Help Needed for Care Package Postage


As you may have heard, we have a problem.

We have supplies to ship 1,000 boxes of care packages, but without money for postage all these boxes full of girl scout cookies, coffee, personal hygiene packs, and socks are just sitting here in our Sacramento warehouse.  We need your help to purchase postage and get them out of our warehouse, where they are doing no good, and over to Afghanistan and Iraq, to our troops that so desperately need them.

Total fundraising comes to $1,697.40 so far, enough to ship 123 boxes. 877 are remaining in the warehouse! Not a bad start, but we still have to raise $12,102.60 to reach our goal! 

You can sponsor TWO care packages for practically the same price as one regular care package, because we have the product already we just need $13.80 per box to send them to our troops!

These packages mean so much to the troops who receive them. They often write back to tell us just how much of a positive impact these care packages make. The items within provide a huge benefit, but even more is the morale boost they get from knowing they are loved and supported by patriotic Americans who they’ve never even met. Here’s an example of a letter we recently received: 

Help send more support to troops like the ones above by getting the remaining 877 boxes out of our warehouse. We’ve got a ton of Girl Scout Cookies, long extra-thick boot socks, and personal hygiene packs full of soap, sun screen, toothbrushes, bug repellent, lip palm, and many other items boxed up and ready to go, but we don’t have the postage to mail them

The cost to mail each box is $13.80 from the USPS.  That means that we urgently need to raise $13,800 ASAP.  Will you please help us purchase the postage to mail these See’s Candies and Girl Scout Cookies to our troops?

14 Years After 9/11 Do You Still Support the Troops?

You Never Forgot 9/11, but
Do You Still Support the Troops?

Here at MAF, our way of coping with terrible anniversaries like today, is to find a positive outlet for the grief we still feel as a nation. America is still locked in a global War on Terror that began when that first plane hit the World Trade Center towers.

What better way to honor the victims that were lost, than to support the troops who are working to make sure it never happens again.In Iraq and Afghanistan, thousands of our troops are training local forces and standing guard to make sure that Iraq and Afghanistan don’t fall to the Al Qaeda, the Taliban, or ISISOur troops are on important missions to stop the spread of Islamic terror and we must continue to support them!

Right now, we’re in the midst of shipping out hundreds of care packages to troops still serving on the front lines of the war on terror…will you join us?

We have over 600 care packages ready to go, but we’re desperately trying to increase that number that to 800 boxes! Donate today and make it happen!

Sponsor a care package & help us send the message to our troops on 9/11:

We still support you and and are grateful for keeping us safe at home!
Here are some photos of the packages being prepared and shipped out today!

Today is the 14th anniversary of the horrific terrorist attack ever perpetrated. 9/11/2001 was the tragic event that woke up this nation and forced us to confront a threat that had been ignored for too long. Now, 14 years later and we still have American troops deployed in countries around the world on various missions to counter the numerous terrorist groups operating in the shadows.

We also haven’t forgotten that just three years ago, on 9/11/2012, terrorists used that anniversary to stage another attack on America, our consulate in Benghazi, Libya, an attach which killed four Americans. We still mourn the loss of Foreign Service Officer Sean Smith, former Navy SEALS Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty, and our Ambassador Chris Stevens.

We must never allow our fellow Americans to forget 9/11 or what it means. The terror attacks that struck that day showed us the danger of Islamic jihadists that caught us off guard. Every year on 9/11, we must remind our fellow Americans that our enemies are still out there plotting more attacks trying to bring down our way of life.

Never forget that we still have troops in harm’s way. Many of the young men and women serving in the armed forces today can remember when the towers fell. A good many of our troops joined the armed forces as a direct response to 9/11. Our country was under attack and they rose to defend it… support them and give them thanks for their sacrifice!

Don’t let those men and women still in harm’s way be forgotten! We have to raise another 200 care packages by tomorrow to complete our shipment! Help us get there!

If we can get just 50 people to sponsor a $99 care package, we will reach our goal.

9/11 Memorial and Tribute 2015

9/11 – Never Forget

Today, marks one of the darkest days in American history. 14 years ago today, the terrorists declared war on all Americans, and attacked innocent civilians, killing thousands of Americans and people from around the world. People of every race, religion and creed, have been slaughtered by the radical Islamic terrorists of Al Qaeda and it’s subsequent spawns. All killed in a jihad on America, a war against freedom and liberty.Young people growing up today were born after the 2011 attack and see a world that had been changed irrevocably by the terrorists. Some of them may not understand how drastically the world changed that day.

Remembering 9/11 and sharing that experience with others is the best way to educate those who don’t understand or may have forgotten the kind of evil we are still fighting today.

For the past couple years, MAF has been invited by John Vinson and his family to help them put up a huge memorial flag display to mark the anniversary of the terrorist attacks. This year, MAF put together a video showing John and his team of volunteers placing the flags in the ground.

John Vinson says that when he woke up September 11th, 2001, and heard about what had happened in New York City, he was confused, afraid, frustrated and angry. He channeled his anger by picking up an American flag and going to a freeway overpass and simply waving it proudly and defiantly at the enemy, for all the passing motorists to see. Those that passed by and saw him waving the colors honked and cheered and encouraged him.

