Skip to comments.William F. Buckley: The Tradition Continues
Posted on 03/04/2008 12:09:10 AM PST by MartinaMisc
Dont believe the obituaries. William F. Buckley is still very much with us.
Just as John F. Kennedy continues to inspire successive generations of liberals, so too will Buckley continue to motivate conservatives in the present and future. Buckleys goalestablishing economic, social and foreign-policy conservatism as the default political template of the United Stateshas yet to be fully reached, but he has encouraged millions to make his dream a reality.
It is not unreasonable to characterize Buckley as the Martin Luther King Jr. of the conservative movement. Both men rose to prominence in the 1950s by challenging political philosophies that were both dominant and oppressive. Both men were gifted orators, drawing legions to their respective causes with the power of their words. Both men faced vicious criticism from ignorant defenders of the social order they opposed. Both men were devoutly religious, and relied upon their faith to carry them through times of personal difficulty.
Buckley is every bit the icon King is. MLKs work led to a dramatic improvement in American race relations. Similarly, WFBs work led to the election of Ronald Reagan and the subsequent destruction of Soviet communism. Millions of Americans have shown their commitment to Kings dream. Millions of Americans are showing their commitment to Buckleys dream as well.
Buckley is still vital in Americas political and social life. His vision is reflected in the words of Rush Limbaugh and the writings of Jonah Goldberg. Thomas Sowell, Rich Lowry, Michelle Malkin, Monica Crowley, David Horowitz and Laura Ingraham all stand on Buckleys broad shoulders. Every time someone refutes a point made by a member of the progressive opinion elite, he or she is doing so in Buckleys name.
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Why does JFK (cut taxes) inspire liberals? They should hate his plan to give more money to the richest 90%.
We have lived to see MLK’s life’s work corrupted by race-baiters. Has Conservatism become occluded in the same way?