Barry Goldwater

(Barry Morris Goldwater)

Barry Goldwater
Barry Goldwater
  • Born: January 2, 1909
  • Died: May 29, 1998
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Politician

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Barry Morris Goldwater was an American politician, businessman and author who was a five-term Senator from Arizona (1953–1965, 1969–1987) and the Republican Party nominee for President of the United States in 1964. Despite his loss of the 1964 presidential election in a landslide, Goldwater is the politician most often credited with sparking the resurgence of the American conservative political movement in the 1960s.

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... either a liar or incompetent. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
... merely another weapon. Nuclear, Chemical & Biological Weapons & Energy
[Addressing Nelson Rockefeller:] You thought that, because you were a Rockefeller, you were owed the presidency. You weren't. It's one of the beauties of America. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
[Commenting on Ronald Reagan:] I don't think he ever thought anything through. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
[Conservatism is:] using solutions that have worked in the past and applying them to solve the problems of the present. Liberals & Conservatives
[Lyndon Johnson was] the epitome of the unprincipled politician. Morality, Ethics & Conflict of Interest
… a racist film with nothing but riots Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
… foolhardy Constitution / Bills & Declaratiobns of Rights
… talks too much. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
A craven fear of death is sweeping across America. Nuclear, Chemical & Biological Weapons & Energy
A government that is big enough to give you all you want is big enough to take it all away. Miscellaneous
A party is good for about 20 years. Then it runs our of money and runs out of men. Political Parties & Machines
American forces there could probably be cut by at least one-third if NATO commanders had the power to use nuclear weapons on their own initiative in an emergency. Nuclear, Chemical & Biological Weapons & Energy
an out and out Socialist. Liberals & Conservatives
Any man who tells the people what they want to hear is usually pretty popular Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Because he drives Lyndon Johnson crazy Miscellaneous
Before they got through with this thing, everybody got in the act.... They ordered over 7,000 medals to be awarded for an action that probably would have required 1,200 or 1,500 people. Military & Veterans
Every time I see him [on TV], I get sick to my stomach and want to throw up. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice.... Moderation in the pursuit of freedom is no virtue. Miscellaneous
He is arrogance with a capital A. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
He talks so fast that listening to him is like trying to read Playboy magazine with your wife turning the pages Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
He’s off his rocker. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
I am pissed off! Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
I can't see any way in the world that being gay can cause damage to somebody else. Discrimination & Prejudice
I don’t like to see our flag torn down and trampled upon anywhere in the world and I think most Americans agree with me on that. I don’t like to see American citizens pushed around and there’s no good reason for letting it happen Flags & National Anthems ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
I don't believe the makeup of America is as solid as it was 40 years ago. Society has become more selfish and, as a result, less dedicated to the common good. Millions hail a culture that is now more concerned with money and appearances than with genuine accomplishment. Human Nature
I don't care if you keep this a secret or not. I've always supported you, and I think it's time this old Republican quit hiding behind the bush [i.e. George W. Bush]. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
I don't necessarily vote a straight ticket in my own state because there are sometimes Democrats out there who are better than Republicans. It's hard to believe but it's true. Political Parties & Machines
I don't think any man or woman should have to tell his entire history in order to enlist in the military. Privacy, Abortion & Family Planning
I don't want to see this country run by big business and big labor. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
I have always favored withdrawing recognition from Russia. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
I say that the responsibility of the judiciary is to uphold the Constitution, not rewrite it. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
I was a business man. When they elected me, it took me two years to learn about how government ran. Management & Managing Government
I will fight them every step of the way if they try to dictate their moral convictions to all Americans ... Liberals & Conservatives
I will not change my beliefs to win votes. I will offer a choice, not an echo. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
I won't say that the papers misquote me, but I sometimes wonder where Christianity would be today if some of those reporters had been Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
I would like to suggest one change, that Social Security be made voluntary, that if a person can provide better for himself, let him do it. Elderly, Aging. Old Age, Social Security & Pensions
