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Eastman Event: Words of Introduction and Event Photos

You Have a Right to an Attorney. Introduction to Dr. John Eastman

 by Patrice Johnson | May 15, 2024

Our constitutional republic contains democratic principles, but our government is NOT a democracy. In fact, the Founding Fathers of this nation warned that true democracy is prone to falling victim to mobocracy. 


In the United States we elect representatives to speak for us in our towns and counties, in our state legislature, and the U.S. Congress. Every 4 years we elect a president to represent us.


Our judicial system evolved over hundreds of years based on biblical and philosophical principles. This infusion of thought made our system of government time-tested and revolutionary. Unlike other nations, the Framers of the Constitution created three branches of government: executive legislative, and judicial.


Recognizing that absolute power corrupts absolutely, they structured each branch to have the authority to pull the reins back on the other branches. They created a check and balance system to stop would-be dictators, kings, premieres…or power-hungry presidents.


What our forefathers feared most was this great republic would devolve into an autocratic government, one that domineered over the People and crushed individual freedom, one that silenced free speech, spied on and manipulated us, took away religious freedom, destroyed property rights, and turned us into slaves of the state.


They believed each human being was endowed by our Creator with an equal right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Not equity. Equal right to opportunity.


They believed in a judicial system in which the accused is innocent until proven guilty, where every person has a right to a fair and impartial trial—just as the People are entitled to fair and impartial elections.


In criminal cases, the prosecution is required to prove the defendant's guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. The evidence presented must be so convincing that no reasonable person could doubt the defendant's guilt.


We have all heard the Miranda warning. The Supreme Court of the United States ruled that police must read criminal suspects their rights.


You have the right to remain silent.

Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law.

You have the right to an attorney.

If you cannot afford an attorney, one will be provided for you. 


Today, we have come to a fork in the road. We all have the right to remain silent. But we must ask ourselves, “Can I in good conscience take the silent pathway?”


The four-sentence Miranda warning also contains seven critical words. “You have a right to an attorney.”


When President Trump called for advice about the electoral process, John Eastman answered his commander in chief’s call. In that moment, he became a target of progressive lawfare.


If anyone has doubts as to whether our system of government is under attack, John’s story closes the door on those doubts.


Before 2020 election he was a nationally renowned professor of law and community service. He was dean of his law school, an expert in constitutional law. John had earned a Ph.D. in government and his JD, Juris Doctor, degree to practice law, the highest degree you can achieve in law, and he had earned it at the esteemed University of Chicago Law School. 


Then 2020 happened, and John Eastman defended the President of the United States. The President had a right to an attorney just as everyone sitting in this room has a right to an attorney, and it was John’s duty to represent the accused.


Since then, John has been criminally indicted, his bank de-banked him, and he’s been recommended for disbarment. Still, John is undeterred. His standing here today is evidence that he has chosen not to remain silent.


As you’ll hear from John, he’s more convinced than ever that the rule of law and election integrity are under assault.


Attorney Marc Elias put in a nutshell recently when he proudly proclaimed the progressive MAGA strategy: Make Attorneys Get Attorneys


Ladies and gentlemen, it is my honor to introduce tonight’s speaker on the topic “Lawfare in America: The War on Election Integrity. Stand Now or Forever Bow.” I present to you the honorable, the remarkable Dr. John C. Eastman.

Photos below from J.D. Small Photography,

Phani Mantravadi, President of Check My Vote, discusses Eastman's talk and the importance of clean voter rolls.

Ron Armstrong, President of Stand Up Michigan, engages in a discussion with attendees.

Journalist Patty McMurray asks Eastman if he is familiar with the multi-state voter fraud investigation uncovered in Muskegon and gone silent under FBI investigation.

Sheree Ritchie, MFE event organizer, enjoys a moment to listen to Eastman's remarks.

Craig Mauger, Detroit News, listens intently.


‘They are doing this intentionally to keep him here and keep him off the campaign trail, and I think everybody in the country can see that for what it is.’


Dr. John Eastman at podium.

The audience sits spellbound as Eastman recalls the phone call he received and thought it was a friend playing prank. President Trump was on the line, and he asked for legal counsel.

John Eastman, J.D. and Ph.D., takes a moment to enjoy the camaraderie of fellow advocates for free speech, constitutional rights, and fair elections.

Passing the microphone during questions and answers.

Russell Jakubowski, aide to Senator Jonathan Lindsey (R), asks a question of the speaker.

John Eastman, J.D., Ph.D. replies.

Ron Armstrong, President of Stand Up Michigan, delivers a few remarks of introduction

MFE member Kelly Eyde asks a question.

Patty McMurray and Phani Mantravadi consider the issues with other guests at the event

Shane Trejo asks the last question.

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