William F. Buckley (1925-2008) - RIP
(Hat tip: Vox Nova)
National Review founder, faithful Catholic, and conservative icon William F. Buckley, Jr. has died. The reaction at The Corner can be read here.
Here's what the New York Times had to say:
Mr. Buckley’s greatest achievement was making conservatism — not just electoral Republicanism, but conservatism as a system of ideas — respectable in liberal post-World War II America.Amen to that. I first began reading National Review when I was a Sophomore in high school (that was almost 25 years ago). I also read Buckley's Up From Liberalism about the same time I subscribed to the magazine (I think the book was a special gift offer that came with the subscription).
I had always been politically conservative since at least 1976 (i.e. when Reagan challenged Ford for the GOP nomination and I was only 9 years old). Buckley and National Review provided the intellectual heft and ideas to back up what had been more of a gut instinct on my part.
Prior to his death, William F. Buckley could claim to have done more for the conservative movement than anyone one else currently alive ... including a certain talk radio personality. In my lifetime, he accomplished more on behalf of conservatism than anyone not named Ronald Reagan. He will definitely be missed.
Requiescat in pace
A statement by the editors of National Review.
The left-liberal Catholic attack on Buckley has already begun, complete with quotes by the very orthodox Archbishop Chaput to back up the notion that Buckley was a "cafeteria Catholic" who disputed the Church's authority in the political realm. Before believing a word of it, read this. See also this.