Bridge to Goldwater Movement
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April 27, 2013Posted on Wednesday, May 01, 2013 4:34:38 PM by TeaPartyJakes
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. 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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