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A Battle Plan for Conservatives To Take Over the GOP

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The most important battle in American politics is not between Republicans and Democrats.


The most important battle in American politics is the civil war going on inside the Republican Party between limited government constitutional conservatives and the Big Government Republican Establishment.

CHQ Chairman Richard Viguerie has written his new book TAKEOVER because if we Tea Party and limited government constitutional conservatives don’t recognize we are in a war, we are certain to lose it.
This civil war inside the GOP started in 1912 when Teddy Roosevelt split the Republican Party in the pursuit of his personal political agenda and made progressivism the governing philosophy of the Republican Establishment.
And for over 100 years since, we conservatives have had our political guns trained on the wrong target.
We’ve been fighting the Democrats when the fact of the matter is the greatest impediment to the conservative governance of America is not the secular liberals of the Democratic Party – it is the Big Government progressives of the Republican Establishment.
TAKEOVER explains why, for over 100 years, limited government constitutional conservatives have focused on the wrong enemy.

In 1992, Bill Clinton’s campaign architect James Carville famously said: “It’s the economy, stupid!”

He was talking to Bill Clinton and his campaign team about what the theme of the campaign should be.

For the Tea Party and those of us who want to restore limited Constitutional government in America, in TAKEOVER I have proposed a new mantra: “It’s the primaries, stupid!”

Unless we field bold conservative candidates in Republican primary elections, we’ll continue to get the same kind of spending, deficits and debt – and failed GOP leadership – we’ve been getting since Ronald Reagan left the White House.

In the early 1960s conservatives launched a counter-offensive to take back control of the Republican Party with the candidacy of Barry Goldwater
As George F. Will said, Goldwater won this effort, it just took sixteen years to count the votes, and it culminated in the election and reelection of Ronald Reagan in 1980 and 1984.
Just like the Tea Party today, Ronald Reagan was attacked viciously by the Republican Establishment, which called his views “too extreme.”

But Reagan won two landslide election victories anyway – by organizing all the discontents with the Republican Establishment to build the Reagan coalition of economic conservatives, national defense conservatives and traditional moral values voters.
Unfortunately, the progressive Big Government Republican Establishment regained control of the Republican Party after Reagan left the political scene.
The result is: The GOP keeps nominating progressive Establishment candidates who lose election after election. 

Frankly, we don’t think the Republican Establishment cares much whether they win elections or not. What they care about is preserving their own power and their own comfortable lives in Washington, DC and your state capitols.
Anyone who threatens that – such as the Tea Party movement – becomes their enemy.
Poll after poll shows that the American people are conservative in their values and principles by two to one, or more. The percentage of Americans who describe themselves as liberal is 20 percent – has been that level for decades, according to Gallup.
But if you listen to Republican Establishment leaders – like Mitch McConnell, John Boehner, Reince Priebus, and Karl Rove you would think the Tea Partyis America’s biggest problem.
That is why, as Mr. Viguerie outlines in TAKEOVER, one of the first things we need to do to build a winning new 21st century conservative Republican coalition, like Reagan’s, is to replace the failed principle-free Republican National Committee leadership of Reince Priebus with that of party leaders who will put the full strength of the Republican Party behind limited government constitutional conservative candidates.

