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Overview This essential training manual for all conservatives challenges the political right to implement a nationwide conservative agenda and serves as a warning to the Republican Party to fall in line if it hopes to remain in power.
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Release Date Aug 7, 2006
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ISBN 1566252857 ISBN13 9781566252850
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More About Richard A. Viguerie
Richard A. Viguerie, called "the conservatives' Voice of America," transformed American politics in the 1960s and '70s. Through his pioneering use of direct mail Viguerie broke the left's monopoly on the country's microphones, gave the conservatives a voice through the new and alternative media of direct mail, broke the power of large donors by empowering millions of small donors to back the candidates and causes of their choice. His pioneering techniques helped elect Ronald Reagan as the first conservative president of the modern era. Often called the "Funding Father" of the conservative movement, Viguerie's advertising firm has mailed more than 3 billion letters and raised over $7 billion over the past 50 years. He is the chairman of ConservativeHQ.com and author of Conservatives Betrayed: How George W. Bush and Other Big Government Republicans Hijacked the Conservative Cause.
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The Reckless Spending "Conservatives" Revealed Jul 22, 2008
This book clearly reminds us all NOT to assume ideology by label. The author lays out, statistically, the spending behaviors of various U.S. administrations over recent decades, thus revealing the futility of trusting such labels as "conservative" or "liberal". Paul Baum, Ph.D.
Boycott the Duopoly Jul 10, 2008
The author seems to be writing not only to conservatives but to centrists and liberals as well. There is plenty of reason not to closely affiliate with either of the two major parties that are in power. I think there will be unlikely alliances in the future because hyper-partisanship ends up meaning nothing lasting ever gets done.
Not a brilliant book, but he writes things that both Newt Gingrich and Pat Buchanan would probably agree with, as well as those of us who are centrist or left of center.
I am glad he wants us to boycott the duopoly of Democrats and Republicans. That may be hard to do, but if we cannot boycott them, let's at least not get too disheartened when the duopoly fails to meet our expectations.
A Well-Written Conservative Salvo Against Betrayal in Republican Ranks Aug 24, 2007
~Conservatives Betrayed: How George W. Bush and Other Big Government Republicans Hijacked the Conservative Cause~ describes the intellectual bankruptcy of so called 'Big Government Conservatism,' which is an oxymoronic cliche if there every was one. Neoconservatism was the product of Old Left New Dealers that vacated the Democratic Party because of its perceived social radicalism in the 1960s and 1970s. Though, they were very much content with the New Deal welfare state and hoped to make it operate more efficiently. They gravitated towards Republican-affiliated think tanks and the halls of political power. Eventually they became the core intellectual intelligentsia of the two successive Bush administrations, with neocons holding key cabinet positions. Neoconservatives laud the statesmanship of Theodore and Franklin Roosevelt and Harry Truman. Viguerie observes, "As he pursued these policies, President Bush's strongest support came from Big Government Republicans and from so-called 'Big Government conservatives' who, of course, are not conservatives at all." Viguerie continues, "Now, these 'Big Government conservatives' -- sometimes confusingly called 'neoconservatives' -- have not been shy about their intentions to hijack (or, from their point of view, 'lead') the conservative movement. Irving Kristol, often called the 'grandfather of neoconservatism,' wrote in The Weekly Standard (August 25, 2003) of `the historical task and political purpose of neoconservatism:' `to convert the Republican Party, and American conservatism in general, against their respective wills, into a new kind of conservative politics suitable to governing a modern democracy.'" Viguerie hits the nail on the head -- the Republican Party has been hijacked. It's no longer helmed by the principled conservatives who once called for fiscal conservatism, limited government, and devolving power and authority back to states and localities in favor of dual federalism and the Tenth Amendment.
In this trenchant analysis, Vigurie offers a principled conservative broadside against the current Republican administration under George W. Bush and the Congress. The Republicans have given us a failed foreign policy and a failed domestic policy. After the publication of this book, conservative voters tired of the status quo apparently stayed home, and a few switched sides. Hence, the new Democratic Congressional majority in 2007 has made its ascendancy. The Republicans had their shot for a true blue Republican Revolution and making good on the promises of 1994, but they blew it. He demonstrates how the Republicans have compromised on every major front, whether in the culture war or in maintaining some semblance of fiscal responsibility in the federal government. As political humorist P.J. O'Rourke penned, "The Democrats are the party that says government will make you smarter, taller, richer, and remove the crabgrass on your lawn. The Republicans are the party that says government doesn't work and then they get elected and prove it." The Republicans have certainly proved that government doesn't work, and Vigurie documents it chapter-by-chapter.
Viguerie surmises the failure of twentieth-century American liberalism as its rejection of "the core principles and values of Western Civilization." The Judeo-Christian foundation has been swept aside and supplanted with moral relativism and ever-increasing government. But as Viguerie notes, "Moral relativism only breeds moral chaos, and ever-bigger government simply doesn't work. Big Government doesn't solve problems, it magnifies them." Mindful of the Republican Party's failure, Viguerie concedes that "much of the machinery of the conservative movement has been hijacked by people who do not believe in the core principles of conservatism." For all practical purposes, the political Left defines and dominates the American political discourse, and the GOP establishment more often than not is parroting the rhetoric and agenda of the Left (p. xxi). If left to examine the federal budget bloat, and the growth of federal spending during the last few years under a Republican President and Republican Congress, many conservatives would have trouble believing that its not Democrats calling all the shots. Despite, fervent Democratic criticism of the contemporary Republican administration, the Left perhaps accomplished much more of its agenda with the Republican Congress at the helm than it ever did during the Clinton years. For the past six years, the GOP had a virtual lock on the federal government controlling a majority in both houses of the Congress and having a man in the White House. So, they must take the blame and accept accountability for this despondent state of affairs.
