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  • Liberals

    03/13/2017 8:19:16 PM PDT · by TBP · 5 replies
    Memory | The late Bill Buckley
    "Liberals claim to want to give a hearing to other views, but then are shocked and offended to discover hat there are other points of view." -- William F. Buckley Jr. He was 100 percent correct.
  • New Hampshire Democrat drops bid to head DNC, backs Ellison [Ray Buckley]

    02/18/2017 10:51:44 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 54 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 18, 2017 1:07 PM EST
    New Hampshire Democrat Ray Buckley has dropped out of the race for Democratic National Committee chair and is throwing his support behind Minnesota Congressman Keith Ellison. Buckley’s announcement comes a week before DNC members gather in Atlanta to choose a new chair. […] Ellison says if he wins, he’ll ask Buckley to lead a “new and innovative 57 state strategy” targeting the states and U.S. territories. …
  • Special Report: The New Republican Party

    11/10/2016 1:52:51 PM PST · by oblomov · 9 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | 9 Nov 2016 | F.H. Buckley
    As I write, at one in the morning, it looks as though the Republicans will score a hat trick: the White House, Senate, and House of Representatives. Which means we are poised for an extraordinary revolution in American government, with a 100 days of legislation beginning on January 20 next in which Obamacare will be repealed and replaced, and in which we can begin to talk about major tax, immigration, and campaign reform bills. We can imagine a Supreme Court that respects our republican system of government. We can begin to drain the swamp. What that adds up to is...
  • The Death of Official Conservatism

    09/08/2016 6:49:24 PM PDT · by JoanVarga · 8 replies
    The Zman Blog ^ | 09/08/2016 | The ZMan
    That’s Official Conservatism™. It is a bunch of men standing aside as men from the Left assault whomever happens to be to their Right. It is a movement that never moves. It remains relatively stationary, fixed to a spot just to the Right of the Progressives. When they are not refining the narrow differences they have with the Left, they are expanding the list of people to their Right that are no longer welcome in the club. Official Conservatism™ holds its audience in contempt, preferring to focus on itself and its peculiar aesthetic.
  • Obama nominates CIA watchdog to fill long vacancy

    06/16/2016 7:47:43 PM PDT · by Fedora · 43 replies
    The Hill ^ | 06/16/2016 | Julian Hattern
    President Obama on Thursday nominated a former CIA officer and longtime lawyer who examined missteps in U.S. intelligence to be the spy agency’s next inspector general, hoping to fill a position at the watchdog office that’s been vacant for more than a year. If confirmed by the Senate, Shirley Woodward would fill the role left empty since David Buckley stepped down from in January 2015, on the heels of a landmark determination that CIA officials had gained unauthorized access to Senate computer files. Lawmakers called the episode a potential violation of constitutional separation of powers, and the spat led to...
  • The Demagogues Are Running

    01/23/2016 8:46:13 PM PST · by TBP · 17 replies
    Cigar Aficionado ^ | March/April 2000 | William F. Buckley Jr.
    On what political propositions are Americans apparently agreed? There are two. The first is that the President currently in the White House should be replaced. Not by being tossed out on last February's impeachment rap, but replaced when his term finally ends. The second proposition is that no presidential candidate currently striving to succeed the incumbent is an exhilarating alternative. What's the problem? If the incumbent is so bad, shouldn't we be enthusiastic about at least one of the contenders? After all, there are two Democrats out there to choose from, and six Republicans. So whom are the American people...
  • National Review Squanders Its Legacy; Disdains Founder Bill Buckley’s Advice

    01/22/2016 10:38:17 AM PST · by Albion Wilde · 284 replies
    vanity | January 22, 1916 | Albion Wilde
    Today, The National Review magazine, for decades the must-read monthly of the conservative movement, has published a yellow journal worthy of the best discourse Facebook has to offer. This formerly revered publication, founded and edited by William F. Buckley, Jr, was the premier resource for conservative commentary from 1955 until the illness and retirement of its renowned leader in the mid-2000s. The New York polite society of pious, trust-fund Ivy Leaguers who formed the backbone of the founding editorial staff had given National Review an air of the lamp-lit gentlemen's club: leather wing chairs, green velvet wall coverings, cigars and...
  • Ted Cruz: Historical Conservative Leaders Back Texas Senator For President

