The Moral Case for Trump

My View: The Moral Case for Donald Trump
This opinion editorial was published in the Deseret News, October 14, 2016. Cherilyn Bacon Eagar is a blogger, radio talk show host and
one of Utah’s six Republican State Electors.
She was named 2011 Wasatch Woman of the Year for Community Service and for being the first Republican woman to run for U.S. Senate
[Source links have been added.]

I’m a Mormon woman supporting a moral outcome on Election Day. I don’t condone sexual exploitation of anyone, and I believe Trump is the moral choice. Asking him to step aside is not an option, nor is it possible at this juncture, without causing chaos and court challenges. It would also set a terrible precedent empowering biased media collusion, as evidenced in recent WikiLeaks exposes. The outcome would be catastrophic, handing the election to Clinton. It’s open season, and it could get worse. But Trump’s a fighter, and that’s what America needs.

It leaves many people of faith asking, “What is the moral imperative? Can an immoral leader stand for moral public policy?”

Responses include voting for neither – or not at all. Others don’t buy the binary choice. As the late Phyllis Schlafly, first lady of the conservative movement, said, “We have a two party system, and Jesus is not on the ballot.”

[Read my tribute to Phyllis Schlafly.]

If you’re contemplating anything but the top two candidates and believe you will get a moral outcome, consider history [See Presidential Electoral history]:

The highest popular vote a third party candidate has ever received was 33 percent of the 270 electoral votes needed and 27.86 percent of the popular vote. The average number of electoral votes received is 6.44. A 1 to 2 percent third party vote can swing an election. McMullin is the intended spoiler candidate.

[Read more about this candidate in an editorial published August 24, 2016 – Spoiler Alert! Will Republicans Repeat 1964?]

In this close election, the outcome would likely be Clinton.

We can judge candidates by the policies they promote, the people that surround them and the money they receive. Unprecedented, Trump raised $32 million for the RNC, but received only a fraction. [$2.2 million] Obviously, the GOP global establishment despises his American sovereignty policies that protect the Constitution.  That accounts for their defection.

[See Trump’s policies here.]

Schlafly said, “The Republican Party has never had a stronger platform of moral, pro-American policy.” Trump helped craft it and endorsed it. Her last book outlines The Conservative Case for Trump. His campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, is a devout pro-Life Catholic woman. Many conservative religious leaders and 33 pro-Life leaders, including Phyllis Schlafly’s appointed successor, Ed Martin, surround him. For the first time, a presidential candidate champions the appointment of originalist judges in the tradition of Antonin Scalia, and the repeal of the Johnson Amendment, a huge win for religious liberty. Even Trump’s economic policy team is nearly absent the typical lineup of old guard Council on Foreign Relations, responsible for the history of weak foreign policy.

(Two lists, men and women]

A popular talk show host among some Mormons said, “If the consequence of standing against Trump and for principles is indeed the election of Hillary Clinton, so be it. At least it is a moral, ethical choice.” Really? One Utah GOP leader wrote, “We can maintain our ‘moral high ground’ while more babies get aborted, our second amendment rights vanish and the Supreme Court is changed forever.” Indeed, this is the platform Clinton pledged to support in the last debate.

We may not know what Trump will do, but we know what Clinton will do. She has already done it. We will get a hypocritical woman that laughed about ruining a 12-year old girl’s life by successfully representing her rapist. We will get more cover-ups, e-mails, immunities, $1.7 billion to Iran, $400 million ransom in untraceable foreign cash; Syria, Libya, Benghazi; also, single-payer HillaryCare, NAFTA’s lost jobs, open borders and a “new global economic order;” ongoing class warfare, riots, gangs, paid provocateurs, women and children slaughtered at Waco; the Clinton Foundation’s funding of 4,000 abortions in one year; handing Russia 20 percent of America’s uranium for $145 million profit; their personal profit of 94 percent of all donations, including from terrorist nations.

Historically, immoral – even pagan – leaders have been known to promote moral causes. No candidate is perfect. The moral choice is clear. That choice is Trump. He will make America great again.

[Author’s final note:  This could be our King Cyrus-Darius-Ezra moment.  Check it out.]

