Barry Goldwater on the defence of liberty

Having just read a forum post calling for “radical” solutions to our dire political and economic situation I thought back to a few famous words from our past, a past not all that different from today. The year was 1964, a heated presidential campaign was under way, the country was in the midst of a very unpopular war in Vietnam and Americans feared for both their domestic safety and the very real possibility of a widening conflict against foreign enemies.

So for all those like the author of the post I mentioned above who find themselves wanting action while members of both political parties seek to compromise or do the “safe thing” for their own careers. For all those who find themselves wanting the truth at any cost and a real solution no matter how painful, let us remember:

“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!” – Barry Goldwater

Click here to read the entire transcript of the Barry Goldwater Republican Presidential Nomination Acceptance Speech – July 16, 1964

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