    01/21/2016 4:49:59 PM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 30 replies
    HNGN ^ | January 21, 2016 | Taylor Tyler
    ... Influential leaders with direct ties to the founding of modern conservatism are rallying behind Ted Cruz...
  • Burke Not Buckley

    01/03/2016 2:45:18 PM PST · by TBP · 39 replies
    The American Conservative ^ | April 9, 2013 | CARL T. BOGUS
    Conservatives are engaged in deep introspection these days. As they reconsider their direction, they would do well to look back to the formative period of their movement. They may find something there of great value—something many conservatives think their movement embraced, but in truth rejected. By 1952, liberal candidates had not only captured the last five Democratic presidential nominations but the past five Republican nominations as well. Most observers considered conservatism dead—a philosophy unsuited for modern times. A small number of intellectuals disagreed. They believed that—if redefined—conservatism might be resuscitated. But they passionately disagreed about how it should be redefined....
  • Defense Department under fire for handling of child abuse claims in Afghanistan

    09/22/2015 9:20:42 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 32 replies
    Fox News ^ | September 22, 2015 | Lucas Tomlinson
    Reports claim possible sexual abuse by Afghan commanders The Defense Department is facing mounting criticism for its handling of child abuse allegations involving Afghan commanders, including revived claims that U.S. soldiers were instructed to look the other way when Afghan troops and officers were sexually abusing boys. As first reported by Fox News, the Army is under scrutiny for moving to kick out Green Beret Sgt. 1st Class Charles Martland, after he got in trouble for shoving an Afghan police commander accused of raping a boy. This was followed by The New York Times reporting Monday that American soldiers were...
  • U.S. Soldiers Told to Ignore Afghan Allies’ Abuse of Boys

    09/20/2015 11:28:19 AM PDT · by Theoria · 73 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 20 Sept 2015 | Joseph Goldstein
    In his last phone call home, Lance Cpl. Gregory Buckley Jr. told his father what was troubling him: From his bunk in southern Afghanistan, he could hear Afghan police officers sexually abusing boys they had brought to the base. “At night we can hear them screaming, but we’re not allowed to do anything about it,” the Marine’s father, Gregory Buckley Sr., recalled his son telling him before he was shot to death at the base in 2012. He urged his son to tell his superiors. “My son said that his officers told him to look the other way because it’s...
  • Obama Admin Will Not Reveal to Congress Number of Americans Killed By Iran

    09/18/2015 6:19:03 AM PDT · by don-o · 31 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | September 18, 2015 | Adam Kredo
    The Obama administration is declining to inform Congress about the number of American citizens and troops killed by Iran and its terror proxies, according to a document provided to Congress and obtained by the Washington Free Beacon. The administration was repeatedly asked by Congress to release figures describing how many Americans and Israelis have been killed by Iran’s military and terror activities since the country’s 1979 revolution. In a series of on-the-record responses obtained exclusively by the Free Beacon, and provided in written form to Sen. Marco Rubio (R., Fla.), Kerry sidestepped the questions on all of the three separate...
  • William Buckley and Malcolm Muggeridge on Sharing the Christian Faith

    09/17/2015 7:58:15 PM PDT · by SkyPilot · 17 replies
    YouTube ^ | 18 Sep 15 | buckley and Muggeridge
  • [FILM REVIEW] Buckley vs. Vidal: The Real Story

    08/25/2015 12:11:09 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The Politico Magazine ^ | August 24, 2015 | Michael Lind
    What does ‘The Best of Enemies’ get wrong? Just about everything, but especially the battle between left and right. I'm disappointed to report that “The Best of Enemies,” the new film about William F. Buckley and Gore Vidal, is the worst of documentaries. I should know—I was acquainted with both men, and neither the individuals nor their philosophies are accurately portrayed. Worst of all, the movie badly misrepresents the very issue it purports to illuminate: the titanic battle between liberalism and conservatism in the middle of the 20th century. From the mid-1980s to the mid-1990s, as a second-generation neoconservative Democrat,...
  • Hillary's Hero .. And One Of Mine

