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.

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Border Catastrophe Sinks Biden

The Phyllis Schlafly Report
By John and Andy Schlafly

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

These columns are also posted on pseagles.com.

Tuesday, March 9, 2021

No more $$$ to RINOs!

The Phyllis Schlafly Report
By John and Andy Schlafly

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

These columns are also posted on pseagles.com.

Thursday, March 4, 2021

Wanting Mrs. America, Season 2

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

Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Trump Issues Clarion Call for Election Integrity

The Phyllis Schlafly Report
By John and Andy Schlafly

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

These columns are also posted on pseagles.com.

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.