George H.W. Bush
Kuwait is one of the freest nations in the Persian Gulf, as well as one of America’s best friends. Yet its “liberalish” governance, as one Kuwaiti colleague described it, ironically impedes the adoption of market-oriented economic reforms necessary for the country’s prosperity.
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.
For many movement conservatives the leading conservative candidate for Vice President in 1980 was Senator Bill Armstrong. However, feeling the need to unite the GOP, Ronald Reagan ultimately chose George H.W. Bush as his running mate, and the rest – including the failed presidencies of George H.W Bush and George W. Bush – is history.
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.
The difference between Ronald Reagan’s toughness in advocating conservative principles and Trump’s politics of personal invective is that Reagan understood the key to building a winning conservative coalition was addition, not subtraction. Donald Trump clearly lacks Reagan's wisdom and maturity because, after Trump’s toxic behavior in South Carolina, it is going to take more than “The Art of the Deal” to rebuild the Reagan coalition if Donald Trump is the Republican nominee for president.
Bob Dole supported the passage of Obamacare. If you connect the dots, and the Washington Cartel money, there’s a straight line from the Big Government Republicans, like Bob Dole, who also supported the George H.W. Bush tax increase that broke his “read my lips” pledge and led to his defeat, to the content-free campaign of 1996, to the Big Business – Big Government axis of Chamber of Commerce money supporting Jeb Bush, to yesterday's Bob Dole endorsement of Jeb Bush.
Richard A. Viguerie, CHQ Chairman
If a conservative or outsider is leading going into the Republican National Convention, even if they have the nomination wrapped-up, you can count on the inside elite of the Republican political class to demand that one of their own receive the vice presidential nomination as the price of “party unity.” And no one else in America, beside Hillary Clinton, has a larger Rolodex of Washington insider supporters than Jeb Bush.
By Richard A. Viguerie, CHQ Chairman
George H.W. Bush, ran as a pro-choice moderate in the 1980 Republican primaries – he wanted nothing to do with the social and economic conservative positions Reagan espoused. Almost by default Bush became Reagan’s runningmate, but he never adopted Reagan’s limited government goals and throughout the Reagan presidency he was never trusted by conservatives.
Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush are fading in the polls because the momentum in this election has shifted away from rule by the political class and toward a populist majority that rejects government by a deceitful and avaricious self-selected elite. The question the election of 2016 will settle is whether the voters will choose populism on the right or populism on the left to replace the fading dynasties.
Twenty-six years ago this week any prospect of institutionalizing Reaganism as the governing principle of the Republican Party and America was abruptly ended when George H.W. Bush conducted a well-planned purge to replace conservatives (be they Bush supporters or not) with establishment Republicans.
Ronald Reagan & George H.W. Bush only used their power to expand laws recently passed by Congress, not to impose new laws. What Obama's doing would go far beyond his predecessors’ actions. And they wouldn't be rooted in any recently passed law.
Phil Crane passed away on Saturday. What a different world it might be had Crane, instead of George H.W. Bush, been chosen as Ronald Reagan's Vice President. The wake for former Congressman Crane will be Thursday, Nov. 13 from 6 PM to 8 PM at the Loudon Funeral Chapel at 158 Catoctin Circle, SE. in Leesburg, Va.
By Richard A. Viguerie, Author & CHQ Chairman
Heritage Foundation President Jim DeMint is the de facto leader of the conservative movement because he understands that, while the establishment media and big-government Republicans have done a good job of blaming conservatives for Republican losses, the reality is voters consistently reject big-government, content-free Republicans. The GOP only wins when it draws a clear contrast with the secular liberal big government worldview of the Democrats.
How might the GOP seize defeat from the jaws of victory? The Weekly Standard's Bill Kristol’s says, "If there’s one thing that could blow up GOP chances for a good 2014, it would be an explosive debate over immigration in the House.”
Amnesty for illegal aliens isn’t being pushed out of concern for the illegals; it’s being pushed to benefit titans who stand to gain billions from industry in Mexico.
ConservativeHQ chairman Richard Viguerie calls on the right to mobilize to stop Barack Obama’s surveillance state.
One of the most damaging political developments of the Reagan years was the silence of most conservatives, Democrats have exhibited no such compunction in criticizing Barack Obama. Movement conservatives should never hesitate to speak out when our friends in government show any inclination to give way on conservative principles.
Why do GHW and Barbara Bush love a movie that portrays Reagan so negatively? In reality, the Reagans invited butler Eugene Allen to attend a state dinner. Allen's photos of the Reagans hang in his living room while other presidential pics are in the basement.