    07/08/2015 3:12:00 AM PDT · by knarf · 4 replies
    youtube ^ | July 8, 2015 | knarf
    The topic is poverty, but really ... this is an expose' of the genesis of the present mindset of the enemy
  • Senator: At Least One Foreign Country Assisted the 9/11 Terrorists

    12/28/2002 12:55:06 PM PST · by ex-Texan · 96 replies · 463+ views
    The Memory Hole ^ | 12/11/2002 | M.H. Staff and Jim Lehrer
    Senator: At Least One Foreign Country Assisted the 9/11 Terrorists Senator Graham knows where the bodies are buried>>> On 11 December 2002, the Senate and House Intelligence Committees released portions of their joint report on intelligence failures regarding the September 11 terrorist attacks. The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, on PBS, reported on the release that day. After asking her guests a bunch of predictable questions, and receiving predictable answers, guest host Gwen Ifill asked Senator Bob Graham, Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, a good question and got an amazing answer. GWEN IFILL: Senator Graham, are there elements...
  • Celebrate William F. Buckley’s birthday with his tension-filled 1967 Saul Alinsky interview

    11/24/2014 7:24:37 AM PST · by fredericbastiat1 · 13 replies
    TheBlaze Books ^ | 2014-11-24 | Benjamin Weingarten
    Buckley attempts to cut to the heart of Alinsky’s philosophy, and Alinsky bobs and weaves around Buckley’s jabs, in a characteristically obfuscatory fashion. In the video, Alinsky makes some interesting assertions, including: (i) “I’ll steal before I take charity.” (ii) “You only get power as a reaction to a threat.” (iii) “[That Alinsky is] very much in agreement with the thinking of the early revolutionaries…men like Madison, Jay, Hamilton, etc.” (iv) “People only do the right things for the wrong reasons.”
  • F. Reid Buckley, Novelist and Columnist, Dies at 83

    04/17/2014 12:27:58 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 11 replies
    The New York Times ^ | April 16, 2014 | Paul Vitello
    F. Reid Buckley, a novelist, columnist, founder of a school of public speaking and, in family lore, the most literary of Aloise and William F. Buckley Sr.'s 10 children, including former Senator James L. Buckley and the conservative commentator William F. Buckley Jr., died on Monday in hospice care in Columbia, S.C. He was 83. The cause was cancer, his son William Huntting Buckley said. Mr. Buckley had lived in Camden, S.C., since the early 1970s. He was often mistaken for his brother William, the founder of the conservative magazine National Review. The brothers not only looked alike. They also...
  • Hated textbook gets Reagan’s dark side half right

    02/25/2014 4:14:15 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 20 replies
    Rare ^ | 2-25-14 | Ian Huyett
    Conservative student group Turning Point USA caused a stir last week by posting pages online from a textbook used at the University of South Carolina. The book calls Ronald Reagan “sexist” and says conservatives “take a basically pessimistic view of human nature” — one in which “people are conceived of as being corrupt.” Several avowed conservatives balked not just at the negative portrayal of Reagan but also at the idea that the conservative persuasion contains a measure of pessimism. On this point, the textbook is right and they are wrong. Russell Kirk was the man credited by William F. Buckley...
  • If the rumours about Gore Vidal are true, what does this mean for his work?

