Those individuals who openly supported Hillary Clinton by signing the New York Times letter showed themselves to be political opportunists and elitists, not committed limited government constitutional conservatives, and if the Trump team has a blacklist, as far as millions of grassroots conservatives are concerned that’s OK, because their exile should be permanent.
Republican primary voters tend toward primogeniture and they may make a cause out of a closely fought loss, as Nixon’s supporters did over his 1960 loss to John F. Kennedy and Reagan’s conservative supporters did in 1976 after he was denied the Republican nomination, but it appears that general election voters have a higher standard and they will never forgive or look at a sore loser as worthy of the highest office in the land.
There are a lot of parallels between 1964 and 2016, but the most important one is this: By defeating Goldwater, establishment Republicans created the opportunity for Democrats and their progressive Republican allies to bankrupt the country in a war that lacked a strategy for victory and to enact the regulatory and welfare regime that continues to plague our economy and limit our liberty fifty years on.
In 1965 Richard Viguerie went to the clerk of the House of Representatives and copied (by hand) the names of donors who gave Goldwater $50 or more, forming the basis for his mailing list. Viguerie used this data to send 70 million letters per year and 1 billion pieces of conservative direct mail between 1974 and 1980, when conservative Ronald Reagan was elected president.
The greatest lesson to take away now is that the media is going to again fixate on Goldwater from 1964, and they will probably mostly ignore the most historically relevant election points — Carter in 1980 and George H. W. Bush in 1992. History doesn’t repeat itself. The media does. So too does a Republican Establishment that has seen all its more winnable moderates from Dole to McCain to Romney lose. But Ted Cruz is just like Barry Goldwater supposedly.
Steve Scalise is either too dumb to be Republican Whip, or just plain lying about his association with David Duke's despicable racist organization, because none of what he has said about his association with Kenneth Knight, a leader of Duke's racist group has made the least bit of sense to anyone with even a low voltage BS detector.
By Richard A. Viguerie, CHQ Chairman
Yesterday conservatives honored Barry Goldwater and celebrated the fact that, despite Goldwater's epic 1964 defeat, the members of the “Stop Goldwater” movement are largely forgotten, while the organizations founded by the people that Barry Goldwater inspired, including the Viguerie Company and ConservativeHQ.com, remain vigorous and growing.
“The Speech” established Ronald Reagan’s political brand as the preeminent communicator of conservative ideas, and as CHQ Chairman Richard Viguerie observed in TAKEOVER, in some sense, for the next twenty-five years Reagan never deviated from that script.
This coming October 27th marks the fiftieth anniversary of that speech, the one that history records as launching Reagan’s own stunningly successful political career that saw him just two years later elected governor of California in a million-vote landslide.
Some liberals have grown nostalgic for Barry Goldwater, claiming he’d repudiate the Tea Party. Quite the contrary.
Although she never held public office Phyllis Schlafly, next to William F. Buckley, Jr. Barry Goldwater and Ronald Reagan, is one of the most recognized faces of American conservatism.
The Tea Party is building a movement, and they get the lesson of Babe Ruth’s 1927 season.
Barry Goldwater: The man who made Reagan possible. Fifty years ago, Barry Goldwater won the Republican presidential nomination as a man of controversy. Today, he can be seen as something else entirely: vindicated.
Richard Viguerie's new book TAKEOVER covers Barry Goldwater, Richard Nixon, William F. Buckley, M. Stanton Evans and Ronald Reagan. He blasts the GOP Estab., The Bushes and consultants, just to name a few. The author is ready to rumble as “civil war” and division rattle the GOP.
Ronald Reagan built his coalition by taking all the discontents within the Republican Party and molding them into a coherent conservative ideology and a winning coalition that defeated the Republican establishment in the primaries. After just five short years the grassroots limited government constitutional conservatives of the Tea Party movement are well on their way to doing the same thing.
An original conservative general looks at the GOP, and conservatives’ place in it, from Goldwater on.
Conservative powerhouse Richard Viguerie (CHQ's chairman) who's credited for organizing Ronald Reagan’s huge victory in 1980 and the founding of multiple conservative organizations is calling for challenges to the elected GOP officials who may not be fully in line with the party’s roots.
To win the elections necessary to govern America according to conservative principles there’s only one way to go; recruit the candidates and do the work necessary to obtain the Republican nomination for conservatives. Just as importantly, conservatives must get involved in the Republican Party at the precinct level, run for Party office and takeover the GOP at the local, state and national levels.
By Richard A. Viguerie
If conservatives won’t start taking results more seriously, you can bet the rest of the GOP soon will. In order to achieve victory, the late conservative activist Howard Phillips used to say, “first we must seek it.” Even before that, we must define it—and perhaps more ambitiously than we have done in the past.