By Ron Paul
My wife Carol and I join Phyllis Schlafly’s many friends and admirers in mourning her passing and sending our deepest sympathies and prayers to her family. While Phyllis and I did not always see eye-to-eye, we were always willing to work together on those issues—such as protecting the unborn, dismantling the Department of Education, and protecting America’s sovereignty—where we agreed.
Phyllis was also a valued ally of the liberty movement in our battles with the GOP establishment. In 1996, when many Republicans, and even many so–called conservative leaders, were waging a well-funded smear campaign to prevent my return to Congress, Phyllis defied the establishment and endorsed me. In 2012, she stood with my supporters at the Republican convention in opposition to the RNC rules disenfranchising grassroots activists.
I was honored when she asked me to write the foreword to the 50th anniversary of her classic work “A Choice Not an Echo," which details the underhanded tactics used by the establishment, with the support of many inside-the-beltway conservatives, to maintain control of the Republican Party. I hope that the new generation of liberty activists discover this book and learn from Phyllis how to effectively offer the American people a choice of liberty instead of an echo of authoritarianism.