    11/25/2013 3:01:49 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 65 replies
    Guardian ^ | November 15, 2013 | Mark Lawson
    Aside from being an essayist, novelist and screenwriter, Gore Vidal was a grade-one gossip, his published writings and private conversation stuffed with rumour and conspiratorial hints. But now, less than 18 months after Vidal passed into history, he is himself subject to the most reputation-destructive scuttlebutt there is: the suggestion that he may have been a paedophile. In connection with a new book about Vidal, his half-sister and a nephew have hinted that he may have had a secret passion for underage boys. And Vidal more or less admitted it himself, writing in his memoir Palimpsest that he was "attracted...
  • YCC Announces 4th Annual Young Conservative Leadership 'Buckley Award' Winners

    11/15/2013 11:06:12 PM PST · by iowamark
    Award ceremony will take place on Tues, Nov. 19th from 6:00-8:00pm at The Capitol Hill Club Buckley Award Winners: Yuval Levin – National Affairs, Editor & AuthorWill Weatherford – Florida House of Representatives, Speaker of the HouseRyan T. Anderson – The Heritage Foundation: DeVos Center for Religion & Civil Society, Fellow & AuthorAlex Smith - College Republican National Committee, National ChairRemy Munasifi – ReasonTV, Comedian, Musician & Video Artist Buckley Award Winner Biographies:Yuval Levin – National Affairs, Editor & AuthorYuval Levin, at age 35, has served as the Editor of National Affairs magazine, an influential conservative policy journal founded in 2009.  Levin has been the organizer of a group of devoted conservatives who are interested...
  • Buckley Rule — According to Bill, not Karl

    02/13/2013 5:16:13 AM PST · by Servant of the Cross · 14 replies
    National Review ^ | 2/13/2013 | Neal Freeman
    The Buckley Rule has been much invoked in recent weeks, in this space and elsewhere, and on almost every occasion it has been both misquoted and misapplied. As one who was present at the formulation, I feel obliged to record the “originalist” intention. It was the winter of 1964 and the unresolved question at NR editorial meetings, week to week, was this: Whom should the magazine support for the Republican presidential nomination? To outsiders, the question would have seemed all but settled. Issue by issue, NR gave every appearance of being all in for Barry Goldwater. Heck, there were those...
  • Where Have You Gone, Bill Buckley?

    12/04/2012 4:02:29 AM PST · by publius1 · 15 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 12/3/12 | David Welch
    IT is a shame that William F. Buckley Jr. passed away in 2008. The conservative movement could use him — or someone like him — right now. In the 1960s, Buckley, largely through his position at the helm of National Review, displayed political courage and sanity by taking on the John Birch Society, an influential anti-Communist group whose members saw conspiracies everywhere they looked. Fast forward half a century. The modern-day Birchers are the Tea Party. By loudly espousing extreme rhetoric, yet holding untenable beliefs, they have run virtually unchallenged by the Republican leadership, aided by irresponsible radio talk-show hosts...
  • Where Have You Gone, Bill Buckley?

    12/04/2012 4:02:01 AM PST · by publius1 · 26 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 12/3/12 | David Welch
    IT is a shame that William F. Buckley Jr. passed away in 2008. The conservative movement could use him — or someone like him — right now. In the 1960s, Buckley, largely through his position at the helm of National Review, displayed political courage and sanity by taking on the John Birch Society, an influential anti-Communist group whose members saw conspiracies everywhere they looked. Fast forward half a century. The modern-day Birchers are the Tea Party. By loudly espousing extreme rhetoric, yet holding untenable beliefs, they have run virtually unchallenged by the Republican leadership, aided by irresponsible radio talk-show hosts...
  • I wonder who Christopher Buckley will endorse for President this year

    09/12/2012 2:47:02 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 25 replies
    You all remember Christopher Buckley, don't you? From 2008: Sorry, Dad, I'm Voting for Obama Haven't heard much from him lately. I wonder whatever happened to him?
  • William F. Buckley Jr’s Nephew Fires at National Review

    12/17/2011 7:36:56 AM PST · by JSDude1 · 22 replies ^ | Dec 15, 2010 | By Michael W. Chapman
    Brent Bozell, a nephew of conservative icon William F. Buckley Jr., who founded National Review magazine in 1955, and whose father, Leo Brent Bozell, collaborated with Buckley for many years at NR, today dismissed the magazine as having lost the identity forged for it by its founder. “National Review's endorsement of Romney & Huntsman proves only that this is no longer the magazine of William F. Buckley Jr. My uncle would be appalled,” said Bozell in postings on Facebook and on Twitter. In its Dec. 14 “The Editors" page, National Review published an editorial entitled “Winnowing the Field,” which flippantly...
  • When William F. Buckley Met Saul Alinsky

