This is about a video I saw on YouTube about Conservatives and Liberals from the past, speaking about the importance of freedom in America. Why we need it and what threatens us from losing it. Ronald Reagan talking about what he saw as the threats of a welfare state, back in 1964, when the debate about the Great Society was underway. Senator Barry Goldwater at the 1964 Republican National Convention, with his famous line, “that extremism in the defense of liberty, is no vice.” Dr. Martin Luther King with his I Have a Dream speech, as well as his Promise Land speech, where he had a vision that one day that is children would be treated under law, the same as all American children. And that African-Americans would have their constitutional rights enforced as equally as all other Americans. Malcolm X talking about the need for African-Americans to fight for their constitutional rights and freedom, that they don’t have it yet and that they deserve it. President Jack Kennedy standing up for American freedom and saying that Americans can’t afford to take it for granted. Senator Bobby Kennedy speaking about the assassination of Dr. King and how huge of a loss that is for America.
I don’t want to make this blog completely partisan, but to hear Ron Reagan give that speech, a Classical Conservative speech, about what he saw as the dangers of a welfare state and speaking in defense of individual freedom and describing his own politics as libertarian as late as 1975, coming out against the California proposition of 1978, that would allow employers to fire or deny homosexuals employment, because of their sexuality, just when the Religious-Right was becoming powerful in America. And when he has probably already decided that he was going to run for president in 1980 and he knew that he needed the support of the Christian-Right to be elected president. Which was a big move and big risk on his own part, that he believed that economic freedom was not enough. That government shouldn’t interfere with how Americans live their lives, period.
Barry Goldwater coined the phrase, “get big government out of our wallets and bedrooms. A Classical Conservative or Libertarian belief that government shouldn’t interfere with how free adults live their own lives. And yet both Ron Reagan and Barry Goldwater would be seen as Moderate-Liberal by todays Republican Party. People who are anti-big government, would be seen as Moderates by todays GOP. Thats how far to the right the GOP has moved today, just a little over twenty years after President Reagan left office. And why neither Reagan or Goldwater could get elected to national office by todays GOP.