The Washington Post calls this one of the ten worst campaign attack ads of all time (ranked 2nd behind Daisy Girl). Hmmm, I actually thought it made a good point — and certainly summed up Goldwater’s views on international treaties and arms control. I thought the line “they can make you die” was a nice touch. I guess the ice cream cone might have been a bit over the top….

Still, it was Goldwater who gave us this classic during his acceptance speech at the 1964 Republican Convention…:

…that helped spawn the modern “conservative” movement of today (ranked 7th by the Post):

I’ve begun collecting political ads for a course I co-teach on Propaganda and War and welcome any recommendations.

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