    04/29/2011 6:23:44 PM PDT · by Nachum · 27 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 4/29/11 | Ed Driscoll
    When William F. Buckley met Saul Alinsky, one of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton’s biggest influences. Unfortunately, only five minutes of this December 1967 edition of Buckley’s seminal Firing Line program is online the above clip, but you can read a transcript of the entire interview at the Hoover Institute, or buy a DVD of the program for ten bucks from Amazon. At one point, Buckley describes Alinsky’s philosophy: Look, this is a program of things we want, if you don’t give it to us, we’re going to make it impossible for Chicago to continue commercial or civic life at...
  • William Buckley Interviews Hugh Hefner on Firing Line (1966) Part 1

    03/24/2011 6:49:47 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 10 replies
    You Tube ^ | 1966 | Buckley/Hefner
    from amazon's product description: Taped on September 12, 1966Between these two antagonists one might have expected a heated debate, but what we get instead is a serious discussion of sexual ethics in the latter part of the 20th century.
  • William F. Buckley Jr., Three Years Passed

    02/27/2011 3:54:09 PM PST · by Miss_Meyet · 14 replies
    FoxNews ^ | 02/27/2011 | Kathryn Jean Lopez
    William F. Buckley Jr., the founder of National Review and one of the foremost intellectuals of the 20th century, died on Feb. 27, 2008. To mark the third anniversary of his passing from this world, National Review's Kathryn Jean Lopez talked with Linda Bridges, a longtime colleague of WFB's who has compiled, along with Roger Kimball, a collection of his work, Athwart History: Half a Century of Polemics, Animadversions, and Illuminations: A William F. Buckley Jr. Omnibus.
  • Federalist Society to host lecture by James L. Buckley Nov. 10

    11/04/2010 8:59:54 AM PDT · by wrhssaxensemble · 17 replies
    Quinnipiac University School of Law Website ^ | Sept. 27, 2010 | Quinnipiac Univeristy
    The Federalist Society, a student organization at the School of Law, is hosting a lecture by the Honorable James L. Buckley at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 10, in the Grand Courtroom in the School of Law Center. In his lecture, "Overloading the Federal Horse," Buckley will discuss what he sees as the disastrous consequences for law and policy caused by the federal government's abandonment of concepts of federalism. His particular focus will be on the consequences for good law-making in Congress. Buckley served as a U.S. senator from New York State from 1970 to 1977. He had many legislative...
  • The Statist, Ruling Class's New Hero -- Bill Buckley?

    10/19/2010 12:20:02 AM PDT · by Ronbo1948 · 5 replies
    American Thinker ^ | October 19, 2010 | By Richard A. Viguerie
    It's easy to use the deceased to claim support for one's positions. The dead aren't around to deny, rebut, and refute false or misleading statements. William F. Buckley, Jr., intellectual giant and "maker" of the conservative movement, has of late become a crutch for statists and ruling-class elites to denigrate the Tea Parties and the surge of the constitutional, small-government conservative movement. Liberals trying to smear the Tea Party cause and constitutional, small-government conservative candidates by referring to Buckley are, however, attempting to rewrite history to suit their own agendas and ideology. For example, E.J. Dionne writes in Monday's Washington...
  • Remembering The Difficult Relationship Between William F. Buckley Jr. and Joseph Sobran.

