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  • Conservative Leader Paul Weyrich Dies; First to Lead Heritage


    Paul M. Weyrich, chairman and CEO of the Free Congress Foundation and first president of The Heritage Foundation, died this morning around 1 a.m. He was 66 years old. Weyrich was a good friend to many of us at Heritage, a true leader and a man of unbending principle. He won Heritage’s prestigious Clare Boothe Luce Award in 2005.

    Heritage President Ed Feulner released a statement praising Weyrich for his dedication and leadership:

    Moral courage was a defining trait of Paul himself.  On any policy issue that turned on a core principle, he never failed to take a public stand–regardless of how that stand might affect his professional or personal relationships.  A political animal of the highest order, he always chose principle over any temporary “strategic” abandonment of principle designed to win some transitory political victory.

    This moral courage was matched with the physical courage he displayed in the face of physical disability in his later years.

    Paul Weyrich was a visionary, a builder, a moral and political leader.  America is a better and stronger country because of his contributions. He will be sorely missed.

    Heritage’s Executive Vice President Phil Truluck added:

    A friend, a mentor, a patriot, and a strategist par excellence. Paul Weyrich was all of these things and so much more. He changed the face and structure of politics not just here in Washington, but throughout America. That can not be said about many. Was he easy to deal with? Not always. Would he tell you the truth if you liked it or not? Absolutely. Was he steadfast to his principles and his love for this country and his family? Without a doubt. We—the United States, the Conservative Movement, and The Heritage Foundation—have lost a strong voice for freedom. We are what we are today because of Paul Weyrich. And I will miss him.

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the Weyrich family, including son Steve, who currently works at Heritage.

    Throughout the day we’ll be adding reflections on Weyrich’s life. Stay tuned for updates.

    Rep. Roy Blunt (R-MO), who attended Weyrich’s weekly Free Congress meeting more than 350 times:

    No matter the challenges Paul was facing in his personal life, he was always acutely aware of the challenges facing our nation and devoted his entire life to strengthening our country. His ability to persuade without berating, and teach without demeaning are lessons that would serve many on both sides of the aisle well.

    He wasn’t just an outstanding leader for conservatives; he was a steadfast confidant and a devout man of faith.  I will miss his infectious personality and our weekly meetings.  My prayers are with his wife Joyce, their five children and many grandchildren during this difficult time.

    It isn’t often that when a man of Paul’s stature passes that we can say his death was a loss of more than a leader — in Paul we also lose a friend.

    House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH):

    Paul was one of the giants of the conservative movement — a man committed to family, faith, and preserving and expanding freedom both here in America and around the world. His passing is a great loss for conservatism, and for our country.  Paul was right from the start, as a volunteer for Barry Goldwater’s 1964 presidential campaign.  The Heritage Foundation — which he co-founded and helped organize — provided a roadmap for Ronald Reagan’s presidency and continues to serve as a leading public policy research institute for the conservative movement.  For more than four decades, Paul shaped American politics through his leadership, his writing, his activism, and his passion.  He will be missed.

    House Republican Conference Chairman Mike Pence (R-IN):

    I was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of my friend and mentor, Paul M. Weyrich.

    Paul M. Weyrich was a giant in American politics, an inspiring leader and a friend to generations of conservatives. As the chairman and chief operating officer of the Free Congress Foundation and first president of The Heritage Foundation, Paul M. Weyrich was a founding father of the modern conservative movement. His influence reached from the corridors of power in our nation’s Capital to the townhalls and churches of heartland America and he will be deeply missed.

    I also grieve the passing of Paul M. Weyrich with a sense of personal loss. I have benefited immeasurably from his counsel, friendship and Christian example. Like so many who admired him across this nation, I am certain that heaven is richer but my life is poorer because of the passing of Paul M. Weyrich. May God rest his soul and bring comfort to his family and friends during this time of loss.