John Vinson, who started the annual display and wife Nancy
Over the years John has continued to fly the flag every 9/11, except today he has well over 4,000 flags to fly and he’s moved from the freeway overpass to a field in view of a busy street in West Sacramento. But his idea is the same as ever, to fly the flag (now a collection of flags laid out as a memorial to the fallen) in defiance of those who would try to destroy our freedom.
The 9/11 memorial grows larger each year

We appreciate the efforts of people like John Vinson, or the countless other patriots around the country who are flying their flags today, supporting our troops.If you haven’t already figured out how YOU will remind people of what today means, please think now, figure out WHAT YOU CAN DO with the tools God gave you, to remind your fellow Americans that we have been attacked, and we are at war, and we have brave troops that need our support!

Here at Move America Forward we continue our diligent efforts to support our troops with care packages and support from home.

Today, to honor the victims of 9/11 and those troops who have given their lives in the War on Terror, we are sending a shipment of over 600 care packages to troops still deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Can you sponsor a care package today? We would like to send 800 care packages and with your help and donations we can!

JR Rogers Shares His Family Story on Troopathon

We have written often about our great partnership with Roger’s Family Company and the coffee they roast locally here in Sacramento that goes into every care package we send to the troops. Now you can hear about it from J.R. Rogers himself, who joined us for this years Troopathon and was interviewed by Rita Cosby. J.R. talks about his family’s appreciation for the military and what it means to them to be a part of such a great effort!

MAF is proud and thankful for the opportunity to include Rogers Family Company gourmet coffee in all of our care packages to our troops. Please take the time to spread some holiday cheer and provide our troops with a special package including Rogers Family Company coffee and other delicious seasonal treats!

We have a wide variety of Rogers coffee in our warehouse in many different flavors and roasts such as French Roast, Espresso Roast, Hazelnut, Southern Pecan, Breakfast Blend, Irish Creme, Colombian, and the 100% organic Rainforest blend. Rogers coffee is a very important part of our care packages!We’ve set a goal for Operation: Coffee Drip! to send a huge $5,000 batch of freshly roasted gourmet coffee to keep our troops on the front lines alert and energized on all of their most important jobs. So far we have raised $1,500 towards our goal! Help us reach $5,000 by next week! 

Strong Start for Operation Coffee Drip

Recently we received a letter from a commander in Afghanistan who says that her troops love the gourmet coffee we send them, thanks to our partnership with Roger’s Family Company.

She also wrote about one of her soldiers who never seems to get mail, so we’ve decided to send the whole unit a bunch of coffee! So far we have raised about $1,500 toward our goal of $5,000!

It’s Friday! Here’s a Great Video to Start Your Weekend!

This is an awesome video made last year when Roger’s Family Company visited ouf office to see our volunteers in action packing their coffee into boxes for the troops.


MAF is proud and thankful for the opportunity to include Rogers Family Company gourmet coffee in all of our care packages to our troops. Please take the time to spread some holiday cheer and provide our troops with a special package including Rogers Family Company coffee and other delicious seasonal treats!

We have a wide variety of Rogers coffee in our warehouse in many different flavors and roasts such as French Roast, Espresso Roast, Hazelnut, Southern Pecan, Breakfast Blend, Irish Creme, Colombian, and the 100% organic Rainforest blend. Rogers coffee is a very important part of our care packages!

We’ve set a goal for Operation: Coffee Drip! to send a huge $5,000 batch of freshly roasted gourmet coffee to keep our troops on the front lines alert and energized on all of their most important jobs. So far we have raised $1,500 towards our goal! Help us reach $5,000 by next week! 

Strong Start for Operation Coffee Drip

Yesterday we sent you a letter from a commander in Afghanistan who says that her troops love the gourmet coffee we send them, thanks to our partnership with Roger’s Family Company.

She also wrote about one of her soldiers who never seems to get mail, so we’ve decided to send the whole unit a bunch of coffee! So far we have raised about $1,500 toward our goal of $5,000!

August Monthly Newsletter

Happy 225th Birthday to the United States Coast Guard!
Semper Paratus

U.S. Coast Guard Day honors the military branch that protects our waters and shorelines.On August 4, 1790, the Revenue Cutter Service was created by the U.S. Congress. Congress authorized the construction of ten cutters. These ships were built to enforce U.S. tariff laws. The Revenue Cutter Service was the predecessor the modern-day U.S. Coast Guard.

We thought it would be fun to honor Coast Guard Day by highlighting some of the more notable “Coasties” who have served this nation though the Coast Guard.

Caesar Romero

Broadway and Hollywood star Caesar Romero was born in New York City, in 1907 the son of an Italian-American Father, and a Cuban immigrant mother.

Romero already had several major Hollywood movies under his belt, such as the1934 classic “The Thin Man” and “Week- End In Havana” opposite Carmen Miranda in 1941 among many other notable films.

In 1942 Romero enlisted in the United States Coast Guard serving aboard the USS Cavalier an assault transport vessel that saw action in the Pacific Theater. Romero rose to the rank of a Chief Boatswain Mate during his time in the service and received an honorable discharge at the end of the war. Romero went on to work in dozens of more films and television shows.

Romero is remembered for his iconic portrayal as the Joker in the 1960’s Batman television series. Romero passed away at 86 on January 2, 1994.

