By Nancy Thorner –  

President Donald Trump’s Joint Session of Congress address Tuesday night was a knockout, and not just for his base which loved Trump even before his well-received speech. President Trump pulled no punches. Instead of offering shallow platitudes of little substance to the American people, he outlined what he had done so far to fulfill the promise he made while campaigning.

President Donald Trump might have been one of the least popular president at his inauguration, but even CNN’s own poll could not hide the numbers after his address.  According to a CNN/ORC poll of viewers, the president received an overwhelmingly positive reaction on Tuesday, February 28 when addressing a joint session of Congress:  78% of viewers reacted positively; 69% say Trump’s policies will move country in right direction; and 69% are more optimistic.

No fan of Trump, Ben Stein had this to say about Trump’s address, writing on March1, 2017: 

“Let’s not kid ourselves. That was a super speech. Not flowery, except that in parts it was eloquent without being flowery. Not poetry, except that it was poetry. It was a blast from the heart of the heart of America. It was as if Mr. Trump did not even have to use words. His sincerity and power in touching what Americans want to hear was beyond prose…

“I have been a speechwriter since I was 18. First for Senator Joe Tydings (D-Md.) and then for Mr. Nixon and Mr. Ford and for decades for myself. I listen to all speeches carefully and with an ear to their music. Sometimes, as with Jimmy Carter, there was a dull thud. Recently, there was the wild self-mockery of Mr. Obama talking to whites like a Cambridge, Mass. Don, and a few hours later to black people in Philadelphia as if he were raised with hands bleeding from picking cotton in the Mississippi Delta.

“Tonight’s was an early Mozart symphony —far better than we could have expected, hitting every right note, and with the promise of still greater to come. This man is a fast learner. And as my pal, John Coyne, an ace speechwriter himself, said to me recently, “His heart is in the right place.” He’s off and running.”

CNN’s Van Jones, a frequent Trump critic, after the president’s speech to the nation night became emotional and was clearly impressed by Trump’s tribute to Navy SEAL Ryan Owens, who died in a raid in Yemen.  Van Jones called Ryan “one of the most extraordinary moments you have ever seen in American politics, period” and that it was the moment Trump “became president of the United States.”

When Trump has seemingly reached an all-time high with the American people, I am concerned that a terrible border adjustment tax, for which  Steve Bannon has joined forces with Paul Ryan to push for, could amount to a potential betrayal on the part of Trump if enacted.

I agree with Trump’s past statements that the border tax is too complicated.  If we must raise taxes on imports, it must be selective tariffs against the worst abusers of “free trade” to get better trade deals.

Like a Value Added Tax, a Border Adjustment Tax will just be a sneaky new way to fund more big government or crony capitalist tax cuts.  Sorry, Mitch McConnell, you’ll just have to get used to spending less of the people’s money.

President Trump’s budget is being kind in cutting the bloated and ineffective State Department by only 37%. There is plenty of wholesale waste to fund tax cuts and a small rise in defense spending (5% after inflation) after the Obama wasteland for our military.

President Trump seems to have the wind at his back.  For Republicans, it was the speech they had been waiting for. 

What could stop Trump besides a catastrophe?   

  • If Trump should be persuaded to backtrack on some of his promises made to his Republican base, such as granting a path to citizenship for the millions of illegal immigrants and failing to repeal and replace Obamacare.
  • If Trump allows those who are undermining his administration to continue to do so in ways that quality for treason.  It has been reported that Obama plans to pull off as Honduran style coup d’état on an unsuspecting America.  The Obama’s D.C. home has been made over as a well-equipped nerve center for their undercover plan to mastermind the insurgency against President Trump.  Ms. Jarrett has already stowed her bags there and has moved into the roomy, 8,200-square foot, $5.3-million Kaloroma mansion to work closely on the coming coup d’état.
  • If Trump doesn’t quickly identify and get rid of the leakers and the department holdovers from the Obama administration to replace with his own people, leaks will continue and Trump’s policies will be thwarted.

Hopefully, even now Trump is planning his final trap to round those up whose actions no longer represent Freedom of Speech, but have advanced to treason.  This includes George Soros who is attempting to undermine a democratically elected government through his billions to left wing organization through which, among other things, rioters are being paid to disrupt gatherings in which violence is viewed as the only viable way to respond.

