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“These extremists feed on fear, hate and terror.”

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Tuesday, November 10, 2009

At the 1964 Republican National Convention in San Francisco, CA, then-NY Governor Nelson Rockefeller was granted five minutes to address the delegates. He was booed for over 16 minutes.

At the time, the Republican party’s sweetheart was Arizona Senator Barry Goldwater, and the party was in jeopardy of being hijacked by subversive ideologues from the Ku Klux Klan, John Birch Society, Communists and others whom Goldwater and the party at large refused to repudiate. Appealing to racist elements, and Southern Democrats, Goldwater later became the party’s presidential nominee, only to be resoundingly defeated  in the November General Election by incumbent LBJ – Lyndon Baines Johnson – whom had become president upon JFK’s death. Goldwater’s defeat was one of the widest margins in American political history.

In his later years, having resigned, then re-elected and succeeded by John McCain, Goldwater’s extremist libertarian ideals included abortion, gay rights, and anti-religious sentiment.

I wonder – to what extent have those same subversives successfully infiltrated the party, our airwaves and national governance today?

The following is the text of Governor Rockefeller’s remarks from The Rockefeller Archive Center, and are available online. See http://www.rockarch.org/inownwords/nar1964text.php.

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FOR RELEASE AT 6:00 P.M., PDT, TUESDAY, JULY 14, 1964 ROBERT L. McMANUS, PRESS SECRETARY TO THE GOVERNOR

TEXT OF REMARKS BY GOVERNOR NELSON A. ROCKEFELLER PREPARED FOR DELIVERY BEFORE THE THIRD SESSION OF THE 1964 REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION IN MOVING ADOPTION OF THE AMENDMENT TO THE REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON RESOLUTIONS ON THE SUBJECT OF EXTREMISM, COW PALACE, SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA JULY 14, 1964

Mr. Chairman, fellow delegates, I move that the following language be inserted in the proposed 1964 Republican Platform as a new full paragraph between the present sixth and seventh paragraphs under the section headed “For a Free People.”

“The Republican Party fully respects the contribution of responsible criticism, and defends the right of dissent in the democratic process. But we repudiate the efforts of irresponsible, extremist groups, such as the Communists, the Ku Klux Klan, the John Birch Society and others, to discredit our Party by their efforts to infiltrate positions of responsibility in the Party, or to attach themselves to its candidates.”

The time has come for the Republican party to face this issue realistically and take decisive action. It is essential that this Convention repudiate here and now any doctrinaire, militant minority, whether Communist, Ku Klux Klan or Bircher which would subvert this party to purposes alien to the very basic tenets which gave this party birth.

Precisely one year ago today on July 14, 1964, I issued a statement wherein I warned that:

“The Republican party is in real danger of subversion by a radical, well-financed and highly disciplined minority.”

At that time I pointed out that the purpose of this minority were “wholly alien to the sound and honest conservatism that has firmly based the Republican party in the best of a century’s traditions, wholly alien to the sound and honest Republican liberalism that has kept the party abreast of human needs in a changing world, wholly alien to the broad middle course that accommodates the mainstream of Republican principles.”

Our sole concern must be the future well-being of America, and of freedom and respect for human dignity – the preservation and enhancement of these principles upon which this nation has achieved its greatness.

During this year, I have criss-crossed this nation fighting for those principles, fighting to keep the Republican party of all the people – and warning of the extremist threat, its danger to the party and its danger to the nation.

The methods of these extremist elements I have experienced at first hand.

Their tactics have ranged from cancellation by coercion of a speaking engagement before a college audience to outright threats of personal violence.

These things have no place in America, but I can personally testify to their existence. And so can countless others who have also experienced:

•    Anonymous midnight and early-morning telephone calls.

•    Unsigned threatening letters.

•    Smear and hate literature.

•    Strong arm and “goon” tactics.

•    Bomb threats and bombing.

•    Infiltration and take-over of established political organizations by Communist and Nazi methods.

