Monday, September 20, 2021

Russian Elections almost as Crooked as American Ones.

The Wash. Post reports:
MOSCOW — President Vladimir Putin's United Russia party maintained its tight grip on the nation's parliament in three-day elections criticized by opposition parties and independent observers for ballot stuffing and tampering, according to election results announced by the Central Election Commission.

So what made the election dubious? The opposition was banned from social media, and there was voting over 3 days!

The three-day elections took place against the background of a sweeping crackdown on the opposition, human rights activists and independent journalists.

Opposition leader Alexei Navalny is in jail. His electoral network was declared an extremist organization in June and effectively banned. Its leaders, other opposition figures, human rights activists, human rights lawyers and independent journalists have been arrested or fled the country. Dozens of opposition candidates were barred from running or withdrew.

With voting over three days, independent observers and opposition figures complained that in many cases ballots were not properly secured during the nights. Russian social media was flooded with videos of blatant ballot stuffing and thugs intimidating observers and independent journalists.

Opposition candidates complained of cases where observers were denied access to polling stations by officials or were pushed away by unidentified thugs or arrested by police.

By contract, Donald Trump has been banned from Facebook and Twitter, American Jan. 6 political protesters are being held in jail without bail, and the recent California governor recall voting took place over 30 days. The in-person polling sites opened 10 days before election day.

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Can Biden Compel 70M Americans?

The Phyllis Schlafly Report

By John and Andy Schlafly

President Biden’s televised threat to compel most Americans to receive the controversial Covid vaccine raises tyranny to a level rarely before seen in our great country. Going a step further, public health guru Dr. Anthony Fauci has endorsed requiring Americans to be vaccinated before being allowed to board an airplane.

These mandates are an unprecedented abuse of executive power, and the pushback is intense. Even in pro-Biden Nevada, a grassroots uprising is occurring against these “iron-fisted government-driven mandates,” as North Las Vegas Mayor John Lee put it after switching from the Democrat to Republican Party earlier this year.

The pro-vaccination bureaucrats have always known that many tens of millions of Americans would decline this mass experiment. The Covid vaccine does not even use the traditional vaccine biological mechanism, and its long-term effects are unknown.

Polling shows that the strong opposition by many Americans to taking the Covid vaccine has not changed much throughout Biden’s presidency, despite aggressive promotional campaigns. The resistance consists of not only Trump supporters, but also many on the political left.

The diverse resisters to the Covid vaccine include highly educated people, such as PhDs. These and other opponents of the vaccine are not doing so based on Trump.

Many universities have required their students to be vaccinated, even though the professors themselves are often not subject to the same requirement. Other voting constituents of Democrats, such as members of minority groups, are adamantly against being forced to be vaccinated for Covid.

In Australia, the government has prohibited the successful early treatment of Covid with ivermectin in order to push more people into vaccination. But such dictatorial approaches should not work in the United States of America.

If courts fail to block Biden’s vaccine mandate, then millions of people will simply quit their jobs. The economy would slide downward again toward a recession.

Already untold numbers of Americans have decided to not work rather than take the shot. The number of unfilled jobs increases to a new record each month, reaching 10.9 million of open positions as of the last report.

"Something's not matching up there," declared Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) on Sunday, in explaining why he’s blocking his own party’s $3.5 billion spending boondoggle. Sen. Manchin is looking for a reason why there are so many unfilled jobs, while nearly as many are on unemployment.

This mismatch is partly due to the unjustified requirement of receiving a Covid vaccine in order to get or keep a job. Biden is demanding that every company having more than 100 employees require vaccination of their workers.

“I assume I’ll lose 30% of my workforce,” the co-CEO Mehtab Bhogal of Forever Floral told the media. He pointed out that his company, which sells floral bouquets, has 130 workers and cannot afford dealing with the new vaccine mandate or funding the cost of weekly testing.

Biden’s order extends far and wide into our economy, causing trauma for many millions who are not vaccinated against Covid and do not want to be. Our economy cannot recover if more than 10% of workers soon quit their jobs or skip work, as is already happening in the airline industry which has caused flights to be delayed.

Far from encouraging employment, Biden’s vaccine mandate gives companies situated just above the 100-employee threshold an incentive to fire workers or shift to a model that uses more contractors. A wave of new layoffs could result from Biden demanding that every company with more than 100 employees take on this new burden with its accompanying costs.

Notably, 500,000 postal workers were not included as federal workers under Biden’s command. U.S. Postal Service employees receive government paychecks, but their union supported Biden for president and he’s apparently returning the favor by treating them like private employees, rather than as part of the federal government.

Public health authorities have embarked on a course that is a train wreck waiting to happen. So far courts have not slapped them down hard, but the Republican Party is rising up against this overreach.

Sleight-of-hand by the FDA on August 23 had the media running headlines about a so-called approval of the Pfizer Covid vaccine, when in fact the FDA did not approve it as advertised. Instead, the FDA merely approved a German vaccine called BioNTech, which is unavailable here, while extending the emergency authorization (not approval) of the Pfizer vaccine.

Court intervention has been stalled by the outdated 1905 Supreme Court decision in Jacobson v. Massachusetts, which allowed a state (not the United States) to require the smallpox vaccine. That decision came at a time when judges also felt there was no right to free speech by government workers, along with other rulings that have since been overruled, and the Jacobson precedent should no longer apply.

John and Andy Schlafly are sons of Phyllis Schlafly (1924-2016) and lead the continuing Phyllis Schlafly Eagles organizations with writing and policy work.

These columns are also posted on pseagles.com.

Tuesday, September 7, 2021

“Can’t Sit on the Sidelines Anymore”

The Phyllis Schlafly Report
By John and Andy Schlafly

Herschel Walker jumps into the Georgia U.S. Senate race that is already one of the most-watched in the country. This seat is currently held by a Democrat based on porous voting procedures that Georgia has supposedly since fixed, and Republicans could regain a majority in the U.S. Senate by winning this seat next year.

Trump immediately endorsed Walker, and indeed it was Trump who vocally encouraged his longtime friend to enter this race. A former phenomenal football running back who has continued his remarkable athleticism, Walker is campaigning on the American Dream, which other Republican candidates would do well to imitate.

“I’m a kid from a small town in Georgia who lived the American Dream, and I’m ready to fight to keep that dream alive for you, too,” Walker’s effective new ad says. The American Dream separates Republicans from Democrats: Republicans believe in and promote it, while Democrats are cynical about it.

No one can doubt that Walker embodies the American Dream. Obese and bullied as a child, he embarked on a self-improvement regimen that included 1,500 pushups and 2,500 to 3,500 sit-ups every day.

An old tire is an environmental blight to liberals, but to Walker it was an opportunity to increase his sprinting speed. He would fill a tire with weights to create resistance for sprinting exercises, and went from an overweight kid to an NCAA track star in the 55m and 100m dashes.

He became a sensation throughout Georgia by leading its University of Georgia Bulldogs to the national football championship in 1980, with an undefeated season. He is considered the greatest college football player ever, finishing among the top three in Heisman Trophy voting every season and winning it once.

Outspokenly Christian, when Walker ultimately joined the NFL he was victimized by the same sort of negativity and unfair bias that has also been launched at other Christians, such as Tim Tebow, Tim Brown, and Art Monk. Walker has been wrongly excluded from the NFL Hall of Fame, while the inductions of the standouts Brown and Monk were unfairly delayed.

Bible-quoting Tim Tebow left his baseball career this summer for an NFL tryout that became a sham after liberals complained about merely giving him a chance. Tebow was not allowed to play in an exhibition game on any special teams, which is necessary for assessing a player at his level, and barely a single pass was tossed to him before he was prematurely cut.

Similar sniping occurred against Walker by liberal-controlled coaches, agents, and the media, despite how Walker had speed, strength, stamina, skill, and work ethic superior to nearly everyone else in the NFL, which kicks off its new season this Thursday. Liberals who pull the strings in the NFL do not want to admit that an outspoken Christian was one of its best players.

Guess who alone stood up for Walker against the potshots from the NFL, after Trump's rival U.S. Football League folded? Donald Trump did.

“He’s so smooth, maybe it doesn’t look like he’s putting out that effort,” Trump spoke out in 1985 in defense of Walker, who went on to become the 12th highest career NFL yardage gainer, and number one if his USFL yardage is included. Walker has been smooth as a first-time political candidate, too.

Democrats and Never-Trump Republicans must be very worried because they are dredging up 40-year-old minor allegations against Walker which he addressed himself long ago. Anti-Trumpers are clueless if they think anyone cares about peccadillos nearly a half-century ago by a charismatic football star.

Unlike past Republican presidents, Trump is putting together a winning lineup of energetic candidates who will put America first and make it great again. Trump could have had an easy retirement on golf courses and in his real estate businesses, but instead he is sacrificing for the good of our country while Biden’s family profits from politics.

Trump has so far endorsed about 30 candidates for elections this year and next, and unlike past Republican presidents Trump is not afraid to endorse a challenger to an incumbent Republican. Roughly half of his endorsements of candidates for the U.S. Senate have been newcomers to that body, and Trump is expected to influence nearly every midterm race.

Herschel Walker declared that he “can’t sit on the sidelines anymore” while Trump, like a masterful general manager of a sports team, began assembling his new political team. The playbook consists of the basic conservative principles of election integrity, less government, and pro-family.

Walker gave perhaps the finest speech at the 2020 Republican National Convention by recounting about Trump, "I watched him treat the janitors, security guards, and waiters the same way he would treat a VIP.” Walker added, “he understands that they are the people who make this country run.”

