Barry Goldwater: Extremism in defense of Liberty is No Vice and Moderation in the Pursuit of Justice is No Virtue
“Extremism in defense of Liberty is no vice and moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.” -Barry Goldwater
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What Would You Do to Defend Liberty?
Well, I thought I had seen it all in this election cycle. Blaming a pandemic that came from an evil, enemy country on the sitting president. Half of the public not caring that one candidate was a corrupt hack who worked with his son to profit off hurting our nation. A candidate hiding the basement to avoid questions for a large fraction of his campaign. Lies, lies, and more lies from the problematic media. Social media censorship that interfered in the election. But now, with what we have seen over the past few days, I know I was wrong. The sheer level of voter fraud taking place around the nation right now is absolutely sickening.
I’m angry. I’m furious. Sure, I still think Trump will win, but that’s not the point. The point is that some people are trying to steal this election and use fraud to achieve a result that a free and fair election could not. Republicans need to fight this by fighting leftism on every front. They need to remember Barry Goldwater’s famous quote that “Extremism in defense of liberty is no vice” and then act on it by taking the fight to the left.
When Possible, Moderation should Prevail
Let me state up front that I’m also a firm believer that we need to be reasonable and avoid political violence of any kind, whatsoever. Political violence is reprehensible and should never be considered a viable path as long as any form of justice is still possible.
More than that, we should not do more than is necessary given current events. We shouldn’t cross lines there is no point in crossing, even though “extremism in defense of liberty is no vice” and it goes against human nature to lose gracefully.
As Thomas Jefferson wrote in the Declaration of Independence, “Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.” Moderation should prevail when doing so is possible; that is what has so far allowed for a peaceful transfer of power in America to work.
Yes, Goldwater was 100% correct in stating that “extremism in defense of liberty is no vice.” But, also, sometimes it just isn’t worth it to fight in that manner.
During the tenure of moderate Democrat presidencies or reasonable Democrat majority leaders, we should be reasonable and moderate too. Then is the time for being calm-headed and reasonable, willing to compromise, and happy to find mutually acceptable solutions. Joe Manchin, for example, should be reasoned with because he is a reasonable and pro-American Democrat, as most are.
But Sometimes that Moderation and Spirit of Compromise Isn’t Possible
But, frankly, there are times when moderation is no longer what is called for because the evils are no longer sufferable. For, as Jefferson wrote in the next sentence of our Declaration of Independence, “But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.”
In other words, sometimes we must remember that “Extremism in defense of Liberty is no vice, and moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.” During those times, we should start trying to win, whatever it takes (as long as it’s peaceful).
The time for that is when we are dealing with radical leftists, as we now are. Those people can’t be dealt with, negotiated with, or reasoned with. They want to bring socialism to America and destroy our liberties. That “train of abuses” would be insufferable. When we see it coming, that is the time to remember that “extremism in defense of liberty is no vice” and to start fighting back.
Most Republicans have never seemed to understand that idea that sometimes enough is enough and it’s time to get our hands dirty and that extremism in defense of liberty is no vice. Nixon did, as shown by the Watergate break-in; he had an election stolen from him when he ran against Kennedy and wasn’t going to let it happen again. In my view, the only thing he did wrong was get caught. Similarly, Barry Goldwater got it, as shown by my using his quote about the fact that extremism in defense of liberty is no vice. Andrew Breitbart got it, as you’ll understand from reading his advice on fighting the culture war or his memoir, Righteous Indignation.
But most Republicans don’t. They want to keep their country club membership. They don’t want to stir up controversy or accuse the other side of wrongdoing because doing so would be uncomfortable. When it comes down to it, they are not willing to accept that extremism in defense of liberty is no vice.
Just think about the absolute criminality that Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell let the Obama Administration get away with when they were in charge of both houses of Congress. Just think of the fact that Barr has not prosecuted any of the bureaucrats involved in spying on the Trump Campaign and falsely accusing Michael Flynn of wrongdoing. Or, most relevantly, the fact that almost no GOP politicians have called out the overt voter fraud right now.
Establishment Republicans lose because they won’t do what it takes to win. Sure, they are “good losers” and lose gracefully, but that’s no way to run a political party, much less a culture war. It’s like Vince Lombardi once said, “Show me a good loser and I’ll show you a loser.” And, often, when not going along with Trump, that’s what the mainstream Republican Party is. A party of losers that doesn’t understand that “extremism in defense of liberty is no vice.” A party that was not willing to fight and win, even during the Obama Administration.
And at no time has that been more evident than now. Trump had the election in the bag. Then, in the dead of night, the Democrats started trying to steal it from him. Hundreds of thousands of votes suddenly were given to Biden in ways that made absolutely no sense. Wisconsin is currently at a statistically impossible (given its history) level of voter turnout and still has more ballots to count. Project Veritas exposed overt voter fraud at the hands of USPS. Battleground states suddenly stopped counting votes and are holding out until the Democrats can print more ballots for Joe.
