Ronald Reagan had a no-compromise attitude about the supremacy of the American way of life, once even joking during a microphone check: “My fellow Americans. I’m pleased to tell you today that I’ve signed legislation that will outlaw Russia forever. We begin bombing in five minutes.”
One of the men who helped put Reagan in the White House, Richard Viguerie, often called the “funding father of conservatism” for his advances in direct-mail fundraising, thinks the Reagan GOP of limited government and individual liberties is fast going away.
But he’s not giving up, and on April 11 Viguerie will address the Heritage Foundation on the subject of his new book, “Takeover: The 100-Year War for the Soul of the GOP and How Conservatives Can Finally Win It”
His book scheduled for release by WND Books April 8.
It was 102 years ago when Teddy Roosevelt split the Republican Party to advance his progressivism, or what’s known as “Big Government Republicanism.”
It took years, but conservatives started fighting back to reclaim the GOP in a battle that soon could reach a decisive point.
National polls show that the American people self-identify as conservatives by a margin of 2 to 1 or more. But despite the many scandals surrounding the White House, the monumental failure of the Obamacare rollout and the lack of leadership from Congress, the Republican Party has failed to win key elections, critics say, because it has failed to deliver on its promise to roll back the tide of Big Government.
In his new book, Viguerie, who also is scheduled to appear April 9 with Lou Dobbs on the Fox Business Network, offers a blueprint for how liberty-loving, small-government conservatives can take back the Republican Party.
“Every day you read another story about [how] a candidate for the tea party has embraced becoming the target of the entrenched Republican Party leadership and mindset, and I believe my book offers a practical outline for how principled conservatives can make the stand to finally win this fight,” Viguerie told WND.
In “Takeover,” Viguerie – who in the 1960s and 1970s pioneered the use of direct mail as a means for conservatives to bypass the liberal media – dares to name names when discussing the big-government Republicans waging the war on the tea party movement and other advocates of limited government.
Viguerie writes that Karl Rove “has grown wealthy by promoting the idea that content-free campaigns, rather than conservative principles, are the path to victory for the Republican Party.”
But should the GOP be following the path of someone who had a record of 22 losses and nine wins in 2012, he asks.
Other members of the “entrenched” GOP leadership, Viguerie says, include Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, one-time vice presidential candidate Rep. Paul Ryan and a man, Viguerie writes, who “seems to relish in antagonizing conservatives,” Sen. John McCain.
Writes Viguerie: “From criticizing conservative leaders to attacking the principles of millions of conservative voters … McCain readily trains his guns on his fellow Republicans while giving the Democrats a pass. McCain’s frequent sallies against his fellow Republicans earned him in January 2014 an unprecedented rebuke from the Arizona Republican State Committee for his ‘long and terrible’ record of voting with liberal Democrats.
“Despite all this, he continues to be a favorite of the Republican establishment,” said Viguerie.
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