Newsletter | September 28, 2023
“It’s not Biden,” Donald Trump said in a recent speech. He was referring to the political power behind the ongoing project to dismantle America and demoralize the citizens who make this the greatest country in world history.
It’s the grand scheme of the corrupt ruling class we’ve been discussing in our last several newsletters. This network of political, corporate, and cultural elites sees us not as fellow Americans but as subjects to be bent to their will and whose hard-earned money is used to fund their luxuries and perverse policies, their foreign wars and wars at home against the U.S. public, We the People.
Trump wasn’t exculpating the current occupant of the White House for his role in throwing open our borders, crippling the energy industry, using federal law authorities to target the opposition, dividing the country by calling one-half of it domestic terrorists. Rather, Trump was just saying that Biden’s not calling the shots.
Speculation is it may be Obama running the show. He was the first president in a century to remain in Washington after his term ended. The last one to stay put was Woodrow Wilson, but he’d suffered a stroke and couldn’t easily be moved. Obama stayed in the national capital and many wonder, with good reason, whether it was to plot against his successor and replace him.
Consider these facts: On April 10, 2016, Obama sat for an interview on Fox News Sunday and told America, “I do not talk to the Attorney General about any investigations. I do not talk to any FBI directors about pending investigations. We have a strict line and always have maintained it. I guarantee that there is no political influence in any investigation conducted by the justice department or the FBI…Full stop. Period.”
Four months later, Obama gave his authority as the President of the United States to the FBI director to carry out the greatest crime ever committed against the Republic. His target was Donald Trump in his bid for President in 2016. Obama’s election interference led to a coup against a duly elected President and his administration.
The Durham report demonstrates that Obama was the lead actor in the Clinton cabal’s political op to frame Donald Trump as a Russian spy to destroy his first run for President. Obama’s buddy and former CIA director, John Brennan, briefed Obama and others on the plot as early as August 3, 2016, including the person who is now the occupant of the White House.
One month after President Trump won the 2016 election, Obama, the spin-meister that he is, ordered the alphabet agencies to prepare what is known as the ICA Report that included a summary of the salacious, and now fully debunked, Steele Dossier as evidence that the Russians had interfered with the election.
The ICA report gave cover for Obama’s Russia Hoax. And, at the same time, the report gave meat to the Obama-adoring propaganda puppets in the press willing to escalate the noise that Trump was an illegitimate President – a Russian spy – put in the White House by Putin.
The fact that Obama had given the directive to prepare the ICA Report to further the hoax and damage the Trump administration came right from his Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, who told the Senate Intelligence Committee, “I don’t think we would have mounted the effort we did, probably, to be honest, in the absence of presidential direction, because that kind of cleared the way on sharing all the accesses.” The revelation was reported on April 21, 2020, from a highly redacted transcript of the Committee’s hearing.
Is it a coincidence that Clapper and Brennan are now back as part of the Obama-Biden Department of Homeland Security’s intelligence experts group?
And then there is this gem. Obama openly acknowledged he wanted a third term. He told the press that all he needed was an avatar to represent the presidency in public, and he may have found one in his former Vice President. It was a historic opportunity. Essentially, Obama could do whatever he wanted and the press would see to it that he’d never be held accountable for decisions to dismantle the Republic, no matter the scale of destruction.
As if by magic, longstanding progressive faction wish lists — and more importantly, the demands of donors continue to be fulfilled. At the same time, Obama gifted trillions to climate change infrastructure, the current administration has printed money to raise inflation to astronomical heights and thereby drain middle-class savings, cut U.S. energy production to send gas prices soaring, opened the southern border to millions of military age men, a cohort including felons, terrorists, and foreign operatives, including members of a special Chinese army unit.
What does Biden care — the presidency offers him and his family access to more money. After all, if the Biden family made millions from foreign enterprises while he was Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and tens of millions as vice president, there was no telling how much money could be collected while serving in the Oval Office.
But with Biden’s poll numbers so low and only a little more than a year before the 2024 election, there’s speculation a new avatar is needed. Friends on Capitol Hill believe that the departure of longtime Obama deputy Susan Rice from the Biden White House in April signaled that the top Party boss has withdrawn his support from Biden. Maybe they’ll move behind Gavin Newsom for the convention. Some believe Obama will look closer to home and install his wife, Michelle.
Or maybe it doesn’t matter because the left’s allies in the intelligence services, Big Tech, and media can operate the 2024 vote and get Biden through just like 2020. In either case, it’s out in the open now, and everyone knows it.
And this we also know — the only people who can stop the corrupt network of political, corporate, and cultural elites are We the People. We’ll stand together, we’ll stand strong.
