Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Fire Fauci

The Phyllis Schlafly Report
By John and Andy Schlafly

“Fire Fauci” should be the campaign slogan for every Republican, as the policies pursued by health official Anthony Fauci concerning Covid-19 have been a complete disaster. The emergence of a new variant should have been anticipated, but instead we learn that current vaccines may be ineffective against it.

Approaching two years into this pandemic, Americans are fed up with the pompous Fauci still in control while disrupting our daily lives. On Sunday he accused Republicans of lying, but he is the one who has put our country on a path of never-ending government control over our work, travel, and even our children's education.

He says that requiring vaccination in order to fly on a domestic airplane is possible as the Omicron variant arrives here from Africa and inevitably spreads across our country. The World Health Organization had been proceeding through the Greek alphabet to name variants, but deliberately skipped over Xi to avoid offending the Chinese dictator Xi Jinping who allowed the original to escape in 2019.

One can no longer deny that the original coronavirus almost certainly emerged from the notorious Wuhan Institute of Virology, yet for more than a year Fauci has either ducked that issue or not been asked it by the lollipop questions he receives on television. American taxpayer dollars may have even been used to develop Covid-19.

Fauci is apparently angry about being mocked by the new “FAUCI Act,” which would cut off funding for highly dangerous “gain-of-function” research in Chinese labs like the one that may have produced Covid-19. Fauci does not take criticism well, but has not heard enough of it yet from top Republicans.

Fauci declared on Sunday that “I represent science” and implied that his policies are “to save millions of lives.” But in fact his policies have fared far worse than the health record in poorer countries that successfully allow over-the-counter access to inexpensive medication such as ivermectin and hydroxychloroquine.

Fauci’s policies have resulted in patients dying in hospitals without receiving early treatment recommended by practicing physicians. To promote Fauci’s vaccine strategy, some hospitals even treat non-vaccinated patients worse than vaccinated ones.

Fauci has failed to facilitate access to early treatment and instead herded millions into vaccination by falsely invoking science. His approach is no more scientific than thinly disguised socialist approaches to other issues, such as energy.

On Tuesday, the president of Covid vaccine manufacturer Moderna predicted that current vaccines will not be effective enough against this new Omicron variant. That demonstrates the futility of the vaccine strategy imposed by Fauci and Biden on many Americans.

After nearly a year of pursuing a vaccine strategy, Fauci and Biden have not saved lives compared with other countries that have eschewed the vaccine. Now Americans are left vulnerable to new variants of the coronavirus while other countries are better prepared with their strategies based on early treatment and natural immunity.

On Monday a Trump-appointed federal judge in St. Louis, Matthew Schelp, slapped an injunction against Joe Biden and his Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) to block its mindless vaccine mandate against health care workers in 10 states funded by that federal agency. Physicians and nurses on the front lines know best and should not be ordered to be vaccinated.

Once again, the Midwest leads in freeing us from Biden’s suffocating and unhelpful vaccine mandates. Last week the immense auto workers’ union, based in Detroit, blocked the big three car companies from imposing the vaccine mandate against workers there.

Yet Biden, based on Fauci’s recommendations, attempts to require most health care workers to receive the vaccine. By issuing a preliminary injunction against Biden and his vaccine mandate, Judge Schelp explained how arbitrary and capricious it is.

He observed that the mandate could be devastating for access to care at rural health facilities, where shortages in workers are already acute. Physicians and nurses are free to quit their jobs rather than take the jab, which means that the unwanted Covid vaccine mandate has the effect of denying essential medical care to the public.

Judge Schelp found that there is not even evidence that the vaccine mandate for health care workers would slow the spread of Covid-19. He added that CMS even “admits that the continued efficacy of the vaccine is uncertain.”

Judge Schelp was dismayed at how the Biden Administration looked only at comments by the side supporting a vaccine mandate, while completely ignoring abundant evidence submitted in opposition to it. Other courts should follow Judge Schelp’s lead to protect workers outside of the Midwest.

Democrats should realize that Covid has become a losing issue for them, an albatross around their neck. They are not going to be able to scapegoat Republicans or Trump for Biden’s continuing failure on this issue.

