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MEMO TO CONSERVATIVES: THE FIGHT IS JUST BEGINNING
conservativehq.com ^ | Feb 25 2008 | Richard A. Viguerie

Posted on 02/25/2008 5:34:34 PM PST by ovrtaxt

Feb 25 2008 MEMO TO CONSERVATIVES: THE FIGHT IS JUST BEGINNING

by Richard A. Viguerie
 
The time has come for conservatives to move on, to shift priorities, and to work to elect conservatives at all levels now and in the years to come.  
 
For too long, conservatives have done most of the work necessary to elect Republican candidates, but, once elected, most of those Republicans have ignored conservatives’ concerns or have opposed conservatives outright.
 
These Republicans have taunted us: “What are you going to do? Vote for the liberal Democrats? Calm down and grow up, and keep supporting us even while we trash you and people like you and much of what you believe in.”
 
However, there is a third course – neither blind loyalty to an arrogant, out-of-touch Republican Establishment nor acquiescence in the election of liberal Democrats. We can shift our priorities to electing principled conservatives, and let GOP anti-conservatives fend for themselves.
 
We can stop – stop! – providing any support to organizations and candidates that do not follow conservative principles. For example, no conservative should give a penny to the various Republican campaign committees at the national level. Let them rely on the country club Big Business wing of the party, whose interests they represent and whose candidates they give most of their support. (Don’t worry; they won’t starve.)
 
Conservatives’ resources are finite. We must stop supporting the Republican Establishment, and, instead, support the principled conservatives who need and deserve our help.
 
This is a long-term strategy, rooted in this reality: It is from the ranks of the lower public and party officials that most future conservative leaders will come – perhaps, someday, another conservative president in the philosophical image of Ronald Reagan.
 
Last week, a mainstream conservative, State Senator Andy Harris, unseated U.S. Representative Wayne Gilchrist of Maryland in the Republican primary. (Gilchrist was elected in 1992 as a mainstream candidate but had moved toward the radical left.) It wasn’t the first time Harris challenged an incumbent liberal Republican; that’s how he won his state Senate seat in the first place.
 
Across this country, there are outstanding conservatives like Andy Harris who are running for Congress or state senate or some other office. For example, Woody Jenkins, who narrowly lost a U.S. Senate race in 1994, is running for Congress in the March 8 special election in Louisiana.
 
Unfortunately, in the presidential campaign, the GOP has once again rejected the strategy that won 44 states in 1980 and 49 states in 1984: the strategy of uniting social, economic, and national-security conservatives behind a conservative presidential candidate. But that doesn’t mean that conservatives should or will sit on their hands. It just means that, in 2008, they will shift their work and their resources to conservative candidates up and down the line. And, in November, conservatives and Establishment Republicans, and pro- and anti-McCain Republicans, can come together to elect those conservatives who are running on the Republican ticket.
 
It is in the races and political futures of Andy Harris and Woody Jenkins and leaders like them that conservatives should invest their time and effort and money, this year and for the foreseeable future. 
 
For conservatives to finally come to power – with conservatives in the White House and in the majority in Congress and in state legislatures and in other offices – will take a long time. Right now, we have a thin bench. We don’t have the county committee members who can run for county chairman, the county chairmen who can run for state chairman; we don’t have the city council members who can run for state representative and then state senate, the state senators who can run for Congress or for governor, the governors or senators who can run for president.
 
It will take six to eight years to rebuild the conservative movement, and at least that long for conservatives to hold both the White House and the leadership positions in Congress and at other levels. It is not a journey that will be completed overnight, but it is a journey we must begin today.
 
If you are a conservative, don’t just complain. Do something.
 

Yes, conservatives will not have the White House for the next four years. But any one election – even a presidential election – is just one battle in a long, long war. Conservatives must follow the advice of Winston Churchill: Never give in, never give in, never, never, never, never.

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To: ovrtaxt

Viguerie WANTS Republicans to lose, he WANTS to turn the entire country over to the Democrats, putting his ego ahead of the County.