Rudy Vallee

Musician and actor Rudy Vallee grew up in Westbrook, Maine. Vallee graduated from Yale where he performed with the Yale Collegians. As a member of the Yale Collegians he became known for using a megaphone to project his voice. After graduating Yale, Vallee worked in the heyday of radio and was famous for the catch phrase “Heigh-Ho everybody, this is Rudy Vallee speaking.” The band was an instant success and was soon picked up to play on WABC Radio. Although Vallee continued to work in radio, he also began working in Hollywood and did his first film “Vagabond Lover” in 1929.

In 1941 he enlisted in the United States Coast Guard as a band director in the 11th district band. Vallee rose to the rank of Lieutenant and led the 40 piece band to great success.

Following his service in the Coast Guard Valle went back to his roots in film and television starring in such hits as “How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying” and like his fellow Coastie Romero, also worked on the TV hit Batman.

Arnold Palmer

Arnold Palmer is considered one of the greatest male golfers of all time with an impressive four Masters championships as well as the U.S. Open and the British Open titles, and two Senior open championships among his many achievements.

Palmer, who has played golf since the age of three attended Wake Forest on a golf scholarship but left after the death of a close friend and enlisted in the Coast Guard for three years where he served as a Yeoman but still competed in golf as a member of the Coast Guard. After completing his service he returned to Wake Forest and professional golf.

Palmer is a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame and a recipient of the PGA Tour Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2004 he competed in the last of his 50 consecutive appearances in The Masters event.

Palmer is a recipient of both the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Congressional Gold Medal.

Jack Dempsey

Jack Dempsey continues to be one of the most recognizable and popular professional boxers of all time. Dempsey held the World Heavyweight Boxing Championship title from 1919 until 1926 and was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame.

During World War II Dempsey served as lieutenant in the Coast Guard Reserve.  As a member of the Coast Gard he served  as “Director of Physical Education.”  And made many personal appearances at fights, camps, hospitals and War Bond drives.

In 1945 he was on the attack transport USS Arthur Middleton for the invasion of Okinawa.  In July of 1945 he was assigned to the Commander, 11th Naval District for assignment to Military Morale Duty.  He was released from active duty in September 1945.

These are just a few of the many notable celebrities who have served in the United States Coast Guard.



On Tuesday August 18th MAF joined a large coalition of groups for a rally against Obama’s Iran Deal in Las Vegas, Nevada at the district offices of Senator Harry Reid.
Some of you might remember that this is not the first time we have protested Harry Reid. In fact, we’ve protested Reid at this exact same office location! Back in May of 2007 we organized a huge protest outside of Reid’s office calling him and Nancy Pelosi out for their insistence that The Surge was failing and that we should pull troops out of Iraq immediately. We called Reid and Pelosi the “cheese-eating surrender monkeys” and we even hired some professional animal handlers to bring a pair of chimps to the protest holding some white flags, representing Reid and Pelosi wanting to surrender and abandon our mission in Iraq.Tuesdays rally was about the importance of opposing Obama’s nuclear deal, which gives Iran a clear path to develop a bomb, and gives Iran access to over $100 billion in assets that they are free to use to fund their various terrorist surrogates operating throughout the Middle East.

 We were joined by local activist Danny Tarkanian (above)
and famous businessman/author Wayne Allyn Root (below).
Reid is one of the undecided Senators, and it is critical we push him to oppose Obama’s nuclear agreement. Senator Chuck Schumer of New York, another Democrat, has already announced he will oppose the Iran Deal, and there are several other undecided Senators like Chris Coons of Delaware who we have to pressure. Getting Harry Reid to oppose the deal could be the critical vote. Tuesday’s rally sent a message to all Senators that real patriotic Americans want them to oppose Obama’s Iran deal!


MAF is Proud to Honor those Killed in the Chattanooga Terrorist Attack

On July 16, 2016 shots rang out at the Chattanooga Armed Forces Recruitment Center as radicalized Islamist  Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez opened fire from behind the wheel of a rented silver Mustang convertible where he discharged approximately 25-30 rounds, wounding a U.S. Marine before escaping the scene  Abdulazeez then drove roughly seven miles to the U.S. Naval Reserve Center on Amnicola Highway in Chattanooga where Abdulazeez rammed through a security gate, drove to one of the centers buildings, charged inside and fatally wounded  2nd Class Logistics Spc. Randall Smith who died on July 18 from his injuries. After shooting Smith, Abdulazeez exited the back of the building and entered a motor pool area where he began firing his weapon killing four more marines in the fenced motor pool area including  Lcpl. Squire “Skip” Wells, GySgt. Thomas Sullivan, Ssgt. David Wyatt, and Sgt. Carson Holmquist before reentering the building where Abdulazeez was gunned down by responding police officers.
In addition to those killed, a marine recruiter and a responding police officer were both shot with non-life threatening injuries.Lt. Cmdr Tomothy White (USN), who was not injured in the attack discharged his personal weapon in an attempt to engage the gunman which allowed a group of unarmed service members to escape over a fence. White will not be charged for firing his weapon although there was initial speculation that he could face charges. It is believed at least one of the service members killed in the attack also fired at the terrorist.After five days of mounting criticism President Obama bowed to public pressure and ordered flags be lowered to half-staff in honor of those slain.Please take a moment to pray for the heroes of the Chatanooga Shooting2nd Class Petty Officer Randall Smith, United States Navy

Gunnery Sgt. Thomas J. Sullivan, USMC

Staff Sgt. David A. Wyatt, USMC

Lance Cpl. Squire “Skip” K. Wells, USMC

Sgt. Carson A. Holmquist, USMC

An ongoing FBI investigation will determine the classification of the shooting, which will determine if these five will be eligible to be posthumously awarded the Purple Heart.