Oscar Award Winning Producer Gerald Molen Makes Plea for Trump

jerry-molenI received an email from my friend Jerry Molen, producer of Schindler’s List and Jurassic Park and also the producer for Dinesh D’Souza’s films – the latest being Hillary’s America. If you are still a fence-sitter, please read and note the importance of his message.

Yes, the timing is crucial and each of us needs to find any way we can, besides our vote, to move the election towards the Trump column.

My intent is not to defend Donald J. Trump for anything he said, anything he did or anything he stands for. My intent is to simply remind all within my voice and/or my computer that we all know what we get if Hillary Clinton wins the election. At the same time we realize we don’t know exactly what we get with Trump. It makes the decision easy…..this is one of those rare times when we must go with what we don’t know. We have to vote for Trump.

Why? Appointments to the U.S. Supreme Court AND other judicial lifetime appointments. Mr. Obama has appointed over 600 Federal Judges to the courts and they are the ones who will be making decisions that will affect all of our lives (and our kids and their kids). So, yes it matters.

The continuing cover-up of the Clinton e-mails, questionable Immunities, Iran and ransom versus leverage, Syria and Libya, ObamaCare and it’s drastic details that are already messing people up on their health care. Think about single payer and how that will affect your family and the country. Socialism via progressivism vs liberty and freedoms.

The Benghazi Affair. There are still no answers except what the present administration wants us to believe. The continuing lie about a ‘video’…..shouldn’t we be over the top angry about this or do we just yawn and let it go. I can’t.

The Clinton Foundation. ……Many questions…..lousy answers……only thing for sure, the Clintons are getting very rich. How and why? Haiti ring a bell?

The ongoing blasting of Police and the charges of racism. Looting, riots, murder in the streets, street gangs from out of town….who funds that? The ‘left’ or Soros or others out to destroy America?

So the big question is, ‘What can we do’? Besides making sure we each vote……we can reach out to those who may not know how perilous a ‘Clinton’ Presidency will be. There is a film that tells us how.

A great American patriot gave us one route to victory. Through the truth captured within the film “Hillary’s America”, Dinesh D’Souza has brilliantly written and directed a visual journey into the real world of the Democrats and their candidate for president, Hillary Clinton.

While the film enjoyed a fairly successful run at the box office, it could have done better. There were too many on the left side of the political aisle who did not take the time to go to a theater. Sadly, these were the same people who needed to see the film and to be educated on political truths.

Each of us can take advantage of the upcoming DVD release of the film, “Hillary’s America”. Maybe this is the one event that we all need to get behind and push it out to the many who have not seen the film. It will surely turn some to oppose the Hillary run. It will surely educate many who never realized the truth about the Democratic party. It will surely allow each and every American to realize Hillary Clinton is not as she appears.

On the 11th of October the DVD will be available through the usual outlets or you can go to hillarysamericathemovie.com and find the best way for you to order the film for yourselves, your families, your colleagues and even your enemies and I am sure they will thank you for allowing them to know the truth.

And for those who wish to order them in quantity as gifts or simply to give away to deserving folk through social gatherings, clubs, church groups and the multitudes of others you may think of, as they prepare to vote on November 8th.

God bless.

Jerry

Phyllis Schlafly Tributes

So many wonderful tributes have been posted on the Internet honoring Phyllis Schlafly, the First Lady of the Conservative Movement. Here are just a few:

Wall Street Journal

Phyllis’ Endorsement of Donald Trump

Donald Trump – at the Cathedral Basilica in St. Louis

Senator Ted Cruz – Senate Floor


Congressman Steve King

Janet Porter – faith2action – Phyllis Schlafly, American Hero


An 80th Birthday Tribute to Phyllis Schlafly – Cherilyn Bacon Eagar and daughter Jen Gulbrandsen Robinson

Daily Mail UK
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3783702/Trump-Melania-attend-conservative-activist-Phyllis-Schlafly-s-funeral.html

Why Phyllis Schlafly was greater than Margaret Thatcher – Gavin McInnes

Stefan Monyneux

Maine State GOP

https://youtu.be/HxT70a-rVzI

Phyllis on Doing the Impossible – Defeating the Equal Rights Amendment

Phyllis on the GOP National Convention

Alex Jones – Interview with Phyllis Schlafly

Phyllis Schlafly on Sean Hannity – Spring 2016

Ralph Reed – GOP Convention – Republicans for Life – Tribute to Phyllis

Phyllis Schlafly, The First Lady of the Conservative Movement – and My Friend – Is Gone

