Tuesday, February 23, 2021

States Step Up for Election Integrity

The Phyllis Schlafly Report
By John and Andy Schlafly

“All politics is local” is a famous aphorism that many forget amid the overbearing national media. But the numerous recent censures by local GOP organizations of arrogant politicians illustrate the untapped power of grassroots activism.

Our unique federalism was designed for most power to be held by the states and the people. While Congress wastes its time and our money by infringing on Trump supporters’ First Amendment rights, state legislators can step up and save our country.

In most conservative states, the legislatures meet only in the first half of the year, and the Texas legislature is in session only once every two years. So the window of opportunity is now.

Establishing election integrity should be the top priority in every state legislature, after the fiasco of the recent presidential election. Polls continue to show that most Republicans think the election was unfairly conducted for a number of unprecedented reasons, and that Joe Biden did not legitimately win.

A presidential election that half the voters regard as illegitimate cannot be salvaged by barbed wire which today blights the history, grandeur, and beauty of Washington, D.C. An American presidency needs to be based on election integrity, not thousands of troops stationed at our Capitol.

Fortunately, the U.S. Constitution grants state legislatures the full authority to govern elections for the presidential electors who ultimately choose the president. Courts, which are dominated by liberals at the state level and in most federal venues, have no role in that process.

Control of the U.S. Senate is at stake in next year’s elections, as its current 50-50 split hangs in the balance. Already three Republican senators – in Alabama, Ohio, and Pennsylvania – have announced they are not running for reelection, and many other states are up for grabs in elections that will depend on the voting procedures used.

Since 2016, polls have shown that there are few undecided voters in our country, and thus election outcomes depend more on the voting process than on political messaging. Consultants make big bucks for themselves by taking commissions for placing political ads on TV, even though such ads have no effect on voters who have already made up their minds.

The gold standard for election integrity is in-person voting, as used nearly exclusively (and successfully) for more than 200 years in our great country. This ensures a secret ballot, the absence of ballot harvesting (in which political partisans collect unverified ballots from union shops and nursing homes without supervision), and robust poll monitoring so that both parties can verify who is allowed to cast a ballot.

Justice Clarence Thomas, in a persuasive opinion on Monday, expressed dismay at the Supreme Court’s refusal to hear a challenge to the improper counting of untimely mail-in ballots in Pennsylvania. He cited liberal sources to explain how mail-in voting is inherently vulnerable to fraud.

Quoting the New York Times, Justice Thomas observed that “the risk of fraud is ‘vastly more prevalent’ for mail-in ballots.” Quoting as his authority the current Dean Heather Gerken of his progressive alma mater, the Yale Law School, Justice Thomas further explained that virtually “all the evidence of stolen elections involves absentee ballots and the like.”

Justice Thomas pointed out that way back in 2012, the New York Times’ Supreme Court reporter declared that “voting by mail is now common enough and problematic enough that election experts say there have been multiple elections in which no one can say with confidence which candidate was the deserved winner.” These prophetic words from that reliably liberal source rang true in 2020.

To close this open invitation to fraud, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has called for his legislature to limit mail-in voting. Florida will likely gain two more presidential electors due to the recent census, and will be even more important in the next presidential election than the last.

President Trump had to spend precious time campaigning in Florida in the crucial final weeks of the last election. If Florida adopts election integrity, then Trump could safely count on carrying that state next time, to free up time to campaign in other battleground states.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott has reportedly made election integrity a priority for the biennial legislative session there, and curtailing fraudulent mail-in voting is high on his agenda. Stuffing the ballot box with mail-in votes has caused the Republican margins there to dwindle, as each election cycle Democrats become more adept at milking votes from election shenanigans.

States should enact legislation specifically basing the selection of presidential electors on in-person voting, except for military personnel on active duty and narrowly justified absentee voting, as Idaho House bill H0105 would do. Nothing requires that the voting process used to select presidential electors be the same as the process for electing a town’s dog catcher.

