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    A friend of mine sent me a link to this YouTube video of various Republicans remembering the 1964 convention when Nelson Rockefeller tried to make Goldwater's uncompromising stand an issue of extremism vs moderation.

    Goldwater embraced the term with these immortal words: "I would remind you that extremism in the defense of Liberty is no vice. ... And let me remind you also that moderation in the pursuit of Justice is no virtue."

    Here's the video. Jump to about 2:37 to hear Goldwater's quote:

    [flash=320,256]http://www.youtube.com/v/7KJABfBN6ew&color1=11645361&color2=1361915 1&hl=en&fs=1[/flash]

    Classic!

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    Extremism may not be a vice, but it may get you thrown in the can!

    It's a shame Goldwater wasn't more successful.

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    If you really want to hear a remarkable speech at that convention, listen to Ronald Reagan's impromptu speech. Doesn't get any better than that.


    In the final seconds of your life, just before your killer is about to dispatch you to that great eternal darkness, what would you rather have in your hand? A cell phone or a gun?

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    akpoff wrote:
    Goldwater embraced the term with these immortal words: "I would remind you that extremism in the defense of Liberty is no vice. ... And let me remind you also that moderation in the pursuit of Justice is no virtue."
    Credit to Karl Hess for putting that line in the speech. God rest his soul.


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    SouthernBoy wrote:
    If you really want to hear a remarkable speech at that convention, listen to Ronald Reagan's impromptu speech. Doesn't get any better than that.

    Too bad he "moderated in defense of liberty" upon getting nominated for prez.

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