Here it is from 2006:

Time For Us To Go

Conservatives on why the GOP should lose in 2006.

http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/features/2006/0610.forum.html

Let’s quit while we’re behind
By Christopher Buckley

Bring on Pelosi
By Bruce Bartlett

And we thought Clinton had no self-control
By Joe Scarborough

Give divided government a chance
By William A. Niskanen

Restrain this White House
By Bruce Fein

Idéologie has taken over
By Jeffrey Hart

The show must not go on
By Richard A. Viguerie

For links to the individual articles go to the original link.

The show must not go on (2006)

By Richard A. Viguerie

“Conservatives are as angry as I have seen them in my nearly five decades in politics. Right now, I would guess that 40 percent of conservatives are ambivalent about the November election or want the Republicans to lose. But a Republican loss of one or both houses of Congress would turn power over to the likes of Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid. Dare we risk such an outcome?

And it may take a Republican defeat to bring about a complete change in the GOP leadership in Washington. Without such a change, real conservatives will never come to power.”


21 posted on 02/25/2008 6:14:30 PM PST by FocusNexus ("Winning isn't everything, it's the only thing." -- Vince Lombardi)
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To: FocusNexus

Here’s a vanity from me:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/1509680/posts

Got a problem with that?


22 posted on 02/25/2008 6:16:11 PM PST by ovrtaxt (Member of the irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men.)
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To: Jemian

And very soon, we will see replies on this thread which I call “The Abusive Husband Mantra.” It is some variant of, ‘If you don’t vote republican, we will have a marxist in the White House. It will be your fault....’
Probably been posted before I had a chance to get this out.


I think you are the first to bring it up.

Unfortunately the Abusive Husband Mantra still exists here...the problem is that the espousers of the AHM are the real problem...and why we get RINOs all the time


23 posted on 02/25/2008 6:18:23 PM PST by UCFRoadWarrior (You know what they call a McCain supporter? A Liberal)
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To: Jemian

LOL! They’ll be along shortly to screech at us. We should offer an award for the most imaginative personal attack. One deranged Freeper told me I was personally responsible for the next terrorist attack, one he hoped involved me and my family being injured or killed. He gets points for originality.

Let’s see, then there’s the “we’re all gonna be nuked right after we’re forced to convert to Islam” hyperventilating. That’s always amusing. And yet we’re called childish.

I will work as hard as I can to get conservatives elected downticket. But I’ve held my nose for the last time.


24 posted on 02/25/2008 6:20:15 PM PST by LadyNavyVet (I will offer a choice, not an echo. Barry Goldwater)
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To: FocusNexus

By the way, here’s the last article he wrote: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1964949/posts


25 posted on 02/25/2008 6:20:36 PM PST by ovrtaxt (Member of the irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men.)
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To: ovrtaxt; billva

I noted that in my post #19. I didn’t note that we came close in post #15. Billva, you stopped short of saying that we brought this whole thing onto ourselves. But it was close, mighty close.

It IS the fault of the republican party for giving conservatives empty promises and outright backstabs that we are looking for true conservatives. We have been lied to and manipulated long enough.


26 posted on 02/25/2008 6:21:56 PM PST by Jemian ("I hate the media." ~~ Kayak)
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To: ovrtaxt

Tom Coburn already endorsed McCain.

It’s time for other conservatives to smell reality, before they will have to smell President Obama.


27 posted on 02/25/2008 6:24:10 PM PST by FocusNexus ("Winning isn't everything, it's the only thing." -- Vince Lombardi)
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To: Jemian

How true. Speaking of being manipulated, google McCain’s “Reform Institute” and “open primaries.” This conspiracy’s a fact, not a theory.


