Friday, December 19, 2008

The Moral Majority Mourns

Paul M. Weyrich, the man who coined the phrase 'the moral majority', has passed away. Hat tip Larry Auster.
The son of a German immigrant, Weyrich was one of the most steadfast and committed conservatives that the United States of America has ever produced. William F. Buckley Jr. was ever a calculating conservative of the head; but like Pat Buchanan, Russell Kirk and Otto Scott, Paul Weyrich was ever a conservative of the heart.
One of the founders of The Heritage Foundation, he later cut his ties with that organisation when it began morphing into the clearing house for Rockefeller 'conservatism' it was eventually to become; nothing but an intellectual fig leaf covering the nakedness of the same Rockefeller conservatism's avarice.
My path crossed Mr. Weyrich's many times once Shane Cory started buying his articles for 'The Washington Dispatch'. Although my contributions were original and his syndicated, it is still with some pride that I recall having been published on the same page as that great patriot.
He was to become the CEO of the Free Congress Foundation; in that capacity, his greatest achievement was promoting William Lind to prominence. Like his now late old boss, Bill Lind is a modern prophet; it is a pity that his voice has not been heard, just as his old boss was marginalised and ignored.
At all times in history, people need heroes; this need is so deep there's now even a (very watchable) television show which takes this concept as its foundation. Paul Martin Weyrich was one of my heroes, and he has achieved a feat shared by very few - to be mourned by those who never even knew him. That's greatness.



Blogger ScotsToryB said...

I was thinking today about one or two things but the one that kept coming back was 'the tyranny of the minority in which which we live' perhaps not as eloquent as yourself but perhaps something I could ask you to be more loquacious about?


20 December, 2008 00:51  
Blogger Martin said...


Your wish is my command. I'm reading a wee bit about Romanian politics of the 1930's at the moment - as one does on a p*shing wet night in Glasgow - and there resonances for us that are coming out loud and clear.

20 December, 2008 06:31  
Blogger James Higham said...

Tyranny of the minority - yes.

20 December, 2008 23:42  

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