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    Phyllis Schlafly dead at 92

    September 05, 2016, 07:17 pm
    Phyllis Schlafly dead at 92

    By The Hill staff



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    Longtime conservative activist and Eagle Forum founder Phyllis Schlafly died Monday. She was 92.

    “Today, Phyllis Schlafly passed away in the presence of her family at her home in St. Louis, Missouri,” the Eagle Forum posted in a statement on its website.

    The group called its founder, who it said spent 70 years in public service, “an indomitable pro-family grassroots advocate and organizer.”

    “Her focus from her earliest days until her final ones was protecting the family, which she understood as the building block of life. ... From military superiority and defense to immigration and trade; from unborn life to the nuclear family and parenthood, Phyllis Schlafly was a courageous and articulate voice for common sense and traditional values.”

    Schlafly was a constitutional lawyer, the author of 27 books and a prominent public speaker. Her latest book, from co-authors Ed Martin and Brett Decker, is set to be released on Tuesday. It lays out how GOP nominee Donald Trump is “a surprising conservative choice” for president, the Washington Times reported.

    "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," Trump said in a statement Monday night.

    "I was honored to spend time with her during this campaign as she waged one more great battle for national sovereignty. I was able to speak with her by phone only a few weeks ago, and she sounded as resilient as ever. Our deepest prayers go out to her family and all her loved ones."

    Schlafly led grass-roots campaigns against Communism, abortion and the Equal Rights Amendment and galvanized conservatives for almost two generations, the New York Times said. She may be most well-known for leading opposition to the Equal Rights Amendment, arguing that it would end of the traditional family.

    Known as “the first lady of anti-feminism,” the Los Angeles Times reported, Schlafly died of natural causes.
    “America has lost a great stateswoman, and we at Eagle Forum and among the conservative movement have lost a beloved friend and mentor, who taught and inspired so many to fight the good fight in defense of American values," Eagle Forum First Vice President Eunie Smith in a statement.

    According to Federal Election Commission reports, a political action committee bearing her name was registered by Ed Martin, the president of the Eagle Forum. It’s called Phyllis Schlafly's Eagle PAC.

    “There will never be another Phyllis Schlafly,” Smith continued. “Today is a day to celebrate her amazing legacy and to remember the profound difference she made in the conduct of American public policy. Thank you, Phyllis. We will not grow weary.”

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    Very sad to read this. She was a lovely and great lady of conviction, unwavering in her defense of faith, family, education issues. She was a staunch opponent to illegal immigration as been stated. There was nothing washy washy about her.

    Individuals like Phyllis Schafly are so rare. She spoke and wrote with such persuasion and knew her facts. She did not give in, fighting those in her own family and within Eagle Forum to support Donald Trump.

    She will be missed. God comfort those who knew and admired and loved her.
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    I didn't agree with her positions on the ERA, but I loved her support of Donald Trump and opposition to illegal immigration. She was a very smart and articulate woman and she will be missed.
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    Conservative Legend Phyllis Schlafly Dies At 92



    by JULIA HAHN
    5 Sep 2016
    Washington D.C.
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    Conservative icon Phyllis Schlafly died on Monday afternoon.

    The “Sweetheart of the Silent Majority” passed away surrounded by family in her home in Ladue, Missouri just a short 10-minute drive from where she was born in St. Louis on August 15, 1924.

    Her death marks a palpable loss for the conservative movement which, just last month, celebrated the grassroots heroine’s 92nd birthday.

    An accomplished lawyer, activist, author, and mother of six, Phyllis Schlafly has been described as the embodiment of the ideal American woman.

    As Sen. Jeff Sessions wrote in a statement submitted for the Congressional Record, “dynamic, smart, beautiful, and articulate,” Schlafly has “fearlessly” and “tirelessly… championed the American family and American values.”

    In 1963, the publisher of the St. Louis Globe-Democrat put it this way: “Phyllis Schlafly stands for everything that has made America great and for those things which will keep it that way.”

    Schlafly enjoyed a rich family life. Married in 1949, she and her late-husband, Fred, shared forty-four happy years together as well as six children, sixteen grandchildren, and three great grandchildren.

