Tuesday, June 21, 2022

End Vaccine Mandates for Summer Travel

The Phyllis Schlafly Report
By John and Andy Schlafly

Last Friday was the busiest travel day of the year so far, but hundreds of thousands of airline passengers were stranded by flight cancellations. Including last Thursday, more than 35,000 flights in the United States were canceled or delayed over the holiday weekend.

Nearly a third of all flights last Thursday and Friday were late in arriving. At least those travelers ultimately reached their destination, except where delays caused passengers to miss a connecting flight and then be stuck overnight in an unfamiliar city.

Hundreds of passengers were grounded at the Atlanta airport for more than 24 hours. One mother with an 11-month-old daughter was stranded without infant formula, which had gone with their checked bag to Omaha.

The delays and cancellations continued into Monday, when more than 3,000 flights bound for or departing in the U.S. were delayed, while another 370 flights were canceled by 5 p.m. ET. Thanks to public tracking by the website FlightAware, the government cannot hide this travesty.

Media stories fail to report on the underlying reason. The primary cause is not weather or similar routine disruptions, but ripple effects caused by vaccine mandates demanded by the Biden Administration and the Democrat-controlled Congress.

Like many Americans, pilots, flight attendants, and air traffic controllers are saying “no” to vaccine mandates by not showing up for work, leaving travelers deserted at airports. Neither Biden nor any Democrat has been willing to admit, four months from perhaps the biggest election of our lifetime, that their vaccine mandates were a mistake.

“A variety of factors continue to impact our operations, including challenges with air traffic control, weather, and unscheduled absences in some work groups,” was the official explanation by Delta, which canceled the most flights this past weekend. Other airlines have had numerous cancellations at other times this year.

“Unscheduled absences in some work groups” is a euphemism for disruptions caused by vaccine mandates. Public opposition to Biden’s vaccine mandates is hurting his approval rating and harming Democrats’ chances of holding onto control of Congress in the upcoming midterm elections.

Last year the pilots’ unions warned that vaccine mandates against them would result in travel chaos for many Americans, and it has. Yet airline executives failed to stand up against the Biden Administration’s demand for universal vaccination, perhaps because the executives are heavily dependent on direct subsidies from the federal government totaling more than $50 billion last year for pandemic relief.

With their credibility at stake, the public health authorities continue to insist on mandatory vaccination for the military, for federal workers, for some schoolchildren, and for pilots and other airline employees. These mandates persist despite how the fully vaccinated, boosted, and masked-up Dr. Anthony Fauci recently caught Covid anyway.

Past and future presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg threatened even more tyranny from his position as the Secretary of Transportation, which oversees the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). He says he can order the airlines to hire more workers, as if he knew how to find and train the highly skilled and dedicated people who safely operate America’s air travel network.

Buttigieg himself saw his flight from Washington, D.C., to New York City canceled this past weekend, and he drove the mere 225 miles instead. That option is not available to most travelers who are unexpectedly stranded by a canceled flight, and the astronomical cost of gasoline discourages driving anyway.

The airline travel chaos “is happening to a lot of people, and that is exactly why we are paying close attention here to what can be done and how to make sure that the airlines are delivering,” Buttigieg pompously declared. But he fails to get at the root of the problem, and instead treats this as an opportunity to expand government control of an industry that was working just fine when President Trump left office.

More regulation to try to solve a problem caused by overregulation makes no sense, and would lead to more subsidies by taxpayers of big corporations. Having the federal government dictate how many employees private airlines should have would be a wrong turn on the runway.

Meanwhile the Biden Administration pushes harder to impose Covid vaccination on everyone. On Friday FDA vaccine advisers voted 21-0 for children younger than 5 years to receive the Covid vaccine.

This affects infants as young as six months, with unknown long-term consequences. In April, a poll showed that only 18% of parents wanted to have the Covid vaccine given to their infant children.

A vaccine cannot be licensed unless its safety and effectiveness is proven by six months of data, but only two months are required under an emergency use authorization. As with adults and teenagers, the FDA exploits this same loophole to urge Covid vaccination of infants, despite how there is no genuine emergency for young children to receive this controversial vaccine.

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 PhyllisSchlafly.com, pseagles.com, and Townhall.com.

Friday, June 17, 2022

Trump says Election was Stolen

Donald Trump has released a statement, opposing the J^ House show:
Stop the Count

On Election Night, America watched as my lead grew and grew over Joe Biden, as I was set to claim another victory. By the morning of November 4th, the day after the Election, I led by 700,000 votes in Pennsylvania,1 300,000 in Michigan,2 and hundreds of thousands in Georgia, Arizona, and Wisconsin.3 Then, the same “little dictators” who destroyed the separation of powers made the treasonous decision to stop counting.4 These same states, who had counted millions of ballots in a single day, had to stop counting in order to count a few hundred thousand ballots over the next four days to call the race on November 7th.

Why would it take four more days to count a few hundred thousand votes when they had counted millions in one day? They needed time to traffic the ballots and manipulate the outcome of the Election. The Swamp was so determined to keep their stranglehold on power that they delayed the results of the Election so that they could find, manufacture, or produce more ballots, after they knew how many they needed to beat me. They cheated! There’s no reasonable explanation for why it took so much longer to count the few remaining ballots as opposed to the millions on Election Day – other than they needed to traffic more ballots, and it took four days to produce the ballots and do it. They couldn’t have done it without an elaborate ballot trafficking scheme.

If the J6 congressmen were honest, they would address what Trump says.

All of the voting and counting should be done on election day. There is no good explanation for doing it any other way, and no way to trust the outcome if it takes many days.

Tuesday, June 14, 2022

Pork and Injustice in Senate Gun Control Bill

The Phyllis Schlafly Report
By John and Andy Schlafly

With fanfare, a gun control compromise was announced by the U.S. Senate on Sunday and its supporters seek passage by the end of next week. But instead of addressing the recent mass shootings, this legislation wastes billions of dollars in handouts to liberal groups while advancing feminist ideology.

The mass shootings had nothing to do with alleged domestic violence. Yet a central part of this gun control bill is to broaden a lifetime deprivation of Second Amendment rights of men subjected to accusations by women.

Teenage boys are the worst perpetrators of the mass shootings, who typically lack any relationships with girls. Yet the Senate gun control bill jeopardizes rights and reduces job opportunities for men who have been accused by women of unwanted touching, as Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh was.

Ten Republican Senators, four of whom are retiring now at relatively young ages, support this gun control bill. None of the other six are up for reelection this year, and half of them include perennial anti-Trumpers Mitt Romney (R-UT), Susan Collins (R-ME), and Bill Cassidy (R-LA).

The 60-vote filibuster threshold in the Senate will block passage unless all ten Republicans cross over to the Democrat side on this. After wasting $54 billion on Leftist politicians in Ukraine, allocating billions more to Leftist groups in our country may not seem like much.

But a billion dollars to push enactment of gun control at the state level, such as euphemistically named “red flag” laws that can be misused, could improperly go toward tipping the scales in close elections. The billions of dollars in new funding for mental health clinics would not have prevented the recent shootings by defiant teenagers.

If mental health experts cannot distinguish between men and women, how could they reliably identify potential killers? In some cases mental health clinics can be a means to take children away from good parents, or install mental health testing in public schools to detect and deflect conservative political attitudes.

Couching feminist ideology in gender-biased terminology, the legislation seeks to close the so-called “boyfriend loophole” to cause lifetime deprivations of Second Amendment rights. A spat with a girlfriend, as many popular athletes, politicians, and others have once had, would then be misused to stigmatize and exclude for life these men from ever holding a job that entails carrying a gun.

The Lautenberg Amendment, enacted in 1996, already denies for life the Second Amendment rights of any man ever convicted of a minor misdemeanor domestic violence charge, which is sometimes broadly defined to include even offensive touching of one’s wife. Now Democrats want to expand this to enable any girlfriend to make a false accusation that could result in men being barred for life from jobs in the military, police, or other gun-carrying professions.

Johnny Depp spent millions of dollars and several years of his life to clear his name of false domestic violence accusations. But most men are unwilling or unable to do that, instead accepting a misdemeanor plea bargain; they should not permanently lose their constitutional rights and job opportunities because of it.

Gun control zealots want to expand the draconian Lautenberg Amendment, even though it would not have prevented any of the recent mass shootings by teenage boys. The Senate bill would deprive men for life of Second Amendment rights based on a mere restraining order requested by a girlfriend, which is often issued based on an unproven accusation and without a hearing for the accused.

Many injustices already arise under current law when a man does not realize that a misdemeanor offense from decades ago senselessly makes it unlawful to possess a gun for his own defense today. Rather than be warned about this or moderately fined, he faces mandatory imprisonment for owning a gun for self-defense merely because of an obscure federal law.

Harsh penalties in this draft gun control bill would be enforced by inflexible federal courts, and a bill proposed by Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) seeks 5-year mandatory minimum sentences for a gun peacefully carried by someone having a minor outdated offense. Some judges like locking up someone for a long time for the “offense” of harmlessly carrying a gun, based on an outdated misdemeanor triggering a deprivation of his Second Amendment rights.