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Brandon Straka, the founder of the #WalkAway Campaign, is a former liberal and former Democratic Party supporter who has very publicly walked away from the political left and created a social movement encouraging others to do the same. His original YouTube video about his decision to leave the Democratic Party went viral in May of 2018, launching this explosive movement, uniting Americans across all demographics to leave the divisive left. From there, Brandon created the #WalkAway Foundation and the #WalkAway Campaign PAC, turning the #WalkAway movement into a thriving organization with employees and volunteers in all 50 states. The #WalkAway Campaign Video Testimonial group had grown to 510,000 when Facebook banned #WalkAway on January 8th, 2021.
President Trump publicly acknowledged Brandon’s success in organizing the first ever #WalkAway March in Washington DC, with over 5,000 attendees. Brandon’s charismatic leadership and the #WalkAway message of unity and standing up against the left’s attack on American ideals resonate with people around the globe. Born and raised in rural Nebraska and now a resident of New York City, Brandon travels the nation promoting the #WalkAway Campaign message and sharing his desire to bring a new awareness and understanding to the reality of politics in America today and his mission to unify America. We spoke with Brandon recently to get his insight on the challenges facing our great country today.
You first came onto the scene urging fellow Democrats to “Walk Away” from a party that had lost its way. Are you seeing more Democratic voters walking away as we head into the 2024 election?
Yes! We launched our own app called #WalkAway Social to get ourselves free from Big Tech platforms, and we’ve had 20,000 people join our app in the last few months! Every single day we’re getting new #WalkAway testimonials on our app. What’s really exciting is the number of testimonials we’re getting from black Americans now. There seems to be a huge awakening in the black community. We believe this has a lot to do with the weaponization of the justice system, and how this frightening issue is resonating with black Americans. We encourage EVERYONE to join and support the #WalkAway app by going to WalkAwaySocial.com to load it and join and to watch and read the amazing stories. Be sure to share them on all your social media accounts!
What’s your sense of the national mood, and how do you inspire people to stay optimistic about our future?
Overall, I think that people are feeling very demoralized and uncertain about our future and how we can turn things around. It’s been difficult to get people excited about getting involved. To make things even harder, people have not snapped out of the Covid brain fog. I know they might think they have, but most haven’t. People intuitively prefer to stay on their computers and devices now. They want to TALK about problems and the need for solutions but don’t actually want to leave their houses and participate in the real work to make it happen.
#WalkAway is continuing to do live events, rallies, and activism activities to get people off their butts and get them outside and involved. Interacting on social media is a good thing, but we’re not going to save the country on Facebook and Twitter. We need to be out and about helping candidates, knocking on doors, making phone calls, and having real conversations with real people about the importance of voting and the importance of NOT voting for Democrats!
Has your treatment as a January 6 defendant changed your views on America?
Very much so. My J6 experience has given me an up-close preview of what American life looks like under Marxist rule; and with a tyrannical, corrupt government and justice department choking out the American people. I’ve never been more certain that our next general election is our very last chance to save our country from the destruction of Democrat socialists who’ve infiltrated our government and our courts. These people have no conscience, no heart, and no respect for truth and honest justice. However, the American people can and will prevail over these awful people if we continue to stand together and fight against them, and once again regain control of our election systems.
What are your current projects, and how can we help support your work?
#WalkAway has launched the #WalkAway Social app and we’re working daily to reach people to share their stories and grow the movement. We’re also hosting an EPIC three-day event weekend in West Palm Beach, Florida, November 10-12th called #Walk-A-Con, WalkAwayAnniversary.com. We’re calling all freedom-loving conservatives and American patriots to come to this weekend of inspiration, education, patriotism, and fellowship to learn more about the great work of the #WalkAway movement, and to support the mission as we get as many people on the left to leave the Democratic Party as possible. After all, we need to win in a landslide in 2024. We need #WalkAways to accomplish that! Our #Walk-A-Con Weekend features: Lara Trump, Kari Lake, Matt Schlapp, Tudor Dixon, David Harris Jr., Katie Hopkins, Shemeka Michelle, Rep. Mesha Mainor, Dan Ball, Gina Loudon, Patrick Byrne, and many more!! Please get tickets/info/discounted hotels at: WalkAwayAnniversary.com.
What is your prayer for America?
My prayer for America is this…
Never give up.
Never lose hope.
Never, ever lose heart.
The road is long. The battle is, at times, brutal. Far too often, it feels like the Devil is winning.
But you must never give in.
