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The Conscience of a Conservative by Barry M. Goldwater
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Barry Goldwater would have no place in the Republican party of today. His political thought here is far more in line with what most of us would classify as libertarian. To hear any modern republican claiming Barry Goldwater is a clear example of ignorance speaking or outright lies. The neocons and the religious right should read this book and either come clean about not being truly conservative, or straighten themselves out.This book is basically a statement of Goldwater's position on various topics and he does so with clarity and conviction.

In the afterward a view of Goldwater's life after this book gave some fascinating insights to how a true Constitutional conservative behaved in the 80s and 90s.In 1981, when Jerry Falwell said good Christian should be concerned about Sandra Day O'Connor nomination to the Supreme Court, Barry Goldwater countered, "Every good Christian should line up and kick Jerry Falwell's ass." In 1989 he said the Republican party had been taken over by "a bunch of kooks" and he(a very religious man) also said had no respect for the Religious Right. In 1994 he led efforts to pass a federal bill banning job discrimination against homosexuals and declared himself an "honorary gay."

I will admit to regarding libertarianism as the bastard child of the GOP, turns out, really? The GOP are the bastards.

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