Posts Tagged ‘Barry Goldwater’

An Angry Tea Party and Vocal Ted Cruz Prove America Is Becoming More Liberal

June 30, 2014 1 comment

An Angry Tea Party and Vocal Ted Cruz Prove America Is Becoming More LiberalThe Huffington Post ^ | June 26, 2014 | H. A. GoodmanPosted on 06/30/2014 8:03:30 AM PDT

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Christopher Hitchens got a chance to analyze the Tea Party in 2011, the same year cancer took his life. In a Vanity Fair article titled “Tea’d Off,” the great polemicist explains that populist movements like the Tea Party are a reaction to social and political change.

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Hitchens writes that before the Revolutionary War costumes, America had seen a somewhat similar phenomenon with the John Birch Society:The John Birch Society possessed such a mainstream message–the existence of a Communist world system with tentacles in the United States–that it had a potent influence over whole sections of the Republican Party.


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If JFK Had Survived –

May 31, 2014 10 comments

On November 22, 1963, President John F. Kennedy was killed in Dallas.On November 22, 1963, President John F. Kennedy was killed in Dallas.

Almost as prevalent as theories about his assassination are theories about what would have happened to three major historical events if JFK had been alive in 1964.Since then, many theories have sprung up about the assassination, who was involved, and why Kennedy was killed.


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Among historians and some authors, there has been detailed debate and discussion about what would have happened in the event that Kennedy wasn’t killed in November 1963.


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Kelleigh Nelson — Enemies on the Left, False Friends on the Right

May 19, 2014 3 comments

By Kelleigh Nelson

May 19, 2014

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“A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself.

For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to fear. The traitor is the plague.” -MARCUS TILLIUS CICERO


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Is Obama about to create a race incident?

November 7, 2013 1 comment

Is Obama about to create a race incident?


WorldNetDaily ^ | 11/7.2013 | Eric Rush


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Last Wednesday, in one of the most despicable displays I’ve heard in a long time, racial provocateur Jesse Jackson outlined a paranoid vision of America pertaining to race relations, misrepresenting the politics of one conservative politician and one conservative president, neither of whom were able to counter his slander because they’re long-deceased.





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So When did the Cuban Missile Crisis become Kennedy’s “Victory?”….. “The genuine threat came –not from Moscow—but from the Castros and Che. “If the missiles had remained, we would have fired them against the very heart of the U.S., including New York. The victory of socialism is well worth millions of atomic victims.” (Che Guevara to Sam Russell of The London Daily Worker, November 1962.) “

October 25, 2013 2 comments

So When did the Cuban Missile Crisis become Kennedy’s “Victory?”

Townhall ^ | 10/25/2013 | Humberto Fontova

Posted on Friday, October 25, 2013 1:21:04 PM by SeekAndFind


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That Khrushchev swept the floor with Kennedy during the Cuban Missile Crisis was mainstream conservative conclusion throughout much of the Cold War. Richard Nixon and Barry Goldwater, for instance, represented opposite poles of the Republican establishment of their time.







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Bridge to Barry Movement….. ” In 1957, Senator Barry Goldwater got welcomed national exposure as a guest on the show. Manion talked Goldwater into writing a book that the he thought should be titled a “Conscience of a Conservative.” “

May 2, 2013 1 comment
Barry Goldwater, U.S. Senator (AZ-R)

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April 27, 2013Posted on Wednesday, May 01, 2013 4:34:38 PM by TeaPartyJakes

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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.


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When Manion did not back away from his support of something the administration opposed, Eisenhower fired him. So he returned to Indiana and began broadcasting. The “Manion Forum” was an early victim of the Fairness Doctrine, when in 1957, the Mutual network feared Manion’s comments on a strike in the Midwest would prompt union demands for equal time

As a pre-emptive measure, they dropped his program. He caused an uproar when he called Social Security a “ponzi scheme.” He decried the cost of Eisenhower’s interstate highway system. He also spoke up for America’s religious traditions.

In 1957, Senator Barry Goldwater got welcomed national exposure as a guest on the show. Manion talked Goldwater into writing a book that the he thought should be titled a “Conscience of a Conservative.”

The book was ghost written by L. Brent Bozell II. But the publishing industry was not receptive, so Manion founded Victor Publishing Company, and the book launched Goldwater’s forward to the 1964 Republican presidential nomination and influenced the politics for generations.

