Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Election Audits Confound Never-Trumpers

The Phyllis Schlafly Report
By John and Andy Schlafly

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

These columns are also posted on pseagles.com.

Friday, May 21, 2021

Biden got to be legitimate thru unfair processes

The Wash. Post reports:
“I don’t think anybody is questioning the legitimacy of the presidential election,” McCarthy said on May 12, 112 days after Biden was inaugurated. “I think that is all over with. We’re sitting here with the president today.”

Except Republicans have continued to do exactly that — even after McCarthy’s remarks.

It then posts a series of video clips of Republicans being asked that.

Watch the video. Every single Republican accepts that Joe Biden is legitimately the President. Kevin McCarthy is right that no one is disputing it.

There is also no dispute about the facts that election procedures were changed in a way that favored Biden, and there were irregularities that make it impossible to determine how many votes were stolen. Some Republican want these matters investigation.

Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Tyrannical Covid Vaccination Hits Students

The Phyllis Schlafly Report
By John and Andy Schlafly

Despotic, taxpayer-funded universities have seized upon a new way to abuse their power: mandatory vaccination for students. Many universities are requiring that all students take the controversial Covid vaccination or not return to campus.

Universities are pockets of totalitarianism accountable to no one, opposed to genuine liberty as they are to Donald Trump. Political correctness started and thrives at universities.

Requiring vaccination of all students is popular among university administrators, who sometimes exempt faculty. Colleges copy each other in demanding that every student be vaccinated against Covid with virtually no exceptions.

In Florida, the pro-Trump Governor Ron DeSantis signed into law a ban against Covid vaccine mandates, and a university there has since reversed its requirement. But college students elsewhere must either roll up their sleeves for shots or face expulsion.

A protest is scheduled for this Friday at Rutgers University, which is the large state college in New Jersey imposing mandatory vaccination. Young people have little to fear from Covid, while having many good reasons to fear adverse effects from a Covid vaccine.

The rock star Eric Clapton described his injuries from the second dose of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine. “Needless to say the reactions were disastrous, my hands and feet were either frozen, numb or burning, and pretty much useless for two weeks, I feared I would never play again.”

“I’ve been a rebel all my life, against tyranny and arrogant authority, which is what we have now,” Clapton wrote. He complained that "the propaganda said the vaccine was safe for everyone.”

Late last year Clapton was reviled for collaborating on a song against the lockdowns, entitled “Stand and Deliver.” In another song Clapton asks, “Where have all the rebels gone? Hiding behind their computer screens. Where’s the spirit, where is the soul?”

Mercifully, mask mandates are ending in most regions of the United States, but not all. In New Jersey, the Leftist Governor Phil Murphy continues to compel the wearing of masks, and little schoolchildren must wear masks there despite the potential psychological harm.

Other countries have overcome Covid without the lockdowns and mask mandates, and conservative states like Florida and Texas which have ended their mandates are thriving. Even liberal New York and California have or will soon be dropping their mask mandates.

Apparently all the lockdowns, mask mandates, and vaccination have failed to defeat this pandemic in the United States. Our Covid casualty rates exceed that of most other, poorer countries, which eschewed a totalitarian approach.

Despite the vaccination hoopla, the U.S. military is not requiring vaccination of servicemen. While Delta Airlines announced that it is requiring vaccination of new hires, it is not demanding vaccination of current employees, and many employees of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) decline to take the vaccine themselves.

Vaccination tyranny emanates from the CDC and the Food & Drug Administration (FDA), which has long prohibited effective promotions of vitamins while imposing far more costly vaccines of every unproven variety imaginable. Before Covid, the CDC has been causing senseless vaccination of newborns and schoolchildren against Hepatitis B, a sexually transmitted adult disease.

Physicians are encouraged never to admit that a vaccine causes an adverse effect, even when the temporal connection is too obvious to deny. A physician can be disciplined by his state medical board if he ever attributes the cause of death of an unborn child or infant to vaccination.

No testing of these Covid vaccines has been done on pregnant women, and yet more than half of the college students being ordered to receive the Covid vaccine are in their prime childbearing years. Legal accountability caused by this mass vaccination is shielded by law, so there is unlikely to be any recourse for those harmed.

Meanwhile, the B.1.617 coronavirus variant is reportedly sweeping India now, and it turns to early treatment by hydroxychloroquine and ivermectin to curb this new pandemic. India produces most of the world’s vaccines but declines to require them of her own people.

One reason is that there is no way to know yet if the Covid vaccines work against all the variants. Building immunity to disease and ensuring access to early treatment when there is contagion is a remedy that applies equally to all variants, unlike the vaccines.

More than 30% of Americans remain skeptical of the Covid vaccines, and many plan not to receive it. Ohio has turned to using its lottery to induce more to be vaccinated, while Walmart is offering cash payments to employees.

