29 Great Barry Goldwater Quotes

29 Great Barry Goldwater Quotes

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Barry Goldwater was a United States Senator from Arizona from 1953- 1987. He was also nominated for president in 1964. He gained the nickname “Mr. Conservative” due to his firm republican stances. He died on May 29, 1998 at the age of 89.

“If everybody in this town connected with politics had to leave town because of chasing women and drinking, you would have no government.”

“A government big enough to give you everything you want is big enough to take everything you have.”

“Equality, rightly understood, as our founding fathers understood it, leads to liberty and to the emancipation of creative differences. Wrongly understood, as it has been so tragically in
our time, it leads first to conformity and then to despotism.”

“Having spent 37 years of my life in the military as a reservist, and never having met a gay in all of that time, and never having even talked about it in all those years, I just thought,
why the hell shouldn’t they serve? They’re American citizens. As long as they’re not doing things that are harmful to anyone else… So I came out for it.”

“He]talks so fast that listening to him is like trying to read Playboy magazine with your wife turning the pages.”

“Hubert Humphrey talks so fast that listening to him is like trying to read Playboy magazine with your wife turning the pages.”

“I am warning them today: I will fight them every step of the way if they try to dictate their moral convictions to all Americans in the name of “conservatism.”

“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.”

“I said one day that Dole had a temper, and he got madder than hell. He has one. He has a mean one.”

“I think every good Christian ought to kick Falwell right in the ass.”

“I won’t say that the papers misquote me, but I sometimes wonder where Christianity would be today if some of those reporters had been Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.”

“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.”

“I wouldn’t trust Nixon from here to that phone.”

“I’m frankly sick and tired of the political preachers across this country telling me as a citizen that if I want to be a moral person, I must believe in “A,” “B,” “C” and “D.” Just who do
they think they are? And from where do they presume to claim the right to dictate their moral beliefs to me?”

“I’m the most underdog underdog there is.”

“It’s a great country, where anybody can grow up to be president… except me.”

“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.”

“Most Americans have no real understanding of the operations of the international moneylenders… the accounts of the Federal Reserve have never been audited. It operates outside the control
of Congress and… manipulates the credit of the United States”

“Nixon was the most dishonest individual I have ever met in my life. He lied to his wife, his family, his friends, his colleagues in the Congress, lifetime members of his own political
party, the American people and the world.”

“Sex and politics are a lot alike. You don’t have to be good at them to enjoy them.”

“The best thing Clinton could do — I think I wrote him a letter about this, but I’m not sure — is to shut up…. He has no discipline.”

“The big thing is to make this country, along with every other country in the world with a few exceptions, quit discriminating against people just because they’re gay. You don’t have to
agree with it, but they have a constitutional right to be gay. And that’s what brings me into it.”

“The income tax created more criminals than any other single act of government.”

to disagree one doesnt have to be disagreeable.”

“To insist on strength is not war-mongering. It is peace-mongering.”

“To my mind the single essential element on which all discoveries will be dependent is human freedom.”

“We cannot allow the American flag to be shot at anywhere on earth if we are to retain our respect and prestige.”

“When I’m not a politician, I’ll be dead.”

“You don’t need to be straight to fight and die for your country. You just need to shoot straight.”