    Never one to see her femininity as antithetical to her career goals, Schlafly was awarded Illinois’ Mother of the Year only a few years before being named one of the 100 Most Important Women of the 20th Century by the Ladies’ Home Journal.

    Revered for her steadfast judgement, Schlafly was a guiding light to many conservatives, who looked to her to determine the political battles of the day. Most recently, the “godmother of the conservative movement” led the charge against the Gang of Eight amnesty plan and President Obama’s Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement.

    Unafraid to go toe-to-toe with some of the most powerful men in the nation, Schlafly was known for engaging in fights of principle all while projecting her irresistible charm, grace and wit.

    Schlafly understood feminism not as an effort to erase or wipe away the unique, distinguishing features of women, but rather to embrace and encourage all of the special and wondrous things about womanhood. Whereas modern feminism teaches that a little girl is not so different from a little boy and that society should recognize no real difference between the two, Schlafly celebrated motherhood and femininity, and perceived the differences amongst the sexes as something to be extolled rather than repressed.

    A vocal proponent for empowering all Americans, Schlafly fought tirelessly against the social institutions that teach the “absolutely false” narrative that “women are victims of the patriarchy and [that] it’s up to new laws in the Constitution to remedy this second-class citizenship of women.”

    “American women are the most fortunate class of people who ever lived on the face of the earth,” Schlafly proclaimed in 2012. “We can do anything we want to do.”

    Schlafly’s life was truly a testament to what she preached. A child of Great Depression, she paid her way through college by putting in 48-hour work weeks as a gunner testing ammunition at the largest ammunition plant in the world, the St. Louis Ordnance Plant. Schlafly tested .30 and .50 caliber ammunition for accuracy, penetration, velocity, and aircraft function before the government would accept the ammunition for the war effort during World War II. Despite the rigors of a full-time job working the midnight to 8am shift at the ordnance plant, Schlafly still managed to finish her schooling in just three years, graduating from Washington University in St. Louis Phi Beta Kappa.

    She then went on to get her master’s degree in Government from Harvard University in 1945, and her J.D. from Washington University Law School in 1978.

    Schlafly was active in politics for more than one-quarter of all American history.

    She began volunteering for the Republican Party in 1945 when she worked as a campaign manager for Claude Bakewell, a successful Republican candidate for Congress. Schlafly attended every single Republican National Convention since 1952 and has been at the center of nearly every major political battle since then.

    Beginning in the 1950s and 60s, Schlafly was instrumental in helping to launch the anti-Communist movement by forming 5,000 study groups throughout American homes to inform grassroots voters about the evils of Communism.

    As an activist, Schlafly seemed driven by her mission to “educate [conservatives], train them, and stand up for them… [and to] let the grassroots be heard.”

    An advocate for truth and the free dissemination of information, Schlafly spoke frequently of the need for “news people who put out the truth instead of the packaged truth that the strategists have written.”

    When she found such truth-telling to be lacking in corporate media, Schlafly assumed the mantle herself. The Phyllis Schlafly Report — her monthly newsletter designed to keep conservatives informed on the pressing issues of the day — just entered its 50th year of publication with more than 600 reports published.

    Schlafly had been described as the nation’s “best pamphleteer since Thomas Paine.”

    Her fabled foray onto the national political stage began with the publication of her 1964 classic A Choice Not An Echo. At the time of its writing, Schlafly was a housewife in a little town of Alton, Illinois, with six small children. Recognizing that it was unlikely anyone would publish her book, she opted to publish it herself and sell it out of her garage. A huge success, the book ultimately sold over three million copies, inspired a generation of conservatives, and became the definitive text delineating the battle lines between the conservative grassroots and the Republican Party elites.

    In keeping with her lifelong devotion to educating the American electorate, the book is a detailed history of Republican National Conventions, and it shined a spotlight on the corrupt political process that historically has allowed elite cosmopolitan “kingmakers” to rig the system and elect candidates who will represent their donor class agenda. Many have described her seminal work to be just as relevant today as it was when she penned it over half a century ago.

