by Jack Hunter
I always liked Paul Weyrich because he seemed genuine and had the ability to think outside the box. I didn't always agree with Weyrich, but he had my respect, because I believed he really did care about advancing conservatism more than party or power. Weyrich was also a contributor at Taki's Magazine, where Kevin DeAnna has posted a link to some of his writings. From Milwaukee's Journal Sentinel:
"Paul Weyrich, the former Milwaukee Sentinel reporter who was an architect of the modern conservative movement, died early this morning.
He was 66 and had battled severe health problems for years.
"Paul Weyrich was without question the most prolific and successful institution builder in the conservative movement," close friend and conservative activist Morton Blackwell said Thursday. "He clearly understood that we had to significantly increase the number and the effectiveness of conservative activists and we needed to get a lot of different organizations and institutions created and growing in order to change the political climate of our country."
Weyrich was head of the Free Congress Foundation and helped launch many important institutions on the right beginning in the early 1970s, including the Heritage Foundation, the conservative think tank in Washington, D.C.
He has been described by some as the "father of the religious right."
Interviewed for a 2007 profile in the Journal Sentinel, Weyrich said that if he had a political legacy it was the "amalgamation of the religious conservatives with the Republican Party."
Weyrich grew up in Racine. He lived in Fairfax County, Virginia."