Older men, husbands, and fathers are not the people who have been committing these horrific shootings. Teenagers addicted to video games are the culprits, yet this supposedly bipartisan legislation is silent about that.

Gun rights were unjustifiably taken away from peaceful participants in the Trump rally on January 6. One who pled guilty to a minor misdemeanor petitioned the judge to restore her gun rights, which the Trump-appointed judge granted but was criticized for it by the media.

Pouring billions of dollars into Leftist groups to advocate for state gun control laws, funding bigger mental health clinics, and imprisoning older men due to an unproven domestic accusation or minor misdemeanor will do nothing to stop mass shootings by teenagers.

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 PhyllisSchlafly.com, pseagles.com, and Townhall.com.

Tuesday, June 7, 2022

J6 Propaganda Show Won’t Stop Trump

The Phyllis Schlafly Report
By John and Andy Schlafly

While Trump-endorsed candidates win stunning primary victories in Ohio and Pennsylvania, Democrats and the liberal media go all out with a propaganda hearing to air Thursday evening at 8pm Eastern. ABC, CBS, NBC, and every other network except Fox gang up with the same futile goal: to try to stop one man, Donald Trump.

Americans have already heard and rejected the anti-Trumpers’ fraudulent spin on last year’s January 6 rally at the U.S. Capitol, and the public has long since moved on. More Americans prefer Trump to Biden now, as we struggle to cope with the “Bidenflation,” another foreign war, and many other problems.

But rather than address real issues facing our country, Democrats and Liz Cheney (R-WY) resort to their theater of the absurd. They will present their tedious, biased version of January 6, while Tucker Carlson will compete with an honest explanation of what happened.

The U.S. Capitol is a public building, and video evidence shows that police officers opened an entrance to welcome the rally-goers inside on January 6. Other video evidence shows uncharged individuals who infiltrated a peaceful crowd and incited confrontations that day, yet government witnesses refuse to explain the active role of government agents and informants.

Liz Cheney is not a Hollywood actress, and should not embarrass herself by trying to be one. No amount of make-up can transform her dog-and-pony show into anything more than an amateurish county fair skit.

Desperate people do desperate things, and no one is more desperate than Cheney now as she faces a rebuke by Wyoming voters in her primary in two months. She is delusional if she thinks Wyoming voters support her never-ending jihad against Trump.

Congress lacks credibility with the American public, and few are fooled by its fake, self-serving investigations. The Pelosi-led House has failed to gain traction with its headline-grabbing subpoenas, contempt citations, and silly disclosures of old text messages.

A reality show about how the Deep State mistreats January 6 activists would have higher television ratings. Video from the “D.C. Gulag,” where patriots who exercised their First Amendment rights at the Capitol remain incarcerated under inhumane conditions without a trial, would attract a larger audience.

The first witnesses at the upcoming prime-time hearing should be the provocateurs who were never arrested or charged. They need to be asked why they incited the crowd, and who paid them to do that. Federal agents spend too much of their time in undercover work that borders on entrapment, eliciting alleged criminal conduct that never would have occurred without their incitement. The recent jury acquittals of men accused of trying to kidnap the Michigan governor was a repudiation of government sting operations.

The next witnesses at the upcoming J6 hearing should be the many innocent people who entered the Capitol to peacefully exercise their First Amendment rights. The public should hear about the toll that the Deep State infringement on their constitutional rights has taken on them and their families.

A real hearing would invite testimony by Trump supporters abused in the DC Gulag, who could be brought into the hearing room in shackles and chains. Then the public would benefit from testimony by their family members about how difficult this ordeal has been for them.

Television ratings might perk up from abysmally low levels if the colorful Shaman were invited to appear in costume. He was callously sentenced to nearly 3.5 years in prison for the “crime” of his entertaining protest against Vice President Mike Pence, who had planned to fly to Israel that same day rather than listen to Trump supporters.

Viewership would perk up by inviting testimony from the guy who declared he “broke the internet” by carrying off Pelosi’s podium. That was genuine entertainment by the stay-at-home dad Adam Johnson, for which he received a 75-day prison sentence, and rewatching those images would attract a larger audience than the communist-style show hearing that Pelosi and Cheney will air.

A television audience might gather if there were candid testimony about the DOJ’s biased practice of prosecuting conservatives more harshly than liberals. The unfair sentencing recommendations by the DOJ of J6 participants was criticized by federal judge Trevor McFadden: “The U.S. Attorney’s Office would have more credibility if it was evenhanded in its concern about riots and mobs in the city.”

Democrats and Liz Cheney are in panic mode now a mere 4 months away from early voting for the midterm elections. If the negative 13-point approval/disapproval rating of Biden persists then it will be a Republican landslide, which Democrats are trying anything to avert.

Fortunately, Americans dislike propaganda shows. Trump’s post-show mockery of the Pelosi-Cheney charade will be more worthwhile and interesting.

Congress was humiliated by the public on January 6. But Congress has not learned, and steps into more embarrassment for itself.

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 PhyllisSchlafly.com, pseagles.com, and Townhall.com.

Tuesday, May 31, 2022

Where’s the Praise of Heroic Border Patrol?

The Phyllis Schlafly Report
By John and Andy Schlafly

Border patrol agents were the heroes who risked their own lives to intercede during the shooting at the Uvalde elementary school, located merely 70 miles from the border. These agents defied requests by local police to stand down, and they stormed the classroom to save lives by killing the assailant.

These heroes recognized this as a suicide mission, because the 18-year-old shooter had barricaded himself inside to kill whoever tried to stop him. Highly trained by playing many hours of violent video games as teenage shooters do, the assailant probably sought to rack up his "score" by killing as many as possible.

One of these valiant border patrol agents took a bullet to his head as fired by the assailant before the agents killed him. The bullet pierced the agent's baseball cap and the skin of his scalp -- there was not enough time to obtain protective gear -- and he needed four stitches later to patch his wound.

Yet missing is national praise for these border patrol agents who put themselves in peril to save children. Biden should be immediately granting them Presidential Medals of Honor, as Trump would have already done by now.

Our border agents should know that their heroism will be recognized, especially when they go above and beyond the call of duty. Instead, an unhelpful blame game against local law enforcement is being played by the media.

On Saturday, Trump held in Wyoming the biggest rally in its history, as the crowd overflowed a 10,000-seat arena. That is an immense crowd in the sparsely populated state where a total of only 267,000 voted in the last presidential election.

Trump earns credit for Ken Paxton's 68-32% victory over George P. Bush in the runoff for Attorney General of Texas, which ends the Karl Rove-Bush era in the GOP. Trump pointed out at the rally how weak George W. Bush was in failing to pardon a high-profile victim of a political prosecution, Scooter Libby, the top adviser to Bush's Vice President Dick Cheney.

Trump himself had to correct that injustice by pardoning Libby in 2018, a decade after Bush should have done it. Bush’s effete record on political prosecutions may have weighed down George P. Bush in his race against Paxton in a state called home by two presidents named Bush and a large Houston airport bearing the Bush name.

Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) tried to help George P. Bush by criticizing Paxton for being under indictment, but that tactic only seemed to backfire. Voters realize now how politicized prosecutions are, and the indictment of a Republican may simply mean that he is being effective.

Bush and Cheney also refused to pardon two other courageous border patrol agents, Jose Compean and Ignacio Ramos (no relation to the school shooter), and merely commuted their prison sentences after a Bush-appointed prosecutor locked them up for decade-long terms for defending our border. The Biden Administration continued the abuse of border patrol agents by wrongly accusing horseback agents of using whips to corral illegal aliens.

Phyllis Schlafly was highly critical of the prosecutions of border patrol agents Ramos and Compean, who were punished based on a confrontation in 2005 with an illegal alien who was smuggling a million dollars-worth of illegal marijuana across our border. Trump granted those border patrol agents the full pardons that they deserved, and they never should have been prosecuted in the first place.

Trump also commuted the sentence of former Rep. Steve Stockman (R-TX), who received a grossly unjust 10-year prison sentence over a dispute about fundraising. Trump pardoned many other victims of political prosecutions, and promises to pardon more when he returns to the White House.

The Department of Justice refuses to accept any oversight or accountability, and its Biden-appointed Attorney General Merrick Garland called on the FBI to investigate parents who object to a Leftist curriculum at their public schools. Rather than immediately honor the heroic patrol agents in Uvalde, the Biden Administration is apparently investigating what happened instead.

Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) said to Garland after learning about parents being targeted by government, “This testimony, your directive, your performance is shameful. Thank God, you’re not on the Supreme Court. You should resign in disgrace, judge.”

Meanwhile, some Democrats and perhaps anti-Trump Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) hope for an indictment of Donald Trump, which would be improperly politically motivated. It would backfire on the Democrats and Cheney if such a stunt is attempted against Trump, just as political misuse of an indictment of Paxton backfired against his opponents.

Democrats who exploit the criminal justice system to obtain unjustified indictments for political reasons should be put on notice by Paxton’s landslide victory while under indictment. The corruption is in politically motivated prosecutions, not in the Republican candidates they target.

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 PhyllisSchlafly.com, pseagles.com, and Townhall.com.

Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Out-of-Touch Globalists Seek NATO Expansion

The Phyllis Schlafly Report
By John and Andy Schlafly

Amid chaos on many fronts, globalists march forward into the night. Klaus Schwab, the founder and executive chairman of the World Economic Forum convening in Davos, Switzerland, welcomed fellow globalists with this: “The future is built by us, by a powerful community, as you, here in this room.”

Meanwhile in the United States we face soaring gas prices, shortage of baby formula, and the highest inflation seen in 40 years. The global elite would find more reality than their self-aggrandizing meeting if they drove to nearby France for the 75th annual Cannes Film Festival, where Tom Cruise drew a five-minute standing ovation for his new Reagan-era movie, “Top Gun: Maverick.”

Covid restrictions were rescinded for this film festival, and the French Open in tennis is not banning the top men’s player for being unvaccinated, as Australian authorities did. Over the weekend, Australian voters rejected the Fauci-like policies of lockdowns and vaccination, by defeating their ruling party such that its Covid-dictatorial prime minister, Scott Morrison, resigned Saturday.

Democrat incumbents should brace for the same defeat here, with the average price of regular-grade gasoline spiking in the last two weeks by 33 cents to a kneecapping $4.71 per gallon. Baby formula is widely unavailable in the United States now, while Congress instead sends our money to Ukraine.

The unelected globalists convening in Switzerland plot their next moves to entangle us further in foreign conflicts. High on their list is to add Sweden and Finland to NATO, thereby provoking Russia even further.

Turkey has already vetoed this, which it has the right to do, but globalists do not take “no” for an answer. Senators Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Chuck Schumer (D-NY) insist on pushing this expansion anyway.

Donald Trump lifted McConnell to reelection in 2020 when Trump won Kentucky with 62%, having coattails that pulled McConnell up to 58% against a spirited, $90-million-funded challenger. Without gratitude, McConnell rejects Trump’s “America First” principles and probably resents Trump’s greater popularity.

McConnell-led senators voted against oversight and transparency for the $40 billion in new American funds to be sent to Ukraine’s “NGO regime,” a web of shadowy non-governmental organizations unaccountable to voters and taxpayers. Billions will thereby flow to Leftist groups, some likely associated with George Soros, to promote liberal politics in Europe and possibly even back here in the U.S.

Indeed, we have already seen much clamoring for Poland to rescind its pro-life laws in order to accommodate liberal politics for the 3 million Ukrainian refugees charitably accepted by that country. A tiny fraction of the $40 billion blank check might be enough to flip conservative Poland to the Soros side.

Hungary’s conservative president, Viktor Orb├ín, was just reelected for the fourth time in a landslide, and he has criticized the globalist approach to the Russian-Ukraine war. The European Union is not supposed to impose embargoes unless there is unanimous consent, and Hungary does not consent to an embargo by the EU on Russian oil.

The U.S. Constitution requires a 2/3rds vote in the Senate in order to ratify any treaty, such as the proposal to expand NATO at this perilous time. This Treaty Clause is the provision in our Constitution most hated by globalists, and there should be conservative opposition to any attempt to ratify treaties to entangle us further in the European conflicts.

Polling data does not support what the globalists are doing to our country. A CBS News Poll taken over the weekend reveals an astounding 69% of Americans say that our economy is “fairly bad” or “very bad," most of whom chose the "very bad" description.

By a 53-47% margin, Americans disapprove of how Biden is handling the Russia-Ukraine war, and by a 70-30% margin Americans disapprove of his handling of inflation. Fully 74% of Americans feel things are going somewhat or very badly.

Yet McConnell and the attendees of the World Economic Forum do not seem to have gotten the memo. Some Republican primary candidates have gained support by criticizing McConnell, including Mo Brooks in Alabama to rejuvenate his campaign and Eric Greitens in Missouri to remain competitive there.

Democrat Party voters are also toppling the globalists. The Establishment-preferred Democrat candidate for Senate in Pennsylvania, clean-cut Rep. Conor Lamb, lost by a landslide 33 points to a tattooed stroke victim whom no one would mistake for a globalist.

In Oregon where ballots are still being counted from a week ago, globalism supporter and 7-term Democrat Rep. Kurt Schrader apparently lost to a school board member who criticized D.C. politicians for not addressing American needs. Incumbents were also surprisingly defeated in state legislative races in Kentucky and Pennsylvania last Tuesday.

Challengers are emphasizing how out-of-touch Congressmen are today. Biden and congressional leadership seem intent on sending endless cash to Ukraine without any accountability, and focusing on expanding NATO to provoke still more military conflict.

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 PhyllisSchlafly.com, pseagles.com, and Townhall.com.

Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Violent Video Games Unleash More Terror

The Phyllis Schlafly Report
By John and Andy Schlafly

“He was definitely into video games - shooter games,” a classmate observed about the Buffalo grocery-store mass murderer. A British tabloid reported this truth about the tragic massacre, while liberal American media hid this crucial detail from their one-sided accounts.

Classmates confirm his devotion to online streaming video games, but internet trolls quickly shouted down anyone suggesting this link. Even a black former lineman for the Green Bay Packers was forced to delete a tweet pointing out the obvious similarity between what happened in Buffalo and the shooter video games.

In a rare split a decade ago between Supreme Court Justices Antonin Scalia and Samuel Alito, Scalia held that violent video games are free speech fully protected by the First Amendment. Only two members of that 5-4 majority creating this constitutional right remain on the court, one of whom, Elena Kagan, has since publicly doubted her support of that bad decision.

Justice Alito, who reportedly wrote the strong first draft to overturn Roe v. Wade in the pending abortion case, did not endorse a First Amendment right to train teenage boys to maim and kill, as many video games do. Neither did Justices Thomas and Roberts, and they would likely rein in the exploitation by the $60 billion video game industry. By comparison, the film industry had box office receipts of only $11 billion at its peak, in 2019, before the Covid pandemic caused movie revenue to drop sharply. Meanwhile, the video game industry surged in revenue during the pandemic, as more teenage boys stayed in their rooms playing these games for many more hours each day.

Video game playing is up 14% over its already-high levels in 2020, such that the average player wastes nearly 8.5 hours weekly on video games. A quarter of all players spend more than 12 hours per week on these games, which is enough time to hold a part-time job or learn a useful skill instead.

The next time you’re waiting endlessly on hold for customer service, you might wonder if the workers are playing video games instead. One survey found that 14% of respondents play video games daily during work hours.

Binge gaming, which may be a key factor in mass shootings, has also increased by 13% since 2020. A third of gamers say that they sometimes play for five hours in a row, which further desensitizes them to the depravity of killing someone.

Few doubt the enormous influence of Hollywood on culture and politics, but the video game industry is many times larger and more consequential. In video games, spectators do not merely watch while eating popcorn, but are drawn into the game as participants who win or lose based on how many people they kill.

The accused upstate New York shooter, Payton Gendron, who is only 18 years old, dressed up like a character found in violent video games to which millions of teenage boys are addicted. He wore camouflage and a helmet as can be seen in images from “Call of Duty,” one of the most popular shooter games having billions of dollars in sales.

He has no military training and yet ruthlessly killed with horrific efficiency, just as a “gamer” is trained to do by these shooter games. Being shot at by a security guard did not faze him, as these games train players to continue shooting rapidly in order to score as many points as possible.

The deadly skills developed and encouraged by playing thousands of hours of shooter games make it more difficult to stop a player when he goes on a real rampage. The heroic security guard at the Buffalo grocery store, a retired police officer, repeatedly shot the intruder only to be killed himself by the teenager trained by shooter video games to quickly fire back.

Young men at age 18 should be learning skills to become productive members of society. Gendron is apparently from a strong family having parents who are civil engineers, so familiar arguments about broken families leading to crime do not explain this shooting rampage by a privileged young man.

This was not the only mass shooting over the weekend. In Milwaukee, gunmen opened fire on a crowd of 300 to 500 people after game six of the NBA playoffs between the Milwaukee Bucks and Boston Celtics.

Police complained about understaffing to handle such violence in a rowdy crowd, which resulted in 17 people being shot, none fatally. But understaffing of urban police does not fit the liberal narrative, either.

Republicans are obviously not to blame for these mass shootings, and should lead to address the contributing causes of addictive violent video games and understaffing police departments. The demagoguery by Democrats in exploiting these tragedies does not help prevent them.

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 PhyllisSchlafly.com, pseagles.com, and Townhall.com.

Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Fauci’s Next Lockdown Victim: Free Speech

The Phyllis Schlafly Report
By John and Andy Schlafly

Anthony Fauci delivered a bizarre commencement address on Saturday at the University of Michigan, where he implied freedom of speech should be the next lockdown target. After botching the Covid pandemic, team Fauci needs a backup plan to reduce their accountability in the upcoming midterm elections.

Fauci sang from the same song sheet recently used by other officials in the Biden Administration. Their top priority has become to control information and demonize those who dare to question the powers-that-be, in order to limit the political fallout that would otherwise drive liberals out of office.

