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Barry Goldwater's 1964 Acceptance Speech
National Center for Public Policy Research ^ | Barry Goldwater et. al.

Posted on 04/27/2007 3:02:24 PM PDT by TBP

From this moment, united and determined, we will go forward together, dedicated to the ultimate and undeniable greatness of the whole man. Together we will win.

I accept your nomination with a deep sense of humility. I accept, too, the responsibility that goes with it, and I seek your continued help and your continued guidance. 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. And I promise you tonight that every fiber of my being is consecrated to our cause, that nothing shall be lacking from the struggle that can be brought to it by enthusiasm, by devotion, and plain hard work.

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. And this party, with its every action, every word, every breath, and every heartbeat, has but a single resolve, and that is 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.

But, ladies and gentlemen, first we must renew freedom's mission in our own hearts and in our own homes.

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.

Failures proclaim lost leadership, obscure purpose, weakening wills, and the risk of inciting our sworn enemies to new aggressions and to new excesses.

And because of this administration we are tonight a world divided. We are a nation becalmed. We have lost the brisk pace of diversity and the genius of individual creativity. We are plodding at a pace set by centralized planning, red tape, rules without responsibility, and regimentation without recourse.

Rather than useful jobs in our country, people have been offered bureaucratic make-work; rather than moral leadership, they have been given bread and circuses; they have been given spectacles, and, yes, they've even been given scandals.

Tonight there is violence in our streets, corruption in our highest offices, aimlessness among our youth, anxiety among our elderly; and there's a virtual despair among the many who look beyond material success toward the inner meaning of their lives. And where examples of morality, should be set, the opposite is seen. Small men seeking great wealth or power have too often and too long turned even the highest levels of public service into mere personal opportunity.

Now, certainly simple honesty is not too much to demand of men in government. We find it in most. Republicans demand it from e%,everyone. They demand it from everyone no matter how exalted or protected his position might be.

The growing menace in our country tonight, to personal safety, to life, to limb and property, in homes, in churches, on the playgrounds and places of business, particularly in our great cities, is the mounting concern-- or-- should be-of every thoughtful citizen in the United States. Security from domestic violence, no less than from foreign aggression, is the most elementary and fundamental purpose of any government, and a government that cannot fulfill this purpose is one that cannot long command the loyalty of its citizens.

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.

Now, we Republicans see all this as more-much more-than the rest: of mere political differences or mere political mistakes. We see this as the result of a fundamentally and absolutely wrong view of man, his nature and his destiny.

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. Their mistaken course stems from false notions, ladies and gentlemen, of equality. 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.

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--and, so help us God, that is exactly what a Republican president will do with the help of a Republican Congress.

It is further the cause of Republicanism to restore a clear understanding of the tyranny of man over man in the world at large. it is our cause to dispel the foggy thinking which avoids hard decisions in the delusion that a world of conflict will somehow resolve itself into a world of harmony, if we just don't rock the boat or irritate the forces of aggression-and this is hogwash.

It is further the cause of Republicanism to remind ourselves, and the world, that only the strong can remain free: that only the strong can keep the peace.

Now, I needn't remind you, or my fellow Americans regardless of party, that Republicans have shouldered this hard responsibility and marched in this cause before. it was Republican leadership under Dwight Eisenhower that kept the peace, and passed along to this administration the mightiest arsenal for defense the world has ever known.

And I needn't remind you that it was the strength and the unbelievable will of the Eisenhower years that kept the peace by using our strength, by using it in the Formosa Strait, and in Lebanon, and by showing it courageously at all times.

It was during those Republican years that the thrust of Communist imperialism was blunted. It was during those years of Republican leadership that this world moved closer not to war but closer to peace than at any other time in the last three decades.

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.

And I needn't remind you-but I will-it has been during Democratic years that a billion persons were cast into Communist captivity and their fate cynically sealed.

Today, today in our beloved country, we have an administration which seems eager to deal with communism in every coin known-from gold to wheat, from consulates to confidence, and even human freedom itself.

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.

Now, we here in America can keep the peace only if we remain strong. Only if we keep our eyes open and keep our guard up can we prevent war. And I want to make this abundantly clear--I don't intend to let peace or freedom be torn from our grasp because of lack of strength, or lack of will--and that I promise you Americans.

