Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Infrastructure Bills: Socialism on Steroids

The Phyllis Schlafly Report
By John and Andy Schlafly

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

These columns are also posted on pseagles.com.

Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Vaccine Police Roll Up Their Sleeves

The Phyllis Schlafly Report
By John and Andy Schlafly

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

These columns are also posted on pseagles.com.

Tuesday, July 6, 2021

Who Wants to be “Primaried”?

The Phyllis Schlafly Report
By John and Andy Schlafly

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

These columns are also posted on pseagles.com.

Tuesday, June 29, 2021

Trump’s Back in a Big Way

The Phyllis Schlafly Report
By John and Andy Schlafly

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

These columns are also posted on pseagles.com.

Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Stop Perpetual Election Fraud Bill

The Phyllis Schlafly Report
By John and Andy Schlafly

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

These columns are also posted on pseagles.com.

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Impatient Libs Want Supreme Court Now

The Phyllis Schlafly Report
By John and Andy Schlafly

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

These columns are also posted on pseagles.com.

Sunday, June 13, 2021

Donald Trump has been proven correct

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

1. Hydroxychloroquine works

2. The Virus came from a Chinese lab

3. Hunter Biden’s laptop was real

4. Lafayette Square was not cleared for a photo op

5. The “Russian bounties” story was fake

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

7. Blue state lockdowns didn’t work

8. Schools should be opened

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

10. Our southern border security program was an unprecedented success

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

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

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

Thursday, June 10, 2021

Republicans need to resist the Democrat election control

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Red-Faced Fauci in Denial

The Phyllis Schlafly Report
By John and Andy Schlafly

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

These columns are also posted on pseagles.com.

Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Dems Target Energy to Advance Agenda

The Phyllis Schlafly Report
By John and Andy Schlafly

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

These columns are also posted on pseagles.com.

Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Election Audits Confound Never-Trumpers

The Phyllis Schlafly Report
By John and Andy Schlafly

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

These columns are also posted on pseagles.com.

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.

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Floyd Bill to Weaken Border and Towns

The Phyllis Schlafly Report
By John and Andy Schlafly

Unjust trials have consequences, as stolen elections do. Deleterious effects can extend long afterward.

The Democrat-promoted George Floyd Act subjects police and border patrol agents to an increased risk of an unjust prosecution by lowering the burden of proof from willfulness to recklessness in 18 U.S.C. Section 242. Passed by the House, this imposes 10-year prison sentences on our border patrol if convicted of recklessly causing bodily harm to illegal aliens.

That is the same statute used to wrongly convict and imprison the good border patrol agents Ignacio Ramos and José Alonso Compeán, whom Trump pardoned. The burden of proof about intent was at issue in that case, and by lowering it to recklessness the George Floyd Act would place all border patrol agents at risk of unjust prosecution.

This terrible legislation would also eliminate qualified immunity for local police, which is essential to prevent the looting of towns by liberal lawsuits. Minneapolis is forcing its taxpayers to pay $27 million for Floyd, an amount that would bankrupt most towns.

The result will be an end to effective law enforcement by the police and border patrol. Every use of force will become a potential prosecution of the officer, and a potential lawsuit against the town.

A generation ago American teenagers were taught not to resist arrest, but today it is common for criminals to fight the arresting officer. Forceful intervention by police is sometimes necessary to arrest someone or halt a crime.

Protests arose recently after a white police officer in Columbus, Ohio shot a belligerent black teenager, while video shows her in the process of stabbing another girl when cops arrived. The cops came because of a 911 call urgently requesting protection against a knife attack.

If the right to a fair jury trial were secure, then the quick-acting police officer would have nothing to worry about, and cops could continue to stop other crimes-in-progress. But the recent spectacle in Minneapolis casts doubt on whether cops or anyone else can expect a fair jury trial anymore.

In a parody of justice, Derek Chauvin was convicted of murder for kneeling on the shoulder blade of the much heavier George Floyd, a former football lineman. A wacky theory of “positional asphyxia” was presented by a so-called medical expert for the prosecution, contrary to the official autopsy results.