John and Andy Schlafly are sons of Phyllis Schlafly (1924-2016) and lead the continuing Phyllis Schlafly Eagles organizations with writing and policy work.

These columns are also posted on pseagles.com.

Tuesday, August 31, 2021

What Biden Left Behind

The Phyllis Schlafly Report
By John and Andy Schlafly

Some $85 billion worth of America’s most advanced military technology was left behind in Afghanistan, a shocking revelation that by itself would justify President Biden’s removal from office, along with his entire national security team. Biden has given new meaning to the term “cut and run” by abandoning American citizens while permitting an immense cache of advanced weapons to be used against them.

We are not just talking about a few guns or hand grenades. The abandoned American equipment includes more than 109 helicopters, 22,170 Humvees, 8,000 trucks, 64,300 machine guns, and 358,530 assault rifles, according to the non-partisan U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO).

Jim Banks (R-IN), who is in the House Republican leadership after serving with our troops in Afghanistan, observed last week that the Taliban has “more Black Hawk helicopters than 85 percent of the countries in the world.” At least 33 Black Hawk helicopters are in the Taliban’s hands now.

White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan previously admitted that the Biden Administration lacks a “complete picture“ of all of the military equipment it left behind. In addition, databases of Americans and our allies are probably with the Taliban, too.

Since 2007, our troops have collected biometric data about residents of Afghanistan by using mobile technology including the Biometric Automated Toolset (BAT) and Handheld Interagency Identity Detection Equipment (HIIDE). These tools include a fingerprint reader, iris scanner, and camera, in order to build facial and fingerprint watchlists.

Placement on a watchlist in the United States can result in being kept off an airplane, which is inconvenient. But inclusion in these watchlists in Afghanistan can result in death.

White House press secretary Jen Psaki gave an unpersuasive denial of a report, by the left-leaning news website Politico, that the Biden Administration had given the names of attempted evacuees to the Taliban. The reality is that Biden has no idea whether such a list has been given to the enemy.

“First let me say there have been reports that we provided lists of people who want to leave Afghanistan to the Taliban. That’s inaccurate. That’s misreported and misconstrued,” Psaki insisted.

But last Thursday Biden himself admitted that he did know enough about such a list to respond to questions about it. He declared that he could not state “with any certitude that there’s actually been a list of names.”

The biometric database, now presumably in the hands of the Taliban, is a deadly “kill list.” It potentially provides the Taliban with photos and fingerprints of Afghans who supported or assisted American soldiers, and those Afghans now face deadly reprisal. Secretary of State Antony Blinken was reportedly vacationing at his family’s luxurious home in exclusive East Hampton, Long Island, as the Taliban was overthrowing the Afghan government. Blinken has so misjudged the rapid takeover of Afghanistan that he should resign immediately.

Incredibly, the Western-installed president of Afghanistan, Ashraf Ghani, is a former Berkeley anthropology professor entirely unsuited for the challenge of his job, just as Biden is. As reported by the Washington Post, Ghani was more interested in early August in digitizing the Afghan economy than in defending against the invasion of his own capital.

“We never thought we would take Kabul so quickly,” a Taliban commander marveled. With Biden officials departed for an early weekend and the Afghan president having abruptly fled the country, there was no leadership for any earnest defense.

Military equipment can be replaced, but our trapped Americans cannot. Our equipment can now be used by terrorists against our own citizens there and elsewhere.

“If there’s American citizens left, we’re gonna stay to get them all out,” Biden declared on August 18. But Biden then broke his promise by pulling out of Afghanistan before evacuating all of our citizens who want to leave.

“We did not get everybody out that we wanted to get out,” Marine Corps Gen. Kenneth F. McKenzie, Jr., admitted Monday evening as the final American troops were withdrawn from the country, even earlier than the deadline demanded by the Taliban. The remaining Americans are targets for terrorists as bargaining chips, or worse.

Under President Trump’s leadership, only 3 American soldiers died in the second half of last year in Afghanistan. Biden’s failure to secure Kabul airport and Bagram Air Base for the evacuation resulted in the horrible massacre of 13 American troops last week, nearly all in their early 20s and whose heartbreaking photos are being shared in eulogy across the internet.

While American citizens were left behind to face the Taliban alone, tens of thousands of Afghan men, women, and children are being airlifted and resettled inside our country, and there is no way to adequately vet them. Far from eradicating terrorism in Afghanistan, Biden has equipped and facilitated it.

John and Andy Schlafly are sons of Phyllis Schlafly (1924-2016) and lead the continuing Phyllis Schlafly Eagles organizations with writing and policy work.

These columns are also posted on pseagles.com.

Tuesday, August 24, 2021

Wanton War on Early Covid Treatment

The Phyllis Schlafly Report
By John and Andy Schlafly

By blocking early treatment for Covid, liberals have pushed our society into unprecedented government controls. These include mandatory masking of children as young as 5, vaccine passport requirements for entering restaurants, and even a long-running moratorium on eviction of delinquent tenants.

In the mindset of politicized health authorities, medications approved as safe for many decades are suddenly more dangerous than a hunting rifle. Bureaucrats are interfering with access to early treatment by safe medication, and Republican governors have not stood up for early access.

Early treatment is the path to overcoming the coronavirus pandemic. Medications such as hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) and ivermectin are available over-the-counter in poorer countries such as Vietnam and many Central American nations, while wrongly blocked here. Last year the Leftist war on early treatment focused against HCQ, preventing most Americans from using it upon the onset of Covid symptoms. Many Americans then checked into hospitals thinking they would get lifesaving care there, and instead never left alive after being denied medications.

Three times this year attorney Ralph C. Lorigo has won court decisions forcing New York hospitals to allow dying Covid patients to receive ivermectin, and all these patients then made miraculous recoveries. “The moral of this story is you have to be proactive with your health,” attorney Lorigo said.

Other families have learned the hard way that hospitals block care recommended by their trusted family physician. Vaccinated people are being hospitalized so the importance of early treatment applies to all Americans, vaccinated or not.

On Saturday, the FDA tweeted out a bizarre statement telling Americans that they are not horses or cows, in order to discourage Americans from an early treatment that coincidentally is also used for animals in higher doses. “You are not a horse. You are not a cow,” the FDA exclaimed in its fake wisdom.

The FDA’s twisted logic is to disparage early treatment any way it can. Meanwhile, it insists on approaches that increase government control through vaccine passports and masks.

Yale Professor Harvey Risch, M.D., observed last week that “we’ve lost at least 500,000 Americans needlessly who could have been early treated with medicines that we know work [with] at least 85 percent” effectiveness. Two months earlier, ICU and lung specialist Dr. Pierre Kory expressed his hope “that every household has ivermectin in their cupboard. And you take it upon development of [the] first symptom of anything approximating a viral symptom.”

Yet HHS continues to hoard more than 60 million doses of HCQ in its Strategic National Stockpile that were donated by pharmaceutical companies last year for use as early treatment for Covid. Medication loses its efficacy over time, and all those doses could be thrown out.

The proper response to the FDA’s sarcastic tweet about cows is that it approved ivermectin (and HCQ) long ago as a safe medication, and cannot properly interfere with its use now. The FDA has no authority to practice medicine, and physicians have always been authorized to prescribe approved medications for “off-label” uses, such as treating Covid.

If early treatment for Covid were not blocked, then vaccine passports and the masking of schoolchildren could become unnecessary. Covid could then be treated just as other viruses are, without panic or fear.

The Federation of State Medical Boards, a private liberal group that directs state medical boards which regulate physicians, issued a press release that frightened physicians against speaking out. Just as free speech is disappearing from social media, it is being censored in doctor’s offices too.

Pharmacy chains are refusing to fill prescriptions for early treatment of Covid, while physicians face retaliation by medical boards.

Implicit in the FDA’s tweet comparing Americans to horses and cows is that D.C. bureaucrats think Americans are as dumb as horses and cows. C.S. Lewis once wrote that tyrants view their victims as “infants, imbeciles, and domestic animals.”

Americans are smarter than the FDA, and would take HCQ, ivermectin, and other early treatments in safe doses. It is only because hospitals now control most physicians that patients are left to fend for themselves, resorting to buying ivermectin prepared for animals.

On Monday, the FDA released a confusing 13-page letter that talks about continuing the Emergency Use Authorization for the Pfizer Covid vaccine while omitting traditional analysis for an approval decision. The FDA’s partial, unclear approval is being misused nationwide to justify imposing more vaccine mandates.

More than a year into the Covid pandemic, public health authorities should be promoting early treatment to keep people out of hospital ICUs. The symptoms of the virus are familiar now, and everyone – vaccinated or not – should have access to immediate, effective treatment to overcome it.

Americans have been placed in a socialist trap. Self-defense is the conservative solution, which requires access to early treatment of Covid.

John and Andy Schlafly are sons of Phyllis Schlafly (1924-2016) and lead the continuing Phyllis Schlafly Eagles organizations with writing and policy work.

These columns are also posted on pseagles.com.

Tuesday, August 17, 2021

Progressives’ Last Stand in Afghanistan

The Phyllis Schlafly Report
By John and Andy Schlafly

While President Biden tries to blame Donald Trump or even Afghans themselves for the collapse of Afghanistan to the Taliban, the real lesson is the failure of progressive policies there. The unmitigated disaster for America’s armchair nation-builders is reminiscent of Custer’s Last Stand in 1876, when the inept U.S. colonel’s entire force was slaughtered by enemy Indian tribes.

