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So while nerding out and combining history and politics I stumbled upon a few cool quotes from the guy nicknamed "Mr. Conservative" by his supporters.
"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." ~Barry Goldwater 1981
"Mark my word, if and when these preachers get control of the [Republican] party, and they're sure trying to do so, it's going to be a terrible damn problem. Frankly, these people frighten me. Politics and governing demand compromise. But these Christians believe they are acting in the name of God, so they can't and won't compromise. I know, I've tried to deal with them." ~Barry Goldwater 1994
I know these are fairly long quotes but I feel like they continue to illustrate the how the Republican Party has made a massive, uncompromising shift to the right. Those who were once considered champions of the conservative movement, like Ronald Reagan and Barry Goldwater, would be completely marginalized by both the GOP and the Tea Party. The classic argument right now is how Reagan often raised taxes to get the economy up and running again, but now, even discussion of raising taxes is heresy.
I know I'm probably beating a dead horse here, but it seems that the uncompromising position that often comes with religious beliefs has taken the reins of the Republican Party.
I also just felt like ranting a little.