    Republican Study Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-TX):

    Paul Weyrich was a leader within the conservative movement and a man of great principle and faith.  He dedicated his life to ensuring that conservatives would not only have the ideas, but the tools necessary to fight for and defend liberty each and every day.  Paul was truly the father of modern grassroots conservative activism.

    Though his passing is a great loss, Paul Weyrich’s contributions to our movement will continue to shape the minds and lives of conservatives across the country.  The Heritage Foundation, which he co-founded, is an intellectual home for all conservatives.  And without Paul, the Republican Study Committee, which he worked to create, would not exist today.  His ideas and principles will be carried on by not just the Republican Study Committee and the Heritage foundation, but by conservatives across the country that rely on the institutions which Paul worked to establish.

    On behalf of all conservatives in the House of Representatives, I offer our deepest prayers and condolences to the Weyrich family.

    Rep. Joe Pitts (R-PA):

    Paul was a giant in the conservative movement.  His tireless efforts on behalf of advancing conservative policies have left this nation a better place.  A man of principle and character, he will be greatly missed.  I feel fortunate to have called Paul a friend.

    Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC):

    Paul was a founding father of the conservative movement and a man of principle and compassion.  His success in establishing the American Legislative Exchange Council, The Heritage Foundation, and the Free Congress Foundation has been instrumental in the development of the modern conservative movement around the world.  He leaves in his absence a legacy of leadership that will have a lasting impact on generations to come.

    I am particularly grateful to have worked with Paul through the Krieble Institute where we traveled to Bulgaria and western Siberia to promote the development of democracy and help those nations recover from communism.  In fact, due to his vision of promoting democracy, Paul was recognized by the KGB as an ‘agent of influence’, which he proudly acknowledged.

    At this time, our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.

    Rep. Tom Price (R-GA), incoming chairman of the Republican Study Committee:

    America and conservatives lost a giant today. Like all who admired him, I am deeply saddened to learn of Paul Weyrich’s passing.  Paul was a man of great passion who made our nation better by fighting for that in which he truly believed.  His legacy will be one of enthusiasm, ingenuity, and unyielding principle. Only because of the hard work of Paul Weyrich do conservatives have the voice we enjoy today. Though Paul is in a better place today, we will honor his life by continuing to positively and actively defend the ideals for which he lived.

    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY):

    Elaine and I are deeply saddened by the passing of our friend, Paul Weyrich.

    The world has lost a powerful voice for good and a passionate defender of liberty, and the conservative movement Paul Weyrich helped establish and sustain has lost one of its most ardent supporters.

    Paul Weyrich informed a thousand debates, and he leaves a lasting legacy in the institutions he either founded or supported and in the thousands of young people he taught over the years.

    First and foremost, Paul Weyrich was a man of faith. And after this final painful struggle of his remarkable life, we can hope that he now finds rest from his many labors.

    Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-TX):

    I was so blessed with the time to learn from Paul Weyrich as we worked together to build the Republican Study Committee and to ensure that conservative thought and action guided the Republican Congress.  Up until my last days in the House, I could count on seeing him each week in my office, lunching around a table of conservative heroes – and, of course, he was always the most revered of the bunch.  Paul was the only man in this town who knew how to revive the Right and he did so through political thought and political organization.  This is a very sad day, indeed, and his passing comes at a time when we need his leadership more than ever.  Conservatives would do well to allow Paul’s life and legacy to not only serve our memory, but to guide our future.

    Competitive Enterprise Institute scholar Myron Ebell:

    I am saddened by Paul Weyrich’s death. For forty years, Paul was one of the conservative movement’s most honorable and effective leaders. Paul put backbone in the conservative movement. He achieved so much on so many of the great political issues of our time; and even when the cause seemed lost, Paul never gave up and never compromised his principles.

