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75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor the subject of UofM’s December 1 lecture || Local15TV

75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor the subject of UofM’s December 1 lecture


Craig Shirley, a nationally recognized author, historian, and political commentator, will deliver a lecture titled “December 1941: 31 Days That Changed America and Saved the World” as this year’s installment of University of Mobile’s Billy G. Hinson Lecture Series.

According to Dr. Lonnie Burnett, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at UM and director of the lecture series, Shirley will examine the crucial days that propelled the United States into the most devastating war in human history.

The talk will be held Thursday, Dec. 1 at 7 p.m. in Ram Hall on the University of Mobile campus. The program, which includes the lecture and a book signing, is free and open to the public.

Shirley is the author of three bestsellers on former U.S. president Ronald Reagan: “Rendezvous with Destiny: Ronald Reagan and the Campaign that Changed America” (2014), “Reagan’s Revolution: The Untold Story of the Campaign That Started It All” (2005), and “Last Act: The Final Years and Emerging Legacy of Ronald Reagan” (2015). His book “December 1941: 31 Days that Changed America and Saved the World” (2011) appeared multiple times on the New York Times bestselling list in December 2011 and January 2012, while Last Act was named best narrative in the non-fiction category by USA Book News for 2015.

A widely sought-after speaker and commentator, Shirley appears regularly on many network and cable shows including NewsMaxTV, FOX News, MSNBC, CNN, ABC, CBS, CNBC, C-SPAN and others. He has also written extensively for the Washington Post, NewsMax, the Washington Examiner, the Washington Times, the Los Angeles Times, Town Hall, the Weekly Standard, Politico, Reuters, Lifezette and many other publications.

The Billy G. Hinson Series was established by the University of Mobile College of Arts and Sciences to present academic programs dealing with major topics in American history. The series is named in honor of Dr. Billy Hinson, long-time history professor at the university. For more information, contact Burnett at 251.442.2319 or [email protected]


Phyllis Schlafly, towering social conservative figure, dies at 92 || CNN

Phyllis Schlafly, towering social conservative figure, dies at 92

By Theodore Schleifer and Stephen Collinson, CNN

Washington (CNN)Phyllis Schlafly, a prominent anti-feminist and early leader of the social conservative movement, died Monday at the age of 92 at her home in St. Louis.

Schlafly, an outspoken voice against the liberalism of the 1960’s and 1970’s, was a towering figure in what emerged as the modern religious right. Her death was confirmed by the Eagle Forum, the Missouri-based advocacy organization she led.
“Her focus from her earliest days until her final ones was protecting the family, which she understood as the building block of life. She recognized America as the greatest political embodiment of those values,” the statement read. “From military superiority and defense to immigration and trade; from unborn life to the nuclear family and parenthood, Phyllis Schlafly was a courageous and articulate voice for common sense and traditional values.”
Schlafly was most well-known for her work fighting the Equal Rights Amendment in the 1970’s, emerging as one of the leading female critics of the feminist movement.
Schlafly, until her death, remained in the political arena and recently made the case for electing Donald Trump president. On Monday night the Republican nominee eulogized Schlafly in a statement.
“Phyllis Schlafly is a conservative icon who led millions to action, reshaped the conservative movement, and fearlessly battled globalism and the ‘kingmakers’ on behalf of America’s workers and families,” Trump said. “I was honored to spend time with her during this campaign as she waged one more great battle for national sovereignty.”
In her final days, Schlafly caused consternation among some conservatives by backing Trump.
She endorsed the billionaire at a rally in her home city of St. Louis, Missouri in March, despite the fact many of her fellow travelers in the movement don’t see the Republican candidate as a true ideological conservative, likening him to Ronald Reagan.
“I can remember 1980 when a lot of us didn’t think Reagan was an authentic conservative,” Schlafly told CNN in an interview in May.
“Reagan turned out to be best president of the century,” she said. She backed Trump partly because he was the only candidate talking about illegal immigration, which she said was “the most important issue in the country.”
In a statement Monday night Reagan biographer Craig Shirley called Schlafly the “First Lady” of the American conservative movement.
“Her legacy helped conservatives understand they had a choice and were not simply an echo,” Shirley said. “She battled, she won, she confounded the radical left-wing feminists time and again. Frankly, she was smarter and tougher than the liberals she fought and conquered so joyously. The defeat of the so-called Equal Rights Amendment stands as but one of many monuments to her legacy.”
Funeral arrangements are still being finalized, according to the Eagle Forum.

