The Next Presidential Election

It is Senator Barry Goldwater of Arizona, and the year is 1964. He went on to be nominated for President on the Republican ticket, exclaiming in his victory speech: “Extremism in defense of patriotism is no vice!”. He had the rabid ted vaillsupport of members of the John Birch Society, a right wing, anti-Communist group dedicated to preventing Communism from reaching our shores. President Lyndon Johnson, seeking reelection, swamped Goldwater, winning all but six states….

Ted Vaill

As Legislative Assistant to a Congressman, Ted Vaill met Senator Goldwater several times in the 1960s, and found him engaging but not the brightest bulb in the room. Ted is now a recovering lawyer and filmmaker based in Los Angeles.


  1. Joe Weinstein says

    I am not sure why Ted Vaill goes to the trouble of reminding us what happened in 1964 but fails to draw any operative conclusions. So I will draw them.

    As of 1964 LBJ was an EFFECTIVE president who implemented Democratic programs and came out swinging for them. And so he won.

    As of 1968 LBJ had become an INEFFECTIVE president who was betraying the Democratic agenda by diverting his and the government’s energies and focus to the miasma of the Vietnam war. And so the only hope for his party was for him to move on. He was smart enough (or responsible enough or pushed enough) to do so. Despite all that then went wrong (Robert Kennedy assasination, etc.) the Democrats almost won the White House – and the party kept its integrity, agenda and morale.

    The lesson from both 1964 and 1968 is that Democrats had better nominate a real Democrat, not the incumbent wimp wannabe Gop.

  2. Elaine says

    You know how all of you that voted for Obama, which some of you claim was a vote against Bush, see what you have helped him to do to the United States of America? You put our country in the hands of a self admitted Muslim on three continents, he says, and whose goal is to destroy America and Americans and businesses and leave us as a third world country with no free trade, no money, no businesses, no jobs for all of our citizens, who is planning on letting Imlett with GE take the plans of the stealth’s that Boeing builds to China and give them all our valuable information that should be secret just because they have move one of their plants to South Carolina where they can hire non-union workers at a much better price and keep these unions from dictating to the union employees and blackmailing the business to do what they want to. This is a free country & those people in South Carolina really needs jobs but do not want to join a union to take member dues that they spend on electing their politicians. Too bad those of you think that life is to live under Marxist Rule & forget the American Dream.

  3. George says

    I shook hands with Barry Goldwater when he was running for President.
    He was not a Christian Dominionist like most of the current Repugnican ringleaders. Unlike them, he also was not actually criminally insane.

  4. Joe says

    A little more detail in to fill in Dave Blake’s correction of Goldwater quote:

    I would remind you that extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice! And let me remind you also that moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.
    Barry Goldwater, acceptance speech as Republican candidate for President, 1963
    US politician (1909 – 1998)

    Depending on how we define “liberty” and “justice,” I could go for the ideas!

  5. dave blake says

    I don’t know what’s going on in meme world (and in fact I find the phenomenon tantalizing), but for the second time this week (I alREADY can’t remember who the first time was, but it sure wasn’t Ted Vaill, whom I do not know) I’ve had to correct this über-famous Goldwater quote, which reads, “Extremism in defense of liberty [not patriotism] is no vice.” (The second half of which is, “And moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.”)

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