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Paul Weyrich

Paul WeyrichAKA Paul M. Weyrich

Born: 7-Oct-1942
Birthplace: Racine, WI
Died: 18-Dec-2008
Location of death: Fairfax County, VA
Cause of death: unspecified

Gender: Male
Religion: Eastern Orthodox [1]
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Columnist, Pundit
Party Affiliation: Republican

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Conservative activist

Conservative pundit Paul Weyrich was a standard bearer for more than 30 years. He cofounded both the Heritage Foundation and the Moral Majority. "We are different from previous generations of conservatives. We are no longer working to preserve the status quo. We are radicals, working to overturn the present power structure of this country."

Nevertheless, in February 1999 a dispirited Weyrich wrote in an open letter:

I no longer believe that there is a moral majority. I do not believe that a majority of Americans actually shares our values. [...] I believe that we probably have lost the culture war. That doesn't mean the war is not going to continue, and that it isn't going to be fought on other fronts. But in terms of society in general, we have lost. This is why, even when we win in politics, our victories fail to translate into the kind of policies we believe are important.

Now jump forward four years, after George W. Bush brought his neoconservative advisers into the White House. By then, according to New York Times reporter Matt Bai, Weyrich's attitude had perked up tremendously:

The prickly Weyrich presided with a scowl from the dais (he is now confined to a wheelchair), from which he exhorted the faithful to get their message out, using words that made him sound like some liberal's parody of Dr. Evil. "There are 1,500 conservative radio talk show hosts," Weyrich boasted. "You have Fox News. You have the Internet, where all the successful sites are conservative. The ability to reach people with our point of view is like nothing we have ever seen before!"


[1] Melkite Greek-Catholic, Holy Transfiguration Church, McLean, VA.

Wife: Joyce Anne Smigun (m. 6-Jul-1963, until his death)
Daughter: Dawn Ceol
Son: Peter
Daughter: Diana Pascoe
Son: Stephen
Son: Andrew

    University: AA, University of Wisconsin
    Administrator: Board of Advisors, St. Monica Academy, Pasadena, CA

    Conservative Digest
    African American Republican Leadership Council Advisory Panel
    American Legislative Exchange Council Director (1975-78)
    American Legislative Exchange Council Founder (1973)
    Arlington Group Executive Committee
    Bush-Cheney '04
    Club for Growth
    The Constitution Project Liberty and Security Initiative
    Council for National Policy Treasurer (1981-92)
    Coalitions for America National Chairman
    Free Congress Foundation Chairman and CEO
    Freedom and Democracy Institute of Russia Board of Directors
    Helen's List
    The Heritage Foundation Founding President (1973-74)
    McCain-Palin Victory 2008
    Moral Majority Co-Founder
    National Coalition to End Judicial Filibusters
    Patrick Henry Center Advisory Board
    The Milwaukee Sentinel Reporter
    Crisis
    Risk Factors: Amputee, Diabetes


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