Skip to comments.Bttt in honor of William F. Buckley, Jr.
Posted on 02/27/2008 2:08:24 PM PST by BJungNan
Buckley's primary intellectual achievement was to fuse traditional American political conservatism with libertarianism, laying the groundwork for the modern American conservatism of U.S. Presidential candidate Barry Goldwater and U.S. President Ronald Reagan.
May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace and may light perpetual shine upon him. Amen.
BTTT. A great man and American patriot.
Thank you for posting this tribute. He was a great man, very gracious and brilliant.
I’m reminded of the scene in “It’s a Wonderful Life” where George is given a chance to see the world as it would have been had he not lived in it. Thank God we did not have to see the world without the influence William F. Buckley, Jr. brought to it.
At the time I was figuring out what conservatives were all about, I was reading him voraciously, watching his debates with Gore Vidal and learning to sail.
Thank you Bill for setting me straight. And fair winds.
“You have shortened sail just a little, because you want more steadiness than you are going to get at this speed, the wind up to twenty-two, twenty-four knots, and it is late at night, and there are only two of you in the cockpit. You are moving at racing speed, parting the buttery sea as with a scalpel, and waters roar by, themselves exuberantly subdued by your powers to command your way through them. Triumphalism ... and the stars also seem to be singing together for joy.” _ from the sailing essay “Thoughts on a Final Passage.”
I first started listining to Bill Buckley back in the 1970’s. At that time it seemed like he was the only person in a sea of voices that was making any sense.
A taste of WFB/Firing Line on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-CIOSkrfRC4
You forgot to add bttt to the end of your post...
Witness by Whittaker Chambers is one of the top ten best books ever written.
God Bless William F Buckley, RIP friend.
“top ten best books ever written.”
WFB was the only guy I’ve ever seen call Jesse Jackson an extortionist (or words to that effect) to his face.
I think Rus made that comment on his program in the first hour, today. ... One wonders if the current decline of conservatism in the Republican party broke Bill’s heart?
OH! And BTTT!!
God Bless William F. Buckley.
Mr. Buckley thank you for all of the great work you've done. Thank you for sharing your brilliant mind, your wit, your reflections, your thoughts, your insights and your inimitable captivating writing with the world.
May the peace of God Almighty grant comfort to all of his family, friends, coworkers and multitude of fans. May he rest in God's Eternal Love, Comfort and Peace.
Hasta luego, Caimán.
He stood athwart history and yelled “Stop!” Needs to be done once in a while.
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