    Republican National Committee Chairman Mike Duncan:

    Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Paul Weyrich, whose life work was instrumental in the development of conservative thought.  As the first president of the Heritage Foundation and respected leader of other conservative organizations and coalitions, Paul’s service to America has embodied and further advanced the Republican Party’s core values of limited government, lower taxes, and individual responsibility.  We are saddened by the passing of Paul Weyrich, but we know that his contributions will continue to resonate for generations.

    Third Branch Conference Chairman Manuel Miranda:

    There is no one — no one person –  who has been more significant to the daily life of the Conservative movement than Paul Weyrich.  There has been no one who better understood the full range of issues that affect Americans or which are affected by Washington.

    I lose a close friend and ally on the effort to reclaim the Constitution from judicial usurpation.  I might not have succeeded in opposing the Harriet Miers nomination without Paul’s support.  And I would certainly not have continued as a public advocate without his friendship.

    This was a truly great man, who overshadowed all the elected leaders who occupied the same time and space that he did.

    Sen. Sam Brownback (R-KS):

    Paul Weyrich was one of our first heroes of the conservative movement. He has always battled ideas and for some time battled physically, leaving us too early.  His passion and strategy will be truly missed, as well as his friendship. My heartfelt prayers and condolences go to his family and his many, many friends.

    Rep. Todd Tiahrt (R-KS):

    I am deeply saddened by the loss of Paul Weyrich. Today America lost a true patriot. Paul was a pioneer in the conservative movement, a great visionary, leader, man of faith, and friend. The legacy he leaves behind will be remembered for generations. Paul will be greatly missed.

    Vicki and I send our thoughts and prayers to the Weyrich family during this time of mourning.

    Rep. Dave Camp (R-MI):

    Paul’s leadership set the cornerstone for the conservative movement in this country.  Rather than sit on the sidelines, Paul turned his vision into action.  Through his founding of the Heritage Foundation over 35 years ago, he left an indelible mark on public policy.  His passing is a great loss, but the legacy he leaves behind of principled conservatism will continue to influence political discourse for years to come.

    Media Research Center President Brent Bozell:

    Paul Weyrich was a foundational pillar of the modern conservative movement.  He was a leader, a patriot and a friend, with an unwavering conscience that held fast to traditional values in good times and bad. Even as Republican leaders vacillated on issues like taxes, abortion and government spending, Paul never wavered, and when he admonished those leaders — even presidents among them — he spoke for legions of conservatives across America.  He was a man of principle who not only stood firmly on the ground of conservatism, but who took giant strides to advance and spread these values in the public square and in the hearts of countless Americans. The fruits of Paul’s labor will continue to flourish, and the words of his namesake — St. Paul of Tarsus — were never more true: Paul Weyrich fought the good fight, he finished the course, and he always kept the faith.

    House Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-VA):

    It is impossible to overstate Paul’s impact on our nation. His efforts inspired countless numbers of Americans to engage in the battle of ideas on behalf of conservative principles. To those of us lucky enough to know Paul personally, his faith and relentless optimism were a constant inspiration.

    Our nation lost a great leader today.  I lost a friend.  Generations of conservatives owe him a debt of gratitude for his diligence, wisdom, and willingness to stand up for what is right—no matter how much opposition he faced.  Paul was a humble man from Racine, Wisconsin who went on to shape the future course of our nation’s policies.

    My deepest sympathies and condolences go out to his family.  A tireless Conservative, his work and his presence will be missed.

    Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT):

    Paul Weyrich was a visionary leader in defending conservative principles and a pioneer in organizing and empowering citizens to become more involved in the political process.  He founded think tanks, launched a television network, organized coalitions, trained grassroots activists around the world, and influenced both politics and policy.

    I knew Paul for more than three decades.  Paul could engage as well as enrage, energize as well as criticize.  He could be a strong ally as well as a worthy adversary.  Paul loved God, his family, and America, and he did everything he could to make this a better, stronger country. The conservative community will be bereft of a champion, and I personally will miss him very much.

