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  • How Goldwater and Reagan Responded to Defeat

    07/02/2015 5:11:03 PM PDT · by gwjack · 7 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | 7/2/2015 | Lee Edwards
    In the wake of the Supreme Court’s devastating opinions on same-sex marriage and Obamacare, some conservatives are asking themselves: Has America reached the point when we have become like ancient Rome in its final days, all bread and circuses, that we cannot make our way back to the ideas on which we were founded? Do the actual words of the Constitution matter anymore? Should we give up the fight for limited, constitutional government and simply accept that the left has won? Of course not! Conservatives have never been quitters as two of our greatest heroes—Barry Goldwater and Ronald Reagan—demonstrated when...
  • George Will challenges Ted Cruz’s ‘theory’ for running

    04/04/2015 11:25:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 71 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | April 2, 2015 | Seth McLaughlin
    Conservative columnist George Will says that Sen. Ted Cruz’s theory for running for the White House — that he can get “more votes from traditional Republican constituencies” — was “slain” by the outcome of the 1964 presidential race and simply doesn’t add up. “The 1964 theory was that many millions of conservatives abstained from voting because the GOP did not nominate sufficiently deep-dyed conservatives,” Mr. Will wrote this week in The Washington Post. “So if in 1964 the party would choose someone like Arizona Barry Goldwater, hitherto dormant conservatives would join the electorate in numbers sufficient for victory.” Mr. Will...
  • Who Created This Mess Anyway?

    04/02/2015 7:44:46 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 8 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 4-2-2015 | MOTUS
    The notable thing about Culture War 4.0 is its consistent rejection of tolerance in favor of government enforced morality. Remember your Muad’Dib: “When I am weaker than you, I ask you for freedom because that is according to your principles; when I am stronger than you, I take away your freedom because that is according to my principles.”  - Ben Domenech, The Federalist  Ed Driscoll succinctly summarizes the emergence of the new liberal fascism in his recent post, and provides an example: REID: I don’t regret that at all. The Koch brothers — no one would help me. They...
  • Is Ted Cruz The Republican Who'll Do What Others Couldn't?

    04/01/2015 9:25:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | April 1, 2015 | George F. Will
    Texas Sen. Ted Cruz was born in 1970, six years after events refuted a theory on which he is wagering his candidacy. The 1964 theory was that many millions of conservatives abstained from voting because the Republican Party did not nominate sufficiently deep-dyed conservatives. So if in 1964 the party would choose someone like Arizona Sen. Barry Goldwater, hitherto dormant conservatives would join the electorate in numbers sufficient for victory. This theory was slain by a fact — actually, 15,951,378 facts. That was the difference between the 43,129,566 votes that President Lyndon Johnson received and the 27,178,188 that Goldwater got...
  • LETTERS: Ted Cruz, Cruising to Victory or Unguided Cruz Missile?

    03/29/2015 8:54:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | March 30, 2015 | Various
    Regarding your editorial “The Cruz Candidacy” (March 24): Shades of 1964! For those of us old-timers who worked in the Barry Goldwater camp during that campaign, we see an ominous parallel shaping up because all of the ingredients are there. As ardent conservatives we admired the charismatic retired Air Force general who projected all of our conservative values. Sadly, as history reminds us, he attracted far too few votes from centrist and liberal Republicans, from the independent sector and from middle America in general during the 1964 campaign. This led to one of the worst electoral debacles in our country’s...
  • Cruz is no Barry Goldwater, McCain and Flake say

    03/28/2015 10:16:22 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 55 replies
    The Arizona Republic | March 28, 2015 | Dan Nowicki
    Link only due to copyright issues: http://www.azcentral.com/story/azdc/2015/03/29/ted-cruz-no-barry-goldwater-john-mccain-jeff-flake-say/70579530/
  • Barry Goldwater Statue Unveiled in the Capitol

    02/12/2015 5:50:28 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 7 replies
    rollcall.com ^ | 2/11/15 | Bridget Bowman
    The bronze likeness of the late Sen. Barry Goldwater, R-Ariz., was unveiled in Statuary Hall Wednesday, becoming the latest addition to the 50-state statue collection in the Capitol. “He earned the nickname ‘Mr. Arizona’ because he had a love affair with our state. It’s magnificent beauty and its freedom loving people. And Arizona loved Barry back, in part because Arizonans saw themselves in him,” Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., said at the ceremony. “Our state never had a better champion than Barry Goldwater. And we’re so very proud that his rich legacy will continue to be honored here at the United...
  • Ted Cruz vs. Elizabeth Warren: Column

