Los­ing start

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“It’s only nat­u­ral, on the thresh­old of a newyear, to think about be­gin­nings. So let me ask my fel­low con­ser­va­tives: When did the mod­ern con­ser­va­tive move­ment get its start?

“Some of you will prob­a­bly say in 1980, when Ron­ald Rea­gan was elected pres­i­dent. [. . .] But you have to go back a lit­tle fur­ther to find the spark that led to Rea­gan’s elec­tion. Specif­i­cally, you have to re­turn to the elec­tion of 1964.

“True, that was hardly a happy mo­ment for con­ser­va­tives. Lyn­don John­son soundly beat our can­di­date, Barry Gold­wa­ter, and we saw John­son’s cam­paign pull out all the stops to por­tray Gold­wa­ter as a trig­ger-happy mad­man. [. . .]

“Ron­ald Rea­gan gave an elec­tri­fy­ing elec­tion-eve speech, ‘A Time for Choos­ing,’ that show­cased his unique ap­peal; two years later, he was elected gov­er­nor of Cal­i­for­nia. The ‘de­stroyed’ Repub­li­can Party was soon win­ning elec­tions, and Amer­i­can pol­i­tics was trans­formed. [. . .]

“Con­ser­va­tives didn’t give up in 1964, no mat­ter how tempt­ing it may have seemed. And we shouldn’t give up to­day.”

Re­becca Hagelin, writ­ing on “Learn­ing from ‘a glo­ri­ous dis­as­ter,’ “ Dec. 28 in World­Net­Daily at www.world­net­daily.com

The man who started it all. Barry Gold­wa­ter

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