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Freeper Congressman BillyBob has died
20 August 2010 | Dolly Howard/DollyCali

Posted on 08/20/2010 6:45:10 PM PDT by DollyCali

Thanks to FReeper libbylu

Congressman Billybob has died.

ACRU Mourns the Passing of John Armor

John Armor”John was a great American, a dear friend and a champion of liberty,” says Susan Carleson, CEO and Chairman of the American Civil Rights Union. “He will be sorely missed.”

On August 20, 2010, ACRU Senior Legal Counsel John Armor passed away in a North Carolina hospital, following cancer surgery. He had appeared to be in full recovery, so his death was a shock to family and friends.

Armor, a graduate of Yale University and the University of Maryland School of Law, had a long and distinguished career, practicing before the U.S. Supreme Court for 33 years and authoring eight books and hundreds of articles. His latest book, These Are the Times That Try Men’s Souls: America Then and Now in the Words of Tom Paine (ACRU 2010), is being released in early September.

“It was a blessing that he got to see it, hold it in his hands,” Carleson said.

These Are The Times That Try Men’s Souls A favorite at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) and Tea Party events, especially in North Carolina where he lived, Armor dressed in colonial garb and impersonated Benjamin Franklin, explaining the origins of American liberties to 21st Century audiences. Some of his performances can be seen on YouTube.

“John was one of the first people that my husband Bob [Carleson] brought on board at the ACRU when there was no money, just great spirit,” said Carleson, who met Armor when they worked together on the National Commission of the Bicentennial of the Constitution in 1986. “He has been a delight to work with and will be sorely missed. This is a deep loss to his wife Michelle, to his children, his friends and his colleagues at the ACRU.”

Armor, who was one of the few attorneys to write an amicus brief in the presidential election case in 2000, was a well known legal scholar of American politics, particularly third party movements. He represented Eugene McCarthy during the Minnesota Senator’s challenge of Lyndon Baines Johnson’s presidency in 1968.

“John was also the first to figure out the constitutional basis of recalling federal officials,” Carleson said. “That led to the ACRU’s current campaign, RecallCongressNow.org, to educate Americans about the laws in 11 states that allow for recall as a way to ensure greater accountability.”

For the past several years, Armor wrote the weekly “ACLU Outrages” feature for the ACRU’s Website. “John had his finger on the pulse of the ACLU, tracking their misdeeds and writing amusing and disturbing accounts,” Carleson said. “He said he never worried about finding material, because the ACLU’s absurd stances came as reliably as ‘the rain falling on the fields of Ireland.’”

Susan Carleson, Chairman, CEO


TOPICS: Breaking News; Front Page News; News/Current Events; US: North Carolina
KEYWORDS: august2010; billybob; book; cancer; cbb; johnarmor; obituary; prayers; rip
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1 posted on 08/20/2010 6:45:11 PM PDT by DollyCali
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To: DollyCali

OH NO! Prayers for his family.


2 posted on 08/20/2010 6:46:23 PM PDT by RoseofTexas
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To: DollyCali

I am so sorry. RIP Congressman BillyBob. You will be missed here.


3 posted on 08/20/2010 6:46:58 PM PDT by passionfruit (When illegals become legal, even they won't do the work Americans won't do)
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To: DollyCali

That’s incredibly sad news. He was one of the very best contributors here.


4 posted on 08/20/2010 6:47:07 PM PDT by wideawake
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To: DollyCali

I am shocked. Thank You for posting this information DollyCali. I had no idea John Armor even had cancer.


5 posted on 08/20/2010 6:47:28 PM PDT by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists, Call 'em what you will. They ALL have fairies livin' in their trees.)
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To: DollyCali

This is a shock. I could always count on John for advice on constitutional issues. He was one of our greatest FReepers.


6 posted on 08/20/2010 6:47:28 PM PDT by Publius (Unless the Constitution is followed, it is simply a piece of paper.)
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To: DollyCali

I’m sorry to hear this. Prayers for him and his family.


7 posted on 08/20/2010 6:47:31 PM PDT by livius
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To: DollyCali

Oh no...John was a good FRiend of mine.

RIP ol’ buddy!


8 posted on 08/20/2010 6:48:00 PM PDT by Virginia Ridgerunner (Sarah Palin has crossed the Rubicon!)
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Sympathies and condolences to all who will miss his presence in their life. I will miss his presence here...


9 posted on 08/20/2010 6:48:03 PM PDT by Keith in Iowa (Iowa floods, Obama vacations. Moochelle Obama, please pass the cake.)
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To: RoseofTexas

Ditto that. Prayers...


