People have been looking back and celebrating many of the events of 1964. The 50th anniversary of things like the Civil Rights Act, the Gulf of Tonkin resolution plunging the U.S. into Vietnam, or the Beatles on Ed Sullivan certainly should be commemorated. However there seems to very little being talked about the Goldwater campaign. It was a big turning point in American politics that would have a deep and lasting impact.
Far from simply being a presidential campaign it represented the beginning of the rise of conservatism. That was the by far the biggest political story of the last half century and its effects will be felt for years to come in the types of laws that are passed or are not passed. If you don’t believe me look at how LBJ campaigned in 1964, does anyone think the Democrats would’ve won over the last 50 years being that supportive of government activism. Even President Obama cannot be that vocally in favor of activist government. The reason for that began in 1964 with Goldwater’s campaign.
Come on, this deserves at least as much coverage as the guys who sang “She Loves You, Yeah, Yeah, Yeah.”