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 and pseagles.com.

Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Anti-Trump Tyranny in Prison Sentences

Phyllis Schlafly Report
By John and Andy Schlafly

When an Antifa protester used an axe to violently crash through Republican North Dakota U.S. Senator John Hoeven’s office window, the attacker recently received a sentence of merely probation, a small fine, and a return to him of his axe. His attack was captured on video and there was no doubt about his guilt.

But when a peaceful man engages in a pro-Trump rally inside the Capitol on January 6, and makes every apology imaginable afterward to the sentencing court, he receives a shocking 41-month prison sentence. He has also been held in jail all year without ever receiving a trial to which he was entitled.

His real offense and those of others receiving long prison sentences is to dare to humiliate the pompous Deep State in D.C. The message is clear: do not embarrass the Swamp creatures or else they will retaliate as harshly as they can.

Trump seems headed to win back the White House in less than three years, and will probably pardon all of them. But in the meantime the 41-month sentence of the harmless Jacob Chansley raises doubts as to why any of the hundreds charged should be pleading guilty before a merciless, anti-free-speech court.

The colorful Chansley had a winnable case had it gone to a jury trial, but he was brutally confined all year in a D.C. jail, often in solitary confinement that many consider to be a form of torture. He was denied a speedy trial even though required by federal law, and he endured hunger strikes to protest his inhumane detention.

Essentially, he was tortured by the confinement until he could be misled to plead guilty in the expectation that he would be released for time served. Instead, the court punished him incredibly harshly for engaging in a form of political protest.

Colonial patriots would be turning over in their graves if they could see how the freedoms they died for have been usurped by this deprivation of fundamental rights. Chansley is being punished for humiliating the powers-that-be.

His judge, Royce Lamberth, was furious that Chansley appeared earlier this year on 60 Minutes. The liberal website Politico speculates that Lamberth even punished another defendant with a surprisingly harsh sentence because a different, already sentenced pro-Trump protester dared to speak out on Fox News.

Defendants have a right to go on television like everyone else. Judge Lamberth told Chansley that he was looking at a sentence of 20 years but both the sentencing guidelines and custom point instead to minimal sentences for political protests. Chansley explained that "I am not a violent man. I am not an insurrectionist. I am certainly not a domestic terrorist," as a jury would have probably agreed.

Meanwhile Kyle Rittenhouse and his attorney took his case to a jury without any plea bargain. Rittenhouse was then acquitted on all charges by the jury, as presumably many of the defendants charged in D.C. would likewise be exonerated if they ever get a trial that they should have already had.

To coerce pleas of guilt by defendants who felt they were doing nothing wrong, imprisonment of them is persisting in D.C. until they break. They are denied reasonable bail and even ordinary visitations.

But while the D.C. protesters, including Jacob Chansley, were unconstitutionally denied bail to remain free pending a trial, liberal defendants are often freed on minimal bail. The man who drove his SUV into a crowd in Wisconsin on Sunday, killing 5 and wounding 40, had recently been released on merely $1,000 bail despite his arrest for allegedly running over his girlfriend too.

A Soros-affiliated prosecutor allowed that Wisconsin massacre to happen. Yet the Left is silent about allowing murderers free on bail while imprisoning political protesters indefinitely without bail.

The Capitol is a public building that should be accessible by the public. Peaceful political protests in the Capitol should not result in long prison sentences that are not imposed on Leftist protesters.

One of the better defense attorneys has pointed out that politicians make a fool of themselves often in Congress, so why the bloodthirsty prosecutions of average citizens who enjoyed it as a circus one afternoon? Apparently mocking the Establishment is considered worse than merely criticizing it.

The lengthy sentence of the Shaman protester is a setback to all Americans who value our First Amendment rights. When sentences are enhanced because a protester is outspoken or humiliated public officials, all Americans suffer from that retaliation.

Nearly a half-dozen of the Jan. 6 defendants have opted to defend themselves in court, which Judge Lamberth said he has not seen done successfully in his 35 years on the bench. One of these courageous defendants observed that “it’s a governmental strategy and tactic that if they can't convict you, they at least want to bankrupt and destroy you.”

