Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Biden: Passports for Americans, not Illegals

The Phyllis Schlafly Report
By John and Andy Schlafly

Joe Biden’s long-delayed press conference included obsessive references to Donald Trump, at one point bizarrely exclaiming “Oh God, I miss him.” Our border agents surely miss Trump, as they are overrun by illegal aliens attracted by Biden’s invitation to unlawful immigration from Central America.

Yet Biden refuses to visit our patrol agents despite the humanitarian crisis that is attracting worldwide attention. Trump, showing his tremendous character, declared that he plans to visit the border and thereby illustrate the lack of leadership in the White House today.

Biden announced that he had assigned his vice president Kamala Harris to handle the border crisis. Then Harris refused to go down there, perhaps realizing what a disaster such a visit would be to her own political future.

“The vice president is not doing the border,” Harris’s spokeswoman Symone Sanders declared to reporters two days after she was handed that assignment. Politicians avoid photo ops with problems their own policies caused.

Humanitarian crises at the border are rarely reported by the mainstream media bent on rehashing the sad death of George Floyd, but some news is so tragic it cannot be censored. A nine-year-old girl died drowning while crossing the Rio Grande last week, while thousands of others have been sexually abused during the 2,000-mile trip from Central America.

Biden said his goal is to stop the stream of illegal migrants to the United States. But his actions spoke louder, thereby ensuring that millions more will try to cross our border, because Biden indicated that he is not going to block their entry.

To the extent that Central American children do not die during passage, they will become dependent on our stretched government programs for support. Children who enter illegally are eventually placed in public schools which cannot cope with the influx.

Biden did not misspeak during the press conference, because we could tell that he depended on written notes which he read from the podium, along with pictures of the reporters he would invite to ask questions. No modern president has had to rely on notes to make it through a press conference, and the questions were pathetically tame.

Only after the press conference was over did we learn that the Biden Administration secretly plans to impose standards for a “vaccine passport” to regulate public access to restaurants, airplanes, sports arenas, schools, theaters, and anywhere groups of people traditionally gather. Those lacking such a passport could be excluded.

This would be a shocking infringement on the ordinary liberty that Americans take for granted. Passports should only be for entry into a country, not to restrict movement within our United States.

Five officials within the Biden Administration have confirmed the vaccine passport scheme, using smartphones to implement it. Access to our favorite restaurant or airport could be blocked based on failure to show a personal bar code to confirm vaccination.

Less than half of Americans have been vaccinated against COVID-19, so this would cause some businesses to go bankrupt. But Biden’s staff is investigating how to ensure that the passport will be so widely used that there will be no way around it.

This type of passport would not, of course, be limited to the COVID-19 vaccine. Soon it would include other health and personal information about each of us, including what we have said and where we have been.

It could include, for example, information about whether someone was in Washington, D.C., on January 6th for the Trump rally, or any political rally disfavored by the liberal media. It could include whether someone has been vaccinated against diseases other than COVID-19.

The passport might be required by employers, such that it could become impossible to obtain or maintain a job without it. Sports leagues for youngsters could be limited to those who comply with passport requirements.

The State of New York, as led by the discredited Democrat Governor Andrew Cuomo, has developed the Excelsior Pass as a smartphone app for demonstrating that someone has been fully vaccinated against COVID-19. The European Union is pushing a similar concept under the name "Digital Green Certificate."

Biden simultaneously calls on states to impose mask mandates, which several Republican governors have dropped. Far from vaccination helping restore liberty, it appears to be undermining it.

Herd immunity against COVID is not attainable by voluntary vaccination in the United States. Biden’s call to vaccinate 200 million Americans in 100 days is not enough to achieve herd immunity, and the vaccine passport scheme is a way to compel vaccination by those who would prefer not to receive it.

Meanwhile, there remains no passport requirement for anyone crossing our southern border with Mexico, as many tens of thousands stream in weekly. Law-abiding Americans are losing their freedoms under Biden, while law-breaking immigrants are pouring in.

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, March 23, 2021

Full Steam Ahead for Trump Train

The Phyllis Schlafly Report
By John and Andy Schlafly

The announcement that Donald Trump will establish his own platform in social media has rocked the political world. A mass exodus from Twitter and Facebook to a new Trump platform could weaken those liberal monopolies, and some in Big Tech are hastily considering whether to invite him back.

