The Late Great William F. Buckley Jr. (1925-2008)
Posted by Ryan on February 27, 2008
The godfather of the modern Conservative movement died today at the age of 82. Yale graduate, former CIA operative, prolific author, founder of National Review, contributor to On the Right syndicated by UPS, one time candidate for NYC Mayor on the Conservative Party ticket, Firing Line host for 23 years, recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom by Bush 41 back in 1991, and so forth, Buckley was a titan in conservative circles, helping to keep conservatism alive during the post-Goldwater years of milque-toast, blue-blood, Beltway-spun, pinky-extended Rockefeller Republicanism.
My intellectual introduction to William F. Buckley came one day listening to Rush Limbaugh back in the mid-’90s. Rush was on a tear about something as usual when he said “the Reverend Jackson” in a really funny, old school intellectual tone. Apparently, that was Rush trying to sound like one of his intellectual idols, the one and only William F. Buckley. So, my interest was piqued by Rush’s witticism and I asked around and looked up Buckley on the Internet, which I just learned how to use at college.
William F. Buckley will be missed, as his contribution to the American political landscape cannot and will not be overlooked by current and future Conservatives.
Pic from Stetson Univeristy.