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The 13 Books That Every Young Conservative Must Read

March 29, 2013 3 comments

The 13 Books That Every Young Conservative Must Read

Business Insider ^ | 03/29/2013 | Grace Wyler and Paul Szoldra

Posted on Friday, March 29, 2013 7:08:25 PM by SeekAndFind

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At any book store in the country, you can find hundreds of titles from right-leaning authors — and they are selling like hotcakes.

Over the past few years, the Tea Party groundswell and the presidency of Barack Obama has fueled a new and growing crop of conservative authors, as well as renewed interest in the canon of nonfiction works that have shaped conservative thought in American culture and politics.

The following is a list of 13 books that are staples to any Republican bookshelf. While the list by no means comprehensive, its a good starter guide for any young conservative looking to get his or her feet wet in the movement.

1) “The Conscience of a Conservative” by Barry Goldwater

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Surprise: Young Liberal Voters Think Bigger Government is Just Awesome…

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(READER RESPONSE: Gunny G) ~ The Party of Reagan is dead: Long live the Party of Liberty

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GUNNY G: My Explanation: What Is An AINO?

November 28, 2012 8 comments


The internet uses various terms and phrases for certain political animals such as RINOs, Conservatives, Rats, right/left wingers, etc. But explanations as to what these names mean vary greatly.

Most conservatives, for instance, are not conservatives at all,  in the tradition of Thomas Jefferson, Robert Taft, Barry Goldwater, Ron Paul, etc.

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( Gunny G: “B4 They Hated Dr Ron Paul They Hated Gen Barry Goldwater”) ~ Lessons From Barry Goldwater – Renewing the Energy of the GOP

November 25, 2012 1 comment

Lessons From Barry Goldwater – Renewing the Energy of the GOP


Conscience of a Majority ^ | 1971 | Barry Goldwater


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(Gunny G Reader Response) ~ Math-Challenged Silly People Voting Libertarian Cost GOP Victory in At Least 9 Congressional Races

November 16, 2012 1 comment

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Barry Goldwater, U.S. Senator (AZ-R)

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even rr figured things out and began calling himself a libertarian-conservative….true conservatives are libertarians (small l)…the issues libertarians are said to endorse and are criticized for are simply issues that gubmint has no business sticking its nose in…true conservatism is basic libertarian in the tradition of Thomas Jefferson, Robt Taft, Barry Goldwater, RR and Dr RP, etc.

Would-be conservatives attempt to fit their own confused dumbed-down beliefs into the label…

Keep it Simple, Stupid! (kiss)

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“I don’t believe in a government that protects us from ourselves.” – Reagan has taken to using the term “libertarian” (or “libertarian-conservative”) to describe his political philosophy” « CITIZEN.BLOGGER.1984+ THE.GUNNY.G BLOG.EMAIL

November 16, 2012 1 comment

Reason Magazine


Inside Ronald Reagan


A Reason Interview


July 1975 Print Edition


“I don’t believe in a government that protects us from ourselves.”


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Those of us concerned about liberty have had good reason of late to be interested in Ronald Reagan. Increasingly, California’s former governor has been turning up in first place among Republican figures in political opinion polls, among Independents as well as Republicans. In addition, in recent months Reagan has taken to using the term “libertarian” (or “libertarian-conservative”) to describe his political philosophy. All of which naturally made us interested in taking a closer look at the man and his ideas. Thanks to the efforts of the late Ned Hutchinson (a former Reagan aide), REASON was able to obtain time out of Reagan’s busy schedule for him to be interviewed by Editor Manuel S. Klausner.


Ronald Wilson Reagan was born in Illinois in 1911. After a varied career as a radio sports announcer, motion picture actor, and TV host, Reagan became active in conservative politics. After achieving national publicity for his televised speeches for Barry Goldwater in 1964, Reagan went on to win the California governorship in 1966 and was re-elected to a second four-year term in 1970. Throughout his eight years in office, Reagan stressed the idea of holding down the size and cost of government, nonetheless, the state budget increased from $5.7 billion to $10.8 billion during his time in office.


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After its second defeat at the hands of Barack Obama, under whom unemployment has never been lower than the day George W. Bush left office, the Republican Party has at last awakened to its existential crisis.

Eighteen states have voted Democratic in six straight elections. Among the six are four of our most populous: New York, Pennsylvania, Illinois and California. And Obama has now won two of the three remaining mega-states, Ohio and Florida, twice.



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Only Texas remains secure — for now.


At the presidential level, the Republican Party is at death’s door.