An alternate juror said that she was persuaded by bizarre medical testimony which pretended that the 140-pound officer murdered the muscular 230-pound George Floyd by kneeling on his upper body. This “shoulder blade murder” supposedly happened by blocking Floyd’s lungs from working.

Wrestlers, martial arts fighters, and football players endure far worse from opponents having greater weight, and the medical theory used to convict Chauvin is unknown in contact sports. But 9 out of the 14 jurors were women unaccustomed to such physical force, while probably fearful of harm if they ruled for Chauvin.

The crackpot medical testimony included having jurors self-examine themselves in the jury box. This and other prosecutorial tricks should never have been allowed in a court of law.

The likelihood of a fair trial for Chauvin vanished when the trial judge denied a motion routine in this type of case to transfer the trial location to a place free of prejudicial publicity and intimidating protests. The judge also refused to sequester the jury until deliberations, and the alternate juror said she had trouble getting back to her house from court because protesters were blocking the interstate.

Inevitably jurors had to worry about being “doxed” such that their names, residences, and employers might be revealed on the internet for possible retaliation. As an example of harm caused by doxing, a hacker caused the firing of a Virginia police officer who anonymously gave merely $25 to the defense fund of Kyle Rittenhouse, the teenager facing murder charges for his self-defense against a Leftist mob.

Meanwhile, many Trump supporters still remain in jail in D.C., illustrating that white cops are the not only target of vindictive legal proceedings.

Judge Emmet Sullivan cited a recent political statement by Donald Trump as a reason to continue to imprison a Trump supporter, who rallied for Trump on January 6 in D.C. Judge Sullivan is the one who persisted in refusing to allow charges to be dropped against Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn prior to his pardon.

Meanwhile, Judge Royce Lamberth ordered another Trump supporter, a mother of eight, to explain why she was seen recently wearing a satirical mask. This judge indicated that he may hold her in contempt despite no medical expertise or legitimate authority by the court to demand mask-wearing elsewhere.

Is this Impeachment 3.0 by Trump-haters through unjust proceedings against cops and Trump supporters? Congress failed twice to bury Trump, but some courts continue to try.

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, April 20, 2021

Gunfight for Election Integrity

The Phyllis Schlafly Report
By John and Andy Schlafly

A gunfight for election integrity is raging in a few state legislatures, with our political future hanging in the balance. Whoever controls election procedures will control the outcome, and then be able to pass any laws they like.

According to the AP VoteCast survey of more than 110,000 voters across the nation, 67 percent of ballots submitted by mail were marked for Joe Biden, while 65 percent of citizens who voted in person on Election Day voted for Donald Trump.

Earlier this year, the liberal media breathlessly warned that hundreds of bills to improve election security had been introduced in 47 state legislatures. But as sessions are winding down in many states, not enough has been achieved yet.

The Texas legislature adjourns in six weeks and does not meet next year, but so far has accomplished nothing on this issue. In contrast with Georgia, which at least requires a weak form of voter ID for mail-in voting, the pending Texas legislation falls short of even that.

The Lone Star State has mottos like “Remember the Alamo!” and “Come and Take It” (aside an image of a cannon), but its lack of safeguards against fraud enabled Democrats to improve their presidential results by 3.4% in 2020 compared with 2016. This ballot-harvesting trend, if not reversed, puts the state on track for a Democrat takeover in presidential elections later this decade.

Without winning Texas, no Republican can win the White House. Yet the margin of victory by Trump in Texas in 2020 was among his narrowest anywhere, less than 6 points, amid increasing ballot stuffing there that even included drive-through voting by Democrats who never left their car while casting ballots.

Only Georgia and Iowa have passed election integrity laws since the fiasco of the last election, and their laws merely nibble at the margins of the vast fraud of ballot harvesting to stuff ballot boxes by mail and drop boxes. The Iowa law shortens the early voting period from 29 to 20 days, requires most (not all) mailed-in ballots to be received by Election Day, and prohibits mailing unrequested absentee ballot forms.

That is a far cry from the essential reforms outlined by Trump in his speech on February 28th. But some Texas Republican leaders mistakenly think that insignificant changes like those enacted in Iowa will be enough to mollify Trump supporters who are outraged by voting shenanigans.