56When I was in college my mother showed me my first Phyllis Schlafly Report.  Growing up in the 1960’s in Hollywood, California was tough. The volatile cultural friction was all around me, and I felt more and more isolated from the hippie generation. Phyllis and her report became my political and cultural anchor, along with my faith in God. She had a way of summarizing complex issues in those four pages. I’ve received her reports ever since, and amazingly, I have not known her to be wrong. Looking back, she has been a prophetic statement in a lost world of feminism. It has been uncanny. The feminists scoffed at her predictions of “unisex” bathrooms and women in the draft (fortunately, a failed attempt this year – and appallingly supported by some Republicans). Now today, they are forcing their will on all taxpayers.

She warned us this was what the Equal Rights Amendment would have immediately enshrined in the Constitution.

Backing up, a few years after I married and my husband finished law school, we went to Chicago where he worked for McDermott, Will and Emery, a world class estate planning law firm. Chicago was a long way from home for this Hollywood, California girl. It was my first experience being so far away. I found a home with the National Eagle Forum. My husband had been asked to help The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to defeat the Equal Rights Amendment. It was deemed a moral issue, an attack on marriage and family and women, particularly stay-at-home mothers.

From my view, as well as Phyllis’, it was more than a moral issue. The economics of the proposal would one day create a dual-income family and eventually women who preferred to stay home to raise their children, would be forced into the workplace. Those of us that married to create a family and devote our prime time to raising our children were caught in a place in history where we were constantly demeaned and heard the media mantra, “You are just a housewife.” In fact, there is a song by that very title.

57I began reading and researching and decided that I wanted to take on this attack, in addition to helping my husband, whose legal skills were brought into the fight. I signed up for and attended my first United Nations conference – the International Womens Year Conference – in Normal, Illinois. The experience was anything but NORMAL.

I wondered whether I had landed in another country. Feminists everywhere. Parades of Anger. Images that never made it into the mainstream media. If they had, it would have shocked the nation. Banners with the marxist hammer and sickle and large photos of Karl Marx and Friedrick Engles. A workshop in which women were on stage with paper penises pinned to their crotches for a symbolic castration. I walked away feeling as though I had entered a new country spelled Amerika.

But in the papers, the only photos shown were those of all the First Ladies that were endorsing this conference – Lady Bird Johnson, Pat Nixon, Betty Ford.

The brazen New York Congresswoman with the big hat, Bella Abzug chaired the sessions. When we were asked who knew parliamentary procedure, I was the one that raised my hand, apparently the only LDS woman among our group who had recently taken a course.  So I was appointed to stand at the microphone to try to stop her agenda. The trouble was, she had already stacked the convention with lesbians and radical Marxists.

In reality, she was a socialist ramming through an agenda much like President Obama and his administration and both houses of Congress have been doing today. It was radical to the core. That U.N. Conference altered the direction of our country, our marriages and our families for the worse. We must sit back and ask ourselves: Are American families and marriages better today than they were in 1978? Has no-fault divorce helped women or harmed them? Take a look at the poverty scale and the surging numbers of women and children this damaging legislation has hurt. Now nationalized health care with the intent to put everyone on the welfare rolls of the entitlement code.

This was all part of the agenda behind the ERA that she rammed through with an iron fist. I will never forget standing there and actually having to raise my voice in the microphone for her to even pay attention to us on points of order or clarification or calls for division. It’s when this shy girl learned that you either speak up and be heard or shut up and be silenced.

In one session I stood to speak in front of about 800 radical feminists. I started, “I’d like to quote from the bible…” I was immediately interrupted with boos’ hisses, jeers, and mocking laughter. I waited for the crowd to quiet down and then calmly started again, awaiting a moment of “triumph.” I said, “I’d like to quote from the bible of the feminist movement, the Yale Law Journal.” Total silence. I had two epiphanies in that moment: First, that we are truly fighting a battle between good and evil, as Sean Hannity often said.

Second, that I would never fear standing up alone, if necessary, to stand for what I believed. It was a life-changing experience.

