Political junkies of both parties under the age of thirty may never have heard of Richard Viguerie. They would do well to learn more about about his career, and his thoughts about the future of conservatism in America.
A native of Pasadena, Texas, Viguerie was the originator of innovative direct mail fundraising techniques that bankrolled an array of conservative causes. Viguerie got his start in politics back in 1961, when he was named the Executive Secretary of William Buckley's newly formed Young Americans for Freedom. It was that group that pushed Barry Goldwater's 1964 Presidential Campaign. Goldwater's drubbing by Lyndon Johnson set the stage for more than a decade of grass roots conservative organizing that culminated in Ronald Reagan's election to the Presidency in 1980.
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