If you have a Republican Congressman, please write and tell them no new taxes, period.  Cut spending instead!  It can be done, especially since Trump did not have the support of the crony capitalists and bureaucrats who wanted to keep the status quo so nothing would change.

Also, don’t be fooled by the dissent that is being manufactured to sabotage the Trump administration by the unhinged and the elites following the election of President Trump.  Why?  Because their dream of a One World Government has been derailed and is now being replaced by Trump’s Make America Great Again.

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By Nancy Thorner – 

Burt Prelutsky describes The Story Of My Life not as a memoir, but as “the saga of one man’s 50-year, often hilarious, journey through a life filled with assorted notables and nut cases, celebrated friends and, yes, even a few famous fiends” that might be of some interest to others. That’s especially true given the many occasions when Burt’s life intersected with the lives of many well-known Hollywood personalities such as Groucho Marx, Oscar Levant, George C. Scott, Jack Webb, Tiny Tim, Ginger Rogers, Bob Hope, Carol Burnett, Jimmy Stewart, and Dick Van Dyke. 

Within the book’s 180 pages with its short, easy-to-read chapters, you will be introduced to many film stars, producers, screen writers, composers, and other famous individuals with ties to Hollywood whose names might only be known to you in passing, or not at all, unless you are a committed movie aficionado. 

But to those of you who have not been dedicated movie goers over many years, that shouldn’t in any way diminish your curiosity or interest in reading Prelutsky’s book. For humor runs throughout all that Mr. Prelutsky writes, adding zest to his fun-filled interview accounts of Hollywood celebrities in which information is revealed that is sure to be tantalizing to readers.

Because of the many interviews conducted by Burt, one would have had to be a cave dweller for years not to recognize and be interested in the off-the-cuff remarks and Burt’s personal observations of Hollywood’s elite. Who hasn’t heard of Dick Van Dyke, Bob Hope, Gene Kelly, Stan Laurel, Burt Reynolds, Ginger Rogers, Mae West, and W. C. Fields?

In Every Life Some Rain Must Fall

Some might be prompted to conclude that Burt must have lived an extraordinary life because of his interactions with so many celebrities that others could only dream of meeting, but would they really wish to change places with Burt, if this were even possible? Burt’s life in Hollywood wasn’t always a bowl of cherries, especially when he turned 50 and discovered that the Hollywood blacklist of the 1950s had been reincarnated as the gray list of the 1990s.

As The Story of My Life makes clear, Burt, despite his obvious talent, has experienced his share of hard times.  One thing he has fortunately avoided is writer’s block, the bugaboo that has afflicted so many others.  Although he concentrates on those occasions when his life intersected the lives of celebrities, he does briefly touch upon his early life, which is essential to understanding what motivated Burt to pursue a writing career in the first place.

Making a Case for Purchasing The Story of My Life

Why should you purchase Burt Prelutsky’s book?  Aside from the humor and insights that permeate the pages of this very delightful book, he is that rarest of birds — an individual who spent decades in Hollywood, and yet managed to survive, his political conservatism intact.

Unlike the usual book of Hollywood nostalgia, Prelutsky didn’t simply interview his subjects.  In many cases, he worked alongside them, befriended them and even dated them.

I don’t want to give too much away, but did you know: 

  • Art Linkletter had been an orphan baby in a small town in Canada when adopted by a minister and his wife from San Diego.
  • George Burns was written off initially by Burt after having to sit through one of his patter songs at a Groucho Marx dinner party.
  • Acclaimed dancers Gene Kelly and Ginger Rodgers wound up crippled in later life, because those beautiful shiny floors they danced on were made of cement.
  • Comedian Jackie Gleason had a very nasty side to him.  Booze was the potion that could turn him from Dr. Jekyll to Mr. Hyde in a matter of minutes.
  • Jimmy Steward really was the person we all came to regard as the idealized version of ourselves.
  •  Jack Webb, The-Just-The-Facts-Guy, provided the break for Burt to write for TV, leading to a career that included writing episodes of McMillan & Wife, MASH, Mary Tyler Moore, Rhoda, Bob Newhart, Family Ties, Dr. Quinn and Diagnosis Murder, as well as a number of award-winning TV movies. 