    In explaining why she wrote the then-controversial book, Schlafly stated, “I made my decision in the light of what I believe to be the best interests of the America I love, the Republican Party I have served, and the voters to whom I owe a duty to speak the truth.”

    The late-political commentator Bob Novak described the book as “one of the best-written, most interesting, fascinating pieces of political advocacy that I had ever read in my life.”

    The book proved instrumental in leading to Barry Goldwater’s nomination at the 1964 Republican convention and launching the modern day conservative movement.

    Schlafly went on to write 26 other books — many of which she had to write after 10pm when her children were asleep.

    During the 1960s and early 1970s, Schlafly began the formation of her “Eagle” brand — devoted to inspiring conservatives across the nation to get involved and fight for conservative principles. Today, her organization touts more than 25,000 members.

    Schlafly is perhaps best known for launching the pro-family movement, which began with her decade-long crusade against the agenda of radical feminists and their efforts to push the so-called Equal Rights Amendment. The ERA had passed Congress in 1972 as part of a new wave of feminism and had been sent to the States for ratification. Because of Schlafly’s efforts, it ultimately fell three states short of being added to the Constitution.

    President Ronald Reagan described Schlafly’s campaign against ERA as “brilliant” and praised her work as “an example to all those who would struggle for an America that is prosperous and free.”

    The underdog campaign began with a group of just 100 women from 30 states whom Schlafly gathered together on a riverboat in St. Louis. While the riverboat traveled along the Mississippi River, Schlafly climbed onto its stage and laid out her plan to stop the ERA. She was joined on stage by a friend who sang one of Schlafly’s favorite songs, “Stout-Hearted Men,” as Schlafly urged her female followers to similarly be stout-hearted in their fight against “all the powers that be.”

    At the time she began the fight, “we had everybody against us: three presidents, three first ladies, all of Congress, every governor, the media, Hollywood — and we beat them all,” Schlafly later explained.

    “We proved [that] the grassroots can win if they get together and make up their mind to do it,” Schlafly said. “The grassroots can rise up and defeat all the powers that be.”

    In 1976, Schlafly went to work to transform the Republican Party into the pro-life Party. She succeeded in putting a pro-life plank in every Republican Party Platform adopted at every RNC since then.

    In a 2014 interview, Stephen K. Bannon asked the 89-year-old Schlafly where she gets her energy from. Her response? “You only live once.”

    Schlafly’s last great political battle, which she won, was pushing for the Republican presidential nomination of Donald J. Trump, whom she saw as America’s last hope. Schlafly, who described Trump as the “only hope to defeat the Kingmakers,” became one of his earliest and most influential endorsements. With Schlafly’s backing, Trump went on to win more votes than any Republican nominee in U.S. history.

    Appropriately, her final act of devotion to the country she loved was the publication of a new book, set for release this Tuesday, titled “The Conservative Case for Trump.” In it, Schlafly lays out what is at stake in this election if conservatives do not mobilize to propel Trump to the Oval Office.

    Schlafly has said that this election represents America’s last chance, explaining that if Trump does not win and mass immigration is not stopped, “we’re not going to be America anymore.”

    Interestingly, while Trump is performing within historical norms for Republican nominees amongst black and Hispanic voters, he is currently lagging with white voters. In particular, he is underperforming with women and college-educated whites, who have the financial means to remove themselves from the effects of mass migration and trade globalization that have provided the nation with a servant class at the expense of a middle class. If these voters were to install Hillary Clinton in the White House, with her support for trade and immigration policies that would dissolve national sovereignty, it could forever extinguish Schlafly’s dream of preserving the nation she loved.

    Above all, Schlafly was an American woman and patriot of a bygone era. A Daughter of the American Revolution, Schlafly did not hide her fierce love of country, its history, and its citizens. She never cowered from a fight to defend her nation — no matter whom she had to take on in the process. As the then 91-year old Schlafly passionately told Breitbart last year, “I’m for America [slams hand on desk for emphasis] and America first [slams hand on desk again].”