It was after that session that I learned that Phyllis Schlafly wanted to meet me and that she wanted me to help her with the STOP ERA movement she was leading and to be the STOP ERA media rep in Chicago. I confess I was still quite shy and it was overwhelming to me to be thrust into the media limelight.

After that conference that falsely professed to represent all women in America, we were able to submit a minority report. Abzug ignored it, and then tried to take the IWY agenda back to Congress to set the agenda for all women. We know that had the ERA passed, many of the evils we fight still today – including same-sex marriage and transgender bathrooms, the “unisex” bathrooms Phyllis warned us about, would have been instantly legalized then. Instead we have piece-mealed Abzug’s agenda by individual legislation. It has been death by a thousand stabs for women, children and families.

Phyllis asked my husband to write the legal brief to stop passage of Illinois’ ERA, based on the premise that the rules could not be broken to change the threshold needed to pass. That brief won the day, first round, and Illinois, a key state for passage, was on hold. The ERA was temporarily stopped.

I raised five children during the 1980s and 1990s. When the school curriculum produced curriculum that was lying to my children, I re-engaged.  Local Dallas parents recruited me to run for the school board. Again, Phyllis was there to help. By 1993, I then helped Phyllis in the drafting of her definitive report on Outcome-Based Education.

phyllis-cherPhyllis and her family invited me to sing at Phyllis’ events on several occasions, two of which were her birthdays. It was such an honor. The year her conference featured Bill Bennett, I performed a parody of The Wind Beneath My Wings. The family sent me original copies of the family photos, and I created a video tribute. The year Phyllis introduced us to Ann Coulter, I sang a theme song for the Phyllis Schlafly I know, “The Impossible Dream” from Man of La Mancha. Her talented son John has accompanied me on piano on one occasion. And then for her 80th Birthday, I was again invited to sing. My daughter and I sang a duet parody from the Broadway musical Wicked.

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Over the years, I have watched history remade and Phyllis Schlafly’s name besmirched. Some now even write that Bella Abzug called herself a homemaker. That is a lie.

Phyllis was right. Abzug undercut every homemaker and mother in America. Feminists treated us as if we had no standing. As homemakers, under her “leadership” and her agenda, women have lost many protections we once had. Now because women are competing in the work force, as Phyllis predicted, more women are also being forced to enter the work force because we are now competing in a two-income family economy.

Because we have had abortion on demand, we are replacing the 50 million+ babies that were aborted because of the false alarm of “population control” with almost the same illegal alien numbers because we are in a workforce crisis – “not enough workers.” Because of Bella Abzug and her cohorts, disparity in population exists that will “triage” baby boomers and ration our health care in the new government-managed health care plans, because there aren’t enough Gen Xers to go around to support our social security or Medicare. We could have told them that, and we did. Phyllis did. We ran the numbers. It is not rocket science.

62Phyllis was mocked and ridiculed for writing about the dangerous impact of no-fault divorce. Women who divorce, instead of being protected from husbands’ frivolously divorcing them, now find themselves working with “no-fault” divorce laws that leave them liable for wrongs husbands had historically been responsible for – whether from bankruptcy or being required to work to provide for their children. Women are now forced to defend our country on the front lines, and in some instances the government has even called up both the mother and the father at the same time and required them to find someone else to watch their babies while they have served in Iraq. This is abominable. Phyllis warned us. And for this liberals continued to mock.  She even endured a pie thrown in her face, and as always, with a gracious response.

Our school curriculum has also re-written the history of the women’s movement. Feminist studies courses portray Phyllis Schlafly and we women who opposed this radical socialist agenda as Neanderthals with prehistoric minds. The propaganda in these texts portray Phyllis Schlafly as an evil woman in history that did more to hold women back than anyone else. Yet I revere her as a woman who has done more for women, children and traditional families than any other woman or man in my lifetime.

Just look at what feminism has done to the dynamic of social interactions between young men and women today.  Feminists have forced young men today to cower to young women who have taken control of the social mores and are even afraid to ask them out on bona fide dates. Instead they just “hang out.” They are mentally emasculated. Feminism is out of balance, as was the original intent. Religious leaders have spoken to their concerns, and much of the time, in vain.

