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Editor’s note 10/20/16

 As a 15-year-old I read Conscience of a Conservative and became a proud supporter of Barry Goldwater, the Republican presidential candidate. I couldn’t understand why he got beaten up so badly in the media for his, “Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice,” because he meant to promote liberty, not extremism. Goldwater was an honest and honorable candidate who got beat 61-39 percent in the popular vote. Now I’m trying to understand why Donald Trump, who is neither honest nor honorable, seems to be running a much closer race and can’t be counted out. One factor is that the country was still traumatized by President Kennedy’s assassination just a year before the 1964 election, and Goldwater was running against an incumbent, if non-elected, president. But the biggest difference may be that back then voters were informed by mainstream media. They got their news from newspapers and from three major television networks. Now they are informed – at least inflamed – by the internet, talk radio and cable news. There’s a lot of good to be said about the proliferation of media voices, but the early results don’t bode well for democratic government. –Fletcher Farrar, editor and publisher

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