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Published on Feb 2, 2012
Congressman Jeff Landry (R-LA, 3rd district) joins Thom Hartmann. When I was 13 years old, in 1964 - I remember going door-to-door with my dad campaigning for Barry Goldwater. But that was when the Republican Party was different - A LOT different than it is today. That was when the idea of the United States as a war machine that should bring democracy to the farthest reaches of the planet to shove our way of life on others down the barrel of a gun was unthinkable. And most relevant to today - that was a time when the thought of indefinitely detaining Americans who might be suspected of terrorism would have been unthinkable to Conservatives.And besides, that wasn't what Barry Goldwater - the Republican nominee for President in 1964 - believed in. He would have been outraged. This was a Republican Party that rallied behind Dwight Eisenhower - and elected him President of the United States twice in 1952 and 1956. Eisenhower ALSO did not believe in an all-powerful military-security complex - famously saying THIS in his "Cross of Iron" speech in 1953.