In the last election nearly 70% of voters cast their ballots prior to Election Day, many prior to the final debate when Joe Biden vowed to shut down the traditional energy industry on which millions of jobs rely. When Biden terminated the Keystone pipeline shortly after he took office, some early voters were surprised but of course there is no practical way for millions of early voters to change their votes.

Last week a large group of conservatives sent a coalition letter to Governor Greg Abbott, complaining that both Texas election bills (HB6 and SB7) fail to stop the obvious means by which elections are stolen: mail-in voting. The Texas bills do not require meaningful identification for mail-in ballots, despite how Georgia recently plugged that gap in part.

Georgia required inclusion of a voter’s driver’s license number on mail-in ballots. It is unclear how much this will reduce ballot harvesting, because well-funded liberal groups may be able to obtain lists of driver’s license numbers to pre-fill ballots and then vote improperly for others anyway.

Strict signature verification was once required in states that allow mail-in voting, but Georgia, Pennsylvania, and other states dropped those requirements through judicial activism or collusive settlements with liberal election officials. Democrats argue that some elderly people have irregular signatures, but banks require signatures on checks and voting is just as important.

Anyone who dislikes extra requirements for mail-in voting has the option to vote in person, as was customary. The notion that verification of mail-in ballots is unfair should be flatly rejected.

Nearly 10% of the ballots cast in Texas were by mail in the last election, an increase of five times over the last decade. That far exceeds the diminishing margin in Texas separating Republican and Democrat presidential candidates.

Without verifying the authenticity of mail-in ballots, more elections will be stolen. The best approach, as Trump stated, is to prohibit nearly all mail-in voting, and if allowed then there must be strict verification of identification and signatures.

Texas Governor Abbott can expect a challenge from both his right and his left next year, including a possible campaign by the popular Oscar-winning Matthew McConaughey, who led Abbott in a recent poll. Supporting ineffective election integrity legislation which does nothing to halt election fraud could doom Abbott’s political future.

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, April 13, 2021

Transgender Travesty by Dems

The Phyllis Schlafly Report
By John and Andy Schlafly

Proving again that Trump’s Republican critics are closet liberals, outgoing Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson shockingly sided with the Left to endorse transgender operations on minors. “Asa Hutchinson, the lightweight RINO Governor of Arkansas, just vetoed a Bill that banned the CHEMICAL CASTRATION OF CHILDREN,” Trump observed.

“'Bye-bye Asa,’ that’s the end of him! Fortunately for the Great State of Arkansas, Sarah Huckabee Sanders will do a fantastic job as your next Governor!” Trump added. Sanders was the standout conservative press secretary of Trump who courageously defended him against the media onslaught.

In merely one day the governor was repudiated by his own legislature, which voted in a landslide to override his veto. But Hutchinson defiantly defended the now-prohibited practices, complaining that Arkansas kids might be taken out of state to have them performed anyway.

Arkansas’s neighboring states, also Republican, should pass similar legislation. Children cannot properly give their consent to such life-changing procedures, and liberal parents should not be playing God with their kids.

The transgender movement has seemingly come out of nowhere to ride the social revolution that powered Joe Biden’s otherwise lethargic presidential campaign. Last year Biden’s Twitter account posted, “Let’s be clear: Transgender equality is the civil rights issue of our time.”

“There is no room for compromise when it comes to basic human rights,” Biden’s tweet continued. True to form, his administration is pushing the transgender revolution with the zeal of religious conviction.

Biden’s no-compromise position is getting a pass from liberal media outlets like CNN. Masquerading as news, one of its journalists pontificated that “it’s not possible to know a person’s gender identity at birth, and there is no consensus criteria for assigning sex at birth.”

Biden even claimed in a speech last month that “There’s not a single thing a man can do that a woman can’t do as well or better. Not a single thing.” The reality, of course, is the opposite in competitive sports, and it is unfair to allow male-bodied athletes to invade female sports.

In his re-entry speech at CPAC in February, Trump declared that “young girls and women are incensed that they are now being forced to compete against those who are biological males. That is not good for women.”