45Those of us who were there in the 70’s worked very hard under Phyllis Schlafly’s brilliant leadership to defeat the goals of this extremist, feminist woman Bella Abzug. The LDS Church asked the LDS women particularly in Illinois – under Vivian Adams’ direction, daughter of LDS Church leader Bruce R. McConkie, to be involved and to oppose the entire socialist agenda Abzug was supporting.

To illustrate how liberals have distorted and re-written history, I was surprised to see Bella Abzug, this liberal, radical feminist Democrat we fought so hard, honored in a Utah Republican Women’s newsletter years later. A conservative Republican women’s group in Provo, Utah published this piece. I could not stay silent when seeing an article that honored Bella Abzug. That would be like honoring Nancy Pelosi or Dianne Feinstein today.

Feminists continue to lie to our young women today. I was there. I cannot stay silent without standing up for the truth. Phyllis taught me, and my experience over the past 30 years is that when a conservative woman shows up in a room of radical feminists, it neutralizes them. We are their worst nightmare. They have been silencing some good men for a long time, and that must stop. The feminists don’t want us around. They have thrown us off the bus.

Years later, on one of the occasions staying in Phyllis’ home, she shared a personal story about how her strong opposition to that International Womens Year event came about. She was on her knees praying for help. She knew she needed thousands of women and didn’t know how she would get them. She had invited a few women who were leaders in religious organizations and conservative groups in Illinois. One woman was from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Vivian Adams.

As she told the story, she went around the table asking how many women these leaders could round up and bring out to the IWY events. One could bring a handful, another about 20. Then came Vivian. She pledged several hundred for Illinois, but thousands nationally. Phyllis told me the Mormon Church and its women were an answer to her prayer. For that reason, Eagle Forum has always been friendly and inviting to LDS women as leaders in Eagle Forum, the only religious right policy group to have that warm relationship.

51In 2009, when I ran for U.S. Senate and then two years later Congress, Phyllis was there to endorse me. She gave me excellent advice. I listened to her every word and hoped beyond hope that I could be as effective as she had been. She too had run for public office twice, and lost. The Daily Herald reporter called me “Utah’s Glenn Beck.” Meanwhile, a local talk show host continued to mock me as “dumb as a rock” and “what has she ever done.” I could relate to how they had also treated Phyllis over the years.

The Phyllis I know is nothing short of remarkable. She is irreplaceable. She was witty, charming and hospitable. On one of the occasions when I stayed in her home, I spilled orange-red tomato soup all over her beautiful, white dining room table-cloth spread across her enormously long dining table. Without skipping a beat, she was up and fetching a glass bowl of cold water – her remedy that worked like magic. She shared her beloved breakfast Muesli she has eaten for years every morning. And she drove me back and forth to the airport, as busy as she was. I loved playing her piano as she worked in her office late at night. It was comforting to note that her office was a piled high with papers as mine. I suppose that’s the plight of all activists.

I contemplated what would happen when Phyllis was gone. And now, my lifelong hero and mentor Phyllis Schlafly has passed away. We all believed it would be providential for her to live forever, but reality has arrived. At 92, I can testify from my personal interaction with her during the Republican convention in July, she was astute and led with strength until the end. It took the day yesterday for me to get my wits together.

I have lost a beloved friend and we have all lost a great leader. Here is one of my favorite photos of her from a collection the family sent me a few years back when they asked me to produce a video to honor her on her birthday.

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Yesterday, I received a short personal email from Ed Martin, Eagle Forum’s executive director, just a couple of hours after, that my lifelong friend and hero Phyllis Schlafly passed away. I spent the rest of the day engulfed in tears.

I was so relieved that I felt impressed to visit her one last time at her mid-year meetings this past January, and I did. And then, a bonus: I was able to cover the Republican National Convention for the radio station KTALKmedia.com, and Missouri elected Phyllis a national delegate.  I would see her once again after all.

I will never forget the last moments I had with her. Try to visualize this picture:

We were on the convention floor the last night of the event in Cleveland. I was standing next to John Schlafly and the Missouri delegation for the evening, while roaming the floor getting interviews. Phyllis was in a wheel chair. She insisted on standing for certain applause, especially during Donald Trump’s acceptance speech. She stood on her own, but John and I helped her to her feet occasionally as she applauded vigorously.