    02/10/2015 4:32:53 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    USA Today | February 10, 2015 | Don Campbell
    Link only, due to copyright issues: http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2015/02/10/ted-cruz-vs-elizabeth-warren-presidential-election-column/23192873/
  • LBJ’s 1964 attack ad ‘Daisy’ leaves a legacy for modern campaigns

    09/07/2014 5:48:00 PM PDT · by TBP · 72 replies
    Washington Post ^ | September 5 | Drew Babb
    Fifty years ago, on Sept. 7, 1964, a political ad called “Daisy” aired on behalf of President Lyndon Johnson. The commercial opened with a little girl in a meadow, then a horrific nuclear blast filled the screen. We’ve been feeling the fallout ever since. It was only a minute long. The paid ad ran on national television only once, and only on one network, NBC. But that’s all it took.
  • The Vindication of Barry Goldwater

    07/24/2014 11:05:46 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 48 replies
    spectator.org ^ | 7/24/14 | Jeffrey Lord
    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...
  • Extremism in the defense of liberty is still no vice

    07/16/2014 5:25:16 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 16, 2014 | Rick Manning
    "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." —Barry Goldwater The 50th anniversary of Barry Goldwater's clarion call for liberty acceptance speech for the Republican nomination passed this week. In a modern world where politicians talk, but their words are hollow, listening to Goldwater's message a half a century later is like a drink of fresh water. But the words were no less scary to politicians less than a year from President Kennedy's assassination. The establishment Republicans, then known as Rockefeller Republicans, played...
  • Dreaming of 'President Ted Cruz' will turn into a nightmare for the GOP

    03/12/2014 2:33:45 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 50 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | March 11, 2014 | Noemie Emery
    As with most things, there are good and bad aspects of the Tea Party movement. And all the bad ones were on display March 6 in a speech by Ted Cruz to the Conservative Political Action Conference that replayed every silly thing ever said by conservatives and added some riffs of his own. He began with a mocking refrain about "presidents" Bob Dole, John McCain and Mitt Romney (two of them veterans impaired by their trauma), chiding them for not being his kind of conservative. He also asked if we remembered their reigns. Well, we do remember, and we remember...
  • Forget LBJ’s ‘Daisy’ Ad. Watch Goldwater’s Campaign Film Choice

    01/31/2014 8:07:05 AM PST · by rktman · 23 replies
    PJMedia ^ | 1/29/2014 | Kathy Shaidle
    I haven’t seen the new documentary MITT and I’m not sure I can bring myself to do so. Living in the real-life aftermath of Romney’s failed presidential campaign is depressing enough without sitting through a cinematic autopsy, too. Some say that if this documentary or something like it had been screened before election day, Romney’s chances would’ve improved. Obviously we can’t know that for certain. I feel more confident declaring that had an infamous but little seen Barry Goldwater campaign film called Choice aired in 1964, he still wouldn’t have won. That’s because Goldwater had no chance of winning anyhow....
  • Rev. Jesse Jackson Caught on Audio Recording Unleashing in Tirade Against Reagan & U.S. South

    11/03/2013 1:00:08 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    The Blaze ^ | November 2, 2013 | Oliver Darcy
    The U.S. south is “the land of the free, the home of genocide,” civil rights icon Rev. Jesse Jackson repeatedly said Wednesday in a speech that also implied former President Ronald Reagan was a racist. College news outlet Campus Reform provided TheBlaze an audio recording of Jackson telling students at Furman University that Reagan and former presidential candidate Barry Goldwater both sought to sustain segregation. “Goldwater and Reagan – had they been successful, it would have been illegal for blacks and whites to play together on a Saturday afternoon,” he said. “You couldn’t have had the Carolina Panthers behind the...
  • When will Republicans have their Barry Goldwater moment?

    10/15/2013 10:03:33 AM PDT · by stonewall_jackson215 · 47 replies
    WaPo ^ | 10/15/13 | Reid Wilson
    There are moments in American political history when one of the two major parties finds itself badly out of step with the middle, so beholden to its base that it cannot appeal to the centrist voters who decide most elections. What comes next is a series of predictable steps: Lose a few elections, hit the political equivalent of rock bottom, then turn control of the party over to a relative centrist who can recast the party in a new light. It happened to Republicans when Sen. Barry Goldwater (R-Ariz.) won only six states, and 38.5 percent of the vote, in...
  • AuH2O Monday: Reflections on My Hero, Barry...No, Not Obama! Goldwater!

