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When you here the word conservitism or conservative movement lots of people come to mind People like Ronald Reagan Woodrow Wilson Dwight D Eisenhowser William F Buckley and so on and so on None stand out the most than Barry Goldwater Barry Goldwater was one of the pioneers of the conservative movement Goldwater remained a conservative until the day he died Barry Goldwater was born January 1 1901 in Phoenix Arizona He was the son of a Jewish father and a Protestant mother and had become the voice of a booming Southwest with a conservitive policy written in his book The Conscience of A Conservitive Opposing the fabric of the welfare state questioning the authority of the Supreme Court and holding a nationalist foreign policy He became a spokesperson for right-wing Republicans in their campaign against a big government advocating instead greater state and local powers Goldwater vigorously apposed welfare appropriations as socialistic and sought to curb public ownership of utilities A strong anticommunist Goldwater supported military intervention in Vietnam and criticized efforts to achieve dente with the USSR In 1952 Barry was elected Senator of Arizona upsetting Senate Minority Leader Ernest McFarland author of the widely popular GI Bill The conservative movement has reshaped American politics Of course Barry Goldwater rose to national prominence in 1960 and led the conservative takeover of the Republican Party in 1964 In 1964 Goldwater was a presidential canidate but was unsuccessful He was decisively defeated by Lyndon Baines Johnson After Lyndon Johnsons overwhelming victory in 1964 Arthur M Schelsinger Jr was only one of many commentators who claimed that conservitism was finished and that the Republican Party was forever doomed if it succumbed to become an ideological conservative party Everyone saw the size of the defeat Almost none grasped the implications of the fact that the Goldwater campaign had twiceas many volunteers than Johnson or that while 66000 people donated to Kennedy and
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