Anthony Fauci and other officials should have known that many Americans would decline to be vaccinated, and that this approach was headed for a brick wall. The taxpayer-funded oversupply of Covid vaccines is being exported now to foreign countries, where many people there do not want them either.

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

These columns are also posted on pseagles.com.

Sunday, May 16, 2021

Why Liz Cheney had to be removed

The NY Times reports:
Yet in recent weeks, it has been Republicans who seem most focused on canceling ideas they don’t like. And on Wednesday morning, the G.O.P. cancel mob came for Liz Cheney.

After a defiant speech on Tuesday evening, she was purged from House Republican leadership for refusing to echo Donald Trump’s lies about the election and holding him responsible for the deadly riot on Jan. 6 at the Capitol.

No, that is not what happened.

Cheney was allowed to continue in her role, even after she voted to impeach Pres. Trump. No one required her to echo lies, from Trump or anyone else. She could have simply kept quiet about Trump, and kept her role.

But she cannot have a leadership role in the Republican Party if she keeps writing op-eds consisting of Democrat talking points. She effectively resigned by saying those things.

Cancel culture refers to firing people for supposedly offensive comments made years earlier. Nobody is canceling Cheney for past statements, or for offensive speech. She is being ousted because she persistently refuses to say things consistent with the party that she is supposedly leading.

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

End of the Cheney-Rove Grip on GOP

The Phyllis Schlafly Report
By John and Andy Schlafly

For more than two decades the Cheney and Bush families and Karl Rove have run the Republican Party by controlling fundraising. In 2016, Jeb Bush raised and spent more than $130 million from this powerful network of donors, at a cost of $46 million per delegate whom he won.

At the same time, Karl Rove was predicting that if Donald Trump became the Republican nominee then Democrats would win the White House and the Senate. The opposite happened as Trump became president and his coattails lifted to victory many Republican senatorial candidates, such as Pat Toomey in Pennsylvania.

Yet the Bush-Cheney-Rove triumvirate has never accepted their defeat, and never acknowledged what Trump has achieved. The point person in Congress for the Never-Trumpers became Liz Cheney, who won the congressional seat in Wyoming despite not living there, based on her famous father’s name.

For several years Liz Cheney has worked hard at trying to purge conservatives from influence, and even seeking to defeat them in their own primaries. She backed a primary opponent to conservative Rep. Tom Massie (R-KY), whom Massie then defeated by 81-19%.

On January 3rd, Liz Cheney circulated a 21-page memo criticizing challenges to the election procedures whereby millions of inadequately verified mail-in ballots were counted for Biden. Cheney did nothing for election integrity, while interfering with those attempting to stop election fraud.

Recently it was disclosed that Liz Cheney was the person who secretly arranged for an anti-Trump letter to be signed by 10 former Defense Secretaries, many of whom hold their own personal grudges against Trump. In mid-January Cheney led nine other House Republicans to vote for the second impeachment of Donald Trump a few days before he left office.

On Wednesday House Republicans are scheduled to oust Liz Cheney from her undeserved rank of #3 over House Republicans. “She's failed in her mission as the chief spokesperson of our party,” Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN) said on Sunday, as Chairman of the 153-member Republican Study Committee, the largest Republican caucus in the House.

Despite widespread criticism by Republicans of Liz Cheney, she has continued to speak virulently against Trump. He received nearly 20% more votes than Liz Cheney’s father or any Bush ever did, and it is difficult to see why anyone would think there is a successful political future in the globalist policies of Cheney and Bush, rather than the America First policies of the immensely popular Trump.

Even some liberals have shown more concern than Cheney about the mistreatment of Trump supporters in D.C. jails, where they languish awaiting trials over their exercise of First Amendment rights on January 6. To Cheney, perhaps no punishment of a Trump supporter can be harsh enough.

Cheney lasted this long because Karl Rove supports those who support her, such as Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) who benefited from a fundraising event headlined by Rove. Though Kinzinger is in northern Illinois and Rove is from Texas, the shadow network of donors whom Rove controls lined up to support the Never-Trumper.

Apparently Liz Cheney thought she was invincible with high-roller donors backing her up, who can be told to support other Republicans who support her. On the strength of that and a secret ballot, Cheney survived a vote to remove her from authority in February.

But principles are more important in the GOP than money is. Before mouthing off further against Trump and the more than 74 million voters who support him, Liz Cheney should have read a copy of “A Choice Not an Echo” by Phyllis Schlafly.

In it Phyllis explained that grassroots Republicans can and will make a difference, as in 1964 when they toppled the powerful Nelson Rockefeller with a candidate from the then-small western state of Arizona, Barry Goldwater.

Goldwater lacked the nearly infinite wealth of the Rockefellers, just as House conservatives lack access to the Bush-Cheney-Rove gravy train. Liz Cheney is an heiress to the fortune acquired by her father Dick Cheney from the globalist Halliburton Corporation, between his stints as congressman, Secretary of Defense, and Vice President.

