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Highlights of My Speech to the New York Meeting

Richard Viguerie

This past Monday, April 28, my friend Mallory Factor and O’Brien Murray invited me to talk about my new book TAKEOVER at their monthly New York meeting of conservatives.

Fox's David Asman, Forbes' Carrie Sheffield, and the Daily Mail's David Martosko made up the media panel and along with Mallory and members of the audience asked questions when I was done speaking.

Watch my part of the program through this link.

I was joined on the program by former Senator Rick Santorum and Representatives Steve King and Tom McClintock, both strong conservatives fighting for principles of conservative governance despite the opposition of the Republican establishment on Capitol Hill.

Steve King and Tom McClintock’s comments both on and off the record reinforced a number of the points I made in TAKEOVER and I was pleased that two principled conservatives who are out in the trenches every day are on much the same wave length as I am in the book.

Likewise Rick Santorum, who was at the meeting to talk about expanding the Republican Party’s reach in blue collar America really reinforced to me one of the points I made in my remarks, and in TAKEOVER, that generally gets completely ignored by the establishment media.

There have been four great Republican electoral triumphs in the past half century; Ronald Reagan in 1980 and 1984, the Contract with America in 1994, and the Tea Party revolution in 2010, and there’s a theme common to all of them.

Reagan’s team, and of course Reagan himself, weren’t from Washington's Republican establishment, they were from California and the national leadership of the conservative movement. 

The Reagan coalition wasn’t built by DC Republican insiders like Senators Howard Baker and Bob Dole and House Minority Leader Bob Michael. It was built by conservative leaders such as Nevada Senator Paul Laxalt, Lyn Nofziger, Dick Allen, Ed Meese, Marty Anderson, Jeff Bell, Tom Ellis, and Judge William Clark.

Likewise the face of the GOP for the 1994 Contract with America landslide was the new, and at that time mostly younger,  conservative leaders of the House GOP like Newt Gingrich and Dick Armey, and the largely unknown grassroots candidates who signed-on to the Contract with America. It was not the old bulls of the Capitol Hill GOP, like Oregon Senator Mark Hatfield, who voted against the Balanced Budget Amendment killing it when it came over from the House and who some might argue singlehandedly set us on the course to today’s $17 trillion federal debt.

Likewise, in 2010, Tea Party candidates, without any real direction from the national GOP, drew a sharp contrast with the Democrats, and Big Government establishment Republicans, on taxes, spending, the growth of government, and especially on Obamacare, to power the GOP to pick up six Senate seats and win historic sixty-three seats in the US House of Representatives, recapturing the majority, and making it the largest seat change since 1948 and the largest for any midterm election since the 1938 midterm elections.

What made these four Republican landslide elections different from Republican defeats, such as 1976, 1992, 1996, 2006, 2008 and 2012?

In all of these victories the face of the Republican Party was not the establishment Washington elite – it was conservative outsiders.

As I argue in TAKEOVER, in addition to being seen as “Democrats-lite,” establishment Republicans just plain aren’t very well liked by the grass roots of the GOP. They are viewed as out of touch, elitist, and arrogant—and that’s by the grass roots of their own party. 

Imagine what the conservative independents, Reagan Democrats, and liberty-minded voters that Republicans need to attract to win national elections think?

When Big Government establishment Republicans are the face of the Party, Republicans lose, most recently in 2006, 2008, and 2012. If the landslides of 1980, 1984, 1994 and 2010 tell us anything it is that if Republicans are to recapture the Senate, we need new faces on the ballot and new leadership unfettered to the old Capitol Hill Republican establishment to win.

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"Conservative triumphs?"

Are you a sophist Mr. Viguerie? It certainly seems like you tend to read the events of history without paying attention to ALL the facts! You focus solely upon those things which support your pre-conceived point of view and tend to ignore those things which might prove to be problematic.
I sincerely doubt that a true conservative would go along with Mr. Reagan's proposal to triple the defense budget and in so doing, dramatically increase the national debt. What true conservative RAISES taxes 18 times as Mr. Reagan did first as governor and then as President?
As regards 1994 and 2010, if these were truly important and not just the typical off year Congressional election results, why were the results so short-lived? Likewise, what true conservative would demand that government "keep your hands off of my medicare?"

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The problem with the hard right conservative's that is currently the big problem. You have the hard right and they think that everything is dandy and it is not. The worst president we had was Dick Cheney. Notice I said Dick Cheney. George W. was a puppet. Boehner is doing a good job now. He is going to be the table and hammering out a solution and coming up with idea's. Any idiot can come to stalemate with somebody else and not get anything done. The facts of the matter about the healthcare system in this country is that it was broken. If you did not have a good job and was not making $50,000.00 a year in the major metro area's of the Northeast you could not pay health insurance, pay a mortgage, car payment, and deal with the things that come up in life.

A lot of the right wing conservatives are as bad as the democrats. Instead of paying a fair living wage to their employee's they would rather have the government bail these people out with food stamps and other programs. Those programs were not meant for the rich to get richer but to help some guy or gal get a toe hold on things and keep them off the street. There is nothing wrong with a shelf stocker at Walmart. It is a honorable job as is any work. I do not want to do it. But I should be able to do something like that and be able to feed and house myself.

There is a true lack of understanding

There is a true lack of understanding who represents what on the National Political Stage. Blairrm, who do you consider a Conservative (and is that HARD RIGHT to you?)? Bush or Cheney were not Conservatives by any stretch. Conservatives want efficient paid for Federal Gov't, with those issues not pertaining to the Federal Gov't to go to the States. There is nothing HARD, or Extreme in any Conservative agenda. We want to see the Federal Gov't hold to the standards set by the Constitution. This is a problem for Republican (Bush GOP) leaders in Washington, and certainly a problem for Progressives in Democrat and Republican Parties, because they then can't enrich themselves, and hold power that was not meant for them. If the Republican leadership could remove the Constitution they would. They stand for absolutely nothing but finding a way to get elected. As for Democrats they are in full agenda mode to foist a European style Democratic Socialist economy on this nation, and history has shown us time and again this leads to first malaise, then poverty, then violence. Marxists repeat over and over their rigid 'Utopia' that always leads to a Gov't having their boot on the neck of their citizens, which ends in violence. The TEA Party/ Conservatives (being name called because of the threat to kill the good times in Washington)are the only ones offering an agenda that would bring prosperity to the Private Sector, and efficiency to Gov't.

As for wages? Gov't can't and shouldn't be involved in dictating what wages should be. Let the Free market decide. What we have now is Crony Capitalism, where Gov't is picking the winners and losers. I read over and over Registered members of the Republican Party believing their Party leaders are Moderates looking for Compromising (good Gov't), but that is a lie. They are attacking politicians on both sides of them in order to make people think their rational. Nothing is further from the truth. They stand for nothing, with NO ideas, and lie just to be elected. They are phonies.

Richard I saw your CSpan appearance, and noticed you talking about Conservative leaders and not once did you mention Sarah Palin. Let me tell you, there would be no Conservative Movement today without her. Those TP Congressman and Senators we here from today are due to Palin going to battle for them, by first awakening Conservatives, and now her holding voice for them doing the dirty work and taking the slings and arrows the LEFT Media throws at her, that would be coming their way if she were not leading the parade. Don't do what the GOP did to her and abandon her, then attack her, and attempt to dismiss her. I follow YOU, because I support Sarah Palin. YOU and all the other Conservatives should never forget that. She leaves the political scene, and I and tens of millions also take a hike with her.