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, February 16, 2021

GOP Thrives as Trump’s Party

The Phyllis Schlafly Report
By John and Andy Schlafly

The attempted coup against Trump as the leader of the Republican Party has failed, and the quest to purge his supporters has boomeranged against the elite.

Many local GOP groups cast unanimous votes of censure against officials who betrayed Trump supporters and all Americans by misusing the impeachment proceedings against citizen Trump. The GOP has not seen this level of grassroots energy in decades.

“The best laid schemes o’ Mice an' Men … lea’e us nought but grief an’ pain, For promis’d joy!” wrote the celebrated Scottish poet Robert Burns, coining a phrase that John Steinbeck later borrowed for the title of his famous novel.

Never-Trumpers who control the GOP money had a plan for banishing Trump. Consultants who feed at the trough of campaign dollars seek a return to lining their own pockets with fees as candidates would raise money without competition by Trump.

But the continued enthusiastic support for Trump among voters, as confirmed by every recent poll, shows that we are not returning to a gentrified Republican Party run by consultants. Liz Cheney hung on to her leadership position only because the vote was held in secret to conceal who the traitors are.

On Saturday 86% of Republican senators voted for Trump, despite intense arm-twisting to try to toss him overboard as the GOP leader. The scattered few Republicans who voted against him are a discredited bunch of Trump-haters, lame ducks, and recalcitrant globalists.

Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA) was promptly censured by five GOP county organizations in his state, and Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) was censured by his statewide party. These extraordinary rebukes by Republican groups against Republican officials reflect a new era of grassroots power within the Republican Party.

“The party is headed in a Trumpist direction,” lamented Sarah Longwell on C-SPAN this morning. She is the Executive Director of a new PAC called the Republican Accountability Project, formed for anti-Trump Republicans.

The hundreds of thousands of Americans who rallied for Trump on January 6th disrupted the carefully laid plans of the Trump-haters. America has a rich history of disrespectful, raucous protests dating back to the Boston Tea Party.

It is the mockery of the sanctimonious officials which incurred their wrath against the mostly peaceful, even fun-seeking, protesters. Nobody likes to be ridiculed, and the self-centered political elite in D.C. dislike it most of all.

China forbids mocking Xi Jinping by comparing him to the cartoon character Winnie the Pooh, and noting the uncanny resemblance. Two Chinese citizens disappeared after posting a video containing such ridicule, and humiliated leaders on Capitol Hill seem to want similar punishment here.

Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) showed his disdain for the free speech rights of Trump supporters when McConnell ranted against him on Saturday, before voting to acquit. McConnell should have defended First Amendment rights instead.

Congressional tyrants have demanded arresting hundreds of political protesters who made their way into the Capitol, a public building holding a proceeding that should have been open to the public. Complaints are about a little vandalism, but that pales in comparison to the looting of Americans’ pocketbooks by Congress.

It was fake news by the New York Times, not retracted until a month later, that Trump supporters bludgeoned a Capitol police officer to death with a fire extinguisher. There was no truth to that story, yet Democrats based their article of impeachment against Trump on it.

When federal agents should be protecting our country against violent crime, they spend time looking for hundreds more of law-abiding Americans who happened to be in or near the Capitol on January 6th. One video even shows a police officer directing people to enter the building, but vengeance cares nothing about justice.

As many as 800 people are becoming political prisoners of retaliation by Trump-haters, and this emerges as a leading issue in the midterm elections next year. Some are veterans who have risked their lives defending our freedoms against foreign enemies.

Perhaps Mitch McConnell and Nancy Pelosi would be more comfortable serving in the government of China, where harmless protests are brutally suppressed.

The protestors gave us powerful images that should become a rallying cry against the imperial Congress. The image of a jovial man playfully lifting House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s podium is a priceless symbol of how Americans feel about the D.C. elite, as is the picture of a peaceful commoner from Idaho sitting in the feckless Vice President Mike Pence’s chair.

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA), a pro-Trump freshman in the House, is banned from Fox News and excluded from committees, yet immensely popular among her constituents. That attempted purge is failing badly too, as Never-Trumpers cannot stop talking about her.