Liz Cheney sometimes sides with liberals on globalism, immigration, and porous election procedures, while Trump and the grassroots are solidly on the conservative side of these fundamental issues and more. After Liz Cheney unsuccessfully attempted to purge conservatives from the House, it is refreshing to see Cheney receive an overdue comeuppance.

She can’t be the “Wicked Witch of the West” because she doesn’t really reside out West, despite occupying Wyoming’s seat in Congress. Let’s hope that this humiliation of Liz Cheney’s inflated self-importance causes her to resign her seat entirely.

This is not only a triumph of good over the Trump-hating Liz Cheney. This is an historic victory for the grassroots, a realization of the American dream to have a political choice, not merely an echo.

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

These columns are also posted on pseagles.com.

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

The BIG LIE is the New Litmus Test

The Phyllis Schlafly Report
By John and Andy Schlafly

A litmus test helps smoke out the political fakes and impostors. More Republican politicians claim to be conservative than really are, and litmus tests separate the wheat from the chaff.

Donald Trump issued a proclamation on Monday that should become the new standard against which Republican candidates are measured. “The Fraudulent Presidential Election of 2020 will be, from this day forth, known as THE BIG LIE!” Trump declared.

Leftists have figured out how to steal elections by harvesting mail-in ballots, as happened in the last presidential election and then again in the special Georgia U.S. Senate runoff elections. Republicans who deny this are not worth supporting, because they will not rein in this fraud as it worsens.

A Never-Trumper with big-name support ran in the congressional primary in Texas on Saturday for an open seat previously held by a Republican. Michael Wood is a charismatic former Marine and two-time winner of a Purple Heart, and seemed like a can’t-lose candidate.

But he finished a distant 9th in the race, garnering only 3% of the vote. Among his supporters were Never-Trumper Liz Cheney (R-WY), who donated to his campaign.

Michael Wood openly campaigned against Donald Trump, and that guaranteed his defeat as it should. The winner won with Trump’s endorsement, of course.

Cheney tweeted out her view that the 2020 presidential election was won by Biden fair and square, and thus she will not be doing anything meaningful to prevent a repeat of that calamity. She has also failed to speak out against the wrongful imprisonment of peaceful political protesters who came to the Capitol on January 6.

Meanwhile, Liz Cheney was photographed last week giving a fist bump to Joe Biden when he came to address Congress. Then on Monday Biden drastically increased the limit on opening our borders to refugees despite strong opposition by ordinary Americans.

The litmus test of the Big Lie enables Wyoming voters to recognize immediately that Cheney is working for the other side. Rep. Lance Gooden (R-TX) predicts she will be removed from GOP leadership in the House by the end of this month.

Liz Cheney is still not getting the message, as she continued to castigate President Trump at a closed-door gathering of Establishment donors in the elite resort town of Sea Island, Georgia. “It’s a poison in the bloodstream of our democracy,” she said about the recognition that the 2020 election was tainted by fraud, which two-thirds of Republican voters believe according to multiple recent surveys.

No Republican will win another presidential election until the fraudulent voting tricks by Dems are stopped. If Cheney gets her way, she’d be giving Biden fist bumps and high-fives for the next eight years while refugees and illegal aliens overrun our country.

Also on Saturday, Mitt Romney (R-UT) was nearly booed off the stage by the Utah State Republican Party convention of thousands. Shouts of “traitor” and even “communist” rained down on him from grassroots conservatives.

Romney protested that his dad was a Republican, and that Mitt himself was the GOP nominee for president in 2012. But that was when voting was in-person without the rampant mail-in voting fraud that Democrats exploit now, and Romney is clueless about what needs to be done to save our country from more stolen elections.

While Romney jets around criticizing Trump as liberals do, our country is suffering the consequences of the stolen election. A total of 62,500 refugees will be placed in various communities without approval by local residents, subjecting them to assaults and suffocating burdens on their local governments.

Heinous crimes have been committed by refugees who lack the background or the values to function in our society. The recent murder of 10 at a grocery store in Colorado was purportedly committed by a refugee, Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa, who had arrived in our country at a young age and went to school here without learning to be a loyal American.

That refugee had reportedly posted anti-Trump comments on Facebook. One of the victims of the killing spree was a police officer, Eric Talley, the father of 7.

In the next six months Biden will bring in more than four times the number of refugees whom Trump allowed annually, and Biden is just getting started. Some insist that anyone concerned merely about alleged climate change should qualify as a refugee.

Biden’s own Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, expressed doubts whether federal resources are sufficient to accommodate so many refugees. Biden is pandering to Leftists who do not care about the crime and hardship on Americans that such a large increase in refugees causes.

We do not hear Cheney, Romney, or other anti-Trumpers doing anything meaningful to stand up against Biden, as Trump has done and will do again. Republicans who downplay election fraud should resign or be defeated in their next primary.

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.