    Leadership Institute President Morton Blackwell:

    Paul Weyrich was the premier institution builder of the conservative movement. He held us all to his high standards. His achievements will benefit America and the world for generations.

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    78 Responses to Conservative Leader Paul Weyrich Dies; First to Lead Heritage

    1. Upper Darby, Penna says:

      God Bless! This was a great man!

      We trust that a new man of this calibar

      will now stand up for us again.

    2. Nancy Morgan, Murrel says:

      My condolences. He was a good man.

    3. Walter Abbott, Rusto says:

      Rest in Peace, Paul. God bless you for what you did for the cause and the nation. I was blessed to know you and follow your counsel.

      Walter Abbott

    4. Ethan Gutmann, FDD F says:

      Most will remember Paul Weyrich for the conservative institutions he started, yet Paul's practical political strategies and coalitions always came down to his deeply personal–and passionate–belief in what was truly right for the country. Working with Paul at Free Congress Foundation was a defining moment of my life, one that I will never forget. My deepest condolences to the Weyrich family, particularly Steve, Peter and Diana.

    5. Carter L. Clews, Ame says:

      Paul Weyrich was a giant of a man to whom all conservatives owe a lasting debt of gratitude. It is safe to say that there is not a conservative institution in America today that does not bear his imprint and carry forward his legacy. Back in the dark days of the 1970s when I first met Paul, he embodied the dream of a conservative emergence. Though then, he was, indeed, a "voice crying in the wilderness," he would with dogged determination take he lead in fomenting a revolution that brought Ronald Reagan and a Republican Senate majority to power. May God rest his soul and bless his wonderful family.

    6. Elizabeth Whitaker, says:

      He was a true inspiration in both the political and the spiritual arenas.

      I am a lifelong conservative and had the privilege of being one of his fellow parishioners over the past year or so. It has been a great

      inspiration to see him at liturgy, carrying out his role as protodeacon from his chair.

    7. claudia barlow, Wash says:

      In reading a biography of Sam Adams who marketed the American Revolution to the early colonists, framing the messages and driving the founding principles into the conscienciousness of those New Englanders, i was reminded that Paul did the same thing for the conservative movement. His courage and conviction was one. He knew what was right when to do it and how to force thought into action. Like Sam Adams, no one denied him his space because his of his uncompromising stands on principle.

      THIS country, THIS day, we honor such men whom we NOW desparately need.

      God Bless you Paul.


    8. Darlene Traverse Cit says:

      My thoughts and prayers for Paul's family. He was a good man and helped so many people. Rest in peace Paul.

    9. Jim Stack, Jensen B says:

      God Bless him and may he be remembered for his National Empowerment Television network which did more to inform Americans about the real issues that threaten our Republic. Thankyou Paul for all you did and may the legacy of all your work for liberty and freedom live on. Jim Stack, Jensen Beach, Florida

    10. Cindy Gustafson, Was says:

      My political interests began in Colorado in 1989. I soon discovered Free Congress Foundation's televised discussions. A donor for the non-profit I was working with offered to pay for the satellite connection required to participate in these discussions. I was amazed at Mr. Weyrich's wisdom and strategy – and I learned to appreciate the times when he challenged both friend and foe regarding family values. After moving to Washington, DC, I worked for Free Congress Foundation for a short time during the America's Voice season. It was such a blessing to meet the political voices, escort them to the correct studio, and then watch Mr. Weyrich discuss with them the important issues of that time. Thanks to Paul's informative programs and meetings, I learned how to use this information and respond to people who disagreed with my point of view. Steve, Peter, and Diana are all in my prayers. God bless you. And I pray that God raises up more challenging voices in America.

    11. Steve, Raleigh, NC says:

      Rest in peace, Paul. Your work here is done. You may now go to your eternal reward with the words "Well done, my good and faithful servant" ringing in your ears. God bless you and your family.

