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Barry Goldwater won the 1964 Republican presidential nomination fair and square. But that didn't mean that everyone was thrilled with his candidacy, or that he was thrilled with the peeps who weren't thrilled with his candidacy.
Okay, good. Anyway, this speech is all about defining true Republicanism on the one hand, and describing why anyone other than a true Republican was actually a freedom-hating tyrant on the other.
Goldwater's main message? At home, liberals and Democrats were trying to suck the freedom out of America by expanding the federal government and clamping down on individual rights. Abroad, communism and its socialist buddies were strangling the efforts of would-be free countries with their tyrannical, repressive ways. It was up to Republicans—real Republicans—to swoop in like a majestic bald eagle and save liberty from the clutches of freedom assassins like the Soviet Union and President Lyndon B. Johnson.
It didn't work out, of course. Barry lost the general election—badly. But he said from the beginning that his goal wasn't necessarily to win, it was to spread the message of conservatism.
In that case, Senator, mission accomplished.
Private initiatives can't possibly substitute for a federally-funded safety net. Goldwater's ideas about limited government are so outdated, they should come with a horse and buggy.
Goldwater's ideas about individual freedom are sound principles that are still applicable today; we've just gotten lazy expecting the government to be our Daddy.
Senator Barry Goldwater from Arizona is making a go at the POTUSship, but before he can set up his kachina doll collection in the Oval Office, he has to convince the American people to vote him in. He's already gotten the nomination from his Republican Party… but there are a bunch of GOPers who voted for the other guys, so he's going to have to win their hearts and minds, too.
Why is Barry preaching about Republicanism to a room full of… Republicans?
Because just like Easter eggs, not all Republicans are the same, and the Senator wanted to put forth his own vision of conservatism and see how many of those eggs he could get to jump into his Republican basket.
Wait… that's a weird metaphor.
Anyway, he's trying to collect those eggs (just go with it; now we're committed) using the tried-and-true unite-and-destroy approach. It kinds of reminds us of an infomercial.
First, he unites his audience behind an inspiring, uplifting, freedom-heavy-yet-still-slightly-vague vision of Republicanism and a Republican future. Freedom. Liberty. Diversity. Peace. Prosperity. So much good stuff.
But wait, there's more.
If we act now, not only will we get the amazing and shiny Republican future, but we'll also, at no extra charge, have a chance to defeat communism, liberalism, tyranny, and all of the other stagnated swamp stuff that the Democratic Party stands for. You know, according to Goldwater.
No substitutions. Offer expires November 3, 1964.
Communism and liberalism are the disease, and Republicanism, served Goldwater-style, is the cure.