“It is our collective responsibility not to sink to a tacit acceptance of the normalization of untruths,” Fauci urged the impressionable young college graduates. Ironically, this was a combined graduation of several years for students who were denied a timely commencement ceremony because of the very misguided restraints imposed by Fauci.

A generation ago, liberal speakers urged college graduates to embark on the lifelong pursuit of free inquiry that they were supposedly encouraged by higher education to embrace. Today’s liberals urge the opposite approach, to lock down debate and criticism of anything contrary to what Leftist elites dictate.

There Fauci stood, maskless, giving a pompous address that lasted not even 15 minutes in bestowing his words of wisdom during this so-called Comeback Commencement. Much of America has predictably stopped listening to Fauci altogether, and as recently as two weeks ago he had to reverse his statement that the pandemic was over because the White House tells us the opposite.

Apparently not even the almighty media can restore credibility to a man who has so often contradicted himself. Prior to the onset of the pandemic, Fauci disparaged mask-wearing as paranoid, and after the pandemic began he criticized drug store masks as ineffective, yet before long Fauci became insistent on mandatory mask mandates, even for schoolchildren having little to fear from Covid.

Fauci has demanded mandatory vaccination but recently the federal government had to reverse its recommendation for the Johnson & Johnson vaccine because of the severe injuries it apparently causes. Last week federal agencies finally admitted to 60 confirmed cases of a deadly clotting disorder known as thrombosis with thrombocytopenia syndrome associated with this vaccine.

The chant by public health authorities of “anecdotal” and “no evidence” of harm caused by Covid vaccines finally stopped last week as the government confirmed nine deaths from this vaccine adverse effect. It took the federal government more than a year to admit to this vaccine-related harm after it was identified in early April 2021, then recognized but deliberately ignored by the Biden Administration.

On Sunday, despite being fully vaccinated with boosters, New York Democrat Governor Kathy Hochul tweeted to the public that she just tested positive for Covid. Cases have recently risen in New York to high rates not seen since January.

Against this backdrop, a new $10 billion spending bill for Covid has stalled in Congress, as congressional leaders instead focus on sending four times as much money to the corrupt government of Ukraine. It remains to be seen how congressmen will explain to voters this fall that they prioritized sending money to perpetuate a distant war before helping Americans against Covid.

Fauci’s odd phrase decrying a “tacit acceptance of the normalization of untruths” sounds eerily like the Disinformation Governance Board that was revealed on April 27 by another functionary in the Biden Administration. The Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, Alejandro Mayorkas, spilled the beans about that Orwellian agency in his testimony to Congress.

Last Friday, the commencement speaker at the University of Minnesota Medical School graduation was Andy Slavitt, MBA, who was a senior Covid advisor to Biden. Slavitt had criticized President Trump’s approach in 2020, while praising liberal New York Governor Andrew Cuomo for his tightfisted extreme lockdown.

But many more Americans have died from the coronavirus under Biden than under Trump, and a tidal wave of new infections is predicted. The latest estimate is that 100 million Americans will be infected by coronavirus this fall, which may be rattling the economy now. Despite this, Biden demands that Congress place greater importance on rushing $40 billion in new funding to Ukraine before helping Americans harmed by Biden’s mishandling of the Covid pandemic.

Mandatory vaccination has not averted the continued harm caused to millions of Americans by the Chinese coronavirus. There is a loss in credibility by public health officials, who long pushed forced vaccination and masking that appears to have accomplished nothing or worse.

Perhaps realizing that the public no longer believes the sermonizing by Fauci and others, Democrats shift their game plan to control information and silence dissent. Fewer will realize how badly the socialists’ approach to the Covid pandemic has failed if criticism of it is marginalized and blocked.

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 PhyllisSchlafly.com, pseagles.com, and Townhall.com.

Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Most Extreme in American History

Wash. Examiner:
President Joe Biden said a leaked draft opinion striking down federal abortion rights could prompt legal changes that threaten the rights of gay and transgender children in schools.

The leaked opinion overturning Roe v. Wade, drafted by Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito, could endanger other liberal precedents, Biden said.

“What happens if you have changes in the law saying that children who are LGBTQ can't be in classrooms with other children?” Biden asked during a Q&A session with reporters at the White House on Wednesday. “Is that legit under the way the decision is written?” ...

“What are the next things that are going to be attacked?” he said. “Because this MAGA crowd is really the most extreme political organization that's existed in American history, in recent American history.”

I am not sure Biden knows what he is saying, as this is pretty crazy.

Biden said in 2015:

Look, every single morning since I've been 27 years old, I've got up and someone's handed me a card like the one I have in my pocket with the schedule on it, of all the things I'm gonna do. I don't know what to do if I didn't have that card.

Tuesday, May 3, 2022

Biden’s Vote-Buying Scheme: Shift Student Debt to Taxpayers

The Phyllis Schlafly Report
By John and Andy Schlafly

As the midterm elections fast approach, Democrats have lost a key demographic that they relied on in 2020: college-educated men. The biggest defections from the Democrat Party since the last election have been by this group, amid an overall decline since inauguration of 19 points in support of Biden by those under age 35.

The Democrats’ playbook for attracting voters is to toss them some handouts. So it is no coincidence that, six months before Election Day, Biden is working on a plan to give potential supporters upwards of $500 billion.

A half-trillion dollars is a lot of money, even by today’s standards of sending truckloads of new cash to almost anyone who asks for it. Inflation is soaring to levels not seen in 40 years.

Student debt tops $1.7 billion, as racked up by merely 13% of the population due to overpriced higher education. Even House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has said that Congressional approval is required before that debt is forgiven, which would burden all Americans.

Yet Biden plans to bypass Congress, and instead transfer these dollars to his potential supporters through the Department of Education. Biden and the Democrat Party want to claim credit for this on the eve of the election.

Biden told reporters that he has rejected waiving as much as $50,000 per student in loans, which would be more than the average student debt of $37,000. Biden can try to buy millions of votes with a waiver of $10,000 per student.

Already in default is 8% of this debt, which is not dischargeable in bankruptcy due to federal legislation that Biden supported in 2005. Changing the bankruptcy laws for those who are truly bankrupted by student debt would make far more sense than simply waiving debt obligations across-the-board.

The real culprits are the university elites, who in lockstep manner have overcharged Americans for the privilege of being indoctrinated by far-Left professors preaching to their captive audiences. In 1971, the average cost of one year at a public university was only $1,410, which was merely 16% of median household income.

Families could afford college then without going into debt. But by 2018, the average annual cost at a public university had risen to $21,370, which constituted a whopping 35% of the median household income that did not increase as much as college costs did.

That means most families have to go into debt to put a child through a public college, let alone two or three children in college. At private colleges, the costs are far higher and thus the debt much greater.

Among students graduating from college today, more than half are in debt with student loans. Worse, good jobs are not available to new college graduates today except in mostly STEM-related fields.

Universities have made this situation worse by lengthening the time periods for obtaining bachelor's and graduate degrees. No longer is 4 years the expected duration of completing college, as now the government considers graduating within 6 years a success.

Today less than half of students who enroll at a 4-year college actually graduate within 4 years, and only about 60% graduate within even 6 years. That winding path is enormously expensive and wasteful, as the student is typically then unable to work at a full-time job during those years of peak productivity.

Yet Biden is not criticizing his Democrat supporters who control these schools as they senselessly rack up so much debt for students. Meanwhile, these same schools bring in foreigners on visas as another way of grabbing more revenue.

Many of these foreign students then overstay their visas and never return to their foreign countries, and either take jobs from Americans here, take government entitlements funded by taxpayers, or commit heinous crimes. Graduate-level positions, many funded by government grants, are increasingly filled by the foreigners here.

In the last decade there has been a 39% increase in enrollment by foreign students in the United States. Today they total an estimated 1.1 million students in college, a third of whom are disproportionately from China, which hardly seems deserving of more handouts by Americans.

Statistically, those with college educations tend to make more money, jumping from an average of $600 per week for persons having no college education to nearly $900 weekly for those with some college education, to about $1,300 weekly for those having a college degree. The numbers are higher for those with professional and PhD degrees, averaging about $1,900 for both.

Euphemistically described as “loan forgiveness,” erasing student debt is shockingly unfair to those who went to work during their prime years or paid off their student loans. Colleges should be the ones refunding students who did not receive good jobs they were misled to expect from a liberal arts education.

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 PhyllisSchlafly.com, pseagles.com, and Townhall.com.

Tuesday, April 26, 2022

Twitter Needs Trumpers Now

The Phyllis Schlafly Report
By John and Andy Schlafly

When Twitter permanently banned President Donald Trump, it appeared that censorship had won. A tidal wave of additional censorship ensued, causing Twitter to become the dullest place on earth.

Free speech vanished on Twitter after excluding Trump. On Earth Day recently, Twitter announced that it will ban advertisements contrary to liberal assertions of man-made global warming, and the European Union recently implemented the Digital Services Act to require further censorship by Twitter and other social media.

Initially, the San Francisco liberals running Twitter appeared to thwart Musk’s takeover bid by adopting a special “poison pill” to frustrate it. But apparently Twitter’s Board of Directors had an epiphany over the weekend, after Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) and 17 other Republican congressmen sent them a letter Friday telling them to preserve their emails and other records as they opposed Musk.