Signing up to receive packages is easy!

If you are deployed or have the address of a deployed military member, you can click here for our Military Sign Up Center to sign them up to receive one of our great care packages loaded with plenty of the TLC our soldiers need to remind them that people back home support their mission.

If you prefer, just copy this link  [ ] Once the soldier has registered they’ll be eligible to receive packages and messages of support from caring Americans like you.

MAF’s Monthly Smiles Club Keeps the Smiles Coming Year-Round

Want an easy way to keep those smiles coming all year long?  Join the Move America Forward Monthly Smiles Club. Simply provide us with your monthly budget, and a little information from you and we do the rest. That’s all there is to it. Then you’ll know each month you’ve put a smile on a soldier’s face.

We can also set up programs that send packages out for all the different holidays through the year. We have members who send out packages for Easter, Forth of July, Thanksgiving, and Christmas, and others who send out packages every other month or even quarterly. We’re here to help with whatever you or your company, group or organization wants to do to support the troops. There’s no obligation, and  you can stop sending packages at any time.

If you have a question or would like additional information, contact Lisa Baron, our Monthly Smiles Director at


I believe it is important to share the stories of our services members, which is why I reached out to WWII Navy veteran, John “Jack” Ehrbar.  As our population of surviving WWII veterans rapidly shrinks, I am hoping to share some of their first- hand accounts of life in the service during WWII while they are still with to share their stories.

Jack’s Story

“The Army was after me and I said ‘No Way!’ My father had to sign for me, because you had to be twenty-one to be drafted and I was only twenty at the time.”  So on September 29, 1942 Jack enlisted in the United States Navy.

“So I was off to Great Lakes for four weeks of boot, what they call boot camp, then I came home for a nine day leave and after that went back to Great Lakes for sixteen months of radio school. Morse code, typing, I really learned to type in the Navy. I mean they really gave it to you for a month… I got to the point I could type 50 words a minute in Morse code.”

After completing of his training Jack was a 3rd class radioman. Jack must have impressed his Navy instructors since he was asked to stay on as an instructor following his training, and was promoted to a 2nd Class radioman. Jack remained as an instructor at Great Lakes until spring of 1944.

Jack’s first official Navy portrait postcard sent to his mother from Great Lakes

Jack was then sent to Galveston, Texas where he reported to an LCI – Landing Craft Infantry with orders to Bora Bora via the Panama Canal.  Jack’s vessel was the group flagship in a four ship contingent where Jack had charge of the radio shack.

After a brief liberty on the Pacific side of the Panama Canal it took 19 days to reach Bora Bora. The LCI’s had no names, just hull numbers and after all these years Jack could rattle off the hull numbers for all four LCI’s in his group, LCI-976, 977, 978 and 979.  Jack was the radioman aboard LCI-978. The small group had no escort ships save the dolphins that swan along the side of the vessel.

The group was making ready to shove of in Bora Bora but could not locate one of its crew members, Jack recounted seeing the tardy crew member walking up carrying a bucket of dirt. Jack asked him “Now what the hell are you doing with that?” to which the crew member replied “I’ll be damned if I’ll go 19 days without seeing land again!” Jack chuckled, shook his head and muttered, “Screwball.”

After a refueling stop in Bora Bora  they were off to New Guinea but by then the Japanese were no longer in control. Jack remembers checking out the remains of an old Japanese Zero in the jungle and slurping water out of a crystal clear stream before returning to the ship. From there it was off to an island south of the Philippians in preparation for the invasion of the Philippians.

Jack recounted in preparation for an operation, they would clean up and just make everything look good first. They would change the sheets on their bunks which had no mattresses, just a ledge, but better than a net hammock according to Jack. They had just picked up some Army men in preparation of the operation and some of the Army officers came down to their staff area, where Jack and the other staff bunked looking for quarters, and Jack told them “Sorry Sir, but you will have to go to the other side of the hold, none of these are for you.”, to which the Army officer replied “Those enlisted men have got it better than we do!”

So the LCI put the Army members ashore on the island and then they ended up in the Leyte Gulf two days after the invasion, and McArthur was already ashore so they were ordered to pick up twenty of cases of Canadian Club from a destroyer to offload to McArthur and the officers who were now onshore! Number one order: “Make sure we didn’t take anything!”

“Believe it or not, we would have been sitting ducks if the Japanese hadn’t turned back, it just looked like a mountain of gunfire from the Japanese planes that were flying over. But the Japanese turned back because they were really going to be intercepted anyway. So they turned back.  There was one guy in our sister ship who did get killed from a Japanese plane bullet and afterward I saw a couple of the Japanese bodies floating in the Leyte Gulf.”