Phyllis Schlafly, a Forceful Conservative Voice for Decades, Dies at 92 || New York Magazine

Phyllis Schlafly, a Forceful Conservative Voice for Decades, Dies at 92

By Theresa Avila

Phyllis Schlafly, a conservative — if not notorious — icon for generations who propelled a new political movement starting in the 50s into force, died at her home in St. Louis. She was 92.

Schlafly was an outspoken critic of feminism and grew into a significant political and cultural force during her life. Her strong opposition to communism, abortion, feminism, and an overall focus on the nuclear family, made her a darling of the emerging conservative movement. So much so, that she earned herself the moniker, “The First Lady of the conservative movement.”

Richard Viguerie, who has helped finance right-wing causes, referred to her as such in the New York Times, while Reagan biographer Craig Shirley did so in a statement to CNN. “Her legacy helped conservatives understand they had a choice and were not simply an echo,” Shirley said. “She battled, she won, she confounded the radical left-wing feminists time and again. Frankly, she was smarter and tougher than the liberals she fought and conquered so joyously.”
Schlafly would go on to say that she was most proud of founding the Eagle Forum in 1975, a conservative organization still in existence, according to NPR. Her legacy and name, however, will forever remain associated with the eventual defeat of the Equal Rights Amendment, which would have barred gender-based discrimination in federal and state laws. The constitutional amendment came close to passage when both chambers of Congress passed it in 1972 and 35 states ratified it. It lost traction in the following years, however, and failed to get the additional three states needed for adoption. Historians credit Schlafly and her political-organizing capabilities as playing an important role in the defeat of the Equal Rights Amendment.

Schlafly continued fighting for conservative causes throughout her life, most recently endorsing Donald Trump for president. While she baffled feminists for almost two generations and earned their ire, she also galvanized a new conservative, religious movement into becoming a political force that remains to this day.

She is survived by six children and 16 grandchildren.


Schlafly Joins Ranks of Buckley, Goldwater, Reagan || Lifezette

Schlafly Joins Ranks of Buckley, Goldwater, Reagan

‘Little doubt … America today would have long ago been devoid of true conservatism if not for her leadership’

Long before Phyllis Schlafly almost single-handedly took down the Equal Rights Amendment (a Trojan horse for a number of radical, left-wing priorities), she helped galvanize conservative women for Barry Goldwater’s 1964 takeover of the Republican Party.

Goldwater ultimately lost the general election that year in a landslide but his nomination paved the way for conservatives, generally, and Ronald Reagan, specifically, to find national ascendance. Without Schlafly, who died Monday at age 92, the Reagan revolution might not have happened.

Reagan biographer Craig Shirley recalled that Schlafly and her followers were derided as “little old ladies in tennis shoes” during the 1964 campaign.

“But they didn’t realize those little old ladies had strong backs and big feet, and they kicked people’s a**es,” he told LifeZette.

As news of Schlafly’s death spread, the accolades quickly accumulated. The Eagle Forum, which she founded as a vehicle to stop the ERA, called her “an iconic American leader whose love for America was surpassed only by her love of God and her family.”

Family Research Council President Tony Perkins said in a statement that he has “little doubt that the political and cultural landscape of America today would have long ago been devoid of true conservatism if not for her leadership.”

