Richard Viguerie’s Remarks in behalf of Virginia U.S. Senate candidate Jamie Radtke to the Republican 10th Congressional District Annual Reagan Dinner, April 27, 2012.
Howie Lind, our Chairman, has given me 3 minutes so I’m going to talk fast. Please listen fast -- this is important, folks.
In 1976, Ronald Reagan was running for president and was opposed by the Republican Establishment including the Rockefeller, Nixon and Ford wing of the party.
And, in the campaign he talked about the need for new leadership -- leadership unfettered by old ties and old relationships. The Republican leaders in 1976 and again in 2012 are fettered with old ties and old relationships that is a major cause of the growth of government.
In 2006 and 2008, the Republicans lost the Congress and the White House having nothing to do with Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid or Barack Obama. But it had everything to do with the failed, flawed Republican leaders in Congress, and the White House.
In 2009, the Tea Party Movement came into being as a direct result of the excesses and abuses of power by Republican leaders. In 2010, the Democrats suffered a massive defeat across the country, but the defeat had little to do with the Republican leaders. They were nowhere to be seen in 2010. The face of the opposition to the Democrats in 2010 was Rush Limbaugh, Mark Levin, Sean Hannity, senate candidates Mike Lee, Rand Paul, Marco Rubio, Pat Toomey, House candidates like Alan West, and the Tea Party.
And in 2012, the grassroots opposition to Republican leaders continues -- in Utah, Indiana, and Texas. And, just this week the grassroots voters scored a major upset and rejected the Republican leaders’ hand-picked U.S. Senate candidate and chose the Tea Party candidate. Conservatives need lots of things including more organizations, publications, candidates, and money. But number one above all else, they need new, mostly younger leadership.
Small-government, constitutional conservatives are like the Biblical Jews who had to wander though the desert for 40 years until that generation of failed, flawed leaders had passed from the scene. Conservatives and Tea Partiers are not going to get to the political promised land until we also get new leaders.
If we continue to send the same messengers with the same message, the message received by big-government politicians will be that they can continue business as usual. Too many Republican politicians talk like Tom Jefferson but vote like Democrats. Conservatives and Tea Partiers have an opportunity to send a message with a new, young, principled conservative leader, Jamie Radtke.
A vote for Jamie Radtke will be a vote heard throughout Virginia, in all the corridors of power in Washington, D.C., and throughout the country.
To paraphrase Ronald Reagan, if we don’t take this opportunity to send a message to Republican, big-government politicians, when will we? And if we don’t do it, who will?
Isn’t it time that small-government, principled, constitutional conservatives send a message to the out-of-control, big-government, big spending, business-as-usual Republicans?