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Frontiers of Freedom Weekly Report – Feb 3, 2023

       

     

George Landrith, Dr. Joe Mangiacotti, Dr. Larry Fedewa, and Tom Donelson discuss: 1) the upcoming State of the Union address, the response and Biden’s desire to impose lockdowns in the name of climate change; 2) did white supremacy or BLM’s extremism cause the beating and killing of Tyre Nichols; 3) the Chinese spy balloon and China’s economic and population problems along with Biden’s weakness and fecklessness appears to be pushing a greater sense of urgency for the communist regime in moving forward with its goal of world domination; 4) the House vote to remove Adam Schiff, Eric Swalwell, and Ilhan Omar from the House Intelligence Committee and the House Foreign Affairs Committee; 5) and each of the panelist’s one more thing. 


Frontiers of Freedom Weekly Report – January 27, 2023

        

     

George Landrith, Dr. Joe Mangiacotti, Dr. Larry Fedewa, and Tom Donelson discuss: 1) the FBI’s continued problems with corruption – classified documents & Charles McGonigal’s arrest for Russia collusion; 2) the debt ceiling; 3) Charnelle Bjelkengren’s, a federal court nominee, can’t even pass a high school civic’s test; 4) George Soros funds a broad network of “fact-checkers” to make sure they help hide the truth; 5) The Left’s intolerance on display when a restaurant kicked out Gianno Caldwell because they didn’t like serving a black conservative commentator; 6) the cultish nature of the climate change alarmists; 7) the decline of Military readiness and how to keep America safe and strong; 8) Davos trying to get us to eat insects; 9) school choice; and 10) Biden’s selection of Jeff Zients to be his next chief of staff means that there will be no pivot and no course correction. 


Frontiers of Freedom Weekly Report – January 20, 2023

     

George Landrith, Dr. Joe Mangiacotti, and Tom Donelson discuss: 1) World Economic Forum’s lunatics like Klaus Schwab, Al Gore and John Kerry meet to impose their will upon you; 2) Biden’s classified document scandal & media’s scandal; 3) China’s economic stagnation and falling population; 4) how to help Ukraine defeat Russia without burdening the American taxpayer; 5) the March for Life; 6) the death of Rock & Roll; and 7) some good news on Free Speech. 


Frontiers of Freedom Weekly Report – January 13, 2023

Frontiers of Freedom Weekly Report – January 13, 2023

George Landrith, Dr. Joe Mangiacotti, and Tom Donelson discuss: 1) Biden’s classified documents scandal; 2) The Republican Majority’s first full week; 3) Jordan Peterson and the totalitarian threat of wokeness; 4) Joe Biden’s photo-op at the Border; 5) an update on Damar Hamlin’s recovery; 6) Pope Benedict’s request that Biden NOT attend his funeral; 7) Wokeness at the CDC. 


Frontiers of Freedom Weekly Report – Jan. 6, 2023

Frontiers of Freedom Weekly Report – January 6, 2023

George Landrith, Dr. Joe Mangiacotti, and Tom Donelson, discuss: (1) the GOP impasse on Speaker; (2) what the GOP House will be able to undo the harm done by the extreme Left in recent years; (3) Gov. Ron DeSantis’ recent inaugural address; (4) Adam Schiff has been using his government office to silence his enemies; (5) The Left’s insane focus on climate change politics is weakening the economies of the Western world, but China continues to be the world’s largest carbon dioxide emitter and the Left doesn’t even complain; (6) Americans are voting with their feet and fleeing liberal states in masse and moving to conservative states; (7) Joe Biden’s upcoming visit to the border; (8) the totalitarian regime in Canada is threatening Jordan Peterson with a re-education for disagreeing with the dear leader of Canada; and (9) an update on Damar Hamlin’s condition and recovery. 


Eight Reasons Climate Lawsuits Should Be Rejected by Local Officials and Dismissed by the Courts

Evidence is plentiful that public officials should reject pleas to pursue these frivolous lawsuits. America’s climate agenda should not be driven by outside special interests.

      

By Bill Schuette and Rusty Hills

      

There’s an old joke about economists having predicted nine of the last five recessions that underscores how difficult it is to predict the future. It’s even harder to forecast the weather. The great Stephen Hawking once said, “One can’t predict the weather more than a few days in advance.”