    10/02/2010 3:44:31 PM PDT · by pinochet · 19 replies
    The love-hate relationship between the late William F. Buckley, and his friend and former employee, the recently deceased Joseph Sobran, is such a fascinating story that it can make up the subject of a book or movie. It is comparable to the legendary friendship between the 18th Century British literary figure, Samuel Johnson, and his biographer, James Boswell. The Buckley/Sobran relationship was a story I followed closely since the mid 1980s, when Sobran caused controversy by publishing anti-Israel polemics, which caused Buckley deep embarrassment. The relation between the two men is well documented in William F. Buckely's biography written by...
  • Joe Sobran, R.I.P. [Joseph Sobran, 1946 - 2010]

    09/30/2010 7:54:18 PM PDT · by Special Agent Anthony DiNozzo · 155 replies
    Our former NR colleague, Joe Sobran, passed away today after a long battle with a variety of ailments. He was relatively young, just 64, and while physically beaten at the end, he also departed spiritually triumphant.   Surely, in short order, there will be ample reflection — much of it critical — on the hyper-talented, hyper-controversial writer. There will be a recounting of his history at NR, the break, the following years, and Joe’s soured relationship with WFB (happily, they rekindled their friendship before Bill passed away). Good, let’s discuss all that, and more. But later. Right now, let us,...
  • Nostalgia for Buckley, et al is Misplaced

    08/04/2010 7:02:28 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies · 1+ views ^ | August 4, 2010 | Jonah Goldberg
    Click here to find out more! Conservatives, being conservatives, have a soft spot for the good old days, but this is getting ridiculous. It seems every day another colleague on the right wants to click his ruby-red slippers (or Topsiders) and proclaim, "There's no place like home" -- "home" being the days when conservatism was top-heavy with generals but short on troops. The latest example comes from my old National Review colleague David Klinghoffer in the Los Angeles Times. "Once, the iconic figures on the political right were urbane visionaries and builders of institutions -- like William F. Buckley Jr.,...
  • Summer Reading Blues Antidotes

    06/18/2010 7:53:45 AM PDT · by bs9021 · 1 replies · 105+ views
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | June 18, 2010 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Summer Reading Blues Antidotes Malcolm A. Kline, June 18, 2010 Not content to rest on their laurels for the summer break after nine solid months of no-thrill drills, college faculty and administrators try to keep their charges from getting rusty over the summer break. Although one third of the summer is nearly over, Accuracy in Academia would like to offer some summer reading suggestions to fill in the gaps left by university recommendations. Dutch Country Educational Drama Call it a mystery with a moral but first-time novelist John DeFrank delivers both with stunning success in Condemned to Freedom, set in...
  • Review: William F. Buckley Jr. (New Biography of Modern Conservatism's Godfather)

    06/11/2010 5:06:09 PM PDT · by Recovering_Democrat · 4 replies · 220+ views
    Acton Institute ^ | June 11, 2010 | Ray Nothstine
    Lee Edwards calls William F. Buckley Jr. “The St. Paul of the conservative movement.” No other 20th century figure made such a vast contribution to the intellectual force of political conservatism. He paved the way for the likes of Ronald Reagan and all of those political children of Reagan who credit the former president for bringing them into politics. He achieved what no other had done and that was his ability to bring traditional conservatives, libertarians, and anti-communists together under the same umbrella. Late in life, when asked why he continued working so hard despite fame and wealth, a surprised...
  • Reagan/Buckley debate the Panama Canal Jan 1978(Will, Buchanan and John McCain's father also appear)

    05/31/2010 7:10:52 PM PDT · by jeltz25 · 11 replies · 468+ views
    An interesting clip from C SPAN shows this debate between Reagan and Buckley in 1978 over the Panama Canal treaty. Buckley for it and Reagan against it. Even more interesting is seeing both a young George Will and a young Pat Buchanan among the questioners. Also, Reagan at times turns the floor over to his military expert who is none other than the father of a certain Arizona Senator. It's not interesting to watch the debate but even more fascinating to see so many influential conservatives all at the same event, and knowing in the case of Will and Buchanan...
  • The Roots of Liberal Condescension

    05/17/2010 7:27:08 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 11 replies · 596+ views
    The Clairmont Institute ^ | 09 March 2010 | William Voegeli
    The denunciation of Palin took place 45 years after William F. Buckley, Jr., wrote: "I should sooner live in a society governed by the first two thousand names in the Boston telephone directory than in a society governed by the two thousand faculty members of Harvard University." From Richard Nixon's invoking the "silent majority" to Palin's campaigning as a devout, plain-spoken hockey mom, conservatives have claimed that they share the common sense of the common man. Liberals—from Adlai Stevenson to Barack Obama to innumerable writers, artists, and academics—have often been willing foils in this drama, unable to stop themselves from...
  • Buckley now says scrap the hope and change