After everything was pretty secure they went to one of the nearby islands where they could get booze brought in from Australia. As Jack put it “We hadn’t had a good drink in a long time, we had this homemade stuff the cook made, not very good; grapefruit juice and whatever, so anyway we all decided we needed a drink and you could get booze from Australia and we had money. In any event we paid $75.00 for 2 liters of booze, three of us .It was expensive; almost a month salary, but we didn’t give a crap. So we went ashore while the tide was out and the ramps to the beach were ok, and the three of us went down and walked a short distance. So we drank both of them and got drunk as a skunk. Chad Orm was one buddy and Dalton Neal was the other guy, he was the yeoman. Of course we passed out on the beach and when we woke up at 2:00 a.m. the tide was in and the ramps were covered in water, so we’re supposed to get back to the ship and Dalton Neal says ‘Watch this, I’ll run right up that ramp” and of course he missed it by about three feet and ended up in the water.”

Jack (far left) with his shipmates off Cebu Island, April 1945

So we were still in the Philippians when the war ended in August of 1945, so then we went to Formosa, they call it Taiwan now, where we didn’t go ashore and then we took some Chinese troops to Shanghai, we went to Shanghai twice.”

Jack did have a girl back in Chicago who he wanted to marry, but when he got home he received a “Dear John” letter. In Jack’s absence she married her high school sweetheart. “Do you know what she said to me? ‘You’ll probably marry the girl next door’, almost, almost” Jack laughed as he recalled.

Jack ended up marrying Ruth, his sweetheart and nearly the girl next door with whom he raised three great children, Corrine, Mark and Mary Lynne. Jack and Ruth were married for 45 happy years filled with love, and laughter and countless wonderful meals from Ruth who was an excellent cook and baker, her family still talks about her homemade pecan tassies and fruit kolachkis with near reverence. Ruth passed away in 1993 leaving a big hole in the family but so many wonderful memories.

Several years later Jack did remarry and once again he chose a woman who lived very close by, sadly Colette, his second also passed away several years ago. It seems his long ago Chicago sweetheart knew her Jack pretty darned well.

Jack Ehrbar is in his mid 90’s now and still lives in his own home with his son Mark. He’s a dapper gent with eyes the color of faded denim that sparkle behind his glasses denoting his quick wit  and fantastic memory and I am so happy I was able to share his stories with you here today.

I hope you enjoy reading my column and I would love to hear your thoughts and stories as well. If you have served or have family members who have served I would encourage you to allow me to share your own story so I can help tell all the wonderful stories about our brave troops that deserve to be heard.

I hope I gave you something to smile about, so pour yourself a nice cup of coffee, or in my case a tall icy glass of sweet tea, count your blessing and have a great day!


I would love to hear from you, even on our darkest days we all have blessings and I would love to share yours. Contact at and use the subject line Count Your Blessings.

We Had a Packing Party!

We had local volunteers in the MAF Headquarters working hard to prepare another 800+ care packages for our troops on the front lines. The packages have been boxed up and will soon be headed for deserving troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. As you know, there are still over 10,000 American troops deployed across two fronts in the war on terror.

Hundreds of boxes were packed, labeled, and made ready to ship! Supporters local to the Sacramento area came in to lend a hand, but if you live somewhere else around the country, you can still help by making a donation! We need more generous donors to sponsor these boxes so we can ship them off to Afghanistan and Iraq! Click here to donate now!


Did you Know?

August 2, 1990
The Iraqi army invaded Kuwait and annexed by Iraq which claimed that Kuwait was historically part of Iraq. This resulted in Desert Shield, the massive Allied military buildup, and later  Desert Storm.

August 6, 1945American B-29 bomber Enola Gay  drops the first Atomic Bomb over the Japanses city of Hiroshima at 8:15 a.m.

August 9, 1945U.S. B-29 drops second Atomic bomb over Nagasaki, Japan around noon causing massive destruction and casualities.

August 9, 1974
President Richard M. Nixon resigned the presidency as a result of the Watergate scandal thus becoming  the only U.S. President ever to resign.

August 14, 1945
Japan’s Emperor Hirohito accepted Allied surrender terms with the exception that the Japanese Emperor’s sovereignty would be maintained. Known as V-J Day in commemoration of Japan’s surrender.

August 18, 1920
With the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution women were granted the right to vote.

August 21, 1959Hawaii is admitted as the 50th state following a proclamation signed by President Dwight D. Eisenhower.

August 24-25, 1814During the War of 1812, Washington, D.C., was invaded by British forces that burned the Capitol, the White House and most other public buildings along with a number of private homes.

August 28, 1963Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivers his now-famous I Have a Dream speech at the March on Washington civil right rally in Washington, D.C.

Schumer Under Attack from His Own Party Over Iran Deal

Far-Left Libs Attack Schumer For Standing Up to Obama
Also: Pundits Supporting Iran Deal Trash Constitution

Last week New York Senator Chuck Schumer announced his opposition to President Barack Obama’s Iran deal for a whole host of reasons.In response to Schumer stepping out of line, the far-left has mobilized their legions of wide-eyed empty-headed base to attack Schumer and bully him to get with their program or face their wrath. 


Schumer cited several of the weaknesses in Obama’s deal, it gives Iran multiple ways of delaying inspections for up to 24 days, or tying up inspectors in red tape which would afford Iran plenty of time to hide what they don’t want inspectors to see.

