An Excerpt from 'The Conscience of a Conservative'

Posted on June 01, 2012
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Something special for a Friday. A one-paragraph excerpt from Sen. Barry Goldwater's acclaimed book, The Conscience of a Conservative.

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 in their purpose or that impose on the people an unwanted financial burden. I will not attempt to discover whether legislation is 'needed' before I have first determined whether it is constitutionally permissable. And if I should later be attacked for neglecting my constituents' 'interests,' I shall reply that I was informed their main interest is liberty and that in that cause I am doing the very best I can.

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