Ordering your copy of Prelutsky’s The Story of My Life

But there is more to learn about the celebrities listed above, as well as insight into the scores of lives that have touched Prelutsky’s and made his life the hilarious rollercoaster ride you’ll encounter in The Story of My Life, which can be ordered at this website.  

While ordering Prelutsky’s book at Amazon, why not check out seven other outstanding books published by Mr. Prelutsky? All in all, a rather amazing output for someone who didn’t get around to writing his first book until he was 66-years-old!

Before I forget, in Sixty Seven Conservatives You Should Meet Before You Die, published in 2012, among those interviewed by Burt were Kellyanne Conway and Tucker Carlson.

Subscribing to Weekly Doses of Burt’s Humorous Political Commentary

Burt Prelutsky started writing humorous political commentary in 2001. For years, Burt’s commentaries were carried by Breitbart, WorldnetDaily, the Patriot Post and Bernard Goldberg.com and on his own website.  But, as he came to realize, even maintaining a website costs money.  So, as of Sept., 2015, he began a subscription service.

Presently, Burt writes 3-4 commentaries every week that are generously leavened with humor.  As he says, “If you take politics too seriously, you’ll soon go mad.”  Anyone who might be interested in reading the man Bernard Goldberg refers to as the modern Mark Twain can contact him at Burtprelutsky@aol.com for guidelines to subscribing.

To whet your appetite, consider these two samples:

By Nancy Thorner – 

There are enemies, foreign and domestic, to our United States Constitution.  Some want to make our Constitution more globalist-friendly, some want to dilute the Second Amendment, and some want to eliminate the Electoral College.  Some simply want to become important by rewriting our Constitution.  

Liberal Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg announced on February 6th that she would like to change the Electoral College requirement in the Constitution. Without that, no non-incumbent Republican candidate would have won the presidency in the last quarter century. Without the Electoral College, money alone would dictate the outcome in presidential elections.

Suspect Funding in Pushing “Convention of States”

Why have billionaires been pouring millions into pushing a project deceptively named the “Convention of States,” which seeks an Article V convention that could rewrite our entire U.S. Constitution?  These hidden donors may be connected with George Soros or with the Koch brothers, who are not socially conservative.  Regardless of who the financial backers are, they secretly think they will rewrite our Constitution and they are spending millions to do so.

Big funders of the “Convention of States” must certainly be cognizant that Article V of our Constitution provides two methods of amending our Constitution. Congress either 1) Proposes amendments or 2) calls a convention to propose amendments if 34 States apply for it.  

The first method was used for our existing 27 amendments: Congress proposed them and sent them to the States for ratification or rejection. 

Under the second method, Congress calls a convention. We have never had a convention under Article V, for such conventions are extremely dangerous.

Might there be a reason why George Soros is pushing for a “Convention of States”?  Could it be because George Soros, and Marxist law professors all over the country, want a Marxist Constitution in place by the year 2020.

Attempt to call for Article V rejected in Cleveland by Rep. National Platform

Last July in Cleveland, the Republican national platform committee resoundingly rejected an attempt to include a call for an Article V convention into the platform.  Justice Antonin Scalia, in his final year before he passed away, explained at a public event in May 2015 that it was a “horrible idea” to hold an Article V convention to change the Constitution. Other conservative leaders throughout history, from Phyllis Schlafly to James Madison, have emphatically rejected this bad idea.

Yet Article V proposals are presently being considered in state legislatures, even Republican ones, where bill are being advanced seeking to launch a new constitutional convention that would undoubtedly be dominated by the liberal media, by Democrats, and by Republicans who have earned the title of RINOs (Republicans in Name Only).  Most likely the big money behind the Article V project is with pro-immigration advocates and those who reject American-sovereignty, which could end border security.  The first thing liberals would do in an Article V Convention is attempt to repeal the Second Amendment and further insert a right to taxpayer-funded abortion into the Constitution.

Fortunately, only eight states have enacted the Convention of States out of the 34 required to force a constitutional convention, some using different language different from others.  They are:  Alaska HJR 22, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Indiana SJR 14, Louisiana HCR 52, Oklahoma, and Tennessee SJR 67.  Each of these eight states should rescind its call.   A recent example is the rescission by Delaware of all of its prior resolutions for a Con Con.  Some efforts at rescission 2017 occurred in New Hampshire and New Mexico.
Seventeen states are being targeted in 2017 by promoters of a constitutional convention (also known as “Con Con” or “Convention of States”).  They are: Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas (Constitution requires a 2/3’s super–majority vote), Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, North Dakota, Ohio, South Carolina, South Dakota,Texas, Utah, Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. 