Yet one already sees the same physicians writing prescriptions for the same drugs that have been killing the GOP since W’s dad got the smallest share of the vote by a Republican candidate since William Howard Taft in 1912.


In ascertaining the cause of the GOP’s critical condition, let us use Occam’s razor — the principle that the simplest explanation is often the right one.


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McGovern & Goldwater: Losers or Winners?

October 26, 2012 8 comments

Early in Ronald Reagan’s second term, Bill Rusher, the publisher of National Review, was interviewing the president in the Oval Office for a documentary on the conservative movement.


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Rusher asked how he would describe Barry Goldwater’s role.


Reagan thought a moment and replied: I guess you would have to call him the John the Baptist of our movement.


I resisted the impulse to lean in and ask, “Sir, if Barry Goldwater was John the Baptist, who would that make you?”


The death of George McGovern brought back thoughts of these two men who suffered two of the greatest defeats in presidential history.


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Neo-Confederate – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

October 21, 2012 7 comments

Neo-Confederate views and the Republican Party


Historian Nancy MacLean writes that “since the 1960s the party of Lincoln has become the haven of neo-Confederacy. Having long priding itself on saving the Union, the Republican Party has become home to those who lionize the slaveholding South and romanticize the Jim CrowSouth.”



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This embrace of neo-Confederate views is not exclusively about race, but is related to a pragmatic political realization that the “retrospective romanticization of the Old South” and secession presented many possible themes that could be used as conservatives attempted to reverse the national changes initiated by the New Deal.[33]



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After the defeat of Barry Goldwater in the 1964 presidential election and the successes of the Civil Rights Movement, national conservative leaders distanced themselves from racial issues, but continued to support a “color blind” version of neo-Confederatism. MacLean writes that “even into the twenty-first century mainstream conservative Republican politicians continued to associate themselves with issues, symbols, and organizations inspired by the neo-Confederate Right.”[34]



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(ReBlog) ~ Gunny G: Just WhatThe Hell IS A “Conservative,” Anyway? « CITIZEN.BLOGGER.1984+ GUNNY.G BLOG.EMAIL

October 19, 2012 33 comments

Gunny G: Just WhatThe Hell IS A “Conservative,” Anyway?


Gunny G: Just WhatThe Hell IS A “Conservative,” Anyway?


(This Is NOT A Question)


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Mitt, Why Aren’t You Running as a Conservative?

September 21, 2012 Leave a comment


Outside-the-Beltway America is a center-right nation where today a majority of people are deeply concerned about the future and are looking for leadership that will guide the country according to their conservative values.


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Senator Barry Goldwater, the sponsor of the final version of the Alaska Mental Health Bill (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


History shows that when Republicans offer a clear conservative values-based alternative to the Democrats’ secular liberal agenda, Republicans win. We believe a majority of Americans want to vote for a candidate who offers that clear conservative alternative to Barack Obama.


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A Crucial Message to the Grassroots [the Rove/Romney GOP power grab]

August 27, 2012 2 comments


The following [are excerpts from] an email sent out by Morton Blackwell of the Leadership Institute



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I was Barry Goldwater’s youngest elected delegate in 1964, I was honored toserve on President Ronald Reagan’s White House Staff from 1981-1984, and I have attended every Republican National Convention Rules Committeemeeting since 1972. My wife and I have contributed major donations to the Romney-Ryan campaign.



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Barry Goldwater : Biography

July 23, 2012 Leave a comment


…..On the outbreak of the Second World War, Goldwater joined the United States Air Force. Initially an instructor in the gunnery command, he later served overseas.


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By the time the war had finished in 1945, Goldwater had reached the rank of Brigadier General.


Goldwater had been an opponent of Franklin D. Roosevelt and the New Deal. He also had a strong dislike of Harry S. Truman and his progressive social policies. Goldwater joined the Republican Party and in 1952 was elected to the Senate. He immediately became a loyal supporter of Joe McCarthy and was one of only 22 senators who voted against his censure in December, 1954. He later recalled: “The anti-anticommunists were outraged at his claims that some of the principals in the Truman and Roosevelt administrations actively served the communist causes… The liberals mounted a skillfully orchestrated campaign of criticism against Joe McCarthy. Under the pressure of criticism, he reacted angrily. It is probably true that McCarthy drank too much, overstated his case, and refused to compromise, but he wasn’t alone in his beliefs.”


