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  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Wells Fargo Computer Glitch

    08/11/2013 4:48:06 PM PDT · by Fievel · 33 replies
    Looks like Wells Fargo Bank is experiencing computer glitches. I contacted them on a transaction which I did not make and they insisted I close all my accounts. However, after talking with numerous WFB reps I found out that no web login activity for my account was logged for date in question for the transaction of interest - which was verified by WFB rep to be an on-line transaction. So how can an on-line transaction be processed/requested when their logs indicate no login to request any such transaction. And I made no such request in any form. Either WFB has...
  • The Israeli Election Winner is... William F. Buckley!

    02/02/2013 9:38:28 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 12 replies
    American Thinker ^ | February 2, 2013 | Abraham Katsman
    According to respected political analysts, this election was a crushing defeat for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, whose own party suffered a loss of 25% of its Knesset representation. Or it was a solid vote of confidence for Netanyahu, as he will remain prime minister of a coalition potentially stronger than before. This election was a huge victory for secular Israel. And the incoming Knesset will have the most religious representation ever. The country moved to the right. The country moved left. The center is now stronger. The extremes are stronger. The security hawks, skeptical of the Palestinian Authority's "peace process"...
  • Where George W. Bush succeeded, Mitt Romney fell short

    12/02/2012 8:32:38 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 31 replies
    Tribune Media Services ^ | November 16, 2012 | Jonah Goldberg
    I think I owe an apology to George W. Bush. William F. Buckley once noted that he was 19 when the Cold War began at the Yalta conference. The year the Berlin Wall came down, he became a senior citizen. In other words, he explained, anti-communism was a defining feature of conservatism his entire adult life. Domestically, meanwhile, the right was largely a “leave me alone coalition”: Religious and traditional conservatives, overtaxed businessmen, Western libertarians, and others fed up with government social engineering and economic folly. The battle against tyrannical statism abroad only buttressed the domestic antagonism toward well-intentioned and...
  • Priscilla Buckley, Editor at National Review, Dies at 90

    03/26/2012 11:42:12 PM PDT · by OddLane · 3 replies · 174+ views
    New York Times ^ | March 26, 2012 | Margalit Fox
    Priscilla L. Buckley, a journalist who was the longtime managing editor of National Review, the conservative magazine founded by her brother William F. Buckley Jr., died on Sunday at her home in Sharon, Conn. She was 90.
  • 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.
  • The Statist, Ruling Class's New Hero -- Bill Buckley?

    10/19/2010 10:41:12 PM PDT · by neverdem · 11 replies
    American Thinker ^ | October 19, 2010 | 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...
  • 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,...
  • God and Man in the Conservative Movement

    08/25/2010 9:35:14 PM PDT · by iowamark · 3 replies
    First Things ^ | August 25, 2010 | Joe Carter
    If a classic, as Mark Twain claimed, is something that everybody wants to have read and nobody wants to read, then William F. Buckley, Jr.’s God and Man at Yale is the epitome of a conservative classic. Few who have read it (and they are indeed few) would dispute its importance to the founding of modern conservatism. As the historian George Nash said, God and Man was “probably the most controversial book in the history of conservatism since 1945 and it’s importance for this movement is manifold.” Still, it’s a book about the failings of Yale in the mid-twentieth century....
  • Biographer: Buckley Would Approve of Palin, Tea Party

    06/02/2010 8:51:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 225 replies · 1,613+ views
    NewsMax ^ | June 2, 2010 | Dan Weil
    Conservative icon William F. Buckley Jr. would approve of the tea party movement, says conservative historian Lee Edwards, who just finished a book about Buckley. “Bill Buckley embodied the idea of blending the main streams of conservatism – traditional conservatives, libertarian conservatives, social conservatives, neo-conservatives, national security conservatives and so forth,” Edwards told Newsmax.TV. “He always said politics is a matter of addition not subtraction. I think he would reach out with open arms to the tea party movement.” (VIDEO AT LINK) Edwards sees many similarities between the tea partyers and Buckley. They both are/were anti-establishment; they both support(ed) limited...
  • On Legalizing Drugs With William F. Buckley (1996)

    02/21/2010 11:36:45 AM PST · by modhom · 76 replies · 854+ views
    This is a half-hour archived show in which William F. Buckley discusses his position on legalizing drugs in America. The interviewer is Richard Heffner.
  • The Conservative Urge to Purge Solves Nothing

