In times of crisis and doubt and anger and even fear, when conservative values are most needed: when there is a need for prudence, not rashness; for custom, not the impulse of the moment; for a transcendent faith, not a fatal conceit; for reform, not revolution. As we seek solutions to problems that seem unsolvable, we should recall the wisdom of the poet T. S. Eliot, who reminded us that there are no lost causes because there are no gained causes. There is only the unceasing struggle to preserve life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for ourselves and those we love. (Requires subscription to access full article)
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.”
It appears to us the #NeverTrump cabal had two kinds of members; those who honestly could not bring themselves to support Donald Trump because of his past personal conduct, and those who are actually closer to Hillary Clinton ideologically and opposed Donald Trump because they support amnesty for illegal aliens, open borders, Big Government, a no-win foreign policy or are wilfully blind to the Islamist threat.
Please tell us what you think: Who among the #NeverTrumpers are Redeemable and who are now Irrelevent?
By Richard A. Viguerie, CHQ Chairman
Last night Mike Pence laid claim to be the clear and obvious heir to Ronald Reagan with nobody in second place.
Mike Pence had one job going into last night’s debate and that was to defend his running mate and his positions, but in doing that job effectively he accomplished another much more important job; he confirmed his position as de facto leader of the conservative movement.
“I have decided to endorse Donald J. Trump for President of the United States, not only because of my great concern about Hillary Clinton. I am supporting Mr. Trump primarily because I believe he is the most capable candidate to lead the United States of America in this complicated hour."
In making what he called the agonizing choice to endorse former rival Donald Trump after Trump’s scorched earth primary campaign, in which Trump and his supporters attacked Senator Cruz’s wife and father, Ted Cruz has shown he is a greater man than are his most vehement detractors and many of his most admiring supporters.
By Richard A Viguerie, CHQ Chairman
I was honored to be asked to be one of those who eulogized Phyllis Schlafly this past Saturday, along with Congressman Steve King of Iowa, Congressman Louie Gohmert of Texas, Congressman Todd Akin of Missouri, founder and chairman of the Faith & Freedom Coalition Ralph Reed, and several of Phyllis’ family members. General and Mrs. John Singlaub were also in attendance.
Rather than trash Trump for his family and maternity leave proposal movement conservative leaders and thinkers ought to be engaged in answering the real question that conservative voters care about: how does the movement of family values empower successful families?
By Richard Viguerie, CHQ Chairman
No matter how bad things looked on Capitol Hill during the 1970s, hope and encouragement came from Phyllis Schlafly and her legions of women who defeated the ERA state-by-state and in so doing showed conservatives what effective political organizing and bare-knuckle politics could accomplish when it was separated from the drag of the Republican establishment.
We urge our fellow citizens who have yet to make-up their minds about the election, especially conservatives who may find Donald Trump, as the late Phyllis Schlafly put it, “puzzling or even offensive,” to keep an open mind and read The Conservative Case For Donald Trump before Election Day, we believe that in it they will find, as we did, a persuasive case for voting for Donald Trump.
The establishment Republicans may deserve most of the criticism aimed at them, but if we pretend that they’re the only ones who have to change anything, we’re doomed as a movement.
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.
While he was best known outside of conservative politics for his “Left Behind” novels, Pastor Tim LaHaye was an early and influential member of the cultural conservative leg of the New Right coalition that helped elect Ronald Reagan president in 1980.
For many movement conservatives the leading conservative candidate for Vice President in 1980 was Senator Bill Armstrong. However, feeling the need to unite the GOP, Ronald Reagan ultimately chose George H.W. Bush as his running mate, and the rest – including the failed presidencies of George H.W Bush and George W. Bush – is history.
At some point Ted Cruz’s feud with Donald Trump and the insults traded between candidates during the Primary are not our problem. What is our problem, however, is living in an America governed by Hillary Clinton. Click here to take our CHQ poll and tell us what you think: Did Ted Cruz commit political suicide by refusing to endorse Donald Trump?
By: Richard A. Viguerie, CHQ Chairman
Friends, we've had our howl of frustration, but this is now a binary choice: Trump and Pence vs. Hillary Clinton. In this battle there is only the victory or defeat of constitutional liberty and the rule of law. In this battle there is no third option, there is no compromise, there is no sitting out the election. I’m all in for Trump and Pence and I urge you to join me and them in making America great again.
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.
Trump haters on the right seem to think that the battle to govern America according to conservative principles is over – and nothing could be further from the truth. If Donald Trump was not your candidate – so be it. But the battle to govern America according to conservative principles is hardly over – it has just begun -- it’s time for people truly interested in the future of this country to stop trashing Trump and to start trying to influence him.
It is obvious that American culture and the moral foundation of our society are in free fall, but conservative leaders are all too often spending their time navel gazing or worrying about offending some politician rather than calling their grassroots adherents to stand against the great moral crises facing America, and indeed all of western civilization.