    03/08/2010 12:32:48 PM PST · by GeronL · 19 replies · 106+ views
    Hot Air blog ^ | March 8, 2010 | Ed Morrissey
    Share on Facebook | printer-friendly Eighteen months ago, Christopher Buckley made headlines with his endorsement of Barack Obama, becoming the conservative darling at MS-NBC after penning “The Conservative Case for Barack Obama.” At the time, Buckley wrote of Obama’s “first-class temperament” and top-drawer intellect. Buckley convinced himself that Obama would govern as a post-partisan centrist, rising above the progressive agenda that had carried him from the Chicago Machine to the threshold of the White House: But having a first-class temperament and a first-class intellect, President Obama will (I pray, secularly) surely understand that traditional left-politics aren’t going to get us...
  • One Hell of a Speech (Buckley Barf Alert!)

    01/28/2010 9:35:18 AM PST · by Cheap_Hessian · 22 replies · 711+ views
    The Daily Beast ^ | January 28, 2010 | Christopher Buckley
    Obama didn’t deliver a speech so much as a symphony, calling for nukes and zapping the Supremes; thanks for the performance, Mr. President. It is hard, indeed almost impossible, not to like Mr. Obama. In recent weeks, I’ve tried—tried my best. But Wednesday night he made it virtually impossible. Even discounting the perhaps 40 percent of the speech that consisted of the usual bromides and platitudes, even the most hardened skeptic must admit—the son of gun gives one hell of a speech. My personal takeaway was his endorsement of nuclear power. So many of our problems—specifically, our 70 percent importation...
  • Christopher Buckley Sees the Light on Obama

    01/26/2010 1:03:30 PM PST · by Michael van der Galien · 34 replies · 1,624+ views
    Daily Beast columnist Christopher Buckley has clearly inherited his late, great father’s razor-sharp wit and gift for eloquence, but his political sensibilities fell considerably farther from the tree—so much so that he voted for Barack Obama, based on personal disappointment with John McCain, animosity towards Sarah Palin, and the certainty that Obama was too smart to actually believe all the left-wing baloney he espoused. Well, after a year of Hope n’ Change, we all know how that turned out. And it’s been enough to make Buckley redirect his pen in The One’s direction, penning a satirical early draft of this...
  • William F. Buckley Jr. Appreciation Thread

    11/24/2009 11:05:43 AM PST · by opineapple · 7 replies · 501+ views
    William F. Buckley, Jr. Born November 24, 1925 Tribute To William F. Buckley With Rich Lowry, Richard Brookhiser, Jeff Greenfield, Garry Wills and Mona Charen
  • Requiem for the Right: The biographer of Whittaker Chambers and William Buckley on a dying movement.

    08/31/2009 1:54:16 AM PDT · by Palin Republic · 21 replies · 1,073+ views
    newsweek ^ | Aug 29, 2009 | Jon Meacham
    Meacham: So how bad is it, really? Your title doesn't quite declare conservatism dead. Tanenhaus: Quite bad if you prize a mature, responsible conservatism that honors America's institutions, both governmental and societal. The first great 20th-century Republican president, Theo- dore Roosevelt, supported a strong central government that emphasized the shared values and ideals of the nation's millions of citizens. He denounced the harm done by "the trusts"—big corporations. He made it his mission to conserve vast tracts of wilderness and forest. The last successful one, Ronald Reagan, liked to remind people (especially the press) he was a lifelong New Dealer...
  • What Must Christopher Buckley Be Thinking ?

