Skip Nav
JK Rowling
32 Ways Harry Potter Taught Us the Magic of Love
Spotify
1 of the Hottest New Voices in Country Music, Jackie Lee, Shares His Favorite Breakup Songs
Summer
You Might Break Up After a Romantic Vacation — Which Is Why You Should Take One

Why Barry Goldwater Couldn't Support Obama

Why Barry Goldwater Couldn't Support Obama

Click to Read

Why Barry Goldwater Couldn't Support Obama "The Goldwater name carries with it the standard of modern conservatism and has shaped the Republican Party for decades, waving proudly and with the dedication my father brought to everything in his life. However, that standard recently has been hijacked and used without any grounding in reality. Being Barry Goldwater's son and living in Arizona, one would assume that I would be voting for our state's senator, John McCain. Well, I am. The decision truly is a no-brainer." The piece is in response to an opposite opinion by Barry Goldwater Sr.'s granddaughter yesterday.

0 Comments
Join The Conversation
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
Isn't that the way it is more often than not. A jr. does almost the exact opposite of the father...
sldc sldc 8 years
Barry Goldwater would have voted for his supporter Ron Paul. McCain supports the Christian Right now, which Goldwater said would ruin the party. Jr. needs to stfu.
Shadowdamage Shadowdamage 8 years
*(anyone except themselves, that is!) This site needs a "preview comment" feature - what's up with that??
Shadowdamage Shadowdamage 8 years
I have to say it frustrates me a lot that neither candidate will just stand up and say "gay people can get married if they want to." Seriously, of all the positive, small, happy, hopeful things people can do in this world because they love each other, why deny them that? Its okay to beat the crap out of the Constitution while we're not looking, but God forbid two people that care about each other show it in the way they most desire? :( Boo. And I agree, Jessie, pandering to the evangelicals is wearing awfully thin. I don't think they represent anyone, including the average conservative. Most conservatives I know are that way because of their fiscal beliefs - not their civil ones. Ah well.
popgoestheworld popgoestheworld 8 years
*statements
popgoestheworld popgoestheworld 8 years
I don't think she should have used his name to represent the family as a whole. But like True Song, I don't think their statement are incompatible. I wonder how their next family reunion is going to look...
Michelann Michelann 8 years
I do think it's a shame that Obama isn't backing gay marriage. There aren't very many Democrat policies I agree with, but one of the big ones I do believe in happens to be one that Obama doesn't support. I just can't win.
Michelann Michelann 8 years
Haha, there wouldn't be anywhere to go even if I wanted to leave.
Jessiebanana Jessiebanana 8 years
This is my first presidential election and while I personally would have loved to have Clinton, I think she would have be more practical for our current situation or a candidate that was socially more liberal (I'm so sick and tired of dancing around gay rights and pandering to Evangelical Christians), I'm lucky in not being too far off base with Obama.
Jessiebanana Jessiebanana 8 years
And by "prepared" do you mean you have your passport and work visa ready? :p
Michelann Michelann 8 years
Yeah, I think all more politicians should strive to be more like Ron Paul in their consistency and honesty, if not in policy. This is my first presidential election and I wish I could vote for somebody I actually believe in (which is why I might write in Paul). I can promise I won't be putting down Obama's name, but I am fully prepared for an Obama victory.
Jessiebanana Jessiebanana 8 years
Despite completely opposite differences in political idealology I really respected Ron Paul's honesty and aggressiveness in standing up for his beliefs. He didn't bend to suit commercial political climate or to adavnce himself. If I ever ran it would be that way...of course in America it is reason one doesn't get elected. I would have voted for him over McCain in the primaries except, as I'm sure you know, you can only vote for the party in which your registered. Of course I'm inclined to say when in doubt vote Obama...haha but I'm biased ;).
Michelann Michelann 8 years
And its not rude to ask at all. I appreciate being asked, actually.
Michelann Michelann 8 years
Jessie, neither McCain nor Obama fits my ideals at all. I was thinking about voting for Bob Barr, but then I learned that he supported both the war on drugs and voted for the Patriot Act. Not very libertarian. So now I honestly don't know what to do. Perhaps I'll just write in Ron Paul, but I might still pick McCain or Barr.
Jessiebanana Jessiebanana 8 years
Awww the double click of shame :oops:...
Jessiebanana Jessiebanana 8 years
Thats interesting Michelin, I would have thought that the idea of having anyone who even resembles a democratic socialist would have determined your vote. If its not too rude, may I ask why you are unsure of your vote? You seem to know what your looking for in a candidate and you seem to know what both of these candidates are all about. I would have thought you decided, if neither McCain or Obama, not to vote at all for president.
organicsugr organicsugr 8 years
I was referring to stephley's implication, Roarman. And I completely agree with your point.
Michelann Michelann 8 years
True Song, perhaps they're slightly closer, but I wouldn't call them a match at all. I think Goldwater most closely matches Ron Paul (perhaps I'm biased because I admire both men so much), but obviously Paul isn't an option. It is very tough to dislike all the choices so much. I honestly have no idea who I'm going to vote for, that's why I haven't early voted yet.
True-Song True-Song 8 years
Mich, would you say Goldwater and McCain are a match, or just closer? It would be tough to not like either candidate that much. You have to decide if you want to vote for the major party candidate you dislike less, vote for the other guy to stick it to your party who chose the wrong candidate, vote third party, not vote, write in a silly name.
Roarman Roarman 8 years
Organic Sugar-Were you talking to me? If so, I was not. I was responding to this comment made by his granddaughter: "I'm not sure about how he would feel about marriage rights based on same-sex orientation. I think he would feel that love and respect for ones privacy is what matters most and not the intolerance and poor judgment displayed by McCain over the years. Paka respected our civil liberties and passed on the message that that we should conduct our lives standing up for the basic freedoms we hold so dear." It seems to me that she is implying that Obama supports same sex marriage when in fact neither he nor Biden do. So I was wondering the point of her commment when all current candidates share the same stance on this issue. I like her do not begin to assume I know how Barry Goldwater would feel about the issue.
Michelann Michelann 8 years
It's not worth arguing over any of it. Regardless of what family members choose to say, Goldwater's work and philosophy is out there to be read and embraced. If you've ever read 'The Conscience of a Conservative', you'll know that Goldwater and Obama are not a political match. It's pretty simple.
True-Song True-Song 8 years
Oh, steph. It's not worth it to argue over the semantics. Obviously even his own family can't agree.
stephley stephley 8 years
It's still 'I' as it's you, yourself, choosing a closest person with whom to side, because he suits your interpretation of their public relative's work.
Michelann Michelann 8 years
Steph, you implied that you think the closest people know best, I was simply throwing my lot in with yours. Weren't you the one who accused somebody else of being petty a few days ago?
stephley stephley 8 years
By 'we' you mean youself don't you?
Is Charlie Puth Joining American Idol?
Robert Pattinson Says He's "Kind Of" Engaged to FKA Twigs
JonBenet Ramsey Murder Case Information
Transgender Texas Woman Posts About Bathroom Bill
From Our Partners
Latest Love
All the Latest From Ryan Reynolds