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Barry Goldwater Against Big Government (1964) – Classic Campaign Ad

July 12, 2012 2 comments

Barry Goldwater Against Big Government (1964) – Classic Campaign Ad

Youtube ^ | 11 July 2012 | AllClassicVideo

Posted on Thursday, July 12, 2012 9:12:54 AM by moonshot925

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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 must inevitably undermine the foundations of self-government. I ask you to join me in helping restore the individual freedoms and initiatives this nation once knew, to make government more the servant and not the master of us all. In this free nation we do not choose to be ruled, we elect to be governed.”

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(Col Sellin) Hitler’s Generals and American Politicians – English (See Related Articles, The Joint Chiefs of staff Should be Worried, Etc…)

July 11, 2012 9 comments

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By Lawrence Sellin

At the end of World War Two, German Army generals denied any knowledge of the Holocaust and the massive atrocities committed on the Eastern front.

They were lying.


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Between 1942 and 1945, British Secret Intelligence Service (SIS) recorded no fewer than 64,427 private conversations between captured German generals and other senior officers while held in the comfortable accommodations of Trent Park house in the north London suburb of Cockfosters.

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Barry Goldwater: A True Conservative

June 24, 2012 1 comment

Barry Goldwater: A True Conservative

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Posted on Friday, June 22, 2012 9:37:39 PM by Diggity

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It’s too bad that we don’t have a Barry Goldwater for today’s times.

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GUNNY G: How Many Presently Calling Themselves (and others) CONSERVATIVES MAY Not BE Even Good Americans!

May 11, 2012 6 comments


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There are RINOs, Pseudo-Cons, etc. out there blowing their own horn and beating their chests, all the while attacking others for not being real conservatives; attacling Libertarians/libertarians, independents, constitutionalists, etc.

(These, I see as–AINOs, I say…Americans In Name Only–)

I see Conservatives as beginning with Thomas Jefferson, and others, up thru Robert Taft, Barry Goldwater, Ronald Reagan, and the one and only Dr Ron Paul…..

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Santorum Rejects Goldwater, Small Government and American Conservatism 101

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Santorum Rejects Goldwater, Small Government and American Conservatism 101 ^ | Christie at the beach

Posted on Wednesday, March 21, 2012 11:55:15 AM by Christie at the beach

For the last half century, being a conservative in the United States, first and foremost, meant adhering to the Goldwater-Reagan philosophy which views government in wholly negative terms.

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Barry Goldwater believed anything the Constitution did not give the federal government the authority to do, it should not do. Ronald Reagan said: “Government is not the solution to our problems, government is the problem.”

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“Quotes” …re Barry Goldwater…

February 29, 2012 1 comment
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“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 have failed 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.

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The Establishment Threat| The Post & Email

January 31, 2012 2 comments

“NICE GUYS NO LONGER NEED APPLY”by Paul R. Hollrah, ©2012

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Barry Goldwater was a five-term senator from Arizona who ran for president in 1964 but was defeated by Lyndon B. JohnsonJan. 31, 2012 —

The Johnny-come-lately media conservative commentators Sean Hannity, Bill O’Reilly, etc., as well as those of the has-been professional Republican class Karl Rove, Ed Rollins, etc. appear fearful that Republicans will ruin all chances of defeating Barack Obama in 2012 by nominating a true conservative.For example, Hannity and O’Reilly have suggested that “establishment” Republicans are so fearful of a repeat of 1964… when Barry Goldwater suffered a defeat of landslide proportions at the hands of Lyndon Johnson… that they are willing to join liberals and Democrats in destroying any conservative who might achieve frontrunner status in the 2012 primaries.

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The Drudge Distort

January 26, 2012 4 comments

You’re being manipulated. A well respected, highly influential news source has cast aside all journalistic integrity to shill for the liberal, GOP establishment candidate in this presidential race.

The New York Times, you say? MSNBC? The Washington Post? No. We all gave up on those “progressive” rags a long time ago.

Regrettably, the latest media outlet to assume a decidedly yellow hue during this heated primary cycle is the Drudge Report. It pains me to even write this. Drudge has always been both my first and last internet news stops of the day.

It’s often said, “Never pick a fight with someone who buys ink by the barrel.” Well, Drudge deals in pixels instead of ink, but the same principle applies.

Still, this is a fight worth having.

In past years, Matt Drudge has done a fair job of playing it down the middle during presidential primaries. Not this time. In the game of “Washington insider hold ‘em,” the Drudge Report is “all in” for Willard Mitt Romney. It’s not even subtle.