Speaking on “The Laura Ingraham Show” Tuesday, conservative commentator Pat Buchanan said Schlafly was an “astonishing” figure in American history.

“She really was not only the first lady of American conservatism, she was a great American,” he said.

Schlafly was the oldest of two daughters born to John and Odile Stewart in St. Louis, Missouri. Despite getting laid off during the Great Depression and never fully recovering financially, John Stewart remained a stalwart Republican and critic of the New Deal. Schlafly inherited her father’s conservatism, which she promoted with enthusiasm through two failed bids for Congress and seven decades of political activism.

Her self-published 1964 book, “A Choice, Not an Echo,” sold 3 million copies and became one of the most influential political tomes of the 20th century. Schlafly scored her biggest political triumph in the 1970s when she stepped up to fight the ERA, which was steamrolling to passage. It had overwhelmingly passed the House of Representatives and cleared the Senate by a vote of 84-8 when Schlafly took up the cause. She argued that the amendment would not give women any more rights but would imperil privileges they had, such as protection from the draft.

“It was a given it was going to pass,” recalled Buchanan, who won Schlafly’s endorsement when he ran for president in 1996. “It had gone through 30-plus states when she stepped in. It only needed 38. It got up to 35. And when she went to work, she stopped it cold from getting three more.”

Shirley noted that the ERA had the support of both party platforms in 1972. He said Schlafly helped persuade the GOP to make opposition to the ERA the party’s official position in 1976 and to adopt an anti-abortion plank four years later.

Although she was best known for defeating the ERA, Schlafly began her career as a conservative crusader fighting communism in the 1950s. Shirley said she was there for Goldwater and Reagan and continued the fight on behalf of former House Speaker Newt Gingrich in the 1990s, staying active all the way up to her death. She lent Republican Donald Trump important conservative credibility when she endorsed him during the GOP primaries.

“She’s one of the half-dozen most important conservatives of the last century,” said Shirley, putting her in a category with Reagan, Goldwater, and National Review founder William F. Buckley. “She emphasized a lot of issues other people shied away from, social conservatism and family values. She went right after radical feminism and beat them at their own game — frequently.”

“It’s hard to think of a political activist who had as long an impact on the political debate, who was never elected to office,” he said.

Trump paid tribute in a prepared statement, calling Schlafly a “conservative icon who led millions to action” against globalism and a rigged political system.

“I was honored to spend time with her during this campaign as she waged one more great battle for national sovereignty,” Trump stated. “I was able to speak with her by phone only a few weeks ago, and she sounded as resilient as ever.”

Reagan biographer: Schlafly ‘smarter and tougher than liberals’|| WND

Reagan biographer: Schlafly ‘smarter and tougher than liberals’|



Leftists chortled with a disturbingly malevolent glee on Monday when Eagle Forum announced its founder and inspiration, longtime conservative activist and leader Phyllis Schlafly, had died.

The critics may have been hoping her message and influence would wane.

Their wish likely won’t be fulfilled.

After all, Sarah Palin noted, “She went down swinging!” and Schlafly’s new book, “The Conservative Case for Donald Trump,” written with Eagle Forum’s Ed Martin and Brett Decker, was released on Tuesday.

Schlafly is credited with almost single-handedly defeating the Equal Rights Amendment in the 1970s, warning the measure would accelerate abortion-rights and “gay” rights.

“She inspired and helped launch millions of women activists to fight for family, faith and ‘for justice in the law for born and unborn,’” said Susan B. Anthony List President Marjorie Dannenfelser.

“There are many things I learned from Phyllis Schlafly. I learned that ‘consent of the governed’ is for real; Americans have the power if they will use it. I learned that Supreme Court decisions on constitutionality are not adequate substitutions for the argument the Constitution itself makes. I learned that you can save the world from your living room and need never abandon your family for a cause. And that there is nothing more important than loving and raising your children and never contracting out the entire project to others.”

Dannenfelser said that when Schlafly’s name comes up among many modern women, “they think they know what her legacy is.”

