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
Sorry to hear about this.
....since both he and I live in the NC mountains, he invited me to drop by for coffee some time...I told him that the next time I was down his way I would...I’m sorry that I didn’t get to do it...it would have been nice to have met him...he was a very interesting fellow, and he will be missed.
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.
The loss of John Armor, Esq. diminishes our country and FR.
RIP Mr. Armor.
(Let us pray the next John Armor comes along sooner rather than later!)
RIP...prayers lifted for God’s grace and peace to be bestowed upon all that mourn....
I appreciated his insight and commentary on Constitutional and other legal issues.
How incredibly sad. His expertise and thought-provoking commentryi will be sorely missed.
My prayers go out to his family, friends, and associates.
RIP, Congressman BillyBob. We sure will miss you...
I’m so sorry to hear this. His last article seemed so upbeat. I will miss his participation here and will say a prayer for his soul. I see I’m not alone in my sorrow.
His wisdom will be sorely missed.
I knew about the cancer but I thought things were getting better. Very sad, he will be missed.
What a shock! Poor thing! I just read his email of a few days ago where he indicated that his prognosis was very good according to his doctors.
He was so looking forward to getting well as fast as he could so that he could be at the 9/12 rally in DC again this year.
Like you, I met and talked with him last year on 9/12 when we were there. He was a great man and I will miss him very much here on FR.
Sending my condolences and prayers for his family and friends.
May the Lord bless and keep you...
...and make His Face shine upon you...
...and bring you peace....
...Congressman Billy Bob IS at peace....he was a great man here on earth.
Prayers, prayers and more prayers.
He will be missed more than they ever know.
We have lost a giant.
Since you’ve mentioned this FReeper positively before, I thought you would want to know.
Prayers going up to friends and family.
That’s a damn shame. R.I.P., John.
RIP...A true patriot and a great contributor to the board. He will be missed.
Sorry to hear of this.
RIP, and to all who loved him, may his death bring fond memories.
Condolences for his friends and family.
I loved his posts and insights.
A sad day for us and his family.
Just terrible. He was one of my favorite posters. Rest in peace, Mr. Armor.
I have a request. Is it possible to find a reading list from CBB re: founders/law and John’s writings on the same?
If possible, I would love for others here with expertise in these areas to educate and re-acquaint us with our roots.
Perhaps even CBB or John threads to learn and discuss for this purpose.
We have lost some great ones this year.
Very sad..one of the few times I regret going on FR..I so enjoyed my occasional email correspondence with him..God was merciful to John and his family. Cancer is is a vicious foe, and from following his thread...while he died far, far too young, it appears that he had some time to prepare, get ready, too say goodbye, yet did not have to suffer too long. RIP my friend..
I often wondered about him, who was he, why did he take that username, etc.
Does anyone have a narrative bio on Ol Billy Bob. He deserves one.
Maybe there ought to be a Freeper Hall of Fame for deserving members?
God Rest his soul.
Completely unexpected. We've all lost a great one.
Rest in peace, you will not be forgotten.
condolences and prayers
Dolly, I’m trying to locate the post which related the story of how John and his wife met after so many years and married which I read last night. It’s such a charming story—I wanted to pass it to a friend—but I can’t find it. Don’t remember the number. I’m sure it was before their wedding photograph because I was so pleased to see them together. I hope it isn’t one that was removed.!
Thanks again for all the time you have spent putting this all together.
Lord, we ask Thee to rest the soul of Thy servant John.
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, amen.
It was post 246 & it was pulled.
I have written to the author of the post requesting the link in PM. I will share with you then.
RIP sir, I feel honored to have known you and blessed that I got to see you speak as Ben Franklin last fall. You will be missed.
thnaks... I bookmarked it in case this one also disappears
It wasn’t a bad dream. :-(
I can’t begin to say how many messages I have received from CBB. May he rest in peace. Now NC FREEPERS it’s up to us to keep up the fight! LET’S ROLL!
I thought he was getting better.
Post operative infection?
His heart ‘just quit’?
Any info at all?
This is.. weird.
Deepest condolences to Mrs. Armor and their family. Rest in peace, Mr. Armor.
((((( Protect the Bill of Rights )))))
I know. Still very sad today, but the shock has subsided. Prayers now for his grieving family and his sweet soul.
What an incalculable loss; not only for Free Republic, but for the country.
RIP, Sir, you will be sorely missed.
RIP Cong. BB
You know once he got settled he looked up Tony and told him how much we miss him. ;-)
I imagine “complications” means anyone of a number of unexpected events happened. Sometimes unrelated health issues seem to come out of the blue.
As a nurse, the human spirit has never ceased to amaze me. I think of his last column and I know, without reservation, he was saying goodbye. He may not have known it on a conscious level, but his soul knew he was leaving this earth soon. I have seen it over & over again. God has a way of putting the peices together.
Prayers for his family. May God wrap our prayers around his family for comfort and strength.
Deepest sympathies to his family.
Great post. Thanks from all of us.