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, November 16, 2021

Trump Takes the Midwest

Phyllis Schlafly Report
By John and Andy Schlafly

Trump has opened up a breathtaking 11-point lead over Biden in Iowa, expanding on the 8-point margin by which he defeated Biden there last year. The Des Moines Register poll confirms that this key battleground state in the Midwest has turned solidly Republican, thanks to Trump.

The DMR poll, long considered the gold standard for the first-in-the-nation Iowa caucuses every four years, found that Trump is ahead by 76% to 15% among evangelical likely voters, 64% to 26% among rural likely voters, and 59% to 31% among likely voters without a college degree. Only 33% of Iowa adults say they approve of the job Joe Biden is doing, while 62% disapprove.

Other states in the upper Midwest will likely follow Iowa’s lead. Wisconsin, Michigan, and Minnesota are now ripe for Trump, because he champions the American worker and talks bluntly against the idiocy of the Left.

For the upcoming midterm elections in Congress, Republicans have attained their highest-ever 10-point lead (51-41%) over Democrats on a generic congressional ballot. That is a near-impossible deficit for Dems in swing districts to overcome in order to stay in office.

A whopping 59% of registered voters responded to this ABC News/Washington Post by saying they are looking for someone new to vote for in next year’s congressional and U.S. Senate elections, rather than the incumbent. This is higher than in 1994 and 2010, when Republicans won landslide majorities in Congress during the presidencies of Clinton and Obama.

After two young Never-Trumpers in Congress from the Midwest announced they would not seek reelection, Anthony Gonzalez (R-OH) and Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), the Wyoming GOP defrocked Liz Cheney (R-WY) of the title “Republican.” On Saturday its state party voted that it would no longer recognize the unhinged Trump critic as a Republican.

The possibility of energy shortages this winter due to Biden’s war against traditional energy is pulling more people to pro-energy Trump.

“Loss of natural gas service for some customers is a very real prospect,” said Scott Carter, the president of Spire Missouri, about a looming shortage in that state.

Radical environmentalists allied with Biden have caused a pipeline serving eastern Missouri to be shut down beginning December 13th. A panel of three Democrat-appointed judges on the D.C. Circuit ordered the unjustified shutdown of a new 65-mile pipeline that carries natural gas to the St. Louis area, which has no alternative source of fuel for home heating.

Homes could go cold in Missouri as a result. “Without STL (Pipeline) in a cold winter we don’t have enough capacity in this region to serve our customers, and that’s a real problem,” added Carter.

Interference with access to energy is the result of the environmentalists who supported Kamala Harris in California, and now both her and Biden in the White House. The Midwest is squeezed by the Leftist agenda emanating from California, where cold temperatures are nothing like the deep freeze that occurs each winter in the Midwest.

After first denying reports that the White House was considering shutting down Line 5, a 645-mile pipeline which delivers oil from Canada to Michigan, the White House then confirmed it is studying that possibility. This would create shortages this winter in the Midwest and drive energy prices even higher than they already are.

Biden’s nominee for a position in the Department of Treasury, Saule Omarova, stated that she’d like to see coal, oil, and gas companies go bankrupt. A professor at Cornell University, Omarova declared about smaller energy companies that “we want them to go bankrupt if we want to tackle climate change, right?”

Although presidential nominees normally provide copies of all their published writings to the Senate committee considering their confirmation, Professor Omarova has not given the committee a copy of the thesis she wrote in Russian as a student at Moscow State University. Her thesis apparently admired Marxism, entitled “Karl Marx’s Economic Analysis and the Theory of Revolution in Das Kapital.”

Limiting our access to energy is now the principal objective of the Left, because it creates dependency on government for essential needs of human life, including fuel to travel. Leftist policies for energy control have the effect of making people more beholden to public officials: support them or they shut off the pipeline serving your home in the winter.

Only a third of Americans prepare to go on road trips for Thanksgiving next week, because high gasoline prices have made it too expensive for many to travel. Biden’s war against traditional energy has driven gas to near-record-high prices compared with the last decade.

Meanwhile, Vice President Kamala Harris is being disparaged even by liberal CNN, as its online article cited multiple anonymous Democrats sharply critical of her. The public disapproves of her job performance even more than Biden’s.