Schumer also took issue with the $140 billion dollar cash windfall that Iran could use for whatever purposes they want. The fact that the agreement does nothing to curb Iran’s other terrorist-supporting activities, means most of that $140 would probably go towards continuing their multiple ongoing proxy wars destabilizing the whole Middle East.

Anti-War Donors Pledge To Withhold $8.3 Million In Potential Donations From Schumer, Iran Deal Opponents
More than 17,000 MoveOn members have said they won’t donate to anyone against the deal.
…In less than 24 hours since Schumer’s announcement, 17,636 members of MoveOn, a progressive advocacy group, have committed to withhold $8.3 million they would have contributed to Schumer and other Democrats who oppose the Iran deal, the group told The Huffington Post on Friday.Jessica Schulberg, writing for HuffingtonPost.Com

The left is mobilizing their minions to strong-arm and threaten any Democrats who might be thinking of voting with their conscience. You must keep up your efforts all of you patriots and organizations out there who have banded together to oppose Obama’s suicidal nuclear deal with Iran.

We have had an effect but the battle is just beginning! We must fight back against the far-left’s many activists who will be trying to counter our efforts! Keep up the phone calls, the donations, the social media posts, the letters to members offices and everything else you are doing!


Make a Donation Today to Help MAF Keep
Up OUR Efforts to Stop Obama’s Iran Deal!

Journos who Favor Iran Deal Trash the Constitution and the Role of Congress in Order to Support Obama’s Crazy Deal with the Devil.

Liberals have become particularly nasty in their response to criticism of Obama and his Iran deal. So much so that they’re now willing to openly trash the Constitution and seem to favor the way Obama is circumventing the rule of law and take away the power of Congress to ratify treaties as laid out by our Founding Fathers.

This weekend in Politico, Sandy Berger, who was Bill Clinton’s old NSA adviser, wrote, “Rejection fundamentally shifts the balance of power on Iran from the president to Congress in a way that makes a future agreement virtually impossible to achieve. Voting no deprives this President, or a future president, of bargaining power over the Iranians.”

But if the Constitution states that Congress MUST ratify treaties that the President negotiates, it’s really a fundamental shift AWAY from the Constitution if the Congress is forced to just rubber stamp everything the President does. Berger talks about how this diminishes the President’s powers as if it’s a bad thing.

The whole point of the Constitution is to limit the powers of each branch of government because the founding fathers knew what kind of disaster could happen if one man has too much! Liberals just see our founding documents as an annoying impediment to their radical agenda.

On the website for Foreign Policy magazine, Jeffrey Lewis wrote, “…Congress is a ‘branch of government’ in precisely the same way that college basketball fans are a ‘sixth man.’ We don’t let fans call plays, other than as some kind of preseason stunt. I am not particularly interested in congressional views about the Iran deal.”

If your jaw doesn’t just drop at the arrogance and contempt dripping off his statement, it should have! Notice the sarcasm with which he puts ‘branch of government’ in quotes as though the legislature should not be considered equally as important to the President or the Supreme Court.

And why? Because the Congress is led by Republican majorities in the House and Senate and since they’re unwilling to go along with Obama’s horrible Iran deal, now this guy who ironically calls himself a wonk in his twitter handle, seems to think we don’t really need Congress anymore.

It’s disgusting how quickly these pundits want to throw away the institutions of government which we’ve relied on for hundreds of years because they want to ram their awful policies through without having to withstand critical analysis by representatives elected from the people to be our voice. No doubt, if this were the other way around, if we had a Republican president trying to pass something through a Democrat-led Congress, these same people would be screaming “The President has too much power anyways! Congress should really have the power!”

These are just a few examples of the all-out lies that the leftist media are willing to tell because they know Obama’s deal with Iran is unpopular. According to polls, two thirds of the American people oppose the deal, and only in a few polls where the questions are extremely biased show any sort of support for Obama’s deal at all. But Obama and his supporters in the mass media and the anti-military activist crowd will say ANYTHING to jam this through Congress for the sake of Obama’s legacy.

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John Bolton: The consequences of a bad deal with Iran

20150727_jboltonby John Bolton
July 26, 2015

President Obama has made an art form of attacking his opponents rather than substantively defending his own policies, most recently regarding the Vienna agreement on Iran’s nuclear program. Essentially, Obama argues that we must either accept his wretched deal or go to war to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons.

As is typical, Obama posits the wrong choice, apparently to distract from the unpleasant reality that the agreement won’t work. It will not prevent Iran from getting nuclear weapons. So the real choice we are faced with is dealing with the consequences of military action or the consequences of a nuclear Iran. Neither is palatable, but the latter is far worse. If the real objective is stopping Iran from getting nuclear weapons, preemptive military action is now inescapable.

This rock-and-hard-place outcome has long been foreseeable. Iran’s dogged determination to become a nuclear-weapons state was fiercer and stronger than the West’s frail response. Assuming Iran scrupulously complies with every provision agreed to in Vienna — an absurdly unlikely scenario given the ayatollahs’ objectives and history — its ambitions for nuclear weapons will simply have been delayed eight to 10 years.

