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American Taliban

by Greg Robertson on September 11th, 2012

Today made me think of the dangers of religious fanaticism abroad, and at home. Here’s a quote.

“Mark my word, if and when these preachers get control of the [Republican] party, and they’re sure trying to do so, it’s going to be a terrible damn problem. Frankly, these people frighten me. Politics and governing demand compromise. But these Christians believe they are acting in the name of God, so they can’t and won’t compromise. I know, I’ve tried to deal with them.
The religious factions that are growing throughout our land are not using their religious clout with wisdom…. I’m frankly sick and tired of the political preachers across this country telling me as a citizen that if I want to be a moral person, I must believe in ‘A,’ ‘B,’ ‘C,’ and ‘D.’ Just who do they think they are?… I will fight them every step of the way if they try to dictate their moral convictions to all Americans in the name of “conservatism.”

Barry Goldwater, (1909–1998), five-term US Senator, Republican Party nominee for President in 1964*, Maj. Gen., US Air Force Reserves, author of The Conscience of a Conservative.

Never forget.

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  1. Great quote, Greg.
    If you haven’t watched the HBO series “Newsroom” I highly recommend it. The lead character, recovering Republican news anchor, frequently rails against the Tea Party movement, accusing them of hijacking his party for their own radical purposes and refusing to engage in debate, dialog, discussion, or any form of compromise for the greater good of the country. Extremely well written (Aaron Sorkin of West Wing fame) and right on target.

  2. Greg Robertson permalink

    @Bob, yeah we are all big fans of the show at the office. I thought the American Taliban reference was “spot on” and nicely paired with Goldwater’s quote.

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