“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