If, when defending your support for Donald Trump, and your response is,
"But but but... HILLARY!!!", then you lost the argument before you even began.
The religious right has co-opted much of the Tea Party. Tea stood for Taxed Enough Already... something that Goldwater could even get behind, because he said the following:On religious issues there can be little or no compromise. There is no position on which people are so immovable as their religious beliefs. There is no more powerful ally one can claim in a debate than Jesus Christ, or God, or Allah, or whatever one calls this supreme being. But like any powerful weapon, the use of God's name on one's behalf should be used sparingly. The religious factions that are growing throughout our land are not using their religious clout with wisdom. They are trying to force government leaders into following their position 100 percent. If you disagree with these religious groups on a particular moral issue, they complain, they threaten you with a loss of money or votes or both.
I'm frankly sick and tired of the political preachers across this country telling me as a citizen that if I want to be a moral person, I must believe in "A," "B," "C" and "D." Just who do they think they are? And from where do they presume to claim the right to dictate their moral beliefs to me?
And I am even more angry as a legislator who must endure the threats of every religious group who thinks it has some God-granted right to control my vote on every roll call in the Senate. I am warning them today: I will fight them every step of the way if they try to dictate their moral convictions to all Americans in the name of "conservatism."
Speech in the US Senate (16 September 1981)
In addition to the above, he also said on the subject: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 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. And if I should later be attacked for neglecting my constituents' "interests," I shall reply that I was informed that their main interest is liberty and that in that cause I am doing the very best I can.
The Conscience of a Conservative (1960), ghostwritten by L. Brent Bozell, p. 15
And:Where is the politician who has not promised to fight to the death for lower taxes--and who has not proceeded to vote for the very spending projects that make tax cuts impossible?
Barry M. Goldwater, The Conscience of a Conservative, New York, MJF Books, 1990, p. 47
We need more Goldwater Constitutional Common Sense and less ideological rhetoric.Indeed, in the industrial age, earnings are probably the most prevalent form of property. It has been the fashion in recent years to disparage “property rights,” to associate them with greed and materialism. This attack on property rights is actually an attack on freedom. It is another failure to take into account the whole man. How can a man be truly free if he is denied the means to exercise freedom? How can he be free if the fruits of his labor are not his to dispose of, but are treated, instead, as part of a common pool of public wealth?
Barry M. Goldwater, The Conscience of a Conservative, New York, MJF Books, 1990, p. 48
There has been quite a lot of talk on this site about citizen united ruling by the SCOTUS, here is what Barry had to say:
In order to achieve the widest possible distribution of political power, financial contributions to political campaigns should be made by individuals and individual alone. I see no reason for labor unions -- or corporations--to participate in politics. Both were created for economic purposes and their activities should be restricted accordingly.
Early voting in Georgia. On the 20th of October this old Goldwater conservative voted against both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton by casting my vote for Gary Johnson. Neither Trump or Clinton belong within a million miles of the Oval Office.
Anytime I see someone that labels themselves a part of the big two parties I almost automatically assume that they are going to be bias and close minded to opposing views/parties. While this is unfair I do think it accurately describes the majority of the party followers.
NOW WHO'S A NUTJOB???
I am. And don't you forget it.
Bi, Poly, Switch. I'm not indecisive, I'm greedy!