It hardly seems possible. Phyllis Schlafly has died at age 92. Mother of six, she had a superb intellect and a will of steel. A devout Catholic, she saw through contemporary feminism to the fundamentally nihilist philosophy it is, and led the successful fight against the Equal Rights Amendment. One of the key founders of modern conservatism, she was a true force of nature. I met her when she was giving a speech at the U of I on the day Reagan was shot. Along with other student conservatives I helped provide security against a leftist mob that cheered the shooting of Reagan. They attempted, and failed, to shout Schlafly down, who remained calm and indomitable in a very dicey situation, gave her speech, and took questions from the audience, batting away with ease the insulting sallies of her leftist interlocutors. If all conservative men had half her courage, this country would be in much better shape.
Update: What would the death of a conservative be without leftists celebrating? Go here to read some of their comments. Leftism never misses an opportunity to reveal how vicious and deranged its devotees truly are.