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William F. Buckley, Jr., R.I.P.
National Review Online ^ | February 27, 2008 | the Editors

Posted on 02/27/2008 12:25:08 PM PST by Delacon

Our revered founder, William F. Buckley Jr., died in his study this morning.

If ever an institution were the lengthened shadow of one man, this publication is his. So we hope it will not be thought immodest for us to say that Buckley has had more of an impact on the political life of this country — and a better one — than some of our presidents. He created modern conservatism as an intellectual and then a political movement. He kept it from drifting into the fever swamps. And he gave it a wit, style, and intelligence that earned the respect and friendship even of his adversaries. (To know Buckley was to be reminded that certain people have a talent for friendship.)

He inspired and incited three generations of conservatives, and counting. He retained his intellectual and literary vitality to the end; even in his final years he was capable of the arresting formulation, the unpredictable insight. He presided over NR even in his “retirement,” which was more active than most people’s careers. It has been said that great men are rarely good men. Even more rarely are they sweet and merry, as Buckley was.

When Buckley started National Review — in 1955, at the age of 29 — it was not at all obvious that anti-Communists, traditionalists, constitutionalists, and enthusiasts for free markets would all be able to take shelter under the same tent. Nor was it obvious that all of these groups, even gathered together, would be able to prevail over what seemed at the time to be an inexorable collectivist tide. When Buckley wrote that the magazine would “stand athwart history yelling, ‘Stop!’” his point was to challenge the idea that history, with a capital H, pointed left. Mounting that challenge was the first step toward changing history’s direction. Which would come in due course.

Before he was a conservative, Buckley was devoted to his family and his Church. He is survived by his son Christopher and brothers Reid and James and sisters Priscilla, Carol, and Patricia. Our sadness for them, and for us, at his passing is leavened by the hope that he is now with his beloved wife, Patricia, who died last year.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Front Page News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: buckley; nro; tribute; wfb; williamfbuckley; willliamfbuckleyjr
Thoughts from the editors of the magazine this great man created.
1 posted on 02/27/2008 12:25:12 PM PST by Delacon
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To: Delacon

Did you look in “breaking news?”


2 posted on 02/27/2008 12:29:47 PM PST by ASA Vet
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To: Delacon

Impressive economium, thanks for posting.


3 posted on 02/27/2008 12:37:41 PM PST by agere_contra
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To: Delacon

IBTRIP


4 posted on 02/27/2008 12:38:41 PM PST by sam_paine (X .................................)
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To: ASA Vet

I think that this eulogy to Mr. Buckley is worthy of a separate post.


5 posted on 02/27/2008 12:40:11 PM PST by ThePythonicCow (By their false faith in Man as God, the left would destroy us. They call this faith change.)
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To: agere_contra
Google is getting scary ... I had wandered off to Google to learn the meaning of this word, and was rewarded with a link, back to your FR post above, using it.
6 posted on 02/27/2008 12:42:55 PM PST by ThePythonicCow (By their false faith in Man as God, the left would destroy us. They call this faith change.)
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To: ThePythonicCow

Do you think it’s also worthy of being placed in breaking news over and over and over? Kinda negates the purpose of having a breaking news area doesn’t it?


7 posted on 02/27/2008 12:43:34 PM PST by ASA Vet
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To: ASA Vet
Generally, I agree that news should not be reposted.

I too have patiently, politely, but persistently, called to mind previous posts of the same thing.

This was not simply a repost of the same news that has been posted, I'm sure, many times already today.

This was a specifically and uniquely relevant article pertaining to that news, unduplicated elsewhere in its message and authors.

8 posted on 02/27/2008 12:46:54 PM PST by ThePythonicCow (By their false faith in Man as God, the left would destroy us. They call this faith change.)
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To: ASA Vet
Granted -- it might not be breaking news.

Perhaps you are objecting to the breaking news category, and I am defending that it was worthy of separate posting at all.

If that's the case, my replies are not relevant to your concern, and I apologize for confusing your reasonable point.

9 posted on 02/27/2008 12:48:31 PM PST by ThePythonicCow (By their false faith in Man as God, the left would destroy us. They call this faith change.)
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To: Delacon
This is sad news.

And an interesting and pivotal challenge was recalled by this author, when he noted:

...it was not at all obvious that anti-Communists, traditionalists, constitutionalists, and enthusiasts for free markets would all be able to take shelter under the same tent....