Nevertheless, since 2017, states and municipalities have filed a rash of lawsuits alleging energy producers should pay billions in local weather-related damages. These lawsuits are more accurately “a money grab,” to quote a local critic, than about the weather.

In October, New Jersey filed suit claiming energy companies were responsible for Superstorm Hurricane Sandy. The stakes are high. The Supreme Court separately asked the U.S. Solicitor General to weigh in on whether Boulder’s lawsuit should be heard in state or federal court.

We are from Michigan, where our Great Lakes are part of our environmental heritage. They must be protected. As the former Michigan Attorney General and Michigan Court of Appeals Judge, Congressman and State Senator, and the former Senior Counsel to the Michigan Attorney General, we watch these cases closely. We can state from experience these lawsuits stand on questionable legal foundations, don’t reduce climate impacts, and fail to protect the environment. “Fact-checking” these lawsuits reveal that good faith apparently has been banished in their pleadings.

Here are eight reasons why state attorneys general and local officials should reject these lawsuits, and why courts should dismiss them:

First, these lawsuits falsely allege energy producers have engaged in deceptive marketing practices regarding climate conditions. Government officials have acknowledged the impacts of temperature warming, and American scientists have studied climate change, dating to the 1950s. Still, federal and state officials continued promoting the production and use of oil and gas while accepting the potential climate-related implications. Furthermore, various lawsuits amusingly show identical language used in most cases, where “copy and paste” is a convenient tool used by these law firms.

The hypocrisy is abundant. New York City filed a new lawsuit in 2021, all while remaining one of the largest consumers of petroleum and the sixth-largest natural gas consumer. Honolulu and Maui have advanced lawsuits. That decision doesn’t square with the fact that Hawaii’s legislature has had a policy in place since 1984 noting that oil and gas are “essential to the health, welfare, and safety of the people of Hawaii.” It further states “that any severe disruption in petroleum product supplies for use within the State would cause grave hardship.” Hawaii also holds the top spot as America’s most petroleum-dependent state, further discrediting the claim that communities there were somehow “deceived” about consuming oil.

Second, climate change occurs globally, and we all contribute through our daily activities. So why have the plaintiffs pinned the blame on a handful of companies who are selling a legal product? More than a quarter of greenhouse gas emissions comes from transportation, including the cars, ships, and planes we all use every day. Steel and iron are the largest energy-related emitter at 7.2% of global emissions. Why then single out one industry alleging liability when literally everybody shares responsibility? To say nothing about the responsibility that countries such as India and China have to be better environmental stewards.

Third, recently some local officials have adopted a bipartisan approach and rejected overtures from suit-happy law firms. Baltimore County’s Council said no to the offer. Democratic Councilman Tom Quirk expressed concerns noting, “I’m also not very inclined to jump on some of these ambulance-chasing types of legal strategies out there nationwide that I think often are more about feeding law firms as opposed to really doing good work.” Republican Councilman Todd Crandell said the case “seems to me like a money grab.” Democratic Council Chair Julian Jones questioned why “wouldn’t everyone in the world have standing” to sue for climate change damages? There’s more. Bar Harbor, Maine officials had similar reactions. Bar Harbor Town Council Chair Valerie Peacock reminded citizens that since everyone uses oil, “it’s almost like we’re suing ourselves.”

Fourth, federal judges have established that regulators and Congress, not the courts, should address climate change. That’s why not a single climate lawsuit to date has succeeded. Federal judges have reasoned the court system is not the proper venue to resolve the complex relationship between energy and the environment, or the dependency on foreign oil and rising gas prices. In 2011, the Supreme Court under Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg unanimously ruled in American Electric Power v. Connecticut that the EPA, not judges who lack the scientific, economic, and technological resources, should address climate change remedies. In 2021, the Second Circuit dismissed New York City’s previous lawsuit noting “the Clean Air Act grants the Environmental Protection Agency — not federal courts — the authority to regulate domestic greenhouse gas emissions.” Both Obama and Trump Justice Departments opined that Congress should resolve climate-related issues, not the courts. The Obama administration successfully urged the Supreme Court to dismiss the claims in the AEP case.