In all likelihood, the ayatollahs are already at work violating the accords. After all, Iran has systematically breached its voluntarily-assumed obligations under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty for more than 30 years. Now the president’s deal will allow Iran to keep the fruits of its violations. Yes, the deal includes restrictions on uranium enrichment, but Tehran can retain its enrichment program, with guaranteed international assistance in improving it. These concessions are fatal mistakes.

Moreover, Iran’s ballistic missile efforts — its development of the means to deliver nuclear weapons all over the world — will barely be touched. Nor does the deal in any way address Iran’s clandestine weaponization efforts, which it has denied and hidden from the International Atomic Energy Agency with great skill.

Last week, the news that the administration has not even seen the texts of two agreements between the energy agency and Iran, both crucial to implementation of the Vienna accords, only raises further doubts. President Obama must provide the texts of these “side deals” to Congress before any serious consideration of the overall agreement is possible.

Some critics of Obama’s plan advocate scuttling the deal and increasing economic sanctions against Iran instead. They are dreaming. Iran and the United States’ negotiating partners have already signed the accords and are straining at their leashes to implement them. There will be no other “better deal.” Arguments about what Obama squandered or surrendered along the way are therefore fruitless. As for sanctions, they were already too weak to prevent Iran’s progress toward the bomb, and they will not be reset now. To paraphrase Bruce Springsteen, “These sanctions are going boys, and they ain’t coming back.”

Patrick Clawson, the director for research at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, provided the most recent thumbs-down assessment of sanctions: “Iran has muddled through the shock of the sanctions imposed in 2012, and its structural [economic] problems are not particularly severe compared to those of other countries.” He estimates Iran’s nuclear and terrorism-support programs to cost only about $10 billion annually. No wonder administration officials have testified that sanctions (including those imposed piecemeal before 2012) did not slow Iran’s nuclear efforts.

Nor will the deal’s “snapback” mechanism (intended to coerce Iran back into compliance if it breaches its obligations) change that reality. Tehran’s belligerent response is expressly stated in the agreement’s text: “If sanctions are reinstated in whole or in part, Iran will treat that as grounds to cease performing its commitments … in whole or in part.” Tehran does risk losing some future economic benefits should sanctions snap back, but by then it will have already cashed in the assets the deal unfreezes and signed new lucrative trade and investment contracts.

Once those benefits begin flowing all around, the pressure on world governments will only increase to ignore Iranian violations, or to treat them as minor or inadvertent, certainly not warranting the reimposition of major sanctions. The ayatollahs have dusted off Lenin’s barb that “the capitalists will sell us the rope with which we will hang them,” and applied it to the age of nuclear proliferation.

If diplomacy and sanctions have failed to stop Iran, diplomacy alone will fail worse. Like it or not, we now face this unpleasant reality: Iran probably will violate the deal; it may not be detected doing so and if detected, it will not be deterred by “snapback” sanctions. So we return to the hard question: Are we prepared to do what will be necessary to stop Iran from getting nuclear weapons?

Obama most certainly is not, which means the spotlight today is on Israel.

If Israel strikes, there will be no general Middle East war, despite fears to the contrary. We know this because no general war broke out when Israel attacked Saddam Hussein’s Osirak reactor in 1981, or when it attacked the North Korean-built Syrian reactor in 2007. Neither Saudi Arabia nor other oil-producing monarchies wanted those regimes to have nuclear weapons, and they certainly do not want Iran to have them today.

However, Iran may well retaliate. At that point, Washington must be ready to immediately resupply Israel for losses incurred by its armed forces in the initial attack, so that Israel will still be able to effectively counter Tehran’s proxies, Hamas and Hezbollah, which will be its vehicles for retaliation. The United States must also provide muscular political support, explaining that Israel legitimately exercised its inherent right of self-defense. Whatever Obama’s view, public and congressional support for Israel will be overwhelming.

American weakness has brought us to this difficult moment. While we obsessed about its economic discomfort, Iran wore its duress with pride. It was never an even match. We now have to rely on a tiny ally to do the job for us. But unless we are ready to accept a nuclear Iran (and, in relatively short order, several other nuclear Middle Eastern states), get ready. The easy ways out disappeared long ago.

John Bolton, a former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, is a fellow at the American Enterprise Institute.

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Obama Tells Recruiters to Take Off Uniform

Obama Administration tells recruiters to leave their uniforms at home.

In response to the Chattanooga terrorist attack, President Obama’s Defense Secretary Ash Carter approved new guidelines, telling military recruiters NOT to wear their military uniforms, in an effort to increase security. Their suggested response when our troops have been targeted is to have them hide…it’s a disgrace! Our troops are proud to wear their uniforms!

The military services have taken swift action to increase security after Thursday’s shootings in Tennessee, even closing some facilities and telling Marine recruiters not to wear uniforms in public.

Defense Secretary Ash Cater approved immediate steps taken by the military branches to increase security…

One of the steps Carter approved was Marine Corps Recruiting Command’s decision to have recruiters not wear their military uniforms for now, a defense official said. The recruiting command also closed down all offices within 40 miles of the facilities in Chattanooga and increased the force protection condition level from “Bravo” to “Charlie.”

On social media, this news immediately struck a chord with veterans and patriots alike. Former Navy SEAL and author of Lone Survivor Marcus Luttrell posted this response on his Facebook page.

