Quote of the Week: Barry Goldwater, “The Conscience of a Conservative”

A civil right is a right that is asserted and is therefore protected by some law. It may be asserted by the common law, or by local or federal statutes, or by the Constitution; but unless the right is incorporated in the law, it is not a civil right and is not enforceable by the instruments of the civil law. There may be some rights – ‘natural’, ‘human’ or otherwise – that should also be civil rights. But if we desire to give such rights the protection of the law, our recourse is to a legislature or to the amendment procedures of the Constitution. We must not look to politicians, or sociologists – or the courts – to correct the deficiency.

▪ Barry Goldwater, The Conscience of a Conservative (Victor Publishing Company, 1960) extract from pages 32 to 33.

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