    In a 2009 address, Schlafly spoke directly to young audience members about what she viewed as her legacy. “What you learn from my life is, first of all, that anybody can be a leader. You can be a leader. I wasn’t born that way — I developed it, I worked at it. And also that the grassroots can organize, and take on all the powers that be and defeat them. That is the lesson.”

    “Remember, those that wait upon the Lord will rise up with wings like eagles and they will run and not be weary. And don’t you ever be weary,” Schlafly told her captive audience, “Because the battle goes on, year after year, and we need all of you young people to join us in the battle.”

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    Ann Coulter on Phyllis Schlafly, ‘The Sweetheart of the Silent Majority’



    by BREITBART NEWS
    5 Sep 2016

    Best-selling author Ann Coulter writes a moving tribute to conservative legend and “Sweetheart of the Silent Majority” Phyllis Schalfly, who passed away in her family home at age 92 after a lifetime of leading the charge against the Equal Rights Amendment, Communism, open borders, and more with irresistible charm, grace and wit:

    Phyllis Schlafly, the St. Louis-born American intellectual who grew from a shy and beautiful girl to become one of the most influential political activists of the 20th and 21st century, died today, Monday, September 5, 2016 according to Eagle Forum.

    Schlafly has written or co-written more than 20 books, on military policy, education, legal and social issues. Her first book, “A Choice, Not an Echo,” is credited with winning Barry Goldwater the Republican nomination for president and inspiring the conservative movement that eventually led to Ronald Reagan’s presidency. Her military work was a major factor in Reagan’s’ decision to proceed with High Frontier technology.

    […]

    There is no major national debate in the past half-century in which Schlafly’s powerful, salubrious influence is not manifest.

    She staunchly opposed abortion, gambling and gay marriage and equally strongly supported Ronald Reagan and the strategic defense initiative. One of the rare times she disagreed with Reagan was over the idea of having another Constitutional Convention. She was right and she won. In 1996, Schlafly supported Pat Buchanan for president and in 2008 she supported Duncan Hunter, specifically opposing Mike Huckabee.

    On March 11, 2016, Schlafly officially endorsed Donald Trump for president.

    Schlafly wrote about a complicated issues with insight and clarity. Time and again she would disembowel a 500-page legalistic monstrosity with a short syndicated column. Like an Olympic athlete, her talent was to make it seem easy.

    She was as proficient as any law professor in the seriousness of her arguments. This is all the more impressive because she is writing for busy people — housewives and politicians — people who probably wouldn’t mind a more purely rhetorical effort. But she never condescended to her audience. People who dismiss her as a mere rabble-rouser either haven’t read her work or have no idea what actual “scholarship” would be.

    The sheer breadth of the issues Schlafly took on is astonishing. It is impossible to think of anyone alive today who addresses such a range of topics in any depth. Most public figures focus on one or two issues and stick with those. Not Schlafly — and with no detriment to her analysis. (If anyone on the left did this with Schlafly’s skill, there would be monuments, Time magazine “Person of the Year” awards, and hagiographic Hollywood movies.)

    Schlafly commented on her boundless energy, saying, “It solves a lot of problems if you’re busy.”

    […]

    The most fitting epitaph to Phyllis Schlafly is the last line of her profile at the Eagle Forum website, which concludes: “The mother of six children, she was named 1992 Illinois Mother of the Year.” You know she means it, and yet you also suspect she takes devilish pleasure knowing that the prominence given the award must drive feminists crazy.

    Schlafly could have rested on her laurels after writing “A Choice, Not an Echo.” She could have rested on her laurels after defeating the E.R.A. Indeed, she could have rested on her laurels on any number of occasions over the past half century. America can be thankful that she did not.

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    Donald Trump: Phyllis Schlafly’s ‘Legacy Will Live on in the Movement’



    by JULIA HAHN
    5 Sep 2016
    Washington D.C.

    Following the death of conservative icon Phyllis Schlafly, Republican nominee Donald J. Trump remarked that Schlafly’s “legacy will live on in the movement she led and the millions she inspired.” The 92 year-old grassroots heroine and “sweetheart of the silent majority” was pivotal to securing Trump the Republican nomination.

