News Category: From Morton Blackwell

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.

A scandal ... and a rare opportunity

A groundswell of conservative complaints and considerable new information has led Congressmen Darrell Issa and Jim Jordan to ask Treasury Department Inspector General J. Russell George to “conduct an investigation to determine whether groups that possess tax-exempt status were targeted for audits or examinations based on their political beliefs or ideology.”

Your Institute is one such targeted group.

Hold liberals accountable with your own campus publication

Why do studies show that college seniors are more liberal than college freshmen?  Simply put, campus radicals dominate almost every college campus in America and create a hostile environment for conservatives and libertarians. 

Conservatives rarely have an outlet for their beliefs.  When students get news about their campus, the official student newspaper is, more often than not, simply a tool for spreading leftist propaganda.

However, many conservatives and libertarians now fight back with newspapers of their own. 

Papers such as the Harvard Salient, the Notre Dame Irish Rover, the University of Georgia Arch Conservative, and the California Patriot now shatter the leftist dominance of campus debate with hard-hitting editorials and unique reports of liberal abuses.  

Leadership Institute Employee of the Quarter: 
Lauren Day
Leadership Institute Employee of the Quarter: Lauren Day

I suspect all will join me in commending Lauren's enthusiasm and dedication to the Institute. Naming her employee of the quarter today recognizes her work on CPAC, but also the dozens of good projects she has accomplished for LI -- often without credit or praise.

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 the presidential defeat.  I knew they were wrong.  It was clear to me that these newly active conservatives would be the key to major future victories for conservative principles.
The day was Wednesday, November 4, 1964.
LI President Thanks Attendees of the Values Voter Summit's gala

Thank you for your support as I accepted the 2012 James C. Dobson Vision and Leadership Award.  Your attendance at the Family Research Council’s Faith, Family and Freedom Gala was a tangible display of your commitment to defend traditional values against those leftists who seek to fundamentally transform (i.e., ruin) our country. 


In the late 1960s and 1970s, left-wing efforts to undermine traditional values prompted social conservatives to get involved in politics.  Like many of you, I took action.  The subsequent formation of ad hoc coalitions grew into today’s conservative movement. 


Despite numerous conservative victories since then, the assault on family values and religious faith continues.  Click to read more about just a few chilling examples of leftist bias and abuse my staff exposed this year through the Leadership Institute’s campus website,



A Movement Conservative Perspective

Morton Blackwell delivered this speech at the Faith, Family, and Freedom Dinner of the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, 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 Family Research Council and your president, Tony Perkins.
Tony and I are both from Baton Rouge.  We both are conservative movement activists.  Tony and I both now find ourselves leading conservative non-profit organizations officed in the D.C. area.  And both of us understand that we depend on generous donors for everything we accomplish.
Unlike me, however, Tony is famous.  And he deserves his fame.  His frequent and eloquent appearances in national print, broadcast, and online media directly reach millions of people, encouraging them and guiding them to take principled actions on public policy questions.
In my line of work, I seek out people who are reasonably conservative, persuade them that they owe it to their philosophy to study how to win, and then help them learn how to succeed in government, politics, and the news media.  
Generous donors have also enabled my Leadership Institute to build a national network of more than 1,350 active, independent, local conservative student groups to fight leftist abuses and bias on college campuses in every state.
My Leadership Institute staff deserve more praise than they get for their remarkable skills and dedicated work for conservative principles.
I aim to build a movement, not an empire.  Increasing the number and effectiveness of conservative activists and leaders by teaching them how to win is not inherently newsworthy, and news coverage of political training programs sometimes is less than helpful.  
Primarily for that reason, a complete file of the news releases I have generated regarding my work would fit into a slim folder.
When conservative graduates of my training win elections, I counsel them that the way to continue successfully in politics is to keep their principles, keep their word, keep their pants on, and keep their fingers out of other people's wallets.
Tonight I intend to speak briefly about three matters:  
1. The rise of social issue conservatives in politics
2. The creation of a powerful conservative movement from ad hoc coalitions
3. The 2012 elections and what happens afterward.
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