I would suggest, that we analyze and copy the strategy of the enemy [Asian Communists]; theirs has worked and ours has not. War & Peace
I wouldn't trust [Richard] Nixon from here to that phone. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
I’d cut down government spending and I’d move to keep down the size of government, too. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
I’m very worried about the religious right. I don’t believe in mixing religion and politics. They do a disservice to religion and to politics. Religion & God
I’ve got my own Medicare plan. I’ve got an intern for a son-in-law. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
I'd drop a low-yield atomic bomb on Chinese supply lines in North Vietnam. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
If he were any dumber, he'd be a tree. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
If I had a business that got into trouble, I’d want Ross Perot to help me. If I had a government that got into trouble, he’s the last man I’d ask. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
If they chased every man or woman out of this town who has shacked up with somebody else or got drunk, there wouldn't be any government left in Washington. Detriments & Qualifications ;Public Office: Benefits
If we try and make out of the American people a people of one mind and one mold, we're through. Miscellaneous
I'm completely opposed to selling automatic rifles. I don't see any reason why they ever made semiautomatics. I've been a member of the NRA; I collect, make and shoot guns. I've never used an automatic or semiautomatic for hunting. There's no need to. They have no place in anybody's arsenal. If any SOB can't hit a deer with one shot, then he ought to quit shooting. Guns & Gun Control
Individual liberty depends on decentralized government Intergovernmental Relations
Many Americans don't like the simple things. That's what they have against conservatives. Liberals & Conservatives
Most Americans have no real understanding of the operation of the international money lenders. The accounts of the Federal Reserve System have never been audited. It operates outside the control of Congress and manipulates the credit of the United States Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Most of us in Congress steal our speeches. Oratory, Discussion & Debate
National morality, by example and by persuasion, should begin at the White House and have the good influence to reach out to every corner of the land Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
No matter what you do, be honest. That sticks out in Washington. Morality, Ethics & Conflict of Interest
People can better buy protection privately than the Social Security law provides for them. Elderly, Aging. Old Age, Social Security & Pensions
Prohibition created more drunks than anything else. Alcohol, Tobacco & Other Drugs
Sometimes I think this country could be better off if we would just saw off the Eastern seaboard and let it float off to sea. States. Nations & Nationhood
Sometimes I think this country would be better off if we could just saw off the Eastern seaboard and let it float out to sea. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
The average man with a need for an operation cannot afford a first class hospital …My medical pills run $400 to $500 a month and hell, I feel pretty good … Costs must be tempered.. Health, Healthcare & Medicine
The basic reason Russia has not attacked us is that we can outproduce her. Defense & National Security
The campaign we are launching today is dedicated to peace through preparedness. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
The Congress is getting too powerful. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
The Democrats want to save more on defense so they can spend more money to buy votes through the welfare state. Voters, Voting & Elections
The fact is that most people who have no skill have no education for the same reason—low intelligence or ambition. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
The fact that some poor, illiterate people have ‘gone Communist’ does not prove that poverty caused them to do so. Poverty
The great decisions of government cannot be dictated by the concerns of religious factions. Religion & God
The homes of America are horrified and the intelligence of Americans is insulted by weird television advertising by which this Administration threatens the end of the world unless all-wise Lyndon is given the nation for his very own Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
The homes of America are horrified and the intelligence of Americans is insulted by weird television advertising by which this Administration threatens the end of the world unless all-wise Lyndon is given the nation for his very own. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
The income tax created more criminals than other single act of government. Taxes
The military didn't want blacks in integrated units, or women, and now it doesn't want gays. Discrimination & Prejudice
The moral fiber of the American people is beset by rot and decay Morality, Ethics & Conflict of Interest
the most dishonest individual I ever met in my life. Morality, Ethics & Conflict of Interest
The president refuses to say… refuses to say that the objective over there is victory. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising ;War & Peace
The president refuses to say… refuses to say that the objective over there is victory. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
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.' Religion & God
The Republican party is the peace party because we understand the enemy We seek peace for everyone in this land and this world The Republican party, this party of peace through strength, has no clearer message. Peace has no greater hope Liberals & Conservatives
