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Feb 27, 2008

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Fred Gregory

I was saddened to learn of his passing.

I met him once during a speaking engagement at Vanderbilt.

Reading his early books and articles helped form some of the ideas, still with me today, about the role and size of government.

A lot will yet be written about his life and contributions to the cause of conservatism.

For over 40 years a photo of WFB, inscribed to me, has proudly hung on my wall as a reminder of the principles for which he stood and fought.

I can still hear his remarks at the 10th Anniversary Dinner of National Review , in part:

" It is undoubtedly necessary, every now and then, to bare one's teeth; and we do so , preferably, in the course of smiling. But the smiles have a way of freezing, as the sadness roles in. The joys of warmaking presuppose the eventual stillness of victory; and that, so far as I can see, is beyond our reach. Perhaps it was meant to be so. Eliot once obsereved that there are no lost causes because there are no gained causes. Perhaps Providence has decreed that the price of a soaring Gross National Product is perpetual servitude in the kitchen. I don't know. ( You will be relieved , no doubt, to know that I don't know ) I only know this, and I know it as a certitude, that you are the finest company in all the world, and that on the 10th Annivesary of NATIONAL REVIEW, I celebrate above all things, yourselves."

R.I.P. Mr. Buckley.

Lex

Some praise for Buckley from a less-than-obvious source.

Jim Buie

I generally found Buckley entertaining, literary, civil, and intellectually challenging. Perhaps his most spectacular television debates were with the liberal (if not radical) anti-war (then closeted) homosexual, novelist Gore Vidal, on ABC News during the fractious 1968 Democratic Convention in Chicago, and during the fall campaign that year. YouTube.com has video clips from those historic debates on the issues of the Vietnam War, violence on the streets of Chicago, the qualities necessary to be president of the United States, and social spending, and I've sorted through the best and placed them on my blog.

Ian McDowell

That's a very classy tribute to Buckley, who always struck me as a class act. I liked him even when I was a high school student in 1976, full of naive nostalgia for the 60s radicalism that I'd been to take part in when it was really happening. I continued liking him when I was an undergraduate at Carolina in the late 70s, were the idiocies of the literal communists drove me to being a nascent NeoCon. At grad school at UNCG in the 80s, I rebounded back towards liberalism after finding the campus Reaganauts every bit as annoying as the Mickey Marxists of the CWP had been, but my admiration for Buckley never waned, no matter how my political opinions swayed.

Alan Cone Bulluck

He put a lot of thought into his writing, which made his "opponents" think long and hard about their responses - much like my posts to Ed's blog.

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