The Republicans’ letter observed that “the Board’s reactions to Elon Musk’s offer to purchase Twitter, and outsider opposition to Musk’s role in Twitter’s future are concerning. Twitter’s Board Members have fiduciary duties to the company’s Shareholders,” the letter continued.

“These duties apply despite how many corporations’ leaders increasingly pursue progressive policy goals divorced from shareholder interests,” Jordan pointed out. Lawyers might have also advised the Twitter Board members that they would be subject to lawsuits for shareholder harm they could cause by blocking Musk’s bid.

Jordan is a former NCAA college wrestling champion who knows how to take down an opponent, and his timing was perfect. The congressmen who joined Jordan’s letter included Rep. Burgess Owens (R-UT), who is a Super Bowl champion defensive back fully adept at tackling an adversary.

“Why are Twitter’s board members scared of @elonmusk and free speech?” Rep. Jordan tweeted in addition to his letter. More than 52,000 “likes” of Jordan’s tweet showed how the public supports him, and free speech.

Free speech won on Monday, when the Twitter Board reversed itself and voted unanimously to accept Musk’s bid. If only a little birdie could report next on the communications among the Board members who reversed their initial opposition to Musk’s generous offer.

Reflecting the liberal political fixation of Twitter employees, after the announcement of the Board’s decision to accept Musk’s purchase one employee asked the Twitter CEO Parag Agrawal whether Trump would be reinstated on the platform. Agrawal said he did not know.

Trump, however, stated he does know: he’s not returning to Twitter even if allowed back. This sets the stage for Musk to beg and urge Trump to return, which is how the free market works best.

Trump plans to work on lifting his own platform, Truth Social, by posting soon there. Trump’s platform is outside of European censorship rules, and need not cave into demands by Leftist trolls or allow their stream of vile, senseless response tweets welcomed by Twitter to litter Trump’s prior account there.

"I am not going on Twitter, I am going to stay on Truth," Trump declared on Monday. "I hope Elon buys Twitter because he'll make improvements to it and he is a good man, but I am going to be staying on Truth."

Twitter’s current Board of Directors took in a total of $3 million in compensation annually, and Musk has vowed to have a volunteer board for Twitter to save that waste. Indeed, Musk seeks to take the company private so that it will no longer be subject to intrusion by securities regulators.

But without Trump and his supporters, it is difficult to see how Twitter can recapture its spark of 2020 during the presidential election and its aftermath. Amid its increased censorship, Twitter’s stock had fallen sharply in the last nine months, and its bankers reportedly advised Twitter that restoring value required accepting Musk’s offer.

Twitter banned free speech about Covid-19, including terminating the account of Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) for criticizing the Covid vaccine. While it seems likely that Musk will unblock Trump, it remains to be seen whether he will allow free speech against the Covid vaccine or healthy promotion of early treatment for Covid.

The decline in the value of Twitter stock prior to Musk’s offer was not only due to its ban of individuals, as its suppression of speech expanded broadly to many Covid tweets. When it did not outright ban someone for Covid-related tweets, Twitter posted ugly disclaimers for disfavored tweets that were critical of vaccination.

A year ago Trump observed that Twitter “has become totally BORING as people flock to leave the site.” He added, “I guess that’s what happens when you go against FREEDOM OF SPEECH!” Elon Musk needs Trump and his many supporters to turn that around, and he should not allow Europe to stifle free speech here. To succeed, a new Twitter needs to restore blocked accounts and end its censorship.

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 PhyllisSchlafly.com, pseagles.com, and Townhall.com.

Friday, April 22, 2022

Pelosi is Still Traumatized by Trump Supporters

A US Army plane dropped some parachuters to a Washington Nationals baseball game, resulting in this:
"The Federal Aviation Administration's apparent failure to notify Capitol Police of the pre-planned flyover Nationals Stadium is outrageous and inexcusable," Pelosi said in a statement released by her office. "The unnecessary panic caused by this apparent negligence was particularly harmful for Members, staff and institutional workers still grappling with the trauma of the attack on their workplace on January 6th."
Really? Were they worried Trump supporters were trying to reverse the outcome of a baseball game?!

Everything has to be blamed on Trump, global warming, covid, or structural racism. This was her way of blaming Trump.

Tuesday, April 19, 2022

So Why Isn’t Biden Visiting Ukraine?

The Phyllis Schlafly Report
By John and Andy Schlafly

The latest request by Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky, who was elected after a 2014 Leftist revolution there and supported by a media oligarch billionaire, is for $50 billion in new funding from the West and a personal visit by Joe Biden. The White House responded “no,” but only to the part about Biden visiting.

Biden and Congress have already granted the liberal Ukrainian politicians 13.6 billion American dollars. But Zelensky is back, asking for more than three times that much this week in the form of grants or loan guarantees by the United States, with no end in sight for how much this will ultimately cost Americans.

Biden has entangled the United States in this conflict far worse than Congress ever authorized him to. By sending weapons to Ukraine, Biden has wrongly put our country and Americans at risk of deadly retaliation by Russia, as Russian President Vladimir Putin recently warned could happen in unexpected ways.

Some Republican candidates for office in upcoming primary elections are not supporting this as entrenched politicians in D.C. are. One of the skeptics, J.D. Vance, was just endorsed by Trump for a pivotal open U.S. Senate seat in Ohio, which has its primary in a mere two weeks.

The retiring Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) is co-chair of the Senate Ukraine Caucus. A crowded Republican group of many talented candidates compete for Portman’s seat amid the worsening Russia-Ukraine war. Many immigrants from Ukraine settled in Ohio, beginning around 1900, but most have assimilated into American culture as other waves of European immigrants from that period have done. It seems doubtful that there are many Republican primary voters who support Biden’s mishandling of this conflict.

The anti-Trump candidate, state senator Matt Dolan, is polling in a distant fourth in this race. He appeared on the Today show on Monday to declare that he wants the United States to accept 100,000 Ukrainian refugees, “to start off with.”

That approach could lead to the United States taking in upwards of a million refugees, particularly if Dems think they will vote their way. Poland has accepted more than 2.5 million Ukrainian refugees and seeks to relocate them.

Last Friday Donald Trump enthusiastically endorsed J.D. Vance, who has criticized Biden for spending so much time on Ukraine. In an interview with Steve Bannon on February 19, Vance stated that “I think it’s ridiculous that we’re focused on this border in Ukraine.”

Trump’s endorsement of Vance was gutsy, as he trailed in third place by a polling average of 7 points behind the front-runner. Vance is a conservative populist like several other candidates Trump has endorsed, and Trump proves again that he’s not interested in backing only the leaders in polls.

A Marine veteran endorsed earlier by Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO), Vance campaigns on rejuvenating manufacturing in Ohio, which once had thriving automobile parts and steel industries. Both are ravaged by the phony policies of free trade that have also devastated its neighboring states.

Vance stands in contrast with rival candidate Mike Gibbons, who declared last year that the middle class is somehow not paying its fair share of taxes. Vance responded by saying that Republicans should defend “middle-class people being able to raise a family and do it on a single income.”

Vance wants to break up Big Tech, which would help end the suffocating censorship that emanates from the Left Coast. Not even the wealthiest man in the world, Elon Musk, can stop the censorship imposed by the liberals who control Twitter as its Board of Directors adopted a poison pill to thwart his takeover bid.

Vance fully supports Trump’s platform to end the illegal immigration streaming over our southern border, and to build a wall. A recent grim story about how smugglers, called “coyotes,” left a woman to die ensnared in rope while trying to climb over a border wall in Arizona demonstrates how ruthless the immigration smuggling operation is.

Several congressmen, also in contested primaries, have been outspoken against giving Leftist politicians in Ukraine a blank check at the expense of Americans. Both Reps. Madison Cawthorn (R-NC) and Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) have been leaders in opposing Biden’s senseless entanglement in the Russia-Ukraine war.

Once marginalized as "far-right," Marine Le Pen has skyrocketed in French popularity by urging against an escalation in hostilities with Russia. She stunningly made the final runoff for the presidency of France, and cautions against pushing Russia into a closer alliance with communist China that already opposes the liberal cultural influence of Hollywood.

China recently ordered a movie studio to delete pro-LGBTQ dialog from the children’s animation Fantastic Beasts: Secrets of Dumbledore, and the studio dutifully pandered to the communists. This contrasts with how Disney today aggressively undermines American cultural norms, unlike the patriotism of its founder Walt Disney.

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 PhyllisSchlafly.com, pseagles.com, and Townhall.com.

Tuesday, April 12, 2022

Trump’s Wizardry in Oz Endorsement

The Phyllis Schlafly Report
By John and Andy Schlafly

Pro-China Dave McCormick currently holds a narrow lead in the polls for the open U.S. Senate seat in Pennsylvania. This primary is on May 17, and it is pivotal both for retaking GOP control of the Senate and for winning that state’s 19 electoral votes in 2024.