    09/30/2013 9:44:57 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 10 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 9-30-2013 | MOTUS
    I don’t know why, butt I’ve found myself thinking a lot about Barry lately -- no not this Barry… this one: “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 their purpose, or that impose on the people an unwarranted financial burden. I...
  • Walt Disney’s Fascinating Political Journey (From Naive Socialist to Staunch Conservative)

    05/27/2013 8:00:19 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 05/27/2013 | CHRIS QUEEN
    Walt & Lillian Disney with Richard Nixon and his family at Disneyland, 1959 We tend to think of Hollywood as a bastion of leftism, and rightly so. Books like Ron Radosh’s Red Star Over Hollywood demonstrate the deep-seated left-wing dominance of the entertainment industry. Even with the leftism prevalent in Hollywood’s Golden Age, many unabashed conservatives found success without compromising their principles, including one of the most creative minds in the business — Walt Disney.Several biographers and writers that I’ve read have tried to declare that Walt Disney was apolitical, but I find this conclusion not to be true....
  • Frank Rich Is Wrong about Civil Rights

    05/06/2013 12:21:05 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 6 replies
    National Review ^ | May 6, 2013 | Kevin Williamson
    Frank Rich, writing in New York magazine, has taken issue with my pieces on Goldwater, Republicans, and civil rights, calling it part of “the most insidious and determined campaign to rewrite racial history on the right.” If you can dig through Mr. Rich’s characteristically limp and emotive prose, you will discover that his argument amounts to: “Nyah, nyah! Strom Thurmond!”
  • Bridge to Goldwater Movement

    05/01/2013 1:34:38 PM PDT · by TeaPartyJakes · 6 replies
    Clarence Manion, the retired dean of the Notre Dame School of Law, became one of the most thoughtful conservatives from the mid-1950s through the 1970s. The “Manion Forum” began broadcasting in 1954 and continued until his death in 1979. In 1952, Manion would head the “Democrats for Eisenhower” organization. President Dwight D. Eisenhower named him as the chairman of a commission to study how to return to states the power that the federal government had taken away under the Roosevelt and Truman administration. When Manion did not back away from his support of something the administration opposed, Eisenhower fired him....
  • Desegregation, before Brown - Barry Goldwater and the forgotten campaign in Phoenix

    04/29/2013 6:08:25 PM PDT · by neverdem · 15 replies
    National Review Online ^ | April 29, 2013 | Kevin D. Williamson
    The Supreme Court’s 1954 decision in Brown v. Board of Education is one of the great landmarks of American history. It is also a good example of the fact that the law is not about the law. Maybe one in 500 college students ever has read the decision, and probably very few Americans could tell you much about the legal questions involved in Brown, but the moral question at the heart of the case — whether an apartheid regime of “separate but [formally] equal” would be allowed to stand in these United States — is well understood. It was well...
  • Buckley Rule — According to Bill, not Karl

    02/13/2013 5:16:13 AM PST · by Servant of the Cross · 14 replies
    National Review ^ | 2/13/2013 | Neal Freeman
    The Buckley Rule has been much invoked in recent weeks, in this space and elsewhere, and on almost every occasion it has been both misquoted and misapplied. As one who was present at the formulation, I feel obliged to record the “originalist” intention. It was the winter of 1964 and the unresolved question at NR editorial meetings, week to week, was this: Whom should the magazine support for the Republican presidential nomination? To outsiders, the question would have seemed all but settled. Issue by issue, NR gave every appearance of being all in for Barry Goldwater. Heck, there were those...
  • Barry Goldwater Against Big Government (1964) - Classic Campaign Ad

    07/12/2012 6:12:54 AM PDT · by moonshot925 · 14 replies
    Youtube ^ | 11 July 2012 | AllClassicVideo
    NARRATOR: "Don't look now young man, but somebody has his hand in your pocket. It's the hand of big government. It's taking away about four months pay from what your daddy earns evey year — one dollar out of every three in his paycheck. And its taking the security out of your grandmother's Social Security." GOLDWATER: "You know, that's the great trouble with big, inflationary government. It takes more and more of your earnings. It slowly but surely destroys individual initiative and responsibility. The government must draw its strength from the people, and as it drains away this strength, it...
  • Like Father Like Son, George and Mitt Romney