Trump continued, “I think it’s crazy what is happening, we must protect the integrity of women’s sports.” He pointed out that “If this is not changed women’s sports as we know it will die and end.”

Sports Illustrated has joined the mob, absurdly featuring a transgender person in its annual swimsuit issue. Men pretending to be women are swarming into women’s sports with unfair results.

Girls’ sports records are being shattered, not by girls who work harder to surpass a goal that motivated them, but by boys going through a phase where they would rather wear a dress. Most transgender tendencies resolve themselves naturally as a youngster matures, and medical intervention to obstruct that outcome is inhumane.

As on many issues, Trump’s comments were stronger than that of Republicans in Congress who should be taking the lead. Rather than meekly objecting, the GOP should champion this issue and tap into the support of most Americans against liberals about this.

The transgender invasion is jeopardizing the GOP, as the Olympic champion-turned-transgender-woman Caitlyn Jenner considers running for California governor as a Republican. Many Republicans may salivate at the opportunity of capturing the governor’s seat, as Arnold Schwarzenegger famously did nearly two decades ago, hoping that Jenner could appeal to cross-over voters (pun intended) in La-La Land.

In January, a bill signed into law by California’s soon-to-be-recalled Gov. Gavin Newsom began requiring the state prison system to ask every individual entering its custody to specify their personal pronouns and gender identity. Jumping at the invitation, 261 California prison inmates have requested transfers to prisons aligning with their gender identity, 255 of them biological males who say they identify as women.

California requires that prisons process these requests, as do laws in Massachusetts and Connecticut. In addition, California Democrats are pushing legislation (AB 2826) that would impose fines against department stores which separate clothing and toys by gender.

Meanwhile, the NCAA should be defending the integrity of women’s sports, but instead it is doing the opposite by threatening to punish states which pass laws against transgenderism. The NCAA is as beholden to the advertiser-driven liberal media for television revenue as professional sports leagues are.

Transsexual, the original name for transgender, was promoted in public school curricula as early as 1978, when Phyllis Schlafly was almost alone in speaking out against it. Now, a generation later, what was taught in public school is on the verge of becoming mainstream, but this issue should be a slam dunk for the Republican Party to win on.

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, April 11, 2021

Trump's vaccine promise is realized

Intellectuals attacked Donald Trump for COVID-19 more than anything else, with everyone claiming that he was lying about it. They all said that Gov. Cuomo and Newson showed excellent science-based leadership.

Those governors were so terrible that they are being run out of office.

But how does Trump's record hold up?

The Wash. Post attacked Trump, 6 weeks before the election:

Trump says, without evidence, every American will get coronavirus vaccine by April https://t.co/PdkoQyaagX — The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) September 18, 2020

President Trump said Friday that every American would have access to a coronavirus vaccine by April, contradicting his own statement of two days earlier and sowing deeper confusion about the process and timing of vaccine approval and distribution.

When Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Robert Redfield said earlier in the week that the general public was unlikely to get access to a vaccine until the second and third quarters of 2021, echoing other scientific leaders in the administration, Trump said he’d misspoken.

“I think he made a mistake with that statement,” Trump said Wednesday. “When he said it, I believe he was confused. I’m just telling you we’re ready to go.”

Trump then said a vaccine would be ready in weeks and swiftly made available, despite the fact that no one knows yet when sufficient data will be collected from clinical trials to show that one of the vaccines in late-stage trials is effective or safe.

We now know that Trump was telling the truth, and the FDA, CDC, and vaccine companies conspired to conceal the trial data until after the election.

And his promise of universal vaccination by April was right on target:

President Joe Biden said Tuesday that all adults in the U.S. should be eligible to receive the Covid-19 vaccine by April 19 … The new deadline to expand eligibility — which is two weeks earlier than Biden had previously targeted — should not be difficult to meet since several states have already begun administering the vaccine to anyone over 16 who wants it.
This Wash. Post lie probably cost Trump the election. There were a fair number of centrist voters who only voted against Trump because of the coronavirus.

