Quote of the Week

By the Left Coast Rebel

"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 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 be attacked for neglecting my constituents' 'interests,' I shall reply that I was informed that their main interest is liberty, and in that cause I am doing the very best I can."

--- Barry M. Goldwater

More on Mr. Conservative at The Last Tradition.


  1. Easy to see how he inspired Reagan to do great things...

  2. What can we look back on that Govt has been successful doing... $14 trillion in debt?

  3. "their main interest is liberty" And here all this time, I thought it was entitlements!

  4. I've always wondered how it is the nation failed to elect a principled and rational conservative to lead the nation. Of course the failure to do so said more about the voters of the 60's than it did of Mr. Conservative.

    Unfortunately there exists no conservative/libertarian in the mix today {Ron Paul excluded} that comes even close to Goldwater's integrity and principled politics.


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