Thursday, October 27, 2016

Richard Viguerie

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Richard Viguerie

You have to get a kick out of how the consultant class works in Washington.

While every side in D.C. rails about the “establishment” there are actually several establishment categories.

Richard Viguerie and his social conservative publication, ConservativeHQ, is what one used to consider the “anti-establishment establishment.”

That’s until they were faced with a candidate so far outside of the establishment that the contender jumped beyond the orbit of their influence.

That candidate is of course frontrunner Donald Trump.

Trump, not being a social conservative ideologue, the online publication and its leader were quick to endorse Ted Cruz who, until the rise of Trump, was considered the ultimate outsider.

But it wasn’t just an endorsement. CHQ publishes an anti-Trump diatribe just about every weekday and recently, they have thrown in a little Rubio bashing to boot.

So on Friday, when ConservativeHQ emailed a solicitation signed by “Marco” to its subscribers, it was a little surprising.

The email, which requested donations, led with a subject line that read, “Trump is a con artist.”

The Rubio-signed letter went on to say, “I am the only candidate who has presented common-sense conservative plans to help working Americans and has the experience to implement them from Day One.”

But that’s not what the publication’s Chairman thought when he told Breitbart, “Ted Cruz is the only movement conservative running, he’s the only limited government constitutional conservative Presidential candidate in the top tier.”

The day before the fundraising email went out, CHQ published a quote by its chairman saying, “The idea that conservatives will shift their support from Cruz to Rubio is preposterous given Marco Rubio’s many betrayals of the conservative movement . . .”

And then CHQ hilariously sent out the email that raised money for Rubio.

Why the contradiction between words and actions? Why raise funds for Marco Rubio while bashing him just hours beforehand?

Because there is money involved of course.

ConservativeHQ didn’t just mail out a request for their readers to donate to Rubio’s campaign because they were being nice to their enemy who may have been having a bad day.

They took their figurative thirty pieces of silver (now valued at $500) to promote the man who stands immediately in front of their conservative standard-bearer, Ted Cruz.

Loyalty these days obviously has a price tag.

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Religious Leadership

The title of this article may very well be an oxymoron given Donald Trump’s life stories and love of women.

If you were to ask social conservative leader Richard Viguerie, he would certainly think so.

Viguerie recently released his latest hit piece on the presidential frontrunner, pulling a number of dated, yet salacious quotes that Trump has stated without shame in the past.

Here are just a few:

  • It means electing as President a thrice married self-confessed serial philanderer who openly carried on an adulterous affair with Marla Maples, the woman who became his second wife, while still married to wife number one.
  • It means electing as President a man who was not shamed, but reveled in the publicity, when The New York Post famously quoted then-mistress Marla Maples on its cover as saying “Best Sex I Ever Had” next to picture of him with a gloating smile on his face.
  • It means electing as President a man who used fashion model Melania Knauss, now his third wife, to pose nude in his private jet for British GQ to promote his “luxury brand.”
  • And it would mean making America’s First Lady out of that same Melania Knauss, who famously told shock jock Howard Stern that the secret to a happy marriage is “We have incredible sex at least once a day… Sometimes even more.”
  • It means electing as America’s President a man who has made public discussion of sex and his sex life part of his “brand” for decades. Including such comments as “If I told the real stories of my experiences with women, often seemingly very happily married and important women, this book would be a guaranteed best-seller (which it will be anyway!). I’d love to tell all, using names and places, but I just don’t think it’s right.” (“Trump: The Art of the Comeback”)

The social conservative leader, who has been on the periphery of politics for decades, went on to juxtapose Trump with Ted Cruz, Washington, Lincoln and Reagan who he describes as “godly” men.

While it’s hard to question the religious values of these men, with the possible exception of Washington, they were no saints.

Reagan was married twice, and conceived his daughter Patti (who went on to pose in Playboy) out of wedlock.

Abraham Lincoln, who declared war on his own people, was also the talk of the town as he was known to sleep in the same bed as his bodyguard . . . but only when Mrs. Lincoln was on travel.

Lincoln’s naval aide wrote in her diary, “Oh, there is a Bucktail soldier here devoted to the president, drives with him, and when Mrs. L. is not home, sleeps with him. What stuff!

As for Ted Cruz, an ambitious man since youth, aside from the incident with his wife as a “danger to herself” one evening in 2005, and borrowing from personal connections at banks (starting as a teen to pay a gambling debt), the Texas senator is lacking in any personal excitement. However, his vice may very well be his gross ambition.

