SRAZ commenter American Patriot recently wrote: “Are you aware that [Ted] Cruz’ father left Cuba in 1957 and only became a US citizen in 2005? That’s nearly 50 years later!! He obviously was in no great hurry to embrace America, but was content to profit from this great land. His timing is interesting since it coincided with his son Ted’s establishment of a political career.”
This fact is but one of many political oddities. One of the biggest took place right here in Arizona.
We often hear Republican Barry Goldwater referred to as “Mr. Conservative.” How many remember that “Mr. Conservative” actually endorsed a Berkeley-reared, radical Democrat over an actual conservative candidate in an Arizona Congressional race in 1992?
Goldwater came after Republican Doug Wead with both barrels, due to the fact that he was a political and religious conservative who Barry said was unacceptable since he “wore his religion on his sleeve.” So who did Barry Goldwater prefer AND endorse? Karan English, a liberal pro-abortion Democrat! Having served in the Arizona state legislature, she had an undeniable leftist track record, but that was of no consequence.
Yep. It turns out, Arizona’s Republican icon, “Mr. Conservative” wasn’t a conservative at all.
There is a silver lining to the story. Single-termer Karan English was unceremoniously ousted from office by none other than J.D. Hayworth — who it turns out, is more of a conservative than Barry ever was. Republican Hayworth ably represented Arizona in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1995 to 2007.
After Goldwater’s endorsement spirited English to victory, anti-Barry ire was so great, there was a movement to remove his name from AZ GOP headquarters. The story was big enough to gain coverage in the Chicago Tribune.
Abortion played a major role in this sham. In addition to favoring term-limits and vouchers, Doug Wead was adamantly pro-life. The Goldwater’s were not. Barry and his wife Peggy were fans of the notorious eugenics proponent Margaret Sanger, (video) whose desire to limit those she considered “human weeds” and “genetically inferior races,” undergirded Planned Parenthood’s abortion mission.
Goldwater even appeared in commercials in opposition of Proposition 110, The Preborn Child Protection Amendment, the intent of which was to limit abortions to saving the life of the mother or in cases of reported rape or incest. (Information relating to the proposition begins on page 61).
To this day, the Peggy Goldwater Award, named in honor of Barry’s wife of 51 years — the founder of Planned Parenthood of Central and Northern Arizona — is one of the group’s most prestigious awards. After Peggy’s death and his remarriage to Susan Wechsler, 32 years his junior, Barry’s views on social issues veered even further left. The Arizona senator died in 1998 at age 89.