Conservative Ideals

“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 in 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.” — Barry Goldwater

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Frank Tilton

Here is something Goldwater — were he yet with us — would most likely agree with: This applies to both parties, both houses of Congress and to all elected officials: “No!” You are not self-employed! I, the American voter, am your boss and your supervisor! “No!” Your first priority is NOT your own re-election! “No!” It is NOT okay to misspend taxpayer money on yourself, your family, or your friends! “No!” It is NOT okay for you to receive any pension beyond a self-purchased plan! “No!” It is NOT okay for you to exempt yourself from contributing to Social Security! “No!” It is NOT okay for you to accept any government-provided healthcare benefit beyond the Tricare you provide for our military forces! “No!” It is NOT okay for you to slip “pork” (or, “earmark”) amendments into any other piece of legislation. If it’s worth voting for, it stands alone, on… Read more »


It is very clear by Goldwater’s extremist, nonsensical, irresponsible, reckless statement, above, why the American electorate rejected him in a landslide.

Leonard Vautrot

I campaigned for Goldwater while attending S.F. State in 1964. A no bullshit guy. I wasn’t very popular.

Robert Smith

We rarely elect the good ones and find reasons not to elect the right one. And then when we do we punish ourselves by sending fools to the White House to replace them.

Joe Hallfrisch

He was before my time, but good lord do we ever need someone like that now.

God help us.


I campaigned for Barry, and was very disappointed that a “progressive” won the election. Too bad for our nation.

Cher Williams

I was a “Goldwater Girl” while in college. He was a good man & I’m convinced the country would’ve been so much better off if he’d been President…