Skip to comments.BArry Goldwater's 1964 Acceptance Speech [July 16, 1964]
Posted on 07/14/2007 7:57:54 PM PDT by Fiji Hill
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It is a race to see whether the US can be salvaged, or whether the barbarians inside our gates will damage the US beyond repair, before saner heads can prevail. And I am not optimistic about which side will win that race.
A true visionary. How the world would have been different had he been elected.
I was there too, working as a Youth for Goldwater volunteer. I was in the public area, during the roll-call, sitting one row in front of National Reviews Magazine's William Rusher, one of the founders of the Draft Goldwater Committee. A great day for the country and the conservative movement. The nation has paid a terrible price for rejecting his candidacy.
I remember reading “Conscience of a Conservative” but I also read another,I think the title was “Barry Goldwater:
Freedom is His Flight Plan”. Those books got me started
Friedman’s “Capitalism and Freedom” and most of Ayn Rand’s books have provided me with insights I would never have developed otherwise.
1964 was the first year I was old enough to vote. I was one of the few who voted for Barry Goldwater for POTUS. His campaign slogan was “in your heart you know he’s right”. It did not take long after his landslide defeat to LBJ for billboards to pop up every where proclaiming “now you know he was right”. We never would have lost the war in Viet Nam had Mr. Goldwater been elected. The “great society” would never have been dumped upon us either. America suffered a terrible loss in 1964.
Roger that. I just reread Concience of a Conservative last week.
I was but a wee babe, but my folks voted Goldwater. Dad was career Navy, and often he and friends of the family, spoke incredulously of Barry being labeled a “war-monger”... My Dad always said that the soldier is the last to call for war, as he is the one who must fight it, but if called, he should fight to win.
got that right.
we’d bypassed the negativity
that the leftist media foisted on americans.
This speech is also the introduction to Conscience of a Conservative.
Yes - no defeat in Vietnam, no ‘Great’ (bloated government) Society, no Nixon presidency, no Watergate crisis, no Preident Ford, no President Carter!! The mind reels!
Barry Goldwater is the only politician I have ever admired.
My good friend and great Republican, Dick
Nixon, and your charming wife, Pat; my running mate, that wonderful
Republican who has served us so well for so long, Bill Miller and his wife,
Stephanie; to Thurston Morton who’s done such a commendable job in chairmaning
this Convention; to Mr. Herbert Hoover, who I hope is watching; and to that
— that great American and his wife, General and Mrs. Eisenhower; to my own wife, my
family, and to all of my fellow Republicans here assembled, and Americans across
this great Nation.
I was a campaign worker for Barry in New Jersey,of all places, where we got trampled in the election....BUT it set the stage for the election of Ronaldus Magnus 16 years later.
By that time I had come to my senses and left NJ for Florida. Barry Goldwater is a true American hero and I'm thankful that I got to shake his hand on four separate occasions, the most memorable was at the National Review's tenth anniversary dinner in 1965...what a crew was there,WFB,Barry Goldwater,John Dos Passos,Clare Boothe Luce,Steve Allen and many others...It was a wonderful time of my life.
Setting up young murderer Ted's Immigration Reform Act that removed all rational standards and criteria. That our nation still strives to exist at a level above most others 40-plus years on is a testament to our founders vision over the destructive forces doing their best to tear it down.
I remember Mr. Rockefeller's speech (from TV and reports) being interrupted continually by Goldwater delegates so often that he was barely able to finish the speech. I swear I remember seeing a photo of Nelson giving the Goldwater delegates the finger from the podium. Wish I could find that picture. You should see the look on his face. Classic.
The MSM's distortions are nothing new. My letters of complaint would get back the usual, "We're professionals and you're not" responses.
I don't remember this part but I just found it,
"Eisenhower ... attacked the press, urging his audience to 'particularly scorn the divisive efforts of those outside our family, including sensation-seeking columnists and commentators, because ... these are people who couldn't care less about the good of our party.' This time the delegates responded with standing cheers, many shaking angry fists at the reporters' booths around the Cow Palace."
We did not have modern talk radio (the "Fairness Doctrine" thing) or the Internet. We were mostly the silenced majority thus Barry Goldwater could be portrayed to the world as just about any monster the MSM wanted.
To wit, CBS employee Daniel Schorr said on the air that Barry Goldwater's pre-convention vacation in Germany was to 'link up' with neo-Nazi elements and Goldwater visited places that were "once Hitler's stamping ground." Leaving out the fact that the locations were now U.S. Army facilities. But hey! we know the routine -- and today we can shout louder than the MSM to tell the MSM to pound salt.
I thought Steve Allen was in SANE.
One source says, "In 1959, Steve Allen hosted a meeting that founded the Hollywood SANE. Members included Marlon Brando, Henry Fonda, Marilyn Monroe, Arthur Miller, Harry Belafonte, and Ossie Davis."
Since you two were there for the speech, as was one Miss Hillary Rodham (if her story is to be believed as a Goldwater Youth volunteer), just think what you could have done for the future of America had you been able to catch her eye, keep her away from BJC and all that came to entail. It would have been a service beyond even getting Goldwater elected, I tell you!! Sacrifices needed to be made, extreme measures were needed, moderation was not the order of the day!!
All kidding aside, I thank you for being there to hold up the lantern for those of us who would follow later. I envy you for the experience.
She may have been in Youth for Goldwater, but I have not heard that she was at the convention. I was on a plane scheduled by NY Youth for Goldwater, that stopped in Chicago to pick up more attendees, and I don't remember any teenage girls getting on there. The vast majority of YFG did not attend the convention. In the fall there was an even larger Youth for Goldwater-Miller organization, with the added members mostly party regulars supporting the National ticket.
Yes those were great days!!
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