Skip to comments.Arguments Through the Ages: Barry Goldwater
Posted on 11/17/2002 6:14:53 PM PST by anncoulteriscoolEdited on 04/13/2004 3:37:59 AM PDT by Jim Robinson. [history]
Editor's note: Barry Goldwater (1909-1998) was a Republican senator from Arizona who ran against Lyndon Johnson for the White House in 1964. Although he lost that election by a large margin, Goldwater became famous for rallying a conservative movement that came to see him as its champion. The following is excerpted from his acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention.
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This is the real battle, against collecivism. Until we can prove to the sheeple why it has never and will never work. They will fall for it.
In 1966 I interviewed president LBJ. Nearly every great Society bill had been passed. The United States had taken, in just 2 short years, a bigger leap to the leftt than it had in all the FDR years.
I asked Lyndon, who besided himself, would he say was most important in getting the Great Society passed into law.
I though he would mention Kennedy or the Democratic leadership or the American people. I gave him a softball to pander to his supporters. But he did not do what I expected.
Yeah Barry spoke the truth and unfortunately most of the people just couldn't grasp it.
Much like things are today. And people wonder why there isnt much honesty in politics.
Four years earlier in 1960 Ronald Reagan was a registered Democrat that Voted for and donated money to Jack Kennedy. Just 2 years earlier Reagan had still been a registered Democrat whose political hero was Franklin Delano Roosevelt. They wanted to run Ron for Governor in California against Brown. They knew it would take a RINO to win against Brown in California. A former union president and recently a registerd Democrat they thought might have a chance against Brown. However they were afraid the far Right would label Reagan a RINO. They were afraid a RINO could not win the nomination. They got the bright idea of having their former lefist RINO actor union president give a speech for Goldwater. They reasoned that no right wing nut would lablel a RINO, a RINO after he had spoken for Goldwater. No national Republican wanted anywhere near Goldwater, so Barry accepted the offer from the Reagan people. Barry got a RINO edorsement in exchange for prime time TV exposure for Reagan.
Riordan should have done that in 2000. He is no more leftist than Ronnie and we might have gotten a Governor instead of having to endure that husge loss by the Goldwater clone named Simple Simon.
Now, the Republican cause demands that we brand communism as the principal disturber of peace in the world today. Indeed, we should brand it as the only significant disturber of the peace. And we must make clear that until its goals of conquest are absolutely renounced and its rejections with all nations tempered, communism and the governments it now controls are enemies of every man on earth who is or wants to be free. Now, we here in America can keep the peace only if we remain strong. Only if we keep our eyes open and keep our guard up can we prevent war. And I want to make this abundantly clear-I don't intend to let peace or freedom be torn from our grasp because of lack of strength, or lack of will-and that I promise you Americans. I believe that we must look beyond the defense of freedom today to its extension tomorrow. I believe that the communism which boasts it will bury us will instead give way to the forces of freedom. And I can see in the distant and yet recognizable future the outlines of a world worthy our dedication, our every risk, our every effort, our every sacrifice along the way. Yes, a world that will redeem the suffering of those will be liberated from tyranny. I can see, and I suggest that all thoughtful men must contemplate, the flowering of an Atlantic civilization, the whole world of Europe reunified and free, trading openly across its borders, communicating openly across the world.
Yup, me too.
He was right!
...balanced so that liberty lacking order will not become the slavery of the prison cell; balanced so that liberty lacking order will not become the license of the mob and of the jungle.
And CommonTator, what's this rant about Goldwater's 'pathetic' campaign? He ran a noble, courageous and honest campaign, not some Madison Avenue jive catering to the fears and foibles of the satiated, short-sighted masses. Goldwater was done in by the sheep-bleat hysteria generated by the liberal party and their media allies.
Btw, this speech was written, not by Barry himself, but by his speechwriter (I forget his name), a guy who a few years later became a radical Libertarian. Goldwater had to step right over him one time during a tax protest on the steps of Congress. The brief exchange between them was reminiscent of what transpired when Emerson visited Thoreau in prison. "Henry, why are you here?" "Ralph, why are you not here?" (Thoreau was in prison for refusing to pay his taxes.)
Karl Hess, dubbed an "unconventional intellectual" by The Washington Post, died on April 22 at age 70, two years after receiving a heart transplant.
Unconventional Hess was, but never inconsistent. Over the more than 30 years of his quasi-public life as a writer and political activist, a single theme--pursuit of liberty-- dominated both his writings and his deeds.
"Everyone who speaks well of liberty and, more importantly, acts to enjoy it or extend it," Hess wrote as the editor of the Libertarian Party newsletter, "is welcome in my view ... My community is the community of all who love liberty."
Hess' s pursuit of liberty as he understood it sometimes made for strange bedfellows. At one time, he served as 1964 Republican presidential candidate Barry Goldwater's speechwriter. Later, he plunged into grass-roots community organizing, interacting with such groups as the Black Panther Party.
For Hess, liberty was a lifestyle, not simply a philosophical concept. In the 1970s, he strived to build an economically independent community. He brought to that effort ideas reminiscent of British writer E. F. Schumacher's "small is beautiful," experimenting with small-scale, "backyard" technologies, including solar ovens and windmills.
In many ways, this experiment embodied Hess's concept of liberty. Like other libertarian philosophers, he championed individualism. But Hess saw decentralized institutions as pivotal to nurturing freedom. And he seemed especially drawn to struggles for justice by "the little guy."
Though he wrote for numerous publications, including REASON, Hess penned his most famous lines as Goldwater's speechwriter. At the 1964 Republican convention, Goldwater proclaimed, "Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice; moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue." Written 30 years ago, these words offer a concise summation of Hess's lifelong fervor for liberty.
--Lynn Scarlett, July 1994
I have little interest in streamlining government or in making it more efficient, for I mean to reduce its size. I do not undertake to promote welfare, for I propose to extend freedom. My aim is not to pass laws, but to repeal them. It is not to inaugurate new programs, but to cancel old ones that do violence to the Constitution, or that have failed in their purpose, or that impose on the people an unwarranted financial burden. I will not attempt to discover whether legislation is "needed" before I have first determined whether it is constitutionally permissible. And if I should later be attacked for neglecting my constituents' "interests," I shall reply that I was informed their main interest is liberty and that in that cause I am doing the very best I can.