Wednesday, May 19, 2021

The Most Hellish Tyranny

Poor Barry Goldwater.

Had the Arizona senator left out two searingly memorable lines in his presidential nomination acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention in 1964 — “I would remind you that extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice! Let me also remind you that moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue!” — his speech would be universally remembered as the launch pad for the near half-century run of conservative dominance in American politics.

Instead, those two lines in his speech are remembered as the frozen O-rings that led to the explosive electoral disaster Republicans suffered in the fall to LBJ and congressional Democrats.

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