To my fellow GOP leaders,
On this date in 1909 Barry Morris Goldwater was born in Phoenix, Arizona Territory to Baron and Josephine Goldwater. Raised in Arizona most of his younger life he served in the US Army Air Corps as a pilot in the China Burma Theatre during World War II and helped operate his family business after the death of his father until he was recruited to run for the Phoenix City Council in 1949. He served on the council until 1952 when he defeated popular Democrat Majority Leader Ernest McFarland in his contest for US Senate whom he defeated again in a bitter re election in 1958.
While there was a "draft" Goldwater movement in 1960 Goldwater was nominated by the Republican Party in 1964 where he lost to Lyndon B Johnson in that historic election. He returned to the US Senate in 1970 where he served with distinction until his retirement in 1986. One of the architects of the modern Conservative movement; Barry Goldwater's words are just as relevant today as they were during the mid 20th century. Senator Goldwater was inspirational as well as controversial even within our own party . In honor of this great figure please take a minute to read his words given from the steps of the Yavapai County Courthuse in Prescott , Arizona on September 18,1952 when he formally opened his first Senate campaign :
" Now is the time to reaffirm our devotion to those moral principles of honesty,integrity and justice. Now is the time for faith: faith in our own ability--faith in the power of truth-- faith in Almighty God -- and faith in man's destiny as a child of freedom with God given freedom of choice,freedom to choose good over evil,truth over falsehood and peace over war."
As we mark this centennial year of Barry Goldwater's birth I hope we can all be guided by Barry's gelief in God, his sense of truth, his courage to stand for what he thought was right, his determination to see the job through, his belief in freedom, his devotion to equality and his sense of the greatness of the American people and the strength our Republic.
Happy birthday Barry !!