Why I Parted Ways With The Right

Gus11/30/2009 7:32:41 pm PST

re: #96 Sharmuta

So… there are only two Goldwater conservatives left? Sad.

Do we get our own preserve?

Not Goldwater but William F. Buckley’s brother Jim Buckley and Edmund Muskie:

He [Muskie] could convince Senator Jim Buckley to cosponsor the 1972 Clean Water Act. Buckley came to understand the relationship between his conservative political philosophy and the concept of conservation under Muskie’s tutelage. As a result, he became an articulate supporter of the landmark 1972 Clean Water Act. As Buckley said: “I know of no situation in private life where a newcomer would have been accorded greater consideration, or where differences of opinion would have been given a fairer hearing than that which was characteristic of both the Committee on Public Works and its Subcommittee on Air and Water Pollution. I feel particularly fortunate to be a member of both and to have been able to work with the two chairmen and the committee staff, who have made so great an effort to accommodate differences of approach to common objectives.”

Thought it was good to re-post this excerpt as reflection and comparison as well as a point of reflection.

They don’t make them like they used to and that includes the Buckleys and Goldwater.