Can these ideologies co-exist in one life form?
Admittedly, my interest in politics is just now ascending. Being in your
40's, raising 5 kids in today's world, dealing with the school board,
apparently will do that for ya (lol)! Recently, I came across an article
about Barry Goldwater and, being from Arizona, I took an interest.
Politics lost an incredible man, as I was pretty impressed. However, it
left me a bit confused too about people and their labels for themselves.
Help me out with this if you can. Here's a few Goldwater quotes for
Republican Senator from Arizona, candidate for President (1964)
Barry Goldwater 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
-- Barry Goldwater, speech to the US Senate (September 16, 1981). Quoted
Barry Goldwater 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 away from the Republican Party, and
make a religious organization out of it. If that ever happens, kiss
-- Barry Goldwater, The Washington Post (July 28, 1994). Quoted from
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.