Re Barry Goldwater, 50 yrs ago, fearing “preachers” taking over the Republican Party – “they never compromise”.

It is the shining characteristic of fanaticism – whether evangelical Christians, ultra-orthodox Jews, jihad Muslims, Limbaugh conservatives, Mao-communists, etc – that they will not compromise.  Compromise implies some kind of recognition that someone else has the right to exist.  Fanatics have the goal of destruction.    Whatever they claim they want for society, it involves (no matter how much they sugar-coat it) violent elimination of dissenters.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Their bottom-line is blood-lust.                                                                                              Goldwater realized that.

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