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1st January
2009
written by Sean Noble

Anyone who knows me, knows that I am a huge fan of Barry Goldwater.   He was pure Arizona and his 1964 Presidential campaign paved the way for Ronald Reagan’s election in 1980.  Today would have been his 100th birthday, so it seems appropriate to take a moment to reflect on his life.  In the “Deep Thinking” section of this blog there is a draft op-ed I wrote back in 2002.

I was privileged to have met Senator Goldwater a number of times, mainly through my work with Congressman John Shadegg, whose father Stephen was Goldwater’s campaign manager, speech writer and confidant.  One of the highlights of my political life happened nearly 15 years ago during Shadegg’s first campaign for Congress. We had event which featured William F. Buckley and Barry Goldwater.  For a kid from Show Low who grew up idolizing Goldwater and reading National Review since I was 12 years old, it was as good as dying and going to Heaven.

Today’s Arizona Republic has a pretty good article about Goldwater for this centennial celebration.

Let us never forget that extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice.  

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