|Source: Caz Taylor- Ronald Reagan-|
Ron Reagan was clearly not a statist. And another thing I respect about him, was he anti-statist across the board. Whether it related to the economy, social issues, as well as civil liberties.
You had Conservative-Libertarian Barry Goldwater running for President in 1964, in a Republican Party that still had a strong Northeastern progressive faction led by New York Governor Nelson Rockefeller. The Northeast being one of the few solid factions of the country where the Republican Party could do well. The civil rights legislation of the 1960s doesn't pass without these Progressive Republicans in Congress. Especially in the Senate where the Southern Democrats could block all legislation with just 33 votes. Most of their coalition and a handful of Conservative Republicans who were in the Senate at the tine.
And here you have newly born again Conservative Republican Ronald Reagan, who was anti-Communist Progressive Democrat in the 1940s and 1950s, but still a Progressive and not a Conservative, speaking in lockstep with Senator Barry Goldwater, who was Mr. Conservative before Reagan ran for President in 1980. Saying no to high taxes, big government, communism, socialism in general, and many other things the Far-Left of the 1960s and 70s was pushing.