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, November 9, 2021

Vaccine Oppression Stopped by Fifth Circuit

Phyllis Schlafly Report
By John and Andy Schlafly

Many suspect the California governor of vaccine injury denial during his unexplained disappearance for nearly two weeks after his booster shot, which some say is more dangerous than the original. Fortunately, a unanimous panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit has blocked Biden's nationwide mandate that private employers require Covid vaccination.

Sitting in New Orleans, the Fifth Circuit presides over Texas, Louisiana, and Mississippi. Trump-endorsed Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton led this latest charge to stop tyranny by Washington, D.C.

It has been said that the D.C. Circuit is the most important court other than the U.S. Supreme Court, but it is increasingly apparent that the Fifth Circuit may be more significant. The Fifth Circuit is acting more quickly and with greater clarity than the Supreme Court itself.

Last week the Supreme Court juggled its schedule to hold a special extended oral argument for the benefit of abortion clinics, and some justices outdid each other looking for a way to hold against a pro-life Texas law. With immense legal issues facing our country, surely the Supreme Court could have first addressed those that have long awaited resolution, such as illegal immigration.

The Fifth Circuit has no difficulty in upholding good Texas laws, which are attracting hundreds of thousands of Americans each year from the other 49 states. The Fifth Circuit does not favor abortion clinics when it schedules its oral arguments, and does not limit review to cases brought by the same small group of familiar practitioners as the Supreme Court seems to do.

Other federal appellate courts have received petitions challenging the Biden vaccine mandate, but it was the Fifth Circuit that acted. Other circuits have Trump-appointed judges on them, as does the Supreme Court but they seem lost as to which direction to head.

On the vaccine issue, the right side of the Supreme Court has been slow in recognizing that there is no constitutional authority for vaccine mandates by Biden or any public entity. If justices do not want to find a constitutional right not to be vaccinated, they should at least recognize that there is no constitutional authority to order people to be vaccinated against their will.

The flaw in Biden's vaccine mandate includes a lack of any proper congressional authorization, a lack of validity under the U.S. Constitution, and an improper delegation of power to an obscure federal agency, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

OSHA was established to protect against injuries to workers. It is hardly the branch of government that should be changing the lives of nearly 100 million Americans.

Yet that is what Biden's vaccine mandate attempts to do, using OSHA as the hammer to pound his senseless nails. His approval rating and that of his vice president are plummeting as a result.

Kamala Harris’s approval rating fell to a new low of only 28% in the latest USA Today/Suffolk poll. Biden’s rating in that same poll was not much better, down to 38%.

He delayed until after the elections in Virginia and New Jersey before announcing his deadline in two months for this, which the Fifth Circuit just blocked. Voters in those two states seemed to know what Biden was up to, and delivered some spectacular upsets against entrenched Democrats.

A Republican truck driver in southern New Jersey, Ed Durr, spent only $153 on his campaign and yet defeated the most powerful Democrat in the state, Steve Sweeney. Southern New Jersey has turned from blue to red, showing that the GOP can retake the Northeast.

Sweeney has been slow to concede defeat, yet the liberal media does not blame him as it savaged Trump. Democrat Congressman Donald Norcross (NJ-01) predicts landslide Republican victories next year in the midterms.

In Virginia, Republicans swept into statewide offices and recaptured the House Assembly, after years of control by Democrats. Transgender crime in public school bathrooms resulted in surprise victories there, while the oppressive vaccine mandates probably played a role too.

Back to California Governor Gavin Newsom, who has been among the worst of the worst in forcing vaccination on others. He took his booster shot in promotion of everyone else doing likewise.

But then he canceled appearances and vanished without fully explaining why to the public. Hardly anyone expects him to be truthful when he returns from his unscheduled vacation.

Most Americans do not have the luxury of taking off two weeks from an adverse reaction to a vaccine or its booster shot. Truck drivers, for example, cannot typically afford to sit at home for two weeks while recovering from a vaccine-induced injury.