Cruz’s failure to acknowledge and take action to prevent ineligibility challenges due to his Canadian birth is an indicator that the presidential contender is blinded by his goals.

Given the imperfect personal lives of Trump, Lincoln, Reagan and Cruz, while they strive to be “godly” (maybe not Trump), they are imperfect like all men in the eyes of God.

Personal arguments aside, what does that have to do with government?

America is founded on Judeo-Christian values, but should the President of the United States be the religious leader of the nation or should that man be the defender of the Constitution and a force for Liberty?

Just years ago, the social right held Washington by the tail, demanding their values be pressed down upon others under the force of law.

Even before then, those religious values brought us the failed War on Drugs . . . or for those who really know the history of drug criminalization, it was started to keep married women out of Chinese opium dens.

Today, America is held captive by sexual and racial minorities who demand government step in to shield them from countless offenses and perceived slights.

The result, whether by pressure from the social right or liberal left, has been the weakening and feminization of men and the family.

Donald Trump represents a throwback to earlier years when knowingly imperfect men lived and thrived with strength and character.

Trump brazenly casts aside political correctness and leads others to stop being the crybabies that society has created and instead be the leaders the nation needs.

While social conservative leaders like Viguerie appropriately feel Trump is not fit to lead behind a pulpit, does that disqualify him from leading from behind a desk?

Comment below.

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Following the GOP presidential debate in Charleston, South Carolina, Conservative HQ, a publication of social conservative stalwart Richard Viguerie, came out swinging with their article “Trump’s Big Reveal.”

The article was written by CHQ’s editor George Rasley.

The “Big Reveal” was a weak attempt to paint the GOP front-runner as a typical politician rather than a “selfless patriot.”

Trump was referred to as a flip-flopper, “clownish” and that “Trump didn’t really care about the Constitution – he just wants to win.”

Within the article, Rasley also made a misguided attempt to downplay Cruz’s citizenship status saying,  “And as Senator Cruz pointed out, if one adopted the “two parent” position of the “birthers” who occasionally comment on these pages, Trump himself would be ineligible because his mother was a British subject, likewise Senator Rubio and Governor Bobby Jindal would also be disqualified.”

The statement is laughable on two fronts.

First, there is no argument that a child born on U.S. Soil is a Natural Born Citizen.

Second, Trump’s assertion on Cruz’s eligibility does not pertain the citizenship of Cruz’s parents, but the place of his birth.

Texas Senator Rafael “Ted” Cruz” was born in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

To obtain U.S. Citizenship, Cruz’s parents had to apply for a birth certificate with the U.S. State Department before he reached the age of 18.

Cruz’s family did not relocated to the United States until 1974 when young Rafael was three-years-old.  Cruz’s father did not become a citizen until 2005.

ConservativeHQ’s Chairman Richard Viguerie has already endorsed Cruz for the GOP nomination.

In his endorsement, Viguerie laid out these reasons for his support:

To conservatives who continue to window shop I say, “What are you waiting for? In Ted Cruz conservatives have a candidate that’s everything we want.”

1.) Ted Cruz is the best presidential candidate since Ronald Reagan.

2.) Ted Cruz is a fighter.

3.) Ted Cruz is a leader on our issues.

4.) Ted Cruz is one of us – a movement conservative.

5.) Ted Cruz’s commitment to governing according to the Constitution is unquestioned.

6.) Even establishment commentators are saying he’s running a brilliant campaign.

While Viguerie is correct on his final point, the other selling points are vague and arguable.

Cruz only became a conservative after winning his senate seat three years ago.  Previously he had consulted for George W. Bush and his wife, a Goldman Sachs investment banker, is a member of the secretive Council on Foreign Relations that promotes globalization.  CFR has been criticized by the John Birch society as, “conspiring to build a one world government.”

To state that Rafael “Ted” Cruz is the “best presidential candidate since Ronald Reagan” is a stretch given Cruz’s lack of experience in office or the private sector.  At best, Cruz is an unknown.

However, facts rarely apply in the world of politics.

Social conservatives have no other option but to support Cruz because as Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson drawls, “He’s one of us.”

Trump, Rubio and Bush have not pandered to the social conservative vote.  That role has been left to Cruz.

Trump remains the only man standing between Cruz and a coronation ceremony at the upcoming GOP nominating convention.

Expect the attacks on Trump to escalate to number “11” on the shrieking scale.






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