Warning to the Republican Party: conservatives are unhappy again. The irresponsible actions and lack of leadership by today’s governing class — Democrats, Big Business, Big Labor, the educational establishment, and big-spending Republican politicians — has set America on the pathway to ruin, and discredited conservatism in the eyes of many who wrongly associate it with today’s GOP establishment. But in “Conservatives Betrayed: How Big Government Republicans Hijacked the Conservative Cause,” Richard A. Viguerie (who helped create the Reagan Revolution by pioneering the use of direct mail fundraising) surveys the disaster and provides a solid series of remedies — offering a powerful conservative manifesto for the 21st century.
When conservatives are unhappy, Viguerie notes, bad things happen to the Republican Party. Yet Republican leaders, he argues, have only worsened the disaster that now looms for America. He details how GOP politicians have happily abetted the growth of our now obscenely “obese” government. He exposes how the U.S. Congress has, contrary to what the Founding Fathers intended, become as haughty and remote from popular concerns as the British House of Lords. Big Government conservatism? Viguerie shows here that it’s just corrupt, not compassionate. Viguerie even provides a series of “Conservative Articles of Indictment” against President Bush.
But Viguerie doesn’t just discuss the problems — he offers sound and practical solutions. He explains how conservatives can succeed now in restoring the Right to Life and the Culture of Life, and prevail in the Culture Wars. He provides strategies for restoring democracy to the political marketplace and standing up for the U.S. in a dangerous world. And, reaching back into recent conservative history, he sketches out two inspiring case studies for today’s conservative activists: how Phyllis Schlafly defeated the ERA and how Wayne LaPierre and the NRA defeated gun control.
Without conservatives, Republicans cannot win. Conservatives Betrayed shows how they can — and why they must — win them back into the fold now.
Some of the problems — and the solutions: