Republican Congressman Tom Rice’s position on immigration may be undefined now, but it will likely be labeled conservative. Republicans control South Carolina’s elected offices and Republican Chairman Matt Moore traces that success back to 1964 and the ascendancy of Goldwater conservatism. The state Republican platform seeks membership and leadership from all citizens who are committed to the principles of conservative government.
Positions matter more than labels. What label is applied to someone urging City Council to adopt a civil rights ordinance to protect homosexuals from discrimination, stating that gays should be allowed to serve in the military, being honored by Planned Parenthood for his commitment to privacy and a woman’s right to choose? Probably a liberal, right? Or maybe a Democrat?
No, that was conservative Republican Barry Goldwater, whose legacy was so proudly invoked by Chairman Moore. (Personal and Political Papers Senator Barry M. Goldwater, Arizona State University Libraries 1880s-2008)