A great idea on how to wrest control of the GOP from "establishment big government Republicans" and return it to the hands of "limited government, constitutional conservatives," and win the November 2016 elections for the Republican Party, can make you $10,000 richer.
Richard Viguerie, chairman of ConservativeHQ.com, announced on Monday that he would award a prize of $10,000 to an individual or group who submits a winning idea on how to complete the feat.
Contrary to what some people may think, argues Viguerie in the media release, the most critical political battle taking place in America now is not between Republicans and Democrats or conservatives and liberals, but the battle for the Republican Party between "establishment big government Republicans" and "limited government, constitutional conservatives."
"It has become clear that establishment Republican and Democratic politicians have failed America because they have both accepted big government as the solution to every problem," said Viguerie in a statement. "The urgency of this effort cannot be overstated," he added.
Viguerie said he has named the $10,000 prize "The Liberty Prize" to encourage the grassroots conservatives to "liberate the Party from the control of the Beltway insiders who are pushing the Party away from the conservative principles that win elections for Republicans."
Anyone who wants to win the money, however, better hurry, the deadline for submitting ideas/plans is March 8, 2013. Ideas should be submitted via thelibertyprize.com. The winning idea will be published this spring in a book being written by Viguerie titled TAKEOVER.
The author of Conservatives Betrayed: How George W. Bush and Other Big Government Republicans Hijacked the Conservative Cause noted that "we conservatives can rebuild the Republican Party into a strong and principled voice for the majority of Americans who believe in, and will vote for, candidates who stand for freedom of the individual, economic opportunity, and traditional values."
Last month at the National Review Summit under the theme, "The Future of Conservatism," speakers agreed that conservatives were having a problem not with their message but their messaging and needed to do a better job of communicating their values.
Mia Love, mayor of Saratoga Springs, Utah, told the group: "I believe that conservative values, they are the right values. We don't need to change them, we need to change the way we message them."
Former Congressman Artur Davis, who switched from the Democratic to the Republican Party recently, also told the group that conservatives had been "better at talking to each other, than talking to people who are not like us."
It was also noted that conservatives and Republicans in general had done a poor job of connecting with some demographic groups like Hispanics and middle-class swing voters who were a key to winning the last election. The group was also urged to explore the gamut of concerns of women voters to better understand how to connect with them.
Last year's Republican vice presidential nominee, Congressman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), urged the group to exercise wisdom in governing. "We have to find the good in every situation – and choose the best means to achieve it. We have to make decisions anchored in reality – and take responsibility for the consequences…," he said.