One can’t doubt that the American objective in Iraq has failed. … Our mission has failed… – William F. Buckley, Jr.
He was the conservatives conservative. He created The National Review. He was the bookend to Ronald Reagan.
Mr Buckley, 82, suffered from diabetes and emphysema, his son Christopher
said, although the exact cause of death was not immediately known. He was
found at his desk in the study of his home, his son said. “He might
have been working on a column,” Mr. Buckley said.
This is how I want to go, while writing or after a radio show.
God bless Mr. Buckley, with condolences going out to Christopher Buckley and
his entire family.
In his honor, try using some three syllable words today. Of course, he was much more, but the man’s intellect was large. He also seemed to have a sort of grace woven within his politics.
Buckley taped his famous showing “Firing Line” from his living room.
Limbaugh talking about Buckley today on his show, said this:
“I felt like I was talking to God. … .. I was in that much awe.” – Rush Limbaugh
Grandly immortalizing conservatives is dangerous, especially when the struggle for the soul of America goes on.
By this time, the struggle for the soul of the Republican Party had ended. Buckleyism – now known as Reaganism – prevailed. The party’s liberals either were marginalized or expunged. – The Buckley Effect
But at least Buckley had the honesty and courage to call the Iraq war a failure. For that alone he has earned the right to be called the credible conservative.
To add, as I said on my radio show today, modern conservatism is cracking today because of their break with the philosophy of its founders, of whom William F. Buckley Jr. was the leader. Unless and until conservatives can reconcile the destruction the doctrine of preemption has wrought, through the Bush-Chency Iraq policy that was aided and abetted by the Republican party as a whole, it will never have credibility again. I’d say McCain’s rise poses an extra challenge to Buckley-ites, but considering people like Rush and Bill Kristol still prop up the Iraq war too, which Buckley long ago denounced, I’d say conservatism is in whole scale crisis, across the board. The neo-cons simply have to be purged, along with their doctrines, for the word “conservatism” to have any coherent political meaning at all. McCain could revive “Republican,” but he’d have to be able to sell “winning” in Iraq to get it done. Consider this a warning, because if that happens, all bets are off.