Goldwater’s words still ring true
July 22, 2014 08:10 PM | 864 views | 5 5 comments | 28 28 recommendations | email to a friend | print
DEAR EDITOR:

We have many problems these days, but you only need to look back half a century to find that leadership was a quality that was here in abundance, something that seems lacking in our country today.

Fifty years ago, a great man said, “The task of preserving and enlarging freedom at home and of safeguarding it from the forces of tyranny abroad is great enough to challenge all our resources and to require all our strength.

“Anyone who joins us in all sincerity, we welcome. Those who do not care for our cause, we don’t expect to enter our ranks in any case. And let our Republicanism, so focused and so dedicated, not be made fuzzy and futile by unthinking and stupid labels.

“I would remind you that 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.”

The speaker was presidential candidate Sen. Barry Goldwater. The date was 1964.

Where are the great statesmen today when the nation needs them?

Bill Harris

Kennesaw

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Red Westside
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July 25, 2014
I found this quote interesting:

“Mark my word, if and when these preachers get control of the [Republican] party, and they're sure trying to do so, it's going to be a terrible damn problem. Frankly, these people frighten me. Politics and governing demand compromise. But these Christians believe they are acting in the name of God, so they can't and won't compromise. I know, I've tried to deal with them.”

Kevin Foley
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July 23, 2014
Yes, and Goldwater lost the 1964 election in resounding fashion because all but extreme right wing Americans considered him a trigger happy crack pot.

I wonder what it is conservatives would like to do in the Middle East, Iraq, Ukraine, Iran and other hot spots.

Mr. Harris, why don't you tell us how many American lives and how much American treasure you'd like to spend.

WestCobbThinker
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July 23, 2014
Yes, that's right Foley, Goldwater lost in 1964 to that crackpot, ultra-progressive LBJ. You know, the guy who was the architect of the "Great Society", War on Poverty and the supreme escalator of the war in Vietnam. In Washington D.C there's monument to old LBJ's administration. It's named the Vietnam Memorial and on it are the names of over 56,000 service people who died for LBJ. Yes, back in 64 the progressives really shut down the hawk Goldwater, put together that video of the little girl and the bomb in the background. Yep, real clever. Scared people into voting for the real crackpot and the rest, as the say, is history. Campus riots, marches, protests, draft dodgers, cities burned, students shot on campus, MLK assassinated, Robert Kennedy assassinated, Pueblo incident, Tet offensive, My lai massacre, Chicago DNC, rise of the Weather Underground, Black Panthers, etc etc etc. Yes, if it had not been for you progressives Goldwater might have been elected and we would have missed all of this history.
Kevin Foley
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July 24, 2014
West Cobb Thinker (whoever you are) - You're so 1964.

Time was, you wanted Reagan reincarnated. Now it's Goldwater. Next you'll be talking about Herbert Hoover.

Since you weighed in and Mr. Harris didn't, on behalf of reactionaries like Goldwater, why don't YOU tell us how many American lives and how much U.S. treasure should be spent in Syria, Iraq, Ukraine, Israel, and Iran?
WestCobbThinker
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July 24, 2014
Foley, Foley, Foley.... Stop practicing your public relations stuff. The conversation is about Goldwater and your position is that we avoided disaster by electing LBJ the ultra- progressive. During his time, the progressive LBJ opened pandora's box and released legions of reactionaries. Things got so out-of-control that the progressive LBJ, in effect, resigned ("I shall not seek, and I will not accept, the nomination of my party for another term as your President".) The LBJ progressive administration created so much upheaval in America that it created an environment that allowed Richard Nixon to be elected.

So, we have to reflect and ask... what if Goldwater had been elected rather than LBJ. Where would we be today? What we do know is that the progressive LBJ administration turned the country upside down, we got deeply involved in Vietnam (over 56,0000 people killed), created an environment for a cultural revolution and set the country up for Nixon.
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