Paul Weyrich, R.I.P.

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Paul M. Weyrich, 66, chairman and CEO of the Free Congress Foundation and first president of The Heritage Foundation, has died.  Weyrich, a leader within the conservative movement, was a man of faith and abiding  principles.

Credited with coining the phrase “Moral Majority,”  Weyrich had been in ill health since injuring his spine in a fall in 1996. Both of his legs were amputated at the knee in 2005 as a result of diabetes.

 He was an exceptional mentor to up-and-coming Republican politicos, and will be deeply missed by his many friends.

The Heritage Foundation pays tribute to Paul Weyrich here.

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2 Responses to Paul Weyrich, R.I.P.

  1. AZ Conservative Guy says:

    I found this informative piece posted on Hot Air this morning: http://hotair.com/archives/2008/12/18/paul-weyrich-rip/

    “Weyich began his career in Wisconsin, where he led the Young Republican chapter in Racine while attending the University of Wisconsin. He became a political reporter after graduation, but quickly became involved in political action instead. Weyrich worked as press secretary for Republican Senator Gordon Allott of Colorado, but wanted to work on public policy. He joined with Ed Fuelner to create Heritage Foundation, and a year later launched the Committee for the Survival of a Free Congress.

    He spent four decades as an uncompromising and often controversial figure in American politics, fighting for conservatism and helping to expand its intellectual base. He will indeed be missed, but his work in establishing Heritage has helped launch thousands of conservative activists who will carry on his work.”

    What I especially remember about this fine Republican leader is what is written above—that he was UNCOMPROMISING in his dedication to conservatism. Today some of our elected officials would have us believe that is a vice rather than a virtue. Dedication to the cause is what gave our forefathers the fortitude to found this great nation.

  2. Villanova says:

    Barry Goldwater said it very well during his acceptance speech as the 1964 Republican Presidential candidate: “I would remind you that extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice. And let me remind you also that moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.”

    I have this framed on the wall over my desk.

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