The words above from the acceptance speech by Senator Goldwater at the Republican National Convention began the most unexpected of campaigns for the Presidency of its time. The Republican convention delegates refused to accept the supposed wisdom of party leaders and nominated "The Conscience of a Conservative," a ruddy and truth speaking man from Arizona. And while his campaign was sure to be attacked by the press and Democrats as being extreme and not feasible, with it came the birth of a movement which would finally capture the White House in 1980 with Ronald Reagan, the man who gave some of the most marvelous speeches on behalf of Goldwater in 1964. And with his election, following the advance begun by the Arizona Senator, the modern Republican conservative voter movement was here to stay.
Now that doesn't mean it's been easy for Conservative Republicans including Reagan, for the country club set, sometimes called moderates but today more often RINOs (Republicans in Name Only) have stubbornly held on to many Senate and House seats, yet they can't hold down the conservative side in silence as in years past. George H.W. Bush was a setback after Reagan with his less conservative approach, similar as well to that of his son who proved to be very moderate despite what he often said. Surprisingly, the emergence of Donald Trump, clearly not a political conservative and often with strong ties in his past to Democrats, has been the surprising voice for conservatism. While he is pragmatic in his approach, he clearly sees the reality that conservative and constitutional principles solve problems while Liberalism is designed merely for feelings. If you don't believe that look at the results of modern day liberalism. Look at the cities that have been governed by Progressive Democrats for years. They are now bastions of squalor, unemployment and despair where those they claim to champion have gotten nowhere. The same can be said of the states that are governed by liberals where bloated budgets which can't be balanced because of inability to limit the growth of government. Why? Because they believe that Americans aren't smart enough to make their own decisions. No, they need the liberal establishment to solve their problems despite the fact that they create more problems by their supposed solutions which are just more of the same.
But think about what the Democrats brought to us following the election of Lyndon Johnson over Goldwater in 1964. All of his big programs in the Great Society have to date cost some twenty-three trillion dollars and what have they gotten for us. Debt, more poverty, cultural rot, poor quality education, and corruption. And the corruption has probably been the worst since we see politicians become millionaires as they answer to special interests instead of the people who have elected them. They quell the mob by doling out cash that accomplishes little except for demands for cash which they continue to dole out while asking taxpayers to pay out more and more. They themselves, live in luxury while claiming to be for the people. What a joke they have become.
So, what does that tell us about going forward? Well, just look at the past and if we haven't learned from it, we will repeat it. History has shown that time and time again. And this year we have proof of what that means by just looking at the overreach of Blue State governors and mayors and it's obvious. They want to control us, they want to dictate what we can do and not do down to the smallest detail and they want to reduce us to serfs like the Middle Ages being pacified with the crumbs off their tables as they feast on all of the resources we worked so hard to attain. Think about it and it becomes obvious. If we give our trust and our votes to today's Progressive Democratic Party, life as we've know it and loved it is over and it won't be coming back. Your parents' Democratic Party no longer exists; it has been destroyed. And while Republicans are far from perfect, the impact of conservative constitutionalism in the Grand Old Party still plays an active role and it won't be going away for many more young conservatives are surfacing and growing in stature and influence in the GOP. Look at the leaders of the Progressive Democratic Party and you see the geriatric set. Game, set, match. Democrats don't represent a future worth having.