Voter turnout decides elections now, and that requires enthusiasm for the Republican candidate. Trump has it, while his detractors do not.

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, February 9, 2021

GOP Needs Ordinary Americans

The Phyllis Schlafly Report
By John and Andy Schlafly

The raging battle for the soul of the Republican Party unfolds in the upcoming impeachment trial in the Senate. On one side are Trump’s America First values and the right of free speech by him and more than 74 million Americans who voted for him.

Ordinary Americans are the only viable future for the GOP, rather than the lobbyists and corporate donors who shore up pro-impeachment Liz Cheney (R-WY) and other Trump-haters. Grassroots activism is what brought the party back from its nadir in the 1970s, and it is the only way that the GOP can win the White House again.

The attempt by globalists and the Deep State to purge Trump from the Republican future is an affront to this base of the party. Keeping Cheney in her leadership position in the House, after her own Wyoming state party censured and rebuked her, shows how out-of-touch D.C. politicians are.

Cheney and other Never-Trumpers live in a delusional echo chamber ignorant of intense opposition to them outside of D.C. The cabal of Beltway insiders who prop up Cheney and other Republican proponents of impeachment hate Trump because they know they can never control him.

Globalists want to ensure that no future Republican candidate will stand in the way of their America Last agenda, as Trump did. They want to guarantee that the American people do not have a real choice on the ballot, such that the nominees of both major parties are toadies for open borders, phony free trade, and further erosion of American sovereignty.

By controlling the money upon which Republican candidates depend for their campaigns, these small-minded manipulators are trying to steer the GOP in the wrong direction. They are anti-populists who disdain the grassroots.

This struggle within the GOP has persisted for nearly a century, as detailed in Phyllis Schlafly’s seminal book “A Choice Not an Echo.” When the corporate side of the Republican Party gains control, it withers on the vine.

Fortunately, money is becoming less important in elections, as the recent vote tallies demonstrated. Republicans gained more votes than ever because of distrust of the liberal media and access to unfiltered information on the internet.

Liz Cheney epitomizes the worst of politicians, as she has no meaningful roots in the state she claims to represent in Congress. She is married to a D.C. attorney who is a partner in a law and lobbying firm, and her father Dick Cheney is the former vice president who made a fortune from defense contractor Halliburton.

Fox News continues to give Liz Cheney a soapbox to bash Trump and thereby insult millions of Americans who support him and his political positions. On Sunday, Fox again allowed Cheney to make false insinuations against Trump about the protests on January 6th.

Cheney and Mitt Romney may think that by destroying Trump they would clear the field for themselves and their ilk. But the opposite is true, as the political trend is toward conservative populism.

Nearly 200 years ago, the elite attempted to stop Andrew Jackson, who like Trump was a champion of the common man. Biden has unceremoniously removed Jackson’s portrait from the Oval Office, where it was hung by President Trump, while Biden converts our nation’s capital into a police state.

Jackson opened up the White House to all Americans, much as Trump did with his unprecedented accessibility to the media and the public on Twitter. The eastern elite complained that Jackson’s supporters ruined White House furniture by climbing on it with their muddy boots.

Jackson’s supporters did trash the White House in celebration of his first inauguration in 1829, actions which Democrats and Never-Trump Republicans would demand be prosecuted as felonies or even impeachment today. The incidental damage to the Capitol on January 6th by enthusiastic Trump supporters (and Antifa infiltrators) is hardly an impeachable offense by a president who opposes vandalism.

Despite overwhelming support by the people for Jackson, a new political party called the “Whigs” arose among the elite united by their hatred of him. Like Never-Trumpers today, the Whigs had control of political money and the media, but before long the pompous Whigs self-destructed and became a forgotten chapter of American history.

Democrats today want to replace Jackson’s image on the $20 bill with Harriet Tubman, whose contributions are fanciful and obscure, with nowhere near the significance of Jackson’s. This is similar to the rewriting of history that they are already attempting against Trump.

