Tuesday, September 06, 2016

The Last Political Will and Testament of Phyllis Schlafly (Pat Buchanan)



Re-posted by Nicholas Stix

Trump and the Hillarycons
By Patrick J. Buchanan
Monday - September 5, 2016 at 10:47 p.m.

In 1964, Phyllis Schlafly of Alton, Illinois, mother of six, wrote and published a slim volume entitled “A Choice Not an Echo.”

Backing the candidacy of Sen. Barry Goldwater, the book was a polemic against the stranglehold the eastern liberal establishment had held on the Republican nomination for decades.


Schlafly went on to lead the campaign to derail the Equal Rights Amendment, which, with 35 states having ratified, was just three states short of being added to our Constitution.

Pro-ERA forces never added another state. Phyllis, who, at 20 was testing weapons at a munitions plant in World War II, shot it dead.

Phyllis Schlafly, R. Other woman's identity not known

At 92, the founder of Eagle Forum has a new book out, published by Regnery. “The Conservative Case for Trump,” co-authored by Ed Martin of Eagle Forum and Brett Decker, argues that the Donald is an authentic conservative around whom every conservative should rally.

Yet, in making their cogent case, Schlafly and her co-authors raise questions that today bedevil the movement.

What does conservatism mean in 2016? Upon what ideas and issues, principles and policies, do conservatives still agree?

“In my father’s house there are many mansions,” the Bible tells us. So it is in the house divided that is the American Right.



Each of the chapters in “The Conservative Case for Trump” is devoted to Donald Trump’s stand on a major issue of the campaign. And on most of the issues selected, almost all conservatives agree.

Trump believes Antonin Scalia is the gold standard for Supreme Court justices and federal judges, and that among the indispensable cures for decrepit and failing public schools is competition from private, religious and charter schools.

A businessman and builder, Trump has confronted the onus of federal overregulation that stifles enterprise and kills jobs. With most conservatives, he believes in a U.S. military second to none.

Some Republicans, however, part with Trump on his contempt for political correctness, his refusal to observe strictures on debate laid down by our ruling elites, and his rejection of their claims to moral authority with his airy dismissals of their demands for apologies.

Part of Trump’s populist appeal is that, by his rebellious stand, he appears to challenge the very legitimacy of the regime. Thus those most disgusted with the establishment cheer him loudest.

On immigration, Trump shares the alarm of a Middle America that sees its country being irretrievably altered by an invasion from across our border. He has no hesitancy in urging tough methods to secure the borders and send back those who disrespect our laws.

This offends the sensibilities of many Republicans. And, indeed, it contradicts a core dogma of the “conservatism” preached at The Wall Street Journal.

Years ago, when some of us first took up the border crisis, the Journal, under editorial page editor Robert Bartley, called for a new five-word constitutional amendment — “There shall be open borders.”


The Journal anticipated John Kerry who just told the graduating class at Northeastern University, “You are about to graduate into … a borderless world.” Is John Kerry a Wall Street Journal conservative?

Chapter two of Schafly’s book deals with Trump’s stance on the trade deals of recent decades — NAFTA, MFN for China, the South Korea deal and, the daddy of them all, the TPP.

Chapter title: “Rotten trade Deals.” Yet, all of these trade deals had the support of the Party of Bush I and Bush II.

Trump has spoken out against crusades for democracy, nation-building abroad and unnecessary wars — especially Iraq in 2003.

And what was the official “conservative” stand on Iraq in 2003?

William F. Buckley’s National Review attacked the libertarian and traditionalist right that opposed invading Iraq on such flimsy pretexts as — “unpatriotic conservatives” who “hate their country.”

“This is a binary election,” John Bolton is quoted in Phyllis’ book. “[N]ot voting” for Trump is “functionally … a vote for Hillary.”

Yet that is where some conservative and neocon columnists and scores of foreign policy veterans of the GOP, and ex-Presidents Bush I and II, and 2012 GOP candidate Mitt Romney are heading.

Three of Trump’s rivals for the nomination — Ted Cruz, Jeb Bush and John Kasich — who held up their hand and pledged to support the nominee, appear about to dishonor their pledge.

But what is conservative about rendering aid and comfort to the presidential ambitions of Hillary Rodham Clinton?

As for the issues on where the right is split, interventionism is born of Wilson and FDR; noninterventionism is of Taft, Ike and Reagan.

Free trade as dogma comes out of the Party of Wilson and FDR, not the Party of Lincoln and Teddy Roosevelt.

Ike sent a general to secure the border and send illegal immigrants home. Yet self-described conservatives like the Bushes and McCains join hands with the Clintons and Obamas to call for amnesty.

The Conservative Case for Trump” is a splendid little book by the first lady of American Conservatism.

The Hillarycons now owe it to us to make their case.



Anonymous said...

Let me tell the readers about the Katy Tur report I mentioned yesterday,regarding her two minute diatribe that I called,"innuendo reported as fact"--the money that Trump donated to the Florida Atty General,Pam Bondi's campaign.Tur reported there was a pay to play,in so much that Trump was
under investigation by the Florida AG--and Trump basically paid her off to drop the investigation.
Bondi came on Foxnews and energetically denied and explained everything.It was very convincing in my opinion--just the fact that she came on to argue her point was the complete opposite,of what HRC does--which is hide.
I wonder if Katy Tur will retract her accusations tonight (don't bet on it).
---GR Anonymous

Joshua Sinistar said...

The Bush League boobs don't have reasons, they just have Greed. If Greed was good it wouldn't be a deadly sin. The love of money has sold America down the river. This far downstream, Romney, Bush and the other Rockefeller RINOs are the enemy. Get out of our yards boys. Jump into a cannibal's pot if you want that Rockefeller-style diversity.

Anonymous said...

There wasn't a retraction,but a slight acknowledgement,that the report Tur gave yesterday,needed adjusting...ever so slightly.
Meanwhile,Lesta told us--like a 3rd grade kid-who squeals on another kid to get him in trouble-"Trump said Hillary doesn't look presidential!!!"
That one really changed some votes we running out of crap news stories yet?
Tomorrow:"In tonight's news,Trump said,'Tim Kaine doesn't have enough hair to be Vice President'.Here's Katy Tur with the horrifying report".
--GR Anonymous

Anonymous said...

A quick review of tonights military debate on NBC,hosted by Matt Lauer.Hillary Clinton keeps coming up with more State Department gibberish,in regards to emails.
"No headers on the classified emails to indicate they were classified".Fourth version of what happened,from my count.She can lie,like a true sociopath.
Trump stayed fairly non-specific,though he gave the generals a few shots--not the ones that support him-the OTHER ones who do Obama's bidding.
One military guy said afterwards,"that was feasible, considering Obama replaced certain generals that did not agree with his policy".
Overall,no change I thought to the dynamics of the election.
--GR Anonymous

Anonymous said...

I just remembered--she didn't cough,but Lauer DID assist her up the steps to her chair.For a brief second,it didn't look like she was going to make

Kathy said...

Thank you for using nice pictures of Phyllis. Most of the pics are of her looking old and weak. She was a giant! And my hero. She is irreplaceable.

Nicholas said...


I had heard that Mrs. Schlafly had been a great beauty, but it was awfully hard finding pictures of her from before her 50th birthday. Somehow, that's not the case with Gloria Steinem, about whom the MSM provides countless flattering pictures from her young days.