As of Feb. 17, 2017, there have been five wins and no losses.  Victories have been in Arkansas (Defeated by a 13-17 vote on Senate floor on 1/30/17); South Dakota (Despite COS having three paid lobbyists in 2016, S.D. voted against a COS in a  28-40 House Vote on 2/13/17); Virginia (Convention of States lobbied its Legislature on January 16 — called “Lee and Jackson Day” in Virginia — but the measure lost.); in Wyoming (COS Failed 18-42 on 1/30/17); and in Montana, with its victory on Feb. 17, 2017.

What is the Truth and who has the power to do what?

Our Constitution is not the problem!  An Article V convention to change our Constitution cannot be limited as part of an application for one, such as inserting a Balanced Budget Amendment. The text of the Constitution expressly states that only Congress may “call” a constitutional convention.  It would not be a “convention of states”, but instead it would be convened  (called) under the direction of power-brokers in Washington, D.C.
It is prudent to remember that the original Constitutional Convention had three essential conditions that do not exist today: 1) secrecy from the media, 2) participants who fought in the American Revolution against tyranny, and 3) George Washington presiding.  Today, instead of men of the caliber of Benjamin Franklin, we would have liberals like Barney Frank rewriting our Constitution.

Also of great concern, is that big liberal states like California and New York would have greater power at an Article V convention than most conservative states would.  Why?  Because the Supreme Court has required the “one man, one vote” rule since 1964; therefore, in calling a convention, the House of Representatives would also require voting based on population.

What are some of the myths that convention proponents are telling State Legislators?  
  • States can bypass Congress in the amendment process.
  • Congress will play only a ministerial role in setting the time and place of the convention.
  • State make the rules for a convention, by custom, when there is no custom.
  • State voting power will be “one state, one vote.”
  • A “Convention of States” is an “Amendments” convention, not a “constitutional convention”, so the Constitution is not at risk.
  • An Article V convention can be “limited” to a topic or set of topics.
  • State Legislatures can control their delegates.
  • The ratification process ensures no bad amendments will be passed.
Why a Convention of the States and a Balanced Budget Amendment is No Solution

Adding amendments to the Constitution, which is not being enforced is no solution, as no new amendments of a conservative nature would be enforced either. Should a Balanced Budget Amendment pass the convention and be ratified by the states, it will do nothing but give the big-spenders cover to raise taxes to conform to the BBA in the constitution.

The convention would neither be a ‘We the People’ convention, but instead a convention of state appointed legislators messing with our original constitution.

Instead, the focus should be on supporting Trump in his efforts to drain the swamp in Washington, D.C., which should dispel the notion that it’s necessary to tinker with our Constitution.  What could Mark Levin be thinking with his push for a Con Con?

To be rejected are the tactics of the Left that are being employed to try to pass a “Convention of States” by using secret donors and hidden agendas.  We should not allow the “bait-and-switch” tactics to prevail by pretending that an Article V Convention would result in changes in our Constitution that are pleasing. It might result in a Constitution more to the liking of those who are pushing for a Con Con, but not for those Americans who would have to live under it!  
Other Con Con articles by Nancy Thorner:



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By Nancy Thorner –

An Editorial in “New York Sun” on February 8, 2017, had this to say about the Gorsuch gaffe:

Talk about disheartening. That’s the word President Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court, Judge Neil Gorsuch, is using to describe President Trump’s remarks in respect of the riders of the 9th United States Circuit Court of Appeals. The president is upset at their politicking over his order to tighten up on immigration. Is the president’s pique so disheartening? Not to us. What’s so disheartening is to see such a promising nominee to the high court lose his bearings in a storm. (Bold type added)

The commentary goes on to muse that Judge Gorsuch’s complaint to President Trump to Senator Richard Blumenthal, whose authenticity was documented by other senators, “was a gaffe that will be seen as a failure to keep himself disentangled from political questions.”

