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Richard Viguerie, often called the “funding father of conservatism” for his advances in direct-mail fundraising, is on a campaign to take back the Republican Party from the “big government” advocates.

In that pursuit, he has a new book, “Takeover: The 100-Year War for the Soul of the GOP and How Conservatives Can Finally Win It,” coming out in just days.

Now he’s being joined in his effort by a force powerful enough to turn the tide in the 2010 elections and leave the U.S. House of Representatives in the hands of Republicans, including many that follow a conservative pathway.

That would be the tea party, represented here by Tea Party Patriots President Jenny Beth Martin, who wrote the forward for Viguerie’s book.

She explains that a “bitter political civil war” is happening now that ultimately will determine whether America remains a constitutional republic.

“The modern version of this struggle is not between Democrats and Republicans, but within the Republican Party itself,” she writes. “It is a civil war between limited-government, constitutional conservatives and the progressive, establishment wing of the GOP.

Sign up here to watch a livestream broadcast of Viguerie’s speech at the Heritage Foundation on April 11.

“And make no mistake: the establishment wing of the Republican Party is progressive, and has been ever since conservatives stymied Teddy Roosevelt’s attempt to reclaim the Republican presidential nomination in 1912 and make progressivism the governing philosophy of the Republican Party.”

She explains that Viguerie’s plan, outlined in “Takeover: The 100-Year War for the Soul of the GOP and How Conservatives Can Finally Win It,” is a “plan for constitutional conservatives to take over the GOP so that we may restore the liberty and opportunity that the Founders intended and protect that great document, the United States Constitution.”

She continued, “The millions of Americans who are drawn to the tea party movement understand that progressives in both the Democratic and Republican Parties have usurped power and overrun the Constitution. The Obama administration is the most extreme example of progressive rule, but the road to where we are today was built with the willing participation of establishment Republicans.”

The door for restoration already is closing, Martin warns.

“Time is running out, and if we fail in this task, our children, grandchildren – our posterity — will never know the America for which millions have sacrificed their labor, capital, lives, and limbs. Unless the Republican Party fulfills its promise and becomes the constitutional alternative to the progressives, I fear the ‘American experiment’ is over,” she said.

Viguerie, who will be addressing the Heritage Foundation on April 11 in a streaming event, reveals that 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 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.

An appendix to the book presents Viguerie’s view of those whose defeat or abandonment “would advance the cause of conservative governance.”

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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