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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
R.I.P.

Prayers to family...

301 posted on 08/20/2010 7:48:02 PM PDT by herewego ( Got .45?)
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner

May he rest in eternal peace.


302 posted on 08/20/2010 7:48:16 PM PDT by NeoCaveman (Defeat Dingy Harry Reid)
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To: dynachrome

RIP BillyBob


303 posted on 08/20/2010 7:48:20 PM PDT by unkus
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To: DollyCali; All

BillyBob, you will be missed.


304 posted on 08/20/2010 7:48:26 PM PDT by abner (I have no tagline, therefore no identity.)
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To: DollyCali

He just posted the other day.
Prayers up for him and his family.


305 posted on 08/20/2010 7:48:50 PM PDT by RedMDer (Throw them all out in 2010... Forward with Confidence! Forward!)
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To: DollyCali

OH NO, Prayers for all and BillyBob you will be missed.


306 posted on 08/20/2010 7:49:24 PM PDT by Marty62 (marty60)
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To: DollyCali

I’m shocked. Word fail me. May he rest in peace.


307 posted on 08/20/2010 7:50:02 PM PDT by FourPeas (God Save America)
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To: B4Ranch

what a great article! thanks for sharing this BFRanch


308 posted on 08/20/2010 7:50:45 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: SunkenCiv

Oh no! I am so sorry to hear this. Condolences to his family and friends.


309 posted on 08/20/2010 7:51:34 PM PDT by ChocChipCookie (TheSurvivalMom.com)
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To: DollyCali

I am so saddened by this news.

Let me add my condolences.


310 posted on 08/20/2010 7:51:45 PM PDT by eddie willers
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To: DollyCali

OH MY. We joined FR the same year. I feel like I’ve lost an old friend.


311 posted on 08/20/2010 7:52:41 PM PDT by Hildy
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To: DollyCali

Prayers for him and his family...very sad.


312 posted on 08/20/2010 7:52:44 PM PDT by angelcindy ("If you follow the crowd,you get no further than the crowd")
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To: DollyCali

Very, very sad....and shocking... news. Did not know he was ill.
Had the pleasure of meeting Congressman BillyBob at a past FR rally in D.C. His posts were always educational and enjoyable. We’ve lost a patriot.

Condolences to the family and friends of Mr. Armour.


313 posted on 08/20/2010 7:53:14 PM PDT by 4integrity
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To: MHGinTN

wow.. I had not seen this. Thank you


314 posted on 08/20/2010 7:53:28 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

I did not see the cancer thread, what a shock! RIP Dear Sir.


315 posted on 08/20/2010 7:53:39 PM PDT by united1000
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To: DollyCali
Ouch! What a blow to one of the most impressive FReepers I had the privilege to read. My faith and belief system says his life continues in spiritual form as we are but spiritual beings living a human existence. Doesn't help initially when we have such a huge unexpected loss but he left his mark and continues on in all of us. God Bless you Sir and Thanks for your awesome service. May your family be comforted in God's love.
316 posted on 08/20/2010 7:53:47 PM PDT by mcshot (Who is the power behind the MSM that is trying to take-down our Country?)
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To: RoseofTexas

OH NO...exactly my words. We lost a good man.


317 posted on 08/20/2010 7:53:49 PM PDT by Ben Chad
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To: DollyCali

What a classy guy. Fought good, and hard and with humor.


318 posted on 08/20/2010 7:54:04 PM PDT by Leisler ("Over time they create a legal system that plunders and a moral code that glorifies it." F. Bastiat)
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To: DollyCali

Oh no! It makes me so sad to see this news. John was a wonderful source of information and inspiration. I’ll miss him so much. : (


319 posted on 08/20/2010 7:54:10 PM PDT by mia
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To: B4Ranch

Smiling the first smiles since the posting of his death. Thank you my dear friend, (((B4Ranch)))!


320 posted on 08/20/2010 7:54:11 PM PDT by onyx (Sarah/Michele 2012)
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To: DollyCali
I'm deeply shocked and saddened. Congressman BillyBob brought a logical and very constitutional scholar approach to some heated Freeper arguments. He was a peacemaker as well as a gentleman.

The man upstairs must have some important work for him to do. My God bless and comfort his family and friends.

321 posted on 08/20/2010 7:54:24 PM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: DollyCali

I didn’t know that much about him but loved reading his posts. Also agreed with them.

A sad day for Free Republic.


322 posted on 08/20/2010 7:55:24 PM PDT by yarddog
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To: onyx

He FReep mailed me just a darn short 18 hours before this miserable thread was posted. I’ll miss him!


323 posted on 08/20/2010 7:56:03 PM PDT by B4Ranch (America was founded by MARKSMEN, not Marxists.)
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To: DollyCali

What a loss, God Speed, Freeper Billy Bob.


324 posted on 08/20/2010 7:56:05 PM PDT by fedupjohn ("Socialism works great until you run out of other people's money!"...Margaret Thatcher.. Palin 2012)
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To: SunkenCiv

Thank you for pinging the list.


325 posted on 08/20/2010 7:56:43 PM PDT by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway...John Wayne)
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To: DollyCali

God Bless his Eternal Soul.