    09/12/2009 7:41:30 AM PDT · by AJKauf · 16 replies · 1,340+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | Sept. 12 | Adam Graham
    Many prominent young bloggers say its time conservatives altered their fortunes and cast off those intellectual dead weights who stir up irrational fear. Time to throw off those whose intellectual bankruptcy has left the conservative movement with no credibility in the eyes of the American people. No, they’re not calling for the removal of those writers and political leaders who told us that if we didn’t give the Treasury $700 billion to distribute to corporate America, the world as we know it would end, thus undermining free-market economics. Rather, the talk from young political guns Patrick Ruffini and Jon Henke...
  • 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...
  • Requiem for the Right (serious barf)

    08/29/2009 4:02:07 PM PDT · by Minn · 6 replies · 404+ views
    Newsweak ^ | 8/29/2008 | Jon Meacham
    The editor of The New York Times Book Review and the paper's "Week in Review" section, Sam Tanenhaus is the biographer of Whittaker Chambers and is at work on the life of William F. Buckley Jr. In a new, short book, The Death of Conservatism, he argues that the right needs to find its footing for the good of the country. In an e-mail exchange with Jon Meacham, Tanenhaus reflected on the book's themes. Excerpts:
  • Bill Buckley and the Future of Conservatism

    07/04/2009 4:24:17 AM PDT · by iowamark · 11 replies · 772+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 06/02/2009 | Richard Brookhiser
    The most important lesson of his career is that there are limits to accommodation. 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?" ... The most important lesson of his career is that there are limits to accommodation. Buckley came to fame in the early 1950s after two decades of liberal Democratic dominance, the Fair Deal of Harry Truman having followed the New Deal of FDR. When Republicans finally recaptured Congress and the White House in 1952, it...
  • Growing Up Buckley (Christoper Buckley)

    04/27/2009 1:23:01 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 41 replies · 1,325+ views
    To the extent that this story has a dimension beyond the purely personal, I suppose it’s an account of becoming an orphan. My mother and father died within 11 months of each other in 2007 and 2008. I do realize that “orphan” sounds like an overdramatic term for becoming parentless at age 55, but I was struck by the number of times the word occurred in the 800 or more condolence letters I received after my father died. I hadn’t, until about the seventh or eighth reference, thought of myself as an “orphan.” Now you’re an orphan. . . ....
  • Would You Pay $103,000 for This Arizona Fixer-Upper?

    01/03/2009 9:21:57 AM PST · by Para-Ord.45 · 89 replies · 4,136+ views ^ | JANUARY 3, 2009, | MICHAEL M. PHILLIPS
    he story of the two-bedroom, one-bath shack on West Hopi Street, is the story of this year's financial panic, told in 576 square feet. It helps explain how a series of bad decisions can add up to the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression. Less than two years ago, Integrity Funding LLC, a local lender, gave a $103,000 mortgage to the owner, Marvene Halterman, an unemployed woman with a long list of creditors and, by her own account, a long history of drug and alcohol abuse. For a $350 fee, an appraiser hired by Integrity, Michael T. Asher, valued...

    12/01/2008 9:13:22 PM PST · by · 3 replies · 401+ views
    national Review ^ | 11-19-55 | William F. Buckley
    Thought some might enjoy reading Mr. Buckley initial article on conservatism in NR. "The Magazines Credenda" at the end seems as topical today as in 1955. There is, we like to think, solid reason for rejoicing. Prodigious efforts, by many people, are responsible for NATIONAL REVIEW. But since it will be the policy of this magazine to reject the hypodermic approach to world affairs, we may as well start out at once, and admit that the joy is not unconfined. Let's face it: Unlike Vienna, it seems altogether possible that did NATIONAL REVIEW not exist, no one would have invented...