As the Politico reports: “Newt Gingrich better hope voters who lapped up his delicious hits on the ‘elite media’ and liberals don’t read the Drudge Report this morning… If they do, Gingrich comes off looking like a dangerous, anti-Reagan, Clintonian fraud.”

This, of course, is utter pablum. Gingrich is the last Reagan conservative standing in this race; or, as the venerable Nancy Reagan said of “the distinguished speaker, Newt Gingrich” in 1995: “The dramatic [conservative] movement of 1995 is an outgrowth of a much earlier crusade that goes back half a century. Barry Goldwater handed the torch to Ronnie, and in turn Ronnie turned that torch over to Newt and the Republican members of Congress to keep that dream alive.”

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January 26, 2012 7 comments

Gunny G:

There are Conservatives and there are conservatives!

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There are Neocons, Pseudo-Cons, AINOs, etc.
It all stems from the Constitutional convention (and before) the ConCon…
To avoid confusion, just think Jefferson, Robert Taft, Barry Goldwater, Ronald Reagan, Ron Paul, Rand Paul
Do Not assume those self-proclaimed conservatives, patriots, etc. are telling the truth or even have any idea what patriots and conservatives really are!


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Gunny G: Just WhatThe Hell IS A “Conservative,” Anyway?

Gunny G: Just WhatThe Hell IS A “Conservative,” Anyway?

(This Is NOT A Question)

My Simple Answer: Like Goldwater, a conservative libertarian (note: small “l”)

That simple. Google it, if you must.

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LBJ ‘Daisy Ad’ Changed American Politics, Author Says

January 23, 2012 2 comments

President Johnson’s daisy petals and mushroom clouds TV ad targeting Barry Goldwater only aired once officially during 1964 campaign. But it’s now recognized as one of the most iconic campaign ads of all time — with its influence on political advertising clearly evident today.

The story behind the ad reveals just how bold and transformative it was, Louisiana State University communications professor Robert Mann told ABC News’ “Top Line.” Mann is the author of “Daisy Petals and Mushroom Clouds: LBJ, Barry Goldwater, and the Ad That Changed American Politics.”

“It was an unusual way to start a presidential campaign. It was the first spot of that campaign by Johnson, going hard negative on Goldwater, but he wanted a mandate, and he wanted to go after Goldwater’s vulnerability, which was Goldwater’s reckless talk about nuclear war and nuclear weapons,” said Mann.

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It’s All Over But the Voting ~ “The message is simple: Don’t listen to the Republican Party Establishment”

December 30, 2011 3 comments

The Republican and media Establishments have joined hands in an attempt to lead America buoyantly, triumphantly off the cliff into the bottomless pit of civilizational dissolution.

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They have fought their version of the good fight, prematurely creating the optics, and, if all goes well, the dynamics, of a two-man race, where in fact there are six men and a woman.

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Do Conservatives Want Another Goldwater?

December 29, 2011 7 comments

Do Conservatives Want Another Goldwater? Jonathan S. Tobin 12.28.2011

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Some conservative pundits are still mad at the editors of National Review for an editorial in which the venerable magazine urged Republicans not to back Newt Gingrich for president. Though NR didn’t endorse a candidate in the piece, many outraged conservatives who had embraced the former speaker as the leading “not Romney” in the race felt that Mitt Romney was the intended beneficiary of the broadside.

The latest to vent his spleen about this alleged betrayal of conservative principle is Jeffrey Lord who wrote in the American Spectator that the attack on Gingrich was akin to NR’s founder William F. Buckley blasting Barry Goldwater in 1964 or Ronald Reagan in 1980. His point was not just that any of the other conservatives still in the race was better than Romney but that Buckley’s magazine had become the moral equivalent of the old-line GOP establishment that its founder had spent his life battling.

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Gunny G’s Old Salt Marines Tavern Weblog: WHAT IS A CONSERVATIVE?

December 29, 2011 7 comments



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“The nine most terrifying words in the English language are, ‘I’m from the government and I’m here to help.'”

Ronald Reagan

A government that is big enough to give you all you want is big enough to take it all away.”

