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I have been organizing Tea Parties, petitioning my Congresswoman and Senators, Assemblywoman and State Senator, and I have come to the conclusion that the only way to solve California’s problems is to get rid of everyone in office and replace them with grassroot people like us. In order to do this, we need many volunteers to step up to the plate. This is a grassroots movement politicians. How does the unemployment line look now?

I have met so many talented people while in Long Beach, Los Angeles, Sacramento, and through the internet and on conference calls. I believe there are enough of us to do what needs to be done.

Many may ask (or say) that we have no experience in politics. For some of us this is true, others of us have helped at campaigns. Those of us who have helped at campaigns I believe are sick and tired of elected liars and have been very disappointed at all the broken promises.

So what and who am I? I am a Conservative who loves animals, sports, family, the Military, the Declaration of Independence and our Constitution. I am a pro-life, Evangalical Christian who believes the government has crossed the line. Which one, you ask? Good question, since they’ve crossed so many.

No government has the right to deprive a city, town, or individual of their livlihood without fair compensation [See 5th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States]. This has been so distorted that there are citizens within our Central Valley that have ZERO water because of a stupid ALIEN fish. That is correct. It’s origins are NOT the Delta. So why don’t they catch them all and let them go somewhere else? Because that makes sense!

That is just one example of government intrusion. How do you like these new showerheads that moniter how fast the water is coming out? I’ll tell you what, I’m tired of running around in the shower trying to get wet!

There are 5000 committees which pay very nicely (we have 5000+ cases of ‘taxation without represention’), some or most receive over $100,000 per year for meeting once a month. Yes, these are termed-out politicians. They all need to be shut down. That includes you too, CARB [California Air Resources Bureau(?)]. TURN THE WATER ON!

I question whether or not I am a free marketer, or if the people who use that term realize what an oxymoron it is. Let’s take a quick look at China. That country that sold and/or watch as almost all of nuclear arms flowed into N. Korea’s warchest. We don’t charge China for the junk they bring into our country to undercut our own manufacturers, yet we have to pay tarriffs and wonder still if they will come and take our companies. Hmm. Is that free-marketing? Not in my eyes. If I’m wrong, please explain to me why trading with an enemy of America is ‘free’?

I am interested in foreign policy issues, but I believe our state is in much more need of fixing. Although someone should still run against Congresswoman Richardson. She has stayed in office only because no one opposes her.

In the State of California, we should have a Right to Work Law. As most of us have seen, ACORN is a corrupt organization, and they have their tenacles everywhere, such as the SEIU and other unions. I do not believe Californians should be penalized or forced to have their money stolen from them when they choose not to belong to a union. However if they choose to belong to a union, that’s a different story. But it should not be any of our business! Don’t we have enough to fix?

Well, I’ve addressed only a few of my concerns. I’d really like to talk about the schools and my easy solution to some of the problems. Make the principle the boss. Let the teachers teach reading, writing, math, history, American History, languages if they choose, art, sports, Excercise, etc. Teachers are closest to their students so they know what is needed. You will never be able to convince me that someone in DC knows what is better for our students than do our parents and teachers. Never.

So, should I run for California State Assembly District 54? I would like your feedback. If I receive a good amount of comments, I will start an exploratory committee. Until then, I have to wait. Why? I don’t know too many people. Yes, I know this is a drawback, but that’s what hitting the pavement is for! On the brighter side, I have fresher ideas and the passion to go along with them. Being a Citizen Representative may be just the shot in the arm this state needs. What say you?

I’d like to thank all of you in advance for your comments, suggestions, critiques, etc. I cannot eccept any money yet, so don’t ask why I don’t have it set up yet. Without officially opening the exploratory committee, I cannot receive monies for this purpose. I’ll let you know where to find the site I set up so you contribute once everything is in motion. God bless you, and be safe.

May you walk with the LORD always, and when you cannot take another step, may He carry you the rest of the way until you can walk along side Him again.

Cross-posted @ Rosemary’s Thoughts.

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I found this fantastic article while surfing the net, and I want to share it with my libertarian leaning, conservative, and liberal friends. It sounds like a very reasonable idea to me. See if you agree.

