Also called “Mr. Conservative”, Goldwater fought to defeat the New Deal coalition. He lost the presidential election to Lyndon Johnson and after that, he became less active. After the 1964 defeat, Goldwater’s supporters turned to Ronald Reagan, the governor of California.
Barry Goldwater Quotes
The Constitution is an instrument, above all, for limiting the functions of government… Throughout history, government has proved to be the chief instrument for thwarting man’s liberty. Government represents power in the hands of some men to control and regulate the lives of other men.—
Those who seek absolute power, even though they seek it to do what they regard as good, are simply demanding the right to enforce their own version of heaven on earth. And let me remind you, they are the very ones who always create the most hellish tyrannies. Absolute power does corrupt, and those who seek it must be suspect and must be opposed. Their mistaken course stems from false notions of equality, ladies and gentlemen. Equality, rightly understood, as our founding fathers understood it, leads to liberty and to the emancipation of creative differences. Wrongly understood, as it has been so tragically in our time, it leads first to conformity and then to despotism.— , Speech at the Republican National Convention, San Francisco, July 1964
Extremism in the defense of Liberty is no vice. And . . . moderation in the pursuit of Justice is no virtue.—
The income tax created more criminals than any other single act of government.—
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
America’s maximum economic power will be forged, not under bureaucratic direction, but in freedom.— , Conscience of a Conservative
Government does not have an unlimited claim on the earnings of individuals.—
Economic energy must be released from government strangulation if individual freedom is to survive.— , Conscience of a Conservative
I believe that we must look beyond the defense of freedom today to its extension tomorrow.— , Speech to the 1964 Republican National Convention.