The grande dame of conservative thought will be missed

Phyllis Schlafley

Fifty-two years ago I first became acquainted with the works of Phyllis Schlafley.  I read her slender volume, A Choice Not an Echo, her concise treatise on why the Republican Party needed to stand for something.  Her message then stuck with me and her wisdom is still as relevant today as it was in 1964.

Through the years I often referred back to her advice.  She was the Grande Dame of conservative thought and she probed deeply every issue – from our broken education system to gay marriage to women in combat.  She was a fierce opponent of a Constitutional Convention or “convention of the states”, which she viewed, and quite rightly, as a great threat to America and its future.  Her insight was bolstered by research and her opinions backed by experts whose input she sought.  I have a copy of a letter she posted from Supreme Court Justice Warren Burger, wherein he reinforces her argument against such a dangerous convention of states.

With the coming of the internet, Schlafley used its range to continue to offer her message of conservative values through her well-organized “Eagle Forum” website.  The breadth and scope of her attention was equaled by the depth of her thought and understanding of issues of immediate relevancy to us today – from the “climate change” discussion to Common Core to our national sovereignty vs. globalism.  She has had an amazing capacity to plumb these and many other topics vital to us today, while her concerns which first brought my attention, namely the need for a strong, two-party system and a real choice, not an echo, have added immeasurably to our national conversation and informed all of us who have the ears to hear her pertinent and significant warnings and debate.

Recently, Schlafley was at the heart of the seismic revolt that has shaken the Republican Party, when she endorsed Donald Trump, rather than the man most accurately viewed as the most credible conservative since Reagan – Ted Cruz.  Many of us were both shocked and deeply disappointed.  It was difficult to accept that someone whose most profound message was the need for genuine conservative thought could have made such an aberrant decision.  However, Ms Schlafley’s contribution has been so overwhelming, unmatched by all but perhaps the work of fellow conservative William F. Buckley, Jr., that it is fervently to be hoped that she and her intelligence and keen perception will continue to be a font for those of us who must now regenerate and reignite the conservative flame.  We should set aside the controversy of her last season and focus instead upon her unquestionable and unparalleled contribution to modern American thought and discussion for more than half a century.

Phyllis Schlafley, a truly great American, has died at 92.  Regardless of how we feel about this year’s election, America has lost a bright light in the fight for our Constitution and our liberty.  We will not see her like again.  We owe her a debt we can never repay; we can only hope to pass along her knowledge and understanding.

Sally Morris

Sally Morris is a political commentator and writer for The New Americana and the Dakota Beacon. Raised in a very conservative environment where politics were the common topic of discussion at home, she began early to develop critical thinking skills and follow political news and events. At 15 she was drawn to her local Republican headquarters where her typing skills were put to work preparing canvass sheets, poll sheets, maintaining files. She was precinct committeeman in her state district and chaired two committees in a state Republican Convention. The deterioration of Republican Party principles has been a concern throughout her years as a Republican. In 2009 she organized the first tea party event in her city, which spawned a core group of activists. Today Ms Morris defines herself as a “constitutional conservative independent”. She has also written for newspapers under the names “Kathleen McCarty” and “Ellen Jones.” As a property owner she took on the city council’s plan to destroy her historic neighborhood and subsequently authored the first successful nomination to the National Register of Historic Places of a linear resource (Granitoid Pavement) for its engineering and design. It was also placed on the State Registry (North Dakota). She has also seen first-hand the corruption of the eminent domain principle when her Minnesota home was seized for development of a project which never, in fact, materialized, although the home was demolished. This experience brought into sharp focus eminent domain abuse as well as other corrupt practices in local government. (Another reason why she opposes Donald Trump and Haley Barbour). A devotee and performer on Celtic Harp she has also presented discussions on topics of Irish history and music at the Fargo/Moorhead Celtic Festival. She and her late husband, Clyde Morris, homeschooled their three children, now grown and also published authors and musicians.

  1. I’m sorry, but Schlafly went off the reservation on a great many things. Namely the Convention of States. It was pure scare mongering. I researched the issue thoroughly before joining the effort. And as a matter of fact, a soon to be get together, will put on a trail running of just how the Convention would conduct itself. A very prudent thing to do, considering, our country has not had one since its early days.

    Now, I’m not going to bad mouth her for everything she wrote, but, she definitely lost me, when she came out for Trump. A sad finish, I would say.

  2. The Convention of the States idea is possibly the worst reaction to our current situation. It depends upon wresting control of such a convention from the very people who have been running things with whom we are frustrated.

    Unbeknownst to many, possibly including David, the Left has been planning this also. They have been lying in wait for an opportunity for more than 50 years now, and there is already a blueprint in place for how they will manipulate it and its final outcome. More on this in the future. But if you saw “Hunger Games” you will find an eerie similarity between the structure for a post-Constitutional America and this plan for a post-Constitutional America.

    The people who seek to clear up our serious problems through a convention of states at a time when our leadership is almost entirely far, far to the left of even Richard Nixon is purest folly. There are better, safer, far more sane solutions.

    Mark Levin needed to publish another book. He was frustrated. I don’t blame him. But to come up with this tired old fix-all and promote it at the expense of our Constitution is insanity.

    There is nothing wrong with our Constitution. What is wrong is we have not been following it for decades. This will not change for the better when we abandon it for some mysterious something that will be imposed upon us by the kinds of people who are serving now, and the kinds of irresponsible lunatics who have been electing them. This is possibly the worst time EVER for a Constitutional convention. We have many ways to amend our Constitution, one piece at a time. This is, in fact, the only safe way to do it.

    Phyllis Schlafley was wrong about some things. She was definitely wrong about Donald Trump, as I said in my article. She was right about the need for conservative opposition to Democrats. She was right about gay marriage, about the United Nations, about Common Core and the Department of Education. And she was absolutely right about the prospects and likely outcome of a Constitutional convention. Schlafley has an excellent track record. Her decision regarding Donald Trump was taken in her last few months of life, when she was also under the stress of illness. I stand by every word of my article.

    Please stay tuned for future discussion of the Article V concept.
    –Sally Morris

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