Barry Goldwater

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Barry Goldwater and Malcolm X – YouTube

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Barry Goldwater and Malcolm X

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Barry Goldwater, A True Conservative – YouTube

December 29, 2011 3 comments

Barry Goldwater, A True Conservative

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Gurley Martin: Barry Goldwater turned down Nelson Rockefeller offers to US PRESIDENCY if he is VPed – YouTube

December 29, 2011 3 comments

Gurley Martin: Barry Goldwater turned down Nelson Rockefeller offers to US PRESIDENCY if he is VPed


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The Daily Bell – Libertarianism in One Lesson

December 14, 2011 6 comments

The legal authority within a given jurisdiction is no more than a kind of referee. It’s only concerned with maintaining peace and the maximum absence of violence against individual rights, and with no one abridging those rights with impunity. That means that if someone’s rights are violated, the culprit at least gets punished for the deed.

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Barry Goldwater – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

November 1, 2011 9 comments

Goldwater and the revival of American conservatism

Although Goldwater was not as important in the American conservative movement as Ronald Reagan after 1965, he shaped and redefined the movement from the late 1950s to 1964.

Arizona Senator John McCain summed up Goldwater’s legacy thus:


“He transformed the Republican Party from an Eastern elitist organization to the breeding ground for the election of Ronald Reagan.”[41]

The columnist George Will remarked after the 1980 Presidential election that it took 16 years to count the votes from 1964 and Goldwater won.[42]

The Republican Party recovered from the 1964 election debacle, picking up 47 seats in the House of Representatives in the mid-term election of 1966.

Further Republican successes ensued, including Goldwater’s return to the Senate in 1968. In January of that year, Goldwater wrote an article in the National Review “affirming that he [was] not against liberals, that liberals are needed as a counterweight to conservatism, and that he had in mind a fine liberal like Max Lerner.”[43]

Throughout the 1970s, as the conservative wing under Reagan gained control of the party, Goldwater concentrated on his Senate duties, especially in military affairs.

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“THE SPEECH”: A Time for Choosing Our Rendezvous With Destiny

October 27, 2011 3 comments

Today, everyday citizens find ourselves at a crossroads. Abandon the ideals of the American Revolution, or take control of our destiny. The American people are called to action. Every generation must decide if it wants to leave politics to the politicians — or whether we are ready for our rendezvous with destiny.

Forty-seven years ago this week, then-actor Ronald Reagan made his national political debut when he delivered what came to be known as “The Speech” in support of presidential candidate Barry Goldwater.

Confronted with many of the same problems we face today — a large deficit, growing national debt and growth in government — Reagan’s speech is as applicable today as it was in 1964.

Paid for by Brothers for Goldwater, which was chaired by John Wayne, the program was a half-hour television production delivered by Reagan to a studio audience. The basis for the speech had been built from 1954 until 1962, when Reagan was traveling across the country as a spokesman for General Electric Co. On what Reagan liked to call the mashed-potato circuit, he honed his message.

The concept behind General Electric’s program was the belief that citizens should be engaged in political education between elections rather than just during elections. Lemuel Boulware, a GE vice president who championed the program, believed, “The average citizen cannot afford to leave politics to the politicians.”

Reagan delivered the speech rapidly with passion and enthusiasm, and it is worth taking the time to watch it on YouTube today. What is most striking is the large number of facts that Reagan provides while weaving in his trademark humor and reminders of America’s core beliefs.

The following Reagan messages are still applicable today:

“This idea that government is beholden to the people, that it has no other source of power except the sovereign people, is still the newest and the most unique idea in all the long history of man’s relation to man.”

“This is the issue of this election: Whether we believe in our capacity for self-government or whether we abandon the American revolution and confess that a little intellectual elite in a far-distant capital can plan our lives for us better than we can plan them ourselves. …

“You and I are told increasingly we have to choose between a left or right. Well, I’d like to suggest there is no such thing as a left or right. There’s only an up or down — (up) man’s old-aged dream, the ultimate in individual freedom consistent with law and order, or down to the ant heap of totalitarianism. And regardless of their sincerity, their humanitarian motives, those who would trade our freedom for security have embarked on this downward course. …

“A government can’t control the economy without controlling people. And they know when a government sets out to do that, it must use force and coercion to achieve its purpose. …

“We have so many people who can’t see a fat man standing beside a thin one without coming to the conclusion the fat man got that way by taking advantage of the thin one. So they’re going to solve all the problems of human misery through government and government planning. …

“No government ever voluntarily reduces itself in size. So governments’ programs, once launched, never disappear. … Actually, a government bureau is the nearest thing to eternal life we’ll ever see on this Earth. …

“Those who would trade our freedom for the soup kitchen of the welfare state have told us they have a utopian solution of peace without victory. They call their policy ‘accommodation.’ And they say if we’ll only avoid any direct confrontation with the enemy, he’ll forget his evil ways and learn to love us.”

