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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
Breaks my heart to read this sad news. What a devastating loss.

John was a masterful writer who always constructed clear, intelligent, logical, clever, well-argued, deeply informed, & persuasive essays. I enjoyed reading his articulate thoughts immensely.

Thank you, Congressman BillyBob, for fighting tirelessly for freedom & the sane application of legal principles, with a wonderful sense of humor.

May you rest in eternal peace, John. May G-d comfort your family and all who mourn for you on this forum and across America.

551 posted on 08/20/2010 11:04:36 PM PDT by goldbux (When yer odd, the odds are with you.)
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To: DollyCali

Rest in peace.


552 posted on 08/20/2010 11:07:09 PM PDT by iowamark
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To: DollyCali; onyx; Virginia Ridgerunner

I was hoping to meet John on 9/12 in DC. We’ll certainly miss him down here.


553 posted on 08/20/2010 11:07:15 PM PDT by DTogo (High time to bring back the Sons of Liberty !!)
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To: SunkenCiv

Prayers up for his family. His contributions will be sorely missed.


554 posted on 08/20/2010 11:09:12 PM PDT by Hoosier-Daddy ( "It does no good to be a super power if you have to worry what the neighbors think." BuffaloJack)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Fervent Prayers lifted..
Mr B has this same affliction..
I love MrB beyond measure


555 posted on 08/20/2010 11:10:37 PM PDT by MS.BEHAVIN (Women who behave rarely make history)
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To: DollyCali; All

R.I.P. Billybob, FR’s loss is heaven’s gain.

Anyone notice? the flags came back today.


556 posted on 08/20/2010 11:11:27 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (I am in America but not of America (per bible: am in the world but not of it))
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To: DollyCali

My condolences and prayers.

Rest in Peace.


557 posted on 08/20/2010 11:12:11 PM PDT by Qbert
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To: DollyCali

He was a very special and insightful poster.
He will be missed here.

Prayers for his family.


558 posted on 08/20/2010 11:14:35 PM PDT by Cindy
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To: DollyCali

Shocking and sad- prayers to his family!


559 posted on 08/20/2010 11:14:46 PM PDT by conservative cat
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To: DollyCali

Oh no! I am shocked and very saddened. I did not know he had been ill. I always looked forward to Congressman BillyBob’s comments, since I knew I would find wit, common sense and scholarship rolled up in one package. RIP, FRiend.


560 posted on 08/20/2010 11:15:08 PM PDT by Hetty_Fauxvert (March 2010: Congress shoved Obamacare down our throats. November 2010: We will shove it back!)
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To: DollyCali

Aw, I’m so sorry to hear this. Indeed a shock.

Farewell John.


561 posted on 08/20/2010 11:16:46 PM PDT by CounterCounterCulture
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To: DollyCali

I met him in person a couple of times...charming and engaging. I had no idea.

Congressman BillyBob...may God accept you, rest in peace.


562 posted on 08/20/2010 11:18:21 PM PDT by rlmorel (America: Why should a product be deemed a failure if you ignore assembly and operation instructions?)
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This must be absolutely devastating to his family. I was reading his last post and he issued a strong warning about cancer and was planning for the future. I read somewhere else that complications from surgery arose. So sad. I didn’t know him but knew he was a patriot.

God please comfort his family during this time.


563 posted on 08/20/2010 11:18:33 PM PDT by Outlaw Woman (We in Missouri spoke LOUDLY 08/03/10 & We peacefully said NO to Tyranny. Are you listening Marxists?)
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To: All

Just horrible news.

Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May his soul and the souls of all the faithfully departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.


564 posted on 08/20/2010 11:18:50 PM PDT by John W (Chuck Todd Is An Ass)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

Not on my system


565 posted on 08/20/2010 11:19:12 PM PDT by Outlaw Woman (We in Missouri spoke LOUDLY 08/03/10 & We peacefully said NO to Tyranny. Are you listening Marxists?)
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To: DollyCali

Dang! Prayers up. See you on the other side.


566 posted on 08/20/2010 11:19:38 PM PDT by Eagles6 ( Typical White Guy: Christian, Constitutionalist, Heterosexual, Redneck.)
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To: DollyCali

Prayers up for the whole family!


567 posted on 08/20/2010 11:19:47 PM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

G’bye, Congressman Billybob. I’m still struggling with whether it’s true or not... Either way, it makes me sad.