“The so-called abortion ‘right’ was the primary inhibitor to her endorsement of the Equal Rights Amendment. These modern women argue that Phyllis’s legacy put women in a box. The truth is, she expanded opportunities for women. … It is those who continue to argue for the necessity of abortion today who truly box women in.”

Kristan Hawkins, president of Students for Life of America, explained the pro-life and pro-family platform that Schlafly promoted now are part of the fabric of the nation.

“Phyllis Schlafly was one of my personal heroes and mentors who inspired millions to the fight against abortion and the disastrous Equal Rights Amendment which would have made abortion a constitutional right,” Hawkins said. “Phyllis is the reason the Republican Party is a pro-life party.

“Phyllis will be missed yet her legacy will live on through my generation and in the young women who are fearless in the fight for the lives of the preborn and their mothers on their campuses and in their workplaces and communities.”

Tony Perkins, president of Family Research Council, said she provided the groundwork for the contemporary movement that recognizes and supports the traditional family and all its benefits for society.

“Phyllis Schlafly will be remembered for her courageous leadership in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds. With the political establishment, the media, and academia all arrayed against her, she organized a grassroots movement that not only stopped the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) but became the foundation for the pro-life, pro-family movement we have today,” he said.

“I have little doubt that the political and cultural landscape of America today would have long ago been devoid of true conservatism if not for her leadership. She never surrendered her principles and she never gave in to intimidation,” said Perkins.

“Her love for God and this country drove her to fight for the constitutional principles that founded this nation. We honor Phyllis for the lessons that she taught us all. I’m proud to have stood alongside her for faith, family and freedom,” he said.

Reagan biographer Craig Shirley called her one of the giants of the American conservative movement.

“Frankly, she was smarter and tougher than the liberals she fought and conquered so joyously. The defeat of the so-called Equal Rights Amendment stands as but one of many monuments to her legacy. Still, she was always refined, always charming. Ronald Reagan liked her and said so in his diaries. I can’t imagine a world without Phyllis,” he said.

Eagle Forum’s Martin noted Schlafly “once said that she ‘had done it all – just not all at once.’”

“It was true: Phyllis was a wife, mother, and homemaker. Then, a best-selling book author, a political candidate, and a radio/TV personality. Later, she led national movements and international protests. She was a friend to thousands and a model for millions. In everything she did, Phyllis brought joy, excellence, and success,” Martin said.

“I had the unique privilege over the past three years to work with Phyllis day in and day out. I listened to her closely. And watched her even more closely. What I heard and saw could fill volumes but one thing came through over and over in all she said and did: she loved people. Her life and work was about making life better for others whom she recognized as gifts of God.”

WND founder Joseph Farah had known Schlafly for 30 years.

“I understand age was catching up with her, but Phyllis was vital and alert right up to the last – churning out brilliant, incisive commentary and always available for wise counsel. It was my privilege to publishing her most recent book, ‘Who Killed the American Family?’ and others,” Farah said.

“Phyllis was well-grounded in her faith and there is no question in my mind she is with her Lord right now. That’s the only consolation in this news. It’s her family’s loss, her friends’ loss and the kingdom of heaven’s gain.”

American Life League President Judie Brown called her a “dear friend.”

“I truly miss her … but I know she served the Lord, her family, and her nation to the utmost.”

Penny Nance, president of Concerned Women for America, described her as a “courageous defending of liberty for all Americans.

“Her heart’s desire was to defend each member of the American family, from conception to natural death,” she said. “We are grateful for her influence in America politics, her fight against communist dictators and her education of grassroots women on the importance of constitutional and free market principles. There will never be another Phyllis Schlafly. She possessed an exceptional intellect and a kind heart. She will be greatly missed.”

Columnist Michelle Malkin said: “RIP Phyllis Schlafly: Wife, mother, grandmother, author, lawyer, tireless voice of grassroots conservative activism.”