Fifth, state and municipal bond disclosures show officials’ inconsistency with reference to the material risk of climate change. A recent Wall Street Journal op-ed by investment analyst R.A. Moss exposed that while some governments are saying in bond disclosures that they cannot accurately predict or quantify the effects of climate change, they’re simultaneously filing legal complaints alleging specific climate-related damages. New Jersey said in bond disclosures that it cannot “predict the impact that these climate events may have on its financial condition.” Honolulu and Baltimore’s bond offerings make similar admissions, while they seek paydays from defendants over specific damages.

Sixth, these lawsuits are not really driven by altruistic elected officials, but rather by privately funded special interests. Some charitable foundations have explicitly embedded and funded private lawyers in at least five state attorneys general offices to support the lawsuits. An American Tort Reform Foundation report shows that in some states that have housed privately funded attorneys, these attorneys have signed the plaintiffs’ legal complaints. Our judicial system should be free from special interest agendas and private funders.

Seventh, there is already federal money on the table earmarked for weather-related infrastructure damages. Instead of seeking money from energy producers, cities and states could access federal resources and funds that are still available. As of 2018, the Federal Emergency Management Agency still had $6.7 billion available for states to address damages. Rhode Island only used $6.1 million of its $17 million allocation, yet filed a lawsuit that same year attempting to collect local infrastructure compensation. Why wasn’t the state using the money available to them?

Eighth, innovation will protect our environment. Policymakers and the private sector can help advance the innovations we need to make real progress on climate challenges. That’s already happening as the transition from coal to natural gas for electricity led to a 32% drop in carbon emissions since 2005. Lawsuits are counterproductive since they could reduce capital for energy companies from innovating the next generation of clean energy solutions.

Evidence is plentiful that public officials should reject pleas to pursue these frivolous lawsuits. America’s climate agenda should not be driven by outside special interests. Our goals should be cleaner skies and environmental safety. The better path is partnership and innovation to advance climate solutions.

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Bill Schuette is the former Michigan Attorney General, Judge of the Michigan Court of Appeals, Director of the Michigan Department of Agriculture, Member of Congress, and Michigan State Senator.

Rusty Hills is the former Senior Counsel to Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette, former Chairman of the Michigan Republican Party, and Communications Director for Governor John Engler.


Frontiers of Freedom Weekly Report – December 30, 2022

        

Frontiers of Freedom President, George Landrith, and Senior Fellows, Dr. Joe Mangiacotti, and Tom Donelson discuss the biggest news stories of 2022 and what’s ahead in 2023:  1) Twitter Files & FBI Election Interference;  2) Ukraine War and the growing threats of an expanded war; 3) House Investigations; 4) the Border Crisis; 5) Midterm elections lessons learned; and 6) leading Supreme Court decisions — Dobbs – overruling Roe v. Wade; West Virginia v. EPA – limiting the power of the EPA to grant itself powers not given it under the law; Kennedy v. Bremerton School District – affirming the right of individuals to practice their religious beliefs and denying the power of government to prohibit religious observances; New York State Rifle & Pistol Assoc. v. Bruen – a victory for the Second Amendment; and Carson v. Makin – the Maine schools choice victory. 


A Few Thoughts on “A Christmas Carol”

by Tom Donelson, Senior Fellow

      

It is said every year, commercialism of Christmas is bad. Personally, I do not buy into the philosophy that somehow giving gifts is evil. For many, Christmas is representative of the greed that consumes Modern day America. Somehow to participate in Christmas is to be materialistic, missing the reason for Christmas, the birth of Christ. Christianity is far from hostile to business and Jesus warned us against greed, he showed no hostility to business much less businesspeople. When Bob Crachett wanted to add an extra piece of coal to the fire, he was turned down. 


Charles Dickens writes about Scrooge’s home, “It was a low fire, indeed nothing on just a bitter night. He was obliged to sit close to it and brood over it before he could extract the least sensation of warmth from just a handful of fuel. The fireplace was s an old one built by some Dutch merchant long ago and paved all around with quaint Dutch tiles designed to illustrate the Scriptures.”   Scrooge lived in an antiquated house and spent little to keep his home warm.  Money was a scorecard to show his success and he denied himself the pleasure of his wealth for Scrooge selfishness applied to himself. Charity begins at home and if you are not willing to share with yourself, you most likely not be willing to share with others.


