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Since plagiarism is in the air, politically speaking that is, I’ll steal a few words of my own I sent to NRO on this doleful occasion, and add a few more.
I was on my way home in my gas guzzling, CO2 polluting SUV, when the announcement of Bill’s passing came over the radio. I had to pull off the road, the tears welled up, loss as well as joy. Without Bill, I might never have had the courage to own an SUV. I think he would’ve appreciated that with a laugh. Like so many of you reading this, I grew up with National Review magazine, “Firing Line,” everything Bill Buckley. One bonus for me is, that I even met Bill once, a day I shall never forget. It was in Houston, 1984, after a dinner talk he had given, and not long after one of National Review’s fund raisers.
The magazine was on hard times back then, probably because we now had Reagan, and thought we didn’t need NR any more. After introductions and a short chat about his presentation, I told Bill I’d given National Review $100 toward its fund drive, a token amount in my estimation. He was so gracious, and grateful, it was as if I’d given $100,000. Never in my life have I felt so appreciated, when it was supposed to be the other way around. That was Bill Buckley.
In the moments after I had pulled off the road, when the grief took hold, I realized something about Bill Buckley and conservatism. It was not God and Man at Yale, National Review, “Firing Line,” Young Americans for Freedom, the Conservative Party, Blackford Oakes, sailing, or any of the other things he accomplished in life that I will keep in my heart. Bill affirmed our souls, conservative, and liberal alike, even those who say they don’t believe they have a soul. His life was a celebration of life, an in your face statement that ultimately, conservatism is life. In such a person resides a spirit which is given over to a cause much higher than most of us will ever taste. Oh, how we shall miss him.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?