28 posted on 02/25/2008 6:24:44 PM PST by LadyNavyVet (I will offer a choice, not an echo. Barry Goldwater)
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To: FocusNexus

Oh for crying out loud, ‘President Obama’ ‘president Hillary’ bla bla bla. Look, here’s the real issue, as spelled by by evil arch-dirtbag Quigley-

“The chief problem of American political life...has been how to make the two Congressional parties more national and international. The argument that the two parties should represent opposed ideals and policies, one, perhaps, of the Right and the other of the Left, is a foolish idea acceptable only to doctrinaire and academic thinkers. Instead, the two parties should be almost identical, so that the American people can ‘throw the rascals out’ at any election without leading to any profound or extensive shifts in policy.”

~Carroll Quigley, ‘Tragedy and Hope’


29 posted on 02/25/2008 6:27:42 PM PST by ovrtaxt (Member of the irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men.)
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To: Jemian

Let them, they won’t change my mind. I’m tired of having politicans begging for my help then stabbing me in the back. I can name quite a few so called conservatives that played the game described in the article and I’m fracking tired of dealing with it.

I no longer help campaigns for free. They want my help getting the gun vote, they can pay for the privledge of my assistance. I interview the candidate and I get their promises in writing. As many here know, I am one of the most staunch 2nd Amendment people around. I have a zero tolorance policy in regards to my 2nd Amendment rights and ANY compromise on that issue turns me completely off from a candidate.

I’m not happy with any of the presidential candidates that are out there now. All of them are willing to compromise my rights away and not a single one deserves to sit his or her ass in the chair in the oval office.

Frankly, as of late, politicans disgust me.

Mike


30 posted on 02/25/2008 6:28:26 PM PST by BCR #226 (The BS stops when the hammer drops.)
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To: ovrtaxt
"They can't win without us"

Who can't win? The moderate, either a moderate pub or a moderate dem, will win.

The loser is the far left and the far right.

31 posted on 02/25/2008 6:28:40 PM PST by Ben Ficklin
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To: ovrtaxt

btt


32 posted on 02/25/2008 6:29:49 PM PST by Cacique (quos Deus vult perdere, prius dementat ( Islamia Delenda Est ))
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To: Ben Ficklin

moderate pub or a moderate dem = leftist.


33 posted on 02/25/2008 6:30:30 PM PST by ovrtaxt (Member of the irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men.)
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To: ovrtaxt

Spot on.


34 posted on 02/25/2008 6:33:09 PM PST by TADSLOS ( McCain-Feingold: "Good for thee but not for me"- John McCain)
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To: Ben Ficklin
The moderate, either a moderate pub or a moderate dem, will win.

Do you really consider Obama moderate? I admit, he has not said much. However, allot of what he has said sound pretty radical.

35 posted on 02/25/2008 6:33:52 PM PST by outofstyle (There's a rake at the gates of Hell tonight)
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To: ovrtaxt

You can have all the fancy theories you want, but if it’s not based on reality, is no better, than if I expounded for a couple of pages about my theory that the moon is made of green cheese.

Reality is that we have a choice between McCain and Obama. McCain may leave a lot to be desired, but Obama with a Dem Congress will literally destroy the country and endanger our lives. Obama is a terrorist sympathizer socialist. Obama and the Dem Congress, which we already have and the majority will increase, are a clear and present danger to the country.

Real conservatives care about the country.


36 posted on 02/25/2008 6:34:28 PM PST by FocusNexus ("Winning isn't everything, it's the only thing." -- Vince Lombardi)
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To: ovrtaxt

bttt


37 posted on 02/25/2008 6:34:31 PM PST by diamond6 (Everyone who is for abortion has been born. Ronald Reagan)
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To: FocusNexus

So which conservative should I vote for.

Mccain is no conservative so that leaves him out.


38 posted on 02/25/2008 6:34:44 PM PST by kennyboy509 (Ha! I kill me!)
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To: ovrtaxt

All you left wing and right wing extremists need to form up an alliance to defeat the centrists. If you need presidential candidate, Ron Paul is available.


39 posted on 02/25/2008 6:35:13 PM PST by Ben Ficklin
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To: Ben Ficklin

Have you got a list of the great moderats of history!


40 posted on 02/25/2008 6:36:53 PM PST by org.whodat (What's the difference between a Democrat and a republican????)
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