Missing in action for days, Biden finally emerged to pretend that the problem is Afghans supposedly not having the will to fight. This was after the Afghan president handpicked by liberals, an American-educated academic with progressive political beliefs, had fled the country in a helicopter reportedly stuffed with cash.

Just a few weeks ago, the progressive (and very well-fed) chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Mark Milley, had defended indoctrinating U.S. soldiers in the tenets of Critical Race Theory. He pompously declared to Congress, “I want to understand white rage and I’m white.”

Trump was blistering in his criticism of Milley back then, declaring that “General Milley ought to resign, and be replaced with someone who is actually willing to defend our Military from the Leftist Radicals who hate our Country and Flag.”

General George Patton, our finest and toughest field commander of the 20th century, believed in reincarnation. One thing we know for certain: Patton did not return as General Milley.

No doubt disliked by Afghan soldiers as much as he is here, in July Milley misled the public by declaring to reporters that “the Afghan Security Forces have the capacity to sufficiently fight and defend their country.” But defend their country for whom: Biden and his ideological twin who quickly abandoned his post and fled with a pile of cash?

Like Biden, the departed Afghan president Ashraf Ghani was installed as president by liberals after a disputed election that took months to resolve. Like Biden, President Ghani is an elderly, low-energy man who promoted progressive policies having little connection with reality or what the Afghan people want and believe in.

Like Biden, President Ghani failed to attract genuine support among ordinary Afghans as Trump does so well with many Americans. The equivalent of “woke” ideologies and policies were being pushed on that rugged country, and of course no Afghans would risk their lives to defend what they do not believe in.

Feminist policies were being imposed on Afghans who have a deep-rooted patriarchal culture that is the opposite of what liberals demand. The vast majority of adult Afghan men cannot read or write, yet liberals insisted on building schools to indoctrinate Afghan girls and young women with secular progressive beliefs.

For those old enough to remember the fall of Saigon, as the last U.S. helicopter lifted off the roof of the U.S. embassy, that horror was repeated as Afghans clung to U.S. transport planes while they taxied down the runway. Deaths by people dropping off the departing airplanes trigger painful reminders of victims falling from the World Trade Center on 9/11.

Biden seems to have timed his pullout from Afghanistan, not to minimize deaths and destruction, but to facilitate photo-ops for him on the upcoming 20-year anniversary of 9/11. Instead, on September 11 Americans will need to be on high alert for a potential copycat attack, either here or in European countries that foolishly admitted too many Muslim immigrants from hostile countries.

Trump responded by properly calling for Biden’s resignation, before China and other rogue nations exploit his weakness as the Taliban just did. The same European leaders who enjoyed treating Trump with disdain probably now wish he never left the White House, as Europe prepares to be overrun by Afghan refugees.

“Do you miss me yet?” Trump asked last week, and with each passing day we miss him more. In four entire years of Trump’s leadership nothing like this catastrophe occurred, and barely six months into the presidency of the mentally declining Biden the wheels are already coming off.

The coming flood of refugees from Afghanistan may be what liberals really want, just as they have tolerated over a million impoverished migrants crossing our southern border. This was another monthly surge in July of illegal aliens pouring in, with record-high levels of Covid among them.

To be clear, Afghanistan is not a defeat for America’s brave soldiers and Marines, who served so courageously in Afghanistan under terrible and frightening conditions. In late 2001, merely 3,000 American troops swiftly accomplished what seemed impossible, by seizing control of the country from Al Qaeda for harboring 9/11 terrorists.

But progressives and an effete occupant of the White House have snatched defeat from the jaws of victory. This failure was not on the battlefield, but in the misguided ideology of those who attempted to impose political correctness on a country that is the antithesis of it.

John and Andy Schlafly are sons of Phyllis Schlafly (1924-2016) and lead the continuing Phyllis Schlafly Eagles organizations with writing and policy work.

These columns are also posted on pseagles.com.

Tuesday, August 10, 2021

Vaccine Mandates Increase Unfilled Jobs

The Phyllis Schlafly Report
By John and Andy Schlafly

A record-breaking 10.1 million unfilled jobs were reported last Friday as though this were a positive measure of economic growth. Supposedly ordinary Americans are doing so well that employers cannot even fill basic jobs.

But many of those unfilled jobs are due to the growing employer mandates for the Covid vaccine, mandates that Anthony Fauci announced will sharply increase as soon as the FDA grants its full approval in a month or so. Fauci praised the unaccountable FDA on Sunday, and said he hopes more employers will impose vaccine mandates.

"For those who do not want, I believe mandates at the local level need to be done," Fauci said. This unelected bureaucrat seeks more vaccine mandates against employees, while the Biden Administration abuses its power by requiring the vaccine in the military.

More than 90 million Americans have declined the Covid vaccine. Cash offers, lottery prizes, and even threats of being fired have not moved this large sector of our country to comply with Fauci’s pipe dream of a fully vaccinated America.

The early recipients of the Covid vaccine are already being told that it is wearing off, and they may need to receive another vaccine soon. Many of them had an unexpected adverse reaction the first time, and polling shows that more workers would quit their job over a vaccination requirement than a pay cut.

Far from uniting the country, Biden is dividing it by allowing Fauci and other entrenched public health officials to run roughshod over cherished American freedoms. An enormous crowd of 3,000 people gathered at the Michigan state capitol on Friday to protest vaccine mandates in that state.

Referring to Vice President Kamala Harris, State Rep. Matt Maddock (R-MI) told the activists, “Kamala said she didn’t trust the Trump vaccine. Are we supposed to trust theirs?”

Millions who oppose the push for mandatory vaccination are actually rank-and-file Democrats, as the New York Times admitted in dismay in its own analysis of who is declining the jab. Minorities and many young liberals are eschewing the Covid vaccine, not just rural white evangelicals whom liberals have tried to scapegoat for the disease resurgence.

Americans rejecting the Covid vaccine constitute a population larger than all of Germany, unlikely to switch just because socialists at the FDA mysteriously label the Covid vaccine as no longer experimental. VAERS, the vaccine injury reporting database, tells a story different from Fauci’s by listing more than 12,000 incidents of people dying after receiving the Covid vaccine, leaving behind countless loved ones.

Many of the employer mandates, such as that by Microsoft, seem senseless. Microsoft produces software with little necessary face-to-face interaction by its workers with the public, or even with each other, yet requires Covid vaccination to the glee of its founder, longtime vaccine pusher Bill Gates.

Liberals always knew that a significant percentage of Americans would decline the Covid vaccine no matter what the D.C. bureaucrats say or do. Distrust of government is healthy and particularly high among many Democrat voters, such as minorities. Videos released and then taken down of Obama’s birthday party over the weekend did not increase trust in public officials. Obama and others were filmed partying away without masks, while leading Democrat politicians insist that even schoolchildren be required to constantly wear masks.

NFL football players are not required to take the Covid vaccine and several have spoken out against attempts to ostracize them. Notable Olympic athletes declined the Covid vaccine, too.

Meanwhile, a silver lining is a government backlog in processing green card applications for foreigners to fill 100,000 jobs, typically better paying, which should be going to Americans. Green cards not issued by the end of September will expire.

It is not merely “conspiracy theories” which result in a significant unvaccinated population. For years the vaccine police were already complaining about people who decline ordinary vaccines, and wrongly blamed them for outbreaks when the real source was untested immigrants.

Millions of illegal aliens swarming over our border untested for Covid-19 are contributing to the resurgence in the disease, especially in Texas. Yet liberals try to blame unvaccinated Trump supporters rather than close our border to the influx of the disease.

In Texas, a federal judge recently blocked enforcement of Executive Order GA-37, which would have stopped taxpayer-funded groups from transporting potentially millions of Covid-infected illegal aliens into and through Texas. Biden should return all those illegal migrants to their countries of origin. The Biden Administration insists that the Texas Executive Order would interfere with federal jurisdiction over immigration, and impede alleviation of overcrowding in border facilities. Yet it is Biden’s open-border stance which attracts the illegal aliens into our country, while he could easily block their entry and spreading of Covid here.

John and Andy Schlafly are sons of Phyllis Schlafly (1924-2016) and lead the continuing Phyllis Schlafly Eagles organizations with writing and policy work.

These columns are also posted on pseagles.com.

Tuesday, August 3, 2021

Mask Mandates Meet Resistance

The Phyllis Schlafly Report
By John and Andy Schlafly

Thunderous applause greeted a gubernatorial candidate who stole the show during the warm-up at the recent Trump rally in Phoenix. Kari Lake, a 51-year-old former television newscaster, addressed how she would handle the mask mandates if elected governor.

“As Governor, I will pardon every person and business owner who is charged for violating a mask mandate or refusing to shut down their business – because we know that breathing and earning a living are not a crime!” Lake exclaimed.

She represents a new breed of charismatic pro-Trump candidates, one of whom could become his running mate in 2024. This growing list includes Larry Elder in California, Allen West in Texas, and Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene in Georgia, who shocked the Establishment by raising more from small donors earlier this year than anyone else in Congress.

Kari Lake may ride her criticism of face masks all the way to the Arizona governor’s mansion, and she leads her rival Republicans in favorability ratings. She is far from alone in opposing the tyranny of mandatory face coverings, particularly as imposed against schoolchildren.

In liberal California, a group named “Let Them Breathe” is proceeding with its lawsuit against the State after school districts there were authorized to require schoolchildren to cover their faces again. At first California Democrats imposed face coverings on schoolchildren statewide, but the blowback was so intense that the decision is now left to local school boards.

