William F. Buckley, A Man who wore many hats, Passed Away Today at 82

Buckley was “The Philosophical Father of the Modern Conservative Movement” 

Ten Excerpts from WFB on Marijuana, Obama, Hillary Clinton and more 

“The best defense against usurpatory government is an assertive citizenry.”
William F. Buckley Jr.

William F. Buckley Jr. passed away today at age 82.

Buckley was the quintessential intellectual conservative, a modern day philosopher who lived life to the fullest. A novelist, debater, talk show host of TV’s Firing Line, transoceanic sailor, founder the National Review, master skewerer, CIA Agent, and this is a short-list of Mr. Buckley’s talents and professions.

We’ve compiled a few of Buckley’s quotes on Liberals, Conservatives, Islam, Hillary Clinton, President Bush, Barack Obama, John Edwards, the CIA, the Federal Budget, and God.


Liberals (from 1955, the first issue of National Review)

There never was an age of conformity quite like this one, or a camaraderie quite like the Liberals’. Drop a little itching powder in Jimmy Wechsler’s bath and before he has scratched himself for the third time, Arthur Schlesinger will have denounced you in a dozen books and speeches, Archibald MacLeish will have written ten heroic cantos about our age of terror, Harper’s will have published them, and everyone in sight will have been nominated for a Freedom Award. Conservatives in this country — at least those who have not made their peace with the New Deal, and there is a serious question of whether there are others — are non-licensed nonconformists; and this is a dangerous business in a Liberal world, as every editor of this magazine can readily show by pointing to his scars. Source – National Review

The Federal Budget

Fifty years ago, Sen. Paul Douglas of Illinois appeared in the Senate chamber lugging a huge manuscript. He plopped it on the rostrum and — wept. Yes, he actually cried. Tears ran down his face. When he recovered, he addressed his colleagues.”That,” he said, pointing to the mass of paper, “is the budget. I have spent the past three days studying it. I am a professional economist. I can tell you that there are only two people in the United States who know what is in this budget: the director of the budget, and I. And I weep because notwithstanding that I was a college professor, I am incapable of telling you what is in that budget.” Source – Townhall – Chewing the Figures

Barack Obama

The big winner was an affront to the common wisdom that looks matter most in the age of television. The dissenters were bound to support a homely man, and they found him on the Democratic side, giving Barack Obama 37.6% of the vote. Mr. Obama could think of himself as in the category of Abraham Lincoln. But he does Abe Lincoln one better by having a name that sounds as if he was on the playbill as the man who will bind the beautiful lady to the rails on which the great express will ride. Source – NYSun

President Bush

“I think Mr. Bush faces a singular problem best defined, I think, as the absence of effective conservative ideology — with the result that he ended up being very extravagant in domestic spending, extremely tolerant of excesses by Congress,” Buckley says. “And in respect of foreign policy, incapable of bringing together such forces as apparently were necessary to conclude the Iraq challenge.” Source – CBSNews

The CIA (Buckley was recruited right out of Yale)

In the passage of time one can indulge in idle talk on spook life. In 1980 I found myself seated next to the former president of Mexico at a ski-area restaurant. What, he asked amiably, had I done when I lived in Mexico? “I tried to undermine your regime, Mr. President.” He thought this amusing, and that is all that it was, under the aspect of the heavens”. Source – How The NeoCons Stole Freedom

Read the rest of the story:

William F. Buckley: Ten Quotes to Remember Him By 


William F. Buckley: Ten Quotes to Remember Him By

Mondoreb blogs at Death By 1000 Papercuts. Interested readers can e-mail him at mondoreb@gmail.com. All DBKP  stories  are filed under Mondoreb at BNN. This story was by LBG.

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