Indeed, that appears to be the problem today as well, if not so much at National Review, but within the Republican Party which is tossing out anyone with a sense of history, anti-communist bent, and strong constitutional conservative beliefs.
10 posted on 02/27/2008 12:56:09 PM PST by Paul Ross (Ronald Reagan-1987:"We are always willing to be trade partners but never trade patsies.")
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To: ASA Vet

It was a newbie mistake. I am still learning the ettiquette involved with posting to FR. If by “breaking news” it has to be the first mention of a particular situation, then I stand corrected. I thought anything happening for the first time on a particual day could also qualify as “breaking news” even if it was not the first post to carry the particular info.


11 posted on 02/27/2008 1:10:20 PM PST by Delacon (“The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.” H. L. Mencken)
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To: ThePythonicCow
You’re the first person on FR to refer to me as “reasonable.”

I don’t know if I should consider myself insulted or not. ;-)

12 posted on 02/27/2008 1:10:48 PM PST by ASA Vet
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To: Delacon

Reagan, Rukeyser, Buckley...the good guys are going. RIP Mr. Buckley.


13 posted on 02/27/2008 1:29:59 PM PST by MSF BU (++)
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To: ASA Vet

One can be pedantic and reasonable at the same time.


14 posted on 02/27/2008 1:37:29 PM PST by Delacon (“The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.” H. L. Mencken)
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To: MSF BU
This is a sad, sad day for me. Loved the man.
15 posted on 02/27/2008 1:45:05 PM PST by The_Media_never_lie
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To: Delacon
Why is there no tribute to this stalwart of the conservative movement here on FR?

In tribute to William F. Buckley, Jr. ...

Btt

16 posted on 02/27/2008 2:01:04 PM PST by BJungNan
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To: ThePythonicCow

Thank you for posting this article. It conveys accurately and succinctly all that needs to be know at this sad time. May the Perpetual Light shine upon him and may his family be comforted in their grief.


17 posted on 02/27/2008 2:03:41 PM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: afraidfortherepublic; Delacon; ASA Vet
Ah - it is not me whom you should thank - it was Delacon who posted this article.

I was just discussing with the most reasonable (<grin>) ASA Vet the merits of this posting.

18 posted on 02/27/2008 2:39:25 PM PST by ThePythonicCow (By their false faith in Man as God, the left would destroy us. They call this faith change.)
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To: Delacon
From the National Review Online's tribute page:


NEWT GINGRICH
Before there was Goldwater or Reagan, there was Bill Buckley.

From writing books, to creating, leading, and sustaining National Review, to his 33-year run as the host of TV's Firing Line, Bill Buckley became the indispensable intellectual advocate from whose energy, intelligence, wit, and enthusiasm the best of modern conservatism drew its inspiration and encouragement.

It was not until William F. Buckley Jr., founded National Review in 1955 that the tide began to slowly turn for conservatives. National Review was a lonely voice of conservatism in an overwhelmingly liberal establishment. Buckley began what led to Senator Barry Goldwater and his Conscience of a Conservative, which led to the seizing of power by the conservatives from the moderate establishment within the Republican party. From that emerged Ronald Reagan. Bill stood up to defend freedom as a positive value of greater moral worth than either the state or the elite, and over time his work had a transformational impact on the quality of American politics that continues even today.

He was a wonderful friend, a great patriot, and a lively human being. Callista and I are praying for him and those who loved him. He will be missed.

— Newt Gingrich is former Speaker of the House of Representatives.

19 posted on 02/27/2008 3:06:04 PM PST by Albion Wilde ("I have some news. Al-Qaida is in Iraq. It's called 'al-Qaida in Iraq.' " —John McCain)
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To: Delacon
A link to archives of Buckley's show Firing Line...Priceless


Firing Line, July 15, 1971. California governor Ronald Reagan and William F. Buckley Jr. discuss the question "Is it possible to be a good governor?"


Firing Line, November 11, 1977. An interview with Nobel Prize winner Friedrich von Hayek. "Is there a case for private property?" William F. Buckley Jr., Friedrich von Hayek, and George Roche.

20 posted on 02/27/2008 3:07:54 PM PST by Fred (Looking Forward to Impeaching the other Clinton)
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To: Delacon
Requiem aeternam dona ei, Domine, et lux perpetua luceat ei. Requiescat in pace. Amen.

