"I would remind you that extremism
in the defense of liberty is no vice.
And let me remind you also that moderation
in the pursuit of justice is no virtue."
by:
Barry Goldwater
(1909-1998) US Senator (R-Arizona)
Source:
Acceptance speech, Republican presidential nomination, 16 July 1964
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 -- Mike, Norwalk      
Extremism in the defense of Liberty is about the same as extremism in the defense of life, they are one and the same.
 -- J Carlton, Calgary     
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    Well said and I agree.
     -- Me Again     
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    indispensables wisdom
     -- sarah Abbasi, karachi     
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    Brilliant!!
     -- Gölök Zoltán Leenderdt Franco Buday, Vancouver, GVRD(Paine Cnty), Coastal Lwr Mainland BC(State of Neo Sumer), U.S. of Eh!     
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    We need him now.
     -- Bob, Eugene, OR     
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    Gotta love Barry! His definition of liberty might be different than some. His finest hour I believe is when he supported William Jefferson Clinton.
     -- Waffler, Smith, Arkansas     
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    The basis of the neoconservative theory... No thanks.
     -- Logan, Memphis, TN     
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     -- jim k, austin,tx      
    If he supported Clinton it would have undone every thing positive he ever did in life. Supporting Clinton would be a black hole of ignorance. It would suck every bit of IQ out of any one that tried it.
     -- warren, olathe     
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     -- art, cleveland      
    Logan, because certain malefactors misuse / abuse the phraseology; don't throw the baby out with the bath water. Defining each term (in and of its / their self) and then uniting such in a singular cohesive understanding would make the neoconservative theory you are referencing a lie (as it concerns the quote). By way of example: neoconservatism's extreme need for war, lies and to control are criminal, not liberty.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
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     -- Mary - MI      
     -- robert, somewhere inthe USA      
    Right on!
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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    As Waffler mentioned-Goldwater began to lose it in the end, but he was certainly right in 1964. Still cannot understand how anyone with a sane mind could vote for LBJ.
     -- Cal, Lewisville, TX     
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