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 can see, and I suggest that all thoughtful men must contemplate, the flowering of an Atlantic civilization, the whole world of Europe reunified and free, trading openly across its borders, communicating openly across the world.

It is a goal far, far more meaningful than a moon shot. It's a truly inspiring goal for all free men to set for themselves during the latter half of the twentieth century. I can also see, and all free men must thrill to, the events of this Atlantic civilization joined by a straight ocean highway to the United States. What a destiny! What a destiny can be ours to stand as a great central pillar linking Europe, the Americans, and the venerable and vital peoples and cultures of the Pacific!

I can see a day when all the Americas, North and South, will be linked in a mighty system-a system in which the errors and misunderstandings of the past will be submerged one by one in a rising tide of prosperity and interdependence.

We know that the misunderstandings of centuries are not to be wiped away in a day or wiped away in an hour. But we pledge, we pledge, that human sympathy-what our neighbors to the south call an attitude of simpatico--no less than enlightened self'-interest will be our guide.

And I can see this Atlantic civilization galvanizing and guiding emergent nations everywhere. Now, I know this freedom is not the fruit of every soil. I know that our own freedom was achieved through centuries by unremitting efforts by brave and wise men. And I know that the road to freedom is a long and a challenging road, and I know also that some men may walk away from it, that some men resist challenge, accepting the false security of governmental paternalism.

And 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.

My fellow Republicans, we do no man a service by hiding freedom's light under a bushel of mistaken humility. I seek an American proud of its past, proud of its ways, proud of its dreams, and determined actively to proclaim them. But our examples to the world must, like charity, begin at home.

In our vision of a good and decent future, free and peaceful, there must be room, room for the liberation of the energy and the talent of the individual, otherwise our vision is blind at the outset.

We must assure a society here which while never abandoning the needy, or forsaking the helpless, nurtures incentives and opportunity for the creative and the productive.

We must know the whole good is the product of many single contributions.

And 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.

This nation, whose creative people have enhanced this entire span of history, should again thrive upon the greatness of all those things which we-we as individual citizens-can and should do.

During Republican years, this again will be a nation of men and women, of families proud of their role, jealous of their responsibilities, unlimited in their aspirations nation where all who can will be self-reliant.

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.

And beyond all that we see and cherish diversity of ways, diversity of thoughts, of motives, and accomplishments. We don't seek to live anyone's life for him. We only seek to secure his rights, guarantee him opportunity, guarantee him opportunity to strive, with government performing only those needed and constitutionally sanctioned tasks which cannot otherwise be performed.

We Republicans seek a government that attends to its inherent responsibilities of maintaining a stable monetary and fiscal climate, encouraging a free and a competitive economy, and enforcing law and order.

Thus do we seek inventiveness, diversity, and creative difference within a stable order, for we Republicans define government's role where needed at many, many levels-- preferably, though, the one closest to the people involved: our towns and our cities, then our counties, then our states, then our regional contacts, and only then the national government.

That, let me remind you, is the land of liberty built by decentralized power. On it also we must have balance between the branches of government at every level.

Balance, diversity, creative difference-these are the elements of Republican equation. Republicans agree, Republicans agree heartily to disagree on many, many of their applications. But we have never disagreed on the basic fundamental issues of why you and I are Republicans.

This is a party-- this Republican party is a party for free men. Not for blind followers and not for conformists. Back in 1858 Abraham Lincoln said this of the Republican party-and I quote him because he probably could have said it during the last week or so-it was composed of strained, discordant, and even hostile elements. End of the quote, in 1958 [sic].

Yet all of these elements agreed on paramount objective: to arrest the progress of slavery, and place it in the course of ultimate extinction.

Today, as then, but more urgently and more broadly than then, the task of preserving and enlarging freedom at home and safeguarding it from the forces of tyranny abroad is great,enough to challenge all our resources and to require all our strength.

Anyone who joins us in all sincerity, we welcome. Those, those who do not care for our cause, we don"t expect to enter our ranks, in any case. And let our Republicanism so focused and so dedicated not be made fuzzy and futile by unthinking and stupid labels.