The only way we can stop the Republican Establishment from pulling the rug out from under conservatives like Senators Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, and Mike Lee and Representatives Tom McClintock, Tim Huelskamp and Justin Amash is to start at the local precincts and elect Party leaders who will be faithful to the Republican platform and its principles. 
The Republican Party has won four landslide national election victories in the last 35 years: In 1980 and 1984 with Ronald Reagan’s landslide presidential victories, then again in 1994 and 2010 with sweeping conservative victories in mid-term Congressional Elections.
You’d never know it from listening to Establishment Republicans like Karl Rove, but as Viguerie shows in TAKEOVER, in each of these four landslide victories, the message voters heard was a clear conservative message.
In 1980 and 1984, what voters heard was Ronald Reagan making a clear and unapologetic articulation of conservative principles and themes.
In 1994, what voters heard was Newt Gingrich’s conservative “Contract with America.”
In 2010, what voters heard was the Tea Party’s message -- opposition to ObamaCare and runaway government spending.
Compare those victories to what happens when Republicans nominate establishment politicians.
George H.W. Bush sold himself as Reagan’s heir and was elected in 1988 by pledging to continue Reagan’s successful conservative policies – famously promising: “Read my lips. No new taxes.”
He then broke this pledge, raised taxes and lost his reelection bid in 1992.
The Republican Party has nominated Republican Establishment politicians ever since: Bob Dole, George W. Bush, John McCain, and Mitt Romney.
Among this group of weak status quo candidates, only George W. Bush managed to eke out narrow tactical victories – losing the popular vote to Al Gore in 2000 and winning reelection by one state (Ohio) in 2004 against a very weak Democrat opponent; John Kerry.
But today we see conservative ideas winning even in blue Democrat states like Wisconsin – with Scott Walker now winning two landslide victories – once in 2010 and then again the following year with the recall election launched by the labor unions.
Walker turned a multi-billion-dollar deficit in Wisconsin into a billion-dollar surplus and is now giving that surplus back to the people of Wisconsin in the form of tax cuts.
The voters of Wisconsin, who usually vote Democrat, like what Scott Walker is doing. 
John Boehner, Eric Cantor, Mitch McConnell, John McCain, Lindsey Graham, Jeb Bush, and Chris Christie are status quo politicians. They are not going to rock the boat and change the system like Scott Walker did in Wisconsin.
We certainly won’t hear bold conservative positions and principles from them.
They are “dime store Democrats.”
This is why, in TAKEOVER, Viguerie keeps telling Tea Party and limited government constitutional conservatives, “It’s the primaries, stupid!”
We saw what happened in 2012 when the Republican Establishment forced the nomination of Mitt Romney – who was incapable of articulating conservative principles and positions – on a reluctant conservative Party base.
Republicans ended up losing yet another election they should have won, and to many, even Rush Limbaugh, it looked like we’d lost what makes America exceptional, maybe forever.
But we conservatives do not have to accept that a future of American decline is inevitable. TAKEOVER is a practical guide for how limited government constitutional conservatives can win the civil war in the GOP and govern America by 2017.
No other book is going to tell you the real story of how Republicans win elections, and it isn’t by running content-free campaigns like Jerry Ford, Bob Dole, John McCain and Mitt Romney ran.
It isn’t by governing as “Democrats-lite” as Presidents Richard Nixon, Gerald R. Ford, George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush did.
And it isn’t through the earmarks, cronyism and pork barrel spending that generations of Establishment Republican congressional leaders have tried.
TAKEOVER will give you the history, the hope, the encouragement, and a practical plan for conservatives to win the civil war in the Republican Party and turn this country around.
TAKEOVER is available now from Amazon and Barnes & Noble or you can go to your local bookstore, buy TAKEOVER and start winning the most important battle in American politics today.
P.S.  The #1 roadblock to conservative governance is not Barack Obama and the liberal Left. It’s the corrupt Republican Establishment in Washington that’s comfortable with Big Government, ObamaCare, gay marriage, and most of Barack Obama’s plans to “fundamentally transform” America.
This book is a step-by-step Battle Plan for how rank-and-file conservatives canTAKEOVER the national GOP – so we can have a real opposition party to the Democrats.  
It’s also a history on this civil war that’s been going on inside the GOP since 1912 between progressive Republicans and small-government constitutionalist conservatives.
Right now the National GOP Establishment is on life-support. That’s why they constantly rig the Presidential nomination rules to defeat conservatives and ensure victory for the Establishment candidate.  
But their “House of Cards” for maintaining their power in Washington, DC, is about to collapse. We just have to give it a push. 

To learn how you can help do that, order TAKEOVER today on AmazonBarnes & Noble, or purchase it at your favorite bookseller.

About Richard Viguerie:
RICHARD A. VIGUERIE, called the “Funding Father of the conservative movement,” transformed American politics in the 1960s and ’70s by pioneering the use of direct mail as a means for conservatives to bypass the main stream media. The author of a number of books on politics and the conservative movement Viguerie’s latest book TAKEOVER is due out April 8.
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