In all seriousness, even if Goldwater’s policies were otherwise stellar(and they are definitely not), his opposition to the Civil Rights Act should be immediately disqualifying for anyone purporting to support liberal democracy and freedom. Idk how. Goldwater opposed it, not on racial grounds, but because he viewed it as unconstitutional and a gateway to future authoritarianism. Goldwater was the clo sest to a libertarian or classical liberal president that America ever had, post-1900. My only comment is it’s interesting seeing the conservatives who normally lambaste liberals for praising Sanders’s “good intentions” defending Goldwater on similar grounds. A year ago today, Retro Making America Great From 1940 80th Birthday Gifts T-shirt we might have expected this election to be Rockefeller v Kennedy. But with the death of a President and the surprising surge in popularity for an emergent ideological force in the Republican Party, we now have Johnson v Goldwater.
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I say this not because I think it would or should necessarily swing any votes – I never have any desire to put my thumb on the scale – but insofar as this is also an fun educational exercise for both you all and myself, I highly encourage watching Reagan’s “Time for Choosing” speech linked in the post if you’ve never watched it. Or at least watch a bit of it. If you want to understand how a particular type of conservative ideology Retro Making America Great From 1940 80th Birthday Gifts T-shirt able to capture the hearts and minds of Franklin Roosevelt’s America and push a realignment, that speech will help you understand (even if you disagree with every single sentence he says.) Nixon isn’t as polarizing in this sub because he doesn’t represent the biggest schism here, hatred of succs vs hatred of succons. Reagan is the perfect lightening rod for both camps (he’s a succon and a true neoliberal).
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You have to think about what each candidate symbolises. Nixon more symbolises corruption and he doesn’t trigger succs like Reagan or even Thatcher does. Plus Nixon wasn’t overly interested in domestic issues or that tied fiscal conservatism, like Reagan was. I will also say Reagan also was the most socially conservative candidate of the modern era, which triggers social liberals on this sub. This is the first election in a long time in Retro Making America Great From 1940 80th Birthday Gifts T-shirt I really didn’t have to think hard about my choice. The fact is that President Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act into law earlier this year while Senator Goldwater voted against it. Goldwater can use every justification about how he’s not a racist, but the fact of the matter is that he’s the favorite of the most racist voters in the country, including several Dixiecrats in the Deep South.