In the past two and a half years, I have been raided by the FBI, jailed, prosecuted, charged, convicted, falsely accused, maligned, banned, censored, suppressed, sued, targeted, slandered, abandoned, attacked, turned on, damaged, vilified, and betrayed.
But I’m still here. I’m still standing. And I live to fight another day. No matter what they do to me, I’ll never back down because freedom is worth fighting for. Our values and our children are worth fighting for. America is ALWAYS worth fighting for. Never forget that!
Editor’s Note: To read other Speaking With American Patriots interviews, please click here
On Monday, September 25, 2023, America’s Future filed an Amicus brief with the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in Free Speech Coalition, Inc. (FSC), et al. v Angela Colmenero, Attorney General, State of Texas Dkt. 23-50627. Five nonprofit organizations from around the country joined our Amicus brief.
The brief was filed in support of the State of Texas in its pursuit to protect children. As the brief explains, Texas enacted H.B. 1181 on June 12, 2023, “requiring companies that produce or distribute pornographic material that is harmful to minors to have age-verification capability to ensure that the companies did not distribute the material to minors.” Upon the bill becoming law, FSC sued to enjoin Texas from enforcement based on First Amendment speech and expression grounds. However, though pornographic content is “speech,” courts find it obscene, and therefore it receives much less protection.
Over 80 years ago, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) established four well-defined exceptions to free speech in Chaplinsky v New Hampshire (1942). If speech falls into one of the four exceptions, government may regulate it; however, to pass constitutional muster, regulations must be narrowly tailored and use the least restrictive means available.
There are certain well-defined and narrowly limited classes of speech, the prevention and punishment of which have never been thought to raise any Constitutional problem. These include the lewd and obscene, the profane, the libelous, and the insulting or “fighting” words.
In this case, the district court issued an injunction stopping Texas from enforcing its law against companies owning pornography websites because the court viewed Texas as having not narrowly tailored its law because 1) the law covers at least some material that might not be “obscene,” and 2) it might inadvertently restrict content legally provided to adults. Disappointingly, the court also decided that requiring pornographic website companies to verify the actual age of its users is “not the least restrictive means available” to protect children against accessing obscene materials.
Although not discussed expressly by the lower court in this case, the brief explains that the “prevailing judicial attitude is that states have no authority to protect public morality in the area of obscenity.” We urge the Fifth Circuit to vacate the lower court injunction and, as the brief plainly states, allow Texas to protect minors of that state against the corrosive influence of pornography.
Editor’s Note: To read all of our Amicus briefs, please visit our Law & Policy page.
If you have not already done so, please register to attend America’s Future Get In The Fight training program for parents, grandparents, and other caring adults next Thursday, Oct. 5th, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. to learn the traits of groomers, behavioral changes to watch for if you suspect your child is being groomed, and how to raise a responsible digital citizen.
Seats are also available for a program called, “Pitfalls of Pornography,” on October 6th, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Attendees will learn vital information about the causes and solutions of sexual exploitation, the dangers of pornography, including how it functions as a chief entry point for child predators, and why normalizing beliefs about pornography serves as a driving factor leading men to feel free when it comes to the unlawful purchase of sex.
In November, from the 6th through the 11th, and in collaboration with the Association for the Recovery of Children, a comprehensive program is scheduled to equip participants with the knowledge and skills to combat sex trafficking effectively in the areas of prevention, intervention, rescue, advocacy, and direct services to victims/survivors.
All of the training programs above will be held at the Sarasota Fairgrounds Ken Clark Building, 3000 Ringling Blvd, Sarasota, FL 34237. To learn more and to register, visit Get In The Fight. 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 and Development, at [email protected].
The Impeachment of President Andrew Johnson
This is the seventh 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.
The House held its first hearing on the Biden impeachment this morning — finally! Entitled “The Basis for an impeachment inquiry of President Joseph R. Biden, Jr.,” the hearing was held by the House Committee on Oversight and Accountability chaired by James Comer. This hearing began with opening statements highlighting items such as Biden’s ties to China and abuse of his powers as Vice President. Then the Committee heard from four witnesses to address the constitutional and legal questions surrounding impeachment. The lead witness was Professor Jonathan Turley of George Washington Law School, who had testified previously on the impeachments of Clinton and Trump. Turley submitted 36 pages of written testimony.
Not addressed during today’s hearing was the history of Presidential impeachments. Shakespeare coined the phrase, “what’s past is prologue,” which applies here. While each impeachment is unique, a review of prior impeachments provides important insights into what can be expected in the coming weeks.
