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Conservatives in the Wilderness: Restless, but Lacking Leadership

By Richard A Viguerie, CHQ Chairman
Conservatives in 1955 were restless, anxious to be heard, and had plenty of motivating issues.  But they lacked political and intellectual leadership.  That would soon come, with an outspoken Senator from Arizona and an articulate young author.  The stage was set in the 1950s for the birth of a new conservative movement, as we see in this excerpt from America’s Right Turn: How Conservatives Used New and Alternative Media to Take Power.

Conservatives in the Wilderness: American Politics in 1955

By Richard A Viguerie, CHQ Chairman
In 1955, liberalism reigned supreme over the politics of the United States.  If there is one lesson to be learned, however, it is:  Never despair, and never give up.  A new day was coming, as we see in this excerpt from America’s Right Turn: How Conservatives Used New and Alternative Media to Take Power.

Money in Politics: Everyone Complains About It, but Every Political Movement Needs It

By Richard A Viguerie, CHQ Chairman
Everyone complains about the role of money in politics, but nobody’s figured out how to run a political movement or party without money.  Get it from lobbyists?  Special interests?  Billionaires?  In this excerpt from Chapter 3 of America's Right Turn by Richard A. Viguerie and David Franke we explain how conservatives in the 1960s figured out a better way.

More Factors that Created a Grassroots Conservative Movement

By Richard A. Viguerie, CHQ Chairman
In this excerpt from Chapter 3, “The Recipe for Creating a New Mass Movement,” of America’s Right Turn: How Conservatives Used New and Alternative Media to Take Power, by Richard A. Viguerie and David Franke we consider “Self-identification as a movement” and Communication networks, sometimes including a secret weapon.

The Creepy and Creeping Power of Social Media

Ned Ryun, American Greatness

A healthy, thriving democracy is defined by rigorous debates, in the public arena, in public venues, on public platforms. The Internet is the modern day forum or agora, a place of open assembly and venue for free expression of thought and ideas, but often times social media companies do more to restrict speech than open our society.

The Factors that Created a Grassroots Conservative Movement

By Richard A. Viguerie, CHQ Chairman
In this excerpt from Chapter 3, “The Recipe for Creating a New Mass Movement” of America’s Right Turn: How Conservatives Used New and Alternative Media to Take Power, by Richard A. Viguerie and David Franke, we ask:  How can a grassroots political movement emerge and succeed in our media-dominated world?

What Conservatives Can Learn From America’s First Media Revolution Chapter 2

By Richard A Viguerie, CHQ Chairman
This is Chapter 2, “The Media Revolution of 1776” from America’s Right Turn: How Conservatives Used New and Alternative Media to Take Power, by Richard A. Viguerie and David Franke. Conservatives can learn valuable lessons from this exciting chapter of American history—lessons we can use today as we battle the new media monopolies of the Left.

What Conservatives Can Learn From the West’s First Media Revolution

By Richard A Viguerie, CHQ Chairman
Consider how this historic lesson repeated itself in the conservative media revolution of the 1960s—how conservatives were the first to use the new and alternative media, how liberals later caught up, but how the conservatives could no longer be eradicated or sidelined as they had been before.  Then ask yourself:  What can we do to make certain we are the first to dominate any new media technologies?

Media Monopolies Declare War on Conservatives

By Richard A Viguerie, CHQ Chairman
We succeeded before despite the old liberal monopolists.  We can repeat that success against the new “progressive” monopolists.  My co-author David Franke and I expalin how in the upcoming serialization of our book America's Right Turn.

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.

Before There Was Facebook And Cambridge Analytica Conservatives Had The Viguerie Company Part 1 of 3

By Richard A. Viguerie, CHQ Chairman
Liberals have effective control of the mass media -- a virtual monopoly on TV, newspapers, magazines and their associated websites, and increasingly, social media. However, there is one method of mass commercial communication that the liberals do not control -- direct mail.

Will Social Media Be the Death of Us—Literally?

Roger L. Simon, PJ Media

Ms. Aghdam is only the more extreme public face of this disturbing phenomenon. Because of her make-up, she acted out violently and aggressively. In a wider context, many have observed that our young people are being seriously wounded by social media, their ability to grow up privately, to make the mistakes we all do, drastically attenuated and subject to online ridicule. We have no friends, only digital mates.

Viewpoint Discrimination with Algorithms

Ben Shapiro, National Review

Conservatives aren’t the ones threatening to regulate social media — that’s the Democrats. Conservatives may be the targets, but they’re not the threat. Nevertheless, the market of ideas will not be quashed so easily. Already, competitors are eyeing the crackdown by social-media companies and sensing an opening. The default Democrats at social-media giants may attempt to choke off the traffic and income valve for those with whom they disagree, but so long as the Internet remains a free market, they’re unlikely to succeed in the long term.

Twitter’s War On Conservatives

Parnay Singh, Twitter Direct Messaging Engineer, on machine learning algorithms, “you have like five thousand keywords to describe a redneck…” “the majority of it are for Republicans”.

Now Is The Time To Step Up Pressure On Iran

January 12 is just over a week from today, but that’s plenty of time for the President to make a major policy statement in support of the Iranian people, and to put in motion the actions necessary to support them in their desire to rid themselves of the corrupt mullahs now stifling their liberty – and threatening our own national security.

Trump’s biggest enemy isn’t the media — it’s himself

Michael Goodwin, New York Post

Trump has dug himself in a hole with large segments of the American public, and needs to step away from the shovel if he hopes to get out. A year in office, his accomplishments still are being overshadowed by bad habits and unlikable aspects of his personality. Knowing that much of the media is out to get him, he should stop giving them ammunition. Most important, Trump must stop attacking individual Americans on Twitter.

Twitter is Trump’s most ‘presidential’ defense against fake news and lies

Madison Gesiotto, Washington Times

Why would we want our political leaders to avoid using the very outlets that are critical when it comes to communicating with millions of constituents? Social media is going to remain an integral part of politics moving forward. We cannot compartmentalize and ignore the facts. American political leaders should not live in the past, but rather progress with the future. Tweet away, Mr. President!

#TrumpTrain reaches 30 million, changes how campaigns use Internet

Paul Bedard, Washington Examiner

In just a year, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and his close-knit family and team of social media warriors have shattered Internet records, collecting over 30 million followers and fans and generating billions of views.

Don’t Make Snap Judgments About Shootings Based On Viral Videos

Holly Scheer, The Federalist

Viral videos, unreliable witnesses, and authorities’ delays in releasing their side of a story allows one side to become conventional wisdom and accepted truth. After more reasoned information begins trickling out, it has a hard time competing with the visceral and impassioned narrative that has swept our social media feeds and ignited other situations and protests.