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