Cheney, Romney, and a handful of other senators such as Ben Sasse (R-NE) and Pat Toomey (R-PA) are albatrosses on the GOP, opposed by their own constituents and loathed by many Americans nationwide. The road to future success for the Republican Party is conservative populism, not in insulting the more than 74 million people who voted for President Trump.

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, February 2, 2021

Democrats’ Assault on Free Speech

The Phyllis Schlafly Report
By John and Andy Schlafly

Liberals have realized that the massive support for Donald Trump and his views is not going away. As long as freedom of speech survives and distrust of the liberal media persists, Democrats are unable to capture control of the minds of the American people.

First they wrongly impeached President Trump for a political speech, and now the Democrats are going full throttle to censor anyone who speaks out for ordinary Americans as Trump did.

Newly elected Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) is the latest target of this liberal censorship. Despite being sworn in less than merely a month ago, Greene is being subjected to an all-out national attack by Democrats to silence and marginalize her.

That is a surprising amount of attention given to a freshman barely weeks after the opening of the new session of Congress. During Biden’s first 100 days, one would think that the Democratic leadership in Congress would have better things to do than obsess about the blond housewife from Georgia.

Well, Phyllis Schlafly was just a blond housewife from a small town in Illinois when she defeated the Leftist agenda. Five years ago, Trump himself was just a businessman whom the media insisted would never be elected president.

A plain-speaking American, Rep. Greene is no ordinary congresswoman as she single-handedly wakes up the entire country to what is happening. She tweeted that “America Last globalists are clinging to relevance because the People have rejected them.”

Leftists were aided by a handful of Republican congressmen who are so hateful of Trump that they refuse to defend freedom of speech by him and those who support him. Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) voted to impeach Trump for his speech rather than stand up against Leftist control of free speech for all of us.

Nearly a dozen county Republican organizations throughout Wyoming are exercising their right of free speech to censure Cheney. The South Carolina GOP has done likewise to Rep. Tom Rice there for his pro-impeachment vote.

Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY), whose weak leadership as Senate Majority Leader contributed to the loss of the GOP majority in the Senate, has failed to defend the importance of freedom of speech. “Conspiracy theories are cancer for the Republican Party,” he declared in support of the censors.

Rep. Greene shot back, “The real cancer for the Republican Party is weak Republicans who only know how to lose gracefully. This is why we are losing our country.”

Rep. Greene is so right about that. Charismatic and effective, Rep. Greene’s outspokenness resonates with Americans as Trump’s own statements have.

For that she has been subjected to relentless smears by the Left and intrusive scrutiny of everything she has ever said long ago. She married in college and her husband runs a construction company, we are told, while she raised their three children.

Twitter suspended her amid her enormous following there, and she has started on Telegram where she instantly picked up a large crowd. She is not backing down, nor should she.

On her first day in Congress she wore a mask with the lettering “TRUMP WON,” and she has introduced articles of impeachment against Biden. She told Never-Trumper Mitt Romney to grow a spine.

Rep. Greene was elected with 75% of the vote over her Democrat opponent after President Trump called her “a future Republican star.” Democrats should be abiding by democracy in Georgia’s 14th congressional district, rather than excluding their duly elected representative from committees.

Yet the same liberals who preach about respecting democracy are being anti-democratic towards Rep. Greene and the many Georgians who elected her. Rather than improperly banning her from sitting on House committees, the real issue should be whether the two senators from Georgia elected based on unaudited signatures on numerous mail-in ballots should be seated.

The “unity” professed to be a goal of Joe Biden does not mean conciliation by the Left, but instead silencing the conservative opposition to the liberal agenda. The ferocious attempt by Democrats to destroy Rep. Greene illustrates how far they will go to stamp out freedom of speech for all of us.

New terms are invented as euphemisms for this assault against our basic free-speech rights. “Deplatforming” sounds innocuous, but it means censoring someone’s entire website on the internet, even though it may have millions of followers.

Churches may be the next target. The right to free speech in the First Amendment, which is unique to the United States, was supported in colonial America by pastors who wanted to be sure that they would never be intimidated for what they say from the pulpit.

After taking control of the White House, liberals’ real goal is to silence Trump and demonize his supporters to the point that neither Trump nor anyone like him can ever be elected again.