    04/24/2012 6:07:32 PM PDT · by Dajjal · 11 replies
    RightPundits ^ | Feb. 12, 2012 | Andrew Zarowny
    After edging out Rockefeller 51% to 49% in the winner-take-all race in California, Goldwater had a huge majority of delegates, enough to easily win the nomination at the Republican convention. George Romney set about denouncing Goldwater, and even raised a stink at the convention to have Goldwater′s delegates disqualified. Romney was accusing many of Goldwater′s delegates as being everything from racists, members of the Ku-Klux-Klan, the John Birch Society and even accused some of being Communists! Imagine that! Once Goldwater was named the presidential nominee, George Romney still worked to undermine his campaign, refusing to endorse or support him. So...
  • Americans Are Worrying About the Constitution Again

    04/04/2012 11:36:19 AM PDT · by Mikey_1962 · 9 replies
    Rasmussen ^ | 4-4-12 | Michael Barone
    "I don't worry about the Constitution," said Rep. Phil Hare, Democrat of Illinois, at a town hall meeting where voters questioned his support of the legislation that became Obamacare. You can find the clip on youtube.com, where it has 462,084 hits. That was before the 2010 election, in which Hare, running for a third term in a district designed by Democrats to elect a Democrat, was defeated 53 to 43 percent by Bobby Schilling, proprietor of a pizza parlor in East Moline. A lot of politicians are worrying about the Constitution these days. Liberal commentators were shocked this past week...
  • Santorum - Republicans no longer the party of Goldwater and small government

    03/19/2012 4:42:09 AM PDT · by Def Conservative · 31 replies · 2+ views
    September 3, 2008 Interview with TPMtv - Santorum says that the GOP has moved away from the Goldwater, "small government" ideas. The full interview can be seen here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=3uqZSih_wYU
  • Newt's campaign rally at Brandon Mississippi (Video-3/11/12)

    03/11/2012 9:03:13 PM PDT · by VinL · 15 replies · 1+ views
    Electad ^ | 3/11/12 | Gingrich
    Newt Gingrich holds a campaign rally at Brandon City Hall, Brandon, Mississippi
  • Does America Have Too Many Laws in the Books? (VANITY)

    01/29/2012 9:45:19 AM PST · by pinochet · 30 replies
    One of America's Founding Fathers, John Adams, wanted to create "a government of laws, not of men". This statement is one of the most misunderstood in American history. The communist governments of Cuba, China, and North Korea, are nations with many laws in their books, but they are not what John Adams had in mind. America's founding fathers created a constitution that was deliberately designed to starve the federal government of revenue. This is why they refused to impose a federal income tax on the American people, and the federal government had to survive on revenues raised from import duties....
  • Gingrich: I Supported Goldwater

    01/26/2012 10:05:56 AM PST · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 17 replies · 1+ views
    Real Clear Politics Gingrich Video ^ | January 23rd | Gingrich
    "I went to a Goldwater organizing session in 1964. I met with Ronald Reagan for the first time in 1974. I worked with Jack Kemp, and Art Laffer and others to develop supply side economics in the late '70s. I helped Governor Reagan become President Reagan. I helped pass the Reagan economic program and worked with the National Security Council on issues including the collapse of the Soviet Empire," Newt Gingrich said at tonight's debate.
  • Goldwater on “The Contenders”

    11/11/2011 6:11:54 AM PST · by docbnj · 8 replies
    C-Span ^ | 11 Nov 2011 | anon
    Friday, 11 Nov, Goldwater will be featured on the celebrated C-Span history series “The Contenders.”
  • Mitt flier: Perry 'wants to kill Social Security' (being distributed in Florida)

    09/10/2011 1:47:27 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 147 replies
    Politico ^ | September 10, 2011 | ALEXANDER BURNS
    The Tampa Tribune posts a flier that the Mitt Romney campaign is distributing in Florida, attacking Rick Perry as "reckless and wrong on social security." The top of the flier has pictures of a smiling Romney and a surly-looking Perry, and reads: "Two candidates. Only one will protect what's important to you." Continue Reading "Rick Perry believes social security is a 'failure,'" the flier says, quoting the Texas governor's book. "Rick Perry believes Social Security is unconstitutional ... Rick Perry does not believe Social Security should exist ... How can we trust anyone who wants to kill Social Security?" Notably...
  • The Goldwater Talking Point (gearing up for Rick Perry)