    11/25/2008 6:30:37 PM PST · by · 7 replies · 797+ views
    BNET ^ | 11-7-88 | William F Buckley
    THE DEBATE absolutely disposed of the question, Can Dan Quayle speak and think in public? The moat built around him by the Bush people during tbe past two months was largely responsible for giving out the impression that he was a basket case of illiteracy, and one or two comments caught from him during that period did much to excite suspicion that that was the case. But for ninety minutes he spoke well, trenchantly, and with a mature sense of priorities. Oh, he did the irritating things-if he reminds us one more time that he wrote the Joint Training Partnership...
  • The Right Stuff (Questions for Christopher Buckley)

    10/25/2008 6:39:31 AM PDT · by publius1 · 55 replies · 901+ views
    New York Times ^ | October 23, 2008 | DEBORAH SOLOMON
    How are you holding up? I am heavily medicated. What are you taking? I’m teasing. It’s just a line from one of my favorite movies, “Spinal Tap.” I feel I should be heavily medicated. In the past few weeks you’ve been pilloried by the right for a column you contributed to a Web site, “Sorry, Dad, I’m Voting for Obama.” What I mounted in The Daily Beast was an argument. It was not an attitudinal riff — it was not “John McCain is an old snarly-pants.” I presented a thoughtful argument, and it was viewed as apostasy. As a result,...
  • Free to Be His Own Buckley (NY Times LOVES Christopher Buckley)

    10/17/2008 7:13:50 PM PDT · by publius1 · 28 replies · 691+ views
    New York Times ^ | October 17, 2008 | SHERYL GAY STOLBERG
    After a lifetime of being his father’s son, and yet having achieved fame and success in his own right, suddenly, at age 56, the author is unbound. “There is something ironically liberating when the father figure dies,” he said, sitting in his study, surrounded by his books and family mementos, including the manual Royal typewriter on which, he believes, his father wrote the 1951 classic, “God and Man at Yale.” *** As to his own father, it was “a complicated relationship,” he said. Early on, the elder Mr. Buckley was enthusiastic about his son’s writing. But as the son racked...
  • Buckley resigns from National Review [endorses Obama]

    10/17/2008 11:08:54 AM PDT · by XR7 · 62 replies · 1,670+ views
    Yale Daily News ^ | 10/17/08 | Eric Randall and Vivian Yee
    Christopher Buckley ’75, co-founder of the Yale Daily News magazine and son of conservative icon William F. Buckley Jr. ’50, resigned Saturday from his position as a columnist at National Review, the influential magazine his father founded five years after graduating from Yale. The younger Buckley offered up his post to National Review editor Rich Lowry after Buckley’s Thursday endorsement of Democratic presidential nominee Sen. Barack Obama in an online news magazine elicited a wave of outrage from National Review readers. “By Friday, I was Judas,” said Buckley in a telephone interview with the News on Tuesday night. “I thought...
  • The Buckley Son Rises: Kathleen Parker doubles down

    10/17/2008 9:34:11 AM PDT · by St. Louis Conservative · 59 replies · 1,456+ views
    National Review ^ | October 17, 2008 | Kathleen Parker
    The truth few wish to utter is that the GOP has abandoned many conservatives, who mostly nurse their angst in private. Those chickens we keep hearing about have indeed come home to roost. Years of pandering to the extreme wing — the “kooks” the senior Buckley tried to separate from the right — have created a party no longer attentive to its principles. Instead, as Christopher Buckley pointed out in a blog post on explaining his departure from National Review, eight years of “conservatism” have brought us “a doubled national debt, ruinous expansion of entitlement programs, bridges to nowhere,...
  • Buckley Is Out at National Review After Obama Endorsement

    10/14/2008 12:47:38 PM PDT · by · 26 replies · 1,379+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 10/14/08 | Davis
    The son of conservative icon William F. Buckley has parted ways with the magazine his father founded for committing a heretical act by National Review magazine standards: endorsing Barack Obama. In a column today entitled “Sorry, Dad, I was Sacked”on, Christopher Buckley, a well-known author also who wrote the back page column for National Review magazine, writes that the uproar over his endorsement last week of Obama over Republican John McCain prompted so much backlash that he offered his resignation—and the magazine accepted. “This offer was accepted—rather briskly! —by Rich Lowry, NR’s editor, and its publisher, the superb and...
  • Buckley’s Son Leaves National Review (Good Riddance)

    10/14/2008 11:44:46 AM PDT · by publius1 · 73 replies · 2,402+ views
    New York Times ^ | October 14, 2008, | Patricia Cohen
    Christopher Buckley, the author and son of the late conservative mainstay William F. Buckley, said in a telephone interview that he has resigned from the National Review, the political journal his father founded in 1955. As a result, he wrote to Richard Lowry, the editor of the National Review, and its publisher, Jack Fowler, offering to resign, and “this offer was rather briskly accepted,” Mr. Buckley said.
  • Buckley Bows Out of National Review (Dork in his Own Words)

