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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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To: DollyCali

Farewell to one of the finest legal minds, if not the greatest ever on FR. Another patriot goes to his just reward in heaven.

Goodbye and God Bless John Armor.


1,001 posted on 08/23/2010 2:05:40 AM PDT by princeofdarkness (The Obama Administration is circling the wagons. But the Truth Indians are using flaming arrows.)
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To: onyx; Robert DeLong
The (More er Less) Honorable Congressman Billybob (I always liked that) went to heaven with "a perfect asshole". You know he must be smiling over that one.

The shock is gone, the sadness lingers. We will all miss him, but he left so much of himself with us. We are all better people for having known The (More er Less) Honorable Congressman Billybob. That makes me smile.

1,002 posted on 08/23/2010 5:21:19 AM PDT by Protect the Bill of Rights (.)
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To: DollyCali

God bless John Armour and his family. He was a good man.


1,003 posted on 08/23/2010 5:25:40 AM PDT by Puddleglum ("due to the record harvest, rationing will continue as usual")
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To: Brad's Gramma

Oh no! Prayers up for his family and friends. So sad!


1,004 posted on 08/23/2010 6:09:07 AM PDT by StarCMC (Sometimes you need a Jimmy Carter to get a Ronald Reagan.)
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To: DollyCali

That’s terribly sad news. My condolences to his family and friends.


1,005 posted on 08/23/2010 6:24:10 AM PDT by Postman
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To: DollyCali

Sad news.

Condolances to and prayers for his family.

He will be sorely missed.


1,006 posted on 08/23/2010 6:26:14 AM PDT by lack-of-trust
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To: DollyCali; Jim Robinson; joanie-f; Dukie; Squantos; JohnHuang2; RobFromGa; k.trujillo; ...
I found out about this on Saturday when Larry Schwiekart informed me. I have taken some time, because of my closeness to his situation in terms of my own, to reply.

I have known John on this forum for years and immensely enjoyed my many conversations with him over the time. He was a great American whom the Lord has now called home to His bosom.

He will be sorely missed as a freind, and as a patriotic American in the fight we are engaged in. I cannot say why the Lord took Him home as He did, or for that matter, why, to date, I have been suffered to remain through a similar set of circumstances (cancer, surgery, rehab, etc.). I only know it is God's will...of this I am sure and have no doubt, and therefore, as hard as it may be, we move forward.

It is what John would want, and what we must do if we are to retain our freedom and liberty and way of life, which John worked so hard to retain, for the rising generations, our own children and their children before us.

God bless you John, you will be sorely missed. I look forward to meeting you one day on high and thanking you for all you have done, and for your friendship here on these boards.

1,007 posted on 08/23/2010 6:54:29 AM PDT by Jeff Head (Liberty is not free. Never has been, never will be. (www.dragonsfuryseries.com))
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To: Jeff Head

Jeff, when I posted this thread & sent out the initial ping, YOU were the first one I thought of..

God’s sieve of life.

We don’t ever know do we? When you were going though your initial ordeal, you truly did not know if you would survive... many people posted to encourage you along the way.

It is interesting that some of those encouragers will possibly be meeting our maker before you.

God’s timing and will are perfect even if we don’t agree or understand quite often.

I also thought of Ray Malone/Common Tator, another keen mind & patriot who had a long ordeal with cancer, was a survivor for a decade & then fought those last few years or re-occurrence with spirit & determination.

Then there is Tony Snow and his story.

God bless you friend. I know you are grateful for the time God has given you. You have been chosen to have extra time for a reason, possibly something new, which I am guessing to be the case. Now it is your job to be open to the vast options


1,008 posted on 08/23/2010 7:08:59 AM PDT by DollyCali (Don't tell God how big your storm is...Tell the storm how big your God is!)
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To: DollyCali

May he RIP - what a great Freeper.


1,009 posted on 08/23/2010 7:18:03 AM PDT by anniegetyourgun
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To: Jeff Head

Amen Jeff, Amen.


1,010 posted on 08/23/2010 7:25:10 AM PDT by The Mayor (Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is Liberty!)
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RIP


1,011 posted on 08/23/2010 7:32:11 AM PDT by Cooter
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To: DollyCali

Thank you, and God bless YOU Dolly. I also posted an update to my condition on the main prayer thread. God help us stay firm in the faith, and reclaim and retain our birthright to liberty...which He has bestowed upon us.


1,012 posted on 08/23/2010 7:51:09 AM PDT by Jeff Head (Liberty is not free. Never has been, never will be. (www.dragonsfuryseries.com))
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To: VeniVidiVici

His contributions to FR will be sorely missed.


1,013 posted on 08/23/2010 8:02:04 AM PDT by VeniVidiVici (It's easy being a communist when you're rich.)
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To: DollyCali

Sad to see him go.


1,014 posted on 08/23/2010 8:14:34 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (Those who support the construction of the WTC mosque oppose Christian missionaries working abroad.)
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To: DollyCali

Sad news. Dang cancer wreaking havoc. He’ll certainly be missed.