    As one of Trump’s earliest and most influential endorsements, Schlafly threw her political weight behind the populist billionaire– describing Trump as the “only hope to defeat the kingmakers,” (i.e. a select group of cosmopolitan elites who control the political system to elect candidates who will represent their donor class agenda). The “godmother of the conservative movement” told her conservative followers that Trump “represents everything the grassroots want,” pointing specifically to his signature America first platform on trade and immigration.

    Trump issued the statement below following Schlafly’s death:

    “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. I was honored to spend time with her during this campaign as she waged one more great battle for national sovereignty. I was able to speak with her by phone only a few weeks ago, and she sounded as resilient as ever. Our deepest prayers go out to her family and all her loved ones. She was a patriot, a champion for women, and a symbol of strength. She fought every day right to the end for America First. Her legacy will live on in the movement she led and the millions she inspired.”

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    Thank you for posting so many tributes to Phyllis Schlafy. I have enjoyed reading them all. I hope people really appreciate her for all that she did in her long life to preserve and to defend America and to keep America first, safe and strong. There are many who have no idea who she was or what she did and how influential she was when she spoke or wrote for decades.

    It is worth it to go back and read her articles through the years. Listen to some of her speeches. Some of her recent writings on illegal immigration, Donald Trump, trade deals, our suffering educational system, are excellent.

    When we think of those in Congress who would be faithful to America on the issue of illegal immigration we immediately think of Senator Jeff Sessions, Steve King, and a few others. Then we struggle to think of other names who would put the best interests of America and the American people first. Had Phyllis Schlafly been in Congress we could have counted on her. Instead she spoke across the nation, wrote powerful speeches, books, and headed an organization that wielded great influence and power whether it was on your side or against you. Eagle Forum and its state chapters helped tremendously to beat back amnesty and illegal immigration time and time again in Congress and in state legislatures. It fought many other issues as well.

    So many people struggle to give an answer as to why they believe what they do, to defend their beliefs. She did not struggle to give an answer as to why illegal immigration and bringing in ideas and cultures and people who would destroy us from within must be throughly rejected and fought against. She knew that God had truly blessed America and its people and it must be guarded from those who would threaten her existence.

    On a personal note, Phyllis Schlafly did not struggle to give a reason as to why she loved and trusted Jesus as her savior.

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    Video of Phyllis Schlafly endorsing and introducing Donald Trump.

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=2qfCQ4riXO0
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    Quote Originally Posted by GeorgiaPeach View Post
    Video of Phyllis Schlafly endorsing and introducing Donald Trump.

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=2qfCQ4riXO0
    Phyllis Schlafly Endorses Donald Trump at Rally in St. Louis, MO (3-11-16)

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    Ed Martin: Eagle Forum Office Spray-Painted with ‘Slurs’ and ‘Nasty Stuff from the Le

    Ed Martin: Eagle Forum Office Spray-Painted with ‘Slurs’ and ‘Nasty Stuff from the Left’ After Phyllis Schlafly’s Death

    by JOHN HAYWARD
    7 Sep 2016

    On Wednesday’s edition of Breitbart News Daily on SiriusXM, Ed Martin, the president of the Eagle Forum, revealed that his organization’s offices were vandalized on the day after founder Phyllis Schlafly’s death.

    Martin told the story in response to Breitbart Editor-in-Chief Alex Marlow’s observation that “we’ve now gotten to this nasty point in society where we must be so nasty to one another, we cannot simply disagree and debate civilly – that we must be jerks.”

    “I’m not sure I have the answer about how we got there, but I do think you’ve pointed to something that Phyllis Schlafly taught me, and maybe taught the country, and could teach again,” Martin said.

    “Even in the last day or so, there’s been vicious things said,” he continued. “I’ll tell you, maybe it’s a bit of news I don’t think anybody even knew or reported: The building where we work out of, a beautiful two-story brick building, was spray-painted the day of her death. The morning, we got to work the next day, with slurs, and comments, and all nasty stuff from the Left.”

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