Then the balloon drop. I’ve always wondered what dropping a quarter of a million balloons, large, medium and small would look like. (just kidding) And there they were. They just kept dropping. And Phyllis, sitting in her wheelchair, soon became engulfed in wheelchair-high balloons and confetti.
It was so humorous, I just had to take a picture:

Phyllis and balloons

Then came the complex task of maneuvering her wheel chair through the masses of people exiting the convention hall. The only way we could navigate was for John to push the chair, and I stood in front to break the waves of the crowd, with repeated announcements of “Wheelchair coming through!”

Shortly after we embarked on this somewhat painful and treacherous journey (the wheel chair foot rests kept attacking the backs of my legs), I felt Phyllis’ hand reach for mine and we held on for dear life as we made our way through. When people saw who was in the wheel chair, they were so respectful. “Oh! It’s Phyllis.” “Thank you, Phyllis for all you have done!” “We love you Phyllis.”

She never stopped smiling. Even then. It was surreal. I knew it would probably be the last time I saw her, and what a beautiful memory – her hand in mine as we made our way through the crowd together – for the last time.

One of my best memories is that she taught all of us a very important strategic tactic when on camera: You can say just about anything with a smile and get away with it. I’ve tried to remember that but never quite perfected it as she had. I’m told she was born with that smile.

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We all knew this would be her last time at a national Republican convention. She has been a delegate many times over the years. She has always had a strong impact on the platform and meets with the delegates her organization elects in advance to make sure it stays strongly anti-feminist, which means pro-family, pro-life, pro-marriage, and pro-stay at home mothering.

105She had taken a strong and controversial stance with her endorsement of Donald Trump, but before she did, she made him pledge that he would support the platform. He did do that. She proclaimed it the strongest Republican platform in her life time. And once again, she had the ear of a president-to-be, as she did with another imperfect candidate – Ronald Reagan.

Trump came through that convention supporting the pro-Life and family planks, as well as a new addition – repealing the Johnson Amendment, which would restore the First Amendment as it applies to religious liberty and speech for 501 c 3’s

Her early endorsement of this controversial candidate sent shock waves through the conservative community, and some of her own revolted. But as usual, other conservative leaders followed and endorsed him, especially after his invitational to evangelical religious leaders, with whom he met a couple of weeks before the convention.

I’ve been told by those that attended, and by Candy Carson, Ben’s wife, who talked to me at the convention, that he’s a good listener, and he took Phyllis’ advice and is taking the Carson’s and others as well. He had better follow through, because I’m warning him, Phyllis will dog him from the grave.

102She was never shy about influencing world leaders, even her own beloved Pope.

As Breitbart announced a few months ago, this was truly “Phyllis’ Last Stand,” but we didn’t realize it would be this soon. I think everyone was hoping she would live to see her endorsed candidate elected.

Ed Martin told me by phone yesterday that she just slipped away at an accelerated pace over the past couple of weeks, and the family was all there when she passed today.

She has left a strong mark in political history. She WAS the First Lady of the Conservative Movement.  Her predictions of the damaging effects of feminism on marriage, divorce, the family and the economy have proven correct.

120I hope our children and grandchildren will learn more about who she was and what she believed. As her son Andy recently wrote:

Many, many times fellow conservatives have declared my mother to be wrong on a particular issue, while praising her generally.  And every single time that I can think of, my mother ended up being right.  Call it intuition, Providence, luck, or whatever, my mother has a certain knack for politics that has virtually never been wrong.  I learned that the hard way until I accepted it.

I also hope that my deceased mom and dad have been able to meet up with her in heaven and that they were among those there to greet her. She reminded me a lot of my mom – her courage, her refinement, and her warm and welcoming hospitality.

God bless Phyllis. God bless her family. God bless the America she fought for and loved.

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PS – I will be adding some photos later. I’m off to the radio station where Ed Martin and I will be paying a tribute to her. I hope you’ll join us online or on the dial – www.TalkMedia.com or download the app K talk radio, or at AM 630 Salt Lake City, 10 AM Mountain time.