1,015 posted on 08/23/2010 8:20:28 AM PDT by SoDak (bitter clinger)
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To: Jeff Head

R.I.P.... in the heavenly sidebar...


1,016 posted on 08/23/2010 8:30:14 AM PDT by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole....)
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To: DollyCali

RIP Congressman BillyBob.


1,017 posted on 08/23/2010 9:04:11 AM PDT by onedoug
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To: DollyCali

R.I.P. Liberty has lost a champion.


1,018 posted on 08/23/2010 9:08:29 AM PDT by LTCJ (The Constitution; first, last, always.)
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To: DollyCali

God bless him and keep him.
We’re sure going to miss him.


1,019 posted on 08/23/2010 9:13:45 AM PDT by Little Ray (The Gods of the Copybook Headings with terror and slaughter return!)
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To: DollyCali

He will be missed...one of the sharpest conservative minds I have ever read.


1,020 posted on 08/23/2010 9:17:25 AM PDT by 6ppc (It's torch and pitchfork time)
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To: RoseofTexas

Paryers for his family. He was a great man, and I so enjoyed meeting him and visiting with him, and the other FReepers that gathered ‘round to talk.


1,021 posted on 08/23/2010 10:33:13 AM PDT by RikaStrom (Pray for Obama - Psalm 109:8 "Let his days be few; and let another take his place of leadership.")
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To: DollyCali

GEEEEZZ! Although I read this thread almost the minute it was posted the other day, everytime I look at the sidebar, and see the headline again, I cannot believe it.

Still in shock. We at the ranch really enjoyed John Armor’s specials, and commentaries at FRee Republic. We always looked for his posts.

As with many others here at FR we say he will be sorely missed.


1,022 posted on 08/23/2010 10:37:16 AM 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

Thanks for posting this. Congressman Billy Bob will be greatly missed here on FreeRepublic. I didn’t even know that he was sick, though I did notice that he wasn’t posting as actively as he had been.

My prayers are with his family.


1,023 posted on 08/23/2010 10:45:05 AM PDT by Eva
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To: DollyCali

This is terrible news. He was one of the most interesting and knowledgeable FReepers, an honorable patriot who deserved to be in office. He will be missed, and as is usually the case, will be even more appreciated as people explore his writings.


1,024 posted on 08/23/2010 10:49:31 AM PDT by Mjaye
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To: DollyCali

Our loss is heaven’s gain. We will miss you here, John.


1,025 posted on 08/23/2010 10:50:47 AM PDT by OB1kNOb (My political conviction in a nutshell: If you're in, you're out.)
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To: Jeff Head

Oh Jeff, such sad news. he will certainly be
missed.
tet.


1,026 posted on 08/23/2010 10:54:41 AM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: DollyCali

Rest in peace, dear Billy Bob. You will be greatly missed by your FR companions.


1,027 posted on 08/23/2010 10:57:13 AM PDT by Palladin (Obama on The View: "When those folks came over on 9-11". Folks??? WTH?)
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To: DollyCali

I’ve been away for a week and so I missed this sad item. BillyBob, we’ll miss you. RIP.


1,028 posted on 08/23/2010 11:49:21 AM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: DollyCali
Just now saw this.

How very sad. Mr. Armor's contribution to FR was a big one, IMO.

He will be missed.

RIP

1,029 posted on 08/23/2010 11:54:00 AM PDT by TChris ("Hello", the politician lied.)
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To: DollyCali

Thank you for the post. I had no idea he had even been in the hospital.

His words were always salient, even if they didn’t quite match what I would have liked to have heard. He came from how he knew the law would be applied, which wasn’t always what I wanted to hear.

Easily, he was one of Free Republic’s finest commentators, and, perhaps, the finest. He didn’t let emotions or the moment get his comments caught up.

My wife and I donated to his last campaign, which didn’t turn out as he had expected. I would have loved for him to have another opportunity, but I will rest in the hope he is with God now.


1,030 posted on 08/23/2010 1:36:53 PM PDT by ConservativeMind ("Humane" = "Don't pen up pets or eat meat, but allow infanticide, abortion, and euthanasia.")
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To: Jeff Head

Jeff, we’ll all miss Billybob, he was a font of knowledge here on FR. I am heartened to hear you are doing better, my prayers are for his family, that they find comfort, and for you, that the Lord lets you hang around with us here a while longer.


1,031 posted on 08/23/2010 2:07:13 PM PDT by RoadGumby (For God so loved the world)
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To: Jeff Head

Jeff, —I haven’t posted on your threads, but follow them very closely -— and you have been in my nightly prayers since the beginning of your ordeal. I am in awe of what you have gone thru, and how you are coming along. You and Gail have strength I can’t even imagine.

I also, as with DollyCali, thought of you when this sad news broke. So sudden — especially after BillyBob’s positive thread. It gives meaning to the phrase that begins — “Ours is not to reason why -——”

But, I too, along with you, want to thank Dolly for her active work on these threads. She is remarkable! Always there when she is needed, and saying just the right things.

