Celebrating a Staunch Anti-Communist on the 100th Anniversary of American Communism

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by Kristine Canavan  •  ChurchMilitant.com  •  September 12, 2019   

Phyllis Schlafly was a fierce opponent of marxist ideology

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 "We don't get fooled again! No! No!" -"Won't Get Fooled Again," The Who

Republican elitists, greedy globalists, treasonous, federal bureaucrats who position themselves and patiently move up in the ranks to leadership roles — these political types have become staples of the contemporary political landscape.

If the Catholic political lioness Phyllis Schlafly had lived to see the election of Donald Trump and its aftermath, she would tell you that these liars and leakers have been around for decades.

It should come as no surprise that Schlafly was one of the first noteworthy conservative thinkers to endorse Donald Trump's candidacy for president. At her funeral three years ago, on Sept. 10, 2016, Trump gratefully acknowledged Schlafly's political vision and intellectual courage: "Believe me, Phyllis was there for me when it was not at all fashionable. Trust me."


Trump declared his candidacy in March 2015; by December of that year, Schlafly hinted that she was leaning in Trump's direction, and in a January Breitbart interview, she was quoted as expressing support for Trump. When Trump planned a March rally in St. Louis, it was Schlafly, a St. Louis native, who introduced him and made her endorsement official.

Six months later, Trump was back in St. Louis eulogizing the woman who Ann Coulter called "unquestionably one of the most important people of in the twentieth century — and a good part of the twenty-first. Among her sex, she is rivaled only by Margaret Thatcher."

Schlafly was the author of more than 20 books. Her last book, published posthumously, was The Conservative Case for Trump. But probably her best-known work was her first, A Choice Not an Echo. The book drew back the political curtain to reveal its backroom control by a cohort of Republican and Democrat East Coast elitists, a group Schlafly called "DeBildebergers," a secret version of the better-known Davos World Economic Forum.  

In 1903, Lenin established Communism with 17 supporters. In 1917, the Communists conquered Russia with 40,000. In 1957, the Communists are in iron control of 900,000,000 people.

Schlafly explained that the secret meetings of the DeBilderbergers

hold several important lessons for Americans today [1964]. It proves that there do in fact exist secret groups of persons high in finance, government, and the press who meet secretly to make important plans they do not reveal to the public. DeBilderbergers is only one of these groups. ... Highly placed New York kingmakers work toward "convergence" between the Republican and Democratic parties so as to preserve their America Last foreign policy and eliminate foreign policy from political campaigns.

No wonder The Washington Post called her "The Mother of Right Wing Populism."

An even more fascinating and earlier example of her visionary thinking was the 1957 "Report of the Special Subcommittee on Communist Tactics, Strategy, and Objectives of the American Bar Association." Phyllis, along with her husband Fred, who was a lawyer, became involved in this special American Bar Association (ABA) subcommittee. 

They drafted this very influential report that opened with a description of 15 devastating decisions from the Earl Warren-led Supreme Court, decisions that were editorially lauded in the Communist Daily Worker. 

The report later lists 10 strategies the Communists were (?) using to advance their international conspiracy. Here is an edited (for length) version of the list:

  1. Weaken or repeal existing anti-Communist legislation including the "Aliens Ineligible and Aliens Deportable sections of the McCarran-Walter Immigration Act."
  2. Discredit and hamper congressional committees investigating subversion.
  3. Weaken the effectiveness of the FBI and reveal its sources of information.
  4. Destroy the federal security system.
  5. Recognize China and admit her to the United Nations.
  6. Oppose the United States breaking off diplomatic relations with Soviet Russia.
  7. Urge U.S. aid to Soviet satellites.
  8. Enlarge East-West trade [think China], especially in items in short supply behind the iron curtain, and promote exchange of delegations.
  9. Convince the American people that the Communist Party is just another political party and that individual Communists are an oppressed minority entitled to special protection lest we succumb to a "spirit of conformity."
  10. Use shakeups in the Kremlin to revive the Communist peace offensive.

Chillingly familiar, n'est-ce pas

This week in New York and Baltimore, the Communist Party in the United States (CPUSA) will be celebrating its 100th anniversary in America. 

Formed in 1919 — within a year of the Communists' assassination of Czar Nicholas II and his family — the CPUSA has had its ups and downs, but they appear to be trending upward. Note the recent publication of "The Catholic Case for Communism" in America magazine in addition to the growing popularity among young people of the more benign-sounding socialism.

On a happy note, the Schlaflys' report for the ABA also includes this reminder: "In 1903, Lenin established Communism with 17 supporters. In 1917, the Communists conquered Russia with 40,000. In 1957, the Communists are in iron control of 900,000,000 people."

It only takes a few courageous, committed people to change history. Of all people, Christians should understand that well.

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