Anima eius, et animæ omnium fidelium defunctorum, per misericordiam Dei, requiescant in pace. Amen.

21 posted on 02/27/2008 6:35:57 PM PST by Dajjal
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To: Dajjal

Translation for the prods who loved him?


22 posted on 02/27/2008 7:19:41 PM PST by Delacon (“The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.” H. L. Mencken)
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To: Delacon
Translation for the prods who loved him?

Requiem aeternam dona ei, Domine, et lux perpetua luceat ei. Requiescat in pace. Amen.
"Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May he rest in peace. Amen."

Anima eius, et animæ omnium fidelium defunctorum, per misericordiam Dei, requiescant in pace. Amen.
"May his soul, and and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen."

23 posted on 02/27/2008 8:45:58 PM PST by Dajjal
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To: Dajjal; Delacon
"Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May he rest in peace.
Amen."

Always loved that!

Took the boat out and raised an adult beverage to Mr. Buckley today. Sailed over to our favorite waterfront Italian Restaurant. Went with a friend, fellow Conservative and yachtsman. Bill Buckley loved yachting! Mr. Buckley would have approved of our day of celebration of his life and for his great talent, a true gift to all who call their selves conservatives. Voted early here in Texas today too.

24 posted on 02/27/2008 10:29:32 PM PST by BellStar (In Arab culture and under Islamic law, if your father is a Muslim, so are you Obama!)
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To: Delacon
I recently saw an "interview" of Buckley by that PBS hack Charlie Rose.

Buckley had so many wonderful things to say ... I have to imagine ... because Rose would never give him a chance to complete his thoughts.

Rose seemed like a callous bully just jabbing away with lightweight questions.

Despite all of this Buckley's intelligence and wit still shined out.

25 posted on 02/27/2008 10:42:59 PM PST by who_would_fardels_bear
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To: Delacon

He’s been fading for some time. On an appearance on the “Charlie Rose Show.” Charlie sometimes had to put words into his mouth. That’s why I like Charlie despite his liberalism: he is a nice man.


26 posted on 02/27/2008 10:46:48 PM PST by RobbyS
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To: Albion Wilde

I admire Newt: just wish he had Buckley’s character.


27 posted on 02/27/2008 10:49:20 PM PST by RobbyS
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To: Dajjal

I was just going to post precisely that about him. It just seems right. William F. Buckley Jr. was a man of both substance and style, a pioneer for conservatism, an inspiring writer, a man of faith. A polymath, but most importantly a good man. Domine, dona ei requiem.


28 posted on 02/27/2008 11:17:22 PM PST by Tex_GOP_Cruz
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To: Paul Ross
anti-communist bent

Bad as things are in the GOP, I haven't seen much evidence of pro-Communist Republicans these days.

29 posted on 02/28/2008 2:50:15 AM PST by Lucius Cornelius Sulla (For what do we live, but to make sport for our neighbours, and laugh at them in our turn?)
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To: Delacon

Good post.

And a good tribute to a great thinker.


30 posted on 02/28/2008 2:59:14 AM PST by Jet Jaguar (Who would the terrorists vote for?)
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To: Dajjal

TY. I didn’t even know about the Catholic intellectual tradition that goes so well with American conservatism until, as a young man, I was exposed to Mr. Buckley and National Review.


31 posted on 02/29/2008 6:37:07 PM PST by Delacon (“The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.” H. L. Mencken)
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To: Lucius Cornelius Sulla
Bad as things are in the GOP, I haven't seen much evidence of pro-Communist Republicans these days.

You need to open your eyes.


32 posted on 03/03/2008 6:27:17 PM PST by Paul Ross (Ronald Reagan-1987:"We are always willing to be trade partners but never trade patsies.")
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To: ThePythonicCow
It's not spelled economium, it's encomium. I made the same mistake and happened up on this page. Definition is "a formal expression of praise, esp. an elaborate eulogy; laudation."
33 posted on 07/23/2008 11:03:52 PM PDT by miked98
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To: miked98
Thanks for the clarification.

Google is scary ;).

34 posted on 07/24/2008 1:20:48 AM PDT by ThePythonicCow (By their false faith in Man as God, the left would destroy us. They call this faith change.)
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