The Republican black conservative Larry Elder leads a crowded field running to replace Governor Gavin Newsom. If Newsom loses the recall vote, his successor could be a Republican elected with far less than 50%.

Elder mocks Newsom’s duplicity, emphasizing that it was publicity about a lavish dinner attended by Newsom at California’s most expensive restaurant which sparked his recall election. “He was sitting with the very same lobbyists and medical professionals who drafted the mandates they were violating by not wearing masks and by not socially distancing,” Elder observed.

He added that Newsom “incurred a $12,000 wine tab,” which Elder points out was “just for the wine” at one dinner party. That can hardly sit well with millions of struggling Americans who are about to be evicted or lose their unemployment benefits amid the lockdowns and mask mandates.

Congress allowed expiration last Saturday of the moratorium on evictions which had forced landlords to continue to pay property taxes and other expenses without collecting revenue from their tenants. There was no moratorium on real estate taxes which fund costly government pensions.

In a month, unemployment benefits are scheduled to expire for an additional 20 million workers. They need private sector jobs, not more handouts, and the mask mandates interfere with a proper resumption of our economy.

There is no evidence that requiring people to cover their faces has had any overall benefit against the spread of Covid-19, which is surging again despite a year of ordering people to wear masks. Countries that eschewed mask mandates, such as Denmark, Finland, Holland, and Sweden, have done better than the United States in overcoming the coronavirus.

It appears that the mask mandates may be a faceless attempt to embarrass Donald Trump, as in March the oldest newspaper in Denmark criticized its no-mask policy for being “to the right of Trump.” Seeking compulsory masks there could be viewed as punishment of Trump for offering to buy Greenland from Denmark.

Democrat Trump-haters voted against the Trump-endorsed candidate in the recent special election in Texas, probably changing the outcome. Democrats failed to qualify for the runoff election, forcing them to choose between the Trump-endorsed Susan Wright and her Republican opponent Jake Ellzey.

Typically Democrats who feel compelled to vote without a candidate would cast a blank ballot, but very few of them did that. Instead, Ellzey overtook Wright’s lead due to vindictive support by Democratic Trump-haters.

The same twisted anti-Trump mindset may be driving the mask mandates. Where are the Leftist “I can’t breathe” activists when we really need them?

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), the Trump-hater who ripped up his 2020 State of the Union speech on live television, recently imposed mask wearing on House members. “This is INSANE,” Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) tweeted in response.

“Might as well come into my office and arrest my entire staff. We are not wearing masks,” he added. Yet Nancy Pelosi herself has violated her own mask mandate, and the House physician was photographed with his mask off during a briefing at which Republicans were told they must wear masks. Yet there is little media outrage about that, while conservatives who defy Pelosi’s mask order are fined.

Pelosi has tried to enforce unilateral fines against Republicans who transgressed her prior dictatorial orders. But there is no sign of Pelosi paying fines herself or disciplining her own allies for not wearing a mask in Congress.

John and Andy Schlafly are sons of Phyllis Schlafly (1924-2016) and lead the continuing Phyllis Schlafly Eagles organizations with writing and policy work.

These columns are also posted on pseagles.com.

Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Never-Trumpers’ Nightmare Coming True

The Phyllis Schlafly Report
By John and Andy Schlafly

By now, more than six months after President Trump left the White House, Never-Trumpers were sure that he would have faded from the political scene. No mere politician could survive such an onslaught of negative publicity, the indictment of his business associates, and the unprecedented retaliation against his personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani.

Yet here we are, with Trump as popular as ever, as proved by his two-hour appearance last Saturday before an overflow crowd that stretched far outside the Arizona Federal Theater in downtown Phoenix. Trump thrilled with a high-energy performance, and the pro-Trump candidates who preceded him on the same stage were buoyed by rapturous enthusiasm.

The crowd was smart, too, in rejecting Republicans who block the Trump agenda of cleaning up our elections. State Sen. Michelle Ugenti-Rita, an otherwise attractive Republican candidate running for Arizona Secretary of State, was loudly booed off the stage for recently defeating an election integrity bill.

Trump himself blasted the do-nothing Republican governor of Arizona, who has obstructed ferreting out the election fraud that switched that state from Trump to Biden. Trump also lambasted critical race theory as “flagrant racism” that is being crammed down “every facet of our society.”

Rep. Nancy Mace (R-SC), a rising member of Congress who thought she was adapting to shifting winds when she criticized Trump in January, has apparently learned her lesson. She is back on board after being rebuked by many for not remaining loyal to Trump when it mattered most.

Meanwhile, Trump-haters have a disaster on their hands by continuing to imprison without trial many ordinary Americans who dared to enter the Capitol (a.k.a. the “people’s house”) on January 6th. Their plight is being compared to the brutal Soviet gulag, which is history’s worst example of inhumane detention of political prisoners.

The House Select Committee on January 6, whose members were selected by Nancy Pelosi, became a farce when the Speaker refused to seat two leading Republicans, Jim Jordan and Jim Banks. Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy has properly tagged Liz Cheney (R-WY) and Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) as “Pelosi Republicans” for joining that show trial, which recalls another notorious feature of communist countries.

The surge in the Delta variant of Covid, coupled with demands by the unhinged Anthony Fauci to impose even more restraints, strengthens Trump’s hand further. Trump managed the Covid issue better than Biden has, as Trump respects freedom.

Biden and Fauci are creating a two-tiered America, consisting of one group that has been vaccinated and one that has not, even though Covid deaths have occurred among those vaccinated. In contrast, Trump and Republicans stand for liberty to resolve the Covid crisis.

Fauci’s approach pushes America towards suffocating controls without end. He supports compelling schoolchildren to wear masks again this fall, as the Leftist California Gov. Gavin Newsom imposes there.

Trump continues to wield power through hundreds of judges he appointed to the federal bench, and last Friday two remarkable decisions were issued in favor of liberty and against the CDC. Cruise ships will embark again, and the striking down of the CDC’s eviction moratorium was affirmed.

In both decisions the CDC received its comeuppance by panels that included Trump-appointed judges. The CDC lacks authority to command cruise ships or landlords, the courts held.

In the cruise ship case, two Democrat-appointed judges on the Eleventh Circuit had blocked the splendid district court ruling that ended the CDC’s anchoring of the ships. The CDC had shut down the cruise ship industry, injuring Florida’s economy in addition to infringing on Americans’ rights to enjoy their vacations.

After a 2-1 Eleventh Circuit panel reinstated the CDC restrictions on cruise ships, Florida filed a petition with the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn the Eleventh Circuit. Within hours of filing that petition last Friday, the judges who sided with the CDC reversed themselves and ruled in favor of freedom to a cruise vacation.

Anthony Fauci and his ilk at the CDC have no expertise in captaining cruise ships. Indeed, it is unclear what, if anything, they have any genuine expertise at.

Yet our land of liberty and freedom has been taken over by a few petty tyrants who have exploited the Covid pandemic to infringe on our constitutional rights. Courts have allowed this power grab by the CDC, but cracks emerge in the walls of tyranny.

Also on Friday, three judges on the Sixth Circuit issued a unanimous ruling against a CDC-imposed moratorium against eviction of tenants. For months the CDC blocked landlords from exercising their constitutional rights over their own private property.

The bureaucrats in Washington, D.C., have enjoyed unlimited power for a year to address the Covid pandemic, and yet they have only made things worse. It is time to give liberty a chance to succeed, as it always has.

John and Andy Schlafly are sons of Phyllis Schlafly (1924-2016) and lead the continuing Phyllis Schlafly Eagles organizations with writing and policy work.

These columns are also posted on pseagles.com.

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Infrastructure Bills: Socialism on Steroids

The Phyllis Schlafly Report
By John and Andy Schlafly

Under the innocuous title of “infrastructure,” a revamping of our society into a socialist state is hurtling through the Senate. A vote is expected as early as Wednesday on the first of two infrastructure bills that constitute a federal takeover of everything from child care to state transportation systems.

While our highways could use some repair, these Democrat-written bills are about nearly everything other than highway funding. The $3.5 trillion Democrat version includes federally controlled universal preschool, taxpayer-subsidized child care, low-income housing, free community college, and more Leftist fake energy projects like clanky windmills.

Child care, free indoctrination at community college, and radical environmentalism have nothing to do with infrastructure. Neither do inner city buses on which hardly anyone ever rides.

This is socialism on steroids. Not a single Republican yet supports the $3.5 trillion version, but Dems plan to pass it later on a 50-50 vote with Vice President Kamala Harris casting the tie-breaker.

The tidal wave of printed money would not flow to improving highways and bridges, as Americans are misled to believe. Some of the dollars would be poured down the drain of mass transit which has never been economical, while preferred by liberals to make people more dependent on government.

These infrastructure bills would even hinder the ability of states to improve the highway system, by adding a layer of new federal oversight and control over the spending of funds on improvement of the open roads that have helped inspire the American dream. Family road trips, which many skipped last year due to Covid, would not be helped by these trillion-dollar spending packages.

Biden wants these bills passed before the August recess, which requires holding procedural votes soon. The vote initially planned for Wednesday is on the smaller $1.2 trillion H.R. 3684 being advertised as bipartisan, but its details have not yet been released so Republicans might not concur enough to overcome the 60-vote threshold for it to advance.

It is the $3.5 trillion version which is the bigger threat, as Dems plan to enact it through budget reconciliation without support by a single Republican. If the Senate parliamentarian agrees, the 60-vote requirement will not apply to that bill and it could become law through bypassing the ordinary filibuster rules and exploiting a simple majority.

Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) is so outraged by this maneuver that he said Republicans should leave town in order to block the quorum requirement of 51 votes in the Senate. While bills can pass under reconciliation in the Senate with only 50 votes plus Kamala Harris, 51 votes including at least one Republican Senator are needed to establish a quorum in order to hold a valid vote in the first place.

Radical environmentalists now in control of the federal government do not like highways, preferring mass transit which is rarely economical, and unaffordable green energy projects. They want to divert infrastructure funds to urban entitlement programs and ridiculous pet projects that are just a bottomless pit of wasteful spending.

Although touted in the media as providing money for bridges and roads, in fact the infrastructure bills would impose a new set of federal controls on how states spend infrastructure money. That means the enviro-socialists running the Biden Administration could block necessary road improvements if arbitrarily deemed by liberals that they might somehow contribute to global warming.

Meanwhile, inflation under Biden has already sharply increased after being dormant for three decades under conservative fiscal policies established by a Republican-controlled Congress. Multi-trillion dollar spending programs dependent on more borrowing to pay for them will only fan the flames of greater inflation.

“I’m not sure what may happen, exactly how it’s going to be paid for,” Biden told reporters last week. There are only two options available for funding this: an increase in taxes, or an increase in borrowing causing greater pressure on inflation.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) observed last week that the $3.5 trillion Democrat infrastructure bill is “completely inappropriate for the country, which is already suffering from dramatic inflation.” Undeterred, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) is determined to push this through without a single Republican vote.

Bird-killing and landscape-blighting wind turbines are hardly eco-friendly. In contrast, the efficient network of interstate highways that span our Nation are the envy of the world, lowering everyone’s shipping costs during the Covid pandemic and supported by drivers who pay federal taxes of 18.3 cents per unleaded gallon and 24.3 cents per gallon of diesel.

There is even a federal underground storage tank fee, and the notion that immense new taxes or borrowing is necessary to repair our infrastructure is not what this is really about. Instead, these bills are just another way for the Left to candy-coat their socialist agenda and railroad it through Congress.

John and Andy Schlafly are sons of Phyllis Schlafly (1924-2016) and lead the continuing Phyllis Schlafly Eagles organizations with writing and policy work.

These columns are also posted on pseagles.com.

Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Vaccine Police Roll Up Their Sleeves

The Phyllis Schlafly Report
By John and Andy Schlafly

A third of Americans will not voluntarily receive a vaccine against the Wuhan virus, as politicians who rely on polls have known. The origin of the Wuhan virus is the Chinese Communist Party, but America’s response should not have the same mindset.

Contrary to Dr. Fauci’s recent outburst against “red states and places in the South that are very highly ideological,” it is not merely Trump supporters who oppose mandatory vaccination. Many Bernie Sanders supporters and Biden voters also resist, as illustrated by health care workers who quit their jobs rather than submit to mandatory vaccination.

Biden alarmed freedom lovers by saying “now we need to go to community-by-community, neighborhood-by-neighborhood, and oftentimes, door-to-door – literally knocking on doors” to push Covid vaccination. His Secretary of HHS Xavier Becerra insisted that “it is absolutely the government’s business” who has not been vaccinated.

Just south of Florida, Cubans are rising up against totalitarianism there. “Homeland and Life,” shouts the viral rap song that led to an outpouring of protests against communist rule.

“You, five nine [1959]. Me, double two [2020],” is its refrain. Communist dictator Fidel Castro took control of Cuba in 1959, with encouragement by Leftists (he was even welcomed to speak at Harvard), and the song refers to that takeover as the “evil revolution.”

Yet to the vaccine police, the outpouring of anti-communist protests in Cuba is supposedly about access to vaccination, rather than pent-up opposition to decades of dictatorship. The popular song which inspired these protests says nothing about vaccines, and everything about freedom.

Despite billions spent by Biden on the most intense vaccination effort ever, only two-thirds of Americans are even partially vaccinated against Covid-19, and a smaller percentage fully so. Adverse vaccine reactions remain underpublicized, while the CDC reports that 9,048 deaths have been registered with the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) concerning the Covid vaccine.

Missouri has seen a 50% increase in its coronavirus cases in the last week, and nationwide there is a 47% spike in Covid with 43 states reporting a week-to-week rise. Incidence of the flu decreases in summer months, but the opposite is occurring for Covid amid mass vaccination.

For the first time, health officials are now warning that vaccinated individuals who are immuno-compromised – as millions of Americans are – can still contract and die from Covid. Roughly 20% of the new Covid cases in the ICU at the University of Kansas Health System are vaccinated persons, and deaths from Covid among the vaccinated are reported in England.

"Breakthrough infections" is the euphemistic term used to describe contagion of the disease by people who were vaccinated against it. The term implies that such infections are rare and unexpected, when in fact they are frequent enough to burden ICUs at hospitals now.

Yet liberals continue to scapegoat the unvaccinated, and particularly Trump supporters, for this growth in the spread of Covid. The vaccinated population appears to be the real super-spreader, as the ostensibly healthy Typhoid Mary infected dozens a century ago while working as a cook in New York.

Vaccination is supposed to make it safe to have unmasked attendance at NFL games beginning next month, despite how attendance at Trump rallies last fall was prohibited by Democrat governors in battleground states. After a year of berating everyone to wear masks, the CDC now says it is unnecessary for vaccinated people.

Japan has handled Covid far better without widespread vaccination than the United States and England have with it. Japanese are risk averse about vaccination and do not discriminate against the unvaccinated; their upcoming Olympics will be held without fan attendance.

If Covid vaccination worked as promised, then Covid cases should be decreasing rather than climbing. None of the promoters of vaccination warned that vaccination might lead to more Covid cases rather than less.

Mandatory vaccination is ideological, not scientific. No matter what the data show, the true believers demand more vaccination even though it is correlated with an increase in Covid cases overall.

“It needs to be hard for people to remain unvaccinated,” declared Shanghai-born CNN commentator Leana Wen, the former president of Planned Parenthood. Not only is that approach not working, the overreliance on vaccination seems to be making the spread of the disease worse when our nation should be overcoming it.

Progress was being made against Covid prior to the mass vaccination, when President Trump personally overcame the disease with early treatment. Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) and other Trump supporters contracted the disease and then treated it early, with enormous success.

Last week the College of Charleston, South Carolina, reversed its mandatory vaccination policy, and other colleges should do likewise. Biden should admit that vaccination alone is not going to end the Covid pandemic, and he should start promoting early treatment as Trump did more than a year ago.

John and Andy Schlafly are sons of Phyllis Schlafly (1924-2016) and lead the continuing Phyllis Schlafly Eagles organizations with writing and policy work.

These columns are also posted on pseagles.com.

Tuesday, July 6, 2021

Who Wants to be “Primaried”?

The Phyllis Schlafly Report
By John and Andy Schlafly

“Primaried” has become a popular term for dealing with disappointment by entrenched incumbents in both political parties. It means an attempt to defeat an official in his own primary, an enormous political embarrassment.

Primary challenges are a healthy way to shake up the status quo in politics. The grassroots thereby rise up and overcome the enormous advantages of incumbency to replace a RINO with a conservative.

Fear of being “primaried” is the real reason for the sudden new interest by Texas Governor Greg Abbott in the southern border, after years of his inaction. Gov. Abbott arranged for photo ops of himself with Donald Trump during their joint visit to the border last Wednesday.

Texas can afford to complete the building of the wall that Trump started, and Abbott has finally hinted at doing so. The timing may have more to do with the early Texas primary and the field of Republican candidates running against Gov. Abbott.

A month before, Texas GOP Chairman Allen West released a compelling video of him speaking in front of the incomplete border wall south of El Paso. Then, most appropriately on Independence Day, the retired lieutenant colonel and former congressman announced his candidacy against Gov. Abbott in the Republican primary.

Sen. Ted Cruz’s successful toppling of the seemingly invincible David Dewhurst in the 2012 Senate GOP primary immediately comes to mind. Texas Republican voters cast their ballots for those who speak out and do more.

Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller, who has already won a preliminary ruling against President Biden’s “equity” agenda and prevailed in statewide elections, is another conservative pondering a run against Gov. Abbott in the primary, to be held on March 1st. If Gov. Abbott cannot muster 50%, then a runoff election will be held which historically favors the more conservative candidate.

Abbott’s inaction on election integrity is as stark as his failures on the southern border. While Georgia, Florida, and Iowa enacted bills to restore some election integrity, Texas has still not acted, and risks becoming a battleground state.

After dithering for a month, Gov. Abbott finally called for a special session of the Texas legislature to begin later this week. But he has been slow in designating issues for this special session, which must include election integrity.

In its final decision of its Term, the Supreme Court gave states the green light to reduce election fraud by reining in lax voting procedures. Justice Alito, writing for the 6-3 Court, firmly rejected a common liberal argument against voting procedure changes.

“Disparate impact” is a Leftist test for invalidating any law that might arguably have a greater impact against a minority group. It is possible to mine statistics and object to almost any law, even criminal laws, as impacting one demographic more than another.

“We also do not find the disparate-impact model employed in Title VII and Fair Housing Act cases useful here,” Justice Alito wrote for the Supreme Court on July 1, in Brnovich v. Democratic National Committee. Liberals may regret pushing that issue, now that the High Court rejects it in a ruling fully applicable nationwide to all election laws.

Justice Alito added that the Democrats’ argument “would also transfer much of the authority to regulate election procedures from the States to the federal courts.” He thereby blocked attempts at judicial activism in interfering with good state election reforms.

