GoldwaterOC Hispanic Bar Association President-elect Diana Lopez’s invoking the spectre of riots as a response to the invited exit of City Attorney Cristina Talley reminded me of a pertinent passage from Barry Goldwater‎’s acceptance speech at the 1964 Republican Party convention.

Keep in mind that Goldwater is held in high esteem by the libertarian elements of the GOP who constitute an increasingly anti-law enforcement (as distinct from anti-union power) voice in the party, so it is good to re-visit this classic conservative summary of ordered liberty and how freedom is inseparable from respect for law and order.

“Security from domestic violence, no less than from foreign aggression, is the most elementary and fundamental purpose of any government, and a government that cannot fulfill that purpose is one that cannot long command the loyalty of its citizens. History shows us – demonstrates that nothing – nothing prepares the way for tyranny more than the failure of public officials to keep the streets from bullies and marauders.”

It wouldn’t hurt for the angry Left to ruminate on these words, as well.