Mind and Destiny

“I make no pretension to patriotism. So long as my voice can be heard ... I will hold up America to the lightning scorn of moral indignation. In doing this, I shall feel myself discharging the duty of a true patriot; for he is a lover of his country who rebukes and does not excuse its sins. It is righteousness that exalteth a nation while sin is a reproach to any people.”- Frederick Douglass

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Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Bill Bogart


In 1964, the Republican Party ran Barry Goldwater as their presidential candidate.  Democrats ran the following TV ad entitled: “Confessions of a Republican.”
Bill Bogart noted: “I don’t know just why they wanted to call this a confession; I certainly don’t feel guilty about being a Republican.  I’ve always been a Republican.
“My father is, his father was, the whole family is a Republican family.  I voted for Dwight Eisenhower the first time I ever voted; I voted for Nixon the last time.
“But when we come to Senator Goldwater, now it seems to me, we’re up against a very different kind of a man.  This man scares me.
“Now maybe I’m wrong.  A friend of mine just said to me, ‘Listen, just because a man sounds a little irresponsible during a campaign doesn’t mean he’s going to act irresponsibly.’
“You know that theory, that the White House makes the man.  I don’t buy that.  You know what I think makes a president – I mean, aside from his judgment, his experience – are the men behind him, his advisors, the cabinet.
“And so many men with strange ideas are working for Goldwater.  You hear a lot about what these guys are against – they seem to be against just about everything – but what are they for?
“The hardest thing for me about this whole campaign is to sort out one Goldwater statement from another.  A reporter will go to Senator Goldwater and he’ll say, ‘Senator, on such and such a day, you said, and I quote, ‘blah blah blah’ whatever it is, end quote.’  And then Goldwater says,
' Well, I wouldn’t put it that way.'
“I can’t follow that.  Was he serious when he did put it that way?  Is he serious when he says I wouldn’t put it that way?  I just don’t get it.  A president ought to mean what he says.
“President Johnson, at least is talking about facts.  He says, ‘Look, we’ve got the tax cut bill and because of that, you get to carry home X number of dollars more every payday.  We’ve got the nuclear test ban and because of that, there is X percent less radioactivity in the food.’
“But Goldwater, often, you can’t figure out just what Goldwater means by the things he says.  I read now where he says, ‘A wave- a craven fear of death is sweeping across America.’
“What is that supposed to mean?  If he means that people don’t want to fight a nuclear war, he’s right.  I don’t.  When I read some of these things that Goldwater says about total victory, I get a little worried, you know?
“I wish I was as sure that Goldwater is as against war as I am that he’s against some of these other things.  I wish I could believe that he has the imagination to be able to just shut his eyes and picture what this country would look like after a nuclear war.
“Sometimes, I wish I’d been at that convention in San Francisco.  I mean, I wish I’d been a delegate, I really do.  I would have fought, you know?
“I wouldn’t have worried so much about party unity because if you unite behind a man you don’t believe in, it’s a lie.  I tell you, those people who got control of that convention: Who are they?
“I mean, when the head of the Ku Klux Klan, when all these weird groups come out in favor of the candidate of my party – either they’re not Republicans or I’m not.
“I’ve thought about just not voting at this election, just staying home – but you can’t do that, because that’s saying you don’t care who wins, and I do care.  I think my party made a bad mistake in San Francisco, and I’m going to have to vote against that mistake on the 3rd of November.
“Vote for President Johnson on November 3rd.  The stakes are too high for you to stay home.” 
On 5/2/16, Bill Bogart, who is now 80, said on the Rachel Maddow Show: “And there is no way that I can visualize myself voting for any of the Republicans this year.”

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