At the end of the speech, Reagan challenges his audience to be more, to do more, noting: “You and I have a rendezvous with destiny. We’ll preserve for our children this, the last best hope of man on earth, or we’ll sentence them to take the last step into a thousand years of darkness.”

Nearly half a century later, the question remains a compelling one: are we ready and willing to have our rendezvous with destiny?

via A Time for Choosing Our Rendezvous With Destiny.

Robert Taft: Misremembered Conservative | FrumForum

October 18, 2011 2 comments

Robert Taft: Misremembered Conservative | FrumForum

Robert Taft: Misremembered Conservative | FrumForum:

Many Republicans like to believe that the torch of conservatism has been passed along undimmed through the decades, and that those who now guard the sacred flame can trace their conservative lineage directly to past giants like Ronald Reagan, Barry Goldwater, and Robert Taft.

In fact, the meaning of conservatism has changed drastically with each handoff. The conservatism of Senator Taft – son of President William Howard Taft, leader of the GOP’s right wing during the ‘40s and early ‘50s, three-time unsuccessful contestant for the Republican presidential nomination – had little in common with the current version of conservatism.

Indeed, “Mr. Republican” (as Taft was widely known) likely would have failed the ideological litmus test too many Republicans now seek to apply to would-be party members…..



Posted by Gunny G

via ~ BLOGGER.GUNNY.G ~ YES.1984+ IS UPON US.RIGHT NOW! : Robert Taft: Misremembered Conservative | FrumForum.

Ron Paul’s phony stance against the federal government ^ | 10-4-11 | Andrea Poe

October 4, 2011 Leave a comment

Ron Paul’s phony stance against the federal government ^ | 10-4-11 | Andrea Poe

MORE….See Article, other responses, etc………


RP is as good as they get!


Dr Paul is a true Conservative (Jeffersonian) like Barry Goldwater and Ronald Reagan!


“There ain’t no ticks like poly-ticks. Bloodsuckers all.”

-Davy Crockett (unsourced)



Semper Watching!


via BLOGGER.GUNNY.G.1984+ IS NOW HERE!: Ron Paul’s phony stance against the federal government ^ | 10-4-11 | Andrea Poe.

Free New York Blog » Barry Goldwater, GOP “libertarian”

September 23, 2011 5 comments

Today, Goldwater’s spirit lives on in the political arena…but not in the Republican Party. In 1998, the party which represents Goldwater’s ideals is the Libertarian Party, founded in 1971 as a reaction to what the GOP had become under Nixon and still remains today: The party of socially conservative big government. If the Republican Party had remained true to the principles of Barry Goldwater, the Libertarian Party probably would not exist, because it would be unnecessary.

Barry Goldwater was my political hero…and the greatest President we never had.

via Free New York Blog » Barry Goldwater, GOP “libertarian”.

Gunny G: Just WhatThe Hell IS A “Conservative,” Anyway?

April 28, 2011 2 comments

Gunny G: Just WhatThe Hell IS A “Conservative,” Anyway?

Gunny G: Just WhatThe Hell IS A “Conservative,” Anyway?

(This Is NOT A Question)

My Simple Answer: Like Goldwater, a conservative libertarian (note: small “l”)

That simple. Google it, if you must.

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NPR: Entertaining Our Way To Socialism

March 9, 2011 Leave a comment

In a way, the history of National Public Radio, now known simply as NPR, follows the slow, incremental creep of America toward socialism. Its very existence, in fact, serves as a milestone along the socialist path, since it was created by an act of government — the Public Broadcasting Act of 1967. The legislation was signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson, the liberal Democrat who beat conservative Republican Barry Goldwater in a crucial presidential race in 1964.

via NPR: Entertaining Our Way To Socialism.

Excerpts from the book With No Apologies The Personal and Political Memoirs of United States Senator Barry M. Goldwater, 1979

October 24, 2010 Leave a comment

excerpts from the bookWith No ApologiesThe Personal and Political Memoirs of United States Senator Barry M. Goldwater, 1979 Pg. 128:

“The CFR is the American branch of a society which originated in England. Internationalist in viewpoint, the CFR, along with the Atlantic Union Movement and the Atlantic Council of the United States, believes national boundaries should be obliterated and one-world rule established.

