Wednesday, February 27, 2008

WFB, you will be missed

William F. Buckley, founder of the National Review, has died at the age of 82.

His numerous accomplishments ("Firing Line," Young Americans for Freedom, New York's Conservative Party, the many bestsellers including God and Man at Yale) defy eulogy. But his legacy is much bigger than his curriculum vitæ .

Buckley was the first post-New Deal articulate voice of mainstream conservatism. Decades before conservatism won its first national election in 1980, Buckley had the vision to "stand athwart history, yelling 'Stop' at a time when no one is inclined to do so, or to have much patience with those who urge it."

While I never had the pleasure of meeting him, I am sure that I would not have founded World Ahead Media, much less now be a part of WorldNetDaily, without the inspiration of this man.

Thank you, sir. Godspeed.

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  • Cool tribute. He will continue to live on in our hearts and minds and will continue to inspire millions and millions more to advocate for the freedom of men and markets.

    Here's a funny moment from a nice tribute at The Hartford Courant

    (Christopher) Little's last sailing junket with Buckley was on Long Island Sound, about five years ago.
    Buckley was beginning to slow down physically, but had not lost his plucky, contrarian wit.

    "I remember Bill sitting in the back of that boat with a martini in one hand and a cigar in the other and he told us that he had been to see his doctor that day," Little said.
    "Buckley said: 'The doctor said no more smoking, no more drinking, no more stress. So don't [expletive deleted] stress me out."


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