A Prophetic Voice From The Grave

A few years ago John Dean, of the Watergate Deans, wrote a book called Conservatives Without Conscience, in which he sought to understand and delineate the mores of the current crop of conservatives.

In the preface he writes of a conversation he had while developing the book:

I asked [him] for his thoughts on Christian conservatives like Colson, and their increasing presence in Republican politics, and he minced no words. “Goddamn it, John,” he began, with a combination of anger, frustration, and sorrow, “the Republicans are selling their soul to win elections.” He saw trouble coming. “Mark my word,” he said, “if and when these preachers get control of the party, and they’re sure trying to do so, it’s going to be a terrible damn problem. Frankly these people frighten me. Politics and governing demand compromise. The government won’t work without it. But these Christians believe they are acting in the name of God, so they can’t and won’t compromise. I know, I’ve tried to deal with them.” He had absolutely no doubt that these people had made Washington more divisive than it had ever been, he he was concerned that their divisiveness was speaking through the country.

— November 1994, during a phone conversation with Senator Barry Goldwater

And today we have as an exemplar…

Republican Sharron Angle says her campaign to unseat Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in Nevada is "a calling" from God and that her faith is helping her endure a fiercely competitive race in which Democrats have depicted her as a conservative extremist.

"When you have God in your life … he directs your path," Angle told the Christian Broadcasting Network in an interview posted on its website Wednesday.

Asked why she entered the race, Angle said "the reason is a calling."

"When God calls you he also equips you and He doesn’t just say, ‘Well today you’re going to run against Harry Reid,’" the tea party favorite said.

In the Bible "Moses has his preparatory time. Paul had his preparatory time. Even Jesus had his preparatory time," the former legislator said, citing her years in public office as her preparation for the race.

"God knew all of this in advance," Angle added. "I don’t know what’s coming up tomorrow but I do know that He is there. He saw it and that He has provided a way of escape and a way for me to endure."

Apparently Ms. Angle has a direct line from the mouth of the Christian God, but hasn’t given up her whining, arrogant ways, as elsewhere she explains that she won’t do interviews with the mainstream media, preferring Fox News, because the MSM won’t let her fundraise during interviews and they ask her hard questions about her views. One might suppose God tells her who she can and can’t interview with. Apparently God hasn’t given her the strength of intellect or the courage or the morals and ethics to give honest answers to tough questions.

Barry G. must be turning over in his grave.


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3 Responses

  1. Goldwater was cool. Very conservative, but the real deal. Extraordinarily candid and didn’t play games. Even liberals like me liked the guy (although his fondness for weapons was a scary).

    He was the one who marched up to the White House in ’74 to tell Nixon he had to step down.

    Goldwater didn’t fool around.


  2. I read Dean’s book several years ago. It was very insightful. Sad to say, Goldwater had the Republicans pegged. Too bad other conservatives didn’t heed his warning.


  3. […] In the words of the crabby old Barry Goldwater: […]


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