Just heard something about Telling Marines not to wear their uniforms at the recruiting centers for their own safety…?! I have to tell y’all I laughed out loud, if anyone thinks for one second a Marine is gonna take his uniform off because he cares about his safety or is scared of some [colorful expletive] walking in off the street and trying this again (WRONG) that’s not gonna happen, that’s not how we respond in the military when we get hit, we don’t take off our uniforms, drop our weps and run…

 …RIP brothers, your families will miss you, the country will mourn you, and those still wearing the uniform will never forget you.Txfrog

Many others have joined him in attacking the Obama Admin for this weak hearted half-measure. Our troops shouldn’t be made to feel afraid or ashamed of their uniform! Like Luttrell said in his facebook response, our troops don’t throw their weapons on the ground and run the other way when they see the enemy, they confront the evil and triumph over it. But our political leaders have LITERALLY taken away the weapons they need to fight back!

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To show our support for our military who want to WEAR THEIR UNIFORMS we are encouraging our twitter followers to tweet a photo of themselves wearing some type of camo and use the hashtag #thesecamosdontrun.

Show Obama that we believe asking recruiters to leave their uniforms at home is an insult! Our troops need guns to defend themselves!


Obama orders flags lowered…5 days later


President Obama has FINALLY ordered flags to be flown at half-staff in honor of the 5 troops killed in the Chattanooga terrorist attack.

Americans have been asking for days why Obama has not ordered flags to be lowered in remembrance of the 4 Marines and 1 Navy petty officer who were killed.

At a White House Press Briefing today, reporters asked WH Press Secretary Josh Earnest why it took them so long to order the flags lowered but he had no response.

It’s just another addition to the long list of ways that Obama has insulted the military community during his presidency.


Regardless of whether our military men and women are on a military base in Iraq or Afghanistan, Waco, Texas, or a strip mall anywhere in America, we have a duty to protect the safety of the troops.  Let’s start by letting our military keep their arms so they have the ability to protect themselves.

Most Americans have the right to have a firearm to protect themselves if they are in danger.  Why would we not give that same right to uniformed military personnel who clearly are in danger of attack by Islamic radicals?

This tragedy in Chattanooga should have been prevented.  Our policy of disarming troops should have come to an abrupt end after the Fort Hood Massacre in 2009, where we lost 13 troops. We must stop this practice of ‘GUN-FREE ZONES’ that make our troops vulnerable.

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Killer’s Family Comes Up with Excuses

Media, Killer’s Family trying to Turn
Terrorist Into One of the Victims

Predictably, no sooner has the dust settled after the Chattanooga terror attack is the media trying to change the story. The weekend’s headlines showed dozens of stories saying blaming the influences of drugs, alcohol, and deep psychological depression attributed to the multitude of problems that eventually drove this poor young man to kill. Not one word about radical Islam.

His extended trip to Jordan and his decision to lash out against the US Military? Well that’s still very unclear, according to the press. What they’re saying is that this kind and intelligent but troubled young man was running from his demons and became a victim along with the 5 servicemen he killed. At least, that’s what they want you to believe.

What about that trip to Jordan? His family claims it was to get him away from drugs and alcohol. But why did he have to go all the way to Jordan for that? Could it be that he met people there who encouraged him toward the path of jihad? What about his decision to attack a military target, are we to believe that is another coincidence? His family says he was depressed after being fired from his job at a nuclear power plant. Wouldn’t his former employer make more sense as the target of his rage instead of military personnel whom he never met? Not unless he had a different motive… like attacking America in the name of Jihad.

Here’s something that only a few reporters are talking about… Abdulazeez had a short-lived blog that talked about jihad, according to The Daily Caller, investigating the killer’s ties to radical Islam.

Abdulazeez wrote that the companions of Muhammad “fought Jihad for the sake of Allah. Every one of them had to make sacrifices in their lives and some even left all their wealth to make hijrah [the journey] to Medina.”

We’re not going to let the media change this into a story about mental health or gun control. This is about Islamic Terror! Our troops need to be well armed in order to fight back against maniacs like these who attack our troops here in the homeland!

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Regardless of whether our military men and women are on a military base in Iraq or Afghanistan, Waco, Texas, or a strip mall anywhere in America, we have a duty to protect the safety of the troops.  Let’s start by letting our military keep their arms so they have the ability to protect themselves.

Most Americans have the right to have a firearm to protect themselves if they are in danger.  Why would we not give that same right to uniformed military personnel who clearly are in danger of attack by Islamic radicals?

This tragedy in Chattanooga should have been prevented.  Our policy of disarming troops should have come to an abrupt end after the Fort Hood Massacre in 2009, where we lost 13 troops. We must stop this practice of ‘GUN-FREE ZONES’ that make our troops vulnerable.

Please consider making a donation to help Move America Forward publicly fight to win the right for our troops to carry on bases and recruiting centers so that they aren’t caught in another gun-free zone! Click here to donate now!

When tragedies like this happen, it’s important to remind ourselves about the mission of Move America Forward and why we do what we do. We are here, since 2004, to SUPPORT OUR TROOPS AND THEIR MISSIONS IN THE WAR ON TERROR until all of our troops come home.