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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    1. lol

      “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 as how both Democrats and Republicans do more to undermine each other then get anything positive accomplished, Goldwater was right about the need for (and what became a complete lack of) compromise.


      • A) Goldwater’s father was Jewish, but he was raised and considered himself an Episcopalian his entire life. His father owned a department store in Phoenix. Not poor, but hardly “silver spoon”
        B) the quote is about religion in politics, not national defense or communism. As such, your quote is interesting, but irrelevant.

        derprightwingnutjobs. You found a quote that had nothing to do with the original post and made irrelevant and somewhat insulting comments. well done. The point was that there was concern in the mainstream conservative movement about the influence of the religious right even as early as the early 1960’s. It had nothing to do with Regan, it had nothing to do with Communism, it had nothing to do with Barack Obama.

        Your argument is invalid.


        • Goldwaters only had 1 location on your world and people who own department stores aren’t mega rich?

          Do you have ANY idea how stupid that just made you look?

          There were DOZENS of Godlwaters. Many of which are now Macys.

          My quote and the man in general speak to what he identified himself by which was being the primary opponent to moderate conservatism.

          Obama’s socialist leanings are communist since whether you knwo it or not doesn’t change the fact that socialism is a form of Communism. Socialism is a form of Communism. I can tell you again if you’d like…

          Goldwater backed Reagan when he first ran and even Reagan said he was the reason he ran and was voted in.

          Reality would like a word with you. You’ve been lying about it again and it’s wondering why.


    2. And he lost, horrifically, because he was wrong.


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


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


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