Dear American liberals, leftists, social progressives, socialists, Marxists, Obama supporters, et al:

We have stuck together since the late 1950’s, but the whole of this latest election process has made me realize that I want a divorce. I know we tolerated each other for many years for the sake of future generations, but sadly, this relationship has run its course. Our two ideological sides of America cannot, and will not ever agree on what is right, so let’s just end it on friendly terms. We can smile, chalk it up to irreconcilable differences, and go our own way…

Here is a model separation agreement:
Our two groups can equitably divide up the country by landmass each taking a portion. That will be the
difficult part, but I am sure our two sides can come to a friendly agreement. After that it should be relatively easy! Our respective representatives can effortlessly divide other assets since both sides have such distinct and disparate tastes. We don’t like redistributive taxes so you can keep them. You are welcome to the liberal judges and the ACLU. Since you hate guns and war, we’ll take our firearms, the cops, the NRA, and the military. You can keep Oprah, Michael Moore, and Rosie O’Donnell (You are, however, responsible for finding a bio-diesel vehicle big enough to move all three of them) …

We’ll keep the capitalism, greedy corporations, pharmaceutical companies, Wal-Mart, and Wall Street. You can have your beloved homeless, homeboys, hippies, and illegal aliens. We’ll keep the hot Alaskan hockey moms, greedy CEO’s, and rednecks. We’ll keep the bibles and give you NBC and Hollywood. You can make nice with Iran and Palestine and we’ll retain the right to invade and hammer places that threaten us. You can have the peaceniks, and war protesters. When our allies or our way of life are under assault, we’ll help provide them security…

We’ll keep our Judeo-Christian values. You are welcome to Islam, Scientology, Humanism, and Shirley McClain. You can also have the U.N. But we will no longer be paying the bill.

We’ll keep the SUVs, pickup trucks, and oversized luxury cars. You can take every Subaru station wagon you can find.

You can give everyone healthcare, if you can find any practicing doctors. We’ll continue to believe healthcare is a luxury and not a right. We’ll keep The Battle Hymn of the Republic and the National Anthem. I’m sure you’ll be happy to substitute Imagine, I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing, Kum Ba Ya, or We Are the World.

We’ll practice trickle down economics, and you can give trickle up poverty your best shot. Since it often so offends you we’ll also keep our history, our name, and our flag.

Would you agree to this? If so please pass it along to other like minded liberal and conservative patriots, and if you do not agree, just hit delete. In the spirit of friendly parting, I’ll bet you ANWAR which one of us will need whose help in 15 years.

Sincerely,

John J. Wall.
Law Student and an American

P.S. Also, please take Barbara Streisand.

— [Hat Tip: StuGil]

This is so awesome! Imagine having not to fight over whether or not a child is a life? Imagine being able to pray in school or teach your children at home? Imagine not having to believe in God and NOT being offended when others do? Imagine being able to keep what you earn instead of paying for the mistakes and stupid decisions of others when you were careful not to make those same mistakes? Imagine being proud of our country and not having to look over your shoulder to make sure there’s not an anti-war protester idiot there. WOW!

Finally. And they could live in their own utopia…until they figure out their way does not work. We must have in our new constitution an amendment that declares that anyone who comes on our property must have permission, must not be ill, must speak English (or be willing to learn it), and cannot receive ANYTHING that citizens are paying taxes for…PERIOD.

That way there is no dispute with what to do with animals whose only desire it is to murder us. In this regard, every household should be required to own their own firepower. It used to be that way. Remember the minutemen? Imagine if they had to have a waiting period as the Red Coats were approaching? OMG! (lol) Ya’ll have a great day!

Hat tip: ZardozZ News & Satire.

Cross-posted @ Rosemary’s Thoughts. Digg! Digg!

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Today the GOP is ready to have us start voting for the name of this new blog. It is run by Ryan James, and this is all about the GOP Convention. Unless you want to get stuck with a very bad name (and a Democrat in the WH), VOTE!

I have been watching watching the birth of this blog, and it is coming along well. Here are the names we shall be voting on until Thursday, March 13, 2008.

#1 The ‘Phant vs. #16 Conventional Wisdom

#9 The Elephant’s Mouth vs. #8 Grand Ol’ Blog

#5 Elephant Droppings vs. #12 Red Hot and No Blues

#13 Patriotism Live vs. #4 Elephants Heard

We did a pretty good job with these names, eh? lol. You may vote by clicking here. Thank you for your participation.

PS. Help spread the word. Post about this. Look, I understand the personal feelings about the GOP and John McCain, but there are many other people out the who truly are Conservatives. We do not want to let them down. At least I don’t. Think about it.

I am going to be having an open trackback today with this post. I am having it through Linkfest. This is a great group of people who all share their posts. Some I will post here (because they are already available), and some you will find at a later time. If you have a post you would like to share with us, please feel free to do so.