    10/14/2008 12:59:19 PM PDT · by publius1 · 58 replies · 1,534+ views
    The Daily Beast ^ | 10/14/08 | Christopher Buckley
    Christopher Buckley, in an exclusive for The Daily Beast, explains why he left The National Review, the magazine his father founded. I seem to have picked an apt title for my Daily Beast column, or blog, or whatever it’s called: “What Fresh Hell.” My last posting (if that’s what it’s called) in which I endorsed Obama, has brought about a very heaping helping of fresh hell. In fact, I think it could accurately be called a tsunami. The mail (as we used to call it in pre-cyber times) at the Beast has been running I’d say at about 7-to-1 in...
  • Rich Lowry: A word on Christopher Buckley

    10/14/2008 12:57:45 PM PDT · by Onerom99 · 48 replies · 2,269+ views
    The Corner ^ | 10/14/08 | Rich Lowry
    A Word on Christopher Buckley [Rich Lowry] Chris is up with a post at The Daily Beast, "Sorry, Dad, I Was Fired." I’d like to clarify this “firing” business. Over the weekend, Chris wrote us a jaunty e-mail with the subject line "A Sincere Offer," in which he offered to resign his column on NR's back page and said that if we accepted, there "would be no hard feelings, only warmest regards and understanding." We took the offer sincerely. Chris had done us the favor of writing the column beginning seven issues ago on a "trial basis" (his words), while...
  • My Christopher Buckley Experience

    10/11/2008 3:14:03 PM PDT · by Urbane_Guerilla · 47 replies · 1,399+ views
    First hand knowledge
    In either the last week of August or the first week of September, 1970, just before I arrived at college, I had the extraordinary experience of going to Sharon, Connecticut, to the home of William Buckley. With several hundred other young conservatives (I was 17), I gathered for a couple days to validate my totally-against-the-crowd perception of life, a perception inspired in large part by William Buckley, one of the giants of the 20th century. Buckley's inspiration was not a new or different perception of life. To the contrary, his perception was an explication of life, a logical and spiritual...
  • Why Christopher Buckley's endorsement of Obama saddens me

    10/12/2008 12:11:24 PM PDT · by AJKauf · 31 replies · 1,290+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | October 12, 2008 | Roger Kimball
    It always saddens me to disagree with a friend, especially when I hold the friend in high professional regard. I have great personal affection for Christopher Buckley, and I harbor unbounded admiration for his talents as a satirist. He is an immensely engaging chap–a draught of champagne (the real stuff, not some domestic sparkler) on legs–and a boon travel companion to boot. Someday, we may amaze the world with our co-authored travelogue/political thriller about our journeys in and around Nootka. But that is a saga for another occasion. At the moment, I am feeling glum because Christo has broadcast a...
  • Sorry, Dad, I'm Voting for Obama

    10/10/2008 6:58:25 PM PDT · by purplelobster · 55 replies · 1,777+ views
    The Daily Beast ^ | 10/10/08 | Christopher Buckley
    The son of William F. Buckley has decided—shock!—to vote for a Democrat. Let me be the latest conservative/libertarian/whatever to leap onto the Barack Obama bandwagon. It’s a good thing my dear old mum and pup are no longer alive. They’d cut off my allowance. Or would they? But let’s get that part out of the way. The only reason my vote would be of any interest to anyone is that my last name happens to be Buckley—a name I inherited. So in the event anyone notices or cares, the headline will be: “William F. Buckley’s Son Says He Is Pro-Obama.”...
  • Another Buckley Send-Off (Patricia Buckley Bozell, Sister of WFB, RIP)

    07/14/2008 7:21:53 AM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 14 replies · 649+ views
    The Corner ^ | 7/14/2008 | Kathryn Jean Lopez
    I have the sad news of reporting that also succumbing to cancer on Saturday was Patricia “Trish” Bozell, beloved sister of WFB. Our sympathies to our good friend Brent and the entire Bozell family, to Priscilla, Jim, and Reid Buckley, and all friends and family. I read this from Philippians (1:12) as if St. Paul wrote it from Heaven: “To me life is Christ, and death is gain.” It's hard not to read it today as if a message from Tony and Trish, as if to say: Do not be afraid. We’re in good shape. Make sure you come and...
  • Tony Snow Accepts 'William F. Buckley Award'

    04/12/2008 11:18:51 AM PDT · by dinasour · 87 replies · 112+ views
    The Media Research Center ^ | 4/10/2007 | Tony Snow, Brent Bozell III
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  • Bethany Was Near Jerusalem (A homily on the occasion of the Memorial of William F. Buckley Jr.)

