Someone in the GOP needs to stand up to the president before things spiral out of control.
This doesn’t mean we should suddenly elevate Goldwater to heroic status.
The racism – trigger-happy jingoism and heartless laissez-faire ideology so detestable in the modern GOP can all be directly traced back to his insidious 1964 presidential campaign.
Our nation would have been far better off if the movement that Goldwater spawned had died with his landslide defeat at the hands of Lyndon Johnson.
Nevertheless there is one aspect of Goldwater’s career that modern Republicans should emulate.
When he saw that President Richard Nixon had committed crimes that demanded he be removed from office – Goldwater had the courage to tell the president — to his face no less — that he needed to resign.At that point Goldwater was a senator from Arizona and on Aug. 6, 1974 he made it clear to the Senate Republican Conference lunch that Nixon was a liar who needed to go:
‘There are only so many lies you can take and now there has been one too many’ Goldwater said ‘Nixon should get his ass out of the White House — today!’