Richard Viguerie is the man who virtually invented targeted direct mail political fundraising, giving the GOP a technological advantage for over a decade, similar in magnitude to the current Democrat advantage in social media. On his site Conservative HQ, Richard announces the Liberty Prize, offering a cash prize of ten thousand dollars for the best plan for conservatives to take over the GOP by 2016 and win the 2017 election:
The most important political battle in America is not between Republicans and Democrats or between conservatives and liberals. It is the battle for control of 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.
This is what is sometimes called "crowdsourcing" - tapping a large pool of intelligence. Konnosuke Matsushita, who created the business strategy of constant improvement, cost cutting, and price reduction in the consumer electronics industry, called it "the wisdom of the many."
In asking for ideas on how to help save our country, I named the $10,000 prize "The Liberty Prize" because I want to encourage the grassroots conservatives of the GOP 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. The entire $10,000 could go to one person who writes a great plan or it could be divided among persons who submit specific ideas to advance the project.
The winning plan/idea will be included in a book I'm writing to be published this spring, entitled, "TAKEOVER."
Plans should be submitted through the special website http://thelibertyprize.com by Friday, March 8, 2013.
In announcing "The Liberty Prize," I believe conservatives at the grassroots level have the ideas and principles, as well as the numbers, political skills, and talent to govern America, but unlike the liberals who control the Democratic Party, we conservatives don't control the Republican Party.
Let the competition begin!