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