Skip to comments.Freeper Congressman BillyBob has died
Posted on 08/20/2010 6:45:10 PM PDT by DollyCali
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Congressman Billybob has died.
ACRU Mourns the Passing of John Armor
John ArmorJohn 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 Mens 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 Mens 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 Senators challenge of Lyndon Baines Johnsons presidency in 1968.
John was also the first to figure out the constitutional basis of recalling federal officials, Carleson said. That led to the ACRUs 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 ACRUs 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 ACLUs absurd stances came as reliably as the rain falling on the fields of Ireland.
Susan Carleson, Chairman, CEO
Prayers to family...
May he rest in eternal peace.
BillyBob, you will be missed.
He just posted the other day.
Prayers up for him and his family.
OH NO, Prayers for all and BillyBob you will be missed.
I’m shocked. Word fail me. May he rest in peace.
what a great article! thanks for sharing this BFRanch
Oh no! I am so sorry to hear this. Condolences to his family and friends.
I am so saddened by this news.
Let me add my condolences.
OH MY. We joined FR the same year. I feel like I’ve lost an old friend.
Prayers for him and his family...very sad.
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.
wow.. I had not seen this. Thank you
I did not see the cancer thread, what a shock! RIP Dear Sir.
OH NO...exactly my words. We lost a good man.
What a classy guy. Fought good, and hard and with humor.
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. : (
Smiling the first smiles since the posting of his death. Thank you my dear friend, (((B4Ranch)))!
The man upstairs must have some important work for him to do. My God bless and comfort his family and friends.
I didn’t know that much about him but loved reading his posts. Also agreed with them.
A sad day for Free Republic.
He FReep mailed me just a darn short 18 hours before this miserable thread was posted. I’ll miss him!
What a loss, God Speed, Freeper Billy Bob.
Thank you for pinging the list.
God Bless his Eternal Soul.
Condolences to his family and friends. His input will be sorely missed.
Condolences to the family and friends of Mr.Armor. .....apologies for previous misspelling.
RIP BillyBob. Your passing is a great loss.
I hate to say I did not know he was so ill.
Dang...he was an astute fellow.
John will be sorely missed. Prayers offrered for his family.
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.
RIP Congressman BillyBob. You will be missed.
From a lurker who has loved his posts for years, that is so sad, prayers for his family.
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.
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!!
This country has has lost an asset of incalculable value. How sad...
This is so sad and my heart goes out to his family
My sincerest condolences to his friends and family and everyone here on FR who knew him.
May he rest in peace.
Sad. I will miss his posts. A loss, in my opinion, for America.
So sorry to hear the news. I really enjoyed reading his articles and comments. He will be missed.
May peace come to his family and extended friends.
One of the FReeper icons.
Dear Lord Jesus,
We pray for his family and friends, give them strength and comfort.
In Jesus Name
What denomination was he?
Oh no....”sigh”....he was one of the good ones. Prayers to his family...rest in peace.
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.
Prayers for John and his family.