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Amy Coney Barrett Is Fulfilling The Legacy Of Phyllis Schlafly

By S.G. Cheah·· 6 min read
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I like Amy Coney Barrett. Everything I’ve read, seen, and heard her say as a judge had been appealing. She’s intelligent, reserved, calm and collected under pressure, and conscientious when answering questions. She checks all the marks of a good judge.

And yet, whenever I read the news, I’m flooded with so much anger and hate targeted on this one woman. This woman, who is a mother of seven and graduated at the top of her class at the prestigious Notre Dame, is treated like she’s the enemy of all women. Why? Why does it seem like everywhere we turn, there’s an obscene amount of rage directed at the nomination of this one woman to the seat of the Supreme Court? 

Then I recalled, she wasn’t the first woman who became the target of vicious attacks, especially from women who call themselves feminists. Another woman had also been “feminist enemy number one,” and her name’s Phyllis Schlafly. For those who don’t know who Mrs. Schlafly is, she was a tour de force in stopping the feminist movement from ratifying the Equal Rights Amendment to the American Constitution in the 1970s. You can read more on Mrs. Schlafly here

Phyllis Schlafly and Amy Coney Barrett

It’s interesting, albeit unsettling, to see so many feminists losing their mind at the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett. But what’s even more telling is when you read about how Amy Coney Barrett is a traitor to all women because she rejected the feminist agenda. Article upon article has been written with the purpose of attacking Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation to the Supreme Court. 

To the feminists, both Phyllis Schlafly and ACB are guilty of choosing to uphold the American Constitution.

And the articles which stand out the most (for the worst reasons possible) are the ones bashing Barrett in the same way Phyllis Schlafly was bashed: Repressive. Outdated. Traitor. Despicable. These are just some of the colorful adjectives used by feminists to describe both Mrs. Schlafly and Mrs. Barrett. Yet what are they really guilty of? To the feminists, both Phyllis Schlafly and Amy Coney Barrett are guilty of choosing to uphold the American Constitution and embracing a traditional role of wife and mother, instead of toeing the line of the feminists’ agenda. 

Like Amy Coney Barrett, Mrs. Schlafly was a student of the law, although for different reasons. After realizing the true ramifications of the ERA, she began to debate feminists and speak publicly about it. Her opponents attacked her on the basis that she was not a lawyer, so therefore how could she tell what the law said? Never one to be easily defeated, Phyllis Schlafly got a degree from Washington University in 1978. That way, no one could claim she didn't know what she was talking about.

The two women don't just share a love of the law, but a love of large families as well. Phyllis Schlafly had six children before deciding to pick up the helm of women's rights and get her law degree. All of her children grew up to be impressive adults: several of them lawyers and doctors. Both women were attacked for daring to succeed professionally while having a traditional family at home.

Protecting the Constitution

In order to protect freedom, we need to uphold the Rule of Law. In a Wall Street Journal article, Judge Barrett said Justice Scalia taught her to disregard her personal views and preferences when deciding a case. “A judge must apply the law as written, not as the judge wishes it were,” the statement says. “Sometimes that approach meant reaching results that he did not like. But as he [Scalia] put it…that is what it means to say we have a government of laws, not of men.”

A judge must apply the law as written, not as the judge wishes it were.

Justice from the American Constitution 

The article on Amy Coney Barrett from the Wall Street Journal continues: “A mother of seven, she also says she uses her children as a test when deciding cases, asking herself how she would view the decision if one of her children were the party she was ruling against. ‘Even though I would not like the result, would I understand that the decision was fairly reasoned and grounded in the law?’ she says.”

Anyone who cares about justice should count their blessings when they’re appointed a judge who interprets the law as an originalist/textualist since they would uphold the law above all else. The evidence is clear on how Judge Barrett will fulfill this role properly. And this is especially crucial since there’s talk of how proponents of judicial activism will try to pack the Supreme Court, which will rubber-stamp their unconstitutional agenda.

Protecting the Rights of All Americans (Not Just Women)

While Judge Barrett shares a similar lifestyle as Phyllis Schlafly – both are persons of faith and traditionally family-oriented — the force that binds these two women is their love for America and the American Constitution. Phyllis Schlafly organized a resistance against the feminist movement as they sought to amend the American Constitution. Schlafly (and her supporters) knew how the ERA would ultimately undermine the American Constitution. 

The force that binds these two women is their love for America and the American Constitution.

Amy Coney Barrett, in her steadfast resolution to interpret the American Constitution in its original meaning, will carry on Schlafly’s torch in protecting the sanctity of the American Constitution for all Americans.  

The Myth of Feminist Debt 

The public display of unhinged feminist outrage over Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination to the Supreme Court is the clearest sign of this mentality of entitlement and ignorance. Perhaps one of the most narcissistic and persistent lies which feminists love to spout is about how women supposedly “owe our successes to feminism.” Apparently, without feminism, we’d still be barefoot and pregnant in the kitchen. They say nothing of how women in America owe our freedom and liberty to the American Constitution. 

Women in America owe our freedom and liberty to the American Constitution.

Numerous women attained massive successes in America prior to any feminist movement. In fact, the first black person who was ever published in America was a black woman during the American Revolution. Do you know the name of this black woman? Probably not, because we don't learn about American history any more. The name of this black woman was Phillis Wheatley, and her book inspired the founding of America

Closing Thoughts 

Great women have always existed in American history. From Phillis Wheatley to Phyllis Schlafly, and now Amy Coney Barrett. It’s a myth that women owe their successes to feminism. Rather, it’s the American Constitution and our commitment to individual rights that has protected the rights of women in America since its founding.

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