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  •  Lambaste you? (8+ / 0-)

    Absolutely not.

    As abhorrent as much of Goldwater's program was to me back in the 1960's, he at least had some degree of integrity and a considerable degree of independence of mind. Both of those are sorely lacking with today's so-called "conservatives" (who are, by and large, nothing of the sort).

    •  I agree (4+ / 0-)
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      Its a New Day, sfbob, parakinesis, forgore

      Goldwater was not just a conservative but even reactionary in terms of reducing government "interference".  He cut taxes (and services) waaaay down in his state, but pretty judiciously; there seemed to me at the time to be less negative fallout from that than one might expect.  

      I was actually intrigued by his fiscal positions, and was watching to see how they would work out, though with great misgivings about making him President.  But the main reason I did not support him for President is that he was a major hawk; I could just see our country trotting off to war at the drop of a hat.  With too-recent memories of WWII I did not want that.  

      To me he seemed principled, consistent, and he did seem to really care about his constituents and about decent government.  

      Disclosure: I was a very young, female, small-town midwesterner, and quite politically naive.

    •  Also in contact with reality (1+ / 0-)
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      Even the most abhorrent quotes from Goldwater were about things that existed in the real world. He didn't shadow-box with fantasies like "death panels".

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