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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: nutmeg

I know.. we were all (and still are) stunned.

Thanks for your note....

hugs


1,051 posted on 08/25/2010 12:27:58 PM 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

Dolly, awful news. Prayers for friends and family.


1,052 posted on 08/26/2010 12:07:58 AM PDT by JohnHuang2
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To: dixiechick2000

Hi, friend. Heartbreaking news. :-( This Freeper was a national treasure, among the finest tributes to this site whose wisdom and insight benefited all of us richly. He will sorely be missed, for the world is a little colder and a little dimmer without him in our lives. RIP, Congressman.


1,053 posted on 08/26/2010 12:09:02 AM PDT by JohnHuang2
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To: JohnHuang2

Hey there boyfriend! yes, it is dreadful news


1,054 posted on 08/26/2010 12:15:13 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: JohnHuang2; nutmeg

“Hi, friend. Heartbreaking news. :-( This Freeper was a national treasure, among the finest tributes to this site whose wisdom and insight benefited all of us richly. He will sorely be missed, for the world is a little colder and a little dimmer without him in our lives. RIP, Congressman.”

That was so repost worthy, and I bump it to high heaven!

He was a real keeper...that’s for sure. What an amazing mind he had.

The world...and FR...have lost a precious gem.


1,055 posted on 08/26/2010 12:20:56 AM PDT by dixiechick2000 (Remember November...I can see it from my house!)
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To: DollyCali

I’m so sorry to hear this. He was always one of my favorite FReepers.

RIP Congressman BillyBob.


1,056 posted on 08/26/2010 4:57:30 PM PDT by retrokitten
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To: DollyCali

Wow. I don’t know how I missed this. I just now happened to see it on Facebook.

Congressman Billy Bob will be missed.

RIP


1,057 posted on 08/26/2010 7:49:26 PM PDT by smokingfrog (freerepublic.com - Thanks JimRob! The flags are back! - 8/17/2010.)
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To: DollyCali

He lives on through the people he influenced. Always found him to be a scholar and a gentleman. I learned a lot from him.

He may be “dead” physically, but he is very much alive in us.


1,058 posted on 08/27/2010 7:47:17 PM PDT by Eric Blair 2084 (Beware of the Socialist Government-Academia Grant Junkie-Rich "non-profit"-Liberal Media Complex)
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To: Eric Blair 2084

thank you for this lovely thought/image


1,059 posted on 08/27/2010 8:34:29 PM 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

You will be missed, Congressman. A true American patriot and and defender of the US Constitution. RIP with the Lord.


1,060 posted on 08/28/2010 12:36:50 PM PDT by ThomasMore (Patrick Henry and Joe Wilson...Patriots past and present!)
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To: DollyCali
Dolly, thank you for the ping. I am just now learning of the sad death of “Congressman Billybob”. His passing is a reminder we never know how much time is left to us; so live each day as if it is your last, it may be. Do what is right, not what is easy.

Billybob was not only a loyal Freeper, he was also a fellow North Carolinian and an active patriot. Thanks for all you did Billybob.

Prayers up for John “Billy Bob” Armor and his family.

1,061 posted on 08/28/2010 4:53:14 PM PDT by FOXFANVOX (God Bless America)
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To: DollyCali

I’m so sorry to hear this. I was on vacation last week and not aware that this had happened. The last I’d heard he was doing well and thought his cancer was licked. Prayers for a great Freeper and his family. RIP!


1,062 posted on 08/30/2010 9:56:24 AM PDT by pgkdan (When the same man...holds the sword and the purse, there is an end of liberty: George Mason)
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To: retrokitten
He was always one of my favorite FReepers.

Same for many of us here... he'll be missed.

1,063 posted on 08/30/2010 10:00:53 AM PDT by GOPJ (TIME Magazine - - a conserve-a-phobe publication.)
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To: rockinqsranch
He was a true asset to this site. and to America. This is shocking !
My sincerest condolences to his family. I hope he was saved I'd like to spend eternity with hm.
Sen. Byrd, not so much.
1,064 posted on 08/30/2010 10:19:11 PM PDT by jokar (The Church age is the only age man will be able to glorify Christ, http://www.basictraining.org/)
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To: DollyCali

thanks for the thread, please Jesus comfort his wife.
He was a true asset to this site. and to America.
This is shocking !
My sincerest condolences to his family. I hope he was saved I’d like to spend eternity with him.

Sen. Byrd, not so much.