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, January 26, 2021

Foolish Impeachment Strengthens Trump

The Phyllis Schlafly Report
By John and Andy Schlafly

A dumber stunt by the Democrats than proceeding with impeachment is difficult to imagine. This will remind Americans that Trump remains the most powerful figure in America, while the ghost-like Joe Biden occupies the White House as a mere puppet for Leftists who direct him.

This will boost Trump’s standing within the Republican Party and among the general public. At least 45 Senate Republicans support Trump, as reflected by those who voted on January 26 to dismiss the impeachment entirely, and that is 11 votes more than he needs to win.

Trump’s inevitable victory at the end of this foolish impeachment will return him triumphantly to the center of the political world. Meanwhile, lame duck Joe Biden is diminished by this process, because the Senate Democrats would not be going after Trump unless they felt he still holds immense power.

There is no precedent for the Senate to attempt to remove a president after he leaves office, or attempt to prevent him from running for president again. The Chief Justice will not preside over this farce, thereby depriving the proceeding of the extra measure of dignity that ostensibly accrues to the impeachment of a sitting president.

Instead, the presiding officer will apparently be the partisan Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT), who is on record as having voted in favor of the prior failed attempt to remove Trump by impeachment. This would be as biased as if Hunter Biden himself made an official decision as to whether Hunter Biden broke any laws.

Some Democrats think they could vote to disqualify Trump from holding office again, but that notion is absurd. As a private citizen who meets the qualifications set by the Constitution, Trump remains free to run for president, be elected and serve a second term.

With so many legal and constitutional defects, the mystery is why Democrats would pursue the folly of impeachment at this late date. The inevitable result would be to unify and energize the 74 million Americans who voted for Trump – some say it was far more – and it is baffling that Democrats would want to antagonize that many voters.

Prosecuting the articles of impeachment will expose anti-Trump Republicans to scrutiny, which will be helpful to the Republican Party as it cleans house of the traitors from within. The ten House Republicans who inexplicably joined the Democrats to vote for the article of impeachment on January 13 should be censured by their local county and state Republican organizations, as Liz Cheney already has been.

Representative Liz Cheney (R-WY) parachuted into Trump country to claim a House seat on the strength of her father’s role in the now-discredited Bush administration. She should soon be removed from her position as third-ranking Republican, and back in Wyoming she should be defeated by a conservative opponent in her own upcoming primary next year.

The Oregon Republican Party, through its statewide executive committee, adopted a resolution expressing its “condemnation of the profound betrayal by the ten House Republicans who supported impeaching President Trump without any investigation, hearing, shred of due process, and in contradiction to the known and emerging facts.”

“Of equally grave concern,” Oregon Republicans continued, “is how Democrats and their enablers are trying to falsely assign blame to the peaceful protesters present that day, and to the tens of millions of Trump supporters. Any attempt to cancel or target anyone with deep concerns about the conduct of the 2020 election should be condemned and opposed.”

Trump will undoubtedly be campaigning for those congressmen and senators who stood with him, and against the political traitors who turned against him. This guarantees that Trump will remain the dominant force within the Republican Party, and not lend his name to a hopeless effort to start a new “Patriot Party.”

Essentially, House Democrats impeached Trump for expressing the political opinion that “we won this election” — an opinion shared by a large majority of the 74 million Americans who voted for him. By treating such an opinion as if it were “high crimes and misdemeanors,” the Democrats have severely undermined the very democracy that they sanctimoniously claim to defend.

It’s no accident that Nancy Pelosi, as her first order of business in the new Congress, is moving a bill to require all states to remain vulnerable to future election fraud. Among its many bad provisions, H.R. 1 would prohibit states from requiring voter ID, requiring signature authentication for mail-in ballots, or restricting the process of ballot harvesting and the use of unattended drop boxes.

State legislatures should exercise their constitutional authority to enact laws now to prevent election fraud in the future. Presidential electors in future elections should be selected based nearly entirely on in-person voting.