This conservative decision should help defeat the 8 lawsuits that were filed against Georgia’s new election law, which properly requires identification for mail-in voting. Even Biden’s Department of Justice has piled on with its own lawsuit to interfere with the reasonable Georgia law in cleaning up its election system.

Meanwhile, another good decision was rendered by the Supreme Court on its final day. Likewise split 6-3, the Court rejected snooping by California through the identities of donors to conservative nonprofit groups, including one located in Michigan.

Overreach by California and other Leftist states is a growing problem, as they try to export their tyranny to the Midwest and other red states. California Democrats have no business sticking their noses into organizations headquartered elsewhere.

The internet has created new ways to harass people for merely exercising their First Amendment rights to speak out or donate. California’s overreach was too much for even Chief Justice Roberts, who held for conservatives in Americans for Prosperity v. Bonta, despite last year allowing California to shut down churches.

“It is hardly a novel perception that compelled disclosure of affiliation with groups engaged in advocacy may constitute as effective a restraint on freedom of association as other forms of governmental action,” wrote Roberts while quoting an earlier NAACP case on a similar point. Yet many liberals today seek to infringe on First Amendment rights that were upheld in the famous NAACP case.

John and Andy Schlafly are sons of Phyllis Schlafly (1924-2016) and lead the continuing Phyllis Schlafly Eagles organizations with writing and policy work.

These columns are also posted on pseagles.com.

Tuesday, June 29, 2021

Trump’s Back in a Big Way

The Phyllis Schlafly Report
By John and Andy Schlafly

Trump just proved that he does not need Air Force One or Twitter to attract an enormous crowd of supporters. His sensational return has the bonus of smoking out the Never-Trumpers who have unsuccessfully schemed to silence him, which will never happen.

Trump’s back, without missing a step. After holding a spectacular rally in Ohio on Saturday night, Trump then spent the next three days lambasting his “pathetic” Attorney General Bill Barr, whose duplicity and inaction helped place our country in its current predicament.

“Despite evidence of tremendous Election Fraud, he just didn’t want to go there,” Trump observed about the “slow moving swamp creature” who ran the Justice Department. Reportedly Barr pretended to open an election fraud investigation merely to tell Trump that no such evidence could then be found.

At Trump’s overflow Ohio rally, he deplored the mistreatment of his attorney Rudy Giuliani, which included a shocking raid on Rudy’s residence. Communist countries target a politician’s attorney, as liberals have done to Giuliani.

Trump’s speech included a retelling of his favorite fable “The Snake,” about the risks of giving asylum to refugees. Our southern border is overrun by illegal aliens which Trump visits on Wednesday, after Biden refused to.

Trump returns not a moment too soon. His complaints about the crisis at the border and the politicization of the Department of Justice to harass his supporters are what all Republicans should be shouting from the mountaintops.

Barr, as the head of DOJ, did nothing to stop the inclusion of a flood of mailed-in fraudulent ballots being investigated locally now in battleground states. While the Left has ongoing serial prosecutions of every Trump supporter they can get their hands on, Barr never took any meaningful action against election fraud.

Barr allowed the DOJ to be hijacked for political prosecutions, which has subsequently resulted in 500 arrests of unarmed protesters who asserted their First Amendment rights on January 6 at the U.S. Capitol. Barr essentially abandoned his post two weeks earlier, quitting just before things heated up with the congressional vote on the election.

“Bill Barr was a disappointment in every sense of the word,” Trump declared in response to a new book revealing Barr’s disloyalty. “Instead of doing his job, he did the opposite and told people within the Justice Department not to investigate the election,” Trump added.

“Bill Barr’s weakness helped facilitate the cover-up of the Crime of the Century, the Rigged 2020 Presidential Election!” Trump explained.

Politicized prosecutions by DOJ is something Barr should have permanently stopped. Instead, he looked the other way and jumped ship rather than do his job.

Barr’s resignation letter when he quit early included lavish praise for President Trump at the time. But Barr’s refusal to stand up against Leftists in his own department leaves Washington awash in tyranny-by-prosecution.

More than $100 million was spent on the Mueller investigation, including defense costs against frivolous accusations, and yet apparently not even $100 was spent by Barr’s department to ensure integrity for the presidential election. “Count every fraudulent vote” became the mantra among the Deep State left unchecked by Barr.

“If there was evidence of fraud, I had no motive to suppress it,” the do-nothing Barr is quoted in the new book “Betrayal” by ABC News’ chief Washington correspondent. “But my suspicion all the way along was that there was nothing there. It was all bull----,” Barr reportedly said.

With that Barr took the easy way out. Asking hard questions is how wrongdoing is uncovered, not refusing to earnestly investigate by someone whose very job was to investigate first before drawing conclusions.

By dawn before Trump’s latest rally in Ohio, a substantial crowd had already gathered. Some had been there for days, such as truck driver Mike Boatman who spoke with an NPR reporter.

“Anywhere he goes, he's going to draw big crowds. This is small-town America right here,” Boatman observed amid hordes of patriots who grew to a hundred times larger than what Biden could draw even in a big city.

“We won the election twice, and it’s possible we'll have to win it a third time,” Trump said when he ultimately took the stage, reprising President Andrew Jackson’s successful criticism of the corrupt bargain by the Eastern Establishment almost 200 years ago. “It’s possible,” Trump added coyly about returning to the White House.

The event location targeted Rep. Anthony Gonzalez (R-OH), who voted with nine other Republicans to impeach Trump. Pro-Trump Max Miller is running with Trump’s endorsement for that seat.

Never-Trumpers relished the thought of joining liberals to toss Trump overboard, and find someone to play ball with the Establishment. Yet six months later, no such replacement exists, and Trump has returned with the fanfare of a true leader that he is.

John and Andy Schlafly are sons of Phyllis Schlafly (1924-2016) and lead the continuing Phyllis Schlafly Eagles organizations with writing and policy work.

These columns are also posted on pseagles.com.

Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Stop Perpetual Election Fraud Bill

The Phyllis Schlafly Report
By John and Andy Schlafly

The top priority for Biden and congressional Democrats is H.R. 1, which would require all 50 states to implement fraud-prone election procedures. This bill would stymie proper authentication of ballots, thereby permitting millions of unverified mail-in ballots to decide elections.

Misnamed the “For the People Act,” this misbegotten legislation passed the House without a single Republican voting for it, while senior Democrat Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS) voted against it. He explained that his constituents were opposed, and “I always vote in the interest of my constituents.”

Even the New York Times conceded H.R. 1 “is poorly matched to the moment” because it “attempts to accomplish more than is currently feasible.” Despite lacking the necessary 60 votes to proceed, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) is forcing the 50-50 Senate to vote on the Senate version, S. 1, perhaps to try again later.

“In my view, S. 1 is the biggest power grab in the history of the country,” Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) observes. “It mandates ballot harvesting, no voter ID. It does away with the states being able to redistrict when you have population shifts.”

H.R. 1 would override laws in every state that protect election integrity. Strict limits on voting by mail and early voting, which were enforced in many states before being suspended during Covid, are necessary to prevent ballots from being cast by political operatives in the names of inactive voters.

H.R. 1 would expand on the unprecedented rule-breaking that occurred in the last presidential election, by broadening unverified voting, lifting sensible limits on voter registration, and limiting the ability of states to clean up their voter rolls. The bill even violates the Constitution by attempting to place a new qualification for candidates for president: disclosure of their tax returns.

Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR), complained that H.R.1/S.1 would create “public financing for campaigns that would send hundreds of millions of your taxpayer dollars to politicians to run negative ads against their opponents. I don’t think many American people are clamoring for the Democrats in Washington to pass that law.”

H.R. 1 would nullify good state election laws passed this year in Republican legislatures, including Georgia and Florida. Earlier this month Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) announced that no Republican would vote for the Democrats’ election bill.

Not even all Senate Democrats genuinely support this atrocious legislation. Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) wants changes, and there are reports of other Democrats unhappy with extreme provisions in the legislation.

But in breaking news on Tuesday, Sen. Manchin then fell in line with other Democrats to support advancing this legislation. Republicans need to remain as united against this horrific bill as they were in the House, because states rather than Congress should be enacting election laws.

Many Republicans feel grateful to Sen. Manchin for ostensibly standing up against Leftists in his own party, but the future of his own state is on the line. West Virginia’s coal-based economy would be wiped out if the Democrat socialists succeed in their goal of banning carbon-based energy.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) let the cat out of the bag when she admitted that passing H.R. 1 would make it easier to pass new gun controls. After getting Obamacare through Congress with the notorious remark that “We have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it,” Pelosi now says we have to pass H.R. 1 so that Democrats can pass other unpopular legislation without fear of being defeated.

Sen. John Thune (R-SD) has rightly described H.R. 1 as a “piece of legislation that needs to die, and die quickly.” No compromises that might be offered by Sen. Manchin or other initially fence-sitting Democrats should be allowed to resuscitate it.

Congress should not be federalizing election law, such that Democrats displace state election laws in order to tilt the process in favor of themselves. Instead, current federal law requiring that Election Day be on one day, the Tuesday after the first Monday in November, should be enforced without allowing extended periods of early and mail-in voting lacking verification of authenticity.

A Monmouth University poll taken earlier this month discovered that 91% of Republicans, 87% of independents, and 62% of Democrats support requiring photo ID in order to vote. The same poll shows that one-third of Americans still believe that the outcome of the last presidential election was due to voter fraud, a percentage that has remained roughly constant in every national poll this year.

If Biden somehow won the last presidential election fair and square, then Democrats would not need to change the election rules for next time. But ongoing forensic audits in Arizona and Georgia, and demands for a similar audit in Pennsylvania, could uncover fraud which states should prohibit without interference by Dems in Congress.