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!

The beauty of the very system we Republicans are pledged to restore and revitalize, the beauty of this federal system of ours, is in its reconciliation of diversity with unity. We must not see malice in honest differences of opinion, and no matter how great, so long as they are not inconsistent with the pledges we have given to each other in and through our Constitution.

Our Republican cause is not to level out the world or make its people conform in computer-regimented sameness. Our Republican cause is to free our people and light the way for liberty throughout the world. Ours is a very human cause for very humane goals. This party, its good people, and its unquestionable devotion to freedom will not fulfill the purposes of this campaign which we launch here now until our cause has won the day, inspired the world, and shown the way to a tomorrow worthy of all our yesteryears.

I repeat, I accept your nomination with humbleness, with pride, and you and I are going to fight for the goodness of our land. Thank you.


TOPICS: Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 1964; freedom; goldwater; patriot
So much that we need to remember today...
1 posted on 04/27/2007 3:02:25 PM PDT by TBP
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To: TBP

True, his speech still applies today. That’s what I’d like my political party to get back in touch wth.

My grandfather was a delegate to that GOP convention, albeit the “wrong kind”. Ronald Reagan gave the keynote speech to the ‘64 GOP convention, one of his best of all.


2 posted on 04/27/2007 3:08:43 PM PDT by Baladas
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To: TBP

How much better would this country had been today if only Goldwater had won in 1964.


3 posted on 04/27/2007 3:09:09 PM PDT by dfwgator (The University of Florida - Still Championship U)
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To: TBP

JFK is more popular among Freepers than Goldwater; it’s been hard to hold out against the propaganda machine for 40 years. That’s why Gingrich on taking over as Speaker in 1994 quotes FDR, JFK and Truman instead of Lincoln, Eisenhower and Goldwater.


4 posted on 04/27/2007 3:12:10 PM PDT by gusopol3
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To: Baladas

That’s what I’d like my political party to get back in touch wth.


That is what ALL OF WASHINGTON needs to get back to..working for the principles that this country was not only founded on, but is the vangaurd for the world on....but we know what much of Washington has morphed into — greedy, power-mad socialist more interested in POWER AND FREEDOM-ROBBING from the people, the destruction of our soverignty, and converting American citizenship in a laughable party joke...all with impunity.

Washington is very bent and broken — it needs to be fixed.


5 posted on 04/27/2007 3:20:31 PM PDT by EagleUSA
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To: TBP

BTTT


6 posted on 04/27/2007 3:21:52 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar (Just say no to Brady Bunch Republicans.)
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To: Baladas

It was a better place when at least a few politicians had core convictions without having to worry about what the Press says about them, or what some poll says.


7 posted on 04/27/2007 3:22:21 PM PDT by dfwgator (The University of Florida - Still Championship U)
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To: dfwgator

http://youtube.com/watch?v=OKs-bTL-pRg

why he didnt win...good old dem scare tactics


8 posted on 04/27/2007 3:27:13 PM PDT by Vaquero (" an armed society is a polite society" Heinlein "MOLON LABE!" Leonidas of Sparta)
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To: Vaquero

“I was told if I voted for Goldwater, we would have riots in the streets, and we would get into a long unwinnable war. I did, and darned if they weren’t right.”


9 posted on 04/27/2007 3:28:48 PM PDT by dfwgator (The University of Florida - Still Championship U)
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To: TBP
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.

I would love to hear one elected Republican - any elected Republican - speak these words today.

10 posted on 04/27/2007 3:39:58 PM PDT by andy58-in-nh
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To: andy58-in-nh
I would love to hear one elected Republican - any elected Republican - speak these words today.

The key word is "elected."

11 posted on 04/27/2007 3:40:59 PM PDT by dfwgator (The University of Florida - Still Championship U)
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To: TBP
Goldwater was a giant.

I wonder how he would feel if he could what became of his beloved G.O.P.

12 posted on 04/27/2007 3:44:56 PM PDT by Wormwood
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To: TBP; Millee; carlr; Maximus of Texas; EX52D; ontap; StephenTX; wallcrawlr; Auntbee; Shimmer128
The hair on my neck still stands up when I think of Barry!