In 1994, with the so called Republican Revolution, the prospect of devolution of usurped authority, from the feds back to the states seemed quite tenable. However, within a few years came the concurrent disillusion and realization amongst principled conservatives that it was simply politics as usual in Washington, D.C. When the GOP finally gained ascendancy in the twenty-first century - controlling both the White House and Congress - their betrayal of conservative principles was made manifest for the world to see.
The Republican disloyalty to the conservative principle of keeping education as a local matter is another example of rank GOP compromise. The U.S. Department of Education got its start in 1979 during the Carter years as a payoff to the Leftist teacher's union which favored aggressive centralization of education policy and a national curriculum, in spite of its dubious constitutionality. As Viguerie observes, between 2000 and 2005, discretionary federal spending on education increased an astounding 60 percent. The No Child Left Behind Act has demonstrated an array of unintended consequences, such as compelling teachers to teach for the test while it impedes the quality of programs for exceptionally gifted students.
Richard A. Viguerie deserves praise for putting loyalty to principle over partisan loyalty. He flat out says that if certain principals amongst Republican leadership aren't worth voting for than don't vote for them. Nonetheless, he urges conservatives to take their party back, and I believe the GOP can still be a vehicle for conservative, constitutionalist political activism. As a supporter of the 2008 Ron Paul Presidential campaign, I believe there is hope for a serious grassroots Republican activism that is principled, conservative and constitutionalist. The American Conservative Encyclopedia writes of Vigurie, "Of all the conservative activists in the field of politics over the last few decades, perhaps none has had as profound an impact as Richard Viguerie." Vigurie gained acclaim for his innovation in direct mail campaigning which practically set the stage for the Reagan Revolution, mobilizing the conservative electorate. Viguerie is a man who believed in that rhetoric about limited government and free-markets that Reagan uttered in his First Inaugural. He still thinks conservatives should stand their ground and contend in earnest for it.
Other recommendations: Impostor: How George W. Bush Bankrupted America and Betrayed the Reagan Legacy by Bruce Bartlett
Conservatives and Liberals betrayed Apr 7, 2007
Reading books like these it is difficult not to reach the conclusion that Republicans are slow thinkers. It has taken them almost half a century, and an egregious traitor, to discover that the Republican Party has betrayed them, and still they don't see who the traitors are. . George W. Bush has been so bold in his acts of treason (not only to the Republican Party, but to all Americans), that, after so much hesitation and self-doubt, a few Republicans are finally beginning to realize that the Republican Party has been infiltrated by traitors. But they are not "big government Republicans," as Mr. Viguerie wants us to believe, nor are they "the neocons and the religious right," as Philip Gold [Take Back the Right] claims, neither are they just fiscally irresponsible Republicans, as Stephen Slivinski [Buck Wild] asserts. . Actually, the betrayal has not been limited to the Republican party. Both parties have been infiltrated by traitors, and both true conservatives and true liberals have been betrayed. And the betrayal is not the result of the isolated actions of good-intentioned people making big mistakes. No. It has been the result of a carefully conceived plan. . In his book Tragedy and Hope, first published in 1966, professor Carroll Quigley mentioned in detail why the Conspirators infiltrated and controlled both mayor parties: . "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 the 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 extreme shifts in policy." [p. 1247]. . This explains why the 2000 elections were a charade in which both Gore and Bush participated, and the 2004 another charade with Bush and Kerry as main actors. Contrary to what some brainwashers want us to believe, Bush did not steal the 2000 election. Both the 2000 and the 2004 elections were stolen from the American people. . Who are the Conspirators who have infiltrated their agents in the Republican and Democratic parties? They are Wall Street bankers and Oil magnates. Who are their secret agents? They are easy to find: all of them are members of the dreaded Council on Foreign Relations. Actually, behind any major act of treason to this country one can find one or more CFR members. . Books like Viguerie's give conservatives the false hope that they can take back control over the Republican party. But that will no be possible. The only alternative for true conservatives and true liberals is to leave the parties of treason and join another party, or create a new one. And do it as soon as possible, before it is too late to save this country.
Highly recommended for its thought-provoking content Dec 9, 2006
Written by Richard A. Viguerie, who in 1999 was cited as one of the Washington Times' thirteen "Conservatives of the Century", Conservatives Betrayed: How George W. Bush and Other Big Government Republicans Hijacked the Conservative Cause is a fierce attack upon the Bush administration from the conservative point of view. Viguerie does not speak for the neo-conservatives, who have drastically inflated spending and expanded federal government; he speaks for the old conservatives who believed in the values of fiscal restraint and small government, and who recognize the threat that excessive national debt - much of which is now owed to powers overseas! - poses to national security and to America's future, as more and more of America's annual budget must be applied to interest payments alone. Viguerie is emphatically a social conservative as well as a fiscal conservative; he speaks strongly against "obese government" characterized by excessive bureaucracy, pork-barrel spending, and mounting deficits; the social ills caused by uncontrolled illegal immigration; abortion; judicial activism; and more. Though not all readers will agree with Viguerie's opinions about the "culture war" in America and some will find his antagonistic attitudes toward illegal immigrants and homosexuals distasteful, his core exhortations against wasteful government spending are a desperately needed wake-up call. Even more valuable is his suggestion that conservative voters disassociate themselves from any one party and become a block whose favor needs to be wooed by both parties, in order to exert more influence and power - a suggestion that holds merit for any political subsection. Highly recommended for its thought-provoking content, regardless of whether the reader personally agrees with Viguerie on all points.