What can one say about my good friend Phyllis Schlafly. I have known her for more than 30 years and have marveled at her courage and commitment to issues in which she believes.
In the 1970’s, the radical women’s rights movement promoted a leftist Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Momentum surged around the document. Eventual passage in only three more states would have made it the law of the land and America would never have been the same.
The feminists and their supporters were ready to celebrate their approaching victory when Phyllis rose to the challenge. She was up against truly formidable opposition in two U.S. Presidents and their First Ladies, a sizable majorities in both the House and Senate, the federal judiciary, the liberal news media, the entertainment industry and the rest of the governing elite. It was no contest.
I watched on television as Phyllis took on Phil Donohue in his heyday. She fought him to the ground. When the battle was over, the ERA had been crushed and it never recovered.
Phyllis had won the fight without any federal money or other powerful support. It was the first time, but not the last, that she was victorious in defense of families, marriage, faith, and freedom. It is why I strongly believe that if Phyllis Schlafly had been born 200 years earlier, she would have been remembered as one of our “Founding Mothers.”
Clearly, I have profound admiration for this great lady. I hope millions of our countrymen and women will join us in celebrating this tribute to Phyllis Schlafly. There is none quite like her.
• James C. Dobson is the founder of Focus on the Family and the current head of Family Talk.
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