John and Andy Schlafly are sons of Phyllis Schlafly (1924-2016) and lead the continuing Phyllis Schlafly Eagles organizations with writing and policy work.

These columns are also posted on pseagles.com.

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Impatient Libs Want Supreme Court Now

The Phyllis Schlafly Report
By John and Andy Schlafly

There is a deafening roar on the Left demanding that Bill Clinton-appointed Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer resign now. He's only 82, which is not that old amid many octogenarian federal judges, and Breyer is fit to remain.

The U.S. Senate won’t change over the next year, and more Republican than Democrat senators are retiring, so it would be natural for Breyer to wait before stepping down. Yet there is panic on the Left for him to quit this month.

The court docket is filled with hot-button issues, including the LGBTQ agenda, Obamacare, and campaign finance. Next term, starting in October, features an abortion case that challenges Roe v. Wade, and a Second Amendment case about gun control.

Breyer is publicly advocating for respect for the Rule of Law, which is not what Leftists want. Instead, they want an aggressive progressive who would support court-packing to overcome a Republican majority currently on the Court.

In order to win over Democrat primary voters skeptical of him, Joe Biden promised to pick a black woman justice to the Supreme Court to fill the first vacancy. That means Breyer’s successor could be California Supreme Court Justice Leondra Kruger or Ketanji Brown Jackson, who was just confirmed on Monday to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.

No other president has promised to give someone a government job based on her race, which would usually be considered unlawful discrimination. But there has never been a president who made it to the White House as Biden did, and who engages in charades as Biden does.

Recognizing someone's race and gender may be all that Biden is mentally capable of doing at this point. In Europe, he inexplicably made reporters wait more than 2 hours for a press conference that lasted only 25 minutes with pre-selected questioners.

Biden incoherently used a term "phony populism" to attack Trump from foreign soil, a cheap shot that no prior president has done from abroad against a fellow American leader. The longtime tradition has been for presidents to praise Americans while in foreign lands, rather than criticize those back in the homeland.

The demands by Democrats for Breyer to resign now are not very flattering, and perhaps not well received by the respected justice. He's penned a new book which criticizes progressive ideas like packing the court with more justices.

Entitled "The Authority of the Court and the Peril of Politics," Breyer rejects the notion that a judge should follow the agenda of the political party that appointed him. Instead, Breyer urges approaches analogous to what conservative Justice Antonin Scalia supported.

To the dismay of the radical Left, Breyer says in his new book that “I aim to make those whose reflexive instincts may favor significant structural (or similar institutional) changes, such as forms of court-packing, think long and hard before embodying those changes in law.” While progressives want change, Breyer supports tradition.

Even Democrat Congressmen are demanding that Breyer resign. "When I became the first person in Congress to call for Justice Breyer to retire now, while President Biden can still appoint a successor, some people asked whether it was necessary," New York Rep. Mondaire Jones tweeted.

“Yes. Yes, it is,” he added. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) said on Sunday that she too feels inclined to want Breyer to resign.

Adding fuel to the fire, Sen. Mitch McConnell declared that he would block a nominee by Biden in 2024, if he has the votes to do so. The possibility of Trump filling Breyer's seat, as Trump filled Ruth Bader Ginsburg's, is frightening to liberals.

McConnell has twice burned Democrats with respect to vacancies on the Supreme Court. He blocked Obama’s nominee Merrick Garland from being confirmed in 2016, and McConnell amazingly pushed through the replacement of Justice Ginsburg by Amy Coney Barrett on the eve of the 2020 election.

Liberals do not want any recurrence of that, and a reporter at the Raw Story, Matthew Chapman, declares that “Stephen Breyer has a responsibility to step down at the end of this term.” Matthew Yglesias, who co-founded the liberal Vox website, tweets that “Justice Breyer is playing a reckless and irresponsible gamble with the future of hundreds of millions of people.”

In the next two weeks, the Court will decide its most controversial cases of the year and the chorus of demands for Breyer to resign may grow louder. The Court is expected to uphold the religious liberty of Catholic Social Services to decline to place children for foster care with same-sex couples, in a potential conservative win.

The Left would not gain a vote on the Supreme Court if Breyer resigns and is replaced by a Biden-promised black woman. Yet liberals push for that race-based approach contrary to a color-blind society.

John and Andy Schlafly are sons of Phyllis Schlafly (1924-2016) and lead the continuing Phyllis Schlafly Eagles organizations with writing and policy work.

These columns are also posted on pseagles.com.

Sunday, June 13, 2021

Donald Trump has been proven correct

Matt Margolis writes:
Ten Media Lies Trump Has Been Proven Right About Since the Election

1. Hydroxychloroquine works

2. The Virus came from a Chinese lab

3. Hunter Biden’s laptop was real

4. Lafayette Square was not cleared for a photo op

5. The “Russian bounties” story was fake

6. We did produce vaccines before the end of 2020, in record time

7. Blue state lockdowns didn’t work

8. Schools should be opened

9. Critical race theory is a disaster for our schools and our country

10. Our southern border security program was an unprecedented success

He does not even mention the election being stolen, or Pres. Biden being incompetent.

As one example, the NY Times had dozens of stories about how Trump was evil because he cleared out protesters for a photo-op. The story was fake news. Not that there would be anything wrong with the President of the USA crossing the street for a photo-op, but the press reports were mostly false.

There were many bigger press lies about Trump, but this one is particularly revealing.

Thursday, June 10, 2021

Republicans need to resist the Democrat election control

A bunch of Democrat professors have posted an open letter:
We, the undersigned, are scholars of democracy who have watched the recent deterioration of U.S. elections and liberal democracy with growing alarm. Specifically, we have watched with deep concern as Republican-led state legislatures across the country have in recent months proposed or implemented what we consider radical changes to core electoral procedures in response to unproven and intentionally destructive allegations of a stolen election. ...

We urge members of Congress to do whatever is necessary — including suspending the filibuster — in order to pass national voting and election administration standards

No, that Democrat measure, H.R. 1, is the most radical change to election law in American history.

It is telling that Democrats want to abolish traditional Senate voting rules in order to impose its idea of Democracy.

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Red-Faced Fauci in Denial

The Phyllis Schlafly Report
By John and Andy Schlafly

The release of more than 3,000 emails to and from Dr. Anthony Fauci about the coronavirus pandemic has left him red-faced. A liberal website, BuzzFeed News, obtained Fauci’s emails from the government under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and released them to the public.

As Trump declared in North Carolina on Saturday night, “Fauci has, perhaps, never been more wrong than when he denied the virus and where it came from. The time has come for America and the world to demand reparations and accountability from the Communist Party of China.”

The Republican leader in the House, Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), observed that “I know the American people don’t have trust in Dr. Fauci,” adding, “let’s find a person we can trust.” Phyllis Schlafly criticized Fauci back in 2014 for allowing people infected with the Ebola virus into our country.

“If Biden believes in science, he must fire Fauci,” said Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), accusing the longtime federal bureaucrat of “exploiting his position in government.” Fauci’s emails reveal a self-promoter who seemed as concerned about how he was portrayed on Saturday Night Live as on the science.

Trump observed that Fauci is “a great promoter. Not a great doctor, but he’s a hell of a promoter. He likes television more than any politician in this room, and they like television.”

Many Republicans, from Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) to Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY), call on Fauci to resign or be fired. Despite this chorus of criticism, the Biden Administration press secretary Jen Psaki announced that it is “very confident in Dr. Fauci.”

“Fauci said powerfully at the beginning: no masks,” Trump reminded us on Saturday. “Then he went into masks, and then he became a radical masker. … Let’s wear them for another five or six years,” became Fauci’s tyrannical new position.

Fauci’s failure to focus on early treatment of the illness with medications such as hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) is grounds enough for firing him. He was alerted as early as February 2020 to the possible benefits of using HCQ to treat Covid symptoms, but then played dumb by denying the value of early treatment outside of hospitals.

Throughout the crisis, Fauci pandered to the liberal media, even considering having a “tag along” by a CBS News correspondent. Meanwhile Fauci rebuffed a White House request to review a draft op-ed by a conservative colleague by saying “I do not have time for this.”

In March 2020, barely a month into the pandemic, a physicist and CEO of Bio-Signal Technologies, Erik Nielsen, sent Fauci an email explaining that HCQ and another drug could help treat patients. Fauci showed his disinterest in early treatment by saying the email was “too long” for him to read.

In testimony last month before a Senate committee, where Fauci clashed with the medical doctor Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), Fauci stated that “the NIH and NIAID categorically has not funded gain-of-function research to be conducted in the Wuhan Institute of Virology,” the lab suspected of creating the virus.

Yet the former FDA commissioner, Dr. Scott Gottlieb, disclosed on Sunday how Fauci declared to foreign leaders a year ago that the origin of coronavirus may have been from a laboratory in China. The official line from Communist China has been that the virus started with an infected bat.

“The time has come for America and the world to demand reparations and accountability from the Communist Party of China,” Trump urges. “We should all declare within one unified voice that China must pay.”

As Trump explained, “The United States should immediately take steps to phase in a firm 100% tariff on all goods made in China.” Instead, Biden continues to appease China rather than send them a bill for all the harm it has caused with its virus.

A scientist who advised Fauci in early 2020 about the possibility that coronavirus originated from a Wuhan lab has inexplicably deactivated his Twitter account. Way back in January 2020, Dr. Kristian Andersen, a California virologist, emailed Fauci about the potential laboratory origin of the virus.