Condolences to his family and friends. His input will be sorely missed.


326 posted on 08/20/2010 7:57:28 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (The Last Boy Scout)
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To: 4integrity

Condolences to the family and friends of Mr.Armor. .....apologies for previous misspelling.


327 posted on 08/20/2010 7:57:31 PM PDT by 4integrity
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To: DollyCali

RIP BillyBob. Your passing is a great loss.


328 posted on 08/20/2010 7:59:08 PM PDT by NewHampshireDuo
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To: DollyCali

I hate to say I did not know he was so ill.

Dang...he was an astute fellow.


329 posted on 08/20/2010 7:59:08 PM PDT by wardaddy (effed up times..)
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To: DollyCali

Prayers.


330 posted on 08/20/2010 7:59:23 PM PDT by LdSentinal
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To: DollyCali

John will be sorely missed. Prayers offrered for his family.


331 posted on 08/20/2010 7:59:26 PM PDT by loboinok (Gun control is hitting what you aim at!)
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To: DollyCali

Very sad. He and I did not agree on the few subjects that we debated, but I thought he was a decent, straight up guy.

Prayers for him and his family.


332 posted on 08/20/2010 7:59:28 PM PDT by RKBA Democrat (Amateurs study tactics, professionals study logistics, and victors study demographics.)
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To: DollyCali
No....

RIP Congressman BillyBob. You will be missed.

333 posted on 08/20/2010 7:59:31 PM PDT by SunTzuWu
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To: DollyCali

From a lurker who has loved his posts for years, that is so sad, prayers for his family.


334 posted on 08/20/2010 7:59:53 PM PDT by goldylight
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To: DollyCali

Very sad news. He had such a sense of humor it even came out in his writing.

He’s a pixel that will be forever missing from the FreeRepublic screen.


335 posted on 08/20/2010 8:00:01 PM PDT by Incorrigible (If I lead, follow me; If I pause, push me; If I retreat, kill me.)
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To: DollyCali

Oh my this is a terrible shock. I had no idea he had cancer. Always enjoyed his thoughtful essays. What a bummer.
Prayers up for his wife and family!!


336 posted on 08/20/2010 8:00:15 PM PDT by visualops (Proud Air Force Mom)
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To: DollyCali
Here's is a more complete rendition he did in 2009.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vhbAVkvSaAw&feature=related

337 posted on 08/20/2010 8:00:45 PM PDT by MHGinTN (Dem voters, believing they cannot be deceived, it is impossible to convince them when deceived.)
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To: loboinok

offrered=offered


338 posted on 08/20/2010 8:01:27 PM PDT by loboinok (Gun control is hitting what you aim at!)
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To: DollyCali

This country has has lost an asset of incalculable value. How sad...


339 posted on 08/20/2010 8:03:08 PM PDT by Charles H. (The_r0nin) (Hwaet! Lar bith maest hord, sothlice!)
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To: DollyCali

This is so sad and my heart goes out to his family


340 posted on 08/20/2010 8:03:21 PM PDT by Shimmer1 (You can't make up anything anymore. The world itself is a satire. All you're doing is recording it.)
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To: DollyCali

My sincerest condolences to his friends and family and everyone here on FR who knew him.


341 posted on 08/20/2010 8:03:32 PM PDT by MestaMachine (De inimico non loquaris sed cogites- Don't wish ill for your enemy; plan it)
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To: DollyCali

May he rest in peace.


342 posted on 08/20/2010 8:04:16 PM PDT by NoLibZone (I am currently under federal investigation by the DNC for my opposition to the Ground Zero mosque.)
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To: DollyCali

Sad. I will miss his posts. A loss, in my opinion, for America.


343 posted on 08/20/2010 8:04:31 PM PDT by sport
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To: DollyCali

So sorry to hear the news. I really enjoyed reading his articles and comments. He will be missed.


344 posted on 08/20/2010 8:04:48 PM PDT by dwg2
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To: DollyCali
Oh dear. We will all miss his insightful posts and knowledge.

RIP, John.
May peace come to his family and extended friends.

345 posted on 08/20/2010 8:04:50 PM PDT by Diogenesis (Si vis pacem, para bellum)
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To: DollyCali

One of the FReeper icons.
Dear Lord Jesus,
We pray for his family and friends, give them strength and comfort.

In Jesus Name
Amen


346 posted on 08/20/2010 8:05:04 PM PDT by bray (A FReeper book http://www.brayincandy.com/id239.html)
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To: DollyCali
Prayers up for his family.

What denomination was he?

g_w

347 posted on 08/20/2010 8:05:16 PM PDT by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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To: RoseofTexas

Oh no....”sigh”....he was one of the good ones. Prayers to his family...rest in peace.


348 posted on 08/20/2010 8:05:24 PM PDT by ladyvet (WOLVERINES!!!!!)
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To: DollyCali
Damn....I always enjoyed his appearance here...

Did not know he was battling cancer.

Thanks for letting us know...and please pass my condolences on to his family.

He was a very fine thinker and writer.

349 posted on 08/20/2010 8:05:25 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach ( Support Geert Wilders)
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To: DollyCali

Prayers for John and his family.


350 posted on 08/20/2010 8:06:37 PM PDT by mysterio
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