Skip to comments.The Vindication of Barry Goldwater
Posted on 07/24/2014 11:05:46 AM PDT by cotton1706
July, 1964. Fifty years ago this month. The Republican Party nominates Arizona Senator Barry Goldwater for president. The resulting uproar was somewhere north of hysteria. And that was just from the GOP establishment of the day. Followed famously by a November landslide Goldwater defeat in which the Arizonan carried a mere five states in his race against Democratic President Lyndon Johnson.
Goldwater was the first conservative Republican to win nomination since the 1924 selection of Calvin Coolidge (the vice president who had succeeded Warren Harding after his death). From 1928 all the way through 1960, every GOP nominee from Hoover to Nixon was drawn from the progressive/moderate wing of the party.
In the battle for the 1964 nomination Goldwater was pilloried by prominent members of his own party including liberal GOP governors Nelson Rockefeller (N.Y.), William Scranton (Pa.), and George Romney (Mich.). Goldwater accused liberal Republicans of supporting a dime store New Deal liberalism on the cheap. Goldwater in turn was accused of being an extremist, anti-Social Security, anti-federal aid to education, and anti-civil rights the latter charge a particular slur against a founder of the Arizona NAACP who had helped integrate Phoenix schools. When it came to foreign policy he was said to be flat-out dangerous, a man who believed the United States shouldnt co-exist peacefully with the Soviet Union, but rather win the Cold War outright. And this was before he faced off with LBJ, whose campaign simply picked up the themes of Goldwaters intra-party rivals and drove them home.
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My first vote!
I’m not old enough to have voted for him, but I can’t help but think on what a different world we would live in today had he been elected instead of LBJ.
Although I suspect, for many reasons, that there would be millions more people alive today...
Barry Goldwater got 800+ votes at the GOP convention..
George Romney got 41 votes..
Romney stomped out of the building in rage followed by his impressionable teenaged son Willard..
and worked for Johnson and against his own party nominee Goldwater to make sure his enemies Goldwater and Ronald Reagan didn’t win...
Romney gave money and aid to the Democrat Johnson..
and then in 1968 Romney again did not win...
Willard the son is just copying Big Daddy George and what he was taught when he stabs our Conservative candidates..
I was serving in and out of Vietnam in those days and remember vividly the anti-Goldwater campaigning that was being done on military facilities in Japan, Okinawa and the Philippines. Even then the lefties were at their tricks.
“and then in 1968 Romney again did not win...”
He famously said he’d been “brainwashed” on Vietnam, to which George Wallace said he’d just needed a light rinse! Haha
The Romney’s..... KNOWN collaborators with democrats..
The Vichy GOP... One Worlder GOP.. The GOP Trojan Horse..
Abject republican Traitors.. conniving the defeat of ALL CONSERVATIVE candidates in 2012.. at the republican convention.. and selecting the “collaborator”.
We don’t need a Third Party...... we need a SECOND PARTY..
I am 47 years old and have never had the chance to vote for a Conservative in any general Election for President. My first chance to vote left me to vote for either George H.W. Bush or Michael Dukakis. Have yet to have the pleasure to vote for a conservative.
Almost finished reading the article but I have to ask why there have not been any movies/plays about Goldwater’s life? What a great inspiration that would be for conservatives, especially young conservatives. And also a great way to educate people about conservatism.
It might even change a few minds.
Barry Goldwater used his ham radio station K7UGA and MARS to provide radio link and phone patches between servicemen and their families in the states.
Big defender of Hams in the Senate.
RIP and THANK YOU!!
Goldwater was railroaded by the media and probably the millitary industrial complex in them wanting to keep a “slow war in vietnam” going so they could maximise their profits.
I wish I had a “What if” machine to see what would happen if Goldwater had won, (probably would had if JFK hadn’t been martyred).
Mine too. In your heart you know he is right.
Railroaded by the MSM and LBJ...
Mine, too. I still have my elephant pin with Goldwater glasses.
Yes he did. I had the chance to talk to him and Gen. Curtis Lemay back in 1960 I think it was. I was running the MARS station at LSU back then. We were running a BC 610 at that time. Gen. Lemay had our first ssb rig sent to us so we could use sideband.
My virgin political effort when I was 16 and in high school in New Jersey.
the easiest way to insure your party wins an election... is for all candidates be members of your party
the progressive party has members in both the democrat and republican parties. if either loses their primary, the effort is then on to split the vote and drive down participation to insure the other progressive wins
the progressive party is hydra in marvel comic books
Good catch. Goldwater was being stabbed from the front and back.
"Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice. And moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue."
And Rockefeller TRASHED Goldwater at his own convention, leading to fist fights in the aisles of the Cow Palace...and in the lobby...and the street out front.
