Skip to comments.Freeper Congressman BillyBob has died
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 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
Hey John, thanks for the laughs and the continued good fight.
See ya later.
Prayers up for the family...RIP John...
Oh, I’m so sorry to hear about this! I’d just posted on one of his threads a day or two ago! I pray for the repose of his soul, and for God’s peace for his family.
Very sad to hear. Condolences to the family.
I am shocked. BillyBob’s threads were some of the best of FR. Thanks for the post.
Condolences to his family. Although I didn’t know him, I’ll miss him. I always enjoyed his posts here.
This hurts as bad as when Harpseal and Mustang and many others passed.
But they don’t really pass from us, they’re always with us.
A great light has gone out in this world.
Sorry to see this!
One of our best thinkers.
Likewise. I'm well and you're right.
Agreed. He will be sorely missed. RIP to a great man.
The last post I remember from John made me think he had been recovering. This is a real shock and I am very sad. Prayers and condolences to his wife, children and other family members. We will all miss John’s wit and wisdom.
"...I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth and touched the face of God".
What a wonderful story. Thank you for posting it.
He did that thread in his usual spirit ... to help other get colonoscopies to avoid going through what he was enduring.
Oh my. I am so sorry to all that knew and loved him. I only knew of him here, and mainly his nickname, which was easy to remember, and always made me smile. May he RIP.
Thank you, MHG! I just bookmarked it and will listen up tomorrow.
Absolute Shock! He will be missed - Prayers up!
BillyBob was a Freeper original and an inspiration. I shall miss him greatly. Rest in Peace, Congressman.
Prayers up for the family.
Thank you for the ping SC always enjoyed BB posts..
RIP BillyBob,gone but not forgotten...
RIP John. Thanks for the Vista Print business cards tip.
Prayers for your family.
Thank you. His recovery was not easy. Congressman BillyBob was very anxious to caution everyone about early detection.
Oh My God!!!!
I am in shock.
Rest In Peace, Congressman.
Dolly, how sad... I loved conversing with John on FR, and finally met him in person at CPAC this year.
A great American and a great friend... God speed and God bless you, John.
I didn’t know he was sick. I hope his family finds at least a little comfort in knowing his writing and ideas touched some of us who never met him, but knew him only through his posts here.
Man this sucks. Really sucks!
CB was an FR anchor. He did so much good work.
Beautiful. Thank you for posting it.
Thanks for posting the thread, Dolly. I always enjoyed his posts and valued them immensely. Prayers for his soul and for comfort to his family. RIP.
Time for the old barium milkshake I guess.
Such sad news .. my thoughts and prayers are with his family
Sending my condolences. This is truly sad.
My heart has just been torn from my chest. I will miss you Billy Bob, and America will miss you.
Very sad news. Prayers for his family and friends.
Yes — that thread from B4Ranch was a touch of joy at such a sad time.
Really happy to see your post here, Askel. C’mon back!!
He will be sorely missed.
Prayers up for his family and friends.
Exactly what I am feeling. Thanks for putting it into words for me.
Rest in peace, dear friend John.
"Hope this saves a few lives". John / Billybob
This freeper will miss Congressman BillyBob greatly. Though I'd not always agreed with him, I've always respected his opinion.
Sad day for all freepers.
I’ll bet he has so many questions that they’re running overtime ...
As long as FreeRepublic is remembered, so shall you be, John Armor. May you be in heaven half an hour before the O**** knows you’re dead.
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