Barry Goldwater correctly predicted the problems afflicting America in 1980

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Barry Goldwater Correctly Predicted The Problems Afflicting America in 1980

The need for ‘economic growth that we hear about so much about these days will be achieved, not by the government harnessing the nation’s economic forces, but by emancipating them.” — Senator Barry Goldwater, The Conscience of a Conservative.


We have been a fan of former Senator Barry Goldwater from Arizona. His views on government and the roll of politicians can be summed up in the following passage from his book “The Conscience of a Conservative“:

“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.”

WATCH: Senator and Presidential Candidate Barry Goldwater’s 1980 speech at the Republican National Convention.

Here is Senator Goldwater making his famous statement, “I would remind you that extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice! And let me remind you also that moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue!

We wish we had more politicians like Barry Goldwater in today’s Republican Party. If we did our nation and its people would be more free and secure.

©Dr. Rich Swier. All rights reserved.

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Dr. Rich Swier is a guest author for NRN. He holds a Doctorate of Education from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, CA, a Master’s Degree in Management Information Systems from the George Washington University, Washington, D.C., and a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts from Washington University, St. Louis, MO. Dr. Swier is a 23-year Army veteran who retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in 1990.

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