(Daily Caller) In a wide-ranging interview with The Daily Caller, longtime conservative activist Richard Viguerie offered his advice to grassroots conservatives.
“I say to my conservative friends: Once, twice, three times a day, Obama is going to do something that is going to anger you, upset you, frustrate you and that’s ok,” Viguerie, a pioneer of political direct mail, said. “Take 30, maximum 40 seconds to cuss, throw something, you know, get upset but then get down on your knees and thank God that he’s President of the United States because I know of no other way to save America.”
In Viguerie’s opinion the creeping expansion of government under President George W. Bush was something that was largely ignored by the right and by the country at large because it happened so gradually.
“As long as we were losing our freedoms slowly, we were going to lose them, guaranteed,” he explained. “It might take 20 years, might take 30 years but we were going to lose America.”
Viguerie goes on to explain that, in his view, it was the election of President Obama and his rapid and relentless pursuit of “fundamental change” that awoke people to the direction of politics in the country and spurred the tea party into action.
Viguerie’s history on the conservative right stretches back to the formation of Young Americans for Freedom (YAF) at Sharon, Connecticut in 1960 with William F. Buckley.