    12. Brian Rogers, The Je says:

      The conservative community is saddened by the loss of a great man. I have no doubt that he and Senator Helms are catching up. From all of us here at the Helms Center, our thoughts and prayers go out to the Weyrich family.

    13. Andrew Ian Dodge says:

      A great man who be seriously missed by the thinking right.

    14. Cal Thomas, in Phoen says:

      Paul Weyrich was one of the founding fathers of the New Right. A man of strong political and spiritual principles, it was my great honor to be inspired by his knowledge, commitment, friendship and faith beginning in 1979 when we first met at the dawn of the "Moral Majority." Pray for Joyce and the family. The home answering machine says Paul and Joyce aren't home right now. Paul is home, in the place that Jesus, whom he loved, prepared for him. There is no greater reward.

    15. Jeff Bone, The John says:

      His commitment to principled public leadership has been an inspiration to us all. He is missed but not forgotten. Our thoughts, prayers and condolences to his family.

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    19. RIGHTALK Radio says:

      For four years we had the privilege of producing Paul Weyrich's internet radio show. Always aware of the need for conservatives to get their message out, Paul was with us from day one. On more than one occasion, we had to scold him for putting his commitment to his radio show and guests above his health.

      Paul always signed off his radio show with "My time is up and I thank you for yours…"

      No, we thank *you* Paul.

      RIGHTALK Radio

    20. Peter Waldron, in Ta says:

      Paul was a visionary like none other in Washington. He saw the significance of faith-based participation in the political process. He recruited the leading Evangelical preachers from across America and led them when possible and pushed them with necessary to stand up for Biblical principles in the market place of ideas. For all intents and purposes he was a modern prophet who served the Lord, the nation, and people of faith with honor.

      The nation owes Joyce and family a debt of gratitude for supporting and encouraging Paul to do that which he thought the LORD wanted him to do.

      Paul Weyrich…

      "His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord."

      Matthew 25:21 KJV

    21. Stanford Redisch, Lo says:

      The Torch was Paul's to be held high and passed to Ed! We all need to remember Heritiage is also Culture! This Culture is important, just as Reagan's agenda is to this day, but the focus is not encouraging Mass Media to be spreading; 'The Culture of the Happy Hertiage! It's of Fats Waller, Scott Joplin, W.C.Handy, Duke Ellington; then Culture has Carmichael, Porter, the Gershwins, Berlin, Mercer, Warren & Ruby, the Crosbys, etal. It would be a vacuum that Paul would have wanted to be filled! This mission's part of the Freedom to hear Jazz Music in the Market Place; that's missing today in 2008! These gifts are appreciated by global humanity, not by it's birthplace, the United States of America! Some members of Heritiage are involved, we need more Soldiers of the Culture War to join this battle in American Society!

    22. Joe Quinn, New York says:

      My deepest condolences to the Weyrich family and all his friends. Paul Weyrich helped me when I needed support for some very difficult project I was working on – to help share and teach democratic campaign technology with young political leaders in El Salvador and Central America in the early 1980's. He made a symbolic financial contribution to Martha Rountree's "Leadership Foundation" which helped me so much in my efforts at that time. Paul Weyrich was a no nonsense man of deep faith in

      the "Reagan Revolution" and love for our country.

      Some reviled him, others praised him. I am one of the latter. May his memory be eternal and may he rest in peace. God bless you, Paul.

    23. Minh Tran says:

      I'm from Viet Nam, and Mr.Weyrich is viewed as a beacon of hope there. He is a relentless fighter for opportunity and justice for all. I dearly miss him and his great vision.

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    26. Janine Tsakanikas, S says:

      Thank you, Paul for all of that you have done for us over the years!

      I had the privilege of knowing Paul and his family, when I worked at American Family Association's Washington, DC office. His wisdom and passion for his life's work were an inspiration.

      I send out my prayers and heartfelt condolences to his family, particularly Peter and Diana.

      He was a great man and will always be remembered as such. May he rest in peace!