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, January 19, 2021

Americans Remain Convinced Trump Won

The Phyllis Schlafly Report
By John and Andy Schlafly

Tens of millions of Americans remain convinced that Trump won the recent election, as confirmed by polling. This reinforces President Trump’s statement earlier this month to the huge crowd of more than 250,000 supporters who filled the large space from the White House to the Washington Monument that “we won this election.”

Last week a new report from the White House explains what many ordinary Americans already perceive. Peter Navarro, Ph.D., authored this report entitled “Yes, President Trump Won,” which was the latest installment in his 3-volume series demonstrating that the election was stolen.

Dr. Navarro has served the president since Inauguration Day, January 20, 2017. As co-author of the 2011 book Death by China and co-producer of the 2012 film of the same name, Dr. Navarro is most responsible for improving the policy of the United States against the Chinese threat after a string of prior presidents appeased the communist country.

His three-part Report carefully describes the many irregularities and statistical improbabilities that were observed in the election. In the six disputed states studied by Dr. Navarro, the number of illegal or questionable ballots far exceeded the number needed to change the outcome and deliver the state’s electors to Trump.

In Georgia, for example, there were 51 times as many questionable ballots as the number of votes that separated Trump and Biden. In Wisconsin, the ratio was 26 times; in Arizona, 24 times; in Pennsylvania, 12 times; in Nevada, 6 times; and finally in Michigan, there were 3 times as many improper votes as the reported margin between the presidential candidates.

Since President Trump spoke to the massive crowd on January 6, several major polling organizations have surveyed the American people, and the polls all found that an overwhelming majority of Republican voters agree that Trump actually won the election. They recognize that enough votes in six key states were improperly allowed and counted in order to hand the Electoral College to Biden.

First up was the well-respected Quinnipiac poll, in which 73% of Republican voters answered Yes to the Question: “Do you believe there was widespread voter fraud in the 2020 presidential election?”

Next was a CNN/SSRN poll, which reported that 71% of Republicans told its pollsters: “No, Biden did not legitimately win enough votes to win the presidency” — and 23% of Republicans said there was “solid evidence that he did not legitimately win.”

An even stronger result was found by the ABC News Washington Post poll, in which 65% of Republicans said they believe there is solid evidence of fraud in the 2020 election, while only 25% of Republicans disagreed.

As to the phony “insurrection” on Capitol Hill, the Quinnipiac poll confirmed that 80% of Republicans do not hold Trump responsible, while 71% disagree with those who characterize the incident as a “coup attempt.” Some 70% of Republicans believe that Republicans who objected to the Biden electors were “protecting” rather than “undermining” democracy.

The CNN/SSRN poll found similar results: 72% of Republicans said Trump was not responsible for those who “stormed” the Capitol. Nearly half of Republicans say that Capitol Police deserve a significant amount of blame for the disorderly conduct by a few visitors to the Capitol on January 6.

The CNN/SSRN poll also found that only 10% of Republicans were very confident, and only 14% were somewhat confident, that “elections in America today reflect the will of the people.” By comparison, an astounding 58% of Republicans said they were “not at all confident” that elections reflect the will of the people.

The Washington Post’s poll shows 66% of Republicans believing that Trump acted responsibly on January 6, and 78% say Trump bears little or no responsibility for the disorderly conduct of a few. Far from blaming the 139 Representatives and 8 Senators who challenged the electoral ballots, 51% of Republicans say GOP leaders didn’t go far enough to stop the steal, while only 16% said they went too far.

Fortunately, state legislatures and even Congress can get to work to prevent the recent election travesty from ever happening again. On January 15, Congressman Jim Banks (R-IN), as Chairman of the Republican Study Committee, introduced the “Save Democracy Act” which would ban ballot harvesting and other deviant methods by which liberals steal elections.

In nearly all of the battleground states, Republicans control a majority of the legislature which is solely authorized under the Constitution’s Article II, Section 1, to establish the process for selecting presidential electors. State governors, who are Democrats in Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin, do not have any role in this process, and neither do courts.

