The driving force of conservatism died yesterday. She was 92. The Left feared her in life and hated her in death. Feminists hated her because she was everything they claimed only liberalism could give them. She was a woman, wife, mother, and an accomplished professional.
“She graduated from Washington University in 1944, when she was 19. . . . She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Washington University in 1944 — her masters from Radcliffe College in 1945 — and a J.D. from Washington University in 1978.” (Source)
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Nearly single handily she defeated a proposed constitutional amendment to the Constitution known as the Equal Rights Amendment.
Here last political hurrah was to endorse Donald Trump. She died the day before the release of her new book The Conservative Case for Trump. What great timing!
This is not the first time that Phyllis Schlafly got behind a political candidate that was despised by the Left and the Establishment Right.
Phyllis Schlafly’s A Choice, Not an Echo is an insider’s guide to the back-room dealings of Republican insiders to gain control of the taxing power of the State, maintain the status quo, and maintain international equilibrium, all for fun, power, and profit. Today they are called RINOs: Republican in Name Only. Legislatively, they aren’t much different from Democrats. They want the same thing: To stay in power and make a name for themselves (Gen. 11:4).
Schlafly wrote A Choice, Not an Echo on the eve of the 1964 election. Barry Goldwater was the choice over the echo of previous political deal making. “The king-makers are playing for high stakes — control of Federal spending — and they do not intend to lose” (120). Not much has changed since Schlafly penned these words from the first chapter:
“From 1936 through 1960 the Republican presidential nominee was selected by a small group of secret kingmakers who are the most powerful opinion makers in the world. They dictated the choice of the Republican presidential nominee just as completely as the Paris dressmakers control the length of women’s skirts. In the 1940’s when the decree went out from Paris that all women’s skirts should be only fourteen inches off the floor, every family budget in the United States was unbalanced in a frantic effort to achieve the ‘new look.’
“Each Fall, 66 million American women don’t spontaneously decide their dresses should be an inch or two shorter, or longer, than last year. Like sheep, they bow to the wishes of a select clique of couturiers whom they have never seen, and whose names they may not even know.
“It is easy to predict that, when skirts get about as short as they can possibly go, a Paris edict will be handed down again, and otherwise-sensible American women, even when they cannot afford such extravagance, will throw or give away perfectly good dresses in order to buy new ones which will meet the fashion dictates of a half dozen dressmakers in Paris.
“In the same way, a few secret kingmakers based in New York selected every Republican presidential nominee from 1936 through 1960, and successfully forced their choice on a free country where there are more than 34 million Republican voters.”
Phyllis Schlafly has doggedly continued to fight against the stream of power politics. She’s been at it since the 1940s. When the Equal Rights Amendment reared its ugly head again in 1972 (it had been introduced in every Congress since 1923), Schlafly went to work. It had already been ratified by 30 of the required 38 states. Her efforts to stop it seemed hopeless, even after the time for ratification had passed and an extension had been added to the seven-year limit. She led the way in stopping it.
There is a lesson here for all of us. She taught men how to fight like a girl.