What It Means to be  'Conservative' 

Barry Goldwater - A Real Conservative
The positions below represent his own values and his political positions

  
1. What policy should be followed on gays serving in the military?

“You don't have to be straight to shoot straight.” - Barry Goldwater

And I’m saying it loud.  I’m a Republican who supports Gay rights.”

2. If elected, would you support a woman's right to have an abortion?

“Today’s so-called ‘conservatives’ don’t even know what the word means. They think I’ve turned liberal because I believe a woman has a right to an abortion. That’s a decision that’s up to the pregnant woman, not up to the pope or some do-gooders or the Religious Right. It’s not a conservative issue at all.”
                                                                                                                                                                                   ~Barry Goldwater

When Goldwater observed the right trying to use government to enforce private morality he spoke up for women's right to abortion and gay rights. - The Political Legacies of Barry Goldwater and George McGovern: Shifting ... By Jeffrey J. Volle

Goldwater and his wife were founding members of Planned Parenthood in Arizona.

3. Do you support legalization of marijuana?

Goldwater endorsed an Arizona initiative to legalize medical marijuana.

4. Will you support an investigation on the Federal Reserve, the malfeasance which has taken place in banks and financial institutions related to foreclosures, robosigning, and other questionable practices?
        “The accounts of the Federal Reserve System have never been audited. It operates
           outside the control of Congress, and manipulates the credit of the  United States, and for that matter, the credit of the entire world." Warning by Senator Barry Goldwater:

5. What is your position on damage to private property and health resulting from oil spills?

Position on damage to private property and health resulting from oil spills and fracking
- “While I am a great believer in the free 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.” ~Barry Goldwater

Barry also said:
“I wouldn’t trust Nixon from here to that phone.”
“I will offer a choice, not an echo.”

I asked myself, struck by how the definition of 'Conservative' had changed over my life time, what the reaction of the candidates running for election in the 14th Congressional District of Ohio would be if confronted with the quotes above.  I decided to find out.  In 2014 I called them.  


by Melinda Pillsbury-Foster

​The question was answered
  
There was a lot I did not agree with Ronald Reagan on.  Dad had met Ronnie in 1960 when Ronnie strolled into the Republican Club that Dad ran at UCLA.  Ronnie was someone you had to like, someone you could trust on a personal level, very unlike most politicians.  

I found this video of Ronnie talking about Goldwater and it is worth watching.   Both Reagan and Goldwater were good men, kind, hard-working and decent.  I'm not going to say we need more men like them in government, what we need is less government.  But more men like them out of government, that I could get behind.  Then, they would be solving problems in the Free-Market. 

I know Dad, Dr. Arthur F. Pillsbury, would agree.  He was also hard working, good and kind.  Ronnie wanted him to go to Sacramento with him when he was elected governor and to DC with him after he was elected president.  Dad said "No, thank you," to going but yes to feeling like someone was in the White House he could trust.  It would be nice to feel that way again, for all of us.  

When Ronnie was trying to get Dad to go with him to DC he used to call our house a lot.  I was in college and Dad would let Little Carolyn (now Morgan) answer the phone.   Carolyn would not tell Dad Ronnie was on the phone until Ronnie promised to send her two dollars.  He always did, and Carolyn always cashed those checks.  Others kept them as souveniers, but not our little mercenary, Carolyn.
Dad liked and respected Ronnie but he knew government was not going to get smaller or more responsible with Ronnie in office.   But it was not policies which created respect between the two of them, it was common values, caring about others and meeting life head on.   Life, and people are who they are. 

John Fund told a lot of lies about me, assisted by Morgan, sadly enough.  Listen to The Tape again.  If you cannot understand what is said, read the transcript.  Morgan could drown in the lies she has told about me.  The truth has to come out and this site is just the beginning of that.  The kind of men in office today should not continue.  We need to affirm our right to change government and our future.  Our children and grandchildren need us to have the courage to act.  PhoneVoter, Interactive TV, is one of the tools we need to accomplish this.  
       Thanks to my Dad for teaching me about honoring the truth.  You are missed every day.  God Bless you for being you.