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I suggested on the floor of the Senate today that we stop all funds for the United Nations. Now, what that'll do to the United Nations, I don't know. I have a hunch it would cause them to fold up, which would make me very happy at this particular point. I think if this happens, they can well move their headquarters to Peking or Moscow and get 'em out of this country.

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Goldwater was grief-stricken [75] by the assassination of Kennedy and was greatly disappointed that his opponent in would not be Kennedy but instead his Vice President, former Senate Majority Leader Lyndon B. Johnson of Texas. Although Goldwater was not as important in the American conservative movement as Ronald Reagan after , he shaped and redefined the movement from the late s to Arizona Senator John McCain , who had succeeded Goldwater in the Senate in , summed up Goldwater's legacy, "He transformed the Republican Party from an Eastern elitist organization to the breeding ground for the election of Ronald Reagan.

The Republican Party recovered from the election debacle, acquiring 47 seats in the House of Representatives in the mid-term election. Further Republican successes ensued, including Goldwater's return to the Senate in In January of that year, Goldwater wrote an article in the National Review "affirming that he [was] not against liberals, that liberals are needed as a counterweight to conservatism, and that he had in mind a fine liberal like Max Lerner ". I feel very definitely that the [Nixon] administration is absolutely correct in cracking down on companies and corporations and municipalities that continue to pollute the nation's air and water.

While I am a great believer in the free competitive enterprise system and all that it entails, I am an even stronger believer in the right of our people to live in a clean and pollution-free environment.

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To this end, it is my belief that when pollution is found, it should be halted at the source, even if this requires stringent government action against important segments of our national economy. Throughout the s, as the conservative wing under Reagan gained control of the party, Goldwater concentrated on his Senate duties, especially in military affairs. He played little part in the election or administration of Richard Nixon , but he helped force Nixon's resignation in When Reagan challenged Ford for the presidential nomination in , Goldwater endorsed Ford, looking for consensus rather than conservative idealism.

As one historian notes, "The Arizonan had lost much of his zest for battle. The case, Goldwater v. Carter U. By the s, with Ronald Reagan as president and the growing involvement of the religious right in conservative politics, Goldwater's libertarian views on personal issues were revealed; he believed that they were an integral part of true conservatism. Goldwater viewed abortion as a matter of personal choice and as such supported abortion rights. As a passionate defender of personal liberty, he saw the religious right's views as an encroachment on personal privacy and individual liberties.

Notwithstanding his prior differences with Dwight D. Eisenhower , Goldwater in a interview rated him the best of the seven presidents with whom he had worked.

He introduced the Cable Franchise Policy and Communications Act , which allowed local governments to require the transmission of public, educational, and government access PEG channels, barred cable operators from exercising editorial control over content of programs carried on PEG channels, and absolved them from liability for their content.

After his retirement in , Goldwater described the Arizona Governor Evan Mecham as "hardheaded" and called on him to resign, and two years later stated that the Republican party had been taken over by a "bunch of kooks". In a interview with The Washington Post , the retired senator said,. When you say "radical right" today, I think of these moneymaking ventures by fellows like Pat Robertson and others who are trying to take the Republican party and make a religious organization out of it. If that ever happens, kiss politics goodbye.

Goldwater visited the small town of Bowen, Illinois , in to see where his mother was raised. Journalist Robert MacNeil , a friend of Goldwater's from the presidential campaign, recalled interviewing him in his office shortly afterward. And I said, 'Well, if I asked you, what would you say? Some of Goldwater's statements in the s alienated many social conservatives.

He endorsed Democrat Karan English in an Arizona congressional race, urged Republicans to lay off Bill Clinton over the Whitewater scandal , and criticized the military's ban on homosexuals : [93] He said that "Everyone knows that gays have served honorably in the military since at least the time of Julius Caesar " [] and that "You don't need to be 'straight' to fight and die for your country.

You just need to shoot straight.

You are extremists, and you've hurt the Republican party much more than the Democrats have. In , he told Bob Dole , whose own presidential campaign received lukewarm support from conservative Republicans: "We're the new liberals of the Republican party. Can you imagine that? Goldwater was a prominent spokesman for amateur radio and its enthusiasts. His first appearance was in Dave Bell's The World of Amateur Radio where Goldwater discussed the history of the hobby and demonstrated a live contact with Antarctica.

His last on-screen appearance dealing with "ham radio" was in , explaining a then-upcoming, Earth-orbiting ham radio relay satellite.

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Electronics was a hobby for Goldwater beyond amateur radio. He enjoyed assembling Heathkits , [] completing more than and often visiting their maker in Benton Harbor, Michigan , to buy more, before the company exited the kit business in Eventually his doll collection included items and was presented in to the Heard Museum in Phoenix. Goldwater was an amateur photographer and in his estate left some 15, of his images to three Arizona institutions. He was very keen on candid photography. He got started in photography after receiving a camera as a gift from his wife on their first Christmas together.

For decades, he contributed photographs of his home state to Arizona Highways and was best known for his Western landscapes and pictures of native Americans in the United States. Three books with his photographs are People and Places , from ; Barry Goldwater and the Southwest , from ; and Delightful Journey , first published in and reprinted in Ansel Adams wrote a foreword to the book. Goldwater's photography interests occasionally crossed over with his political career. John F. Kennedy , as president, was known to invite former congressional colleagues to the White House for a drink.

On one occasion, Goldwater brought his camera and photographed President Kennedy. When Kennedy received the photo, he returned it to Goldwater, with the inscription, "For Barry Goldwater—Whom I urge to follow the career for which he has shown such talent—photography! Son Michael Prescott Goldwater formed the Goldwater Family Foundation with the goal of making his father's photography available via the internet. Conservative , produced by granddaughter CC Goldwater.

About ten or twelve years ago I made an effort to find out what was in the building at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base where the information has been stored that has been collected by the Air Force, and I was understandably denied this request. It is still classified above Top Secret. According to Goldwater, an angry LeMay gave him "holy hell" and said, "Not only can't you get into it but don't you ever mention it to me again.

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In a interview on Larry King 's radio show, Goldwater was asked if he thought the U. I certainly believe in aliens in space. They may not look like us, but I have very strong feelings that they have advanced beyond our mental capabilities I think some highly secret government UFO investigations are going on that we don't know about—and probably never will unless the Air Force discloses them. The Barry M. The Scholarship is widely considered the most prestigious award in the U. Goldwater's public appearances ended in late after he suffered a massive stroke; family members then disclosed he was in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease.

He died on May 29, , at the age of 89 at his long-time home in Paradise Valley, Arizona , of complications from the stroke. A memorial statue set in a small park has been erected to honor the memory of Goldwater in that town, near his former home and current resting place. Among the buildings and monuments named after Barry Goldwater are: the Barry M. Capitol building in Washington, D. Goldwater's granddaughter, CC Goldwater, has co-produced with longtime friend and independent film producer Tani L. Cohen a documentary on Goldwater's life, Mr.

But if you think I'll let Barry Goldwater move in next door and marry my daughter, you must think I'm crazy. He was the first Congressman to serve while having a father in the Senate. Goldwater's uncle Morris Goldwater served in the Arizona territorial and state legislatures and as mayor of Prescott, Arizona. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

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