Goldwater on Religion in Politics

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Mark my word, if and when these preachers get control of the [Republican] party, and they’re sure trying to do so, it’s going to be a terrible damn problem. Frankly, these people frighten me. Politics and governing demand compromise. But these Christians believe they are acting in the name of God, so they can’t and won’t compromise. I know, I’ve tried to deal with them.

Barry Goldwater – Republican Party nominee for President 1964 – Quoted November 1994 in John Dean, Conservatives Without Conscience

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    “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.”

    Another good quote of his.

    He was also the reason Reagan ran and was voted in.

    derpleftistnutjobs. You found an anti Christian quote from a half Jewish half Protestant, silver spoon motherfucker who was so adamantly anti communist he’d have Obama swinging by his neck.


    Your quote regarding liberty is correct. However, what’s being talked about in OP is the idea that religion doesn’t compromise, and compromise is something we need in politics and in governing. Goldwater is speaking about a specific group of people whom he’s already tried to reach a compromise with and was unable to do so. Goldwater was very big on national defense, but he understood that the hard line we apply to our defense should not apply to how we deal with our own citizens. I don’t see a conflict between the two quotes when put in proper context. Seeing… Read more »


    And he lost, horrifically, because he was wrong.


    He lost horrifically because America in November 1964 wasn’t even a year raw from JFK’s assassination, and nobody wanted to switch captains –even if that captain was Johnson.


    Good thing the constitution is on the opposite side of the preachers’ in this case.


    Tell Santorum, watch him puke.


    “In your heart you now he`s right.”

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