McCormick, a former Jeb Bush supporter who made his fortune running a Connecticut-based hedge fund, has already spent millions to attain 21% support in the fractured race. He even hired several of President Trump’s former White House aides in an effort to bolster his support in the state he left behind as a young man.

In 2017, McCormick told an audience at Duke University that he “wasn’t a Trump supporter” in 2016, but merely hoped for success for whoever won between Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump. For years, McCormick reportedly oversaw an estimated $1 billion in investments in China.

As Philadelphia just became the first major city to reinstate a mask-wearing requirement indoors, McCormick’s deep ties to the communist country that brought us Covid are unhelpful. McCormick has failed to lead on this issue, and even ducked attending a recent conservative gathering in the Keystone State.

His rival, Dr. Mehmet Oz, spoke out strongly against mask and vaccine mandates last year, and two years ago Oz helped save lives by promoting hydroxychloroquine. Dr. Oz received a backlash from liberal public health authorities but courageously spoke the truth they suppressed.

On Sunday, Dr. Anthony Fauci was still preaching his discredited opinions about Covid, which appears to be resurging. For two years Fauci’s regimen of lockdowns, masks, and vaccines failed to defeat the virus, yet the media and Biden continue to give him a platform to pontificate.

Dr. Oz is almost alone among physician politicians opposing Fauci’s fake science. Last December, Dr. Oz stated that “Dr. Anthony Fauci has lost the faith and confidence of the American people.” “I believe Anthony Fauci should be held accountable for misleading, whether willfully or unintentionally, the American public and the United States Congress,” Oz continued. At one point Fauci’s own NIH had to correct his testimony falsely denying U.S. funding of dangerous gain-of-function research in Wuhan, which may have led to Covid.

Trump’s critics pretend that he endorses only front-runners, but Oz is an underdog as was Rep. Ted Budd (R-NC) in his bid for North Carolina’s U.S. Senate seat. Trump endorsed Budd, a young congressman, when Budd was 40 points behind the much better known former governor, Pat McCrory.

When Trump endorsed Budd, Trump was backing a longshot candidate who the polls predicted could not win, just as polls today peg Dr. Oz as the underdog. But a new poll by the independent Emerson College shows that with Trump’s endorsement, Budd has jumped to an astounding 14-point lead over McCrory.

Rural voters account for this change, and are thereby saving the Republican Party. Budd leads RINO McCrory by 42-11% among rural voters, while the candidates are tied among suburban voters.

Without appealing to rural voters, Republican candidates have no chance of winning elections. It is difficult to see how the globalist Connecticut hedge fund trader McCormick has much chance of winning support from rural Pennsylvanians.

McCormick’s allies have spent millions on negative ads against Dr. Oz, whom even liberals describe as charming and personable. Oz, a cardiovascular surgeon who was a professor at Columbia University medical school for two decades, is needed to speak out against the mask and vaccine tyranny.

On Friday, a rare 2-1 Democrat majority of the Fifth Circuit in New Orleans reinstated Biden's Covid vaccine mandate against millions of federal workers. This mandate had been properly enjoined by a Trump-appointed district court judge, but the panel reversed his decision.

A month ago Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla declared that a fourth booster shot is necessary, even though variants continue to confound the vaccine strategy against Covid. Fauci himself admitted last week in an article published in The Journal of Infectious Diseases that classical herd immunity against Covid “almost certainly is an unattainable goal.”

By endorsing Dr. Oz, who was born in the United States to Turkish parents, Trump is already being criticized by some Republicans. But such naysayers were just proven wrong by Trump’s endorsement of the underdog Senate candidate in North Carolina.

Trump further overcame his critics by inviting 26-year-old Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-NC) onto the stage after the Republican Establishment shunned and tried to defeat him for his blunt criticisms. Rep. Cawthorn nearly stole the show with his inspiring words that concluded with his standing up from his wheelchair.

“We have so many in the national party who believe that the key to saving our nation is cheapening our platform and going after these non-existent middle ground voters,” Cawthorn declared. “My friend, there is no middle ground with Marxists.”

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 PhyllisSchlafly.com, pseagles.com, and Townhall.com.

Tuesday, April 5, 2022

More Illegals as Biden Ends Title 42

The Phyllis Schlafly Report
By John and Andy Schlafly

A record 1.7 million illegal aliens had encounters with our courageous border patrol agents in the fiscal year ending September 30, 2021. In addition, the number of known gotaways has exceeded 2,000 per day in recent months, plus many more who evade detection.

Amid this crisis, Biden opens the floodgates further to double or triple the influx, by terminating Trump’s Title 42 policy. Section 265 of Title 42 of the United States Code authorizes the federal government to exclude persons at the border whose admission would endanger the public health from a communicable disease.

Last Friday the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that Trump’s proper use of this law to stem illegal immigration would end on May 23. That throws our border wide open by repealing Trump’s only remaining border security policy that was still being enforced by the Biden Administration.

Senseless liberal logic welcomes Covid-infected illegal aliens, while imposing burdensome vaccination requirements on Americans and those who enter our country lawfully. When asked about this contradiction, Biden’s press secretary Jen Psaki absurdly responded last year that the illegals do not intend to remain here for a long time.

They certainly do plan to stay, and consume billions of dollars in benefits while they are here. The strain of Ukrainian refugees on Europe dominates the media, while it ignores similar hordes of illegals here.

In the last month alone, our border agents had 165,000 encounters with illegal aliens. Many additional illegals are never caught. The numbers this year are far higher than the record-breaking totals of last year. Democrats see a new voter for their side in every new illegal alien, no matter how much harm that causes to the United States.

The illegal drugs they bring into our country are enough to kill every single American. These drugs imported by illegal aliens include 634 pounds of lethal fentanyl and 12,500 pounds of life-threatening methamphetamine that were seized in February alone.

To put this in perspective, merely one kilogram of fentanyl amounts to 500,000 lethal doses. The monthly seizure at our border of fentanyl exceeded 100 million fatal doses, while far more probably slipped through.

Biden, wanting illegals as future Democrat voters, vastly increases the illegal border crossings by allowing the Title 42 restrictions to expire. A thousand miles from our southern border, even Democrat Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) is shocked, calling this “a frightening decision.”

“Title 42 has been an essential tool in combating the spread of COVID-19 and controlling the influx of migrants at our southern border,” objected Sen. Manchin. “We are already facing an unprecedented increase in migrants this year, and that will only get worse if the administration ends the Title 42 policy.”

Arizona’s Democrat senators are complaining too. “Today’s decision to announce an end to Title 42 despite not yet having a comprehensive plan ready shows a lack of understanding about the crisis at our border,” Kyrsten Sinema stated candidly about her own party’s president.

To make room for this massive increase in illegals, Biden ordered ICE to dismiss up to 700,000 or 40% of the 1,700,000 cases that are pending for deportation orders by immigration courts. This means nearly a million of these illegals will also get a free ticket to stay and collect benefits here.

Already Biden’s Justice Department is refusing to honor a judge’s order to reinstate President Trump’s most successful border policy, which required all illegal migrants to “remain in Mexico” until their bogus claims for asylum are heard and rejected. That case, Biden v. Texas, will be argued in the Supreme Court on April 26.

ABC News reports that DHS has prepared a 16-page strategic plan that includes frightening projections for post-Title 42 southwest border encounters. “Based on these projections,” the document says, the newly established Southwest Border Coordination Center “is currently planning for 6,000, 12,000 (high) and 18,000 (very high) encounters per day.”

Let those numbers sink in. 18,000 per day is more than 500,000 per month, and more than 6 million per year.

The flood of people crossing our southern border is not some natural disaster beyond anyone’s control. The reality, as stated by U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) yesterday, is that “This is deliberate, this is intentional.”

It is intentional, to replenish the shrinking number of liberal voters.

On Tuesday, the 4th of the 10 House Republicans who voted with liberals to impeach Trump, Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI), announced he would not run for reelection.

The entrenched, 18-term incumbent Rep. Upton’s announcement comes three days after Trump held a massive rally in Michigan which attracted 10,000 conservative supporters. The sports arena booked for Trump’s rally quickly overflowed.

At this Michigan rally Trump predicted we will be “deluged by illegal immigration” amounting to “10 to 12 million” new illegal aliens, because of Biden ending Title 42 restrictions.

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 PhyllisSchlafly.com, pseagles.com, and Townhall.com.

Tuesday, March 29, 2022

Trumpify the GOP

The Phyllis Schlafly Report
By John and Andy Schlafly

Remaking a political party is difficult, but essential now as the entrenchment of a few liberal Republicans has become intolerable. Never before has anyone improved and remade a political party as Donald Trump is doing, and failure is not an option.

An obstacle is the tradition of Republican primary voters reelecting incumbents. Of the 152 primary challenges to state Republican legislators so far this year, not a single one of the incumbents has lost.

But none of those challengers had Trump’s endorsement. In the next few months, many primary challengers in battleground states will have Trump’s endorsement which gives them a fighting chance.

This Saturday Trump will speak in Michigan, a state that he won in 2016 but was taken from him in 2020 without any post-election audit. Trump reportedly won 370,000 more votes in Michigan in 2020 than in 2016, but based on a deluge of inadequately verified mail-in ballots Biden was declared the winner.

