Read the whole story when you can, but I was County Chairman in 1964 for Barry Goldwater. I read a great book " The Conscience of a Conservative ", traveled around several states listening to his John Wayne oratory, watching his photo montages in cowboy hat, western sunsets, Arizona Highways photo layouts and getting chills listening to his clear,succinct pronouncements about the welfare state, the power of Washington, the references to Hayek and the Road to Serfdom. I had lots of little Gold elephants, cases of Gold water ginger ale and hundreds of pins with
" In Your Heart You Know He's Right ".
I knew he was right. All of my friends knew he was right.
When he picked Bill Miller as an unknown VP, we KNEW he was right.....because Miller was a true believer too
When he shouted " Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice", we knew he was right.
When he castigated the eastern establishment and Bill Scranton and Nelson Rockefeller for their " squishy" centrist philosophies........we knew he was right.
When Barry lost all of the states but Arizona in the fall election, we knew he was wrong. Barry knew he was wrong. The Barry Goldwater of 1970 would have correctly identified Rick perry as a kind of dull- witted caricature.....a poster child for what was wanted by conservatives rather than what is wanted by America. And that, my friends , leads to a election debacle like 1964 or 1972. If the GOP has amnesia, if the new generation of Tea Party enthusiasts cannot read it's own history, it is doomed to repeat it.
Goldwater knew he needed to moderate his views to accommodate the center...and he did
Goldwater would NEVER vote for Rick Perry
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