Mrs. Maisel goes full Alinsky on Mrs. Schlafly

by Fausta Rodriguez Wertz

Alinsky rule #13
Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.”

Pamela Geller introduced me to Phyllis Schlafly at the 2008 RNC convention in Minneapolis. Of course I knew of Mrs. Schlafly’s many controversial positions (on many of which I disagreed), but I was surprised that she read my blog. She was very pleasant and after encouraging words about my blog, said, “It’s important for women to stand up for their beliefs.”

Fast-forward to 2019, as I watch The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel‘s third season on Amazon.

I love the series’ fairy tale clothes and setting of an idealized 1950s New York.

Mrs. Maisel, however, is a potty-mouthed obnoxious comedienne who traipses through Manhattan life dressed to the nines. The daughter of a Columbia University professor who’s always been an academic and a trust fund heiress of a rich oil family, Midge’s life was turned upside down by her husband’s infidelity, and she turned to stand-up comedy as a career.

Of course her father’s a communist.

Midge’s in-laws, who actually work hard for their very comfortable living, are portrayed as crass. and common. They live in Queens.

The third season is essentially a 1950s musical, complete with tracking shots, dance numbers, synchronized swimming and absolutely gorgeous fashions and cars.

Life in stand-up is tricky, and Midge must turn to voice work doing radio commercials. She takes a job doing a live skit – for Phyllis Schlafly.

Enter Saul Alinsky.

To make a long story short, the characters repeatedly describe Mrs. Schlafly as a MONSTER, in righteousness and outrage. Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it. And drive the point home. I doubt most viewers had heard about Phyllis before this, but now they know her as a MONSTER.

You can’t even watch a miniseries without your medicine.

It’s ironic, however, that a series about a woman finding her voice stoops to demonizing a woman who had a voice.

Remember Canonization doesn’t make a Saint, it just acknowledges one publicly

There is a very important point that is being missed both by the Vatican in their attempt to block the Canonization of Bishop Fulton Sheen and in the various commentaries on the tactics being used by the Catholic left in positions of power to kill it.

In the long run they don’t matter.

A saint is, by definition a person who is in heaven (the only exceptions to this rule that I’m aware of are certain canonized angels who would are not “human”) beatification or Canonization is merely the church publicly acknowledging this fact which already exists. For example during the entire time the Vatican was blocking the cause of St. Faustina and proscribing against the Divine Mercy devotion, she was in fact a saint, with all the ability to intercede for us in heaven that any other saint has.

I would wager real money that each of us have at the very least dozens of these “unknown saints” in our ancestry from children who died before the age of reason (including the aborted unborn) to devout relatives. Most of these folks will never be known to the Vatican, but are known of course to God.

The number of what I call “unknown saints” in heaven dwarfs the number of canonized saints and is in my opinion one of the greatest untapped resources for the faithful in need. In my own daily prayer routine the 20th the final decade of every 20 decade rosary (the 5th Glorious mystery ) is always prayed in honor of the “unknown saints” and I constantly request prayers from them for people with various needs.

If Cardinal Sheen is a saint in the presence of God no amount of political shenanigans either at the Vatican nor at any dioceses in the nation will end it.

It seems to me that this would be a perfect time to begin a devotion to the “Unknown Saints” and I submit and suggest a daily request that this great untapped source of spiritual grace pray for the hierarchy of the Church might be exactly what we need during these hours of crisis.