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    33. Michael Terence Smyt says:

      Many of us grew up reading "The Conscience of a Conservative," ghostwritten for Barry Goldwater.

      PAUL WEYRICH was "The Conscience of the CONSERVATIVES." Many talked and wrote. Through the Heritage and Free Congress Foundations,

      Paul put thoughts and words into sweeping actions which have benefited our nation profoundly.

      Deepest condolences to the Weyrich family.

    34. Patty @littlebytesne says:

      I am sorry to hear of the passing of a great person such as Weyrich who represented and stood for the Conservative principals this country was founded upon. May he rest in peace and his family heal as they cherish the memories of his life.

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    36. Muqtada, Mumbai says:

      Glad to see he lived long enough to see the nation elect it's first BLACK PRESIDENT!!!!!

    37. Victoria DeLacy, Woo says:

      It was a privilege to have worked for a month as a secretary to Mr. Weyrich. His strength of character and unwavering conservatism made him a beacon of the movement. I also knew him to be a kind-hearted man of faith with a great sense of humor who loved cats and trains. He will be sorely missed.

    38. Ashley Landess, SC P says:

      My first "real" job was with Paul Weyrich. I was lucky that I got to learn from him, but especially blessed to have seen the remarkable man up close. Everyone knows Paul was a man of principle, passion and political courage. What many don't know is that he was funny, kind and even patient. He always answered my questions and took time to explain the bigger picture. He let me tentatively broach ideas and talk them through. He was hard on me when I didn't live up to his expectations — Paul had no patience for youthful arrogance! But when he encouraged me or praised my work, it had a profound effect that has lasted for 20 years. He taught me I could fight with my friends and not stay angry, and work with opponents when they were on the right side. He proved that standing on principle is more than just the right thing to do — it is also the most effective way to recruit others to our cause, and the only way to avoid living in a constant state of anxiety and doubt (Paul once told me "I don't have high blood pressure — I cause it in others!). The big government crowd here in South Carolina owes much of the grief they get today to the example set by Paul Weyrich. Thanks, PW — now get to work praying for us! My love to Joyce, Dawn, Pete, Diana, Steven, Andrew and their families.

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    40. Tom, Bowie, MD says:

      Having had the opportunity and privilege to work for Paul, I can honestly say my heart is saddened today. It was over 10 years ago this month I started working for him. While I left a few years ago, I took away many lessons from his leadership. He worked through tremendous pain, was tough but fair and always wanted the best of you every day.

      We both shared a love for radio and talked often about it. I missed those conversations after I left. I was kept up-to-date by a friend about him and always wished to see him one more time, but I never got around to doing it. Now, I regret it.

      My condolences to his lovely wife Joyce and the family, Peter, Diana, Steven, Andrew and Dawn.

      See you down the road Paul and thanks for your leadership and guidance.

    41. Barb -mn says:

      God Bless Mr. Weyrich. He's touched many lives. It is hard to accept someone pass that is so fitting to strengthening the lives of others. He is in a better time and place and a blessing he will be without the future, unnecessary struggles of the government dictatorship. Thank you, Father in heaven, for the life of Paul Weyrich.

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    47. Richard Clark Memphi says:

      Paul Weyrich a beacon of light in the midst of this "Storm of the century" He was a moral compass for many in this once great and free country. These United States has lost a patriot and a man that lived by faith. Many in these United States will not know the loss that we have received today and that is the saddest comment of all. GOD bless Mr Werich and his family. America's loss is immeasurable and to be mourned soulfully.

    48. John - Martinsburg, says:

      I became aware of Mr. Weyrich and his enormous work in the Conservative movement about 6 years ago. I enjoyed reading his columns which were always insightful, thought provoking and thoroughly well written. I will miss them and him.

      May God's loving touch lay lightly on his family and may they feel His peace with them. God Bless.

