It's nice to remember Barry Goldwater.
He was indeed a relatively sane and principled conservative.
Sadly, he would be drummed out of the GOP today.

I'll never forget his little note to Dole:
"You and I are the liberals of the Republican Party now, can you imagine that?"


His final salvo however, was telling:
"Do not associate my name with anything that you do. You are extremists and you have hurt the country more than the Democrats ever have."
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