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Below are the two final essays to be posted on Allegiance and Duty Betrayed. The first one is written by a friend -- screen name 'Euro-American Scum' -- who, over the past four years, has been the most faithful essayist here. He has written about everything from his pilgrimage to Normandy in 2004 to take part in the 60th–year commemoration of the invasion, to his memories of his tour in Vietnam. His dedication to America’s founding principles ... and those who have sacrificed to preserve them over the past 200+ years ... is unequaled. Thank you, E-A-S. It has been a privilege to include your writing here, and it is a privilege to call you my friend.

The second essay is my own farewell. And with it I thank all of the many regular visitors, and those who may have only dropped in occasionally, for coming here. I hope you learned something. I hope a seed or two was planted. But, even if not, I thank you for stopping by ... 25 March, 2010


Rest in Peace

William F. Buckley


Anonymous said...

God bless him.

robmaroni said...

In 1991, he had a falling out with long time friend and TNR contributor Joseph Sobran whose anti-Israeli columns Buckley felt crossed the line and became anti-Semitic. But Sobran never lost his affection for Buckley. This was written last year when Sobran heard the news that Buckley had been diagnosed with emphysema:

Over the years I came to know another side of Bill. When I had serious troubles, he was a generous friend who did everything he could to help me without being asked. And I wasn’t the only one. I gradually learned of many others he’d quietly rescued from adversity. He’d supported a once-noted libertarian in his destitute old age, when others had forgotten him. He’d helped two pals of mine out of financial difficulties. And on and on. Everyone seemed to have a story of Bill’s solicitude. When you told your own story to a friend, you’d hear one from him. It was as if we were all Bill Buckley’s children....

....Compared with all this, the political differences that finally drove us apart seem trivial now. I saw the same graciousness in his relations with everyone from presidents to menials. I learned a lot of things from Bill Buckley, but the best thing he taught me was how to be a Christian. May Jesus comfort him now.


john galt said...

The major thing I disagreed with him about was his negative opinion of Ayn Rand. But from what I know he was an outstanding human being.

marcus aurelius said...

Imagine the great conversations going on right about now between Buckley and Edmund Burke. I sure would like to be there if it didn’t require me to be dead.

Anonymous said...

Very great books:


John Cooper said...

In the first issue of National Review, Buckley defined conservatism as the willingness to "stand athwart history, yelling Stop, at a time when no one is inclined to do so, or to have much patience with those who do."

gretahoffman said...

Joanie, I know you mentioned in another recent essay that you've been buying physical gold and silver for many years. I've been watching the prices of gold and silver since I read that and they're at record prices now. A lot of "experts" are saying that the prices are headed even higher. Do you agree? Would you buy bullion at these record prices? TIA.

John Cooper said...

I wonder what the late William F. Buckley would have said about John McCain. Just today - and thanks to Ann Coulter - I discovered what he wrote about Lowell Weicker, who was running against Joe Lieberman for Senator from Connecticut in 1989:

"We want to pass the word that it's OK to vote for the other guy or stay at home." The good thing about Lieberman, Buckley said, was that he "doesn't have the tendency of appalling you every time he opens his mouth."

Reading the Wikipedia entry on Lowell Weicker, his similarities to John McCain jumped out at me:

"Weicker was always regarded as somewhat of a maverick, and a liberal voice in an increasingly conservative Republican Party. President Reagan referred to him in his diaries as "a pompous, no good, fathead" after Weicker played a key role in the senate's defeat of Reagan's proposed constitutional amendment to permit organized spoken prayer in public schools."

calbrindisi said...

Cooper, Buckley's comments and advice are timeless, as your post above proves.