Summary of CMV – SB54

On Saturday, September 27, 2016, the Utah State Central Committee is meeting.  A discussion regarding the ongoing legal challenge to defend a constitutional-representative form of elections versus the legislature’s unconstitutional interference with the First Amendment rights of a private corporation to assemble, establish its rules and set membership qualifications  is scheduled.  This summary is intended especially for its new members and those that have not been involved in the research and deliberations among Party leadership since 2013.

Original legal brief from DC Lobbyists Caplin and Drysdale, a DC firm that represented the Democratic National Committee and established Stephen Colbert’s SuperPAC for the purpose of mocking Republican candidates including Mitt Romney.   Caplin & Drysdale is part of a national movement called “Count My Vote” to eliminate caucuses in all 50 states and to move this nation further away from the framer’s original intent to keep the power separated and guarded against consolidation.

This document outlining the supposed unconstitutionality of a caucus was emailed to members of the SCC the afternoon before its quarterly meeting and only a handful of members had been able to review it before the meeting.  I was among them and I stood and spoke specifically to my findings.

I did some research on the authors of this document and learned their roles in the lobbyist firm found in this document.

This brief also clearly outlines what the legislature then put into a bill, SB 54 and, with the governor’s signature, was adopted into law.

It is a conflict of interest to give the decision-making power to the very people that will benefit from weakening and eventually destroying the caucus, the incumbent, the candidate with the name ID and access to lobbyist money.

I then researched the CMV donor records and took a screen shot of initial donors.  They represent Utah’s best and brightest and most successful (and respectable) “Establishment.” Typically they are doing a favor for a friend (e.g.  “I’ll give to your cause if you’ll give to mine.”) without really understanding what’s at stake.

One donor includes the husband of the newly elected national committeewoman.  Her brother was also elected.  Throughout his tenure, he presented the case urging the SCC to be conciliatory and to react to the demands of CMV.  The Party voted to support a lawsuit, and now we have elected by acclamation two people that have actively opposed this position.

Layne Beck, an SCC member from Cache County, secured an attorney, Christ Troupis (yes, that’s the correct spelling, pronounced Chris with a t.) and my PAC, American Leadership Fund, paid for his travel expenses to deliver a speech to the SCC about the constitutional case for keeping the caucus. He received a standing ovation to a cheering crowd.

A core group of SCC members, of which I have been a part, vigilantly researched and led the movement to stand for the constitutional principles that are being eroded on every front, every policy and every issue.  Fred Cox researched the statistics surrounding the threshold levels and discovered that the 60% threshold was the balance that sent equal candidates to a Primary and a nomination at the convention.

When Enid Mickelson made a push for a higher threshold, I created this flyer to make the point of “fairness.”

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After we won, the SB 54 challenge began and the law passed.  Funds were raised for its defense.  Many long and hard hours were devoted to the preservation of the constitutional caucus and hard-earned funds from each of the counties.  One of our recently deceased party workers, Rick Votaw, was extremely generous personally.

We served on committees to improve the caucus and we continued to combat the very media outlets that benefit from a Primary and the large media buys necessary to win those elections.

The legislative sponsors insisted that SB 54 was a “compromise” but we knew, and it can be verified by reviewing the original Caplin-Drysdale document, that SB 54 and CMV delivered the same outcome.  I produced this flyer that was distributed in several counties and to the delegate email list.  This flyer includes some of the subject headings of blog posts I researched and distributed to SCC members and delegates over the course of this long process:

SB54=CMV

 

The State Central Committee now faces some important decisions.

  1. Does the Utah Republican Party continue to preserve the constitutional process or does it relinquish its right to determine its membership as a private corporation?  Will Utah go the way of other states, such as Virginia, that have weakened the caucus to the degree that the political parties are mere “endorsement” bodies and lack any real strength?  As such, those states have lost the edge and the majorities have moved to the Democrats.
  2. Does the party demand that legal counsel’s E&O insurance cover the legal expenses that the party would have been awarded had the deadlines been met as restitution for what the judge determined was worth denying the legal fees?
  3. Where do each of the SCC members and the national committee man and woman and executive committee members stand on preserving the caucus?  We need to know.  It is appropriate that we ask some serious questions:  What happened with the national committeeman and woman elections?  I understand that the previous committee people told the state party chairman that they were running again.  Then within minutes of the filing deadline, he received a phone call from them saying they would not be running again, and then within minutes of that call, he received a call that two others had filed.  I supported both of these people when they ran for office.  But we need to know why this happened.  We also need to know whether they support CMV.  They are brother and sister and the record shows that the sister’s husband gave $25,000 in opposition to the Party.
  4. Finally, in this contentious election season, it is critically important for those who serve in elected Republican positions from Chairman, Executive Committee and State Central Committee, to publicly state whether they support the Republican nominee for President.  We need all hands on deck to prevent the alternative from being elected.