Meanwhile, Trump’s statements continue to dominate the news more than Biden’s comments do. Almost daily Trump uses his near-perfect track record of successful endorsements to back a new challenger to an incumbent in the 2022 elections.

On Monday Trump endorsed the primary challenge by Rep. Jody Hice (R-GA) to the turncoat Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, who presided over the loss in election integrity there. Under Raffensperger’s lax oversight, the number of rejected invalid mail-in ballots declined sharply from 3.1% in 2018 to a measly 0.6% in the 2020 presidential election.

Vernon Jones, a black Trump supporter who recently left the Democrat Party, announced that he may run against Georgia Governor Brian Kemp next year. Trump is also recruiting a candidate to challenge Georgia’s worthless Lieutenant Governor Geoff Duncan.

Then there is Herschel Walker, one of the greatest athletes of our lifetime with record-breaking football careers for the Georgia Bulldogs, the U.S. Football League, and the NFL. An outspoken black Trump supporter, Walker leads Georgia’s newly elected Senator Raphael Warnock by 47-45% in a recent poll.

Though raised as a Democrat, Walker gave a ringing endorsement of Trump last summer at the Republican National Convention. “I'm not an actor, a singer, or a politician,” Herschel began, “I'm … a father, a man of faith, and a very good judge of character.”

Meanwhile, a tape recording of a conversation has surfaced which Trump had with a Georgia official over the 2020 election, and it proves that the Washington Post lied in misquoting Trump in a disparaging way. The Post had to apologize for its smear.

The media also misrepresents the recent shootings at Atlanta-area spas, falsely depicting them as a hate crime merely because six of the victims were Asian women. Investigators found no evidence that the suspect had a racist intent, but rather a pornography addiction.

Liberals were stung in 2020 by how many Asians shifted to supporting Trump, after they had overwhelmingly supported Democrat Hillary Clinton in 2016. Asian men, in particular, reportedly like Trump’s straight talk and aversion to political correctness.

By falsely portraying the Georgia shootings as a hate crime, the liberal media continue to foment a racial narrative in order to pull more minorities to the Democrat side. It’s hard to square that narrative with the recent shootings in Boulder, Colorado, where the Muslim suspect was apparently let into the U.S. as a Syrian refugee by President George W. Bush.

Wisconsin will again be a key state in 2024, and its Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) is not caving into the false narrative about the protests at the Capitol on January 6th. Senator Johnson rightly points out that there was no violence by the unarmed Trump supporters who peacefully congregated on the Senate side of the Capitol that day.

Senator Johnson had no reason to fear the protesters, many of whom remain wrongly imprisoned for exercising their First Amendment rights. A conservative journalist who covered the events that day was arrested while a liberal reporter was not.

Meanwhile, the crisis at our southern border has gone from bad to worse. Biden’s press secretary could not explain why Biden has taxpayers paying for illegal aliens to stay in hotels while our national guard recently had to spend nights in freezing winter weather sleeping on the floor of a parking garage during their unnecessary deployment in Washington, D.C.

Biden refuses to visit the southern border, although pictures smuggled out by Representative Henry Cuellar (D-TX) reveal deplorable living conditions. Just imagine the howls of protest and scandal if this had occurred under Donald Trump.

Last month Biden announced that illegal immigrants in Mexico who seek asylum in the United States could be released into our country to roam freely while awaiting the years-long judicial process to complete. This incited the stampede.

Biden has hidden from the media longer than any president in modern history, by failing to hold a solo press conference for more than his first 60 days in office. Pretending that his fall while climbing the stairs to Air Force One – and his inability to stand back up – were due to the wind is absurd.

Trump recently commended the “deep bench” in the GOP of possible future presidents, and listed many who have supported him. Notably absent from his list were Mike Pence and anyone who sides with the false liberal narrative about January 6th or the fraudulent election itself.

The Trump Train rapidly gains steam with Trump as the conductor. All aboard!

