Strange Coincidences, Romney’s Father Strongly Opposed Barry Goldwater in 1964

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After Mitt Romney came out against Donald Trump today, comparisons were drawn with the stance his father George Romney took against Barry Goldwater.

There is one fascinating similarity and that ism in addition to real concerns about some of Donald Trump’s policy positions and his comportment, the Republican elite are terrified of losing control of the party.

In 1964, liberal Republicans were vehemently opposed to Barry Goldwater’s nomination for the presidency and launched a campaign against him, labeling him a crazed extremist. One of those Republicans was George Romney, Mitt’s father.

NEW YORK, UNITED STATES: Photo dated 27 October 1964 shows then presidential hopeful Barry Goldwater addressing a campaig rally at Madison Sqaure Garden in New York. Goldwater, the former Arizona senator and the "father" of modern US conservatism, died 29 May at the age of 89. N/B B/W (Photo credit should read AFP/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, UNITED STATES: Photo dated 27 October 1964 shows then presidential hopeful Barry Goldwater addressing a campaign rally at Madison Sqaure Garden in New York. Goldwater, the former Arizona senator and the “father” of modern US conservatism, died 29 May at the age of 89. N/B B/W (Photo credit should read AFP/AFP/Getty Images)

Donald Trump isn’t Ronald Reagan or Barry Goldwater, who paved the way for Reagan, but he is leading a movement at a similarly unsettled time in history.

Romney avoided endorsing Goldwater in 1964 to the dismay of conservatives. When one Goldwater supporter approached Romney to request his support, according to historian Rick Perlstein, he received “nothing but a bitter stare.” The two men never appeared together.

Romney’s opposition was so strong that LBJ used his comments in an ad against Goldwater. Romney said it would lead to the suicidal destruction of the Republican party much as Mitt Romney said today that Trump’s nomination would destroy the Republican party.

We can imagine the ads the Democrats will run this election.

Romney was opposed to Goldwater’s stand against the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Goldwater was one of six Republicans who voted against it despite having voted for the two Civil Rights Acts before in 1957 and 1960. His opposition was based solely on constitutional grounds.

Blacks voted overwhelmingly against Goldwater in 1964.

Throughout the 1964 campaign, Goldwater was unfairly attacked as a racist. He was called “a hopeless captive of the lunatic calculating right-wing extremists” by baseball legend Jackie Robinson. Civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. said that Goldwater would lead the nation into “violence and riots”.

Goldwater objected to two of the Acts provisions: Title II (public accommodations) and Title VII (fair employment).

Drawing on a legal analysis prepared by Robert Bork, then a professor at Yale, Goldwater said that he could find “no constitutional basis for the exercise of Federal regulatory authority in either of these areas.” He feared that Title VII would culminate in government dictating hiring and firing policy.

As Goldwater warned, preferential treatment, or affirmative action, mandated by government became general practice. He was right!

Goldwater treated all people the same.

As a private citizen, he flew mercy missions to Navaho reservations, never asking for recognition or accepting payment. He felt that “the red man seemed as much—if not more—a part of Arizona and America as any white or black person.”

A few weeks after Goldwater was discharged from the Army in November 1945, Democratic Arizona Governor Sidney Preston Osborn asked him to organize the Arizona Air National Guard. One of Goldwater’s first recommendations, soon approved, was to desegregate the unit. Goldwater’s integration of the state’s Air National Guard took place more than two years before President Harry Truman integrated the U.S. armed forces.

During the 1990s, Mr. Goldwater spoke out in favor of allowing gays to serve in the military, and he worked in Phoenix to end job discrimination against gays. In 1994, he became honorary chairman of a drive to pass a federal law preventing job discrimination against gays.

“The big thing is to make this country, along with every other country in the world with a few exceptions, quit discriminating against people just because they’re gay,” he said. “You don’t have to agree with it, but they have a constitutional right to be gay.

Goldwater was accused of extremism but LBJ turned out to be the extremist.

Donald Trump isn’t Goldwater and the opposition to him now is based on different issues, but the points of comparison are the Republican party elite are terrified of losing power and a Romney is leading the assault.

Trump is very different from Goldwater. Trump is authoritarian. Goldwater said in 1964 in his acceptance speech, “Extremism in defense of liberty is no vice”. He was referring to the fight against communism but it was distorted. Trump thinks problems can be reduced to “management”.

That doesn’t mean Trump can’t make us freer than Barack Obama. He’s a quick learner unlike Obama who can’t learn.

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  1. Why do the ones not oing so well dig out or up all the garbage they can on the one who are hed. Dont the stupid Hillary voters understand the American people are sick of corrupt, crooked politicians and that is why Trump is ahead. Obama was a politician, Bush was in the public eye hving more e execution than any other stte .Clinton was as crooked as they get. Nobody is perfect so get off TRUMPS CASE and worry about you and yours. Go Donald win big

  2. […] We should remember a few things about Romney.  When his father, CFR member, George, another left leaning moderate, ran in the primaries in 1963, he lost to Barry Goldwater.  His rhetoric against Goldwater was that he would get us in a nuclear war.  So, rather than vote for his fellow republican, he and his entire family voted for LBJ.  Tells you where the allegiance lies in the Romney family.  Thanks in part to George Romney, we ended up with LBJ’s War on Poverty and trillions more in debt.  The point even then was to keep a globalist in the White House.   Donald Trump isn’t Goldwater, and the opposition to him now is based on different issues, but the points of comparison are the Republican party elitist globalists are terrified of losing power and a Romney is again leading the assault. […]

  3. […] We should remember a few things about Romney. When his father, CFR member, George, another left leaning moderate, ran in the primaries in 1963, he lost to Barry Goldwater. His rhetoric against Goldwater was that he would get us in a nuclear war. So, rather than vote for his fellow republican, he and his entire family voted for LBJ. Tells you where the allegiance lies in the Romney family. Thanks in part to George Romney, we ended up with LBJ’s War on Poverty and trillions more in debt. The point even then was to keep a globalist in the White House. Donald Trump isn’t Goldwater, and the opposition to him now is based on different issues, but the points of comparison are the Republican party elitist globalists are terrified of losing power and a Romney is again leading the assault. […]

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