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06/08/2011

FRC shows love to Goldwater; would AuH2O return the favor?

by Jeremy Hooper

The Family Research Council's Chris Gacek is today using the late Barry Goldwater to "remind us that social conservative ideas has been a part of modern conservatism from the beginning":

Thanks to Tony Blankley for noting in a column today that Barry Goldwater’s classic political book, Conscience of a Conservative, and his 1964 GOP Convention acceptance remind us that social conservative ideas has been a part of modern conservatism from the beginning. Economic and social conservatives need to unite behind these interlocking and mutually-supporting pillars of conservative thought.
Tony Blankley Reminds Us of Barry Goldwater’s Recognition of Social Conservatism Principles in 1964 [FRC]

So that being the case, we will now remind the Family Research Council, one of the strongest and most overheated organized voices against Don't Ask Don't Tell repeal, of what Mr. Goldwater's "social Goldwater-64conservative ideas" looked like on the issue of open service:

June 10, 1993:

"I served in the armed forces. I have flown more than 150 of the best fighter planes and bombers this country manufactured. I founded the Arizona National Guard. I chaired the Senate Armed Services Committee. And I think it's high time to pull the curtains on this charade of policy.

What should undermine our readiness would be a compromise policy like "Don't ask, don't tell." That compromise doesn't deal with the issue - it tries to hide it.

We have wasted enough precious time, money and talent trying to persecute and pretend. It's time to stop burying our heads in the sand and denying reality for the sake of politics. It's time to deal with this straight on and be done with it. It's time to get on with more important business.

The conservative movement, to which I subscribe, has as one of its basic tenets the belief that government should stay out of people's private lives. Government governs best when it governs least - and stays out of the impossible task of legislating morality. But legislating someone's version of morality is exactly what we do by perpetuating discrimination against gays.

When you get down to it, no American able to serve should be allowed, much less given an excuse, not to serve his or her country. We need all our talent.
"
Ban on Gays is Senseless Attempt to Stall the Inevitable [Washington Post]

On gay rights in general:

Gays and lesbians are part of every American family. They should not be shortchanged in their efforts to better their lives and serve their communities. It’s time America realized that there is no gay exemption in the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness in the Declaration of Independence.” [SOURCE]

And on the religious right's overreaching influence:

"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...
...
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.'
" [SOURCE]

So yeah, for perhaps the first time ever, we actually agree with an FRC writer. Modern social conservatives really should take a page from Barry Goldwater's classic political book. In fact, we insist.

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