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Conservatives re-take the Republican Party from the Moderates – 1964

Conservatives re-take the Republican Party from the Moderates – 1964


AND ROCKEFELLER WAS CONSIDERED
THE EPITOME OF THE MODERATES. – AND WHEN NELSON ROCKEFELLER
WENT TO THE PODIUM, HE WAS ROUNDLY BOOED. – THESE EXTREMISTS
FEED ON FEAR, HATE, AND TERROR. THEY ENCOURAGE DISUNITY. YOU CONTROL THE AUDIENCE,
AND I’LL MAKE MINE PRIVATE. – I WAS ONE OF THE CONSERVATIVES
IN THE RAFTERS, YOU KNOW, BOOING
NELSON ROCKEFELLER. – GOVERNOR HASN’T HAD A CHANCE– – HE WAS THE ENEMY. YOU KNEW THAT THERE WERE
A LOT OF CONSERVATIVES THERE, AND HE WAS DOING IT TO TWEAK US. – THESE ARE PEOPLE WHO HAVE NOTHING IN COMMON
WITH AMERICANISM. THE REPUBLICAN PARTY
MUST REPUDIATE THESE PEOPLE. – WE WANT BARRY! WE WANT BARRY!
WE WANT BARRY! – AND THAT’S WHEN GOLDWATER TOOK
THE WHOLE CONVENTION BY STORM. – 18, ROCKEFELLER. – GOLDWATER WAS WINNING
THE ROLL CALL VOTE, AND THEY PREDICTED
THAT SOUTH CAROLINA WAS GONNA PUT GOLDWATER
OVER THE TOP. YOUN DELEGATE, AND SO AFTER I VOTED
FOR GOLDWATER IN THE LOUISIANA DELEGATION, I MADE A BEELINE
ACROSS THE HALL. – SOUTH CAROLINA, 16 VOTES. – AND I WAS STANDING LIKE
3 FEET AWAY FROM HIM. HE SAYS, “MR. CHAIRMAN,
HUMBLY GRATEFUL THAT WE CAN DO THIS
FOR AMERICA.” – …DO THIS FOR ARICA, SOUTH CAROLINA CASTS 16 VOTES
FOR SENATOR BARRY GOLDWATER TO PUT HIM OVER THE TOP. – THIS YOUNG LADY–WHERE– – HE IS THE MAN WHO EARNED
AND PROUDLY CARRIES THE TITLE OF MR. CONSERVATIVE. AND HE IS THE MAN WHO AFTER
THE GREATEST CAMPAIGN IN HISTORY WILL BE MR. PRESIDENT. BARRY GOLDWATER. – I’LL NEVER FORGET WHEN HE GAVE
HIS ACCEPTANCE SPEECH, AND THE PEOPLE AND THE CROWDS AND THE YELLING
AND THE THUNDEROUS STAMPING. – I WOULD REMIND YOU THAT EXTREMISM IN THE DEFENSE
OF LIBERTY IS NO VICE. – WHAT GOLDWATER HAD SAID–
THOSE FAMOUS LINES, “EXTREMISM IN PURSUIT
OF LIBERTY IS NO VICE.” IT IS SAID THAT
ONE OF THE JOURNALISTS UP IN THE PRESS GALLERY ROCKED BACK IN HIS
CHAIR AND SAID, “GOOD GOD, GOLDWATER’S
GOING TO RUN AS GOLDWATER.” – IT REALLY DID
CATCH PEOPLE’S ATTTION. – IT WAS EXTREMELY EXCITING
WHEN HE SAID IT, AND THERE WAS
A BIG UPROAR OF CHEERS, BUT MOST OF US IN OUR HEARTS KNEW THAT THIS WASN’T
A VERY POLITIC THING TO SAY. – AND LET ME REMIND YOU ALSO THAT MODERATION IN THE PURSUIT
OF JUSTICE IS NO VIRTUE. – I WATCHED THAT SPEECH
VERY INTENTLY. IT WAS A RINGING FLOW OF WORDS, BUT IN POLITICS,
WORDS ARE WEAPONS, AND SOMETIMES THEY’RE TARGETS, AND THAT’S ALL PART OF
THE GREAT GAME OF POLITICS.

Author Since: Mar 11, 2019

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