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    51. Carolyn McVicker, Cl says:

      I did not know Paul Weyrich personally, however, his wife Joyce and I belonged to an organization in Fairfax, Virginia, for several years. She was devoted to her husband and family. My husband and I send her and the family our sincere sympathies.

    52. Cindy, truthusa.com says:

      I appreciate all that Paul Weyrich stood for.

      I never knew how much opinions by conservative Americans counted until I saw Paul M. Weyrich on tv.

      I was absolutely thrilled that conservatives had a voice.

      I will miss you Mr. Weyrich and all the columns you have written over the years for the Free Congress Foundation.

      My prayers of comfort to the whole Weyrich family.

    53. Kay, Colorado says:

      Sorry to hear of the passing of Mr. Weyrich. We were lucky to have lived with his wisdom. He will be missed by many.

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    55. Bill Brady, Forney T says:

      I was greatly saddened to learn today of the passing of Paul Weyrich. My family went to Church with the Weyrichs in Annandale beginning in the late 70's and my siblings and myself were friends with Dawn, Peter & Diana throughout school. His passion in his beliefs was as unmistakable then as his influence in the conservative ideal is unmistakable now. The Heritage Foundation has been the backbone to the body of work largely begun by Ronald Reagan and continued today in the conservative movement and conservative media. Paul's life was a testament to putting Faith into action. He will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Paul and his family.

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    57. Donald R. May, &quot says:

      It is the worst of times because few Conservatives can match the courage, persistence, and abilities of Paul Weyrich. We have lost a great moral champion.

      Donald R. May

      "Mr. Conservative"

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    63. Katherine says:

      So, so sorry to hear of Mr. Weyrich's passing. I've heard his name so often over the year, read articles about his record, and just recently stumbled upon his blueprint for effective activism written some time ago. What a brilliant man, such a loss. Our prayers go to his family and friends.

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    66. Gerry, Virginia says:

      The Greek poet Sophocles wrote, "One must wait until the evening to see how splendid the day has been."

      I have been blessed and honored to have known Paul for so many years. The Conservative movement has certainly lost a champion, and I have lost a friend.

      Although the evening of Paul’s life came much too soon, it is my hope that we who knew him will take solace in the fact that he lived a life filled with accomplishment, a life filled with family and friends, a life filled with love, and know without a doubt that the day had indeed been splendid.

      As I reflect on Paul's life, I recall the bible in the 25th chapter of Matthew when the Lord said: "Well done, thou good and faithful servant… enter thou into the joy of thy Lord."

      May God bless Paul Weyrich.

    67. Kenneth & Tracie says:

      We have known Paul for only ten years or so. He was a wonderful individual and one of the most positive and Spiritual people I have known. He met his physical challenges with both courage and optimism. A true Christian and also a sane voice in the wilderness.

      Paul was a true Conservative who walked the Walk.

      He will be missed.

    68. JC Bowman, Tennessee says:

      I am sorry to hear of the passing of Paul Weyrich. I remember the last time I saw him he was extremely ill. I disagreed somewhat with Mr. Weyrich when he suggested that evangelicals should disengage from politics, a position he later seemingly abdicated. But there is no doubt with his passing America has lost a guiding light and true champion for individual freedom and liberty. He did so much that can never be replicated. I thank God for what Paul Weyrich accomplished on earth and his enduring legacy. Sincerely, JC Bowman

    69. Ireland, NYC says:

      To those who knew and worked with a great Conservative and co-founder to this great conservative organization, Paul Weyrich, you have my most heartfelt condolences for your loss of this great American patriot. I will always be grateful that you provided us with a voice and a place where we could express ourselves. Your contributions to the conservative movement have been so great and your loss will be felt for a long time. His wife and children have my utmost and sincerest condolences for your personal loss. I believe Paul was the conservative’s version of Saul Alinsky. Rest in Peace, I'm sure St Peter is waiting and God is telling him you've done well my friend.

