A veteran of the conservative movement was recently honored at
the annual Values Voter Summit in Washington, DC, where he talked
about the future of conservatism.
Morton Blackwell, president of the Leadership Institute, received the Vision and
Leadership Award given by the Family Research Council.
Blackwell founded the non-partisan educational foundation in
1979. Since it's founding, the Leadership Institute has trained
more than 100,000 conservatives to succeed in politics, government
and the media.
"The conservative movement, I think, continues to grow,"
Blackwell stated at the Values Voter Summit. "New groups are being
founded. Old groups are getting larger. We're identifying and
activating larger numbers of people, and that is a key to winning
in the public policy process."
Blackwell said he has had a lot of support from various groups
in his effort to train conservatives. Over the years he has
perfected campaign methods, which he says are effective enough to
"There's no sense in everybody having to learn all the lessons
the hard way and make all the mistakes," he declared. "You can
study and learn what works and what doesn't work. And that will
avoid a lot of the heartache and avoid a lot of defeats."
In recent weeks, the Leadership Institute has hosted training
seminars on Get Out The Vote campaigns, a workshop on public
speaking and a school for campaign management.