Safe - Not Sorry

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Safe - Not Sorry (December 1967) is a book by Phyllis Schlafly containing a heavily documented, scathing criticism of the Deep State and the politicization of the Department of Justice in the mid-1960s. It includes a lengthy discussion of the secretly fomented race riots in Detroit, New Jersey, and other cities in 1967, and a scandal concerning a military contract for a supposedly advanced fighter jet known as "TFX". The book, which includes some humorous cartoons, lampoons the TFX as "The Flying Edsel."

This book coined the "Injustice Department" phrase (Chapter VIII, pp. 98-109).[1] It describes the Deep State's mistreatment of General Edwin Walker, which included imprisoning him in solitary confinement (pp. 101-02).

Expressions from this book,which contains about 42,000 words with heavy documentation in its footnotes, include:

  • "the twin evils of crime and Communism" (p. 121).

Political Prophet

  • stated in December 1967 concerning President Lyndon Johnson and ending the Vietnam War: "Johnson's political future depends on ending the war in some way." (p. 126) The following year Johnson was humiliated in his own presidential primary and withdrew from his reelection campaign, due to the ongoing issue of the war.
  • decried our (United States') lack of an "anti-missile defense" system against a nuclear attack by a foreign country (p. 128, also pp. 139-41 in reference to "Nike X"), which we ultimately developed under the Reagan Administration in the mid-1980s.
  • sharply criticized the harm done by the U.S. Supreme Court, particularly by the Warren Court, five years before the Court issued its notoriously evil Roe v. Wade decision to create abortion-on-demand.
  • "The leftwing forces ... Their long tentacles reach out to many fields: to 'orchestrate' propaganda through the communications media, to indoctrinate youth in our schools and universities .... The leftwing liberals work directly through [their organizations] to get out the vote for liberal candidates ...." (p. 146)


  • spoor - the scent or track of an animal or person, or (verb) to follow it
  • hoary - old, gray-haired, or trite
  • smearbund (p. 112) - reporters, columnists, and commentators who smear people in the liberal media for political gain. This term was famously used by the conservative congressman Martin Dies (D-TX)

References to mass murders

References to mass murders as analogies include:

  • Richard Speck, who murdered 8 female nursing school students one night in Chicago on July 13, 1966;[2]
  • Charles J. Whitman, who shot and killed 14 from the observation tower at the University of Texas in Austin in August 1966.


  1. Page references here are to the paperback edition.