These and all state legislatures should enact new rules for selecting presidential electors which are based entirely on in-person voting on Election Day, with the real winner announced soon after the closing of the polls.

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, January 17, 2021

Trump Administration Accomplishments

Here is the White House list of Trump Administration Accomplishments. Enjoy it while you can. This will memory-holed on Jan. 20, noon eastern time, so I am posting an archived copy.

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Instead of the 25th Amendment, House Should Invoke 12th

The Phyllis Schlafly Report
By John and Andy Schlafly

While House Democrats improperly invoke the 25th Amendment to try to remove President Trump, House Republicans should be using the 12th Amendment to give him four more years. Last week 138 Representatives from 35 states voted in favor of Trump by objecting to the fraudulent Biden electors from Pennsylvania.

The significance of that vote in the wee hours last Thursday morning is that more than 2/3rds of the states, which is the quorum required by the 12th Amendment, objected to a central part of the election certification. That was after the electoral count was interrupted by the misnamed “insurrection,” so it is clear that the protests did not weaken GOP objections to Biden.

A total of 16 congressmen from Texas objected, 12 from Florida, 8 from Pennsylvania, and many more from 32 additional states. They objected specifically to certification of the Biden electors from Pennsylvania, but likely would have also objected to certifying the electors from more states, if given the opportunity.

Senators reneged on their promise to object to the Biden electors from Georgia and elsewhere, but senators have no role under the 12th Amendment to interfere with this process. They relied on the disputed Electoral Count Act of 1887, which even liberal scholars have condemned as unconstitutional.

The various senators who sanctimoniously speak out against Trump now have no constitutional authority to pick the next president, or certify electors. The 12th Amendment is clear: the House of Representatives, convening by state delegation, is required to pick the next president when no candidate has a legitimate majority of the Electoral College.

The same 138 Republicans who properly objected to certifying Biden electors could still meet under the Constitution to rectify the election of the next president. While Pelosi and Democrats are grasping for other provisions of the Constitution to try to destroy the Republican Party in the waning days of Trump’s first term, the 27-20 GOP majority by state delegation could re-elect him.

More Republicans would likely join the 138. The Republican states of North and South Dakota oddly failed to object to Biden’s electors from Pennsylvania, but they surely would not vote for Biden in a special session to elect the next president.

In politics, as in sports, the best defense is a good offense. When the other side attempts a full-court press in basketball, coaches know that the optimal response is a stepped-up offense to break down the press.

For nearly a week Democrats have misled the public and exploited the improper removal of Trump from Twitter. Liberal Politico ran a headline screaming “Second U.S. Capitol Police officer dies,” although that off-duty death had nothing to do with the protests last Wednesday.

Leftists have taken over the narrative of the rally at the Capitol last Wednesday and completely misrepresented what Trump said, and what his supporters did. Far from the liberal portrayal of a “riot,” which has a goal of stealing, vandalizing, and injuring, the unarmed protesters were akin to anti-Vietnam War protests of the 1960s, and many similar ones ever since.

When four protesters were shot and killed at Kent State University in 1970, it was considered a national calamity. But the killing at the Capitol of the unarmed pro-Trump 14-year Air Force veteran Ashli Babbitt, who had honorably served our country during four tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, is barely mentioned by liberals.

Pelosi and her minions are furious at how they were humiliated by the unarmed protesters. The scenes of rowdy folks occupying the Speaker’s chair and wielding her podium were reminiscent of the comic book character the Joker, who liked to ridicule the powers-that-be, as Jack Nicholson did in an art museum scene from the 1989 Batman movie.

Satire and mockery are not crimes, even when the target is Congress. Sit-ins which occupy legislators’ offices have long been a staple of political protests, for which punishment was little or nothing in recognition of the protesters’ First Amendment rights.

Yet Democrats are charging hard with a vengeance against Trump, anyone who supports him, and the entire Republican Party. The Lincoln Project, a virulently anti-Trump group, is setting up a database to identify people who worked in the Trump Administration, to subject them to retaliation.