10 posted on 08/20/2010 6:48:03 PM PDT by LearnsFromMistakes (Yes, I am happy to see you. But that IS a gun in my pocket.)
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To: DollyCali
May he Rest in Peace and may perpetual light shine upon him! Prayers going up for his family!

Lamh Foistenach Abu!
11 posted on 08/20/2010 6:48:03 PM PDT by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines, RVN '69 - St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle!)
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To: DollyCali

RIP. Prayers to his family.


12 posted on 08/20/2010 6:48:11 PM PDT by bluerose (Mmmm Mmmm Mmmm! Rush Hudson Limbaugh)
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To: DollyCali

Prayers for his family.


13 posted on 08/20/2010 6:48:31 PM PDT by KrisKrinkle (Blessed be those who know the depth and breadth of their ignorance. Cursed be those who don't.)
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To: DollyCali

Always sad to lose a fellow FReeper. He will be missed.


14 posted on 08/20/2010 6:48:35 PM PDT by South40 ("Islam has a long tradition of tolerance." ~Hussein Obama, June 4, 2009, Cairo, Egypt)
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To: DollyCali

America has lost a true patriot!

Prayers up for his family.


15 posted on 08/20/2010 6:48:41 PM PDT by A.Hun (Common sense is no longer common.)
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To: DollyCali

He was a good man and it was a honor to meet him. Rest in Peace.


16 posted on 08/20/2010 6:48:41 PM PDT by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: DollyCali

May he rest in peace. He will be truly missed. He was a true asset to this site.


17 posted on 08/20/2010 6:48:45 PM PDT by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists, Call 'em what you will. They ALL have fairies livin' in their trees.)
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To: DollyCali

This is such sad news.


18 posted on 08/20/2010 6:49:05 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: DollyCali
Billy Bob, we'll miss you, my friend.

Give my regards to St. Peter...

20 posted on 08/20/2010 6:49:21 PM PDT by okie01 (THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA: Ignorance on Parade)
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To: DollyCali

Oh, no! What a loss! I saw his post about his cancer a couple of days ago and I thought he was recovering. RIP.


21 posted on 08/20/2010 6:49:27 PM PDT by mathprof
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To: DollyCali
This is a huge loss to the Free Republic community. BillyBob was one of our intellectual giants.

Godspeed, CB, and prayers for you and your loved ones.

22 posted on 08/20/2010 6:49:27 PM PDT by dirtboy
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To: DollyCali

I’m speechless......... what a loss. RIP and prayers for his loved ones.


23 posted on 08/20/2010 6:49:27 PM PDT by umgud (Obama is a failed experiment.)
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To: DollyCali

I am very saddened to hear this. He was certainly a good man.

Sympathy to his family and friends.

May he Rest in Peace.


24 posted on 08/20/2010 6:49:27 PM PDT by Museum Twenty (Why do so many still support him? Because ignorance makes the heart grow fonder.)
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To: DollyCali

A great Freeper. He will be missed.


25 posted on 08/20/2010 6:49:35 PM PDT by mylife (Opinions $1 Halfbaked 50c)
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To: DollyCali

RIP - you will be missed by many!


26 posted on 08/20/2010 6:49:52 PM PDT by RDTF
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To: DollyCali
Prayers up for the Congressman. He will be missed here.

RIP John. You are a great American and you done good.

27 posted on 08/20/2010 6:49:52 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (DemocRATS! America's Taliban!)
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To: DollyCali

RIP, John.


28 posted on 08/20/2010 6:49:59 PM PDT by Rebelbase (Political correctness in America today is a Rip Van Winkle acid trip.)
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To: DollyCali; xzins; wmfights; Kolokotronis; Forest Keeper; blue-duncan

This is truly a sad day for Free Republic. Billy Bob will be missed sorely. His contributions on issues of law were invaluable. Prayers for his family.


29 posted on 08/20/2010 6:50:02 PM PDT by P-Marlowe (LPFOKETT GAHCOEEP-w/o*)
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To: Jim Robinson

Death in the family ping...


30 posted on 08/20/2010 6:50:08 PM PDT by Virginia Ridgerunner (Sarah Palin has crossed the Rubicon!)
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To: DollyCali
Wow. I had no idea he was having health problems. Total shock. I will miss his excellent posts.

Prayers up.

31 posted on 08/20/2010 6:50:11 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy
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To: DollyCali

:( Bye BillyBob. Thanks. You were a blessing to FreeRepublic.


