News Category: From Morton Blackwell

In Memory of Richard (
In Memory of Richard ("Rick") E. Hendrix (1957-2016)

With great sadness, I report the passing of a friend, a colleague, a leader in the conservative movement, and a good and humble man.

Rick Hendrix passed away yesterday, June 13, at Fairfax INOVA Hospital.  He was surrounded by his loving family and friends.

Rick worked as a direct mail fundraiser for more than three decades.  Most know him as a founding partner of ClearWord Communications Group, a successful and effective high-dollar direct mail agency.

For 10 years before that, from 1993 to 2003, Rick ran the direct mail program here at the Leadership Institute.  He oversaw a more than tenfold increase in the Institute's donor base.  Staff often joked that Rick could write in my voice even better than I could.

For the last 23 years, Rick provided the copy for many of the Institute’s monthly mailings.  His work generated millions of dollars in donations that have made the Institute’s many activities possible.

Rick volunteered as a lecturer for almost all of the Institute’s fundraising schools.  Over the years, he taught thousands of conservatives how to build fundraising programs for their organizations.  The entire conservative movement and our country...

A Letter from Morton this Memorial Day

Please let me take a moment with you to remember our fallen soldiers and what their sacrifice means on this Memorial Day.
Thanks to our armed forces, you and I possess many precious freedoms in America.
I’ve been to dozens of countries around the world.  Yes, some of those countries are fairly safe and have modern amenities.
But many others are not.
Some are crime-ridden or war-torn.  And some have a citizenry who have over the years fallen asleep and given away their...

Win America Back – through campaign powerhouses
Win America Back – through campaign powerhouses

“I got involved in politics because of Barack Obama’s election,” said Matt Krause.  “I have four kids.  I didn’t want to be the generation that didn’t leave a better country to my children and grandchildren than those who came before me.”

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard conservatives tell me a story similar to Matt’s.  But I’m encouraged more Americans every day wake up to the danger our country faces and take action.

Matt Krause took the Leadership Institute’s Future Candidate School and won election to the Texas House of Representatives.

12 Days of Christmas

Moral outrage is the most powerful motivating force in politics.
Every year, counter-culture bullies call for political correctness against celebrations of Christmas.  College and university campuses are centers of this persecution.
My staff at the Leadership Institute’s Campus Reform powerfully satirized many of the actual regulations imposed by colleges as “inclusive holiday” guidelines.  Their video, “The 12 Bans of Christmas,” a play on the popular “The 12 Days of Christmas” song, is quite funny, but it exposes outrageous leftist abuses.

A Must Read: Mark Levin’s New Book Plunder and Deceit
A Must Read: Mark Levin’s New Book Plunder and Deceit

In politics, it is not enough to know what’s right. 

To succeed, your command of a subject must be so secure that you can persuade people you are right.  And then you must activate them.

Plunder and Deceit by Mark Levin is a necessary read for anyone who fights against statist power grabs.

This new book sets the stage for the 2016 election and beyond.

Levin’s new book is a wake-up call, especially for young people.  He explains the dangers of government and the coming crisis our country faces -- the loss of the greatest...

Do You Want to be a National Convention Delegate?

In early 1961, I decided to try to be a Goldwater delegate to the 1964 Republican National Convention.  When Barry Goldwater beat the party establishment and won the G.O.P. Presidential nomination, I was his youngest elected delegate at San Francisco's Cow Palace.  And I've been deeply involved in politics ever since.

In 1975, I wrote an article for the Young Americans for Freedom magazine New Guard entitled, "So You Want To Go To A Convention?"

Oklahoman Steve Antosh read the article and followed my advice.  The next year, at age 19, Steve was elected a Reagan delegate to the 1976 G.O.P. national convention.  Four years later, in 1980, Steve was the National Director of Youth for Reagan.

Fearless Journalist Kaitlyn Schallhorn
Fearless Journalist Kaitlyn Schallhorn


Drumroll please…..the winner of the Leadership Institute’s 2014 employee of the year is Miss Kaitlyn Schallhorn.

Kaitlyn Schallhorn joined the Leadership Institute as a Campus Reform (CRO) reporter in February of 2014.

One of the first things Kaitlyn wrote for CRO was a 1,500 word exclusive report that uncovered a corrupt Black Panther professor, who was intimidating students, and involved in a graduation scandal that resulted in the resignation of the university’s chancellor.

But Kaitlyn’s crowning achievement has been her tireless work developing...

President Reagan on New Year's Day

On January 1, 1982, Ronald Reagan said:

“Although I know most of the world celebrates the New Year with us today, I think this holiday is an especially American tradition. Most of us are at home or with our families this morning, getting ready to watch the splendor of parades and excitement of football. Later our families will gather around the dinner table, and we'll pray for guidance and strength in the New Year. Today we take a short and well-earned break from the building and industry and enterprise that make our country strong. We pause to reflect on the values of God and family and freedom that make us great.”

Ronald Reagan was a strong president.  A man of faith, a man of conservative principles, and a man of action – who loved America and knew what made our country great.

I served for three years under President Reagan on his White House Staff.  I miss...

George Washington and the Leadership Institute
George Washington and the Leadership Institute

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

Our nation’s first president issued a proclamation of Thanksgiving on October 3, 1789 “to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many favors of Almighty God ... especially an opportunity to establish a form of government for our safety and happiness.”

In his proclamation, George Washington also asked Americans to pray for our government to be “a blessing to all the people by constantly being a government of wise, just, and constitutional laws.”

A fellow Leadership Institute's donor graciously loaned a full-size portrait of George Washington.  It stands in the Leadership Institute’s headquarters to remind my staff and me about the America our founding fathers built – a country built on prayer, tradition, and hard work.

With your help, the Leadership Institute fights to uphold...

Today, you and I celebrate Veterans Day

Today, you and I celebrate Veterans Day.

All my staff at the Leadership Institute join me in honoring our veterans in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard.

Our nation’s armed forces give their blood, toil, tears, and sweat – both in war and peacetime – to keep America free.

I count myself blessed to live in a prosperous country defended by the greatest military in the world.  And our country still holds a special place in history, despite all that the liberals do to sabotage it.

Let me share with you an article about Army veteran and Leadership Institute graduate Larry Provost.

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