Skip to comments.Barry Goldwater, <I>The Conscience Of A Conservative.</I>
Posted on 09/01/2004 3:57:31 PM PDT by PsyOp
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"You talk to Senator Goldwater about his views. I have expressed mine positively, affirmatively and completely, without reference to anybody or Senator Goldwater, but just myself. If I say I believe I loved my mother, you would say it is a jab at Senator Goldwater." - Lyndon B. Johnson, News conference, Washington, D.C., September 5, 1964.
"Our aim, as I understand it, is neither to establish a segregated society nor to establish an integrated society as such. It is to preserve a free society.... One thing that will surely poison and embitter our relations with each other is the idea that some predetermined bureaucratic schedule of equality--and, worst of all, a schedule based on the concept of race--must be imposed." - Barry Goldwater, presidential campaign speech, 1964.
"To insist on strength is not war-mongering, it is peace-mongering." - Barry Goldwater, 1964.
If you can recall the title of your book I'd appreciate it.
I've searched before for more detail on that incident, with no luck.
Our entire division [the 11th Airborne] was on 'high pucker' factor alert for about a week. At one point we [the 503rd] were at our airbase south of Munich for two or three days, sleeping on the tarmac next to the 119's..
Ok my friend, just took it the wrong way, it's been a long day. Stinks having to be up at 5:15am EDT!!
I'll read your full post later.
Too bad I was only one when Goldwater ran for President.
Thanks to him we had President Reagan.
Bump for bookmark and later reading. Also Barry Goldwater was an amateur radio operartor, K7UGA.
Instead of Goldwater, Americans elected a crooked Texas Democrat with the ethics of a hyena.
No offense to hyenas meant.
If I can I will. But I think it is in my storage locker where the bulk of my books are. I believe the book covered both the Hungary and Czech incasions. The title, I think, was something like "The Eagle and The Small Birds". Perhaps authored by someone who witnessed things.
I discovered that in order to get my driver's license I needed glasses and got a pair just like Barry's.
Get some sleep. BTW, I was only 2 when he ran for pres.
I like the button. I had the thought that we should make up bunch of them and put Kerry's name on them. Then, hand them out to protesters outside the RNC. Most of them are so stupid they would assume they were too young to vote and not got to the polls in Nov.
From Goldwater's acceptance speech at the 1964 Republican National Convention in California, held at San Francisco's Cow Palace.
"Equality, rightly understood as our founding fathers understood it, leads to liberty and to the emancipation of creative differences; wrongly understood, as it has been so tragically in our time, it leads first to conformity and then to despotism."
"My fellow Republicans, our cause is too great for any man to feel worthy of it. Our task would be too great for any man, did he not have with him the heart and the hands of this great Republican party."
"In this world no person, no party can guarantee anything, but what we can do and what we shall do is to deserve victory, and victory will be ours. The good Lord raised this mighty Republic to be a home for the brave and to flourish as the land of the free-not to stagnate in the swampland of collectivism, not to cringe before the bully of communism."
"Now, my fellow Americans, the tide has been running against freedom. Our people have followed false prophets. We must, and we shall, return to proven ways-- not because they are old, but because they are true."
"We must, and we shall, set the tide running again in the cause of freedom.... Freedom made orderly for this nation by our constitutional government. Freedom under a government limited by laws of nature and of nature's God. Freedom balanced so that liberty lacking order will not become the slavery of the prison cell; balanced so that liberty lacking order will not become the license of the mob and of the jungle."
"Now, we Americans understand freedom; we have earned it, we have lived for it, and we have died for it. This nation and its people are freedom's models in a searching world. We can be freedom's missionaries in a doubting world."
"During four, futile years the administration which we shall replace has distorted and lost that faith. it has talked and talked and talked and talked the words of freedom, but it has failed and failed and failed in the works of freedom. Now failure cements the wall of shame in Berlin; failures blot the sands of shame at the Bay of Pigs; failures marked the slow", death of freedom in Laos; failures infest the jungles of Vietnam; and failures haunt the houses of our once great alliances and undermine the greatest bulwark ever erected by free nations, the NATO community."