1,065 posted on 08/30/2010 10:53:47 PM PDT by jokar (The Church age is the only age man will be able to glorify Christ, http://www.basictraining.org/)
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To: DollyCali

A memorial Service for John Armor, of Highlands, NC, will be held this Saturday at 2pm at the Episcopal Church of the Incarnation on Main Street in Highlands, NC.

According to a phone call from his wife, there will be a brief religious service that will be followed by some patriotic readings from the Declaration of Independence and the Federalist Papers after the service at the Harris Lake Rec Park within walking distance of the church.

Feel free to swipe the info at this link [http://bit.ly/9pXDPJ ] for putting out the word.

This FReeper will be there.


1,066 posted on 09/23/2010 9:48:56 AM PDT by Thunder Pig (Check Out John Armor's last book http://thesearethetimes.us/)
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To: Thunder Pig

thank you.. will ping the list tonight/tomorrow. On way out now

this is this weekend?

I LOVE Highlands/Cashiers area of NC


1,067 posted on 09/23/2010 12:39:47 PM 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

Yes, it is tomorrow.


1,068 posted on 09/24/2010 3:08:42 AM PDT by Thunder Pig (Check Out John Armor's last book http://thesearethetimes.us/)
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To: 100%FEDUP; 2ndMostConservativeBrdMember; ~Vor~; a4drvr; Adder; Aegedius; Afronaut; alethia; ...
A memorial service is being held today (Saturday) in Highlands, NC for John. From Thunder Pig's post at 1066:
A memorial Service for John Armor, of Highlands, NC, will be held this Saturday at 2pm at the Episcopal Church of the Incarnation on Main Street in Highlands, NC.

According to a phone call from his wife, there will be a brief religious service that will be followed by some patriotic readings from the Declaration of Independence and the Federalist Papers after the service at the Harris Lake Rec Park within walking distance of the church.

Feel free to swipe the info at this link [http://bit.ly/9pXDPJ ] for putting out the word.

This FReeper will be there.

1,069 posted on 09/24/2010 11:18:31 PM PDT by MitchellC
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To: IncPen

ping


1,070 posted on 09/24/2010 11:31:12 PM PDT by Nailbiter
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To: MitchellC

Thanks! Wish I could be there! John and I freepmailed each other irregularly through the years, me under different screen names. I am already missing his commentaries here on FreeRepublic.


1,071 posted on 09/25/2010 5:52:55 AM PDT by Buddygirl
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To: DollyCali

RIP, Congressman BillyBob, one of the greatest FReepers, hands down.


1,072 posted on 09/25/2010 7:34:19 AM PDT by Future Snake Eater ("Get out of the boat and walk on the water with us!”--Sen. Joe Biden)
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To: DollyCali

I’ve returned to FreeRepublic after a bit of a sojourn and was shocked and saddened to hear of John Armor’s passing. Reading through the well deserved tributes on this thread I couldn’t help but add my own appreciation for all that he did for his country, the cause of freedom and justice, and Free Republic.

Thanks and God Bless John: Your expertise and wisdom will forever be missed by me and so many others.


1,073 posted on 10/25/2010 7:41:33 PM PDT by Mad_as_heck (The MSM - America's (domestic) public enemy #1.)
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To: Mad_as_heck

Better late than never! Welcome back. I dont get here frequently like I once did.

John was a fine man


1,074 posted on 10/25/2010 8:08:46 PM 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
Having taken a political holiday, I didn't know about John's passing until I saw mention in a Freeper's tagline here in Dec.

He was an outstanding Freeper particularly in the early 2000's. His loss is felt. RIP Congressman BillyBob.

1,075 posted on 12/24/2010 6:41:01 AM PST by newzjunkey (Opting for an abortion is like hiring a hit man.)
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To: DollyCali

John, BillyBob, I am so sorry to hear of your passing from this life.

I remember your excellent work before the Supreme Court, as well as your excellent brochure.

I trust I shall see you in glory in our afterlife.

Love


1,076 posted on 03/03/2012 4:03:53 AM PST by YepYep ((We've just GOT to love Jesus enough to LISTEN to Him, and Do what He Says))
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To: DollyCali

I am terribly sorry to hear of this news. He was a brilliant and genuinely funny man. John was one of kind - a very fine kind. Prayers to his family and friends.


1,077 posted on 03/03/2012 4:17:13 AM PST by andy58-in-nh (America does not need to be organized: it needs to be liberated.)
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To: Congressman Billybob
May the Lord hold you in the palm of His hand, and may He comfort your family in this time of great sorrow.

You will be missed sir.

5.56mm

1,078 posted on 03/03/2012 4:37:36 AM PST by M Kehoe
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