William F. Buckley Jr. R.I.P.

I know this is probably the last place anyone would expect to find this but here goes. The world lost a class act today when William F. Buckley Jr., conservative icon and founder of the National Review, passed away at the age of 82.

Rest in Peace.

5 Responses to “William F. Buckley Jr. R.I.P.”

  1. Bostondreams says:

    His anti-integration and excuse for White Supremacy in the South will, I think, always tarnish his legacy, but he seemed to be a man who could hold intellectual disagreements with a rival without stooping to name calling and denigration. And he was not a big fan of modern conservatism, so bully for him! Like you said, he will be missed.

  2. Yea, i grew up looking at his show every sunday on PBS, the man had a vocabulary

  3. mick says:

    Uh-huh. Pretty low expectation level we’ve grown accustomed to, ain’t it? The man was a racist, a big-time elitist snob, a class warrior fighting against any govt help to the disadvantaged and for any little thing the investor class might have on its wish-list, and – perhaps worst of all – he gave the politics of greed, selfishness, and corporatism a good name, but because he was civil about it and didn’t actually spit on his adversaries a la, for instance, Hannity or O’Reilly, he’s a “class act”. *sigh*

    This is W, of course. He’s so bad, Satan looks better by comparison. But that’s no excuse to rehabilitate scum like Strom Thurmond and Billy Buck. No matter how wide his vocabulary was.

  4. trippin says:

    Yeah, a class act who thought that those great uneducated masses he looked down his nose towards should be denied the right to vote. Gore Vidal was factually correct, short only in degree.

    It never ceases to amaze me how such a contemptible individual in life is near-deified in death. I suppose all the media will be saying the same for Rush Limbaugh one day: “Oh, he was so funny– what a joker!”

    I’m sorry, but a person has to have some redeeming qualities to be missed. Simply having a vocabulary used to intimidate and obfuscate is not such a quality.

  5. xranger says:

    Kinda like Bill Clinton.

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