"Now, certainly simple honesty is not too much to demand of men in government. We find it in most. Republicans demand it from everyone. They demand it from everyone no matter how exalted or protected his position might be."
"History shows us, demonstrates that nothing, nothing prepares the way for tyranny more than the failure of public officials to keep the streets from bullies and marauders."
"Those who seek to live your lives for you, to take your liberty in return for relieving you of yours, those who elevate the state and downgrade the citizen, must see ultimately a world in which earthly power can be substituted for divine will. And this nation was founded upon the rejection of that notion and upon the acceptance of God as the author of freedom."
"Now, those who seek absolute power, even though they seek it to do what they regard as good, are simply demanding the right to enforce their own version of heaven on earth, and let me remind you they are the very ones who always create the most hellish tyranny."
"Absolute power does corrupt, and those who seek it must be suspect and must be opposed."
"Fellow Republicans, it is the cause of Republicanism to resist concentrations of power, private or public, which enforce such conformity and inflict such despotism."
"It is the cause of Republicanism to ensure that power remains in the hands of the people."
"[O]nly the strong can remain free: that only the strong can keep the peace."
"And I needn't remind you--but I will--that it's been during Democratic years that our strength to deter war has been stilled and even gone into a planned decline. It has been during Democratic years that we have weakly stumbled into conflicts, timidly refusing to draw our own lines against aggression, deceitfully refusing to tell even our people of our full participation and tragically letting our finest men die on battlefields unmarked by purpose, unmarked by pride or the prospect of victory.... Yesterday it was Korea; tonight it is Vietnam. Make no bones of this. Don't try to sweep this under the rug. We are at war in Vietnam. And yet the president, who is the commander in chief of our forces, refuses to say-refuses to say, mind you-whether or not the objective over there is victory, and his secretary of defense continues to mislead and misinformation the American people, and enough of it has gone by."
"[I]t has been during Democratic years that a billion persons were cast into Communist captivity and their fate cynically sealed."
"Now, the Republican cause demands that we brand communism as the principal disturber of peace in the world today. Indeed, we should brand it as the only significant disturber of the peace. And we must make clear that until its goals of conquest are absolutely renounced and its rejections with all nations tempered, communism and the governments it now controls are enemies of every man on earth who is or wants to be free."
"I believe that we must look beyond the defense of freedom today to its extension tomorrow. I believe that the communism which boasts it will bury us will instead give way to the forces of freedom. And I can see in the distant and yet recognizable future the outlines of a world worthy our dedication, our every risk, our every effort, our every sacrifice along the way. Yes, a world that will redeem the suffering of those will be liberated from tyranny."
"I pledge that the America I envision in the years ahead will extend its hand in help in teaching and in cultivation so that all new nations will be at least encouraged to go our way, so that they will not wander down the dark alleys of tyranny or to the dead-end streets of collectivism."
"I cherish the day when our children once again will restore as heroes the sort of men and women who, unafraid and undaunted, pursue the truth, strive to cure disease, subdue and make fruitful our natural environment, and produce the inventive engines of production, science and technology."
"We Republicans see in our constitutional form of government the great framework which assures the orderly but dynamic fulfillment of the whole man as the great reason for instituting orderly government in the first place."
"We see in private property and in economy based upon and fostering private property the one way to make government a durable ally of the whole man rather than his determined enemy. We see in the sanctity of private property the only durable foundation for constitutional government in a free society."
"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!"
"We must not see malice in honest differences of opinion.... "
"I won't say that the papers misquote me, but I sometimes wonder where Christianity would be today if some of those reporters had been Matthew, Mark, Luke and John." - Barry Goldwater, New York Times, August 11, 1964.
Wow! Thanks for posting this. Time to head over to Amazon.com
"Politics [is] the art of achieving the maximum amount of freedom for individuals that is consistent with the maintenance of social order." - Barry Goldwater.
"Sex and politics are a lot alike. You don't have to be good at them to enjoy them." - Barry Goldwater.
"Perserverance. . .thats been the story of my family." - Barry Goldwater.
"Sex and politics are a lot alike. You don't have to be good at them to enjoy them." - Barry Goldwater.
"I have the unmitigated gall to think that I could lead men anywhere, business, politics or combat." - Barry Goldwater.
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