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

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, March 16, 2021

Border Catastrophe Sinks Biden

The Phyllis Schlafly Report
By John and Andy Schlafly

Well, that didn’t take long. Merely 50 days into the Biden Presidency our southern border is overwhelmed by massive hordes of illegal aliens from Central America, as invited by the weak, inept Biden.

Horrific car crashes are being caused by the smuggling of illegal aliens in vans. For those traveling on foot, a sea of destitute children stretches far into the southern horizon.

On Monday, a mere 30 miles from the Mexican border, a high-speed red pickup truck caught the eye of the Texas highway patrol, which then followed the truck for it to pull over.

Every American would slow down and obey the police officer, but not a truck stuffed to the hilt with illegal aliens. Their driver stepped on the gas, accelerating to even higher speeds, and then crashed head-on into an oncoming car containing an innocent American and a young child, after which the smuggler fled on foot.

Eight of the nine illegals crammed into the red pickup truck were killed instantly, while the law-abiding American victims in the struck vehicle were rushed for emergency treatment at a hospital. Hundreds of millions of dollars are being paid to smugglers, perhaps associated with drug cartels, to import illegal aliens into our country.

This migration surge is record-breaking and calamitous. Last week the Border Patrol had to take about 3,000 children into custody, holding half over the 72-hour limit, and those numbers have nearly doubled this week.

The Biden Administration announced that it does not return unaccompanied children to their home countries, so here they come in droves. The sharp increase began shortly after Biden took office.

By Sunday the number of illegal alien children crossing the border each day had reached 565, which is almost double the average rate of the previous month. No end is in sight, as apparently millions in Central America think that Biden wants them to come here.

But suddenly even Democrats are criticizing Biden, in addition to Republicans. Biden is refusing to take a phone call from Democrat Congressman Henry Cuellar, who represents a district near the border in Texas where he is experienced in dealing with this issue.

“His people need to do a better job of listening to those of us who have done this before,” Rep. Cuellar says about Biden. Biden’s border policies are disastrous, and it is painfully obvious that he is not up to the task mentally to resolve this vexing issue, particularly when open borders are the goal of many Biden voters.

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador explained to the media that Biden’s political positions caused this increase in illegal aliens from Central America. “They see him as the migrant president,” he said, and it is unlikely that Mexico is going to do anything to stop this deluge in illegal migration. In February, 100,000 illegal aliens crossed into the United States, and as this number increases it could top millions this year alone. In four years of a Biden Administration this influx of unemployed, poor, non-English speaking migrants could top 10 million and bankrupt government services.

If Democrats and anti-Trump Republicans had not blocked President Trump’s efforts to build a southern wall, then this crisis would not be occurring. Stolen elections have consequences, and we face four years of holding migrant children in inhumane detention camps until Trump can return to restore order on the border by finishing the wall he started.

President Trump was mercilessly hounded by liberals for supposedly mistreating illegal aliens at the border, but the Biden Administration is mistreating far greater numbers. Biden is not reuniting the illegal minors with their parents.

Oblivious to this crisis of their own making, Democrats seek even to pass a comprehensive amnesty bill (H.R. 6) along with a separate bill to import Mexican farm workers. Democrats bypassed customary committee hearings on both bills, and on Tuesday the Rules Committee sent these terrible bills to the House floor under a “closed rule” preventing amendments by Republicans.

Meanwhile, Democrats scheme to end the filibuster rule in the Senate in order to grease the skids for this and other horrific bills. Biden, of course, will sign into law any bad bill that reaches his desk.

Bill Clinton lost only one re-election, which was in 1980 in Arkansas after Cuban criminals were unleashed by communist Fidel Castro into the United States with some placed in Arkansas. The effete Democrat President Jimmy Carter allowed that, and many Democrat politicians were then punished by voters in that landslide Republican year.

The same scenario is unfolding now, as Democrats facing midterm elections next year see their political futures stampeded by endless crowds of illegal aliens breaking into our country. Biden will not stop them, and thanks to Trump this is a core issue for the Republican Party.

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, March 9, 2021

No more $$$ to RINOs!

The Phyllis Schlafly Report
By John and Andy Schlafly

“No more money for RINOS,” declared Donald Trump on Monday night as he wrestles control of the Republican Party away from the “Republicans in Name Only.” For decades conservatives have fought against the fake Republicans who infiltrate leadership positions.