Christian thoughts fuel a thriving free market economy, for business depends upon truth and moral behavior. Without trust, a market economy cannot function. Contrast Scrooge with his nephew Fred who spends Christmas and enjoys the gaiety of the holiday with his wife and friends. Even Crachetts enjoy Christmas on Bob Crachetts meager salary for even the meager savings are no object in rejoicing the birth of Christ. For Scrooge he lived a life more amoral than moral as the ghost Marley reminds him, “Mankind should have been our businesses.”  A successful businessperson needs to serve his customer, or he will not be successful.


Christmas represents the universal message of peace and forgiveness, and you do not need to be a believer in Christianity to buy into these virtues. “A Christmas Carol” is a story of giving and receiving, of redemption and reclamation. The spirits seek to reclaim Scrooge immortal soul and reform the previously selfish man, whose only thoughts never exceeded beyond his nose. It is at Christmas that we give ourselves to others. It is the season we give each other gifts to show significant others, for your friends and for our spouses and children. Jesus’ birth was a gift for humankind, we can never pay back. Three kings arrive from the East with their own gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh for their new King. Christmas is the symbol of unconditional love and giving. A former manager once warned me that when lovers or friends begin to keep score, the relationship is soon over. Giving should be unconditional if you love someone and you should be appreciative when receiving gifts from others. Giving is a form of showing love and how much you value friendship with others. The world would be poorer and not just materially without Christmas. 


As for Scrooge, he was redeemed. He learns his lesson well as Dickens writes, “Scrooge was better than his word. He did it all and infinitely more and to Tiny Tim, he did not, he was a second father. He became as good a friend as good as master, and as good man as the good city ever know… it was always said of him that he knew how to keep Christmas well, if any possessed the knowledge.” 


His change is what Christianity represents. He begins to invest in his business as he allows Bob Crachett to add more coal to keep the office warm and raises Crachett’s salaries. Christianity is about second chances, third chances, fourth chances and unlimited chances. It is about giving and receiving. Christianity represents those qualities as we seek love and forgiveness from those who are closet to us. As the prayer Our Father, “Forgive our trespasses as we forgive who trespasses against us. “As Christian, we can never repay the debt of our Father as he sent his only Son to destroy the power of Sometimes, we can repay the debt of others given us in. the past. We can share our bounty with others including those who are closet. Scrooge finds out that Charity begins at home and seeks the forgiveness of those who are closest to him. As he redeemed, he finds out that he becomes a source of good for that closet to him and to his community. He lives and because he chose the life of charity, so does Tiny Tim. 

      

Part Two:

     

Ebenezer Scrooge is considered a nasty man who has hatred for humanity.  Yes, there is a modern aspect to Scrooge personality that is close to the modern life many live today.  The man lived a spartan life even at his home. He kept his own office cold and used minimal coal to keep the office warm and refused to add more coal when his employee Bob Cratchit asked if he could add any more. 


Dickens describes his home, ““It was a low fire, indeed nothing on just a bitter night. He was obliged to sit close to it and brood over it before he could extract the least sensation of warmth from just a handful of fuel. The fireplace was s an old one built by some Dutch merchant long ago and paved all around with quaint Dutch tiles designed to illustrate the Scriptures.”   Just like many of our modern individuals who are forever telling you to keep your temperature lowScrooge believed in the theory of excess population and as recent Human Progress article by managing editor Chelsea Follett showed that many still hold these views. She noted, “In 2019, for example, U.S. Senators, like Ed Markey (D-MA) and Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), and Representatives, like Jimmy Gomez (D-CA) and Susie Lee (D-NV), tweeted their support for a paper explicitly calling for the reduction of the world’s population. Also this year, Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) questioned whether it is morally acceptable to have children and Senator Bernie Sanders (D-VT) endorsed population control. This past summer, in the country where A Christmas Carol is set, Prince Harry subtly suggested that children are a burden to the planet and that responsible folks should have “two, maximum.” This follows Scrooge own view, “If they would rather die, they had better do it, and decrease the surplus population.”

