Monday, September 12, 2016

Ten Reasons Not To Sentimentally Eulogize Phyllis Schlafly

Phyllis Schlafly, the conservative activist from Missouri who campaigned against the Equal Rights Amendment and was a spokeswoman for many causes of the New Right, has been eulogized as a champion of the traditional  values and the liberty we Americans hold dear.  Don't you believe it.  I offer ten quotes from the evil spirit of St. Louis as a rebuttal to such nonsense.
"The best way to improve economic prospects for women is to improve job prospects for the men in their lives, even if that means increasing the so-called pay gap."
"Many years ago Christian pioneers had to fight savage Indians. Today missionaries of these former cultures are being sent via the public schools to heathenize our children."
"After Big Media, U.S. colleges and universities are the biggest enemies of the values of red-state Americans."
"Birth on U.S. territory has never been an absolute claim to citizenship."
"Sex education classes are like in-home sales parties for abortions."
"The worst censors are those prohibiting criticism of the theory of evolution in the classroom."
"It's time to cut off visas for foreign baseball players and return our national pastime to Americans."
"Sex education classes are like in-home sales parties for abortions."
"The United States is a giant island of freedom, achievement, wealth and prosperity in a world hostile to our values."
And of course, my favorite:
"The atomic bomb is a marvelous gift that was given to our country by a wise God."
Even Paul Fussell, who wrote the essay "Thank God For the Atom Bomb," had to have been appalled by that last remark.
Who was the most enlightened spokeswoman for American values in the past half century?  Phyllis, it sure wasn't you. :-p  

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