Remember, I am not responsible for, nor do I necessarily agree with, any posts that are trackbacked here. I will, however, fight for their right to do so. 😉

Posts I’ve trackbacked to at Linkfest and others:

Outside the Beltway: How the Democrats Could Lose in November, Faultline USA: Obama Must Disavow His Dangerous Pastor, Right Truth: Plutonium dioxide shipment advertised, come and get it, The World According To Carl: Prayers For Texas Fred — UPDATE!!!!! PRAYERS ANSWERED!!!!!, The Pink Flamingo: The Pink Flamingo, Big Dog’s Weblog: Ferraro Dreams; If Only Obama Were White, A Newt One: Why Blogs Do Not Succeed, Right Voices: Obama’s Church Openly Campaigns From The Pulpit..You Can Buy The DVD’s, The Yankee Sailor: Monday Open Post, Tilting At Windmill Farms: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, and Chuck’s Place: The Linksys Router that ate my Bedroom, thanks to Linkfest Haven Deluxe.

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It has been a while since we have looked at the Fairness Doctrine, but now we have a reason to do so. The National Center for Public Policy Research and Project 21 will discuss this. There is also concern within the TSA by some concerned patriots about the same conditions being in place that existed prior to 9/11/2001. Let us not forget Columbia, eh? There is more news about what is happening than when I first started googling.

For Release: February 26, 2008
Contact: David Almasi at (202) 543-4110 x11 or Dalmas AT National Center.org.

Backdoor Imposition of Fairness Doctrine Opposed by Black Broadcasters

New “Local Programming” Regulations Under FCC Consideration Could Lead to Broadcast Restrictions

Washington, D.C. – Concerned that proposed Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regulations regarding “local programming content and diversity” could lead to a new “Fairness Doctrine,” black broadcasting veterans affiliated with Project 21 have submitted comments to the FCC opposing new restrictions on currently-accepted political and social content.

“We’ve seen an explosion in broadcast content since the FCC set aside the political restrictions of the Fairness Doctrine over 20 years ago,” said Project 21 Fellow Deneen Borelli. “To bring about new restrictions now would hurt businesses, political discourse and the diversity these proposed regulations purport to want to foster. All it will do is hurt free expression and free speech.”

The FCC released a report in late January on the topic of “broadcast localism” that ostensibly seeks “to ensure that broadcasters are appropriately addressing the needs of their local communities.” Some of the report’s proposals include “increase[ing] local content and diversity in programming,” “establish[ment of] permanent advisory boards… to consult periodically on community needs and issues” and new licensing guidelines to “ensure that all broadcasters provide some locally-oriented programming.”

Project 21 members and other critics of new regulation of accepted broadcast content contend this would set the stage for a reinstatement of the Fairness Doctrine. This defunct FCC rule, requiring broadcasters to present contrasting viewpoints on controversial issues, was abolished in 1987. Between the 1980s and today, talk radio grew from 75 stations nationwide to around 1,800. It is feared that a return of content restrictions would return broadcasting to what former NBC “Meet the Press” host Bill Monroe called “timid, don’t-rock-the-boat coverage.”

It also is noted that technological innovations such as the Internet, with services such as blogs, YouTube and other web sites, as well as 24-hour broadcast news outlets, make access to all views readily available.

“Media is a business driven by success and profit. While this FCC report proposes regulations with a veneer of promoting balance and fairness, a closer examination shows they will likely blunt today’s most successful models of discourse,” said Project 21 chairman Mychal Massie, a former talk radio host. “Any government interference in content that draws views or listeners and does not violate accepted standards of decency should be viewed hyper-critically.”

Project 21 members submitting comments against the FCC’s Report on Broadcast Localism and the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (MB Docket No. 04-233) include Chairman Mychal Massie, Fellow Deneen Borelli, and National Advisory Council members Kevin Martin, Bob Parks, the Reverend Jesse Lee Peterson and Elder Doctor Levon Yuille. All have been involved in radio and television broadcasting.

The comments submitted by Project 21 members can be downloaded at www.nationalcenter.org/FCC-Broadcast-Comments-0208.pdf.

For more information, contact David Almasi at (202) 543-4110 x11 or Dalmasi at National Center.org, or visit Project 21’s website.

Here is the article from ACT! for America about the TSA not giving a darn about the true American citizens:

9/11 Redux: ‘Thousands of Aliens’ in U.S. Flight Schools Illegally.

