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How Conservatives Turned a Lemon (1964) Into Lemonade (the Future Successful Movement)

By Richard A. Viguerie, CHQ Chairman
The Goldwater campaign was the first mass campaign in modern American history, and its grass-roots nature changed the face of American politics, as we see in this excerpt (No. 14 of 45) from America’s Right Turn.

Thanks to Shamelessly Dishonest Liberals, Conservatives Have No Chance in 1964 (13 of 45)

By Richard A. Viguerie, CHQ Chairman
The assassination of President Kennedy presented a new and unparalleled opportunity to smear conservatives, and the liberal media and LBJ took full advantage of it.  That worked in 1964, but conservatives would not be defeated that easily, as we see in this excerpt (No. 13 of 45) from America’s Right Turn.

This is What Happens When the Other Side Controls the Mass Media (12 of 45)

By Richard A. Viguerie, CHQ Chairman
By the numbers, 1964 was an unmitigated disaster for conservatives.  But it was worse than it had to be, since the liberals controlled all of the mass media, and used that pulpit to smear all conservatives as fascists and Nazis.  It worked—for the time being, in Excerpt 12 of 45 from America’s Right Turn.

Why There Was No Mass Libertarian Movement—Lessons for Conservatives (11 of 45)

By Richard A Viguerie, CHQ Chairman
Why did conservatives succeed in creating a mass movement, while the libertarians fell short?  This is not just ancient history—there are critical lessons here for today’s conservatives, in this excerpt (No. 11 of 45) from America’s Right Turn: How Conservatives Used New and Alternative Media to Take Power.

How Barry Goldwater Gave Political Voice to the New Conservative Movement (10 of 45)

By Richard A. Viguerie, CHQ Chairman
Conservatives needed a political voice if they were to go to combat in the political arena.  They found one in an outspoken U.S. Senator from Arizona, and we look at the successful strategy they chose in excerpt No. 10 of 45 from America’s Right Turn: How Conservatives Used New and Alternative Media to Take Power, by Richard A. Viguerie and David Franke.

How William F. Buckley Jr. Gave Birth to the Conservative Movement

By Richard A. Viguerie, CHQ Chairman
One man—William F. Buckley Jr.—and his new magazine National Review were successful in creating a mass conservative movement in the years after 1955.  We learn the reasons for their success in this excerpt from America’s Right Turn: How Conservatives Used New and Alternative Media to Take Power.

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 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.

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”.

Digital Tyrants Enable Political Tyrants

The internet was once hailed as the ultimate channel for free expression and democratizing the world, but the worldwide web’s promise of unlimited free expression is being quickly eroded by the alliance between political tyrants anxious to retain their power and digital tyrants anxious to retain their power – and make money.

Violencing Politics, Speech, and Religion

The Constitution creates a system of regular and non-violent transition of political power. However, in the view of the anti-constitutional left it seems violence is a justifiable response to losing political power.

Is Trump an Island?

Victor Davis Hanson, National Review

Would Trump let his deeds speak for themselves, he would quiet his enemies far more than he does with Twitter broadsides. In the prior eight years, Obama tried to invent achievement through soaring rhetoric about what he could never do. Trump seems just intent to diminish in tweets all that he has already accomplished in deeds. But no man is an island, and to press on, Trump needs to allow allies of his agenda to become allies of himself.

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.

Why Trump Should Consider a Post-Twitter Presidency

Victor Davis Hanson, National Review

Why should Trump ever consider pruning back his controversial tweets or confining them to the reportage of his daily achievements, in the manner of every other mostly boring politician? Because personal dueling with journalists, celebrities, and politicians is not only becoming superfluous, but it is now distracting Trump’s audiences from a growing record of achievement. Trump has outgrown the Twitter wars. He should now just declare victory, retire as Twitter champ, hang up his tweeting gloves, and leave the slap-down ring for others.