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Remembering William F. Buckley Jr.

Posted by Ender on February 27, 2009

One year ago William F. Buckley Jr. passed away. For those of you who don’t know who Buckley was this post should give you a glimpse.

Buckley and Reagan

Buckley and Reagan

George Will said, “before there was Ronald Reagan there was Barry Goldwater, before there was Goldwater there was National Review, and before there was National Review there was William F. Buckley.” Anyone who ascribes themselves to be conservative in anyway owes a debt of gratitude to Buckley. If not for him America could look like France right now. Buckley is credited for starting the conservative movement. He formed the alliance between social conservatives, fiscal conservatives and foreign policy conservatives and used the alliance to fight the threat of liberalism in America.

He started the bi-weekly magazine called National Review. In it’s first issue he wrote this:

“It is not that, of course; if NATIONAL REVIEW is superfluous, it is so for very different reasons: It stands athwart history, yelling Stop, at a time when no one is inclined to do so, or to have much patience with those who so urge it.”

“It stands athwart to history, yelling Stop” are famous words and are still used today in conservative circles to embody the movement.

He was a wordsmith and a great debater. He would take on anyone, anywhere. He loved to take on critics:

“Mr. Buckley,” one non-fan wrote in 1967, “you are the mouthpiece of that evil rabble that depends on fraud, perjury, dirty tricks, anything at all that suits their purposes. I would trust a snake before I would trust you or anybody you support.”

Responded Buckley: “What would you do if I supported the snake?”

He was a fighter:


He had unshakable faith:

PLAYBOY: Don’t most dogmas, theological as well as ideological, crumble sooner or later?

BUCKLEY: Most, but not all.

PLAYBOY: How can you be so sure?

BUCKLEY: I know that my Redeemer liveth.

I encourage you to follow this link to National Review to read some of his articles and learn about his life.

Both authors of this site credit him for being one of the most influential people in their ideas and philosophies. We are truly standing on his shoulders when we defend the noble idea of Conservatism.

3 Responses to “Remembering William F. Buckley Jr.”

  1. maker said

    Some more great Buckley quotes…

    “I would like to take you seriously, but to do so would affront your intelligence.”

    “Liberals, it has been said, are generous with other peoples’ money, except when it comes to questions of national survival when they prefer to be generous with other people’s freedom and security.”

    “I would like to electrocute everyone who uses the word “fair” in connection with income tax policies.”

    “Back in the thirties we were told we must collectivize the nation because the people were so poor. Now we are told we must collectivize the nation because the people are so rich.”

    “Liberals claim to want to give a hearing to other views, but then are shocked and offended to discover that there are other views.”

    I wish he had lined up a clear successor before passing away…

  2. maker said

    Another great quote, and a rallying cry for lovers of freedom everywhere…

    “I will not cede more power to the state. I will not willingly cede more power to anyone, not to the state, not to General Motors, not to the CIO. I will hoard my power like a miser, resisting every effort to drain it away from me. I will then use my power, as I see fit. I mean to live my life an obedient man, but obedient to God, subservient to the wisdom of my ancestors; never to the authority of political truths arrived at yesterday at the voting booth. That is a program of sorts, is it not? It is certainly program enough to keep conservatives busy, and liberals at bay. And the nation free.” William F. Buckley Jr., in Up From Liberalism

  3. Ender said

    To put his writing into perspective:

    The more than 4.5 million words of his 5,600 twice-weekly newspaper columns, “On the Right,” would fill 45 more medium-sized books. His collected papers, which were donated to Yale University, weigh seven tons.

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