Saturday, October 23, 2010

Photo: Profile of Barry Goldwater at Memorial

Today's photo is of the profile of Barry Goldwater's statue at the Barry Goldwater Memorial in Paradise Valley, Arizona.

I took the profile so you could see Barry's glass frames.

Barry is looking towards Camelback Mountain, one of his favorite views.

Barry was an accomplished photographer, which was his hobby.

Barry Goldwater is a strong part of the fabric of Arizona's history.

He was a five term Senator and the Republican Party's nominee for President in 1964.

Goldwater is known for reigniting the conservative movement in America in the 1960s, and he also influenced the Libertarian movement. Goldwater was well respected and a charismatic leader. By the 1980s, however, the Christian Right disagreed greatly with Goldwater's Libertarian views. Goldwater then became a vocal critic of the religious right's views on abortion, gay rights and the role of religion in the public.

Goldwater is someone whom Arizona is extremely proud of.

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Janet M Kincaid said...

Great pictures and commentary. Arizonans may be proud of Goldwater, but would Goldwater be proud of Arizona? And is the present conservative movement anything like the movement he started? My queries are largely rhetorical and not meant to create animosity or polarizing rhetoric. Sadly, the party of Lincoln looks nothing like the Republican party of today. Same with the Democrats though, too. American politics: What a mess! said...

Great angle to capture the frame of Goldwater's trademark dark-rimmed glasses. Goldwater was as grounded and steadfast in his views as his pose in this statue.

Politicians used to say that they are a Goldwater Republican. Now they say that they are a Reagan Republican. Usually the people saying that are Republicans accused of being too moderate, despite the fact that during their time, Goldwater and Reagan were accused of being too far right.

Sharon said...

Very nice tribute to an Amercian statesman and an Arizona icon. I couldn't agree with Janet more, American politics are a mess. The parties seem to have forgotten that they represent everyone not just the few extremes.

Jarart said...

Great picture! It almost looks like the man himself standing there. The lighting is awesome.

Joop Zand said...

Thats a fantastic picture Julie, the lighting is great.

warm greetings from Holland, Joop

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