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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.

2 Responses to “The Late Great William F. Buckley Jr. (1925-2008)”

  1. Chris said

    William F. Buckley was a great man and every Conservative today from Rush to Sean to Mary Katharine should be grateful to him as it was Mr. Buckley who paved their way to relevance. He was the voice of the Conservative Movement through the dark years of the Repulican Party in the 1960s. What I find most intriguing about him is that his love for and passion for politics forced him to leave the CIA as he felt intelligence work to be boring compared to politics.

    A great American who will truly be missed.

  2. Salinger said

    Buckly was the founder of the modern conservative movement on the ground. While Russel Kirk’s The Conservative Mind is often credited as the start of the modern conservative movement, it lacked the principles of conservative economics that have we now take for granted. WFB took Kirk’s conservatism and added in libertarian economics. With the founding of National Review, WFB was determined to advance the conservative cause. He was instrumental in advancing the candidicies of both Barry Goldwater and Ronald Reagan, and had a profound impact on the man who brought conservative philosophy to the masses, Rush Limbaugh. Buckley advanced a movement that went through peaks and valleys, always to emerge stronger. May he rest in peace.

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