“Ding dong the witch is dead” were the very words a…friend…used when sharing a link telling of Phyllis Schlafly’s death at the age of 92. The “friend” is a mother of one adopted child – she’s younger than this writer by over a decade – was celebrating with the rest of the know-nothing followers of the mainstream media. A woman they’ve been told to hate by those who LOST to her arguments was publicly vilified, and the lot of them have no idea that this is the woman they have to thank for maintaining their way of life and standard of living.
All these people know, without doing any research, was that Phyllis Schlafly is largely credited with being the person to stop the Equal Rights Amendment. What they don’t know is that they owe Mrs. Schlafly a great debt of gratitude for stopping the Equal Rights Amendment. A brilliant analytical mind long recognized by those who taught her in a classroom, Mrs. Schlafly was able to discern that this vague text:
Section 1. Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.
Section 2. The Congress shall have the power to enforce, by appropriate legislation, the provisions of this article.
Could well lead to such truly undesirable changes in American life including women being drafted into the military, all things being equal. From Ann Coulter:
Not surprisingly given her background, one of Schlafly’s most devastating arguments against the E.R.A. was that it would end the female exemption from the draft. Though the amendment’s proponents sneered that this was preposterous, she was right. Law professors would soon be making the exact same point in the likes of the Yale Law Journal.
She unflinchingly pressed points that polite people thought it bad taste to talk about. Academics prefer to approve the general sentiment and not think about any messy details or facts. Thus, for example, Schlafly questioned how ERA would affect gays, abortion, adoption, widow’s benefits, divorce law, and the military. She had an instinctive knack for pulling at the string that quickly unravels liberal nonsense.
The women who pushed for and supported the ERA text that failed to be ratified thanks to Schlafly, had their eyes on equal pay for sitting in air conditioned offices, not the nitty gritty of human equality that would change the status of women in the social realm. In reality, Mrs. Schlafly was looking out for them. (Not that any of them or their sycophants would ever thank her for it.)
What the public did not know was that Mrs. Schlafly – along with COUNTLESS other women* who were smart and determined – did a lot of things before any such “glass ceiling” was voiced in 1979.
- She worked her way through Washington University in St. Louis rather than attending a women’s college for the challenge. She graduated in 1944.
- She home-schooled her six children long before it was fashionable.
- Her masters degree from Harvard in Political Science was achieved in seven months at a time before academia had been hijacked, and watered down. Due to her academic performance in that endeavor, Harvard was ready to make an exception for her to attend Harvard Law YEARS before they admitted women.
- She went back to school in the 1970s for her law degree – this time at Washington University where she won the award in administrative law – to counter the complaints that she was lecturing law makers without having a law degree. (Were these people just ticked that she was successful in countering their looney ideas with common sense arguments?)
This all followed her academic trend setting as valedictorian at an all girls school taught by the Society of the Sacred Heart. (It was known as City House.)
The ERA was not the only political area where Mrs. Schlafly triumphed. Her unique ability to analyze complex issues led to a score of published titles on topics ranging from foreign policy to the importance of the family. She is credited with the Republican Party pivot toward Goldwater and fiscal conservatism in the 1960s. She also changed public opinion on having a strong military (we need one even if we really should use it sparingly) and then Secretary of State Henry Kissenger who was busy salting away his legacy, the SALT treaty.
For this, being a brilliant “America First” mind championing the natural social order, Mrs. Schlafly was virtually spat upon by liberals everywhere who have no idea that she saved them from their own folly more than once – politely, and with a smile, too. This writer cannot put it any better than Ann Coulter did.
Meanwhile, feminists engaged in cliffhanger debates about whether it was appropriate for feminists to wear lipstick.
That Phyllis Schlafly is the mortal enemy of a movement that claims to promote women tells you all you need to know about the feminists. That many people alive today are unaware of Schlafly’s achievements tells you all you need to know about the American media.
Indeed. Phyllis Schlafly was one of many women who broke the “glass ceiling” before feminists knew there was one. The difference was that Mrs. Schlafly was smart enough to see beyond the immediacy of getting one’s way. She thought through the issues and sounded warnings. Those who celebrated her death have no idea just how much of a loss she is to them.
By the way, for all those who are starting to spout the conspiracy theory meme that Mrs. Schlafly was Scalia-ed, her son John stated that she died of cancer. A few weeks back, a mutual friend told this writer that she was not doing well. So, that notion can die. The family fight over the Eagle Forum was a blip on the radar.
*It is not widely recognized, but one of Schlafly’s daughters is married to the son of the third woman – first American woman – to win a Nobel Prize. Gerty Cori, with her husband Carl, was awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 1947. Their son Tom is married to Mrs. Schlafly’s daughter Anne, a successful entrepreneur for at least a decade now despite the family fight that made headlines earlier in the year.
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