After this column was written, it was reported that Phyllis Schlafly had died, aged 92. See In Memoriam Phyllis Schlafly by Peter Brimelow.
Backing the candidacy of Sen. Barry Goldwater, the book was a polemic against the stranglehold the eastern liberal establishment had held on the Republican nomination for decades.
"A Choice" sold 3 million copies.
Schlafly went on to lead the campaign to derail the Equal Rights Amendment, which, with 35 states having ratified, was just three states short of being added to our Constitution.
At 92, the founder of Eagle Forum has a new book out, published by Regnery. "The Conservative Case for Trump," co-authored by Ed Martin of Eagle Forum and Brett Decker, argues that the Donald is an authentic conservative around whom every conservative should rally.
Yet, in making their cogent case, Schlafly and her co-authors raise questions that today bedevil the movement.
What does conservatism mean in 2016? Upon what ideas and issues, principles and policies, do conservatives still agree?
"In my father's house there are many mansions," the Bible tells us. So it is in the house divided that is the American Right.
Each of the chapters in The Conservative Case for Trump is devoted to Donald Trump's stand on a major issue of the campaign. And on most of the issues selected, almost all conservatives agree.
Trump believes Antonin Scalia is the gold standard for Supreme Court justices and federal judges, and that among the indispensable cures for decrepit and failing public schools is competition from private, religious and charter schools.
Some Republicans, however, part with Trump on his contempt for political correctness, his refusal to observe strictures on debate laid down by our ruling elites, and his rejection of their claims to moral authority with his airy dismissals of their demands for apologies.
Part of Trump's populist appeal is that, by his rebellious stand, he appears to challenge the very legitimacy of the regime. Thus those most disgusted with the establishment cheer him loudest.
On immigration, Trump shares the alarm of a Middle America that sees its country being irretrievably altered by an invasion from across our border. He has no hesitancy in urging tough methods to secure the borders and send back those who disrespect our laws.
This offends the sensibilities of many Republicans. And, indeed, it contradicts a core dogma of the "conservatism" preached at The Wall Street Journal.
The Journal anticipated John Kerry who just told the graduating class at Northeastern University, "You are about to graduate into ... a borderless world." Is John Kerry a Wall Street Journal conservative?
Trump has spoken out against crusades for democracy, nation-building abroad and unnecessary wars—especially Iraq in 2003.
And what was the official "conservative" stand on Iraq in 2003?
William F. Buckley's National Review attacked the libertarian and traditionalist right that opposed invading Iraq on such flimsy pretexts as—"unpatriotic conservatives" who "hate their country."[Unpatriotic Conservatives, by David Frum, March 25, 2003]
"This is a binary election," John Bolton is quoted in Phyllis' book. "[N]ot voting" for Trump is "functionally ... a vote for Hillary."
Yet that is where some conservative and neocon columnists and scores of foreign policy veterans of the GOP, and ex-Presidents Bush I and II, and 2012 GOP candidate Mitt Romney are heading.
But what is conservative about rendering aid and comfort to the presidential ambitions of Hillary Rodham Clinton?
As for the issues on where the right is split, interventionism is born of Wilson and FDR; noninterventionism is of Taft, Ike and Reagan.
Free trade as dogma comes out of the Party of Wilson and FDR, not the Party of Lincoln and Teddy Roosevelt.
The Conservative Case for Trump is a splendid little book by the first lady of American Conservatism.
The Hillarycons now owe it to us to make their case.
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