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Tuesday, December 02, 2014

A Choice Not An Echo

The phrase "A Choice Not An Echo" has become part of the English language. Do you know where it came from and why it is important? It was the title of a paperback book I published in back in 1964. It made publishing history because I published it myself and sold three million copies out of my garage. What made A Choice Not An Echo a best-seller was that it described the inside story of how a little group of powerful men, whom I labeled the kingmakers, met behind closed doors and, by secret shenanigans, repeatedly selected the man would be the Republican nominee for U.S. President. And, funny thing, the man they chose usually echoed the political views of the Democratic Party nominee. The message of my book was to exhort the grassroots to rise up and nominate a real conservative for President, who would offer us A Choice of policies, Not An Echo of liberal positions. Our candidate was Barry Goldwater, then a Senator from Arizona.

At the Republican National Convention in San Francisco in 1964, we succeeded in nominating Barry Goldwater, but the big guns of the national media and the Republican kingmakers mowed him down in the November election.

However, conservative grassrooters were not discouraged; we stuck together and started the modern conservative movement. It was several years before we got results. Then in 1980, we reaped our reward. That’s the year we overcame the power of both the kingmakers and the media, and nominated and elected Ronald Reagan as President, the greatest President of the 20th century.

This political battle is still going on and it will be hot in the coming year. You can’t be a player in the battle for who will be elected President in 2016 unless you have read the 50th anniversary edition of my book A Choice Not An Echo.

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