    07/25/2009 5:13:48 PM PDT · by RobinMasters · 17 replies · 601+ views
    American Spectator ^ | July 25, 2009 | Hunter Baker
    Is he still confident that Obama will govern from the economic center as he stated in his self-congratulatory "apology" to Mum and Pup before the election? Update: A comment on this post led me to find this from Buckley: Much as I admire President Obama, I believe with something approaching certainty that his spending will bring this country to its knees. "Sustainability" is all the rage as a buzzword, but a $3.6 trillion budget is not "sustainable." Doubling the national debt is not "sustainable." Inaction in the face of $77 trillion in unfunded liabilities (Social Security, Medicare, entitlements) is not...
  • Anti-Buckley Buckley endorses Scarborough

    06/08/2009 7:44:32 AM PDT · by wcdukenfield · 6 replies · 648+ views
    The Daily Beast ^ | 6/11/09 | Christopher Buckley
    Christopher Buckley endorses Joe Scarborough.
  • Buckley vs. Reagan? - An Urgent Lesson

    06/03/2009 6:48:28 PM PDT · by Right-Wing Champion · 16 replies · 664+ views
    New Majority ^ | June 3, 2009 | Tom Qualtere
    The specters of both Ronald Reagan and William F. Buckley have been summoned over the past week to offer two examples for Republicans facing the distresses of minority status. In actuality, the models contradict, not compliment, one another. But there is a unifying lesson to be learned. In last week’s Weekly Standard, Naomi Emery presented Reagan the Republican who used his “unfailingly gracious tone” to bring the right, the middle, and remnants of the old left into what he saw as a must-be big tent Republican Party. In the June 1 Wall Street Journal, Richard Brookhiser reminded us of Buckley...
  • Bill Buckley and the Future of Conservatism

    06/01/2009 7:27:12 PM PDT · by Eric Blair 2084 · 25 replies · 925+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | June 2, 2009 | RICHARD BROOKHISER
    In times of perplexity evangelical Christians ask themselves, "What would Jesus do?" Conservatives trying to regroup in the age of Obama might ask themselves, "What would William F. Buckley Jr. do?" Buckley died in 2008 after almost 60 years as a public intellectual and celebrity. His quirky and hyperarticulate defense of his ideas, in books and columns and on television, gained him celebrity, and he used his stardom to propagate his ideas. He fought in great victories -- he helped create the climate of opinion in which Ronald Reagan was elected president -- and he saw great debacles, from the...
  • William F. Buckley vs. Noam Chomsky Pt. 1 - Video

    05/29/2009 7:58:58 AM PDT · by Notoriously Conservative · 4 replies · 302+ views ^ | 05 29 2009 | Notoriously Conservative
    This is a really interesting debate between the conservative and liberal intellectual heavyweights. The video is on site, and can also be found on youtube.
  • Buckley and Friedman's Intellectual Conservatism

    05/21/2009 10:22:44 AM PDT · by Seth_Stuck · 5 replies · 350+ views
    Conservative Brawler ^ | May 21, 2009 | Conservative Brawler
    In a time where conservatives are struggling to make conservatism popular again, there has been much reference of President Ronald Reagan and his core principles, and rightfully so. I too reference Reagan for the successful precedent his tenure set for conservatism. However, I feel too little attention is paid to the conservative thinkers who spurred the movement which put the likes of Reagan in the White House; thinkers like Milton Friedman and William F. Buckley who, I am ashamed to say, are all-too-unfamiliar to my generation. This unfamiliarity, no doubt, can be directly attributed to generations of indoctrination primarily proliferated...
  • Speaker Buckley's transparency hypocrisy

    05/06/2009 3:45:45 PM PDT · by NevadaPolicyResearchInstitute · 1 replies · 309+ views
    Nevada Policy Research Institute ^ | 5/6/09 | Victor Joecks
    Before the current Legislative Session began, Assembly Speaker Barbara Buckley spent months touring the state and promoting four "governing principles that must guide the State Legislature in achieving the mission." One of those principles was: "transparency." Unfortunately, "was" has become the key word in that sentence. Since leaving the town-hall circuit for Carson City, Buckley seems to have forgotten all about transparency. Probably the most controversial thing the legislature will do this year will be to propose record or near-record tax increases. But average Nevada citizens don't know which taxes are going to be increased, how much they'll go up,...