Monday, September 05, 2016

Conservative icon Phyllis Schlafly dies at 92

Blogger with Schlafly
The conservative movement lost a legend today. Phyllis Schaffly died at 92 in her St. Louis home, surrounded by family.

Even if you didn't agree with her, you have to agree that this is a woman who clearly made a difference. Schlafly, who moved across the Mississippi River to Alton, Illinois after getting married, first came to national attention for her 1964 book, A Choice Not an Echo, which enthusiastically advanced the ultimately unsuccessful presidential campaign of Barry Goldwater and laid out the case against the liberal Rockefeller Republicans. While Goldwater lost, badly, the conservative movement eventually prevailed with the election of Ronald Reagan as president in 1980. The founder of the Eagle Forum, Schlafly led the seemingly futile late innings attack against the Equal Rights Amendment--which was never ratified.

I had the honor of meeting Schlafly after she spoke at a DePaul University forum in 2008.

She was never one to back away from a battle. That night she said, "I was hoping that the students with the women's studies department would come tonight, so they could hear another view." Of course they didn't.

Schlafly is the co-author of The Conservative Case for Trump,which will be published tomorrow.

Rest in peace.

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Phyllis Schlafly speaks at DePaul University

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