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BArry Goldwater's 1964 Acceptance Speech [July 16, 1964]
The National Center for Public Policy Research ^

Posted on 07/14/2007 7:57:54 PM PDT by Fiji Hill

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1 posted on 07/14/2007 7:57:57 PM PDT by Fiji Hill
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To: Fiji Hill
I was there to hear this speech live. It was in a universe far, far away, in a time long, long ago. It looked like Reagan had turned the corner to a more thoughtful and competent nation. But the rot in education, in society, in the courts, and especially in the government, goes on and drags us down, day by day.

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.

Congressman Billybob

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2 posted on 07/14/2007 8:12:33 PM PDT by Congressman Billybob (Please visit www.ArmorforCongress.com)
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To: Fiji Hill

A true visionary. How the world would have been different had he been elected.


3 posted on 07/14/2007 8:17:05 PM PDT by daddude
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To: Congressman Billybob
'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!'-- Marcus Tullius Cicero, Second Oration Against Catiline, as Quoted by Barry Goldwater.

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.

4 posted on 07/14/2007 8:35:19 PM PDT by Lucius Cornelius Sulla (A person who does not want the best for America)
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To: daddude

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.


5 posted on 07/14/2007 8:39:56 PM PDT by Maine Mariner
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To: Fiji Hill

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.


6 posted on 07/14/2007 8:42:33 PM PDT by shove_it
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To: Maine Mariner

Roger that. I just reread Concience of a Conservative last week.


7 posted on 07/14/2007 8:45:17 PM PDT by shove_it
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To: Congressman Billybob

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.

tatt


8 posted on 07/14/2007 8:50:02 PM PDT by thesearethetimes... ("So long as we have such as Professor Librescu, evil will never triumph." Brujo 4 18 07)
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To: daddude

got that right.

we’d bypassed the negativity

that the leftist media foisted on americans.


9 posted on 07/14/2007 8:50:20 PM PDT by ken21 ( b 4 fred.)
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To: Fiji Hill

This speech is also the introduction to Conscience of a Conservative.


10 posted on 07/14/2007 8:54:50 PM PDT by joebuck
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To: ken21; daddude

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!


11 posted on 07/14/2007 9:03:56 PM PDT by Lucius Cornelius Sulla (A person who does not want the best for America)
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To: Fiji Hill

Barry Goldwater is the only politician I have ever admired.


12 posted on 07/14/2007 9:21:53 PM PDT by Misterioso
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To: Fiji Hill

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.


13 posted on 07/14/2007 9:47:05 PM PDT by mdittmar (May God watch over those who serve,and have served,to keep us free)
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To: Fiji Hill
The memories are flooding my mind after reading this.

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.

14 posted on 07/14/2007 9:52:50 PM PDT by oldsalt (There's no such thing as a free lunch.)
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To: shove_it
The “great society” would never have been dumped upon us either. America suffered a terrible loss in 1964.

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.

15 posted on 07/14/2007 10:08:52 PM PDT by NewRomeTacitus
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The internationalist "moderate" (Rockefeller) Republicans like Nelson Rockefeller and Governor Scranton tried desperately to get a plank in the platform to denounce "extremism."

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.

16 posted on 07/14/2007 10:20:10 PM PDT by WilliamofCarmichael (If modern America's Man on Horseback is out there, Get on the damn horse already!)
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To: oldsalt
Steve Allen? The Steve Allen?

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."

17 posted on 07/14/2007 10:29:06 PM PDT by WilliamofCarmichael (If modern America's Man on Horseback is out there, Get on the damn horse already!)
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To: Lucius Cornelius Sulla; Congressman Billybob

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.


18 posted on 07/14/2007 10:44:48 PM PDT by T-Bird45 (It feels like the seventies, and it shouldn't.)
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To: T-Bird45
if her story is to be believed as a Goldwater Youth volunteer

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!!

19 posted on 07/14/2007 11:36:07 PM PDT by Lucius Cornelius Sulla (A person who does not want the best for America)
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To: Fiji Hill
If you would like to hear the audio click here
20 posted on 07/14/2007 11:54:00 PM PDT by Arnold Zephel
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