As expressed in the “The New York Sun” commentary:

What in the world was Judge Gorsuch thinking? President Trump, in remarks to police chiefs, expressed his exasperation with the 9th Circuit’s pettifogging. The president was right and Trumansesque in the bluntness with which he made clear his views of the judges’ shenanigans. Judge Gorsuch then fetched up in the office of the senior Democratic senator from the People’s Republic of Connecticut, and starts wringing his hands about the behavior of the president who nominated him.

Might it be wise to be very skeptical about Judge Gorsuch’s conservatism, considering that graduates from elitist schools all seem to be very agreeable and “nice” to the Left?  Might Judge Gorsuch be like another Roberts if confirmed?, even though Rush Limbaugh, Mark Levin, Sean Hannity and other conservative Republican radio talk show hosts continue to unconditionally support Judge Gorsuch and summarily dismiss his remarks. Could it be that national syndicated radio hosts like Limbaugh, Levin, and Hannity are often pro-Establishment in their own way?  All three hosts named are supportive of convening a “Convention of States” (ConCon), which could result in a runaway Convention by those who wish to alter our Constitution

Expressed by Lou Dobbs for Gorsuch to withdraw nomination

Consider what Lou Dobbs, a well-respected host of a weekday TV business show on Fox News Business, had to say on Thursday, January 9, 2017.  Having here before been very complimentary about candidate Judge Gorsuch, Dobbs called for Gorsuch to withdraw his nomination.  In Dobb’s own words:  “Not only did Gorsuch break an ethics rule when he spoke about a political matter, but he spoke so loosely in front of his mortal, ideological enemy, that is, one senator, Richard Blumenthal.

Dobbs indicated that candidate Judge Gorsuch had shown a lack of honor, and if Gorsuch has honor he should withdraw his name out of just the pure disrespect he has shown to our President and also his lack of grace.  Dobbs concluded by saying it wasn’t smart for Gorsuch to comment as he did, as one having degrees from Harvard and Oxford.

Pat Buchanan links Gorsuch’s remarks to how Gorsuch perceives Judicial Supremacy 

Pat Buchanan’s commentary published on January 8, 2017, Trump must break judicial power, strongly advocates that “a clipping of the court’s wings is long overdue.”  Patrick J. Buchanan was a founder and editor of The American Conservative.  Buchanan served three presidents in the White House, was a founding panelist of three national TV shows, and is the author of 10 books. His latest book is “The Greatest Comeback: How Richard Nixon Rose From Defeat to Create the New Majority.”

As Pat Buchanan sets forth in his commentary:

“Disheartening and demoralizing,” wailed Judge Neil Gorsuch of President Trump’s comments about the judges seeking to overturn his 90-day ban on travel to the U.S. from the Greater Middle East war zones.

What a wimp. Did our future justice break down crying like Sen. Chuck Schumer? Sorry, this is not Antonin Scalia. And just what horrible thing had our president said? A “so-called judge” blocked the travel ban, said Trump. And the arguments in court, where 9th Circuit appellate judges were hearing the government’s appeal, were “disgraceful.” “A bad student in high school would have understood the arguments better.”

Did the president disparage a couple of judges? Yep.  Yet compare his remarks to the tweeted screeds of

Elizabeth Warren after her Senate colleague, Jeff Sessions, was confirmed as attorney general.

Sessions, said Warren, represents “radical hatred.” And if he makes “the tiniest attempt to bring his racism, sexism & bigotry” into the Department of Justice, “all of us” will pile on.

Now this is hate speech. And it validates Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s decision to use Senate rules to shut her down.

The Judge Gorsuch issue at hand is not as much about his loyalty to President Trump, as it is about his comment that demonstrates his support of judicial supremacy.

A pro-life nominee never would have embarrassed Trump as Gorsuch has done.  Pro-lifers recognize that the federal judiciary overreaches in its authority, as it did inRoe v. Wade with terrible consequences.  Pro-life judges understand that the federal judiciary is supposed to be the “least dangerous” branch, subject to checks-and-balances and criticism by the other branches.

Florida Supreme Court Justice Charles Canady would not have caused this fiasco.  Neither would have the other pro-life candidates, who are better qualified than Gorsuch anyway.  Gorsuch has never served in a legislature, federal or state, and his entire career is devoted to believing in judicial supremacy and stare decisis, including Roe v. Wade.  No thanks.