The Trump campaign praised her for fight globalism “fearlessly” and standing up to the “kingmakers” on behalf of workers and families in America.

She was “a patriot, a champion for women, and a symbol of strength.”

“She fought every day right to the end for America First,” the statement said.

Richard Viguerie, the father of political direct mail, called her the “first lady of the conservative movement.”

Donald T. Critchlow, in the 2005 book “Phyllis Schlafly and Grassroots Conservatism: A Woman’s Crusade,” credited her with finding a “genuine populist sentiment” that opposed ERA, feminism and modern liberalism.”

Without her, and her followers, Critchlaw claimed, the conservative movement might have failed at its beginning.

Even her critics confessed her efficiency, with Alan Wolfe writing in 2005: “If political influence consists in transforming this huge and cantankerous country in one’s preferred direction … Schlafly has to be regarded as one of the two or three most important Americans of the last half of the 20th century.”

She was credited with having an apt comeback for every critique of her and her work. When she was asked about sex education, she replied those classes “are like in-home sales parties for abortions.”

Feminist activists Betty Friedan once said Schlafly should be burned at the stake, and Schlafly replied that the comment showed how intolerant “intemperate, agitating proponents of the ERA” were.

She used to open her speeches with, “I want to thank my husband, Fred, for letting me come here,” explaining she did it “because I know it irritates women’s libbers more than anything else.”

WND reported Monday when she died at 92 she still was president of 80,000-member Eagle Forum, which she founded in 1972.

She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Washington University in 1944, a masters from Radcliffe College in 1945, and a J.D. from Washington University in 1978.

David Usher, president of the Center for Marriage Policy and a longtime activist on family issues, worked with Schlafly for 30 years.

“Phyllis was one of the only conservatives that supported the best leaders in the fathers’ rights movement in the 1990s. She supported my work and that of Dr. Stephen Baskerville, author of ‘Taken Into Custody,’ who now teaches at Patrick Henry College,” Usher said. “Through her mentoring, we realized that marriage-absence is everyone’s problem – fathers’ rights was just another unhappy interest group — and we began working on reversing marriage-absence.”

She authored 27 books and was praised recently by her longtime friend and former GOP presidential candidate and writer Patrick Buchanan.

Her self-published 1964 book “A Choice Not An Echo” explained the grassroots Republican resistance to the Eastern Establishment and was a historic manifesto for American conservatism.

On the occasion of her birthday only a few weeks ago, WND reported that she appeared to be getting busier with age, not slowing down.

On the 2016 presidential race, she called Donald Trump the “last hope for America” in an exclusive interview with WND.

Brent Bozell, the founder and president of the Media Research Center, once said if Phyllis Schlafly didn’t exist, “the war would be over and we would have lost.”

Schlafly also penned “The Flipside of Feminism,” that shows how feminism has made modern women unhappy.

And Schlafly has also been an outspoken voice on religious freedom. In “No Higher Power: Obama’s War On Religious Freedom,” Schlafly argued the Obama administration’s secularist policies represent the greatest government-directed assault on religious freedom in American history.

Last year, she said the Supreme Court’s creation of same-sex “marriage” was just the beginning of the battle, just as with the 1973 creation of an abortion right.

“A lot of people thought when the Supreme Court handed down its bad decision in Roe v Wade, well the Supreme Court has spoken and that’s it. That settles it. Well, it didn’t settle it. It was just the beginning of a big fight. And eventually that decision’s going to be overturned. But, meanwhile, we’ve cut big holes in it because the American people did not accept the ‘rule of law’ that one human being could belong to another human being,” she said.

“The same thing will happen here. I don’t agree that Americans should submit to unilateral rule by what Lincoln called ‘that imperial tribunal.’ That’s not the kind of government we have. If we’re going to change any laws they should go through the legislative process. The idea that basically one judge should basically remake the law, a law that has been law since long before our Constitution was adopted, is just not acceptable.”