32 posted on 08/20/2010 6:50:20 PM PDT by theDentist (fybo; qwerty ergo typo : i type, therefore i misspelll)
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To: DollyCali

Prayers going up...tears a comin.


33 posted on 08/20/2010 6:50:23 PM PDT by Domestic Church (AMDG...)
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To: DollyCali
Oh my .. what a shock

RIP Congressman BillyBob .. your presence here will be greatly missed

God Bless Ya

34 posted on 08/20/2010 6:50:35 PM PDT by Mr_Moonlight
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To: DollyCali

RIP. I will miss his posts and learning from them.


35 posted on 08/20/2010 6:50:40 PM PDT by ChildOfThe60s (If you can remember the 60s, you weren't really there.)
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To: DollyCali

Oh no, sorry to hear that!

He was a cool guy.

RIP, John and prayers for his family


36 posted on 08/20/2010 6:50:48 PM PDT by Syncro (Rest In Peace, John)
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To: DollyCali; Lazamataz; Jeff Head; penelopesire; maggief; STARWISE; hoosiermama; ...

Oh dear God. I am so sorry and stunned. I thought he was on the mend and was praying for him. Dear Lord. Our Congressman BillyBob, (John) and longtime FRiend has gone home to our Lord, but I’ll forever miss him.

Tears.


37 posted on 08/20/2010 6:50:50 PM PDT by onyx (Sarah/Michele 2012)
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To: DollyCali

Oh no! Prayers for his family. I’m shocked and sad!


38 posted on 08/20/2010 6:50:58 PM PDT by sissyjane (Did you plug the hole yet Daddy????)
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To: DollyCali

What? We’re doomed. He was one of the best of FR.


39 posted on 08/20/2010 6:51:14 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: DollyCali
John Armor
40 posted on 08/20/2010 6:51:24 PM PDT by South40 ("Islam has a long tradition of tolerance." ~Hussein Obama, June 4, 2009, Cairo, Egypt)
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To: DollyCali

Oh my. RIP BillyBob.


41 posted on 08/20/2010 6:51:41 PM PDT by Holen1
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To: DollyCali

Thanks so much for posting this. I found out earlier but have been away from my computer for a while.

I met John at many Freeps, back in the day. He was a good man and one of a kind. Rest in peace sir!


42 posted on 08/20/2010 6:51:49 PM PDT by Constitution Day
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To: DollyCali
RIP Congressman BilllyBob.

Prayers for his family and friends.

43 posted on 08/20/2010 6:51:49 PM PDT by Jersey Republican Biker Chick (Cleverly disguised as a responsible adult.)
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To: DollyCali

Oh that is so sad. He announced his retirement just days ago, I don’t think anyone had any idea that his passing was expected.

My heartfelt prayers for his family and grieve with all of you at the passing of one of our own.

Peace be with him.


44 posted on 08/20/2010 6:52:01 PM PDT by SueRae (I can see November from my HOUSE!)
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To: okie01

There are times in life when the shoes cannot be filled. This is one of those occasions.


45 posted on 08/20/2010 6:52:02 PM PDT by dirtboy
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To: DollyCali

That is terribly, terribly sad news. He had a wonderful mind and loved his country passionately. I will miss him. RIP, John.


46 posted on 08/20/2010 6:52:11 PM PDT by andy58-in-nh (America does not need to be organized: it needs to be liberated.)
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To: DollyCali

I’ve come out of the lurker closet recently - after something like 10 years. I’ve always appreciated Congressmen BillyBob’s posts. Very insightful and to the point. So sad that he’s gone.


47 posted on 08/20/2010 6:52:18 PM PDT by stansblugrassgrl
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To: Jim Robinson; Admin Moderator; Religion Moderator; Sidebar Moderator; All

I’m so sorry to hear of the loss of your friend Congressman BillyBob. My thoughts and prayers go out to all of his friends and family.

Blessing in Christ to his Freeper Family,
Tex


48 posted on 08/20/2010 6:52:24 PM PDT by BuckeyeTexan (There are those that break and bend. I'm the other kind.)
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To: Congressman Billybob

Rest in Peace. I will miss you.


49 posted on 08/20/2010 6:52:24 PM PDT by SmithL
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To: DollyCali

Oh My, this is a complete shocker. Godspeed Congressman, you will be sorely missed.


50 posted on 08/20/2010 6:52:24 PM PDT by DaxtonBrown (HARRY: Money Mob & Influence (See my Expose on Reid on amazon.com written by me!))
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