The Federalist Society makes millions of dollars by promoting and defending the federal judiciary.  The Federalist Society blocks pro-life judges from being nominated, and instead pushes judges like David Souter and Gorsuch who hide their pro-choice views.

George W. Bush properly withdrew his nomination of Harriet Miers.  It seems like Trump was talked into nominating a judge who is not pro-life.  It is a complete fiasco now.  Donald Trump should do as President George W. Bush did and withdraw his nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch and move on.  Otherwise the future gets only worse from here.

Other articles written by Nancy Thorner about Judge Neil Gorsuch:

Friday, January 6, 2017

posted: 2/3/2017 1:00 AM

Was 2016 really the hottest year on record?

A Jan. 16 front-page Daily Herald story reported that NASA and NOAA declared jointly that 2016 was the hottest year on record.
In actuality, climate change propagandists talk about the “hottest year” to distract us from the fact that their computer models are wrong by projecting a much warmer planet than real-world observations. The world simply failed to warm as they expected. Additionally, computer data is regularly adjusted by scientists playing fast and loose to assist in spinning the tale that Al Gore advanced in his documentary, “An Inconvenient Truth.”
Absent confirmation of the predictions made by Al Gore and other global warming propagandists, another narrative is called for. These facts are stubborn things to refute:
• Satellite measurements show the Earth has not experienced any significant warming since 1998
• Computer models project warming that has not occurred
• 1998 and 2015-2016 were times of naturally occurring El Niños
• If 2016 was “the warmest” year, it was so by insignificant hundredths of a degree
• The margin of error is actually a far larger one-tenth of a degree
• Temperature data adjustments by NASA and NOAA are highly suspect and not supported by satellites
• Ice, by the way, expanded in the South at the same time it retracted in the North, neither a “warming” event.
MIT climate scientist, Dr. Richard Lindzen, said of the “hottest year” claims: “The whole point is so crazy because the temperature is always going up or down a little. What is astonishing is that in the last 20 years it hasn’t done much of anything.”
Nancy J. Thorner
Lake Bluff
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posted: 2/3/2017 1:00 AM

Was 2016 really the hottest year on record?

A Jan. 16 front-page Daily Herald story reported that NASA and NOAA declared jointly that 2016 was the hottest year on record.
In actuality, climate change propagandists talk about the “hottest year” to distract us from the fact that their computer models are wrong by projecting a much warmer planet than real-world observations. The world simply failed to warm as they expected. Additionally, computer data is regularly adjusted by scientists playing fast and loose to assist in spinning the tale that Al Gore advanced in his documentary, “An Inconvenient Truth.”
Absent confirmation of the predictions made by Al Gore and other global warming propagandists, another narrative is called for. These facts are stubborn things to refute:
• Satellite measurements show the Earth has not experienced any significant warming since 1998
• Computer models project warming that has not occurred
• 1998 and 2015-2016 were times of naturally occurring El Niños
• If 2016 was “the warmest” year, it was so by insignificant hundredths of a degree
• The margin of error is actually a far larger one-tenth of a degree
• Temperature data adjustments by NASA and NOAA are highly suspect and not supported by satellites
• Ice, by the way, expanded in the South at the same time it retracted in the North, neither a “warming” event.
MIT climate scientist, Dr. Richard Lindzen, said of the “hottest year” claims: “The whole point is so crazy because the temperature is always going up or down a little. What is astonishing is that in the last 20 years it hasn’t done much of anything.”
Nancy J. Thorner
Lake Bluff
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By Nancy Thorner –  

The late conservative icon Phyllis Schlafly left a great legacy and much work to be done. That work was the topic of discussion at this year’s Gathering of Eagles as the attendees planned for the upcoming year.

Representatives of many of organizations Phyllis founded, including her many Eagle Forum chapters, RNC for Life and America’s Future met together at Gathering of Eagles in St. Louis, MO January 26 – 28. The conference was held one block away from the Phyllis Schlafly Center in Clayton, MO, which was dedicated on Friday, January 27. 

The weekend included panel discussions on “Pro-Life Matters”; “How to Reach the Next Generation”; “Education and Abstinence”; “What DC can do for you?”; a visit to Phyllis’ home where she wrote, read, and went about her daily life; and a dedication of the Phyllis Schlafly Center with Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft. Phyllis’ life was celebrated with expressions of love which included fond remembrances by many who had been inspired and mentored by her.

