I still have a “Goldwater ‘64” bumper sticker.
And Lowry should know, because that description has fit National Review as well for about the last 17 years.
Maybe we should dig up the elder Brent Bozell and run him. He wrote The Conscience of a Conservative.
I was too young to knock on doors, but Mom carried me on her hip when she went to the polls to vote for Barry.
BTW, Mom darn near divorced Dad when she learned he’d voted for LBJ. (He eventually admitted he was wrong.)
Did not Goldwater lose every state except 1 or 2? Why did he get beat so bad by a centrist democrat?
Personally, my heart yearns for conservatives but my brain pushes me towards a candidate who can win the center. That is where most voters are. 90% of voters never read party platforms or detailed policy statements of candidates. It is who do I like and whom can I trust.
Romney-Huckabee-Giuliani-Thompson-Paul-McCainMaybe you can make the argument that Thompson isn't electable, or that he's not trying hard enough, or even that he's too old. I don't accept those arguments, but I suppose you can make them.
But to lump Thompson in with these others, in an article about conservative ideas, shows the shallowness and lack of ideas on the part of the writer.
This piece was posted a day or so ago. It isn't any better the second time.
Unfortunately Government is not about governing it is about power. The bigger the government the more power. Demoncrats know this and love it.
Goldwaters plan to reduce government had a small chance of gaining a foot hold in 1964 when nanny government was in its infancy but today when nanny government is deeply entrenched it has none. Today government is the single largest employer in the country which creates a huge constituency on its own let alone the constituency of the voters that the bureaucracy serves.
Such a platform has little chance of gaining a foot hold with the unaligned voters most of whom never heard of Barry Goldwater or his ideas of "to preserve and extend freedom.".
AS much as I hate it, the world we live in has grown more or less happily dependant on the nanny state. If we intend to regain the majority in the Congress and hold the White House we will have to come to terms with that fact select candidates and run campaigns accordingly.
If we are ever to reduce the tide of ever growing entitlements first we must regain Congress and then educate the public. It will be multi-generational project. The nanny state is 80 years in the making. Dont expect it to go away in a single election.
I have a plastic Barry (in the box) that was stuck to the dashboard of my Dad’s 63.5 Galaxy 500 fastback. It’s about 5 inches tall and he is wearing a cowboy hat. I wish I knew how to post a pic of it.
Mark Levin played about 20 minutes of a Ronaldus Maximus speech given in support of Mr. Goldwater’s 1964 campaign. It was absolutely top-notch. Very original, intellectually powerful, emotionally riveting.
No thanks. I don’t need abortion on demand or gay pride day at Fort Bragg. If we’re looking to the past I’d go with Reagan.
They said if I voted for Goldwater we would be up to our ears in Vietnam.
I did, we were.
I was 16 and working on Barry’s campaign.