    08/22/2011 2:29:17 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 56 replies · 1+ views
    RedState ^ | August 22, 2011 | Erick Erickson
    The media typically begins any Presidential campaign with comparisons to Harry Truman. The Reagan re-election in 1984 had the comparison. The Bush re-election in 1992 had the comparison. The Clinton re-election in 1996 had the comparison. Humorously, the off year election of 2002 used the Truman comparison too, as did 2004. The media does this not only because a lot of them are lazy and not only because a lot of them talk with each other at beltway soirees where they infect each other with their various often contrived narratives and talking points, but also because they really do want...
  • Is Sarah Palin Bachmann's Goldwater?

    06/29/2011 8:32:43 AM PDT · by RockinRight · 112 replies · 1+ views
    The American Spectator ^ | 06/21/2011 | Jeffrey Lord
    Is Bachmannia replacing Obamamania? Has Sarah Palin elected Michele Bachmann? Have liberals who spent the better part of the last three years scornfully pouring vitriol on Sarah Palin helped Minnesota Congresswoman Bachmann -- like Palin an attractive conservative working mother of five (don't forget the 23 foster kids) from the American working class -- to a place on the GOP ticket instead? In one of the more delicious ironies in the history of presidential politics? After all this time of insisting Palin was (pick one) "profoundly stupid" (MSNBC's Chris Matthews), "dumb as a brick" (Young Turk's Cenk Uygur, now with...
  • Paul Ryan: 2012’s Goldwater?

    05/25/2011 11:30:39 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    FrumForum ^ | 05/25/2011 | David Frum
    I used to worry that Sarah Palin would be the Barry Goldwater of 2012. My bad. Paul Ryan is the Barry Goldwater of 2012.The Goldwater effect continues on this morning after the NY-26 debacle. Henry Olsen of AEI, as smart a political numbers guy as can be found on the political right, crunches the numbers to compare the performance of the 2011 special election candidates with the district-wide performance of all other GOP and Democratic candidates in 2010. He finds: Republican congressional candidate Jane Corwin is running 18 points behind the worst-performing Republican of 2010Democrat Kathy Hochul is running even...
  • Sarah Palin's Way Forward

    01/28/2011 12:10:20 AM PST · by Scanian · 38 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | January 28, 2011 | J.R. Dunn
    It's apparent that the recent media attacks on Sarah Palin have, for the first time, actually drawn blood. Palin's negatives have shot up substantially, rising 7 points from 49% to 56%. The proximate cause is held to be the fact that she defended herself against the charge of complicity in murder in the Tucson shootings, along with engaging in some unclear variety of anti-Semitism by using the term "blood libel." It's safe to say that no other current politician would ever be held to such standards. This slump is surely temporary -- no more permanent than Obama's miniscule "leap" in...
  • Barry The Prophet

    01/23/2011 12:40:48 PM PST · by Absolutely Nobama · 4 replies
    www.absolutelynobama.com ^ | May 8, 2010 | Alan Levy
    Barry Goldwater on the welfare state: "Dismantle it. If we take from someone the personal responsibilty for caring for his material needs, we take from him also the will and the opportunity to be free." (from The Conscience of a Conservative) The most dangerous thing about Chairman Obama's Big Mommy Regime is the entitlement mentality that comes with it. Just ask the people of Greece who are watching their country crash and burn, literally. When the money runs out, as is often the case in the Euro-socialist dystopias, cradle to grave entitlements have to be cut, which tends to make...
  • Brit Hume Documentary: Right, All Along Part One 9 P.M. EST 11/07/10

    11/07/2010 6:52:27 PM PST · by kristinn · 26 replies · 2+ views
    Sunday, November 8, 2010 | Kristinn
    Brit Hume is hosting a documentary on the conservative movement airing on the Fox News Channel tonight at 9 p.m. EST.
  • Conscience of a Conservative

