William F. Buckley
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.
By Richard A. Viguerie, CHQ Chairman
During Rep. Phil Crane’s post-Army career in advertising, where he learned and honed the skills that would help him sell conservatism as a Member of Congress and chairman of the American Conservative Union, Phil Crane wrote a then-popular Christmas song, “Little Sandy Sleighfoot.”
The 2016 presidential election has pitted the Revolutionary Conservatives inspired by Phyllis Schlafly's "A Choice Not An Echo" against individuals inspired by 19th century preacher Charles H. Spurgeon, until the rift is healed conservatism is in danger of becoming politically irrelevant.
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.
It was reassuring when we could put the burden on one man. But all of us are responsible for liberty and all of us committed to conservatism have to commit to each other to keep the fire burning. There are going to be attempts to co-opt conservatism by nationalism. But nationalism is not a universal value and provides no assurance of liberty.
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.
Far from being a look back at a successful career and a life well-lived, we expect tonight’s celebration of CHQ Chairman Richard Viguerie's 80th birthday to be a look ahead.
"Cruz is arguably the most compelling conservative political activist/intellectual since William F. Buckley."
In Part VI of "Why I'm A Conservative, Not A Libertarian," Writer Ben Hart says he's a "William F. Buckley, Jr. conservative" and argues that conservatives tend to respect tradition; they look at what has worked up until now and favor that, until another idea comes along that proves to work better. Please tell us what you think by posting your comments or submitting your rebuttal to chqeditor[at]gmail[dot]com.