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Phyllis Schlafly, RIP

Her life made a difference, as the Liberals are given to saying, damn! Why could she not have stayed home and baked cookies. One of the oddities I have always found with the life of Phyllis Schlafly, who passed away Monday at age 92, was the fact that she devoted her life to conservative politics and anti-feminist politics in particular. Doing so provoked the Liberals to screeching that she should have stayed home and been a housewife. That would, they led us to believe, have made her life completely legitimate in their eyes. It would have won their admiration, so they said. Though how the American public would have known that she stayed home I cannot imagine. As it was, she went off to do politics.

Of course she could do both politics and motherhood quite well. She singlehandedly stopped the Equal Rights Amendment, within three states of becoming law. She organized a major faction of the American public against abortion. Oh yes, and she raised six children while accounting for sixteen grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

One thing none of the mainstream media noted, she was very elegant, very soigné, and very civilized. I admired her greatly. In another act she could have been our Margaret Thatcher.

R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr.
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R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr. is the founder and editor in chief ofThe American Spectator. He is the author of The Death of Liberalism, published by Thomas Nelson Inc. His previous books include the New York Times bestseller Boy Clinton: The Political Biography; The Impeachment of William Jefferson Clinton; The Liberal Crack-Up; The Conservative Crack-Up; Public Nuisances; The Future that Doesn’t Work: Social Democracy’s Failure in Britain; Madame Hillary: The Dark Road to the White House; The Clinton Crack-Up; and After the Hangover: The Conservatives’ Road to Recovery. He makes frequent appearances on national television and is a nationally syndicated columnist, whose articles have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Baltimore Sun, Washington Times, National Review, Harper’s, Commentary, The (London) Spectator, Le Figaro (Paris), and elsewhere. He is also a contributing editor to the New York Sun.
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