Would 50s and 60s Republicans (Goldwater, Eisenhower, Nixon, etc) fit in with the current Republican party and why/whynot?

GOP ideology has changed quite a bit. Modern Conservatism seems to be less flexible.

Goldwater famous quotes:

Barry Goldwater/Quotes

I would remind you that extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice! And let me remind you also that moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.

You don't need to be straight to fight and die for your country. You just need to shoot straight.

I think every good Christian ought to kick Falwell right in the ass.

The income tax created more criminals than any other single act of government.

If everybody in this town connected with politics had to leave town because of chasing women and drinking, you would have no government.

I wouldn't trust Nixon from here to that phone.

Nixon Quotes:

When the President does it, that means that it is not illegal.

Defeat doesn't finish a man, quit does. A man is not finished when he's defeated. He's finished when he quits.

People have got to know whether or not their president is a crook. Well, I'm not a crook. I earned everything I've got.

No event in American history is more misunderstood than the Vietnam War. It was misreported then, and it is misremembered now.

If you want to make beautiful music, you must play the black and the white notes together.

The greatest honor history can bestow is that of peacemaker.

The finest steel has to go through the hottest fire.

Eisenhower Quotes:

We must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex.

Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.

A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both.

You do not lead by hitting people over the head - that's assault, not leadership.

In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.

Plans are nothing; planning is everything.

I hate war as only a soldier who has lived it can, only as one who has seen its brutality, its futility, its stupidity.

What counts is not necessarily the size of the dog in the fight - it's the size of the fight in the dog.

History does not long entrust the care of freedom to the weak or the timid.

If you want total security, go to prison. There you're fed, clothed, given medical care and so on. The only thing lacking... is freedom.

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