The Goldwater-Reagan Victory
The Goldwater-Reagan Victory
Jeffrey Lord, American Spectator, October 5, 2007 (Excerpt)
"Patiently, brick-by-brick with the help of a growing conservative army, under relentless political and personal attack, the two men went on to lead a stunningly successful movement of ideas. These ideas did not simply produce election victories. They were part of a massively successful intellectual assault that Goldwater and Reagan led in opposition to what once seemed to be the unquestioned wisdom of the ages. They not only began unshackling the American economy to stunning success, Reagan, with help from Goldwater in the Senate and Thatcher and Pope John Paul II abroad, brought about the literal destruction of the evil empire that was the Soviet Union.
That success, inevitably, so angers defenders of what's left of the tattered liberal flag that they, like their predecessors, will stop at nothing to personally destroy the heirs of Goldwater and Reagan's victory. They have too much at stake to let go of what's left in what was once a vast liberal empire that extended as far as the philosophical eye could see. They once controlled the White House, the Congress, the Supreme Court, the media and the handful of think tanks that existed. But beginning that night in October of 1964 they were under siege.
HAVING SEEN CLOSE-UP THE ATTEMPTS to destroy President Reagan, one recognizes instantly what's at stake here as they go after Rush. Like Ronald Reagan, he is the premiere conservative spokesman of his day. The fact that he draws an audience of twenty million people absolutely terrifies liberal leaders. Terrifies them. Ronald Reagan gave one televised speech that October and lit up Goldwater's switchboard with new found conservatives. Rush speaks for three hours, five days a week.
Precisely like Reagan he patiently and with great good humor (as, of course, the sole occupant of "the prestigious Attila the Hun Chair at the Limbaugh Institute for Conservative Studies") walks listeners through the foundations of conservatism and the real world effects of liberalism.
Reagan used to draw gales of laughter from increasing crowds in his career as he said the most dangerous words in the English language were "I'm from the government and I'm here to help you." In Rush's hands this point gets illustrated with the tale of New Orleans Mayor "School Bus" Nagin. Combined with television's visual images of a flooded parking lot filled with government-run school buses rendered completely ineffective in the life-or-death task of rescuing residents, in three words Rush illustrated with unerring and stinging accuracy exactly what a floundering, bureaucratized liberal attempt at help looks like -- and its deadly effects. If you, to cite one not-so-stray example, are defending the idea that government can run health care in America better than the private sector, Rush becomes one formidable man with a microphone. But if you hope people will forget you have trashed the troops as ignorant murderers and Nazis, and Rush calls you out with sound-bite chapter and verse, playing back your words to millions, Rush becomes one very dangerous man indeed.
One year and a month away from the 2008 election the stakes are clear. Liberals are not fighting for Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama or John Edwards or anyone else. They are in the fight of their lives to defend a way of life that has become the indefensible. Beginning with contempt for the military, they have become the epitome of pacifism abroad and failure at home. Yet make no mistake. In this fight they will, as they have in the past, say and do anything -- anything -- that they believe is necessary to win.
Today Rush Limbaugh stands in their way, just as Barry Goldwater and Ronald Reagan once did. But like Ronald Reagan, Rush is not alone -- and unlike Barry Goldwater in 1964, we're not 38% anymore. Whatever happens in 2008, conservatives are here to stay, Rush will keep talking, liberalism will keep unraveling, and Americans will keep listening. And the men and women in uniform? It doesn't even have to be said what they think of Rush Limbaugh."
RussNote: To sign a petition in support of Rush that has been introduced by Congressman Eric Cantor of Virginia, go to Stand With Rush.com