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Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Grand Matriarch of American Conservatism, Phyllis Schlafly (RIP)

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Grand Matriarch of American Conservatism, Phyllis Schlafly (RIP)
This just in from Fox News:

Phyllis Schlafly, the iconic pro-family activist who rose to fame in the 1970s when she campaigned against the Equal Rights Amendment, has died at age 92, according to the Eagle Forum, the conservative organization she founded.

Schlafly had been an activist since the early Cold War era, but gained national prominence by leading traditional-religious women in the movement against the Equal Rights Amendment. President Reagan praised her campaign against ERA as “brilliant” and called Schalfly “an example to all those who would struggle for an America that is prosperous and free.”

Schlafly rose to national attention in 1964 with her self-published book, "A Choice Not an Echo," that became a manifesto for the far right. The book, which sold three million copies, chronicled the history of the Republican National Convention and is credited for helping conservative Sen. Barry Goldwater of Arizona earn the 1964 GOP nomination.

She went on to become one of the most influential pro-family activists in the 1980s and 1990s, and her support was courted by all GOP presidential candidates. She authored 27 books and thousands of articles.

Founded in 1972, Eagle Forum focuses on pro-family and socially conservative issues and now has an estimated 80,000 members.

Republican candidate Donald Trump praised the conservative activist in a statement released Monday evening.

"Phyllis Schlafly is a conservative icon who led millions to action, reshaped the conservative movement, and fearlessly battled globalism and the 'kingmakers' on behalf of America's workers and families," the statement read. "I was honored to spend time with her during this campaign as she waged one more great battle for national sovereignty."

Schlafly endorsed Trump at a rally in St. Louis in March, and she co-authored a book called "The Conservative Case for Trump" that is being released Tuesday. Trump says he was "honored to spend time with her." READ ARTICLE HERE

REMNANT COMMENT: Phyllis Schlafly was a Catholic, and a faithful one. She was prophetic in so many ways. "The Equal Rights Amendment," she said, "means abortion funding, means homosexual privileges, means whatever else."  She was so right so many years ago!

Right up to the very end, she was utterly unafraid to violate the Stalinesque statutes of political correctness: "News flash: One reason a woman gets married," she observed just last year, March 11, 2015, "is to be supported by her husband while caring for her children at home. So long as her husband earns a good income, she doesn't care about the pay gap between them."

And she was one of the last prominent conservatives who didn't shy away from the truth even after it had been rebranded as "hate speech". On the "transgender agenda", for example, here she is back in August of this year: "Anyone with a child knows that children learn about the world through binary options: up or down, hot or cold, big or little, inside or outside, wet or dry, good or bad, boy or girl, man or woman. But the radical feminists, who staff women's studies departments at most colleges, have propagated the idea that we have to get rid of the 'gender binary' along with the expectation of distinct roles for men and women."

And the point of "gay marriage" was, according to the incomparable Phyllis Schlafly, to "wipe out the Christian religion."

I met Mrs. Schlafly only once, after one of her speeches at Georgetown years ago.  I'll never forget it, as she stood alone against a largely hostile audience, a frail-looking little woman.  Before the speech was over, the powerful Mrs.Schlafly had silenced her hecklers, charmed her audience, and carried the day... right into a standing ovation.  It was positively William Wallace at Stirling!  I had tears in my eyes as I joined in an ovation that seemed to last an hour that night.  

My father knew and respected her very much.  There will never be another like her, she will be missed, and America is a less safe place to be now that the matriarch of conservatism--and a voice of sanity in an insane world--has left us.

Eternal rest grant unto her, O Lord, and may perpetual light shine upon her. May she rest in peace.

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