Unfortunately, with last Monday being MLK Day, I failed to post. Back in the saddle this week.
In the 1960s, you would be hard-pressed to find someone more motivational or influential in the realm of conservative politics than Barry Goldwater. He was articulate, charismatic, and known for firing up crowds with his attacks on big government, socialism, and the welfare state. As a result, the throngs of youths who loved him would later mobilize under a new leader – Ronald Reagan.
We can’t understand Reagan without comprehending the impact that Goldwater had both on Reagan himself and on society, and there’s no better way to get a glimpse of that impact than by recalling some of his more memorable quotes:
- “Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice and… moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue!”
- “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 that 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. And if I should later be attacked for neglecting my constituents’ “interests,” I shall reply that I was informed that their main interest is liberty and that in that cause I am doing the very best I can.”
- “Those who seek absolute power, even though they seek it to do what they regard as good, are simply demanding the right to enforce their own version of heaven on earth. And let me remind you, they are the very ones who always create the most hellish tyrannies. Absolute power does corrupt, and those who seek it must be suspect and must be opposed. Their mistaken course stems from false notions of equality, ladies and gentlemen.Equality, rightly understood, as our founding fathers understood it, leads to liberty and to the emancipation of creative differences. Wrongly understood, as it has been so tragically in our time, it leads first to conformity and then to despotism.”