    09/20/2010 10:18:16 AM PDT · by timesthattrymenssouls · 1 replies · 1+ views
    Constitutional Guardian ^ | September 20, 2010 | Nancy Tengler
    "...the Constitution is: a system of restraints against the natural tendency of government to expand in the direction of absolutism." Barry Goldwater, 1960 Conscience of a Conservative If you don't have a copy of Barry Goldwater's, Conscience of a Conservative, buy one. If you have one, pull it out and re-read it. Focus, in particular, on the chapter entitled "The Perils of Power." In that chapter, Goldwater recounts for the reader the intentions of the founders in constructing our Constitution and three-branch government: to limit power. He reminds us that our founding document is "an instrument, above all, for limiting...
  • What the GOP "Pledge to America" Should Have Been

    09/22/2010 7:06:28 PM PDT · by upstanding · 16 replies
    Barry Goldwater
    [We] have little interest in streamlining government or in making it more efficient, for [we] mean to reduce its size. [We] do not undertake to promote welfare, for [we] propose to extend freedom. [Our] 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. [We] will not attempt to discover whether legislation is "needed" before [we] have first determined whether it is constitutionally permissible. And...
  • Extremism in the Defense of Liberty Is No Vice

    09/15/2010 4:44:13 PM PDT · by central_va · 8 replies
    RNC National Convention 1964 ^ | 1964 | Barry Goldwater
    Delivered at the 1964 Republican National Convention at San Francisco, California 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....
  • Reading the Tea Party Leaves

    12/31/2009 2:23:15 PM PST · by mdittmar · 24 replies · 769+ views
    Reason Online ^ | December 31, 2009 | Michael Munger
    Will we see a repeat of 1994—or 1964? My apologies to Buffalo Springfield. But what’s happening with the Tea Party movement, and where it’s going, ain’t exactly clear.  All we know at this point is that the villagers have pitchforks and torches, and are marching up the hill. But will they burn the castle of the Al Franken monster in Congress, or will they join Sarah Palin and her populist following and simply go RINO (Republican In Name Only) hunting? The point is that we could be heading toward 1994 all over again. Or toward 1964. The tea leaves are...
  • Sarah Palin And The Conservative Descent

    11/19/2009 12:13:57 PM PST · by steve-b · 49 replies · 1,756+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 11/19/09 | Steve Chapman
    The 19th century American writer Henry Adams said the descent of American presidents from George Washington to Ulysses S. Grant was enough to discredit the theory of evolution. The same could be said of the pantheon of conservative political heroes, which in the last half-century has gone from Barry Goldwater and Ronald Reagan to Sarah Palin. That refutation may be agreeable to Palin, who doesn't put much stock in Darwin anyway. You can confirm all this by looking at what the three wrote. Goldwater, the 1964 Republican presidential nominee, made his reputation four years earlier with an eloquent and intellectually...
  • Zombie Klansman Byrd Sets Senate Tenure Record

    11/18/2009 2:42:21 PM PST · by sdkruiser · 13 replies · 513+ views
    Stephen Kruiser ^ | 11/18/09 | Stephen Kruiser
    Admittedly, I'm not posting this just so I can say "zombie klansman". Ever since Jan. 3, 1953, Robert Carlyle Byrd has represented West Virginia in Congress, first in the House, then in the Senate. If you're counting, that's 56 years, 10 months and 16 days. Today he became the longest-serving member of Congress, eclipsing Carl Hayden, who represented Arizona from 1912, when the state joined the Union, until he retired in 1968. Byrd represents so much of what's wrong with lazy voters, the media and the Senate that it's difficult to know where to begin.
  • Building a Better GOP - The World Around Us

    11/16/2009 8:10:14 PM PST · by goplifer1 · 7 replies · 485+ views
    It's time for Republicans to put the ghosts of communism behind us and confront the challenges we face today.
  • 45 year anniversary - Ronald Reagan speech supporting Barry Goldwater - A TIME FOR CHOOSING

    10/28/2009 9:30:19 AM PDT · by doug from upland · 13 replies · 801+ views
    national center dot org ^ | 10/09 | Ronald W. Reagan
    A Time for Choosing by Ronald Reagan October 27, 1964 =================================== To a significant degree, Ronald Reagan's election to the presidency stems from this speech, given on national television on behalf of, and sponsored by, Barry Goldwater's 1964 presidential campaign. The speech remains amazingly fresh as a statement of modern American conservative philosophy four decades after it was delivered. =================================== Thank you very much. Thank you and good evening. The sponsor has been identified, but unlike most television programs, the performer hasn't been provided with a script. As a matter of fact, I have been permitted to choose my own...
  • Big crowd gathered for Tucson 'Tea Party' today

