Barry Goldwater

barr.jpgI told you previously this month that I would be featuring Barry Goldwater as the politician of the month.

Mr. Goldwater engineered a presidential bid that failed in 1946 that soon lead Republican takeover of the US House and Senate in 11994. He is the man that started the conservative movement of free trade, less taxes, less regulation and greater prosperity.

I became interested and inspired by Mr. Goldwater when I saw a HBO documentary called “Mr. Conservative.” It is a great film.

Barry Goldwater is nothing like the conservatives and Republican party today. His son endorsed Ron Paul for president and much of what Senator Goldwater stood for is not even debated and discussed by the Republican party today. Mr. Goldwater would probable not be considered a Republican today by any means. His conservatism can be understood by knowing he opposed the Civil Rights Act of 1964, because it was over legislation. No one today would even argue such argument. Though Mr. Goldwater by no means was a racist. He would return to the US Senate in 1966 and represent Arizona for another 20 years. He is a man more than what people give him credit for. His part of the Republican party is the no nonsense party leaders that would not deal with any crape. Much of what Senator John McCain is today. Although, Mr. Goldwater and McCain shares some distinct policy differences.

Here are some quotes by the man:

“I have little interest in streamlining government or in making it more efficient, for I mean to reduce its size. I do not undertake to promote welfare, for I propose to extend freedom. My aim is not to pass laws, but to repeal them. It is not to inaugurate new programs, but to cancel old ones that do violence to the Constitution or that have failed their purpose, or that impose on the people an unwarranted financial burden. I will not attempt to discover whether legislation is “needed” before I have first determined whether it is constitutionally permissible. And if I should later be attacked for neglecting my constituents “interests,” I shall reply that I was informed that their main interest is liberty and that in that cause I am doing the very best I can.”
“To disagree, one doesn’t have to be disagreeable.”
“I would remind you that extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice! And let me remind you also that moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.”

 

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2 responses to “Barry Goldwater

  1. Susan Barnard

    Is there any value to a gold coin advertising Barry Goldwater for president? Please email me at the above email address. Thank you.

  2. Susan Barnard

    Is there any value to a gold coin advertising Barry Goldwater for president? Please email me at the above email address. Thank you.

    susanbarnard@ymail.com

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