    70. Ireland, NYC says:

      To those who knew and worked with a great Conservative and co-founder to this and other great conservative organizations, Paul Weyrich, you have my most heartfelt condolences for your loss of this great American patriot. I will always be grateful that you provided us with a voice and a place where we could express ourselves. Your contributions to the conservative movement have been so great and profound; your loss will be felt for a long time. To his wife, children and grandchildren you all have my utmost and sincerest condolences for your personal loss. We've lost Mr. Weyrich at a time when we need his guidance, humor and insight the most. I can only hope that those he has taught over his career have learned what they need to, to carry the conservative mantle farther than even he may have expected. I believe Paul was the conservative’s version of Saul Alinsky but unlike Alinsky, Mr. Weyrich was guided by faith, hope and God’s wisdom. Rest in Peace, I'm sure St Peter is waiting and God is telling him you've done well my friend. God Blessed you!

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    72. Lou Rugani, WLIP Rad says:

      All of Paul's many friends here are immensely saddened and simultaneously inspired by Paul's unending and unflagging courage and stick-to-it-iveness.

    73. charlotte, californi says:

      Have any one noticed that Mr. Weyrich's voice was so much like President-elect Brack Obama's. Or I shall say President-elect Obama's voice is so much like Mr. Weyrich's.

      I was driving 10 miuntes ago and I Heard an interview on PBS. I thought it was President-elect Obama'voice. Later I realized it actually was Mr. Weyrich's. The tone, the rhythem and choosing of words were the same…

    74. David Davidson, Padu says:

      I had no idea Mr. Weyrich was ill! I am deeply deeply sadened by his passing and will be praying for his family during this time. He was a great great man and a man of vision and promise. God willing and us able we will continue the work he started so long ago and restore America to her Republic Roots. Job well done thou good and faithful servant all in all not bad not bad at all….

    75. Philip S. Krone, Mia says:

      Although I never met Paul we had a very interesting phone and email dialogue this past year. I am as liberal as he was a conservative, but we found a lot of common ground, including our love for our nation, our hope for the world, our passion for ethics and mass transit, and both of us agreed that disagreements needed to conducted with civility. We were supposed to have met just a few weeks ago, but he was not having a good day, so we postponed our meeting until the week of the Inauguration. That will not happen unfortunately, but I do send my heartfelt condolences to all those who knew him, especially his family and friends.

      He made a great contribution to our commonwealth, not the least of which was the meaning he gave to what is truly the highest office in our land: "citizen".

    76. Theresa R. Battles says:

      My symanthony and prayers go out to Paul Weyrich's family and friends. I thought the family may want to know 52 years ago we attented the same elementry school. The name of the school was "Holy Trinity School", located in Racine , Wisconsin. We were in the same classroom, and Sister Joenette was the teacher. She tought the seventh and eighth graders in the same room. Paul was always excellent in civic debates even at that age, just a young boy at the time.I recall one day , during recess, me and my friends went down to the cafetera, and he was down in the cafetera too at the time, He goes into the closet, pretending he is a raido broadcaster as me and my friends listened attentively on the other side of the door. He was really good even way back then. Suddenly the teacher comes downstairs and finds me and my friends with our ears close to the door listening to the broadcast by Paul Weyrich, Sister Joanette opened the door and there stood Paul with his immatation loudspeaker, speechless, She sent us outside to the playground as fast as we could go. For some reason I have always remembered this incident knowing There was no doubt he would do well and he did. Thought you might enjoy this little tidbit, of your loved one , May God bless you and your Family

    77. Frank Thorn, Stuart, says:

      I am saddened to learn of the death of the Great Paul Weyrich while I was working overseas.

      I was priveledged to work under his direction at NET Political NewsTalk Network for four years.

      Daily, brilliant minds presented ideas with passion over live television.

      I was one of twenty technicians. We all believed NET was the most honorable shop in North America!

      ….You will be missed, Your Honor!

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