Saturday, April 3, 2010

The Barry who should have been President

I was looking up a quote on the internet and came across a gem.  In full disclosure, I was looking for the "extremism in defense of liberty" quote, but saw this one.  Have a look:

I have little interest in streamlining government or in making it more efficient, for I mean to reduce its size. I do not undertake to promote welfare, for I propose to extend freedom. My aim is not to pass laws, but to repeal them. It is not to inaugurate new programs, but to cancel old ones that do violence to the Constitution or that have failed their purpose, or that impose on the people an unwarranted financial burden. I will not attempt to discover whether legislation is "needed" before I have first determined whether it is constitutionally permissible. And if I should later be attacked for neglecting my constituents "interests," I shall reply that I was informed that their main interest is liberty and that in that cause I am doing the very best I can.

Conscience of a Conservative, 1960, Barry Morris Goldwater

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