Monday, October 23, 2006

Mr. Conservative

Born on January 1, 1909, Barry Goldwater was destined to change politics in the United States forever. He served five terms as a US Senator from the state of Arizona and ran for President in 1964 against Lyndon Johnson but received only 38% of the vote and won only 6 states. He has been hailed by his supporters and demonized by his detractors. Called "Mr. Conservative" who was Barry Goldwater.

Strongly opposed to Roosevelt's New Deal and the progressive social policies of Truman, Goldwater finally joined the Republican Party and was elected to the Senate in 1952. He was a strong and loyal supporter of Senator Joe McCarthy. Goldwater found himself at odds with Republican President, Dwight Eisenhower. He called him a "dime store" version of the New Deal. Increasingly frustrated with the Republican's failure to balance the budget, control trade unions, and having abandoned their strict constructionist approach to the Constitution, in 1960 he wrote book called The Conscience of the Conservative.

He was considered too extreme on states' rights issues because he opposed the federal civil rights laws, so he was often portrayed by the media as being a racist and a biggot.

Johnson successfully painted Goldwater as a War Monger set on Nuclear War with Communist Russia. The propoganda tactic worked and frightened voters supported Johnson's re-election. Goldwater supported Nixon for the Presidency twice. Finally, on August 5, 1974 he voted for Nixon's impeachment. Nixon resigned four days later. Goldwater opposed Jimmy Carter and threw his full support behind Ronald Reagan. Reagan achieved what Goldwater had fought two decades for: getting the power and control of the Republican away from the country club Republicans and into the hands of the conservative, right wing. Reagan ran on the Goldwater philosophy: the Government is too big and it spends too much.

Today, many claim that Goldwater was the Grandfather of the Conservative movement in the United States of America.

Some Christian conservatives today are disappointed in George W. Bush and are refusing to vote this election cycle. That's stupid. In fact, Goldwater told the conservative Republican's of the Sixities that staying home didn't punish the Republicans. It rewarded the Liberals and hurt themselves. We may not get everything we want from George Bush but it's a better deal then we'll ever get from the Democrats. BUT that is not the reason for this post.

Today, a conservative is not only one who is perceived as a fiscal conservative but a social conservative as well. Goldwater opposed the Christian right. Goldwater supported abortion. Goldwater supported Gay rights.

Rudy Guiliani is a fiscal conservative, a strong defense and law & order kind of man, but a flaming liberal on social issues. The Christian right says, "No Way!"

Hold it... the grandfather of the movement (founder) was an "historic" conservative who created the movement.

There theological fundamentalists today who claim to be "historic" fundamentalists but argue things like standards, versions of the Bible, and etc are the fundamental hijackers. Hmmm, sounds like the "historic" fundamentalists can be called Goldwater Fundamentalists.

Today... we not dream of calling someone a Conservative who supported abortion or gay rights. Neither should we call someone who throws out standards and the preservation of the Bible a fundamentalist.