“They do nothing but hurt the Republican Party and our great voting base—they will never lead us to Greatness,” Trump added. He’s absolutely right in exposing the parasites within the GOP who soak up money while thwarting party growth.

In 2020 the Republican National Committee (RNC) used Trump’s name heavily to raise hundreds of millions of dollars, some of which went to fund Republican candidates other than Trump. Since the election, and even through last weekend, the RNC continued to use Trump’s name for fundraising purposes.

Trump has always been very generous in allowing other Republicans to use his name, until they recently started stabbing him in the back. The RNC funds some of the 17 congressmen and senators who voted in favor of impeaching Trump and unconstitutionally “convicting” him after he left office.

RINOs within and outside the RNC are jealous and hateful of Trump because he is everything they are not. Trump speaks the truth and is immensely popular with Americans, while rival politicians crave the attention that Trump receives.

Any Republican who thinks he has a future by lashing out at Trump is badly mistaken, and is only hurting himself. Forty years ago a liberal Republican named John Anderson thought he had a political future by opposing Ronald Reagan, but it did not work out that way.

Trump can and should control the use of his name. For too long RINOs have benefited from Trump’s coattails when raising money, only to govern as anti-American, anti-Trump liberals.

The recent horrific car crash of an SUV stuffed full of illegal aliens is another tragic reminder of harm done by RINOs in preventing the building of a real wall. Republicans controlled the House and Senate for the first two years of the Trump Administration, when RINOs thwarted progress on building a border wall.

Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) takes potshots at Trump and voted against him in the impeachment proceeding, while pretending to represent conservatives in Alaska. Trump vows to travel to that distant state to campaign against her reelection next year, and help elect someone who will actually defend rather than attack a Republican president.

A windfall of the failed impeachment is that it exposed the RINOs who are working against the grassroots future of the GOP. The disgraceful Republicans who sided with Democrats against Trump on the unconstitutional impeachment should never receive another dime from Trump supporters.

In addition there are those who did not vote for impeachment but unnecessarily criticized Trump with Democrat talking points, including Mitch McConnell and Nikki Haley. McConnell ranted on the Senate floor against Trump in January, and Haley denigrated Trump in an interview with the Politico website.

Trump was enormously generous to McConnell, even making his Taiwan-born wife Elaine Chao an early member of Trump’s Cabinet as Transportation Secretary. Trump also went to Kentucky to campaign for McConnell, which helped McConnell’s reelection without benefit to Trump who was already sure to carry Kentucky by a landslide.

While McConnell spoke against Trump after the election, it turns out that his wife was being referred to the Department of Justice for possible prosecution based on how she exploited her Trump-appointed position for the benefit of herself and her own family members. DOJ was merciful to the McConnell and Chao family by declining to prosecute despite an incriminating report against Chao by the Inspector General.

Meanwhile, Republican-appointed judges who hold their positions based on the votes of grassroots Republicans are imprisoning some of the peaceful January 6th Capitol protesters until trial, contrary to ordinary practice. Colorful figures seen on videos as merely having fun or exercising First Amendment rights are being treated more harshly than accused murderers.

Cato Institute expert Clark Neily observes that “what some people forget, is that pretrial detention, holding somebody in jail before their trial is not a permissible form of punishment. You don’t leave somebody locked up pending trial simply because the public thinks they deserve it.”

This is not a communist country where people are imprisoned without or before trial. Capitol video recordings prove that nearly all defendants were non-violent, and yet none of their cases has been dismissed and on Monday a Republican-appointed judge continued to imprison the flamboyant shaman protester despite a YouTube video confirming that he and others were told "this is the cops. The building is yours."

Biden asks in a bewildered manner “what am I doing here?” as his mind disintegrates further into dementia. A similar question should be asked of RINOs: “why do you pretend to be Republican?”

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.

Thursday, March 4, 2021

Wanting Mrs. America, Season 2

Wash. Post op-ed:
We need a second season of ‘Mrs. America.’ Here’s why.
Phyllis Schlafly’s career was no less important after 1980 ... After achieving national notoriety as the figurehead of STOP ERA, Schlafly set her sights on rolling back other feminist legal gains — work that conservative judges, including women like Justice Amy Coney Barrett continue today. Schlafly published more than a dozen books and countless newsletters, and she threw the weight of her 50,000 Eagle Forum followers behind conservative causes like obstructing same-sex marriage and championing religion in schools.

Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Trump Issues Clarion Call for Election Integrity

The Phyllis Schlafly Report
By John and Andy Schlafly

After 40 days offstage, Donald Trump returned to the national spotlight on Sunday, and not a moment too soon. His rip-roaring, 90-minute address to CPAC covered many familiar themes, building to a new conclusion that “one of the most urgent issues facing the Republican party is that of ensuring fair, honest, and secure elections.”

Trump’s clarion call could not be more timely, as Nancy Pelosi’s Congress is set to pass a bill that would enshrine Democrat ballot stuffing into federal law forever. Among its many bad ideas, H.R. 1 would require automatic and same-day voter registration, prohibit voter ID, forbid signature matching, and require every state to accept mail-in ballots arriving 10 days late.

“We need one election day,” Trump pushed back, “not 45, not 30, one day. And the only people that should be allowed to vote by mail are people that can be proven to be either very sick, or out of the country, or military where they can’t do it. One day,” he repeated.

The kicker was that Trump is not merely begging Republicans to address the many irregularities that occurred in the presidential election. He is warning that Republicans who fail to act on this issue will face defeat in their primaries next year.

Trump recounted how successful he has been in electing candidates who support his agenda and defeating Republicans who stand in the way of making America great again. He even called out by name Trump-haters within the Republican Party who need to start looking for a second career after politics.

Two days before Trump spoke, liberal pundit Bill Maher warned his fellow lefties what was in store for them: “The shark is not gone. We need a bigger boat.”

No boat is big enough to salvage the careers of Republicans who tried to impeach Trump, or who stand in the way of reforms to fix what went wrong in 2020. Those Republicans have not only defied Trump; they never lifted a finger to protect the integrity of our elections.

Instead, they echo false Democrat talking points by pretending there was no evidence of election fraud in 2020. These anti-Trump Republicans likewise fail to see how strongly opposed they are now by Americans who once voted for them.

On Monday, Georgia House Republicans finally got the message, despite being inactive the past few months. After kicking away the presidential election and two U.S. Senate seats, state representatives passed a bill for election integrity by a party-line vote of 97 to 72.

The Georgia House bill still allows extensive mail-in voting and is weaker than a Senate version that would properly curtail that absentee voting. In the recent elections there, no meaningful identification was required for millions of mail-in votes, unrequested ballots were sent out, and ballot drop boxes were placed at unsecure locations.

Voting was done on multiple Sundays prior to an election, with mobile voting buses to herd Democrat voters to cast ballots under the watchful eyes of the political bosses who rounded them up. Private liberal organizations were allowed to fund elections there.

Republicans have long commanded most state legislatures, yet have not done enough to reduce election fraud. Between 2016 and 2020 Pennsylvania and other Republican state legislatures invited even more fraud by expanding mail-in voting.

The thunderous applause which greeted Trump on Sunday as he made election integrity the top priority for our country puts every Republican on notice: stand in the way, and risk losing your own primary next year.

Trump’s specific proposals included ending early and most mail-in voting, as Phyllis Schlafly also called for years ago. For too long Republican politicians have shrugged their shoulders and refused to stop the flood of insecure, harvested ballots that cancel the legitimate votes cast in person on Election Day.

Meanwhile, on Tuesday the Supreme Court heard oral argument in Brnovich v. Democratic National Committee, which could decide whether states can clean up their elections without being enjoined by activist courts. In past cases, federal courts have blocked election reforms on the pretext that proper procedures somehow have a disparate impact on minority voters.

The questioning by Justices at the hearing went well for the side of election integrity. Liberals mischaracterize this landmark case as putting “civil rights” at risk if states are allowed to ban ballot harvesting, by which political operatives collect thousands of ballots from people who do not show up to vote in person.

The only civil right at issue in election reform is that of all Americans to an honest vote count. We are long past the time for lip service, and Republicans who obstruct cleaning up the election process should expect a strong upcoming primary challenge by a Trump-endorsed opponent.

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.