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Remembering Senator Paul Laxalt – One Of The Essential Men Of The Conservative Movement

By Richard A. Viguerie, CHQ Chairman
Many have rightly eulogized Senator Paul Laxalt as one of Ronald Reagan’s closest political confidants, but that does not properly credit Paul Laxalt’s essential contribution to the modern conservative movement.

It’s Time For President Trump To Go Full Andrew Jackson On Overreaching Judges

Whether President Jackson defied the Supreme Court has been hotly debated ever since Worcester v. Georgia but the point is that unlike subsequent presidents and congresses, Jackson was prepared to challenge usurping federal judges and use all the power and discretion the Constitution grants the executive to pursue his policy goals.

How Trump Could Be Like Reagan

Stephen Moore, Arthur B. Laffer and Steve Forbes, New York Times

By putting zero tariffs on the table, Mr. Trump will also be able to determine which nations are genuinely committed to freer trade and which prefer to keep their protectionist barriers in place. We’ve often reminded politicians that free trade is a pillar of prosperity and a win-win for trading partners. Just as no one ever thought Mr. Reagan would stem nuclear proliferation, if Mr. Trump aggressively pursues this policy, he could build a legacy as the president who expanded world commerce and economic freedom by ending trade barriers rather than erecting them.

Remembering Tom Ellis: Unsung Hero Of The Conservative Movement

By Richard A. Viguerie, CHQ Chairman
North Carolina lawyer and political strategist Tom Ellis passed away last week at the age of 97. Ellis, whom many credit with recruiting Jesse Helms to run for the Senate, is in my view one of the two or three most important unsung heroes of the conservative movement.

Trump Heads To NATO Summit With America First Agenda

President Trump’s recognition that the United States cannot and should not continue to subsidize the quality of life for our allies is hardly a conspiracy theory, but an overdue recognition that the Reagan defense build-up was expended long ago, and if the Western alliance is to be maintained, then all its beneficiaries must pay their share.

Faith Whittlesey An Original Reaganite Remembered

By Richard A Viguerie, CHQ Chairman
Ambassador Faith Ryan Whittlesey, an early supporter of Ronald Reagan’s 1980 presidential campaign and for many years a powerful voice in the conservative movement, will be remembered at a memorial service today, Wednesday, May 30, at 11 a.m. at St. Thomas Apostle Catholic Church, 2665 Woodley Rd. NW, Washington, D.C. 20008.

Trump Eyes Wide Open On North Korea

President Trump seems to share President Reagan’s genuine horror at the thought of nuclear war, a deeply held belief that drove Reagan to engage Soviet Premier Gorbachev in both diplomatic negotiations to reduce nuclear weapons and a strategic competition that eventually brought down the Soviet Union.

Part 3 of 3 Before There Was Facebook And Cambridge Analytica Conservatives Had The Viguerie Company

By Richard A Viguerie, CHQ Chairman
Much of the Liberal outrage at Facebook has nothing to do with Zuckerberg’s questionable business model for monetizing its user’s data. It is not outrage over privacy, rather it is the same kind of outrage that they have directed at me and other conservatives over the years; it is outrage that conservatives used Facebook to defeat liberals at the local, state and national level.

Part 2 of 3 Before There Was Facebook And Cambridge Analytica Conservatives Had The Viguerie Company

By Richard A. Viguerie, CHQ Chairman
Every battle we fight, even if we lose, gives us the opportunity to educate voters on the issues, attract new people to the conservative - populist movement that won President Trump the Republican presidential nomination, and build new conservative organizations and leaders.

Larry Kudlow For White House Economic Advisor

Larry Kudlow’s personal relationship with President Trump, his credibility with conservatives and Republicans on and off Capitol Hill, and most importantly, his ability to channel President Trump instead of trying to impose his own ideas make him the ideal candidate for the job of Chairman of the National Economic Council – we strongly urge the President to select Mr. Kudlow for the position without delay.

Visionary Conservative Jeff Bell Remembered

Jeff Bell’s two most notable books, The Case for Polarized Politics and Populism and Elitism are must-read resources for anyone wishing to understand the conservative – populist politics that gave rise to the election of Ronald Reagan and Donald Trump. There could be no better memorial to Jeff Bell than to read his books and build upon his ideas.

Heritage Report Ranking Trump Above Reagan Again Exposes #NeverTrump Grifters

John Nolte, Breitbart

According to the Heritage Foundation, during his first year in office, Trump adopted nearly two-thirds (64 percent) of Heritage’s agenda. By comparison, Heritage says that former President Reagan enacted only 49 percent of its policy prescriptions. “There is so much noise in this town that I think it obscures the real work that’s being done,” Heritage president Kay Coles James told the New York Times. “This administration is doing quite well in terms of advancing a conservative agenda — clearly, quite well.”

The question Democrats fear most

Rep. Tom McClintock, Washington Examiner

Ronald Reagan asked a simple question both in 1980, when he ran against the economic malaise of the Carter years, and again in 1984, after he had implemented the same pro-growth policies Trump is now implementing. “Are you better off today than you were four years ago?” No politician or pundit can spin the answer to that question – every American knows it precisely in their own lives. Republicans are now uniquely poised to ask it once again.

A debate for history

Craig Shirley and Scott Mauer, National Review

The 1970's fight over the Panama Canal was a victory for Reagan’s supporters in the debate. The canal issue raised the prominence of Richard Viguerie, Paul Weyrich, and other opponents of the “giveaway.” And it was arguably through the canal issue that the conservative movement became a permanent part of the American political firmament, after a series of other significant events, such as Reagan’s ascendancy in American politics.

Book Review: Just Right by Lee Edwards, Ph.D.

By Richard A. Viguerie, CHQ Chairman
I urge all of my friends and CHQ readers to add Just Right by Lee Edwards to their Christmas list, not only is it a joy to read, but it is an essential chronicle of the rise of the modern conservative movement through the eyes of one of the few men who have been at the center of it all from 1958 to the present.

Lessons From My Book TAKEOVER: Be A Third Force, Not A Third Party

By Richard A Viguerie, CHQ Chairman
The policy of acting as a separate force within the Republican Party worked well to nominate Judge Roy Moore – even though it meant defying President Trump’s call to support establishment Senator Strange.

Reagan Was Mocked and Underestimated, Too

Patrick J. Buchanan, The American Conservative

Reagan was, as Trump claimed to be, an anti-interventionist. Reagan had no wish to be a war president. His dream was to rid the world of nuclear weapons. This does not sound like Trump in October 2017. Steve Bannon may see the 25th Amendment, where a Cabinet majority may depose a president, as the great threat to Trump. But it is far more likely that a major war would do for the Trump presidency and his place in history what it did for Presidents Wilson, Truman, LBJ and George W. Bush.

Book Review: Citizen Newt by Craig Shirley

By Richard A. Viguerie, CHQ Chairman
One of the great strengths of Citizen Newt is to remind readers that the more things change in Washington, the more they remain the same. Thus, Citizen Newt is full of lessons for today's movement conservatives and conservative - populist supporters of President Trump.

Meanwhile Over In Moscow

With help from President Reagan’s former Attorney General Ed Meese and from Jon Utley’s Freda Utley Foundation, which provided funding, a statue of Presidents Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev was recently unveiled in Moscow.

It's Time To Drain The Swamp In The GOP

We conservatives need to translate the grassroots rage over the betrayals of Republican elected officials into a national conversation about the future of the Republican Party and a wave of national activism to nominate and elect “Drain the Swamp” Republicans to the House of Representatives and the US Senate.