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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: outofstyle

Obama, even tho he denies it, is a DLC-New Democrat-Third-wayer


41 posted on 02/25/2008 6:37:53 PM PST by Ben Ficklin
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To: LadyNavyVet
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.

It probably won't be you and your family, but the next terrorist attack could very definitely be me and my family. We live and work in a moslem country.

42 posted on 02/25/2008 6:39:02 PM PST by Jemian ("I hate the media." ~~ Kayak)
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To: ovrtaxt

I’m with Vig. This Conservative won’t vote RINO anymore!!!


43 posted on 02/25/2008 6:39:03 PM PST by kevao
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To: kennyboy509

For the millionth time: the choice is NOT between McCain and a conservative — conservatives ARE responsible for McCain, because they couldn’t make up their minds and split the conservative vote.

So now the only choice is McCain or Obama. If you are not supporting McCain, you WILL be responsible for Obama. Just as those who voted for Perot were the ones who elected BIll Clinton. Obviously some have learned nothing and now they will give us the United Socialist States of America.


44 posted on 02/25/2008 6:39:55 PM PST by FocusNexus ("Winning isn't everything, it's the only thing." -- Vince Lombardi)
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To: Jemian

If you’re in a Muslim country, you’re at risk whoever is President. I’ll pray for you and your family.


45 posted on 02/25/2008 6:41:09 PM PST by LadyNavyVet (I will offer a choice, not an echo. Barry Goldwater)
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To: ovrtaxt
General, the Conservatives are winning the battle at the front gate, but Sir, the liberals and the rinos are leaving the back gate open....every-time one of the Conservatives runs back to fight off the enemy and close the back gate, the liberals and the rinos open the back gate back up...The liberals and rinos are being killed off by the hundreds by their own ignorance....General the Conservatives are in danger of being over-run from the rear because of the liberals and rinos...What should I do?

General takes one look around and says....After the liberals and rinos are dead.....close the back gate.

46 posted on 02/25/2008 6:45:47 PM PST by no-to-illegals (God Bless Our Men and Women in Uniform, Our Heroes. TLWNWNTTRS)
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To: Jemian
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.

No way did I say you brought the whole thing on yourselves. However that is pretty good statement if you would get your way and purge everyone you classify as a Rino I would expect you wouldn't have a very big party.

I believe in simple math, elections are close now, purge a significant amount of people and you can't win. Simple numbers.

Quit the victim stuff, the party didn't do anything to you, there wasn't enough people turned out to vote in a candidate that you like.

That's the question you need to deal with, why didn't all these conservative voters turn out to vote for a conservative? Not who did something to you.

47 posted on 02/25/2008 6:46:18 PM PST by billva
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To: FocusNexus
THERE IT IS. YOU'VE DONE. YOU WON THE PRIZE!!!

You are the first one to use the AHM ~ Abusive Husband Mantra!.

If you are not supporting McCain, you WILL be responsible for Obama.

Tell your cronies in the RNC that if they want MY vote, they need to run real conservatives.

48 posted on 02/25/2008 6:47:44 PM PST by Jemian ("I hate the media." ~~ Kayak)
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To: billva
That's the question you need to deal with, why didn't all these conservative voters turn out to vote for a conservative?

Ah, maybe because the voting began in liberal-leaning, open-primary states where independents and democrats could interfere in the GOP primary?

Do you really think the result would have been the same if the first primaries were held in conservative-leaning, closed primary states?

49 posted on 02/25/2008 6:53:10 PM PST by kevao
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To: FocusNexus

Obama is mccain is hitlery.

All 3 will get us to hell within 5 min of each other.

Republicans need to suffer and be punished for taking advantage of conservatives. I’m tired of voting for the lessor of evils.

Things are gonna get bad before they get better, if mccains at the helm repubs will get blamed and there will be no change.


50 posted on 02/25/2008 6:57:43 PM PST by kennyboy509 (Ha! I kill me!)
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To: kevao
Ah, maybe because the voting began in liberal-leaning, open-primary states where independents and democrats could interfere in the GOP primary?

Do you really think the result would have been the same if the first primaries were held in conservative-leaning, closed primary states?

While there is somewhat of a point here, it's mostly a cop out. No one kept Conservatives from voting for a Conservative candidate once the voting moved past two small states.

Just what kept these conservative voters from voting for a conservative candidate in Florida, S Carolina etc?

That's an excuse plain and simple.

51 posted on 02/25/2008 7:00:10 PM PST by billva
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To: ovrtaxt
I haven't been a fan of Viguerie for a while, but I agree with him on this. It's one thing to support the party when you lose out to someone who you don't think is conservative. It's another for them to completely shut you out of the big races, time after time, and then rig the system so you can never win. It's the party structure that has given us Bush, Bush, Dole, Bush, Bush and now McCain. Enough is enough.

I would go farther and set up a conservative infrastructure that certified candidates as "conservative" and gave them money, backing and support. Over time, the Conservative caucus would grow and become a group to which people in certain areas would have to belong or else face electoral defeat. This would keep them from being seduced by the siren song of the NY Times.