568 posted on 08/20/2010 11:21:23 PM PDT by Kevmo (So America gets what America deserves - the destruction of its Constitution. ~Leo Donofrio, 6/1/09)
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To: DollyCali

569 posted on 08/20/2010 11:23:26 PM PDT by JRios1968 (The real first rule of Fight Club: don't invite Chuck Norris...EVER)
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To: DollyCali

RIP, John, and prayers for your family. Congressman BillyBob was a great man, and will be sorely missed by us all.


570 posted on 08/20/2010 11:27:29 PM PDT by CDB (None dare call it "Reparations")
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To: DollyCali

Thank you, DollyCali for the very sad news of Congressman
Billy Bob’s passing. Prayers will be said for his family. We have lost a true FRiend and a great American. Heaven’s gain!


571 posted on 08/20/2010 11:27:29 PM PDT by tajgirvan (Preserve our Troops, O God, may they always put their trust in You!)
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To: Slings and Arrows; SunkenCiv

Thank you for the ping. I appreciate it


572 posted on 08/20/2010 11:30:37 PM PDT by Outlaw Woman (We in Missouri spoke LOUDLY 08/03/10 & We peacefully said NO to Tyranny. Are you listening Marxists?)
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To: Outlaw Woman

You’re welcome.


573 posted on 08/20/2010 11:35:44 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows ("I can't possibly get into trouble letting my monkey carry grenades." --Gen. Karl Tagon)
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To: DollyCali

Prayers for his family and friends!


574 posted on 08/20/2010 11:35:54 PM PDT by johnthebaptistmoore (If leftist legislation that's already in place really can't be ended by non-leftists, then what?)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Shock doesn’t cover it, after just recently reading his article on his recovery.

Rest in peace, sir; and may you rejoice in hearing the words, “well done, good and faithful servant!”

Prayers for his family.


575 posted on 08/20/2010 11:36:21 PM PDT by ApplegateRanch (Made in America, by proud American citizens, in 1946.)
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To: DollyCali

May John “Congressman BillyBob” Armor rest in God’s peace.

Prayers for and condolences to his family and friends.


576 posted on 08/20/2010 11:41:01 PM PDT by Fawnn (Fawnn.com and CookingWithPam.com person - Faith makes things possible, not easy.)
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner

One of the truly great FReepers, and a genuine role model to each and every new member, in turn (as he certainly was to me). RIP, Congressman.


577 posted on 08/20/2010 11:48:38 PM PDT by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle (http://www.conservatives4palin.com/)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

This was indeed a surprise and not a good one. RIP Congressman BillyBob. To his family condolences; he was a great patriot.


578 posted on 08/20/2010 11:55:21 PM PDT by flaglady47 (To bastardize Samuel Johnson, tyranny is the last refuge of scoundrels)
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To: DollyCali

Prayers to Congressman Billy Bob. I hope the family can find peace in knowing that he is with our Heavenly Father. I also did not realize how distinguished our FREEPERS are here.


579 posted on 08/20/2010 11:57:22 PM PDT by napscoordinator
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To: DollyCali

I am deeply saddened by this good old time Freeper’s passing. I’ve known him well over a decade. What a damned shame.


580 posted on 08/20/2010 11:59:59 PM PDT by The KG9 Kid
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To: DollyCali

I enjoyed reading his posts. He will be missed.


581 posted on 08/21/2010 12:01:54 AM PDT by machogirl (First they came for my tagline.)
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To: DollyCali

:(

There are no words.


582 posted on 08/21/2010 12:06:41 AM PDT by GOP_Raider (A conservative in the television industry--yes, we do exist)
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To: DollyCali
OMG!

Came home from a wonderful outing tonight to find this... Shock, Prayers, and yes, tears for this wonderful Man.

583 posted on 08/21/2010 12:07:09 AM PDT by JDoutrider
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To: DollyCali

RIP, Sir. Prayers for his family.


584 posted on 08/21/2010 12:07:55 AM PDT by Kylie_04 (I must not consume liquids while reading posts. I must not consume liquids while reading posts.)
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To: DollyCali

R.I.P.


585 posted on 08/21/2010 12:08:26 AM PDT by justkillingtime
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To: DollyCali

Prayers for Congressman Billybob, John Armor.

R.I.P.


586 posted on 08/21/2010 12:13:11 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper (Chump Obama promised "Change" and we got chump change.)
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To: Kimberly GG

I forgot to add that he’s one of the few people I have ever met in my life who after conversing with him, left you wanting more of his time. He was that interesting. Prayers to his family and friends.


