Sunday, 19 August 2007

A Man After My Own Heart.

I have little interest in streamlining government or in making it more efficient, for I mean to reduce its size. I do not undertake to promote welfare, for I propose to extend freedom. My aim is not to pass laws, but to repeal them. It is not to inaugurate new programs, but to cancel old ones that do violence to the Constitution or that have failed their purpose, or that impose on the people an unwarranted financial burden. I will not attempt to discover whether legislation is 'needed'' before I have first determined whether it is constitutionally permissible. And if I should later be attacked for neglecting my constituents 'interests', I shall reply that I was informed that their main interest is liberty and that in that cause I am doing the very best I can.

- Barry Goldwater, the greatest president America never had.

Hat Tip: Samizdata.


Mark Wadsworth said...


Sam Tarran said...

Sounds like an intelligent and decent chap, and what's more a conviction politician, something become more uncommon nowadays.