52 posted on 02/25/2008 7:04:24 PM PST by Defiant (The new GOP: A slightly slower road to socialist authoritarianism. Hoorah!)
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To: billva
Just what kept these conservative voters from voting for a conservative candidate in Florida, S Carolina etc?

And the answer is: NO conservatives on the ticket.

The fact that McCain, Huckabee and Romney were even considered "conservative" demonstrates just how badly the GOP has perverted the word.

53 posted on 02/25/2008 7:08:16 PM PST by kevao
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To: ovrtaxt

The GOP ignored Viguerie in 2006 and they lost. They will ignore him again in 2008—because they just know better.

The GOP got their rear end handed to them in ‘06—we warned them, but Rove and company are just so much smarter than we are. Their plan of selective help to certain states and letting others die on the vine was so sophisticated that it completely backfired.

Listen, the GOP and Dem conventions are not for another SIX months. That’s a lifetime in politics.

We know that whatever happens between now and August, the Dems will run a Marxist. So the GOP needs to run someone other than an old arrogant Dem. lite than McCain. There is still time for the GOP to come to their senses but only if we don’t give in now. We have to let our local and state GOP officials, as well as the national ones, that this time, we are not going to sit down, shut up and vote for a backstabbing RINO. Period.

The powers that be have been rushing headlong to get us to feel powerless, shut up, and get on board the McCain Suicide Express.

This is because if we only stop to realize it, we conservatives are the key to the GOP success in the fall. Well, it is way past time for us to get a real candidate who can win this thing, as well as Congressional candidates who can get this country back on track(one of them is from NC—Congressman Billybob—John Armor).

Huckabee’s not my man, but I give him credit for staying in to give people a non-McCain choice. That is the only leverage we have right now.McCain can still be stopped, and he has to be to prevent a Dem from winning in November, which we all agree would be a disaster.

This will be the last election that conservatives even consider being part of the GOP as it is presently comprised. The next election will see the rise of a third party, or the GOP will be re-formed.

The choice is with us. In spite of the Abusive Husband syncophants around here, I’m not voting for McCain for anything. As it stands right now, he will lose to either Obama or Hillary once we get to the general and the MSM unloads both barrels on him.

In six months he might implode himself. We can only hope. But the GOP has to wake up and smell the coffee, because they will not have the legions of enthusiastic supporters to get out the GOP vote like in 2004.


54 posted on 02/25/2008 7:09:18 PM PST by exit82 (People get the government they deserve. And they are about to get it--in spades.)
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To: exit82

One fights to win...When one has the enemy in their sights, one fires...
the enemy is inside the gates ... thanks to the liberals and rinos....
Surrender is not an option...when one surrenders, one assumes
the position of death .... I’m through....Give me a Conservative
the way of life, liberty, and my God given right to pursue happiness
or give me another way to Win.....give me Mccain and the back gate
will be open forever and ever.... I am tired of watching our Citizens die
because the liberals and rinos keep opening the back gate.


55 posted on 02/25/2008 7:18:04 PM PST by no-to-illegals (God Bless Our Men and Women in Uniform, Our Heroes. TLWNWNTTRS)
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To: kevao

Hey, you are not supposed to know that.It shoots his theory all to hell when its exposed.God,I hate rino lovers.


56 posted on 02/25/2008 7:32:05 PM PST by HANG THE EXPENSE (Defeat liberalism, its the right thing to do for America.)
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To: Defiant

I would go farther and set up a conservative infrastructure that certified candidates as “conservative” and gave them money, backing and support. Over time, the Conservative caucus would grow and become a group to which people in certain areas would have to belong or else face electoral defeat. This would keep them from being seduced by the siren song of the NY Times.


I agree. We might need a legitimate national conservative party that can endorse Republican candidates for races from state legislature all the way up to president. Someday, such an entity might even endorse the occasional Dem, if the Sam Nunn-type ever makes a comeback. FReepers should have a big role in the formation of such a party. It might require creating a network of entities and then a “virtual” convention of some sort timed with a larger analog event, like CPAC writ larger. If we don’t take some kind of real action ourselves, we’re gonna be stuck with McCain-like candidates ad infinitum. The Republican Party as it is currently composed is barely able to tolerate our presence, and inevitably takes our votes for granted. This has to stop and a good time for it to stop is RIGHT NOW.


57 posted on 02/25/2008 7:33:54 PM PST by CZB
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To: Ben Ficklin

You insist on casting this as left vs right. It isn’t that duality at all.

This is about globalist control freaks vs. free citizens. Small government vs. fascism. Local control vs. centralized control.


58 posted on 02/25/2008 7:34:06 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
THERE IT IS. YOU'VE DONE. YOU WON THE PRIZE!!!

Some gold plated brass knuckles maybe?

59 posted on 02/25/2008 7:36:21 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
Over the years I've posted several times that I'm a Conservative first and foremost.
I've voted republican most of the time in my life because they've been closer to my beliefs.
More and more the republicans are becoming rinos.
I'm sick of it.
60 posted on 02/25/2008 7:43:53 PM PST by Fiddlstix (Warning! This Is A Subliminal Tagline! Read it at your own risk!(Presented by TagLines R US))
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