I was a senior in high school and Press Chairman for the Young Republicans of Harris County (Houston, Texas) in 1964 when he ran...

And I got to shake The Great Man’s hand at old Colt .45 Stadium when he spoke there. I didn’t wash my hand nor did my feet touch the ground for several weeks afterwards!

BTW my Dad then worked for Brown & Root, a big LBJ supporter, but Dad just told me to do as I believed...

Gadzooks! It would have been a much better world... had we elected him President in 1964!

BTW #2 Later my Dad told me he voted for Goldwater... But to keep it under my hat on the job.

13 posted on 04/27/2007 3:51:29 PM PDT by Bender2 (A 'Good Yankee' comes down to Texas, then goes back north. A 'Damn Yankee' stays... Damn it!)
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To: TBP

“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!”

And I remember that twerp, Hunter Thompson, writing in FEAR AND LOATHING ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL that he was absolutely terrified by the rise that Goldwater got out of the crowd when he said that.


14 posted on 04/27/2007 3:57:42 PM PDT by jakewashere (politically incorrect and proud of it since 1982)
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To: dfwgator
“I was told if I voted for Goldwater, we would have riots in the streets, and we would get into a long unwinnable war. I did, and darned if they weren’t right.”

I was told that if I voted for Goldwater, he'd send 50,000 troops to Vietnam. I did, he lost ... and America lost 58,226 brave troops killed or missing in action there.

15 posted on 04/27/2007 4:23:34 PM PDT by catpuppy
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To: TBP

I met him and shook his hand in 1972 at Paradise Valley High School in Scotsdale Arizona...

I was awestruck as a kid, and he was a ‘has-been’ to the world at that time.

What a great, great man!


16 posted on 04/27/2007 4:50:54 PM PDT by colorcountry (An Honest Man will change his thoughts to match the truth and a Dishonest Man will change the truth)
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To: dfwgator

AMEN. If I could have voted, I would have voted for the “hawk”. He knew what must be done, but could not convince the whiners.


17 posted on 04/27/2007 5:22:13 PM PDT by wizr (Freedom ain't free.)
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To: dfwgator

That’s a Reagan quote, right? Goldwater defined consevatism (along with WFB), we need new de-RINOing.

The Grand Old party is in shambles...they used to call them “country-club” then “Rockefeller Republicans”,now they’re RINOs aka “socialists-lites”.


18 posted on 04/27/2007 5:26:47 PM PDT by Baladas
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To: Wormwood

The pulse may be weak, but there is more real life in the GOP than the Dummies. At least we still believe in God.

In Faith, there is no fear.


19 posted on 04/27/2007 5:26:59 PM PDT by wizr (Freedom ain't free.)
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To: wizr

It is our leaders who have lost there way, but the faithful or the base have remained tried and true.


20 posted on 04/27/2007 6:33:20 PM PDT by spikeytx86 (Pray for Democrats for they have been brainwashed by their fruity little club.)
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To: gusopol3
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.

JFK fans, take note.

21 posted on 04/27/2007 6:34:48 PM PDT by Fiji Hill
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To: colorcountry
"I met him and shook his hand in 1972"

I envy you! Why does like all the great ones are dead? Is there not anyone breathing out there who could at least do a good impression? Are we really left with just pretenders now?
22 posted on 04/27/2007 6:36:35 PM PDT by spikeytx86 (Pray for Democrats for they have been brainwashed by their fruity little club.)
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To: TBP

Barry’s Boys
(June Reizner)

We’re the bright young men
Who want to go back to nineteen-ten
We’re Barry’s boys.
We’re the kids with a cause
Yes a government like grandmama’s
We’re Barry’s boys.
We’re the new kind of youth at your Alma Mater
Back to silver standards and solid Goldwater
Back to when the poor were poor and rich were rich
And you felt so damn secure just knowing which were which.

We’re the kids who agree
To be social without security
We’re Barry’s boys
‘Cause his hat’s in the ring
Where Westbrook Pegler* once was king
Now he’s too left wing
So if you don’t recognize any old Red China
Or Canada, or Britain, or South Carolina
You too can join the crew
Tippecanoe and Nixon too
Back to Barry
Back to cash and carry
Back to Barry’s boys.

