for the Northern District of Illinois – Eastern District, alleging, amongst other counts, a violation of 15 U.S.C. § 1691(a), the 1974 federal law, known as the Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA), which makes it “unlawful for any creditor to discriminate against any applicant, with respect to any aspect of a credit transaction … on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex or marital status, or age….”  Thereafter, “Regulation B,” was enacted, amending the ECOA presumably extending the reach of the ECOA to include prospective applicants.  However, “Regulation B” is a procedural formality without teeth.

The alleged violation was primarily based on statements by Mr. Sturner during a weekly radio show and a few podcasts produced by Townstone as a marketing tool.  Despite the total lack of racial content of statements made by the defendants, the CFPB nonetheless perceived the statements as an intentional attempt to “discourage African-American prospective applicants from applying for mortgage loans from Townstone.”

As explained in our brief, “this case reveals the [CFPB] to be an agency so committed to the ‘politically correct’ goal of ending ‘racially discriminatory practices’ that it has perceived them where they did not exist so it could punish those engaged in ‘wrong speak’ where it has no statutory authority whatsoever.”

The district court framed the issue before it as, “whether the agency’s interpretation of the ECOA [] Regulation B is one that the ECOA permits.” Bound by precedent, specifically, Chevron (1984), to give great deference to the CFPB carrying out its own regulations, the district court still answered the issue with a resounding “no,” dismissing the case and issuing judgment fully favorable to the defendants.

In a Memorandum Opinion and Order dismissing the action, the Hon. Judge Franklin U. Valderrama explained, “the CFPB’s authority to enact regulations is not limitless…[b]ecause the court finds the ECOA unambiguously prohibits discrimination of ‘applicants,’ and not ‘prospective applicants [the case cannot survive]’”

Par for the course, our federal government takes advantage if it might get away with exerting more power than authorized.  Indeed, overreach by the federal government and its regulatory agencies (e.g., the CFPB, IRS, CDC, CMS, FDA) has become more blatant and, at the same time, incessant.

We, at America’s Future, urge the Seventh Circuit to affirm the district court’s dismissal and termination of this case to constrain executive branch agencies to the letter of the law and to forbid the unconstitutional usurpations of congressional powers.

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

In Focus Using The Congressional Impeachment Power

Impeaching a President for Crimes Committed in a Previous Office

This is the second entry in our IN FOCUS section examining the impeachment power to help give readers a historical and constitutional context to this political process. To access previous articles, please click here.

When running for President in 2020, candidate Biden assured voters that there was “an absolute wall between the personal and private, and the government” and “that is why I have never talked with my son or brother, or anyone else in the distant family about their interests, period.”  Well, it appears that may not be true.  It seems as if every day new information comes to light about how President Biden may have abused his powers during his eight years as Vice President from January 20, 2009 to January 20, 2017.

The FBI and the Department of Justice certainly did nothing to unearth these activities while Obama was president, or even while Trump was President.  Indeed, these two federal agencies seem to have spent a great deal of time working to cover up Biden activities.  Meanwhile, while Nancy Pelosi was Speaker of the House until January 20 of this year, the House of Representatives had no interest in pursuing impeachment of Biden.  Only now are the details of the Biden family’s worldwide activities coming out — six and one-half years after Joseph Robinette Biden, Jr. left office as Vice President.

Let’s put aside for a moment all the reasons that House Republicans might want to impeach President Biden for “high Crimes and Misdemeanors” committed while President.  What if the House Republicans wanted to impeach Biden also (or only) for what he did as Vice President.  Could they?  Harvard Law professor emeritus Alan Dershowitz answers that important question:  “No one knows.”  Although the history of impeachments in this country is certainly not clear, the better answer to that question appears to be — Yes, they could.

That was the view of President John Quincy Adams, who believed that an official could be impeached for crimes committed in any public office, at any time for the remainder of his life.  “I hold myself, so long as I have the breath of life in my body, amenable to impeachment by this House for everything I did during the time I held any public office,” he stated on the floor of the House while serving there after he had left the Presidency. (III Deschler’s Precedents of the House of Representatives 648 (1977).)

The three previous Presidents to be impeached — Andrew Johnson, Bill Clinton, and Donald Trump — were all impeached specifically for allegations of actions occurring during their presidency.  However, the issue has come up during the impeachment of other federal officials where at least some of the approved articles of impeachment involved conduct before the official assumed his current position.

In 1826, it was alleged that Vice President John C. Calhoun might have committed impeachable offenses in his prior position as Secretary of War.  A House select committee investigated and recommended that no action be taken, and none was. (J. Cole and T. Garvey, “Impeachment and Removal,Congressional Research Service, at 15.)

In 1873, it was alleged that Vice President Schuyler Colfax might have been involved in a bribery scandal while Speaker of the House prior to his election as Vice President.  The House Judiciary Committee considered the allegations, and a majority of the committee recommended against pursuing impeachment, arguing that the punishment was “remedial,” and not “punitive.”  The committee report was briefly debated in the House, but no action was taken.  That 1873 committee’s report noted that, “in all cases of impeachment or attempted impeachment under our Constitution there is no instance where the accusation was not in regard to an act done or omitted to be done while the officer was in office.”  (III Hinds’ Precedents of the House of Representatives, §2509-2510 (1907).)

However, after the turn of the 20th Century and up to the present, it appears that thinking about the grounds for impeachment changed. There are at least two clear cases where the House impeached for conduct occurring prior to beginning in the office the office holder was serving when impeached.

In 1913, Judge Robert W. Archbald was convicted on five articles of impeachment.  Although four of the articles had to do with conduct in his then-current role as a Court of Appeals judge, one had to do entirely with conduct committed in a prior position as a U.S. district judge.

Quite recently, in 2010, Judge G. Thomas Porteous was impeached and removed from office for conduct that included the period before he became a federal judge — during the application process for the judgeship, and during his previous service as a state court judge.  (J. Cole and T. Garvey, “Impeachment and Removal,Congressional Research Service, at 15.)

Based on the limited number of impeachments where the issue has arisen, there is no absolutely certain answer.  But impeachment is not a legal process — it is a political process.  If the House chooses to impeach, no court can stop it.  If the Senate chooses to convict, no court can stop it.  The two impeachments of President Trump certainly broke new ground in a number of ways.  Those politicians who supported impeachment of Trump for almost no reason whatsoever now resist impeachment of Biden for what appear to be compelling reasons.  With at least two solid precedents for impeachment for prior conduct, if Biden were impeached, those offenses committed by him during his term as Vice President certainly should be included in the Bill of Impeachment and put before the Senate for trial.  

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

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