587 posted on 08/21/2010 12:15:24 AM PDT by Hillarys Gate Cult
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To: DTogo; B4Ranch
Yes, dear DTogo, he was one of the reasons I wanted to try to make the trip. He was looking forward to 9/12. It won't be the samne without him. Still stunned. Make sure to read B4Ranch's wonderful post. You'll smile.
588 posted on 08/21/2010 12:15:27 AM PDT by onyx (Sarah/Michele 2012)
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To: LucyT

Oh no, so sad. I loved reading his posts and he was a true patriot. May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.


589 posted on 08/21/2010 12:15:35 AM PDT by mojitojoe ("The Arabic call to prayer is one of the prettiest sounds on Earth at sunset." punk in chief)
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To: DollyCali; Slings and Arrows

I’m so terribly saddened by this completely unexpected news. Not only were his posts sometimes entertaining and always extremely informative, he spoke to me kindly and graciously on a number of occasions over the years. His friendliness and congeniality will also be missed, very very much.
A feel a great emptiness.

Thank you so much DollyCali for posting this and to Slings and Arrows for pinging it out.


590 posted on 08/21/2010 12:17:02 AM PDT by Stoat (If you want a vision of the future, imagine a Birkenstock stamping on a human face... forever)
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To: DollyCali

OMG, I thought he was going to be okay!! :*( :*(

Prayers going up for his family and friends, I’m in shock, I can’t believe this news! :*(

< weeps in sorrow >


591 posted on 08/21/2010 12:17:49 AM PDT by pillut48 ("Now is the time that tries men's souls...")
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To: MS.BEHAVIN; trussell; Brad's Gramma

Prayers lifted for MrB, MS.BEHAVIN. May God Guide the Doctors and medical staff in charge of MrB’s care. Prayers and good thoughts for you as well.


592 posted on 08/21/2010 12:17:49 AM PDT by bd476
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To: DollyCali

OMG, I thought he was going to be okay!! :*( :*(

Prayers going up for his family and friends, I’m in shock, I can’t believe this news! :*(

< weeps in sorrow >


593 posted on 08/21/2010 12:17:58 AM PDT by pillut48 ("Now is the time that tries men's souls...")
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To: DollyCali

We will miss you, Billybob! This is a very sad loss for all of us. Prayers for Billy bob and his family.


594 posted on 08/21/2010 12:21:21 AM PDT by Caipirabob ( Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: WKB; wardaddy

Did you hear about this? I didn’t know that he had cancer.

Omigosh...he’s going to be greatly missed!

RIP Congressman BillyBob...


595 posted on 08/21/2010 12:23:13 AM PDT by dixiechick2000 (Remember November...I can see it from my house!)
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To: DollyCali

Wow! I am in shock. We have lost one brilliant mind and devoted conservative thinker. Not to mention we have lost a true friend.

RIP Congressman Billybob and my prayers to your family.


596 posted on 08/21/2010 12:24:31 AM PDT by Zack Attack
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To: Slings and Arrows

Hear, O Israel, the Lord is our God, the Lord is One. Blessed be His holy name forever and ever...

“Sh’ma Yisroel, Adonai Elohainu, Adonai Eh’chad.”

I like yours better, but both speak the truth.

Thank you SaA...we are sad tonight...


597 posted on 08/21/2010 12:30:04 AM PDT by dixiechick2000 (Remember November...I can see it from my house!)
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To: B4Ranch

What an absolutely romantic, wonderful love story! :*)

I’m so sorry they only got to spend such a short time together as a married couple, but I know his widow will cherish that time for the rest of her life. :*)

Thank you for sharing!


598 posted on 08/21/2010 12:34:56 AM PDT by pillut48 ("Now is the time that tries men's souls...")
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To: B4Ranch

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2574740/posts?page=246#246

Bump!

Thank you for that post.


599 posted on 08/21/2010 12:37:21 AM PDT by dixiechick2000 (Remember November...I can see it from my house!)
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To: DollyCali
When I first started lurking at FR many years ago Congressman BillyBob’s posts were some that I always looked for. His articles on the US Constitution helped to convince me - and many others, I believe - that FreeRepublic was a very special forum.

My condolences to his family and his extended Freeper family.

600 posted on 08/21/2010 12:50:33 AM PDT by ScaniaBoy (Part of the Right Wing Research & Attack Machine)
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