What you should know about Phyllis Schlafly

Phyllis Schlafly was a national leader of the conservative movement since the publication of her best-selling 1964 book, A Choice Not An Echo, until her death on September 9, 20l7.  Phyllis was likewise a leader of the pro-family movement since 1972 through her founding of Eagle Forum, which was successful in its fight to stop radical feminists’ ultimate goal, the Equal Rights Amendment.

Phyllis Schlafly founded Eagle Forum in 1972 and named it after reading the Biblical passage Isaiah 40:31:  “But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be  faint.”

At a Trump rally in St. Louis, MO on March 11, 2016 Phyllis Schlafly, in keeping with her 1964 book,  A Choice Not An Echo, accordingly endorsed candidate Donald Trump.  Phyllis wrote a final book before her death six months later in collaboration with Ed Martin and Brett M. Decker, The Conservative Case for Trump.

As fate would have it, Phyllis Schlafly passed away on September 5, 2016, the day before the release of her book.  Candidate Trump attended her funeral mass at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis on Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016.

Celebrating Life! Dinner: Janet Porter Promotes Heartbeat Bill

One of several noteworthy events at this year’s Gathering of Eagles was the Celebrating Life! Dinner which featured Janet Porter.  Janet (Folger) Porter is the President and Founder of Faith2Action, the nation’s largest network of pro-family groups. Its mission is to win the cultural war for life, liberty, and the family.  She also hosts a 60-second daily radio commentary which airs in 200 markets, including the American Family Radio and the Bott radio network, contributes to WorldNetDaily.

Ms. Porter initiated the nation’s first Heartbeat Bill in Ohio on Feb. 2011 to legally protect unborn babies with detectable heartbeats.  This effort inspired Arkansas and North Dakota to pass Heartbeat Laws–now the most protective pro-life laws in the nation.  

While Janet Porter and Rep. Steven King were both attending the funeral of Phyllis Schlafly in St. Louis in September, 2016, Porter persuaded Rep. King to act by initiating a federal Heartbeat Bill. 

“I gave him a packet and Rep. King agreed to introduce a federal Heartbeat Bill, which would protect every baby whose heartbeat can be detected. Ninety to 95 percent of the abortions will be ended with that bill.” 

Janet Porter gave this certain and consistent marker:  It is with 96 – 97% certainty that a child will survive until a live birth when a heartbeat is heard.

Congressman King introduces Federal Heartbeat Bill

Republican Congressman Steve King, who represents the 4th District of Iowa, followed through with his promise to Janet Porter on January 12, 2017,  by releasing the following Press Release statement upon introducing “The Heartbeat Bill” that would require physicians to detect the heartbeat and prohibit the abortion of a baby with a beating heart: (HR 490, the “Heartbeat Protection Act of 2017”).   

This bill is modeled off similar legislation proposed in Ohio at the end of last year. Ohio governor John Kasich ultimately vetoed the state’s so-called Heartbeat Bill (which he said he feared might not be constitutional) in favor of a 20-week abortion ban.

Even the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals recognized that “the point at which an unborn child possesses a detectable heartbeat” is a “more consistent and certain marker than viability”—where the court allows legal protection.

H.R. 490 is now in the Judiciary Committee.  Rep. Steve King needs co-sponsors.  

Randy Hultgren as a co-sponsor (R-District 14)

Illinois Congressman Randy Hultgren participated in the 2017 March for Life in Washington, D.C. on Friday 27, 2017. Rep. Hultgren, having participated in the Washington D.C. event which celebrates life, should volunteer to become a co-sponsor of Rep. King’s bill. 

Get behind and help create a grassroots swell for Rep. King’s Heartbeat Bill – Federal HR 490. Contact Randy Hultgren and your own representative and encourage them to support the bill.

To contact Randy Hultgren:  Washington, D.C. office (202) 225-2976.  Campton Hills District Office:  (630) 584-2734 

Remember this slogan: “Heart my Heart, Save my Life”

Subsequent articles will cover other memorable events at the Gathering of Eagle, as well as one that will inform readers about the personal side of conservative icon, Phyllis Schlafly, observed from a field trip to her home and through others Eagles in attendance, some who knew Phyllis for 50 years.