Wednesday, February 27, 2008

William F. Buckley Jr., 1925-2008

"A Conservative is a fellow who is standing athwart history yelling 'Stop!'"
~William F. Buckley, Jr.

I'm very saddened by the passing of WFB today. Building a political movement is much like building a house: You need to start with a firm foundation. And I would argue that while Edmund Burke was the father of conservatism in general, Buckley laid the foundation for the modern American conservative movement. Conservatives should be thankful that a man like Buckley existed, and that he never gave up on yelling "Stop!"

1 comment:

Rottenchester said...

Buckley was a gentleman who could disagree without being disagreeable, and he could entertain opposing points of view with intellectual honesty. He also ran the best political show on TV for years. He also avoided the more intrusive social positions of other conservatives. He's a great original voice, and we're all the poorer for his passing.