Thanks, Dolly!


1,032 posted on 08/23/2010 2:45:09 PM PDT by Exit148
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To: DollyCali

Such a tragic turn of events.
All the best and God Bless the congressman.


1,033 posted on 08/23/2010 2:48:41 PM PDT by grumpygresh (Democrats delenda est)
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To: DUMBGRUNT

ping


1,034 posted on 08/23/2010 3:59:20 PM PDT by mountn man (The pleasure you get from life, is equal to the attitude you put into it.)
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To: DollyCali
Very sad to hear this, John was a real good guy.

Prayers for his family.

1,035 posted on 08/23/2010 4:00:32 PM PDT by jwalsh07
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To: DollyCali
My prayers for his family and friends.

I truly enjoyed his posts here.

I will miss his wise input.

1,036 posted on 08/23/2010 4:00:45 PM PDT by mountn man (The pleasure you get from life, is equal to the attitude you put into it.)
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To: DollyCali

God bless and keep Congressman BillyBob. I am shocked by the news and more aware of how precious life is and how we have a responsibility to leave this world fighting for the blessings of liberty for our prodigy the way our forefathers did.


1,037 posted on 08/23/2010 4:09:55 PM PDT by big'ol_freeper ("Anyone pushing Romney must love socialism...Piss on Romney and his enablers!!" ~ Jim Robinson)
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To: Jeff Head

Jeff, words can’t assuage the pain of losing a friend, especially one who has fought in the trenches with you. You are in my prayers with the news of BillyBob’s passing, as you have been in my prayers over the recent months.


1,038 posted on 08/23/2010 4:16:23 PM PDT by big'ol_freeper ("Anyone pushing Romney must love socialism...Piss on Romney and his enablers!!" ~ Jim Robinson)
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To: ClearCase_guy
Wow. I had no idea he was having health problems

Me neither.

Our mutual ignorance on this matter probably says something good about him. That he wasn't the sort to complain a lot or broadcast his suffering. Kudo Congressman BillyBob, and rest in peace.

1,039 posted on 08/23/2010 4:33:33 PM PDT by murdoog ("Aim high. Shoot straight. Praise the Lord. Audit the FED." Gary North)
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To: DollyCali

Oh my goodness! :(

FR and America have lost a fine man.

RIP, FRiend. You will be sorely missed. :(


1,040 posted on 08/23/2010 5:27:51 PM PDT by Lexinom
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To: Lexinom

I think Rush is out tomorrow for a funeral - I wonder if this is it


1,041 posted on 08/23/2010 6:59:32 PM PDT by rdax
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To: Slings and Arrows
Thank you Congressman, you and the belly laughs you provided to all of us FRee Republic will bedearly missed by all of us ol' Timers. Godspeed, Congressman Billy Bob!

Please give my best to Jesus.

1,042 posted on 08/23/2010 7:12:25 PM PDT by STD (Witnessing Another Greek Tragedy as Our Chief Executive Implodes.)
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To: Jeff Head

Amen, Jeff. You hang in there FRiend. I do think about you often and keep up with your progress. We’re all still here for a reason. Just hope that reason doesn’t pass us by!


1,043 posted on 08/23/2010 7:31:01 PM PDT by PistolPaknMama
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To: DollyCali

My very best wishes to his family. He was a Patriot and I will always have a special place in my soul for such a man.


1,044 posted on 08/23/2010 11:06:57 PM PDT by A Navy Vet ( An Oath Is Forever.)
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To: DollyCali

RIP BillyBob. Just finding this today. Your posting will be missed, as will you.


1,045 posted on 08/24/2010 7:09:33 AM PDT by Old Sarge (Marking Time On The Government's Dime)
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To: dirtboy; MHGinTN

MHGinTN: Now, he’s no doubt conversing with the Founders.

dirtboy: Amen to that.

Ditto. That brought a smile!


1,046 posted on 08/24/2010 7:21:10 AM PDT by Clinton's a liar (We, the willing...)
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To: rdax

No it’s not. Rush said it was for a 16 year old kid. He will talk about it Wednesday.


1,047 posted on 08/24/2010 8:25:15 AM PDT by Sunshine Sister
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To: DollyCali
Just a shame.

Prayers to his family.

1,048 posted on 08/24/2010 6:13:11 PM PDT by floozy22 (Don't confuse a Democrat with someone who believes in democracy.)
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To: DollyCali

So sad — I looked forward to his commentary and followed his campaign.


1,049 posted on 08/24/2010 7:58:24 PM PDT by MikeD (We live in a world where babies are like velveteen rabbits that only become real if they are loved.)
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To: DollyCali; Jim Robinson
We were away last week, and I'm stunned to learn about Congressman BillyBob's passing. I remember talking to him at CPAC once or twice, and I think he participated in one of the panels... seemed like a good guy.

Prayers for his family and friends...

nutmeg & zelig

1,050 posted on 08/25/2010 10:20:31 AM PDT by nutmeg (I can't wait 'til November...)
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