    04/12/2008 9:41:52 AM PDT · by K-oneTexas · 3 replies · 172+ views
    NRO ^ | April 4, 2008 | Rev. George W. Rutler
    Bethany Was Near Jerusalem A homily on the occasion of the Memorial of William F. Buckley Jr. By Rev. George W. Rutler Editor's Note: The following homily was preached on the occasion of the Memorial Mass for Repose of the Soul of William F. Buckley Jr. on April 4, 2008, at St. Patrick's Cathedral. “Now Bethany was near Jerusalem. . . . ” John 11:18 In the village of Bethany was the house of Mary and her sister Martha and their brother Lazarus. There Jesus wept when Lazarus died, and then he called into the tomb and Lazarus came forth...
  • Speakers at memorial Mass recall Buckley's deep faith, lasting impact

    04/08/2008 7:10:03 PM PDT · by TornadoAlley3 · 6 replies · 107+ views ^ | 04/08/08 | Beth Griffin
    NEW YORK (CNS) -- Mourners remembered William F. Buckley Jr. at an April 4 memorial Mass as a man of deep faith and unfailing confidence in the Catholic Church who brought people to believe in God and inspired vocations to the priesthood. "His tongue was the pen of a ready writer" and his "words were strong enough to help crack the walls of an evil empire," according to Father George W. Rutler, principal celebrant and homilist at the memorial Mass at St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York. "His categories were not right and left but right and wrong," Father Rutler...
  • Buckley Remembered at St. Patrick's Cathedral

    04/04/2008 4:37:29 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 12 replies · 118+ views
    Buckley Remembered at St. Patrick's Cathedral By Fred Lucas Staff Writer April 04, 2008 New York ( - William F. Buckley, Jr. changed American politics and culture to a degree that many would call him incomparable. Still, Henry Kissinger found a comparison when commemorating Buckley at a crowded St. Patrick's Cathedral Friday. "He wrote as Mozart composed, with inspiration. Bill never needed a second draft," Kissinger, a former secretary of state, said during the memorial service for the icon of conservatism, journalism and politics. "Bill Buckley's conservatism is about the liberation of the human spirit," Kissinger said. "All of...
  • Bill Buckley and the Jews

    03/19/2008 7:07:34 AM PDT · by kindred · 2 replies · 385+ views
    JWR ^ | March 3, 2008 | Jonathan Tobin
    The long-term implications of Buckley's stands were enormous. By remaking the conservative movement in his own image, in which the emphasis was on anti-communism and a libertarian skepticism of government power, he ensured that it, and the Republican Party, which it came to dominate, would be a place where Jew-haters were unwelcome. That enabled liberal Jews, such as Commentary editor Norman Podhoretz, to feel comfortable making common cause with the right on a host of issues as he began his own journey away from the left. Though expectations that the Jews would ditch liberalism en masse were always unrealistic, the...
  • William F. Buckley and the damage done: A Tale of Two Rights

    03/12/2008 8:05:29 AM PDT · by bahblahbah · 16 replies · 788+ views
    Charleston City Paper ^ | MARCH 12, 2008 | JACK HUNTER
    The recent death of conservative commentator William F. Buckley reminded me of when I lived in Boston in the mid-1990s, when, for lack of a better term, I became a "born-again" conservative. Although I already considered myself a conservative, one day I came across The Conservative Mind by Russell Kirk. I had never heard of the book or the author, but I thought it might be worth a look. It changed my life. Kirk outlined a conservative tradition steeped in the philosophy of everyone from English statesman Edmund Burke to poet T.S. Eliot; he even devoted an entire chapter to...
  • The writer who chased the anti-Semites out [Buckley]

    03/09/2008 5:32:24 AM PDT · by SJackson · 8 replies · 562+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 3-9-08 | JONATHAN TOBIN
    Was there any major American personality in the last half-century who seemed more remote from the sensibilities of most American Jews than William F. Buckley? Buckley, who passed away last week at the age of 83, was the fervent Catholic patrician whose work helped create the modern American conservative movement in the 1950s at a time when nothing could have been more removed from the thinking of most Jews in this country than his National Review. Though much has changed in the 53 years since NR's debut, given that most Jews are still, at the very least, reliable supporters of...
  • 1919 storm, autos killed streetcars (2nd part of article about William F. Buckley Jr.'s Grandfather)