Michigan gets cold in the wintertime and depends heavily on energy and on gasoline-powered cars that can run in frigid weather. A study by AAA showed that when temperatures drop to 20 degrees Fahrenheit, which is common in Michigan where winter extends into April, the range of an electric car drops by 41%.

Conservatives should drive that issue to the bank in a state built on selling Corvettes and Mustangs. Pressing on the gas pedal should convert Michigan to the Republican side as West Virginia has, with its dependency on traditional energy.

Trump won West Virginia by a whopping 39 points in 2020, and he won Ohio by more than 8 points. Next-door Michigan should become solidly Republican too, thanks to Trump.

The biggest difference between Michigan and its neighboring Ohio is not demographics, which are similar, but the liberal Republican officeholders in Michigan. Only ten Republicans in the entire country voted for the second impeachment of Trump, but two of them were from Michigan.

Both inherited family fortunes, to which few can relate: RINO Fred Upton is an heir to the Whirlpool washing machine fortune, while his fellow pro-impeachment Republican Peter Meijer benefits from his ancestors’ supermarket chain wealth. Trump backs challengers in the primary to both, which will be held on August 2.

“Michigan demands better,” declared the 14th Congressional District Republican Executive Committee about both. “This call for censure now joins other requests made across the state that made the same request of the Michigan Republican Party.”

Upton and Meijer were two of only nine Republicans who voted to hold conservative Steve Bannon in contempt. RINOs also voted to establish the Pelosi-controlled House Select Committee, a group of Trump-haters that voted on Monday to improperly recommend criminal contempt charges against two top law-abiding aides of Trump, the conservative Peter Navarro and Dan Scavino.

The liberal infiltration of Republican leadership in Michigan has frustrated progress there. It is overdue for Republican voters to oust the RINOs in their primaries, to turn Michigan into a red Republican state as nearby Ohio and West Virginia are.

Advancing that goal, Trump has endorsed 10 state legislative candidates in Michigan, the most of any state, in addition to endorsing in 5 congressional races and 2 candidates for high office there.

Likewise, Trump is remaking the Georgia Republican party, with his high-profile rally there last Saturday amid his endorsement of several candidates for high statewide offices. But an obstacle is how money is pouring in from liberals to try to reelect anti-Trump politicians, such as the Republican Georgia Governor Brian Kemp.

Out-of-state money rains down on liberal Republicans who need to be voted out of office by conservative primary voters. Liberals see what is at stake in these primaries, and they realize that if they can prop up a RINO in his primary, then the Left prevails no matter who wins the general election.

Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) has raised more than $7 million, the vast majority of it from outside of the state she is supposed to be representing, Wyoming. Her opponent should expose Cheney as a tool of the Left at this point, and demand that Cheney return donations by liberals to her campaign.

As the anti-Trump Republicans take money from the Left, they become beholden to the liberal agenda on issues that count most. Trump is doing everything he can to fumigate the GOP from this infestation by the Left, and he needs all hands on deck to right the ship as the Left increases its attempt to hijack it.

With liberal control of Big Tech, Hollywood, and the media, liberal political donations are as much as fifty times larger than conservative political donations. The only antidote to the pestilence upon the Republican Party by the Left is the assertion of the Trump brand, supporting whom he has endorsed.

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 PhyllisSchlafly.com, pseagles.com, and Townhall.com.

Tuesday, March 22, 2022

As Covid Subsides, Vax Mandates Remain

The Phyllis Schlafly Report
By John and Andy Schlafly

As Covid subsides, tyranny that exploited it continues. Unfair termination of servicemen, disruption of the upcoming Major League Baseball season, and interference with parental rights result from vaccine mandates.

Liberals are retreating on their mask mandates, but are doubling down on vaccines. This is because vaccine mandates are a gateway to implement the socialist agenda.

Vaccine mandates promote public allowance of abortion, through use of fetal cells in some of the mandated vaccines. These mandates control the right to travel and assemble, through requirements of vaccine passports.

Vaccine mandates also violate the patient-physician relationship, by overriding physicians who advise against the vaccine. As shown by the military discharge of personnel, vaccine mandates limit the ability to serve our country, or earn a living.

Last Friday the Army declared that it had involuntarily discharged three soldiers for not receiving the Covid-19 vaccine. A total of 2,692 Army soldiers have declined the controversial vaccine, and the Army has reprimanded 3,251 troops.

Other branches of our Armed Services have done likewise. By last Wednesday the Navy had fired 519 sailors, the Air Force had terminated 212, and the Marine Corps had discharged 1,038 Marines.

It hurts our military readiness to lose these experienced and dedicated volunteers. Donald Trump, who leads Biden by 43 points among unvaccinated voters according to a YouGov/Yahoo News poll, urged the next Congress to restore these honorable service members with back pay.

Fortunately, several courts are pushing back against the unjustified vaccine mandates. In federal appellate and district courts, Republican-appointed judges are protecting constitutional rights.

In a unanimous decision in favor of Navy SEALS, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in New Orleans observed how inflexible the vaccine demands are. “Indeed, during the last seven years, the Navy has not granted a single religious exemption from any vaccination,” that appellate court wrote in U.S. Navy Seals 1-26 v. Biden, which is now before the Supreme Court.

Thousands of our finest Navy sailors requested exemptions. “The Navy has denied them all,” the court concluded before ruling against the Navy for now on this issue.

Meanwhile, vaccine requirements in Canada and New York City are disrupting the Major League Baseball season. Players engaging in spring training in Florida are being asked about their vaccination status, and some stars are not showing their cards.

Rejecting vaccine tyranny, some stars will forgo their substantial salary for games played in Toronto, Canada, where socialists continue to require unvaccinated visitors to quarantine for extended periods. The pandemic subsides, but the socialist tyranny that exploited the pandemic does not.

It makes no sense for a player to be quarantined for 14 days for a three-game series in Toronto, and it is unjustified to require that of a baseball player whose activities on the field endanger no one. But when the real game is about political control rather than public health, vaccine mandates will continue indefinitely.

The socialists who run New York City are as dictatorial as the tin-pot dictators who run Canada. New York City, where the Yankees and Mets play all their home games, extends Covid vaccination requirements after the pandemic has diminished.

New York Yankees slugger Aaron Judge was asked last week if he has been vaccinated, and he declined to say. He ranked as the 4th best player in the American League last year in voting for its Most Valuable Player.

Apparently the Yankees team officials are trying to negotiate a change to the City requirement that all employees of private employers be vaccinated. The requirement should be repealed for all employers, not just professional baseball.

Good news arrived last Friday afternoon in the district court of the District of Columbia, when it enjoined a new D.C. law that authorizes school administrators to inject the Covid and other vaccines into schoolchildren as young as 11 years, without parental consent or even knowledge. In Booth v. Bowser, Trump-appointed Judge Trevor McFadden sided with parents.

The District of Columbia insisted in court that there is no constitutional right to any religious exemptions from mandatory vaccination. The District also argued that a rate of 95% vaccination was necessary to attain herd immunity from contagious diseases, which is a far higher rate than public officials have admitted.

Only about 65% of Americans opted to receive the Covid vaccine, many forced to do so, while fewer than 50% of them have received the recommended booster shot. Most Americans have rejected the demands by Dr. Anthony Fauci and so-called public health experts about Covid vaccination and masks, as have many foreign countries.

In blocking the school vaccine mandate in D.C., the judge properly held that vaccine tyranny will not be allowed to “trample on the Constitution.” Officials pushing these vaccine mandates should be defeated in elections, too.

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 PhyllisSchlafly.com, pseagles.com, and Townhall.com.

Tuesday, March 15, 2022

Clean Out the Rot

The Phyllis Schlafly Report “Clean Out the Rot” By John and Andy Schlafly

“We have to clean out the rot of our failed foreign policy establishment,” Donald Trump declared at his rally in South Carolina on Saturday. Trump’s thousands of enthusiastic supporters who braved the unseasonably cold March temperatures in the Palmetto State fully agree.

Part of that “rot” is due to Republicans in Name Only (RINOs). Trump was in South Carolina to help defeat two of them, Representatives Tom Rice (R-SC) and Nancy Mace (R-SC).

Congressman Rice’s response to Trump’s praiseworthy visit to the small state was illustrative of how clueless many entrenched incumbents are. Rice referred to Trump as a “would-be tyrant,” and bizarrely compared patriots who rallied at the Capitol last year on January 6th to violence in Ukraine.

The invasion of Ukraine would never have occurred if Trump had remained in the White House, yet Rep. Rice was one of ten Republican turncoats who voted to impeach him a second time in the final days of Trump’s first term. All of those RINO congressmen need to be defeated in their primaries, and three of them have already quit in the prime of their careers.

The “rot” in D.C. bears responsibility for embracing a globalist agenda that allowed the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine to occur. Conservative Poland, one of the poorest nations in Europe, has borne the brunt of the exodus so far of 1.7 million refugees from Ukraine, nearly 5% of Poland’s population, with almost no help by wealthier liberal European countries.