Phyllis Schlafly once observed that it is impossible to achieve anything good in politics without leadership. Trump gave us that leadership for four years, and the last few days without him on Twitter have shown how dire the future would be without him.

The Founding Fathers gave America the means in the original Constitution and the 12th Amendment ratified in 1804 to right an election gone wrong. The Supreme Court has demonstrated that it does not want to intervene, so the House should convene by state delegation and exercise its full authority.

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, January 5, 2021

The House Should Reelect Trump

The Phyllis Schlafly Report
By John and Andy Schlafly

In our system of divided government, the Constitution vests the primary authority in the House of Representatives. Only the House may originate tax bills; only the House always consists entirely of members elected by their local constituents; and only the House selects the next president in times of crisis, as we have now.

We are not a democracy, and never have been. We are a constitutional republic, and the Founders were strongly opposed to democracy and the many severe problems it can create.

As a republic, we elect representatives who then pass laws or, in this case, elect the president. The Twelfth Amendment to the Constitution, based on its original text, explains that the House has the authority and duty to elect the president when no candidate has a majority of the electoral votes.

“But in choosing the President, the votes shall be taken by states, the representation from each state having one vote; a quorum for this purpose shall consist of a member or members from two-thirds of the states, and a majority of all the states shall be necessary to a choice.”

Enough congressmen have objected for establishing a quorum in the House, where each state delegation there has one vote. Nancy Pelosi cannot stop this process under the Constitution, and the House members should simply convene and elect the next president, with one vote per state.

The incoming House has 27 state delegations which are majority GOP and 20 which are majority Democrat. Three state delegations are tied in party representation: Michigan, Minnesota, and Pennsylvania.

The Twelfth Amendment does not say who counts the Electoral College votes, and the House is the entity having the most representative authority to do so while rejecting the Biden slates tainted by fraud and irregular procedures. Federal courts have already indicated that they will not intervene.

The suggestion by a few Republican House members that they should stand down and allow certification of a fraudulent election would be an abdication of their duty under the Constitution. It would be wrong to embrace and allow wrongdoing by a handful of state officials, who violated the election laws enacted by their legislatures.

In Georgia, Pennsylvania, and elsewhere, there was no signature verification of millions of mailed-in ballots as required by laws there. If the laws had been applied as written, then President Trump won those states and enough elsewhere to prevail in the Electoral College.

In 1825 the House did not select the presidential candidate who won the most popular votes, who was Andrew Jackson. Instead, it chose John Quincy Adams as the House was authorized to do by the Twelfth Amendment, and that action by the House helped unify the country then, as it would now.

The Founders intended the House of Representatives to be more powerful than the presidency or the courts. As the body most representative of the American people, which was entirely elected just two months ago, the House is in the best position to decide who should become president now.

It was the House which selected Thomas Jefferson as president on the 37th ballot in 1801. Virtually no one denies the wisdom of that choice, as the runner-up Aaron Burr subsequently killed Founding Father Alexander Hamilton in a duel merely three years later.

Democrats can talk all they want in the House about a cowardly, secret recording of Trump’s conversation with a Georgia official who has failed to allow independent signature verification of vast numbers of mailed-in ballots there. Democrats can rant all they like in the House how counting every fraudulent vote should somehow decide who our next president is.

The Electoral Count Act of 1887, on which the Democrats rely, cannot take power away from the House as given to it by the Constitution. Likewise, House Republicans should fulfill their constitutional duty to ensure that the next president is not chosen by a few state officials who flagrantly violated election laws passed by their legislatures.

The Supreme Court has never upheld or even addressed the constitutional defects in the Electoral Count Act, and this reinforces the need for the House of Representatives to step up to the plate now and start swinging its powerful bat. The 1825 precedent of the House selecting the president should guide us through the turmoil today.

The House, voting by state, should make its own determination that the Electoral Count Act is unconstitutional in diluting the authority of the House. The Constitution is clear: the House selects the next president when there is election failure.

In our constitutional republic, our elected representatives can and should vote to protect the integrity of the selection of our next president. That will establish a necessary precedent that fraud never be allowed to steal a presidential election.

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.