The first President to be impeached was Andrew Johnson, our 17th President, who was elevated to that office upon the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. Johnson had been a Senator from Tennessee when the Civil War broke out, but remained loyal to the Union. President Lincoln had spoken of reconciliation with the South, but when Johnson proposed conciliatory Reconstruction policies, such as pardoning Confederate leaders, he was targeted by “Radical Republicans” in Congress. Tensions increased when Johnson vetoed a Freedmen’s Bureau bill, which Congress promptly overrode.
Johnson wanted to fire Secretary of War Edwin Stanton, a Lincoln appointee and a favorite of the Radical Republicans, and replace him with General Ulysses S. Grant, who Johnson believed would be more favorable to his conciliatory Reconstruction policies. To limit President Johnson’s power, Congress passed the Tenure of Office Act over Johnson’s veto, requiring Senate approval for the President to remove Cabinet members. Grant declined appointment, but Johnson acted to test the law by firing Stanton and replacing him with General Lorenzo Thomas. Congress promptly began impeachment proceedings.
On February 24, 1868, the House voted to impeach Johnson by a vote of 126 to 47. The first nine of the 11 articles of impeachment approved by the House dealt with alleged violations of the Tenure of Office Act. A tenth article pushed by Radical Republican leader Benjamin Butler, accused Johnson of giving speeches “with a loud voice, certain intemperate, inflammatory, and scandalous harangues” intending to put Congress in disrepute. The eleventh article pushed by another Radical Republican leader, Thaddeus Stevens, accused Johnson of accusing Congress of acting illegally and unconstitutionally bypassing constitutional amendments, because the Southern states were not yet restored to representation in Congress.
One can certainly understand why Congress came to be deeply offended politically by President Johnson. In one speech, Johnson referred to Congress as “a body called or which assumes to be the Congress of the United States, while in fact it is a Congress of only part of the States.” He argued that “[w]e have seen Congress gradually encroach, step by step, upon constitutional rights, and violate day after day, and month after month, fundamental principles of the government…. We have seen a Congress in a minority assume to exercise power which, if allowed to be consummated, would result in despotism or monarchy itself.”
In the Senate, Congressman Butler and Congressman Stevens led the prosecution against Johnson. In yet another historical paradox, one of Johnson’s defense team was former Supreme Court Justice Benjamin Curtis, known for his noble dissent in the Court’s infamous Dred Scott decision.
Johnson’s lawyers argued that he had not violated the Tenure of Office Act, but even if he had, Johnson had a right to challenge that law to test its constitutionality before the Supreme Court. They also argued that the First Amendment’s Free Speech clause protected Johnson’s right to criticize Congress. Curtis also argued that the constitutional standard of “high crimes and misdemeanors” required criminal conduct.
In the end, the Senate failed by just one vote, 35-19, to muster the required two-thirds majority to remove Johnson from office. One of those who voted no was Senator James Grimes who remarked, “I cannot agree to destroy the harmonious working of the Constitution for the sake of getting rid of an Unacceptable President.” In the end, Johnson served out his term, and later represented Tennessee in the U.S. Senate.
Most commentators agree that it was not President Johnson’s position on reconstruction that was on trial in the Senate. Instead, the legal issue on which the trial focused was the right of one branch of government to challenge unconstitutional actions by another branch. The seven Senate Republicans who broke with their party to oppose removal helped to preserve that right. As a historical note, many years later, the U.S. Supreme Court sided with Johnson’s position and ruled that the Tenure of Office Act, the primary basis for Johnson’s impeachment, was in fact unconstitutional. The High Court ruled the Constitution placed the removal power in the hands of the President alone. Myers v. United States, 272 U.S. 52 (1926).
While there were important constitutional disputes that divided the President and the Congress, there is little question that President Johnson’s rhetorical attacks on Congress caused many in the House and Senate to seek his removal. But some in Congress refused to be governed by their emotions. Senator Grimes described Johnson’s attacks on Congress as “indiscreet, indecorous, improper, [and] vulgar.” But he refused to “repress the freedom of speech.” Senator Peter Van Winkle defended the principle that the First Amendment was “unquestionably of universal application,” including to the chief executive. Johnson’s fellow Tennessean Senator Joseph Fowler argued that Johnson had simply “exercise[d] that liberty of speech guaranteed to him by the Constitution.” Senator William Fessenden contended that impeaching Johnson for his speech would “den[y] him a right secured to every other citizen of the republic,” and “might deprive the people of the benefit of his opinion of public affairs.” Senator John Henderson argued that the President “has the right to make foolish speeches.”
Those who resisted the impeachment of President Johnson helped preserve the constitutional principle that the First Amendment applies to us all, and that policy disagreements are not a proper basis to allege “high crimes and misdemeanors.”
Editor’s Note: To read the articles in this series, please click here.
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