Thursday, December 18, 2008

PAUL WEYRICH 1942-2008

I am almost left without words, because the conservative movement has lost one of its greatest champions. All of us who fight for the conservative cause in today's political world would likely not be here were it not for Paul Weyrich.

Weyrich was the founder of the Heritage Foundation, Chairman of the Free Congress Foundation, and he was a man who was conservative before it was cool. His legacy began when he met Joe Coors (yes, that Coors family) while he was working as press secretary for former Colorado Senator Gordon Allot. Coors wanted to spend money to advance the conservative movement. It was Paul Weyrich who devised the means of that advancement.

If William F. Buckley Jr. was the father of modern conservatism, Weyrich was the political prophet of that message, sent to transform conservative thought into political action. It was Weyrich who showed and proved that people of faith can and should be involved in public life, and Weyrich who pushed the idea that the Republican Party was the vehicle through which people of faith could take an active role in government. There would have been no Moral Majority, no Christian Coalition, no 1994 without Paul Weyrich.

Everything the conservative movement is and has become in the modern era owes something to Paul Weyrich.

Eternal Rest grant unto him, O Lord, and let perpetual Light shine upon him. May his soul and the souls of all the Faithful Departed, through the mercy of God, rest in Peace. Amen.

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