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Major League Baseball Strikes Out

The Phyllis Schlafly Report
By John and Andy Schlafly

Major League Baseball shamefully pandered to Leftists by pulling the All-Star game out of Georgia. Trump’s strong response in calling for a boycott of MLB deserves a standing ovation, and Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced that Texas will no longer seek to host MLB events.

Baseball should remain the timeless sport which unified America ever since the Civil War. The armies of the North and the South would take breaks to play a friendly game of baseball with each other.

Healthy rivalries between the National and American Leagues, and other professional baseball leagues, subsequently kept the game on track for more than a century as fans found refuge in it from real conflicts. Millions of boys, like the future governor of Florida, Ron DeSantis, developed character and fitness playing in the Little League.

Liberals have hijacked MLB to misuse it “to stop what happened in Georgia from happening in other states,” as Democrat Stacey Abrams admitted. Election integrity bills similar to Georgia’s are being considered in other states, and Leftists are enlisting executives to try to stop enactment of this good legislation.

MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred belongs to the ultra-exclusive Augusta National Golf Club, which hosts the Masters Tournament in Georgia this week. Rather than grandstand to the detriment of baseball, Manfred could have looked in his own mirror instead.

Stadiums are built for sports leagues at taxpayer expense, and some impoverished cities such as St. Louis are burdened with the debt long after a football team abandons the town for another stadium somewhere else. Billionaire team owners milk taxpayers to fund stadiums and arenas for the owners’ enrichment.

Over-hyped sports events, such as the All-Star game or Super Bowl, can actually cause a net loss to the local region in security costs and declines in revenue to small businesses. It is common for local businesses to complain about how little benefit they actually receive from high-profile games like the Super Bowl.

Liberals absurdly claim that the pullout of the All-Star game will cost Georgia’s Cobb County $100 million, although only 8,000 hotel room nights were booked for the event. Visitors would have to spend in excess of $10,000 apiece to reach that estimated loss, when the average sports fan probably spends far less.

Moreover, most of the revenue is to hotel chains like Marriott that have already pushed the liberal agenda by announcing that they will not donate to Republicans who voted against fraud in the last election. Local spending on professional sports events rarely reaches the pockets of the little guy.

State legislators should be examining how much professional sports leagues are really costing their residents, rather than worrying about a retaliatory cancellation of an event. Georgia and other states should ban gambling on sports, which has become a driver of the otherwise declining television ratings for the leagues.

Congress should also examine how professional baseball has filled nearly 30% of its rosters with immigrants, while the percentage of black players has dropped from 19% in 1981 to only 8% last year. High-paying positions that should be filled by Americans are instead given to immigrants having less inspirational value to American youth.

MLB has built a “development center” in China as part of the globalist push by pro sports, so why doesn’t it move its All-Star game there? The game is ironically being moved to Denver, which is only 9.2% black compared with Atlanta which is 51% black.

No one would be surprised if the Denver stadium has many empty seats when the game is played there. Fan attendance at baseball and football games has long been declining, and stadiums were nearly empty all last year.

The successful Atlanta Braves team, which has repeatedly won its division, properly repudiated the pullout of the All-Star game from Georgia. “It just stinks,” declared veteran Atlanta pitcher Charlie Morton in criticism of the pullout.

The Braves organization said it was “deeply disappointed” by the pullout decision, and that “businesses, employees, and fans in Georgia are the victims of this decision.” Its manager further criticized the decision.

“It is finally time for Republicans and Conservatives to fight back – we have more people than they do – by far!” declared Trump. “Boycott Major League Baseball, Coca-Cola, Delta Airlines, JPMorganChase, ViacomCBS, Citigroup, Cisco, UPS, and Merck. Don’t go back to their products.”

No politician before has ever had the guts of Trump in taking on corporations and crony capitalism. Not even Teddy Roosevelt stood up against so many powerful, entrenched corporate interests as Trump does.

Baseball does not belong to a few overpaid executives, and its Commissioner Manfred should resign. The sport belongs to fans, volunteers, and the grassroots, and we should take the sport back without the liberal agenda and gambling and abuse of immigration, before its executives completely ruin it.

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

These columns are also posted on pseagles.com.

Tuesday, 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.