Barry Goldwater Statue Dedicationby Senator Jeff Flake
Posted on 2015-02-10
FLAKE. Mr. President, I rise to speak about an Arizona original--
former Senator and Presidential candidate Barry Goldwater.
Senator Goldwater was no stranger to this Senate floor, having served five terms in this body and having been his party's Presidential nominee in 1964. By the end of his time here, Goldwater was an elder statesman and the go-to guy on national security, having chaired the Committee on Armed Services and the Select Committee on Intelligence and having reorganized the Pentagon structure with the Goldwater- Nichols Act. He was also respected for his unapologetic fiscal conservatism. Goldwater was probably best known for his staunch defense of personal liberty and for reviving and redefining what it means to be conservative.
While he may have lost the election in 1964 to Lyndon Johnson, he laid the groundwork for the Republican Party's future and the eventual resurgence under Ronald Reagan.
As columnist George Will once noted, it took 16 years to count the votes from 1964, and Goldwater won.
For many of us, he was a role model. Before I came to Congress, I was honored to serve as the executive director of the Goldwater Institute, an Arizona organization that bears his name and his philosophy.
Born before Arizona was even a State, Goldwater, as did so many great men, honed his passionate interests in the nonpolitical world around him. He was an avid, published photographer. In fact, Goldwater's estate contained some 15,000 photographs, many of them of Arizona landscapes and the people he loved so much.
He also occasionally took his camera to social events, once even snapping President Kennedy at the White House. Kennedy inscribed the photo, ``For Barry Goldwater, whom I urge to follow the career for which he has shown such talent--photography.'' In addition to being a conservative warrior, Goldwater was an actual warrior, having flown supply missions over ``the hump'' in World War II and retiring as a major general in the U.S. Air Force Reserve. He believed in peace through strength.
Barry Goldwater was plainspoken. He was stubborn. He was patriotic. He was independent. In short, Goldwater embodied the very spirit of Arizona.
Tomorrow--at long last--Barry Goldwater will be honored with a statue in the Capitol, representing his beloved Arizona. Goldwater may have once described himself as ``the most underdog underdog there is,'' but I can't think of a more deserving recipient nor of a more fitting representative of our State.
Well done, Barry Goldwater.
I yield the floor.
Mr. President, I suggest the absence of a quorum.
The PRESIDING OFFICER. The clerk will call the roll.
The assistant bill clerk proceeded to call the roll.