    03/06/2008 4:46:29 PM PST · by Paleo Conservative · 13 replies · 303+ views
    The Corpus Christi Caller-Times ^ | Wednesday, March 5, 2008 | Murphy Givens
    The death of William F. Buckley Jr. last week brought several calls with reminders of his connection to South Texas. His grandfather, John Buckley, came to Duval County in 1874 from Ontario, Canada. He was involved in raising sheep. Back then, South Texas was sheep country. John Buckley, the patriarch of the family, ran for sheriff of Duval County as a Democrat in 1888. He lost to Republican L.L. Wright. Buckley sued for fraud, claiming that forces loyal to Wright failed to count votes from precincts favoring Buckley. He also charged that Wright brought in illegal voters from Nueces and...
  • William F. Buckley (1925-2008)[Thomas Sowell]

    03/05/2008 6:36:40 PM PST · by jazusamo · 21 replies · 214+ views
    GOPUSA ^ | March 6, 2008 | Thomas Sowell
    Writing in 1954, Lionel Trilling said that most conservatives do not "express themselves in ideas but only in action or in irritable mental gestures which seek to resemble ideas." One of the perks of being a liberal is disdaining people who are not liberals. However, as of 1954, Trilling's dismissive attitude toward conservatives' intellectual landscape was painfully close to the truth. Trilling wrote ten years after Friedrich Hayek's landmark counterattack against the left in his book "The Road to Serfdom." But that was a book with great impact on a relatively small number of people at the time, though its...
  • Conservatives Will Fight On, Scholars Say

    03/05/2008 12:42:35 PM PST · by kiriath_jearim · 40+ views
    CNS News ^ | 3/5/08 | Josiah Ryan
    Conservatives face difficult times in today's political world and ever-shifting culture, but they will live to fight another day, concluded four scholars at a book forum Tuesday at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, D.C. At the event, "The 'Right' Books: The Past, Present, and Future of Conservatism," authors Donald Critchlow, Jacob Heilbrunn, Mark Smith, and John Samples praised the lifetime work of conservative icon William F. Buckley Jr., who died last week, Feb. 27, at the age of 82. Buckley had founded the influential conservative magazine National Review in 1955, wrote numerous books, and saw his twice-weekly column syndicated...
  • William F. Buckley: The Tradition Continues

    03/04/2008 12:09:10 AM PST · by MartinaMisc · 2 replies · 56+ views
    Human Events ^ | 3/4/08 | D. R. Tucker
    Don’t believe the obituaries. William F. Buckley is still very much with us. Just as John F. Kennedy continues to inspire successive generations of liberals, so too will Buckley continue to motivate conservatives in the present and future. Buckley’s goal—establishing economic, social and foreign-policy conservatism as the default political template of the United States—has yet to be fully reached, but he has encouraged millions to make his dream a reality. It is not unreasonable to characterize Buckley as the Martin Luther King Jr. of the conservative movement. Both men rose to prominence in the 1950s by challenging political philosophies that...
  • For Conservatives, the Buckley Doesn't Stop Here

    03/03/2008 3:19:25 PM PST · by K-oneTexas · 4 replies · 62+ views ^ | March 3, 2008 | Donald Lambro
    For Conservatives, the Buckley Doesn't Stop Here By Donald Lambro Monday, March 3, 2008 WASHINGTON -- William Buckley's pioneering influence in the creation of the modern American conservative movement has been well documented since his passing last week. But little if any attention has been given to the influence and impact he had upon a younger generation of foot soldiers in that movement in the 1950s and 1960s, when he burst upon the political scene with the publication of his indictment of liberal academics, "God And Man At Yale," and with the founding of National Review magazine. The movement he...
  • William F. Buckley’s ‘Conservative Movement’ Still-Born, Dead-On-Arrival, Because it Was Godless...

