Morton C. Blackwell has served as the National Committeeman of the Republican Party of Virginia since 1988. Professionally, Morton Blackwell is the president of the Leadership Institute, a non-partisan educational foundation he founded in 1979. His institute prepares conservatives for success in politics, government and the news media. Over the years the Leadership Institute has trained more than 76,000 students. It currently has revenue of $12.7 million per year and a staff of 58. In youth politics, Mr. Blackwell was a College Republican state chairman and a Young Republican state chairman in Louisiana. He served on the Young Republican National Committee for more than a dozen years, rising to the position of Young Republican National Federation national vice chairman at large. Off and on for five years, 1965-1970, he worked as executive director of the College Republican National Committee under four consecutive College Republican national chairmen. He served on the Louisiana Republican state central committee for eight years. First elected to the Arlington County (Virginia) Republican Committee in 1972, he is a member of the Virginia Republican state central committee and was first elected in 1988 as Virginia


    What’s the Real Nature of Conservative Politics?

    Political terms mean different things in different countries, and they mean different things in the same countries at different times. In the United States and across the world in the 19th Century, the word “liberal” described someone primarily concerned about liberty. Over the years, the word “liberal,” deliberately adopted by the left in the United States, has come to mean here someone committed to, among | Read More »

    To fight or not to fight

    Is the high-profile fight over funding of Obamacare is helping or hurting conservatives? Had there not been the fight over its funding, undoubtedly Obamacare would already have been fully funded.  Grassroots conservatives’ enthusiasm would be much less than it currently is, and their enthusiasm is absolutely necessary for conservative victories in coming elections and legislative battles. Whether they admit it or not, the official Republican | Read More »

    More on National Republican Rules

    A report has circulated regarding my proposed, one-word amendment to Rule 16c(2).  Supposedly, “the issue has been dealt with, with the participation of, and to the satisfaction of Morton Blackwell.” That is a false report. No one has even proposed any Rules “deal” to me, perhaps because it’s pretty clear that restoring the prohibition of winner-take-all presidential primaries in March is necessary to prevent a | Read More »

    Let’s Stop the Trend toward a National Presidential Primary

    Mr. Reince Priebus, Chairman Republican National Committee Dear Reince, You received last month my notice, as required, that I shall propose a single amendment to The Rules of the Republican Party at the August 14-17 meeting of the RNC in Boston. It’s a one-word amendment to Rule 16 (c)(2) to change the word “may” back to the word “shall” – a small change of wording | Read More »

    Curious IRS timing

    Coverage of the IRS targeting of conservative groups has not peaked.  It may have just started.  Coverage of my Leadership Institute’s 2011-2012 IRS audit spread yesterday to the lead editorial of the Wall Street Journal, the nation’s top-circulation newspaper. The scandal of deliberate IRS targeting and interminable blocking of conservative groups’ applications for tax-exempt status has by no means run its course.  Congressional investigators are | Read More »

    Saving the National Republican Rules from the Ginsberg Blunders in Tampa

    Circulated by me January 20, 2013 to members of the Republican National Committee. *** Dear RNC Colleague, On January 13, I submitted to our Chairman and our Secretary the below motion to amend The Rules of the Republican Party. In the years before our 2012 Republican National Convention, the RNC’s Standing Committee on Rules (one member per state and territory) met to consider possible changes | Read More »

    An Open Letter to U.S. House and Senate Republicans

    The below letter was sent November 30 to all U.S. Senators and Representatives.  I drafted it with some edits by Colin Hanna.  It was sent out through Coalitions for America.  Colin Hanna is CFA President, and I am CFA Vice President.   November 30, 2012   An Open Letter to U.S. House and Senate Republicans  Dear Republican U.S. Representatives and Senators: You are entering into | Read More »

    An open letter to conservatives

    I had a very exciting time at the Republican National Convention.  My conservative allies and I all worked very hard in the presidential election. When I woke up the day after the election, everything I had worked for appeared to be in ruins.  An extreme leftist had been reelected president of the United States. Some liberal Republicans immediately began to blame newly activated conservatives for | Read More »

    A Movement Conservative Perspective

    Remarks Presented at the Faith, Family and Freedom Dinner Family Research Council Washington, D.C. September 15, 2012 Thank you for the great and undeserved honor you pay me tonight.  Previously you have given this annual award to people who deserve recognition far more than I do. The honor is increased for me because I have such a deep admiration for the great achievements of the | Read More »

    A campaign button or…

    Below is the art work for a 3-inch button I produced and distributed at the Republican National Convention in Tampa.  It was well received. I did not copyright the words or the design.  Anyone who wishes to use it for buttons, bumper stickers, or otherwise is welcome to do so.  Have fun.