Phyllis Schlafly On Amnesty: ‘Republicans Ought to Show Some Fight’

By Barbara Hollingsworth | November 26, 2014 | 1:33pm EST

Eagle Forum founder Phyllis Schlafly leads a protest against the Equal Rights Amendment in front of the White House in 1977. (Warren K. Leffler/Library of Congress)

( – Conservative grande dame Phyllis Schlafly says that Republicans in Congress should be actively opposing President Obama’s “unconstitutional” and “illegal” executive order granting unilateral amnesty to five million illegal aliens.

“I think the Republicans ought to show some fight,” the still feisty 90-year-old founder of Eagle Forum told

Schlafly, who almost single-handedly rallied the conservative grassroots in the 1970s and managed to overcome “enormous odds” to defeat the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) even though 30 states had already ratified it, pointed out that determined opponents of amnesty can do the same today.

“We had everybody against us,” Schlafly recounted.

“When you consider the difficulties we overcame: they had momentum, a good name. They had three presidents, three presidents’ wives, every congressman except three or four, every governor, a lot of money, all the women’s organizations, and Hollywood. And they had a tremendous head start. And still we beat them all. And I think it’s a great example of how the grassroots can rise up and overcome enormous odds.”

Schlafly says that Republicans today could inspire a similar grassroots uprising if they took a principled stand against Obama’s amnesty. “The American people do not want to reward people who broke our laws,” she told

“I would start off by having televised hearings and bring a lot of legal authorities in to show chapter and verse how what he’s [President Obama] doing is wrong and illegal, because the Constitution gives control of immigration to the Congress.

“And I would also cut off the money that he’s spending. Where is he getting the money? Just simply put riders on bills saying no money can be spent for X,” she said. asked Schlafly who was mostly to blame for what Sen. Ted Cruz called “a constitutional crisis”: an increasingly imperial president or a Congress unwilling to defend its institutional prerogatives.

“There’s plenty of blame to go around,” she replied.

Schlafly also discussed the November mid-term elections in which the Republican Party gained control of the Senate and won the largest majority in the House since the Truman administration.

“The first election I participated in was 1946, which is the only election that is comparable to the one we just had in the number of seats that Republicans picked up. It was a tremendous victory, and with the leadership of Robert A. Taft, that Congress - which was called the 80th Congress - did all sorts of good things," she said.

“They cut taxes, they balanced the budget, they reduced the national debt. They passed laws over Harry Truman’s veto, such as Taft-Hartley. They passed the 22nd Amendment to the Constitution so we didn’t have to worry about [Bill] Clinton or [Barack] Obama running for a third term.”

Schlafly has written extensively about various attacks on the nuclear family, which is the subject of her new book, Who Killed the American Family? In it, she argues that healthy, intact and independent families are essential for limited government.

"Is the title in the past tense because you believe the cultural war to preserve the family has already been lost?" asked Schlafly.

“I don’t know that any battle is ever really lost, and I’m certainly ready to continue fighting that battle. But the figures are very depressing,” she replied.

“When I grew up, we were a land of prosperous middle-class families, with a mother and father raising their own children in their household. I grew up in the Great Depression, and even the black family was together.

“What broke it was the incentives that were put in place by [former President] Lyndon Johnson’s failed war on poverty. The decision was made to have all the [welfare] money flow to the women and not to the men…

"A man needs a mission, and [his] mission is to be a protector and provider. And if you take that away from him, he’s just moving on down the street having fun.”

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