    

A Christmas Carol is a rejection of that thought. The Ghost of Christmas present sits on a throne of overflowing food and his torch is shaped like “Plenty Horn” As Ms. Follett observed, “The Ghost claims he has “more than eighteen hundred” brothers, representing previous Christmases (again, the book came out in the year 1843). Upon hearing that, Scrooge’s mind, in true Malthusian fashion, immediately turns to scarcity. “A tremendous family to provide for!” mutters Scrooge. The Ghost then whisks Scrooge to a marketplace to show him this scene of Smithian abundance: There were great, round, pot-bellied baskets of chestnuts … There were ruddy, brown-faced, broad-girthed Spanish Onions … There were pears and apples, clustered high in blooming pyramids; there were bunches of grapes, made, in the shopkeepers’ benevolence to dangle from conspicuous hooks … there were piles of filberts … there were Norfolk Biffins [a kind of apple] setting off the yellow of the oranges and lemons … There were gold and silver, fish, set forth among these choice fruits in a bowl.” Contrary to the Malthusian view of population, Great Britain was beginning an industrial revolution that would allow this planet the ability to raise billions worldwide out of poverty. 

When Scrooge inquired about whether the family’s ill child, Tiny Tim, will survive, the Ghost of Christmas Present taunts Scrooge by repeating Scrooge’s words back at him: “What then? If he be like to die, he had better do it, and decrease the surplus population.” Scrooge then begins to feel shame at having questioned the worth of “surplus” human beings.

Dickens optimism was based on the good nature of humans and Scrooge redemption was part of that optimism as he moved from a selfish life that business was a zero-sum game with winners and losers but never thought of expanding the economic opportunity toward a more charitable life in which he uses his wealth to expand his business beginning with his worker Bob Crachett whose salary was raised and added to his community through donation.  His view in the beginning of the book, he would ask “are there no workhouses?”  Scrooge viewed his obligation to the poor over after he paid his taxes. We live in a modern world in which many in government today prefer government solutions and a smaller charitable sector along with a smaller private sector under the whims of government edict.

      

As part of Scrooge redemption, he rejected the idea that his obligation to the poor ends with his taxes but instead he must be more involved as he becomes with Tiny Tim. As Charles Dickens concluded his book, “Scrooge was better than his word. He did it all and infinitely more and to Tiny Tim, he did not, he was a second father. He became as good a friend as good as master, and as good man as the good city ever know… it was always said of him that he knew how to keep Christmas well, if any possessed the knowledge.”

       
Consider the optimism of Dickens, Scrooge believed in humanity and lost his bitterness to humanity. He used more coal (you know fossil fuels) to keep his office warmer and he delivers on his pledge to charity as he admits that there are some back payments due. The modern scrooges want us to be poorer, colder, and less of us. They dream of a day of a less populated planet that will be poorer. Scrooge, through the help of three spirits, rejects the modern-day Malthusians. Redemption of his soul led to a more optimistic Scrooge. 

       

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Tom Donelson is a Senior Fellow at Frontiers of Freedom. He is the host of the Donelson Files radio program, and the President of America’s PAC.  He is also the author of a number of books the most recent of which is “America at the Abyss:  Will America Survive?” Tom is also one of the stars of the popular Frontiers of Freedom Weekly Report television program.


Frontiers of Freedom Weekly Report – Dec. 23, 2022

George Landrith, Dr. Joe Mangiacotti, Tom Donelson, and Dr. Larry Fedewa discuss the big issues:

(1) The Twitter Files — Each successive release of documents is more damning than the last.  We learned that the FBI was actually paying millions of dollars to Twitter (in the pre-Elon Musk era) and that the FBI played an active role in helping determine what speech was silenced.  Simply stated, the FBI is a major source of mis-information. It is clear that the Deep State has been interfering in our American elections since at least 2016 — maybe earlier. 

(2) The massive, bloated, Omnibus — Why did Mitch McConnell betray Conservatives all across the nation and why did so many GOP Senator help him? Given that the House will switch control in January, the Republicans in the Senate should have demanded a very short term extension of the current budget so that the new House Republican majority would be in a position to have a major voice in the long term budget going forward. But Mitch McConnell just gave away the first year of the GOP House. 

(3)  Ukraine — Can two things be true at the same time?  Can one oppose Russia’s invasion and at the same time oppose the continuous flow of billions of American taxpayer dollars. And how do we help Ukraine repel Russia and defeat Putin  —  without breaking the bank and without making it the sole responsibility of the American taxpayer?  Shouldn’t Europe and the international community be more involved?  

