The Kooks and Extremists

Presidential hopeful Barry Goldwater addresses the crowd during a campaign rally at Madison Square Garden in New York on Oct. 27, 1964 Photograph by AFP via Getty Images

CC Goldwater’s critique of the GOP, one her grandfather began to articulate late in his life as well, is a libertarian one. “He was very vocal about his fear of people like the late Jerry Falwell and the religious right taking over the party,” she said. “He was concerned about the change in civil liberties and women’s rights.” In fact, Barry Goldwater spent much of his political retirement as a thorn in the side of the mainstream GOP. He said the party had been taken over by “kooks” and “extremists”; he called for gays to be allowed to serve in the military, saying, “You don’t need to be straight to fight and die for your country. You just need to shoot straight.”

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