January 05, 2013
Gimme That Old-time Conservatism

From the Congressional Record of September 16, 1981:

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.

…Senator Barry Goldwater



Posted by Jerome Doolittle at January 05, 2013 04:04 PM
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Within the last few decades fanatic religious fundamentalists have been "occupying" conservativism all over the world to a point where the Greens (you call them tree-huggers in the US, don't you?) are the last true conservatives.

Posted by: Peter on January 6, 2013 12:36 PM

I thought that was a picture of Ted Baxter when I first saw it.

Posted by: Steve Zeoli on January 6, 2013 6:45 PM
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