Ukraine has prohibited men of fighting age (defined as 18 to 60) from leaving the country, which has created another crisis for the transgender agenda. Men who self-identify as women are not allowed to leave, while women who self-identify as men are changing back to their biological gender in order to escape.

The incredibly charitable Poland was recently sanctioned, at an estimated cost of billions of dollars, by the Leftist European countries in part for not being pro-transgender enough. Hungary was sanctioned too, although it is taking in hundreds of thousands of Ukrainian refugees.

If the Leftist politicians who seized power in Ukraine in 2014 had been more conservative by promoting armed self-defense by its citizenry, as done in Finland and Switzerland, then Russia might have thought twice before invading, and millions of Ukrainians would have less reason to flee. Self-defense is necessary both to repel an invader and to protect against resultant looting and violence.

In 1999 Ukraine reported to the United Nations that civilians are not allowed to possess handguns. In a lawless society that results from bombing, less access to self-defense means more refugees.

Contrast that with Finland, which is generally liberal but has long valued a high rate of private ownership of guns. Finland ranks #4 worldwide in gun ownership, while the United States is #1.

The Soviet Union unsuccessfully invaded Finland in 1939, and it was Finland’s private ownership of guns that saved it. Ordinary Finnish citizens then repeatedly ambushed Soviet soldiers as they took cigarette or meal breaks.

The Soviet Union thereby lost six times as many men as Finland did, and the Soviet soldiers quickly retreated back to where they came from. It was not military jets or no-fly zones or more tanks that saved Finland, but private handgun ownership.

To this day Finland allows and encourages a fully armed citizenry, and training is widely available. Switzerland, also a small country trapped between more powerful neighbors, has maintained its independence for over 700 years the same way.

But instead of adopting a conservative approach of self-defense, the “rot” in our State Department and Europe encouraged Ukraine’s politicians to expect NATO and American intervention with billions of dollars and fighter jets. Ukraine President Zelensky himself is speaking to an unprecedented joint session of Congress on Wednesday, but the United States should not become the world’s policeman again.

The liberal rot in D.C. snuck into the massive Ukraine aid bill more gun control in the United States, without adequate debate. The Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2022 (VAWA) was rushed through a late-night session, with one Republican saying she was just trying to help Ukrainians by enacting the overall bill that sends nearly $14 billion to liberal Ukrainian politicians.

VAWA’s new gun control provision authorizes our federal government to deputize state and local officials to enforce federal gun laws. It further requires new federal investigations into all denials returned by the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), even though most of those denials are wrongly based on federal database errors.

Many including Trump have called for Biden to allow more drilling for oil to end dependency on Russia. We should also be exporting handguns to arm private citizens in countries that live in fear of invasion by Russia or China, as liberals should have been advocating for Ukraine.

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 PhyllisSchlafly.com, pseagles.com, and Townhall.com.

Tuesday, March 8, 2022

Stop Trying to Start World War III

The Phyllis Schlafly Report
By John and Andy Schlafly

Americans do not want to go to war over a conflict halfway around the world, and our politicians should stop clamoring for further American involvement in Ukraine. Our leaders should be encouraging peace without misleading Ukrainians into fighting on in the hope that we will cripple Russia with sanctions or send fighter jets to the war zone.

The bellicose rhetoric from American politicians is worsening the conflict, rather than bringing it to a peaceful resolution. A new $12 billion aid package to Ukraine, which would extend the armed conflict and increase its casualties, is being rushed through Congress.

Ukraine was ranked as merely the 92nd most democratic country, behind even Burma in a list of 176 nations compiled by the Democracy Matrix, and it has long been controlled by a few billionaire oligarchs who milk the country for their own benefit. It formerly had a democratically elected leader who got along with neighboring Russia, but he was ousted by a leftist-funded revolution in 2014.

Russia has repeatedly offered to settle the conflict rather than crush Ukraine, but as long as Ukrainian politicians expect a lifeline from the West they have little reason to compromise. Russia demands only that Ukraine end its military hostilities, promise not to join the anti-Russia EU or NATO, recognize Crimea as part of Russia, and acknowledge the independence of the small Donetsk and Lugansk whose residents speak Russian.

Those modest demands hardly fit the liberal narrative that Russia is supposedly targeting innocent civilians or refugees fleeing the fighting. Beating war drums prolongs the bloodshed until residents leave, as more than 2 million Ukrainians have already fled.

Without support by the American people, a handful of globalists have quietly expanded NATO all the way to the Russian border, including even nations that were part of the former Soviet Union. Joe Biden endorsed this reckless expansion, which provoked the war that we now watch tragically unfold.

The immediate harm to Americans is the soaring cost of gasoline, which our politicians should be addressing instead of rushing to send lethal weapons to Ukraine. Congress should reverse the ban on new domestic oil and gas drilling which Biden announced on his first day in office and reiterated last month in defiance of a federal court order.

On Tuesday Biden banned the importation of Russian oil, and other Russian imports are prohibited except of course for materials wanted by large corporations such as titanium for Boeing, plus nickel, palladium, and cobalt for the green new deal. The oil ban hurts only the American consumer, not Russia which can easily sell that same oil elsewhere.

China can buy all the oil and any other Russian products that are blocked from being imported here. India and Pakistan have also declined to participate in sanctions against Russia, so such political stunts do not affect Russia much.

Venezuela, a country that we are already unsuccessfully punishing with sanctions, stands to gain from a ban on Russian oil. Biden is considering importing oil from the communist Venezuelan regime to replace the oil we use from Russia.

We should be producing our own oil and gas, but Biden rejects tapping into unused oil fields here. Liberal environmentalists demand that Biden continue to block our own energy production, so we will remain dependent on foreign oil until Trump is reelected.

Last week Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) publicly mused to himself, “Joe, would you pay 10 cents more a gallon to support the people of Ukraine?” Answering his own stupid question, the multimillionaire Manchin, who famously lives on a 56-foot houseboat moored in the Potomac River, said “I would gladly pay 10 cents more a gallon.”

Most Americans would be glad to pay only 10 cents more, but gas prices have surged by $2.00 a gallon since Biden was elected, while the price of diesel fuel is up by $2.50 a gallon. Truckers, farmers, and other hard-working Americans cannot afford to fill up the big rigs they need to produce and deliver the food and supplies that we all depend on every day.

Not only dollars are at stake in Biden’s misguided approach. Lives are lost when Congress pours kerosene on the fire in Ukraine.

Most worrisome are the irresponsible calls to send fighter jets to Ukraine, or to Poland in a three-way deal to replace fighter jets that Poland would send to Ukraine. This would merely escalate the war and spread it to NATO member countries that we unwisely promised to defend.

Unnecessary wars are good only for the media, weapons manufacturers, and pompous politicians, most of whom never served in combat themselves. Merely six months after the end of our 20-year war in Afghanistan, Americans oppose entanglement by globalists in another war in a faraway land that we never promised to defend.

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 PhyllisSchlafly.com, pseagles.com, and Townhall.com.

Friday, March 4, 2022

Trump Kept Putin From Invading Ukraine

From The Federalist:
A recent Harvard-Harris poll found that 62 percent of Americans believe that Russia would not have invaded Ukraine if Donald Trump were still in the Oval Office. As former senior intelligence officials under President Trump, we agree with that view.

Russia invaded Georgia in 2008 when George W. Bush was president. Russia took Crimea in 2014 when Barack Obama was president. Russia has now invaded Ukraine with Joe Biden as president. However, when Donald Trump was president, Russia did not seize territory from any of its neighbors.

During his four years in office, Trump not only successfully deterred Russia from acting against Ukraine, he effectively deterred a lot of bad behavior across the planet. He focused on ending America’s foreign wars rather than launching new ones. At the same time, he brokered the Abraham Accords to expand peace in the Middle East.

The exercise of American power to deter adversaries is a complicated business. It involves a mix of military, economic, political, and diplomatic strategies and actions that together communicate the costs of threatening U.S. national interests.

Ultimately, the art of statecraft boils down to whether a president projects American strength that deters adversaries, or projects American weakness that emboldens our adversaries.

So how did Trump succeed in containing Putin while the Russian autocrat has run wild with others in the White House? Why was he so successful at spreading peace elsewhere? We believe the long answer begins with these ten ways that Donald Trump projected American strength and kept the bad guys in check:

Rebuilt the American Military
Crusaded for American Energy Dominance
Set the Tone by Launching Surgical Missile Strikes in Syria in Early 2017
Developed Strong Relationships with Middle Eastern Nations Based on Mutual Interests
Was Ruthless with the Taliban While Winding Down the Afghanistan War
Crushed the ISIS Caliphate
Demonstrated a Consistent Willingness to Take out the Bad Guys
Stood Up to China
Strategically Used Unpredictability as an Asset in Foreign Affairs
Advanced Tough Russia Policies and Provided Lethal Aid to Ukraine while Maintaining an Open Dialogue

John Ratcliffe served as the 6th U.S. Director of National Intelligence. Cliff Sims served as U.S. Deputy Director of National Intelligence for Strategy and Communications.

Maybe Trump was a great military genius. Maybe he was lucky. Maybe the Biden administration is incredible stupid and irresponsible. Probably some combination.