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GOP: Roots of Barry Goldwater and McCarthyism - Part 2

by Oui Thu May 23rd, 2024 at 08:36:47 AM EST

Blinken to Work w Congress to Impose ICC Sanctions

Post George Bush - Dick Cheney - Donald Rumsfeld era of a War on Terror breaking the International Order of Law and Justice, breaking alliances with European States, Guantanamo detention, Abu Ghraib training center for the Islamic State terrorists, Bagram prison and torture center, return of Taliban, EU ambivalent position on torture, rendition and dark prisons ... on these historic facts the United States, Great Britain, Israel, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Poland, Baltic States, Romania, Czech Republic and Bulgaria today claim the upper moral high ground in global politics?

That ain't going to fly ...

See yesterday in the Senate Appropriations Committee and Texas Senator Ted Cruz's badgering of Antony Blinken on the crisis in the Western World ... he highlighted the proxy war in Ukraine and the created turmoil in the Middle East, the impunity for over 57 years of Israeli war crimes and standing outside of International Law, UN Security Council resolutions, many more escaped by veto of crucial partner the United States. Coming home to roost ... after 9/11 a new blood bath 10/7 where innocent civilians were and are butchered by both sides. Peace is an instrument of security, wars feed hatred that lasts generations. Back to daily life in the bubble seen as the light of the world, the Capitol in Washington DC.

Quite impressive on my first holiday visit back in 1973 when the Watergate hearings led by Sam Ervin were held in the U.S. Senate ... I experienced the hearings as Democracy at work ... the signs of decline were becoming visible after Barry Goldwater, John Birch Society and a precursor of Tea Party and worse to come ... Proud Boys, QAnon, militia and 6th of January to overthrow democracy itself.

The profound effect of the Civil Rights movement and a new division of North and South would shape American politics and foreign affairs for the next half century.

How Goldwater Changed Campaigns Forever | Politico - Oct. 2014 |

See more below ... Goldwater - Nixon - McCarthyism of the 1950s

Excellent coverage, worthwhile and some civility in discourse (debate lacking in Dutch parliament)

Secretary of State Antony Blinken testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee about the State Department's Fiscal Year 2025 budget request.

Secretary Antony J. Blinken Opening Remarks Before the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations On the FY25 Department of State Budget Request

SECRETARY BLINKEN: Well, Mr. Chairman, thank you very much.   To you, Ranking Member Risch, all the members of the committee: it's always good to be back before this committee.  And as you said, I was on the other side of the dais, behind where you are, for six years.  So I always appreciate the opportunity to be back here among colleagues.  And thank you for the opportunity to testify today.

More importantly, thank you for the partnership that I think we've been able to manifest together to advance American leadership in the world that is so essential for delivering on the priorities that matter to the people we represent.

The need for U.S. global leadership - and for cooperation with allies and partners - has never been greater.

The People's Republic of China is pursuing military -

AUDIENCE MEMBER: Hind Rajab was six years old when Israelis killed her.  Hind Rajab was six years old.  Blinken, you will be remembered as the butcher of Gaza.  You will be remembered for murdering innocent Palestinians.

AUDIENCE MEMBER: (Inaudible) you're brutalizing everybody.  There's brutalized people here.  Jesus, look at that.   I've already (inaudible).

CHAIRMAN CARDIN: The person - will the officer please remove the person who's making these comments?

AUDIENCE MEMBER: (Inaudible) Palestine.  For Palestine (inaudible).

CHAIRMAN CARDIN: If anyone is speaking, please be removed.

AUDIENCE MEMBER: Bloody (inaudible).
(Interruption continues.)

AUDIENCE MEMBER: Stop the [expletive] genocide.  Stop the genocide.  There are people (inaudible).

CHAIRMAN CARDIN: Mr. Secretary, you may proceed.

How Barry Goldwater Brought the Far Right to Center Stage in the 1964 Presidential Race

Despite a landslide loss, the Arizona Republican ignited his party's ultra-conservative wing for decades to come.

Goldwater, who traded running his family's department store for a career in politics, eventually served five terms in the Senate starting in 1952. When running for president, the rough-edged, charismatic Westerner overcame his party's old guard by galvanizing a grassroots coalition of businesspeople, Southerners, Midwesterners and libertarians who felt sidelined by the GOP.

It was their values, not those of wealthy Eastern elites, that should prevail in the Republican platform, he argued as he rallied to defeat primary rivals like New York Governor Nelson Rockefeller and the Boston Brahmin Henry Cabot Lodge.

    "Sometimes I think this country would be better off if we could just saw off the Eastern Seaboard and let it float out to sea"

he famously told the press in the early 1960s. While Johnson was loudly declaring a War on Poverty, Goldwater waged war on the moderate wing of his own party.

Goldwater warned in the acceptance speech that "any who do not care for our cause" didn't belong within the GOP ranks. Today, that "cause"--the pursuit of a balanced budget and limited government, coupled with a hardline stance on foreign policy and defense--would become central to the party's mission. Welfare? It should be a private matter, Goldwater proclaimed. Farm subsidies needed to go. He saw the federal government as bloated and failing to offer real opportunity to Americans. During the election, he voted against the landmark 1964 Civil Rights Act, arguing some of its provisions impinged on individual freedoms.

This don't-tread-on-me philosophy appealed to voters who vividly recalled the battles surrounding the 1930s New Deal, and resented what they saw as their diminished control over their own lives and businesses. The government spent too much, interfered too much, and wielded too much power, they believed--and Goldwater seemed to give voice to these convictions as LBJ doubled down on the government's role in the economy and society. "I have little interest in streamlining government or making it more efficient, for I mean to reduce its size," Goldwater wrote. "I do not undertake to promote welfare, for I propose to extend freedom."

Do recall a young student was proud supporter, Hillary Rodham was infamously a Goldwater girl. Never changed in her "heart."


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