On Sunday, more media grandstanding by Fauci was met by a rude awakening at the landmark Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem. A crowd of angry protesters in that heavily Democrat neighborhood demanded that Fauci be fired, and a placard depicted him with a Hitler-style mustache.

Inside, Fauci gushed that he is “so honored to be here” and continued to promote mass vaccination as the only solution. Meanwhile blacks, more than any other ethnic group, have overwhelmingly rejected the Covid vaccine, with less than a quarter of them accepting even the first shot, despite Biden’s goal of 70% vaccination of all Americans.

“‘Faucism’ The only legal religion?” shouted another sign. One protester said to New York City police officers, “You should have arrested Fauci.”

John and Andy Schlafly are sons of Phyllis Schlafly (1924-2016) and lead the continuing Phyllis Schlafly Eagles organizations with writing and policy work.

These columns are also posted on pseagles.com.

Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Dems Target Energy to Advance Agenda

The Phyllis Schlafly Report
By John and Andy Schlafly

For more than two centuries, Americans have been a nation on the move. But our nation’s mobility, which is the cornerstone of our freedom, depends on maintaining an unfettered access to energy.

An estimated 111,000 gas stations, employing 908,000 people, are beacons of liberty as they fuel our travel and relocation in pursuit of the American dream. Government cannot easily shut off access to our highly decentralized system of distributing gasoline, but it can and does control access to electricity supplied by a small number of central power stations.

Electric cars are dependent on centralized power, government-subsidized expensive auto parts, and new regulations against traditional energy. If environmentalists have their way, it may soon become illegal to purchase a gas-powered car, or companies may be bullied into not selling them.

Tesla is the electric car company whose stock price has skyrocketed in the expectation that liberals will ban traditional cars, as they have already sought to do in California. But electric cars are unaffordable for most Americans, and Tesla has increased the expensive price of its Model 3 by more than $2,500 since March.

Electric cars are not better for the environment, anyway, because they require finding and mining tons of rare metals and other hazardous materials, building thousands of new charging stations, and producing electricity to supply them. Traditional vehicles that run on gasoline are becoming more efficient, and are easier to maintain without complex semiconductors needed by electric cars.

Yet under Biden, the assault on free market energy continues at a fever pitch. Big banks are being pressured not to lend money to traditional energy businesses, and a consortium of large stockholders recently won a proxy battle for at least two seats on the board of ExxonMobil for new directors who are hostile to oil production.

Imagine opponents of the internal combustion engine taking over General Motors in order to stop it from producing gas-powered vehicles. Actually that may have already occurred, as GM has announced that it will shift to a new fleet of electric-powered cars instead.

The ability of well-funded opponents of oil to gain multiple seats on Exxon’s board of directors stunned observers. It was the result of an expensive campaign that badgered shareholders with dozens of mailings and even telephone calls.

This undermines the remarkable achievement of President Trump in attaining energy independence. Under his deregulatory approach allowing development of traditional energy sources within our country, such as oil and natural gas, with his leadership we exported more oil than we imported, for the first time in 70 years.

Lacking sufficient votes to pass their agenda in the Senate, radical environmentalists have a strategy to induce big banks not to loan money to companies engaged in traditional energy production. Last week the state treasurers of 15 states, including West Virginia, wrote a strong letter to Biden’s Special Presidential Envoy for Climate, John Kerry, warning him against pressuring banks to choke off coal, oil, and natural gas.

“As the Obama Administration’s War on Coal demonstrated, reckless attacks on the fossil fuel industry ultimately cut off paychecks for workers and take food off the table of hard-working middle-class families – the very people the Biden Administration claims to champion,” this compelling letter explained.

The recent hacking of a major national oil pipeline that disrupted gasoline supplies to the northeast was a clarion call of how diabolical the Leftist enemies of access to energy can be. Increasing public dependency on a centralized grid of electricity for cars would only worsen this vulnerability.

Meanwhile, a court in the Netherlands slapped Royal Dutch Shell with a surprise order to reduce its carbon emissions by an unrealistic 45% by 2030, merely nine years from now. BP, the major oil company formerly known as British Petroleum, has been promoting itself with the absurd slogan Beyond Petroleum, and it plans to reduce production by 40% in this decade.

Andrew Cuomo’s New York State and several West Coast cities are banning new natural gas hookups, which are necessary as backups against the endless power outages on the electric grid. Cheap natural gas has helped propel our economy, but becomes a casualty of the war on energy.

Like all attempts at socialism, the assault on coal, oil, and natural gas is built upon deception. Electric cars harm the environment more than gasoline-fueled vehicles do, and promoting electric cars as a way to combat climate change is a complete myth.

Electric cars depend on specialized semiconductor chips that are five times as expensive than in standard vehicles, chips that are eco-unfriendly to manufacture. Chip makers are asking governments to provide billions in subsidies to make these chips for electric vehicles.

Without access to affordable, decentralized energy, freedom and prosperity die. Socialism is quietly advancing by interfering with our traditional energy.

John and Andy Schlafly are sons of Phyllis Schlafly (1924-2016) and lead the continuing Phyllis Schlafly Eagles organizations with writing and policy work.

These columns are also posted on pseagles.com.

Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Election Audits Confound Never-Trumpers

The Phyllis Schlafly Report
By John and Andy Schlafly

Last week Georgia Superior Court Judge Brian Amero ordered a forensic audit by independent experts of 147,000 mail-in ballots counted in Fulton County, which includes Atlanta. Shockingly few mail-in ballots were rejected for invalid signatures, and the overwhelming majority of those ballots were counted in favor of Biden to provide him the margin of his reported victory in Georgia, as in other swing states.

Trump’s team sought to monitor the initial post-election sham review of ballots in Fulton County, which is Georgia’s most populous county. But Anti-Trump officials there blocked access by Trump’s Chief of Staff Mark Meadows to the process, despite how review of illegitimate mail-in ballots should have been open to the public as Democrats ran up an implausible 244,000-vote overall county margin for Biden there.

Election integrity is a matter of enormous public concern, not to be swept under the rug after the media declares one side to have won. This issue confounds the Never-Trumpers, who fail to support these election audits that include Republican review of many Arizona Maricopa County ballots.

This election audit in Georgia and also in Arizona could prove that the election was indeed stolen from Trump and his more than 74 million supporters. A recent Reuters/Ipsos poll demonstrates that most Republicans still view Donald Trump as the true winner of the presidential election.

This independent poll confirms that 61% of Republicans feel that the last election was stolen, and the same number do not think that mail-in ballots are counted accurately. Nearly 60% of Republicans view the January 6th protests at the Capitol as mostly peaceful, and by law-abiding Americans.

With no changes by the Pennsylvania Republican legislature to reduce mail-in voting fraud there, last week Democrats won a state senate election in northeastern Pennsylvania by a landslide. Perhaps Republicans would have picked up that seat if Pennsylvania had restored election integrity.

The Republican-controlled Texas legislature is wrapping up its biennial session now without enacting true election reform. The declining margins of victory for Republicans in Texas is reportedly due to changes in demographics, but the bigger reason is the increased exploitation of early and mail-in voting by the Democrat machine in the Lone Star state.

In contrast with Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, Texas Governor Greg Abbott failed to do anything to stop allowing hundreds of thousands of unverified mail-in ballots. A milquetoast bill promoted as election reform languishes in Austin, despite how Republicans have commanding majorities in both legislative chambers plus the governor’s mansion.

Failure to enact election integrity legislation signals inaction on other high-profile issues, too. While several Republican states have rightly protected minors against irreversible transgender operations, Texas Gov. Abbott and statehouse Republican officials have gone AWOL.

Perhaps the phony threats by the NCAA to punish states which protect girls’ sports against transgendered biological males intimidated Republican leadership in Texas, but not in other states. It was mere bluster, as the NCAA subsequently announced it will hold its women’s college softball regional tournaments in Alabama, Arkansas, and Tennessee, all of which have enacted legislation banning transgender athletes from intercollegiate women’s sports.

The fastest high school female runner in Connecticut, Chelsea Mitchell, properly complains about losing four state championship titles, two all-New England titles, and additional award podium spots to males who competed against her as transgenders. A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit by her and others once the transgenders graduated, by saying the lawsuit was then moot.

Republicans should not place all their hopes on courts doing the right thing on the transgender or the election integrity issues. Because the Georgia legislature did nothing for election integrity last year even after the widely reported shenanigans in the November election, Democrats then stuffed the ballot box with unverified mail-in ballots to take two Republican U.S. Senate seats and thereby gain control of that chamber.

The Pelosi-controlled House passed H.R. 1 to make unverified mail-in ballots a permanent fixture in American elections, which would render it impossible for Republicans to win another presidential election. The sham elections in Georgia removed the Republican majority in the U.S. Senate to block this and other bad bills, and only the filibuster can preserve in Congress what is left of election integrity.

State legislatures which have not yet adjourned for the year, as in Pennsylvania, should not defer to their liberal court system. Instead they should enact legislation requiring the type of audit that the Georgia judge recently ordered.

Pennsylvania loses an electoral college vote with the census and faces the prospect of no longer being a battleground state if it fails to reinstate its pre-2020 limits on absentee and mail-in voting. Without verification of signatures on mail-in ballots, Democrats can toss in many hundreds of thousands of bogus votes, and future Republican presidential candidates should campaign in the swing states having election integrity.

John and Andy Schlafly are sons of Phyllis Schlafly (1924-2016) and lead the continuing Phyllis Schlafly Eagles organizations with writing and policy work.

These columns are also posted on pseagles.com.