Howard Phillips R.I.P.
Campaign for Liberty Chairman Ron Paul issued the following statement regarding the April 20, 2013 passing of Conservative Caucus Chairman, and founder of the US Taxpayer Party (which changed its name to the Constitution Party in 2000) Howard Phillips:
“I am saddened by the death of Howard Phillips, a good friend of mine and a principled defender of freedom. I knew Howard for many years and greatly valued his friendship and ongoing support for my efforts. He was a rare man of real character and courage and he will be truly missed.”
Howard was a life-long champion of limited, constitutional government, national sovereignty, and sound money. A leading activist in Young Americans for Freedom (YAF) in the sixties, Howard first came to national prominence in 1973 when he resigned as head of the Office of Economic Opportunity (OEO) because then-President Richard Nixon flip-flopped on his promise to help Howard shut the agency down.
Howard went on to found the Conservative Caucus, which quickly rose to become one of the largest grassroots conservative organizations in the 1970s. Among the causes Howard championed were stopping federal tax dollars from being used to advance political causes — an issue very personal to him as during his time at the OEO he saw how taxpayer money supposedly intended to “fight poverty” was often used by activists to lobby for political causes; opposition to HillaryCare in 1993 and ObamaCare in 2009, defense of American sovereignty from the Untied Nations, the World Trade Organization, and the International Monetary Fund, and opposition to the Federal Reserve.
Unlike all to many conservative “leaders” Howard refused to compromise his principles or excuse Republican sell-outs in order to curry favor with the GOP. It was thus natural that Howard would be a friend and supporter of C4L Chairman Ron Paul. Howard not only supported Dr. Paul’s 2008 and 2012 presidential campaigns, he was also a featured speaker at Campaign for Liberty’s kick-off event the Rally for the Republic in September 2008 and at the 2011 Liberty Political Action Conference (LPAC).
All those who value constitutional government and sound money have lost a great champion in Howard Phillips. Fortunately he leaves behind a legacy of principled activism that can serve as a source of enlightenment and inspiration for the liberty movement.