But did they listen? Nope. They did not listen.
This graphic is from MoveOn.org and it almost breaks your heart to know that we could be having a much more reasonable debate about the path forward for America if the Republican party had listened to Barry Goldwater all those years ago:
Mark my word, if and when these preachers get control of the [Republican] 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. 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.
No word on what Barry Goldwater thought about Etch-A-Sketches. I’m still researching that.