Perhaps that is why many truck drivers oppose vaccine mandates, as does the star NFL quarterback Aaron Rodgers. He declared the “woke mob” is after him now that he announced that he declined the Covid 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 pseagles.com.

Tuesday, November 2, 2021

The Great Resignation Due to Biden

Phyllis Schlafly Report
By John and Andy Schlafly

Americans have long been among the hardest-working in the world. But Biden’s mishandling of Covid has caused millions of our best workers to quit their jobs each month.

The “Great Resignation,” as it’s being called, should be by the occupant of the White House who lacks the mental capacity to do his job. Instead, top workers in every field are the ones resigning, which leaves America without the manpower necessary to keep our great country running.

Americans expect good service, and do not tolerate long waiting lines and shortages that are familiar to people in many other countries. When hundreds of thousands are stranded at our airports, as happened when pilots did not show up for work, millions of Americans were outraged by the disruption.

More than pilots are deciding not to show up at their jobs. Amid a substantial loss in uniformed officers in Los Angeles county, homicides are up by 44% and aggravated assaults have increased by 23%.

In August, a record 4.3 million Americans quit their jobs, which was a shocking 2.9% of our entire workforce. The percentage of able-bodied men who want to be in the workforce has dropped to only 67.7%, from 69.3% in January 2020, a loss of millions of workers.

Academic experts discuss this new phenomenon but ignore that Biden’s vaccine mandates are the primary cause. Trucking and other companies are warning the federal government that they may stop doing business with it unless it backs off of its Covid vaccine mandates.

Last weekend American Airlines cancelled more than 1,900 flights, and then cancelled another 340 flights on Monday morning. Pilots and other airline employees do not like being told to take an experimental vaccine or be fired.

On Monday the socialist mayor of New York City, Bill de Blasio, put 9,000 city workers on unpaid leave for being unvaccinated. An additional 12,000 applications for an exemption from the vaccine are pending in the Big Apple.

Despite the heavy promotion of Covid vaccination, it is estimated that up to 25% of New York’s finest – their police, fire, and emergency workers – remain unvaccinated by choice. In Los Angeles, the county sheriff observed that 44% of his 18,000 employees could quit, so he announced that “I cannot enforce reckless mandates that put the public's safety at risk” as the Covid vaccine mandate does.

Who is going to protect us against crime, save our buildings from fires, and arrive with ambulances in emergencies amid all these resignations? Not the handful of politicians and bureaucrats who are imposing the senseless Covid vaccine requirements.

As the Christmas shopping season begins, cargo companies may have the greatest leverage and Biden is noticing their resistance. Our country depends on these cargo companies, particularly this time of year, and Biden should be blamed if shipments do not arrive in time.

Biden’s mandate requires federal employees and contractors to be vaccinated, which affects most businesses having contracts with the federal government. But many of those companies can stop working with the federal government rather than comply with the vaccine mandate, and apparently some will opt out by walking away.

That impacts military readiness because the federal government depends on private carriers to transport soldiers and deliver goods for them. It is hardly fair to the troops for Biden to impose arbitrary requirements that are so oppressive that private companies would rather shun the government business.

“As everyone enters their high season, the Administration’s corporate COVID-19 vaccine mandate for government contractors threatens to be a major stumbling block in servicing our customers during the Holidays,” said Stephen Alterman, president of the Cargo Airline Association, as reported by Politico.

Shortages in everything from new cars to specialty items in grocery stores already plague our economy. The December 8 deadline by the Biden Administration for companies to have their employees vaccinated could cause far more shortages just in time for Christmas.

Trucking companies impacted by Biden’s mandates could lose up to 37% of their drivers, the American Trucking Association has estimated to the White House. Truck drivers, like many occupations that form the backbone of our economy, value their independence and do not like being ordered to take an experimental vaccine.

Democrats have been confident that they would defeat legal challenges to the vaccine mandates, and so far courts have rolled over and upheld whatever the public health autocrats onerously demand. But the court of public opinion is a different story, and workers are free to walk off the job at any time over this.

Millions are doing exactly that. Continuing to work or taking on a new job is a sacrifice of one’s time and part of his life, and fewer want that if it means having to quit to avoid taking another experimental vaccine or booster shot.

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.