News Category: From Morton Blackwell

I remember reciting my first speech
I remember reciting my first speech

I remember reciting my first speech – “Respect the flag . . . “ – those are the only words I remember, maybe because that’s the title.

Although I don’t remember the words, I do remember the feeling I had as a seven-year-old reciting the poem from memory in front of judges and others I didn’t know.

I was nervous. I had butterflies. And I knew I didn’t want to mess up.

I adjusted my sparkly Uncle Sam hat and waited for the judge’s nod while my heart seemed to pound out of my chest.

I drew a deep breath and began the poem. With shaky hands I...

Five things you should do in your first week at a new job
Five things you should do in your first week at a new job

Starting a new job is among the most daunting experiences in our professional lives.  After all, you only get one chance at a first impression.

As well as trying to wrap your head around your new responsibilities, learn the office culture, make friends, and demonstrate your ability, you’re also trying to keep your feet on the ground and build a successful future for yourself.

It is natural to want to keep your head down and not draw attention to yourself, like a mouse among sleeping cats.  This is a mistake!  Here are five things you should do in your first week...

Morton's Daylily Offer to Wednesday Wakeup Club Breakfast Attendees

Dear fellow conservative,

You may know that I cross breed and raise daylilies and send hundreds of daylily plants each year to Leadership Institute donors who have requested them.

Now I have a problem that I ask you to help me solve.

Each spring I carefully cross pollinate my most lovely and interesting daylily flowers to produce new varieties.  I harvest the mature seeds in August and plant them in trays to grow through the winter in my office windows until all danger of frost is past.  Then I plant the seedlings outside in flower beds.  A year later, the new plants bloom, and I can give really fine ones to LI donors with descriptions of their flowers.

The problem I hope you will help me solve is that last August so many seeds germinated that I have many more seedlings than I have room to plant in my flower beds.

I’ve filled with new seedlings all the available flower beds, and I have hundreds of healthy, extraordinary seedlings that will die if...

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...

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