Following are my remarks from the Weyrich tribute dinner earlier this year…and now that this day has come, I am so happy that we were able to tell him how much he meant to us, personally, and to the conservative movement. May you rest in peace, my friend. [# More #]
Paul Weyrich is the man a generation of Washington conservatives wanted to be when they grew up.
He is one of the few men of his or any generation that combined the twin geniuses for political thought and political organization. His greatest legacies – the Heritage Foundation and the Free Congress Foundation – have served as headquarters for conservative thinking and conservative action in Washington. Until conservatives come together again and put these twin pillars of our movement together, we will remain on the outside looking in. If anyone wants to know how to revive the right, just look at the life and legacy of Paul Weyrich, a man who always puts his ideas to work.
Paul, you have always been a trusted friend and loyal ally. And now, heading into what everyone says is a liberal revival, I hope you know that none of us will let you retire anytime soon. We need you, and your vision, now more than ever, old friend.