What would Barry Goldwater have said about the U.S. presidential campaign for 2012?
November 16, 2012
I had trouble getting excited about the recent presidential campaign between President Barak Obama and Mitt Romney.
I spent much of my life getting excited about political campaigns, especially those for the presidency. They gave my life a sense or purpose and identity. Not anymore. At times, the recent campaign seemed like a replay of a civil war.
People on both sides seemed to get really nasty. It was more than the usual political trash-talking. There seemed to be a lack of respect for anybody who hold a different view.
One politician that I really admired was Barry Goldwater who ran for president in 1964. He was a former U.S. Senator who had a reputation for being a player in the U.S. Congress even though he was a conservative. Other side respected him, as he did them.
He knew the art of how to make government work.
I wonder what he would have said about the recently completed campaign and how he would have reacted to the polarization that exists.