    03/03/2008 1:57:22 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 175 replies · 848+ views
    The American View ^ | 3/3/2008 | John Lofton ("recovering Republican, recovering conservative")
    William F. Buckley’s ‘Conservative Movement’ Still-Born, Dead-On-Arrival, Decades Ago, Because it Was Godless, Against Christ, Ignored God’s Word Contact: John Lofton, 301-873-4612, 410-760-8885, MEDIA ADVISORY, March 3 /Christian Newswire/ — Recovering Republican John Lofton, Editor of and co-host of “The American View” radio show with the Constitution Party’s 2004 Presidential candidate Michael Anthony Peroutka, has issued the following statement: “Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.” – Psalm 127. The Lord Jesus Christ did not build the “conservative movement” house....
  • ‘It’s the Epigoni, Stupid’ - William F. Buckley Jr. stood athwart history and changed its course.

    03/02/2008 12:49:33 PM PST · by neverdem · 36 replies · 253+ views
    National Review Online ^ | March 01, 2008 | Mark Steyn
    March 01, 2008, 9:00 a.m. ‘It’s the Epigoni, Stupid’William F. Buckley Jr. stood athwart history and changed its course. By Mark Steyn If you were running one of those Frank Luntz machine-wired focus groups to produce the ideal conservative leader for America, I doubt you’d come up with an urbane patrician harpsichordist semi-resident in Switzerland and partial to words like “eremitical” and “periphrastic.” “It’s the epigoni, stupid” is not a useful campaign slogan — although, in fact, a distressingly large number of political candidates are certainly epigoni (“a second-rate imitator”). But William F. Buckley Jr. was a first-rate original,...
  • William F. Buckley Jr., 1925-2008(William Kristol)

    03/01/2008 7:52:50 PM PST · by kellynla · 5 replies · 171+ views
    weekly standard ^ | 03/10/2008, Volume 013, Issue 25 | William Kristol
    Here's one measure of the man and the scope of his achievement: No serious historian will be able to write about 20th-century America without discussing Bill Buckley. Before Buckley, there was no conservative movement. After Buckley, there was Ronald Reagan. Reagan was the most important American political figure of the latter half of the 20th century. No one was more central to his emergence and success than Bill Buckley. It was not just a happy coincidence that Buckley, in the course of promoting conservatism, also helped his country. It's true that he saw in conservatism a set of doctrines that...
  • He Knew He Was Right(Evan Thomas eulogizes Bill Buckley)

    03/01/2008 7:57:58 PM PST · by kellynla · 10 replies · 291+ views
    newsweek ^ | 12:09 PM ET Mar 1, 2008 | Evan Thomas
    The Buckley dinner salons were held at Bill and Patricia's Park Avenue apartment, a ground-floor maisonette at 73rd Street in Manhattan. Literary sportsman George Plimpton might be there, chatting with statesman Henry Kissinger or novelist Dominick Dunne. At the same time, standing in the corner might be a lumpy, Trotskyite-turned-Catholic intellectual talking to a nervous Yale undergraduate. There were rarely politicians to be seen at the Buckleys' elegant home, but, standing by the Bösendorfer piano in the living room, guests often heard worldclass pianist Bruce Levingston playing the same Bach concerto he would be performing the next week at Carnegie...
  • A Man of Incessant Labor (Christopher Hitchens On William F. Buckley, Jr.)

    03/01/2008 6:40:16 PM PST · by jdm · 15 replies · 943+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | March 10, 2008 Edition | by Christopher Hitchens
    "At his desk," wrote Christopher Buckley in his email to friends, "in Stamford this morning." Well, one had somehow known that it would have to be at his desk. The late William F. Buckley Jr. was a man of incessant labor and productivity, with a slight allowance made for that saving capacity for making it appear easy. But he was driven, all right, and restless, and never allowed himself much ease on his own account. There was never a moment, after taping some session at Firing Line, where mere recourse to some local joint was in prospect. He was always...
  • Getting It Right: A Conversation With Bill Buckley

    03/01/2008 10:01:16 AM PST · by kellynla · 30 replies · 243+ views ^ | 03/24/2003 | Interview with William F. Buckley Jr
    Legendary conservative author and editor William F. Buckley Jr. recently visited HUMAN EVENTS to chat with HE Editors Tom Winter, Allan Ryskind and Terry Jeffrey. The topic was Buckley's new novel, Getting It Right, a highly entertaining fictionalized account of how the conservative movement, in its early years, rejected the objectivism of novelist Ayn Rand and the fanaticism of Robert Welch, founder of the John Birch Society. The book, published by Regnery (a sister company of HUMAN EVENTS), is now available in stores. Before it was over, the conversation among Buckley, Winter, Ryskind and Jeffrey turned to issues including modern...