If you have any questions, I will be at the meeting Saturday, August 27, 2016 and will be happy to answer your questions.

Blessings,

Cherilyn Bacon Eagar

PS – In principle, this contentious election season and the warring factions of a two party system are the result of elected officials and citizens that held self-interest and special interest above the Constitution.  They abandoned the original document.  They went against George Washington’s warning and plea NOT to create two parties (as England had) and after the Adams administration, they began the process of creating a two party system.  To quote a Republican candidate:  “It IS rigged.”  It is rigged against the people in that the 17th, 16th and 12th Amendments have created a democracy in the election process rather than maintained the republic.

Where are all those candidates that professed to be “constitutionalists?”  Why are they not standing for the checks and balances and separation of powers both vertically and horizontally that the framers created?

I was elected Presidential Elector, one of six for Utah.  It is a farce.  The original electoral college was destroyed in the Aaron Burr-Thomas Jefferson election.  If the original electoral college were functioning today, we would not be sitting in this body spending money and grooming candidates in how to pay-to-play in this system.  We would not have candidates that can’t even pay their mortgages or sell their homes for what they paid for them that serve as Senators and then leave office as multi-millionaires.

Instead, if the original electoral college were in place today, there would be NO parties.  The people would not elect a president.

The states would elect Presidential Electors equal to the number of the state’s congressional delegation (Utah would have six).  There would be 535 electors that would gather to NOMINATE people that are principled and qualified to lead.  Each state’s delegation would vote for TWO names to send to the US Senate for tallying.

The US Senate would then send the TOP FIVE candidates to the U.S. House.  Each state would cast its vote by delegation and would get 1 vote.  The top vote-getter would be elected President and the second place candidate would be Vice President.

The US Senate would not be elected by popular vote.  It would be elected by the representatives the people in the state had elected – the state legislature.

The only body that would be elected by the people was the U.S. House of Representatives, the “people’s house.”

Among the most egregious perversions along with the 17th Amendment during the Democratic Wilson administration was the decision to give government the power and authority to steal personal property, rather than to ask other foreign interests to provide revenue.  With the 16th Amendment, the people gave Congress a blank check to dig its own grave in debt and bloated spending.  The solution is NOT to further amend and pervert the Constitution.  It is to seriously examine that original document and to find the wisdom already in it and to RESTORE it.

The founders feared and deplored democracy.  They recognized from history that it always had a contentious and volatile ending.  Do we not see that this is the path we are pursuing?

The only level of deliberation among citizens in which a democracy worked was at the very closest level to the people.  Democracy worked only among small numbers of people.  THAT was the neighborhood caucus.  That system itself has been perverted because those that elevated their own interests above Liberty, the Constitution and the Republic sought to overthrow it as soon as it was ratified.

Is a nation too big to fail?  I think it is just the opposite.  Its bigness, its consolidation of power, is its failure.

Did you know that the population of Utah now exceeds the population of all 13 states at the time the union was formed?  Utah now has over 3 million people residing within its state borders.  And Utah is one of the smaller states in the union.

In 1789 the population of the 13 states was estimated to be around 2.5 million.  The founders and framers believed THAT was too big for democracy.  What have we done?  Here we are fighting with each other and with other friends and neighbors in a two-party system that now has a populace so angry and frustrated, that if we aren’t careful, mass persuasion may assume mob rule and yield to anarchy for resolution.

If the members of this party, of any party – especially the Constitution Party – want to save this Republic, they need only look at the original document and its brilliant bicameral form of government and system of elections that separated out the special and self-interest to prevent consolidation of power, as the solution.  All else is a distraction.

Our goal over the next four years should be to educate the public on these principles and to dissolve the parties and to plug up the gaping holes in this broken and sinking ship before it’s too late.