Condolences

I had hoped to finish up writing that post that's been sitting in my Drafts folder for like a week about why a white nationalist movement is no bad thing, but events got in the way- and not in a positive sense.

All things considered, today was not exactly the best day to come back from a long holiday weekend. Already we have seen the passing of a truly great woman- Phyllis Schlafly died yesterday afternoon:
Her death marks a palpable loss for the conservative movement which, just last month, celebrated the grassroots heroine’s 92nd birthday. 
An accomplished lawyer, activist, author, and mother of six, Phyllis Schlafly has been described as the embodiment of the ideal American woman. 
As Sen. Jeff Sessions wrote in a statement submitted for the Congressional Record, “dynamic, smart, beautiful, and articulate,” Schlafly has “fearlessly” and “tirelessly… championed the American family and American values.” 
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.” 
Schlafly enjoyed a rich family life. Married in 1949, she and her late-husband, Fred, shared forty-four happy years together as well as six children, sixteen grandchildren, and three great grandchildren. 
Never one to see her femininity as antithetical to her career goals, Schlafly was awarded Illinois’ Mother of the Year only a few years before being named one of the 100 Most Important Women of the 20th Century by the Ladies’ Home Journal. 
Revered for her steadfast judgement, Schlafly was a guiding light to many conservatives, who looked to her to determine the political battles of the day. Most recently, the “godmother of the conservative movement” led the charge against the Gang of Eight amnesty plan and President Obama’s Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement.

Unafraid to go toe-to-toe with some of the most powerful men in the nation, Schlafly was known for engaging in fights of principle all while projecting her irresistible charm, grace and wit. 
Schlafly understood feminism not as an effort to erase or wipe away the unique, distinguishing features of women, but rather to embrace and encourage all of the special and wondrous things about womanhood. Whereas modern feminism teaches that a little girl is not so different from a little boy and that society should recognize no real difference between the two, Schlafly celebrated motherhood and femininity, and perceived the differences amongst the sexes as something to be extolled rather than repressed. 
A vocal proponent for empowering all Americans, Schlafly fought tirelessly against the social institutions that teach the “absolutely false” narrative that “women are victims of the patriarchy and [that] it’s up to new laws in the Constitution to remedy this second-class citizenship of women.” 
“American women are the most fortunate class of people who ever lived on the face of the earth,” Schlafly proclaimed in 2012. “We can do anything we want to do.” 
Schlafly’s life was truly a testament to what she preached. A child of Great Depression, she paid her way through college by putting in 48-hour work weeks as a gunner testing ammunition at the largest ammunition plant in the world, the St. Louis Ordnance Plant. Schlafly tested .30 and .50 caliber ammunition for accuracy, penetration, velocity, and aircraft function before the government would accept the ammunition for the war effort during World War II. Despite the rigors of a full-time job working the midnight to 8am shift at the ordnance plant, Schlafly still managed to finish her schooling in just three years, graduating from Washington University in St. Louis Phi Beta Kappa.

She then went on to get her master’s degree in Government from Harvard University in 1945, and her J.D. from Washington University Law School in 1978. 
Schlafly was active in politics for more than one-quarter of all American history.
So passes a truly great lady- in all senses of the word. Back in the days when I leaned more toward the "conservative" side of the spectrum- as in, the "let's focus on what's still worth conserving and try- and probably fail- to do exactly that"- rather than the alt-Right "KILL! MAIM!! BURN!!!" one, I used to read some of her columns over at Townhall.com. I always found her to be an erudite, sharp-witted, yet clear and concise writer who knew how to take the great political issues of the day and present the conservative point of view in powerful moral and philosophical terms.

Of course, progressives, being the classy and compassionate lot that they are- only as long as it's a lion or a gorilla that dun got kilt by some eeeeeeevil murdering redneck of a hunter, you understand- took the opportunity to express their sorrow at the passing of an icon:




Hmph. Charming bunch.

Oh well. Good of them to get that off their chests- because they're going to realise in an awfully big hurry that if they thought Mrs. Schlafly's politics were "terrifying" (which they weren't), then they will have absolutely no bloody clue what to do when, not if, the alt-Right's much more muscular and aggressive approach to solving the problems that the Left keeps creating starts to make itself felt.

Bad as that was, though, the news that greeted me this afternoon was far worse.

Marcus Kowal, a mixed martial artist whose video on the similarities and differences between Krav Maga and MMA was used as the core of one of my posts on the same subject, lost his baby boy.

Liam Kowal was out with his aunt- a 15-year-old kid herself- when they were hit by a 72-year-old drunk driver. The little boy died in hospital; his aunt is still there, badly hurt.

As if that wasn't bad enough, Mr. Kowal donated his boy's organs- and was quickly inundated with pleas from parents of parents with critically ill children, desperate for that sliver of hope. His Facebook post on the subject is... difficult to read, to put it mildly.

From everything I have seen, Marcus Kowal is a hell of a nice guy, a good man- and a really good fighter. No loving parent should ever have to go through what he's going through now. No father should ever have to bury his only son.

Sadly, that's the world we live in. Good and decent men are struck by tragedy and disaster which they have done nothing to deserve; evil and despicable people are not only allowed but encouraged to get away with literally any sin.

If you're interested in helping out his family- and Lord knows, he and his lady could probably use the help right about now- friends of theirs have setup a GoFundMe campaign. It's already well over its target, but every little bit helps. If you have a little cash to spare, consider giving to them.

(I believe in putting my money where my mouth is. So when I ask you to donate, rest assured that I'm doing so only after I've forked over some of my own cash. I don't say this to brag- I don't like being in the spotlight- but I do believe in helping others who are truly worthy of aid.)

To Mrs. Schlafly's family, I offer my deepest gratitude. Phyllis Schlafly was a great woman who showed all Americans how to live a full life while fighting hard for what she believed in. Conservatives throughout the country owe her a great debt, one that they can perhaps go some way to repaying by taking up her last great cause before she died.

Recognise what she fought for, and who she fought against. Reward her hard work and her faith in God and the American people as she so richly deserved.

And to Marcus Kowal, I offer my deepest condolences. Nothing and nobody can make up for what you have lost, but I pray for you and your family, and hope that the Lord gives you what comfort that only He can provide in this terrible time.

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