(4)  Christmas — Let’s talk about our favorite Christmas movies, Christmas carols, and our favorite Christmas traditions. 


Frontiers of Freedom Weekly Report – Dec. 16, 2022

       

Frontiers of Freedom Weekly Report – Dec. 16, 2022

George Landrith, Dr. Joe Mangiacotti, Tom Donelson, and Dr. Larry Fedewa discuss the big issues:

(1) The Twitter Files — Elon Musk has released literally thousands of internal emails and documents that show how Twitter’s censorship didn’t even follow its own policies and that it was politically motivated and that government agencies were working with Twitter to silence conservatives. What does this tell you about the Left? The Biden Administration? The FBI? The intelligence community? 

(2) What should the Republican leadership in the House be investigating in the coming Congress? The politicalization of the DOJ, FBI, IRS and their work to censor America? Joe Biden’s grotesque corruption in which he’s sold access to the White House to our foreign adversaries for millions? Anthony Fauci’s lies under oath and why his net worth skyrocketed during the pandemic? The insanely dangerous border policy that has seen millions illegally cross our border, seen enough fentanyl to kill millions of Americans, and crime increases? The the Afghanistan debacle? 

(3)  Will Joe Biden will run for a second term? Or will it be Gavin Newsome?  Also who will the Republicans select to be their champion in the ideological battle that will take place in 2024? Donald Trump has said he will run again.  But there are also other possible candidates who have proven track records promoting conservative solutions and an America First approach. We the GOP selects another candidate for 2024, it won’t be a rejection of MAGA or America First policies. It would be a decision based on which candidate going forward can aggressively promote conservative polices and a pro-Constitution and America First agenda and can win over pivotal independent American voters and have coat tails to help elect a supportive team in the House and the Senate as well as in the states. 

(4)  Sam Brinton, the LGBTQ activist, who was the Deputy Assistant Security at the Energy Department and has been arrested twice for stealing women’s luggage, apparently was fired. The Biden administration has one of the least impressive cabinets and under secretaries in modern history. Basic competency doesn’t appear to have been part of the selection process. Pete Buttigieg is a prime example. With more than 100 ships backed up in harbors off the California creating serious supply chain problems he was taking time off. And as the train strike was looming, he was vacation in Europe. But if the President and Vice President are without basic competency, why should the cabinet be any different?


Frontiers of Freedom Weekly Report – Dec. 9, 2022

Frontiers of Freedom President, George Landrith, and Frontiers of Freedom Senior Fellows, Dr. Joe Mangiacotti, Tom Donelson, and Dr. Larry Fedewa, discuss the big issues:

(1) The Georgia Run Off Election — What explains the results?  Flawed Candidate?  Weak party leadership?  Trump?  Why does the Left continue to claim voter suppression despite record voter turnout?  What should GOP do differently to stop losing winnable elections? 

(2) Will Kevin McCarthy be the next Speaker?  Steve Scalise?  Someone else?  How does GOP become and remain unified?  Will the new Speaker be able to satisfy our desire for change and reform?  Will the new Congress accomplish anything important?  What is a rational or reasonable expectation for the next two years? 

(3) A. What’s going on with Elon Musk & Twitter? Is the clear corruption at Twitter before Musk and at the FBI and DOJ and CDC going to stop?

B. What is the impact of the Brittney Griner prison swap for Viktor Bout, the “merchant of death” which left retired Marine Paul Whelan rotting in a Russian prison. 

C. Nominations for Man and/or Woman of the year.

(4) A. China is a manufacturing powerhouse, but has proven to be an unreliable and even a dangerous trading partner, so will the world decouple from China or continue to empower the communist regime?  Is Biden too compromised by his and his families corrupt business dealings to lead a manufacturing resurgence in America?

B. Each of the panel will also discuss a “one more thing” news item. 


Coalition Letter Opposing the Guard VA Benefits Act

Because it Endangers and Limits Our Veterans Ability to Get Help in Engaging the Complex and Challenging Bureaucracy

December 6, 2022

Dear Member of Congress:

We want to begin by thanking you for your tireless efforts on behalf of our veterans. These men and women have sacrificed much for our country, and we owe them the highest levels of care and support upon returning to civilian life. In this vein, we write to you regarding the GUARD VA Benefits Act. While we believe the best of intentions are at the heart of this legislation, as written, it will unintentionally deprive many veterans of private assistance in preparing disability benefits claims, overall hindering their ability to receive that which they are owed. 