Saw some of it on the news as a kid...very brief local coverage.
Conservatives had to fight (literally) for the soul of the GOP.
Sadly now they have ceded it without little more than a whimper.
Leave it there I want see how much you get that Bender go for it
It was Eugene McCarthy who replied it must’ve been a light rinse.
” I still have my elephant pin with Goldwater glasses.”
I still have my pin, too, my buttons and my big red sign that my little kids and I carried around the precinct in Texas. The “In your heart you know he’s right” sign. I worked for that man all year - January when he announced to Nov. when we had the wake. Watched the whole 4 day convention on TV (it was 106 outside the whole week, and I kept plopping all my little kids into a bathtub of cold water while I watched the pure evil of Rockefeller, Scranton and Romney, but also Goldwater’s legendary speech. It was an exciting year, with a horrible finish. Goldwater was my first vote (too young by a few months in 1960) and Reagan was my daughter’s first vote. So we at least had good beginnings (and disgusting follow-ups).
Oh, that we all might have that kind of beginning just once more.
No. He didn't endorse or support either candidate.
He also didn't walk out of the convention.
Wow he really DOES look like Ted Knight!
Wasn’t the Daisy ad produced by Bill Moyers?
Nowadays, we speak of every election as a "watershed" election.
But the 1964 election really was a "watershed" election.
Where we could've gotten a reversal of direction, toward more limited government, we got "The Great Society" and the "War on Poverty".
Where we could've gotten a privatized social security, we got a merger of the General Fund and the Social Security Trust Fund.
Where we could've gotten a national security policy based on a strong defense and a commitment to winning wars that we chose to fight, we got Viet Nam. <
The differences between a Goldwater administration that never was and a Johnson administration that was all too real were legitimately immense.
boop, not only do you show a complete lack of respect to a very great man... but you show you really are a schmuck I would like to meet in a dark alley!
I remember billboards with that picture of the great Barry AuH2O a couple years after loosing to LBJ with the words “Now you know he was right”. Johnson’s campaign ran that famous attack ad of the little girl in the field of daises with the mushroom cloud in the background nonstop on TV. As I recall, they added the snarky comment “in your gut you know he’s nuts” just for good measure. MFers.
Gold ol Barry!
There was an episode that featured that joke.
Don't hate me because I'm beautiful! :)
I was only fourteen at the time, but it seem every time his name was mentioned, it was either insinuated or publicly uttered that he was crazy and irresponsible. They especially ridiculed his famous statement from the convention about extremism in the pursuit of liberty is no vice. In the wake of Kennedy's assassination and all the vile media coverage, he never stood a chance. But how much better off we'd be he were elected.
At the time one of my sisters was a Goldwater girl, and I was a loyal Dem sheep just like my parents. Now that sister is a fanatic lib while I’m the conservative black sheep of the family.
They claim they only ran the daisy ad one day before it was taken off the air due to protests, but it seems like I saw it more than one day. Nevertheless, it made a huge impression on a gullible public. But even if it ran only one day, there was so much other anti-Goldwater propaganda spewing out from the usual sources that one ad was just a tiny pct. of all the negative, hateful propaganda Goldwater received.
They did. And you did.
The "Daisy" ad was aired only once...as a paid ad. On September 7, 1964 (NBC Monday Night at the Movies, David & Bathsheba).
A great hue and cry followed and the DNC cancelled any further exposure of the ad.
However, the networks decided that the ad -- and the response to it -- was newsworthy in and of itself. As a consequence, they ran it interminably on news & analysis shows for the next month.
By the end of September, over 95% of America had seen the ad an average of 4.2 times. It is not known, for sure, whether this process had been pre-agreed to by the DNC and the networks -- but nobody would be shocked if it had.
We really thought he would beat LBJ!
Those were the good old days for sure!
But when the prospect of the election of a candidate like Goldwater who would try to shake the politicians out of their love for increasingly, large government, the libs all banded together to destroy him, Goldwater.
Was it Gene McCarthy who said that? Thanks!
Barry Goldwater never needed vindication, IMHO.
Kick his ass Bendy!
Do you remember the follow-up billboard ads from the GOP in ~1966 with the photo of Goldwater and the words “now you know he was right”? I saw them north of Chicago from the bus on my way to Army reserve summer training camp at Fort McCoy, WI. I do not recall the media picking up on those bulletin board ads while LBJ was losing his war in VN.
Yes. That...and the line "They said if I voted for Goldwater, we'd end up in a full-blown war in Viet Nam inside of six months. Sure enough, I did and we were."
I knew this thread sounded familiar ...
Barry Goldwater Against Big Government (1964) - Classic Campaign Ad: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/2905627/posts