These extremists feed on fear, hate and terror. They have no program for America – no program for the Republican party. They have no solution for our problems of chronic unemployment, of education of agriculture, or racial injustice or strife.

These extremists have no plan and no program to keep the peace and bring freedom to the world.

On the contrary – they spread distrust. They engender suspicion. They encourage disunity. And they operate from the dark shadows of secrecy.

They have called President Eisenhower “a dedicated, conscious agent of the Communist conspiracy.”

They have labeled a great Republican Secretary of State, the late John Foster Dulles, “a Communist agent.”

They have demanded that the United States get out of the United Nations and that the United Nations get out of the United States.

There is no place in this Republican party for such hawkers of hate, such purveyors of prejudice, such fabricators of fear, whether Communist, Ku Klux Klan or Bircher.

There is no place in this Republican party for those who would infiltrate its ranks, distort its aims, and convert it into a cloak of apparent respectability for a dangerous extremism.

And make no mistake about it – the hidden members of the John Birch Society and others like them are out to do just that!

These people have nothing in common with Republicanism.

These people have nothing in common with Americans.

The Republican party must repudiate these people.

I move the adoption of this resolution.

https://www.c-span.org/video/?c3807346/governor-nelson-rockefeller-addresses-64-convention

10 Responses to ““These extremists feed on fear, hate and terror.””

  1. ernie1241 said

    There is nothing “subversive” about the John Birch Society so for you to link them in the same sentence with the KKK and Communists is totally absurd. There are many legitimate reasons to reject the JBS but describing them as “subversive” discredits your argument.

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    • Warm Southern Breeze said

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

      The “link” was made in then-Governor Rockefeller’s remarks.

      Note the emboldened text, excerpted in context.

      …any doctrinaire, militant minority, whether Communist, Ku Klux Klan or Bircher which would subvert this party to purposes alien to the very basic tenets which gave this party birth.

      “Precisely one year ago today on July 14, 1964, I issued a statement wherein I warned that:

      “The Republican party is in real danger of subversion by a radical, well-financed and highly disciplined minority…”

      “…the hidden members of the John Birch Society and others like them are out to do just that!”

      The terms “subvert” and “subversion” refer to actions. They are verbs. Those whom perform such actions are called “subversives.”

      And to clarify, the term “subvert” means to “undermine the power and authority of (an established system or institution).”

      By providing the totality of his remarks, and by sharing some background as an historical point of reference, I hoped to illustrate the event in its context – not out of context.

      Understanding Rockefeller’s ideals, that of the perspective of the party historically – vis-a-vis his comment that “At that time I pointed out that the purpose of this minority were “wholly alien to the sound and honest conservatism that has firmly based the Republican party in the best of a century’s traditions, wholly alien to the sound and honest Republican liberalism that has kept the party abreast of human needs in a changing world, wholly alien to the broad middle course that accommodates the mainstream of Republican principles.” – he hoped to continue the party’s ideals as had Lincoln.

      However, by refusing to denounce (and therefore supporting) the racist ideals of the elements that supported (and ideologically espoused by) Barry Goldwater and others (whom Rockefeller so named)…

      May I suggest a re-reading the piece – this time more carefully?

      Your remarks indicate that you’ve overlooked much, if not most, of the entire thought, and instead, focused upon one word.

      Thanks again for your comments!

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      • Great Blue said

        We have personal experience with the John Birch Society from the 1960s. They are a racist, paranoid cult, who threatened and attempted to intimidate those involved in the Civil Rights movement. Although they claim to be a patriotic group, they are against everything America stands for. So calling them “subversive” doesn’t begin to describe the situation.

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  3. Wade Hendrix said

    I guess prefer the characters in the democrat party,Jesse Jackson,al sharpton,obama’s reverend wright(god dam America)and on &on

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    • Warm Southern Breeze said

      Hi Wade! Thanks for reading, and for taking the time to share your thoughts! I must confess, however, that I find them a bit jumbled. Could you please take a moment to clarify what you mean to express? Thanks!

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