Saturday, April 20, 2013

Howard Phillips, founder of the Constitution Party, in failing health

UPDATE: We are saddened to hear that Howard Phillips has passed away. It has been reported by the Washington Times:

Howard Phillips, who founded The Conservative Caucus in 1974 and the U.S. Taxpayer's Party (now the Constitution Party) in 1991, is nearing the end of his productive life according to his son Sam.

Tweeted out by Congressman Steve Stockman on April 19 was a link to Sam's Facebook page, where he delivered the news:

Dear friends,

I would ask you to remember my beloved Dad in your prayers in a special way today. He is in his final stages and is not expected to survive beyond the next few days.

When we received his official diagnosis of Frontotemporal Dementia (FTD) and Alzheimers just two years ago we never could have been prepared for the disturbingly rapid deterioration he would undergo. The deadly combination of these two powerful diseases is more than any man can long withstand, even a man as tenacious and sharp as my father. Dad had been such an intelligent and charming man, that he managed to mask his condition from family and friends for a long period before we were able to intellectually and emotionally come to grips with the medical reality of what was happening. Even in recent months as his condition greatly worsened, when visitors dropped by Dad would often surprise us with his ability to “rise to the occasion” and engage with charm those around him for short periods of time.

We ask for God’s mercy and blessing that Dad might feel comfort and deep abiding peace during these precious final moments, and, most importantly, that he might experience joy eternal afterwards.

St. Joseph, patron saint of the dying and for a holy death, ora pro nobis.
 This is very sad news. Phillips was the Constitution Party candidate for President in the 1992, 1996, and 2000 elections. In 2011 Phillips had to step down as head of The Conservative Caucus (TCC) due to his declining health. This also meant an end to the excellent weekly television program produced by the TCC, Conservative Roundtable, which lasted 17 years and put out 421 episodes.

Phillips has authored 4 books:
  •  The New Right at Harvard (1983) 
  • Moscow's Challenge to U.S. Vital Interests in Sub-Saharan Africa (1987) 
  • The Next Four Years (1992) 
  • Judicial Tyranny: The New Kings of America? (2005)
Further biographical information can be found HERE.

We hold Howard Phillips and his family in our prayers and are mindful of all he has done in his lifetime to advance liberty and protect traditional American values.

                                          Vintage Howard Phillips

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