“Pg. 277:”In its September 1, 1961 issue, the Christian Science Monitor described the Council on Foreign Relations as “probably one of the most influential, semipublic organizations in the field of foreign policy.” The Monitor said, ‘The CFR is composed of 1,400 of the most elite names in the world of government, labor, business, finance, communication, the foundations, and the academies. It has staffed almost every key position of every administration since that of FDR.

‘”Pg. 277 – 278:”In September 1939, two members of the Council on Foreign Relations, Hamilton Fish Armstrong and Walter H. Mallory, visited the State Department to offer the council’s services. They proposed to do research and make recommendations for the department without formal assignment or responsibility, particularly in four areas – security armaments, economic and financial problems, political problems, and territorial problems The Rockefeller Foundation agreed to finance the operation of this plan.From that day forward, the Council on Foreign Relations has placed its members in policy-making positions with the federal government, not limited to the State Department Since 1944, every Secretary of State, with the exception of James F. Byrnes, has been a member of the CFR. Almost without exception the members of the CFR are united by a congeniality of birth, economic status, and educational background.

“Pg. 278:”I believe that the Council on Foreign Relations and its ancillary elitist groups are indifferent to communism. They have no ideological anchors. In their pursuit of a new world order, they are prepared to deal without prejudice with a communist state, a socialist state, a democratic state, a monarchy, an oligarchy – its all the same to them.

“Pg. 278:”Rear Admiral Chester Ward, USN Retd., who was a member of the CFR for sixteen years, has written, ‘The most powerful clique in these elitist groups have one objective in common – they want to bring about the surrender of the sovereignty and the national independence of the United States.'”

(thanx to: Rick)

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Gunny G: Barry Goldwater, libertarian?…(w/addendum)

October 24, 2010 Leave a comment

Was Republican and Conservative, Barry Goldwater, a libertarian?

(Note: small “l.”)

We’d better look up some of these surprises!

-RWG, Gunny G’s…


“Some sharp words about Arizona’s despicable new anti-immigration law from New York Times legal correspondent Linda Greenhouse: I’m not going back to Arizona as long as it remains a police state, which is what the appalling anti-immigrant bill that Gov. Jan Brewer signed into law last week has turned it into. What would Arizona’s revered libertarian icon, Barry Goldwater, say about a law that requires the police to demand proof of legal residency from any person with whom they have made “any lawful contact” and about whom they have “reasonable suspicion” that “the person is an alien who is unlawfully present in the United States?” Wasn’t the system of internal passports one of the most distasteful features of life in the Soviet Union and apartheid-era South Africa?

In light of Arizona Sen. John McCain‘s recent turnaround in favor of his state’s harsh new law, it’s also worth recalling this observation from McCain biographer and Reason Editor in Chief Matt Welch: Goldwater was never really warm toward his replacement, which is something McCain, to this day in my judgment, has never properly understood.”


ADDENDUM (Thanx, Rick)

The Personal and Political Memoirs of United States Senator Barry M. Goldwater, 1979


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How Do We Know What We Know? by Butler Shaffer

October 22, 2010 Leave a comment

Why I Do Not Vote

by Butler Shafferby

Butler Shaffer

Recently by Butler Shaffer: Lest We Forget This originally appeared November 14, 2000.With the 2000 election behind us – if, indeed, it will ever be behind us – I have now gone 36 years without participating in the voting process. It was not always thus. Upon my graduation from law school, my first full-time job was that of executive secretary of the Nebraska Republican Party. I later became a member of the State Central Committee, the Young Republican State Executive Committee, one of the incorporators of Barry Goldwater’s first national fund-raising campaign, and a member of the Nebraska delegation to the 1964 Republican National Convention.

The Goldwater movement was the precursor to the modern Libertarian Party, and was largely energized by young men and women who were convinced that state power had become destructive of individual liberty and social order, and that “working within the system” could change all of that.

My experiences in the Republican Party convinced me otherwise.

Like Karl Hess, a man who was to become one of my dearest friends years later, I quickly lost my appetite for politics and have never returned.Is there a case to be made for voting? Indeed there is, if one believes that social order is a quality that can be instilled, by violence and other coercive means, by political authorities.

I do not accept this proposition. To the contrary, I believe that social order is the product of unseen, spontaneous influences of which most of us are not consciously aware. The study of economics helped me to understand how we respond, marginally, to fluctuations that are continuously generated by one another’s self-seeking pursuits.

I also came to understand that politics – like a rock thrown through a spider’s web – disrupts these informal processes as well as the existing patterns of interconnectedness upon which any social order depends…

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