Now is the time to stand up and fight, not to hold back your opinions on this utterly horrifying situation. But that’s what the establishment of *good* losers is doing- nothing. They’re losing. Again. And all because they won’t accept that extremism in defense of liberty is no vice.
What Can You Do?
By now, you’re probably thinking, “I’m not a loser! I’ll fight! I just don’t know how.” And you’re correct, on one account at least. You’re not one of the blue-stockinged, establishment losers. You want to win.
But you’re wrong on the other count. You already know how to fight this battle. What is that innate knowledge? It’s doing what is natural to humans that are oppressed; stand up and fight for what you believe to be true. Or, as Gad Saad, author of The Parasitic Mind, puts it, “activate your inner honey badger.” Go on an all-out verbal and legal offensive against our culture war enemies. And if you get sick of it, think of the Barry Goldwater quote that “extremism in defense of liberty is no vice” and then redouble your efforts, knowing that you’re doing the right thing. Fight the culture war in the same manner that Trump would.
Send your friends and family articles about the voter fraud happening right now. Share them on social media. Sell your stocks of leftist companies and boycott those companies. Inform people of what companies donated to the BLM terrorist organization and then avoid those companies. Call out leftists on their wrongdoing, from the significant issues to the petty.
Go protest outside a polling place and pressure them to do the right thing. Donate to the Trump Campaign legal fund to help them sue states that have acted in an illegal and corrupt manner. And again, if you get sickened by the ferocity of the struggle, just remember, “extremism in defense of liberty is no vice and moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.”
Just ignore cancel culture. What’s the worst that Karen from HR can do to you, make you lose your job? Quit and apply for work at a conservative firm and where you can advocate for what you believe in! Or, better yet, start your own business, so you have no one telling you what to do or how to think, and then only hire conservatives. What is the worst thing the girl with blue hair on your college campus can do, call you a racist? Tell her why she’s wrong then launch into an attack on the racist, fascistic roots of leftism. They’re wrong. They can’t stop you. No one can.
But, at the end of the day, it all comes down to you remembering that “extremism in defense of liberty is no vice” and doing whatever it takes to defend your liberty and defeat the left. Don’t date leftists, don’t help them, don’t associate yourself with them unless you think they can be won over. That’s how extreme we have to be if we want to win the culture war. The problem is just that Republicans, other than Trump, don’t seem to get it.
Finally, listen to what a Republican you probably don’t like, Dick Cheney had to say in the movie Vice when discussing the Bush Administration’s response to the 9/11 attacks. I think it perfectly encapsulates the idea that extremism in defense of liberty is no vice:
I can feel your recriminations and your judgment … and I am fine with them. You wanna be loved. You wanna be a movie star. The world is as you find it. You have to deal with that reality. There are monsters in this world. We saw three thousand innocent people burned to death by those monsters. And yet you object when I refuse to kiss those monsters on the cheek and say “Pretty please.”
You answer me this: what terrorist attack would you have let go forward so you wouldn’t seem like a mean and nasty fella? I will not apologize for keeping your family safe and I will not apologize for doing what needed to be done so that your loved ones can sleep peaceably at night.
Be like Cheney in that scene and in the events he hints at. Don’t apologize. Don’t turn the other cheek. Deal with the world as it is by doing what Machiavelli says to do in The Prince or Greene says to do in 48 Laws of Power. Be a “mean and nasty fella.” The people we are dealing with, both foreign and domestic, are monsters that want to destroy America. Now is the time to remember that “extremism in defense of liberty is no vice” and to wage an all-out counter-offensive.
Conclusion: Do You Truly Think that Extremism in Defense of Liberty is No Vice?
These people, the radical members of the Democratic Party, are trying to steal an election. If they succeed in stealing it, they will take your guns, raise taxes to a confiscatory level, and launch an all-out assault on free speech. That is their plan. They have said so. Will you let them succeed?
If your answer is “no,” then you need to ask yourself if you’re really willing to commit yourself to the idea that extremism in defense of liberty is no vice. Forget about country clubs, working at leftist corporations, or having pleasant conversations with the radical left. Those people want to steal your liberty just like they want to steal the election. We Republicans need to be anti-leftists and start fighting them in the same manner that they fight us.
And, most importantly, don’t lose faith because of the turmoil and uncertainty of it all. This election process has been chaotic, but chaos is a ladder. It can be a ladder for conservatives if we’re willing to accept and act on the idea that extremism in defense of liberty is no vice, just as Nixon, Breitbart, and Goldwater did.
By: Gen Z Conservative
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