(spoken)
Why did the chicken cross the road?
To get from the left to the right.

Roses are red, violets are blue
Walter Lippmann’s a pinko, too.

A-na-ka-nee, ka-nah, ka-nay
Let’s investigate the PTA.

Barry, Barry, make your bid
I love John Birch, but oh you kid.

Mother, mother, wear a grin
And don’t complain, or we’ll turn you in.

Hold the presses, stop the mail
The Pentagon’s having a one-cent sale.

What’s the latest news statistic?
Hootenannies are socialistic.

Shut the door and lock and latch it
Here comes Lizzie with a brand new hatchet

(sung)

We’re the kids full of nerve
As long as it’s conserv-
ative we’re Barry’s boys
And we can’t comprehend
Why our parents aren’t friend-
lier to Barry’s boys
Why Dad once crusaded for Sacco/Vanzetti
Now all we’re doing is doing the same for John Paul Getty
Our parents emulated Roosevelt and Farley
But we just want to grow up to be like Ev and Charley**

No college days with Socrates and Plato
When you’re Barry’s boys
You just organize parades for the abolishment of NATO
And the rest
The entire West
So let’s go back to the days when men were men
And start the First World War all over again
That’s right you tell ‘em son
Isolationism can be fun
Back to Barry
Back to cash and carry
Back to Barry

(Spoken)
And remember, “An American first, and a politician second.”
Spoken like a true American politician

Back with Barry
Not with Lyndon, Ike or Harry
Back with Barry’s boys.

Copyright Mills Music Inc (ASCAP)
recorded by The Chad Mitchell Trio
on Reflecting, Mercury SR 60891 / MG 20891,
1964

Notes:

*Westbrook Pegler—Rightist polemicist, 1930’s to the early 1960’s

**Ev and Charley—Senator Everett Dirksen (R-Ill.) and Charles A. Halleck (R-Ind.), GOP congressional leaders, 1961-1965


23 posted on 04/27/2007 7:08:16 PM PDT by Fiji Hill
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To: colorcountry
Goldwater Memorial, Paradise Valley, Ariz. (bronze statue is in the center)
24 posted on 04/27/2007 7:20:51 PM PDT by Fiji Hill
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To: Baladas
My grandfather was a delegate to that GOP convention, albeit the “wrong kind”.

Oh, he was for Rocky?

25 posted on 04/27/2007 10:44:00 PM PDT by TBP
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To: dfwgator

How true that is!

Great joke used among Goldwater supporters (like my family) in 1965-66: “The told me if I votred for Goldwater, we’d be in a war. They were right. I voted for him and we’re in one.”

The difference, of course, is that Barry would hvae won it.


26 posted on 04/27/2007 10:47:10 PM PDT by TBP
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To: dfwgator

How true that is!

Great joke used among Goldwater supporters (like my family) in 1965-66: “The told me if I votred for Goldwater, we’d be in a war. They were right. I voted for him and we’re in one.”

The difference, of course, is that Barry would have won it.


27 posted on 04/27/2007 10:47:18 PM PDT by TBP
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To: TBP

Yep, from OR...he said Rocky was booed when he went to the podium at that convention.


28 posted on 04/28/2007 1:29:57 AM PDT by Baladas
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To: Bender2

First Republican I campaigned for ( I was about 9 ).


29 posted on 04/28/2007 1:36:13 AM PDT by Kozak (Anti Shahada: " There is no God named Allah, and Muhammed is his False Prophet")
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To: TBP

Tom Delay has a Goldwater speech in his book. It may have been this one. My grandson has the book now, so I can’t check.


30 posted on 04/28/2007 1:40:41 AM PDT by mathluv (Never Forget!)
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To: TBP

I live in Arizona... I just so happened to have a trip to work one day interrupted by his funeral procession.

Arizona and the Nation lost a great man.

Later on he was pro-abortion, but I forgive the man for that, because of all else he accomplished.


31 posted on 04/28/2007 1:42:02 AM PDT by GovernmentIsTheProblem (Capitalism is the economic expression of individual liberty. Pass it on.)
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To: Baladas
he said Rocky was booed when he went to the podium at that convention.