While the Veterans Administration (VA) strives to provide the best possible care, it is widely acknowledged that they are plagued by a six-figure backlog that is actively endangering our veterans. Veterans Service Organizations (VSOs) offer free VA claims preparation assistance, but many veterans have expressed difficulty navigating the system even with their help. While the intention of these VSOs is noble, it is clear that other pathways of assistance must be provided to our veterans. 

A number of reputable private companies have stepped in to fill a gap in the marketplace, wherein veterans are simply not equipped to secure the benefits they deserve on their own or with the help of volunteer VSO representatives. Some private companies offer a full suite of support, including screenings, benefit eligibility counseling, and assistance in compiling all necessary information for the disability claims submission. It is our belief that the best actors in this space are those who charge a fee only when they succeed in securing or increasing a veteran’s VA rating and only a portion of the veteran’s increase.

We understand that at the heart of the GUARD VA Benefits Act is a desire to protect veterans and ensure they receive the help they need. Unfortunately, your bill appears to criminalize reputable private companies, who are helping disabled veterans navigate a highly complex and challenging government bureaucracy, just as companies like TurboTax who are helping taxpayers with IRS and tax code complexities and challenges. Veterans deserve the same level of outside support, should they choose to use it.

We urge you to reexamine and correct these troubling aspects of the GUARD VA Benefits Act and to work in a holistic manner in the 118th Congress, including with private businesses, to have hearings and roundtables with stakeholders focused on reforming the accreditation process and increasing access to services for veterans. We must increase the VA’s capability to enforce laws against exploitation and punish truly bad actors. But we cannot label all for-profit companies “exploitative,” especially when many veterans can attest to the great support they have received when using their services.

Our veterans have given up so much to ensure the safety of our country and the protection of democratic ideals around the world. We, and the world, are better for their work and sacrifice. The least we can do is make sure they have timely, effective access to health care and support, which can be achieved by increasing the breadth of this legislation and bringing reputable companies into the fold.  Please reconsider this legislation, which runs counter to our shared, longstanding goal of fighting for our men and women in uniform.

Respectfully,

George Landrith, President, Frontiers of Freedom 

Morton Blackwell, President, The Leadership Institute 

James L. Martin, Founder/Chairman, 60 Plus Association 

The Honorable George K Rasley Jr, Managing Editor, ConservativeHQ.com

Horace Cooper, Director, Project 21 

Paul Caprio, Director, Patriotic Veterans

David Williams, President, Taxpayers Protection Alliance 

Steve Pociask, President / CEO, American Consumer Institute

C. Preston Noell III, President, Tradition, Family, Property, Inc.

Andrew Langer, President, Institute for Liberty 

Bob Carlstrom, President, AMAC Action

Seton Motely, Founder & President, Less Government 

Saulius “Saul” Anuzis, President, 60 Plus Association 

Ryan Ellis, President, Center for a Free Economy

Governor Mike Huckabee, Former Governor of Arkansas, President of HUCK PAC

David Wallace, Founder, Restore America’s Mission 

Charles Sauer, President Market Institute

Karen Kerrigan, President & CEO, Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council

Judson Phillips, Founder, Tea Party Nation

Martha Boneta Fain, President, Vote America First 

Susan Taylor, President, Strengthening America for All

John Cooper, President, Defending America Foundation

Scott Vanatter, President, The Last Best Hope on Earth Institute

Mark Thomas, Founder, Freedom & Prosperity Caucus

Nicholas Willis, President, Americans for Liberty & Security


Frontiers of Freedom Weekly Report – Dec. 2, 2022

         

          

George Landrith, Dr. Joe Mangiacotti, Tom Donelson, and Dr. Larry Fedewa discuss the big issues:

(1) China’s vicious and brutal totalitarianism has been on display this week. Despite the intimidation, surveillance and censorship, brave Chinese citizens are out in the streets protesting their government’s abuses and their continued COVID lockdowns. Sadly, on display is also the shameful complicity of Joe Biden and Tim Cook, and there’s the hypocrisy of the Democrats supporting riots (not merely protests, but violent, destructive riots) by Antifa and BLM, but refusing to support the brave Chinese citizens who are standing up to a brutal, communist totalitarian regime.