The Republican party should have learned its lesson -- that it must be a conservative party. Liberals & Conservatives
The role of a conservative is not to pass laws but to repeal them. Liberals & Conservatives
There are many similarities between government and business, but they are not the same. Business, Commerce & Finance
This philosophy of something for nothing, the cult of individual and government irresponsibility is an insidious cancer that will destroy us as a people unless we recognize it and root it out now. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Thomas Jefferson rode his horse around the 13 Colonies to try to keep us from having a national religion. Mixing religion and politics doesn’t work. Religion & God
To insist on strength ... is not war-mongering. It is peace-mongering. War & Peace
Vietnam was not a war for us to be in …. It was a useless war. War & Peace
War is but an instrument of international policy. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
We are not far from the kind of moral decay that has brought on the fall of other nations and peoples. Morality, Ethics & Conflict of Interest
We begin by not taking it [the United Nations] seriously. Diplomacy & Diplomats
We can be lied to only so many times. The best thing that he [President Nixon] can do for the country is to get the hell out of the White House and get out this afternoon. Morality, Ethics & Conflict of Interest
We cannot allow the American flag to be shot at anywhere on earth if we are to retain our respect and prestige. Flags & National Anthems
We should get back to the ... doctrine of brinkmanship, where everybody knows we have the power and will use it. Power ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
We should, I believe, announce in no uncertain terms that we are against disarmament. Arms Race & Disarmament
We’re not going to get the Negro vote as a bloc in 1964 or 1966 so we ought to go hunting where the ducks are. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
We're not going to get the Negro vote as a bloc in 1964 or 1968, so we ought to go hunting where the ducks are. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
What the hell, it doesn’t make any difference. Have a drink. Miscellaneous
When you say “radical right” today, I think of these moneymaking ventures by fellows like Pat Robertson and others who are trying to take the Republican Party and make a religious organization out of it. If that ever happens, kiss politics goodbye. Religion & God
Wholehearted devotion to liberty is unassailable and half-hearted devotion to justice is indefensible. Justice & Injustice
You can lambaste abortion all you want, but women have been aborting since time began and they will be aborting to time’s end. So forget about it. Privacy, Abortion & Family Planning
You could have whipped my butt in 1964, but I went out and worked a helleva lot harder than you did over the years. As a result, a lot of people worked for me. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
You don’t have to be straight to shoot straight. Minorities & Women
You know, I think we ought to sell TVA. Energy
You never tear your President down. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
American business has just forgotten the importance of selling. Business, Commerce & Finance
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. Time ;Equality & Equal Opportunity
Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice. And moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.
Hubert Humphrey talks so fast that listening to him is like trying to read Playboy magazine with your wife turning the pages. History
I could have ended the war in a month. I could have made North Vietnam look like a mud puddle. War & Peace
I think any man in business would be foolish to fool around with his secretary. If it's somebody else's secretary, fine. Business, Commerce & Finance
I think every good Christian ought to kick Falwell right in the ass.
I will offer a choice, not an echo.
I would remind you that extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice! And let me remind you also that moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
I wouldn't trust Nixon from here to that phone. Trust
If everybody in this town connected with politics had to leave town because of chasing women and drinking, you would have no government. Women ;Government ;Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
If you don't mind smelling like peanut butter for two or three days, peanut butter is darn good shaving cream.
It's a great country, where anybody can grow up to be president... except me.
Nixon was the most dishonest individual I have ever met in my life. He lied to his wife, his family, his friends, his colleagues in the Congress, lifetime members of his own political party, the American people and the world. Life ;Families, Children & Parenting
The income tax created more criminals than any other single act of government. Government
The only summit meeting that can succeed is the one that does not take place.
To disagree, one doesn't have to be disagreeable.
When I'm not a politician, I'll be dead.
Where is the politician who has not promised to fight to the death for lower taxes- and who has not proceeded to vote for the very spending projects that make tax cuts impossible? Death
You don't have to be straight to be in the military; you just have to be able to shoot straight.
You don't need to be straight to fight and die for your country. You just need to shoot straight.
You've got to forget about this civilian. Whenever you drop bombs, you're going to hit civilians.