In Welcome to Palinland, Katrina Vanden Heuval says Sarah Palin is channeling AuH20:
In his 1960 manifesto The Conscience of a Conservative, Goldwater wrote, “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 their purpose, or that impose on the people an unwarranted financial burden.”
Vanden Heuval thinks this is an “extremist brand of conservatism.” Which only proves she doesn’t get it.
Of course, since George Bush corrupted the concept of conservatism by making it synonymous with a slightly diluted brand of statism, it isn’t surprising she thinks that. And, of course, Vanden Heuval was only 5 in 1964.
Anybody who has not read The Conscience of a Conservative, is welcome to borrow my copy. It is even better than the quote Ms Vanden Heuval picks.