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."
The only people pushing the Athenian Straw Man Nonexistent Threat of Slippery Slope Windyfoggery (ASMNSSW) RE DEMOCRACY are people who have a misunderstanding/problem or hatred of democracy. (See AUTHORITARIANS)