Yeah, his own people were doing anythign they could to embarrass and destroy teh Goldwater candidacy adn the Goldwater people.

32 posted on 04/28/2007 5:30:50 PM PDT by TBP
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To: wizr

I wore a button that said “If I were 21, I’d vote for Barry.”

AuH2O.


33 posted on 04/28/2007 5:32:20 PM PDT by TBP
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To: dfwgator
<>It was a better place when at least a few politicians had core convictions without having to worry about what the Press says about them, or what some poll says.

Barry and others on our side, a few, such as Gene McCarthy on theirs.

Although I disagreed with Gene McCarthy on almost everything, I respected his willingness to stand for his beliefs no matter what. I wish we had more conservatives like Barry and more liberals like McCarthy. We'd ahve a better country.

34 posted on 04/28/2007 5:34:42 PM PDT by TBP
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To: Kozak

I was 10.

We worked hard for Barry. Al over New Yok, though, there were signes instructing people how to vote for Johnson and then for Ken Keating and teh liberal Republican Congressional candidates (such as John V. Lindsay.)


35 posted on 04/28/2007 5:36:38 PM PDT by TBP
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To: Baladas

It was interesting that in each of hsi three re-elections, Rockefeller’s margin of victory declined. That was thanks to the Conservative Party and to the Goldwater people, who have very long memories.


36 posted on 04/28/2007 5:38:04 PM PDT by TBP
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To: Baladas

This party has strayed from the libertarian ideal of Goldwater more than I care to think about. To its detriment.


37 posted on 04/28/2007 5:48:25 PM PDT by mgstarr (KZ-6090 Smith W.)
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To: TBP

Yeah. I was in Chicago. My parents had to be registered as Rat’s if we wanted garbage pickup and to avoid the building inspectors. The precinct captain ( whose city job was bridge tender on the Western Ave bridge, which had had it’s motors removed in 1942 to go to a shipyard in Washington state) would come by and show my parents EXACTLY how to vote.


38 posted on 04/28/2007 6:40:07 PM PDT by Kozak (Anti Shahada: " There is no God named Allah, and Muhammed is his False Prophet")
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To: Kozak

My parents lived in Chicago for a few years before I was born and my dad was a pollwatcher there. He said they literally counted the votes, “Two for us, one for you, two for us, one for you.” The police wouldn’t do anything to stop it.


39 posted on 04/28/2007 6:43:05 PM PDT by TBP
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To: TBP

You know, that was true, they claimed they thought Goldwater couldn’t win and was “too extreme”.

The GOP base was split in 1964, my grandfather always said that LBJ was unbeatable anyways because JFK’s death was too fresh and that Goldwater was “too Jewish”.


40 posted on 04/28/2007 6:52:14 PM PDT by Baladas
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my grandfather always said that LBJ was unbeatable anyways because JFK’s death

Probably true, and unfortunate, because JFK was very beatable.

Goldwater and Kennedy were friends from their days in the Senate. They had hatched a plan wehre they would spend part of the campaign doing a whistle-stop tour together. At the first stop, President Kennedy would come out and speak on an issue and Senator Goldwater would rebut him. They would reverse the order at each stop. Together, they could hve changed the face of American political campaigns. Instead, we got the LBJ smear machine and the little girl picking flowers.

41 posted on 04/28/2007 7:23:25 PM PDT by TBP
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To: Kozak; Millee; carlr; Maximus of Texas; EX52D; ontap; StephenTX; wallcrawlr; Auntbee; Shimmer128
Re: “First Republican I campaigned for ( I was about 9 ).”

Gadzooks! Time flies... don’t it?

I should still be trying to get to second base with Linda Farris’ friend from Katy!

She had really nice bases... And her ball handling wasn't too shabby either!

Hey, take a look... Our bases ain't bad either!

I'd love to, girls... But it is time for my noon nap.

Danny Boy, remember the hair of the dog... is still a dog's hair!

Whoa!!! Is that... a knock on dog hair?

42 posted on 04/30/2007 9:38:30 AM PDT by Bender2 (A 'Good Yankee' comes down to Texas, then goes back north. A 'Damn Yankee' stays... Damn it!)
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