“Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come. She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness. She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness. Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her. Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all. Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised. Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates.”

– Proverbs 31: 25-31

To know Phyllis Schlafly was to love her.

I was shocked by the news of her death on Labor Day. Despite her age of 92, she seemed invincible to her friends. She was vital and sharp until the very end.

She was a strong woman of faith, so there is no doubt in my mind that she is with her Lord whom she loved, revered and lived for.

She was an inspiration to all who knew her – her family, her friends, her admirers and the nation she loved so much.

For 70 years, Phyllis labored for liberty.

She recognized that the American family was the cornerstone of a self-governing, free society. If it were torn asunder, as it has been by government and a culture gone crazy, the freedom Americans have known for 240 years would be lost.

Phyllis worked tirelessly to see that would never happen.

She was courageous, articulate and as sure of her convictions as anyone I have ever known.

In 1963, the publisher of the St. Louis Globe-Democrat put it this way: “Phyllis Schlafly stands for everything that has made America great and for those things which will keep it that way.”

It’s doubtful, though, today’s so-called “mainstream media” will remember her so kindly. She took them on throughout her political life. That’s what first caught my eye, long before I got to know her. I remember her historic fight against the so-called “Equal Rights Amendment.” I remember her support for a strong defense. I remember her unflagging support of Ronald Reagan.

We will no doubt remember her after her death for her full-throated, unambiguous support for Donald Trump.

Whenever I was in doubt about an issue, I felt comfortable looking to her for answers. Her advice never failed me.

It was easy to get to know Phyllis. She was no respecter of persons. She treated everyone she met with grace and charm and a smile. She was fun-loving and full of surprises – outspoken, genuine and down to earth. And she was always there with words of encouragement for her friends.

One of my greatest honors in my career was to become her publisher for two of her more than two-dozen books.

My conversion as a young “progressive” was due in part to her work, including her 1964 classic, “A Choice Not An Echo,” self-published long before self-publishing was cool. It sold more than 3 million copies.

In 2016, she said the election of Donald Trump represents America’s last chance, explaining that if Trump does not win and mass immigration is not stopped, “we’re not going to be America anymore.”

America is better today because Phyllis Schlafly was here fighting the good fight for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

It’s unlikely we will ever see a more brilliant, committed, determined activist and political tactician in our lifetime.

She was a national treasure.

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