(2) In totalitarian regimes, there is no freedom of speech. The government decides what information is safe for you to hear. There are Lefties in America who want this same program here. They claim — like one lunatic on CNN did — that free speech is “non-sense.” We have an administration that is “keeping an eye” on Elon Musk and Twitter; that has worked with social media and the press to silence dissenting views; that tried to start a government program to control information under the guise of reducing misinformation. That tells you pretty much all you need to know about the Biden Administration — they have evil, totalitarian instincts.

(3) The Biden Administration isn’t just anti-free speech, they are extremists to their core. We were told that Joe Biden was the moderate choice. But there is absolutely nothing moderate about this administration. It is widely extreme. They are avidly opposed to our constitutional rights as found in the Bill of Rights. They want taxpayers to pay for sex change operations for children. Biden’s nuclear waste guru is a non-binary, luggage stealing, whack-job. They want to force us into poverty and dependence. They deny elections whenever they lose, but if you question their attempts to stuff ballot boxes with illegal votes, you’re dangerous. They ramp up crime and murder wherever they are in charge. And they’ve created a national border that allows terrorists, criminals and poisonous fentanyl to flood across our border.

(4) We discuss a wide range of issues: (a) Sam Bankman-Fried and the FTX Ponzi scheme; (b) Dr. Fauci who is making numerous “Last Press” Appearances — the man will not go away; (c) how Biden’s agenda is putting America’s financial future at risk; (d) small businesses continue to struggle and it isn’t the pandemic, it is the Biden administration; (e) there is the hope that a slim Republican majority in the US House of Representatives could at least slow down some of the insanity and temper a bit some of the Democrat’s extremism.

(5) And each of our panelists will provide a “one more thing” topic.


Sen. Paul’s Amendment to the NDAA Is Both Necessary and Needed

It Promotes Justice and a Strong & Ready Military

       

CONTACT: George Landrith                                      FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

PHONE:  (703) 246-0110, Ext. 1302                               November 30, 2022

                  

Fairfax, VA  –  Frontiers of Freedom released the following statement by its president, George Landrith, regarding the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) and Senator Rand Paul’s proposed amendment to prohibit discharges from the Armed Forces solely on grounds of their vaccination status and to reinstate those service members who have already been discharged based on their vaccination status: 

While national security spending is critically important, Sen. Rand Paul is 100% correct to oppose the NDAA unless the Senate votes to prohibit discharges from the Armed Forces solely because of vaccination status and reinstates service members already discharged. The reason for this is quite simple. Ever since the military mandated the COVID vaccine, recruitment has been cratering. Our military cannot be ready to defend the nation if it’s numbers are at historic lows. 

Likewise, if the morale of our war fighters is low, that also harms readiness and our ability to defend ourselves. So Sen. Paul is dead-on right to fix this problem to strengthen our military. It is also the just and right thing to do because kicking patriotic Americans out of the military for not taking a vaccine that provided very limited, if any discernible, benefit to the age and health demographics of the typical warfighter makes zero sense and lacks a rational and reasonable basis. Simply stated, it was the wrong thing to do and our current recruitment shortfalls are proof positive of that fact. 

It is time to correct this injustice, and it will also greatly benefit our ability to defend ourselves and recruit a serious force to deter our adversaries. This is pro-defense and pro-military and it is needed and necessary. 

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Frontiers of Freedom Weekly Report – November 25, 2022


      

George Landrith, Dr. Joe Mangiacotti, and Tom Donelson discuss the leading issues of the week: (1) World Economic Forum Foundation Chair Klaus Schwab says China is a role model; (2) Dr. Fauci admits he’s a bureaucrat, not a scientist or even a physician; (3) Alaska’s Ranked Choice Voting helps losers win and turns representative democracy on its head; (4) the lame stream media lies once again about acts of violence and tries to pin hate crimes on conservatives — it turns out that the Colorado club shooter was not a Conservaitve and instead is a non-binary guy who uses they/them pronouns; (5) inflation is surging despite Biden’s claim that it is under control and he’s fixed the problem the vast majority of Americas have had to cut back for Thanksgiving and Christmas. And we will each have a “one more thing” story to discuss!


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