Taking a look at the old right like Barry Goldwater, Pat Buchanan, Strom Thurmond, Joe McCarthy, Ronald Reagan and the John Birch Society, to name a few. Some of the ‘old right’ was much further right than we previously thought.
Is there a common thread here? It seems that the term ‘conservative’ has shifted a great deal. I don’t recall Barry Goldwater being an ultra-conservative. Conservative, yes. Ultra? no. Now that communism is not the threat it was once thought to be, what has replaced it? Is the underlying theme how American we are?