Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

POLITICS; Choices and Echoes

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

POLITICS; Choices and Echoes

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Last weekend, a memorial was erected in Paradise Valley, Ariz., to Sen. Barry Goldwater, who ran unsuccessfully for president 40 years ago.

Goldwater's loss, while substantial, paved the way for a Republican resurgence that bore full fruit in 1980.

With the passage of time, some may have forgotten what Goldwater's appeal was based upon.

Here is a sample.

"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," he said.

"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 in 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 their main interest is liberty and that in that cause I am doing the very best I can. …

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