    10/10/2009 4:38:47 PM PDT · by SandRat · 18 replies · 1,983+ views
    Arizona Daily Star ^ | Rhonda Bodfield
    The parking lot of Tucson Electric Park filled quickly Saturday morning with Tucsonans eager to take part in The Tucson Tea Party. Organizers said they expected up to 10,000 people to descend on Tucson Electric Park for the rally to demand less government. Long lines of cars and a healthy crown of tailgaters Saturday morning made it clear organizers could get as large a turnout as they had predicted. “We’re normal, non-racist everyday Tucsonans who are very concerned about the direction our government is going, ” said Chris Bubany, a small business owner who was serving chile relleno and peanut...
  • Sliming Conservatives: A Short History

    09/25/2009 3:19:41 AM PDT · by Scanian · 21 replies · 904+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | September 25, 2009 | Richard Viguerie and Steve Allen
    A new generation of conservative activists has come forth, and many of the newcomers have never experienced the kind of nastiness to which liberals are inclined, falsely labeling them as racists, even Nazis. Many of the new activists worry that liberals' smears will be effective. But the old-timers among conservative activists have a message for the newcomers: Don't worry. We've heard these smears throughout our political lives. Even in the old days, the smears rarely worked. It is, to paraphrase Nathan Detroit in "Guys and Dolls," the oldest established permanent floating crap game in American politics.
  • John Hospers Review: Conscience of a Libertarian by Wayne Allyn Root

    09/01/2009 8:51:31 PM PDT · by Y2Krap · 6 replies · 552+ views
    JohnHospers.com ^ | Sept 1, 2009 | Dr. John Hospers
    THE CONSCIENCE OF A LIBERTARIAN by Wayne Allyn Root Review by Dr. John Hospers, © September 2009 My book, LIBERTARIANISM was first published in 1971. Its subtitle, ‘A Political Philosophy for Tomorrow’ has at long last come true today. I hope it’s not too late. The pragmatic reality is in Wayne Allyn Root’s brilliant new volume: THE CONSCIENCE OF A LIBERTARIAN - a title I might add, that was obviously carefully considered and borrowed in the “classic liberal” sense –that is, it was returned with dividends of thought and deserved tribute to The Conscience of a Conservative author, politician –...
  • Rand Paul's present to his dad Ron

    08/24/2009 4:50:40 PM PDT · by freepersunite · 36 replies · 1,564+ views
    US News ^ | August 21, 2009 | Paul Bedard, Nikki Schwab
    Rand Paul's Birthday Present to Dad Ron Paul By Nikki Schwab, Washington Whispers What do you give a congressman for his birthday? If you're Senate candidate Rand Paul and you're choosing presents for dad, Rep. Ron Paul, whose birthday was yesterday, you go for gifts that scream politics. "I gave him an original copy of Barry Goldwater's Conscience of a Conservative that was given to me by the publisher," Rand Paul tells Whispers, adding that it was published in Kentucky, where he's running for U.S. Senate. He also gave his pop, who's a big fan of economics, some early 20th-century...
  • Study: Students aren’t being taught civics. Surprised?

    07/02/2009 1:03:52 PM PDT · by Publius772000 · 34 replies · 1,006+ views
    The Constitutional Alamo ^ | 07/02/09 | Michael Naragon
    Among the questions asked by the Goldwater survey were such puzzlers as “What are the two parts of the U.S. Congress?” and “Who was the first president of the United States?” The full report will be released shortly, but here are ten of the questions asked, along with the percentage of students who answered them correctly. To pass, the students had only to correctly answer six of the ten questions, pulled at random from a pool of questions from the U.S. citizenship exam. Only 3.5% of the students, all from government schools, passed the test. That’s about 40 out of...
  • Berry Goldwater, Jr, remarks on Palin

    06/03/2009 3:54:52 PM PDT · by euram · 8 replies · 749+ views
    Texas for Sarah Palin ^ | 06-03-09 | Josh Painter
    Here's Barry Goldwater, Jr. on Glenn Beck's show discussing the future of the GOP: "I think Sarah Palin is a potential... she is great. She's attractive, she's smart, she's got the right message, and she doesn't take any crap from anybody."