Former FAA Inspector: TSA’s Enforcement of Post-9/11 Laws ‘Basically Nonexistent’

By BRIAN ROSS, VIC WALTER and ERIC LONGABARDI
Feb. 27, 2008

Thousands of foreign student pilots have been able to enroll and obtain pilot licenses from U.S. flight schools, despite tough laws passed in the wake of the 9/11 attacks, according to internal government documents obtained by ABC News.

“Some of the very same conditions that allowed the 9-11 tragedy to happen in the first place are still very much in existence today,” wrote one regional security official to his boss at the TSA, the Transportation Security Administration. [emphasis added]

“Thousands of aliens, some of whom may very well pose a threat to this country, are taking flight lessons, being granted FAA certifications and are flying planes,” wrote the TSA official, Richard A. Horn, in 2005, complaining that the students did not have the proper visas. [Continue reading.]

This article may move, so if you have any trouble, just let me know. I will retrieve it for you. (If I still have it. Sometimes I clean out my inbox.)

I have two good news articles from Dagney. First, of course, is her article. Then within her article, we find the same crap I’ve been finding.

Home Again, Home Again…What Was That Refrain?

TOP COLUMBIAN FARC COMMANDER SAID TO BE KILLED(!)

Her response to that story?

“OMG!!!!
You are right!!!
I have the chills!!!!
I can’t even express how HAPPY I am!!!!!!
This is URIBE’s way to deal with terrorists!!!”

Don’t you love it when friends get good news!?! Of course, that is not the way much of the world see this story, especially the drive by media!

“Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez threatened to join the rebels in a war to overthrow hard-line Colombian President Alvaro Uribe, a key ally of the United States, deploying tanks, fighter jets and thousands of troops along the Colombian border.”

WaPo calls the radical socialist Chavez “Venezuelan President…”, but refers to Colombia’s President Alvaro Uribe as “hard-line”. Of course the liberal socialists at the Washington Post revere our enemy socialist Chavez, but hate our ally Uribe! Why anyone believes anything these people write is just beyond me! [Continue reading.]

In case you are unaware, Columbia has been at war with its southern border for over 20 years now. They are harboring Hamas, Hizbollah, IRA, and FARC. All of which are known to be terrorists. Any enemy of the USA is certainly a friend of Chavez in Venezuela and those ‘useless idiots’ in Hollywood and the Left in Congress. It is such a shame that these people would prefer to see their own demise than to stand for their own country. It begs the question, “Why don’t you move then?”

Here is an email I received from one of the movers and shakers out here in California, and I would like to share it with you:

What are the Principles of Conservatives?

Folks, as fighters for freedom we need to understand the foundation of our beliefs. This article by David Limbaugh gives us a precise explanation of the principles of conservative views. While we may spend a lot of time helping run political organizations, elect candidates and defeat/support ballot measures, all of this activity is based on values and principles. Pass this along to your friends. Let them know why you are a conservative. [Hopefully to] better understand your own views and let liberals know the hypocrisy of their views. Read this explanation of conservatism.

Note: No trees were killed in the sending of this message, but a large number of electrons were terribly inconvenienced.

Syndicate My Content – Info Here.

Stephen is a good guy, and he has been at this for quite a long time. Please go to his site and check it out.

OMG! I just hit the jackpot. See, wherever I googled, all I came up with is Chavez or Venezuela. I have just found out where the Columbian news has been hiding. (sarcasm) I will give some of the links here:

South America gripped by Colombia-Ecuador crisis. AFP
Colombia: Chavez funding FARC rebels.
Correa: Ecuador was in talks with rebels.
Diplomatic disputes in Latin America.
Venezuela, Ecuador break Colombia ties over raid.
US backs Colombia’s efforts against ‘terrorist’ rebels. AFP – Mon Mar 3, 3:34 PM ET
Documents show Chavez gave FARC $300 million, Colombia claims. McClatchy Newspapers – Mon Mar 3, 2:33 PM ET

For more information, please check out these sites: South America News Sources and Off the Wires: Columbia.

I am totally fed up with the Left. NOT EVERYTHING THAT HAPPENS IN THIS WORLD IS THE FAULT OF THE USA! I don’t that most of it is. When will people become responsible for themselves? Oh! I’ve an idea…let’s stop giving them money! 😉

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A Tribute to William F. Buckley Jr.

As you now know, the father of the modern conservative movement, William F. Buckley Jr., passed away this week. Bill Buckley was many things to many people: founder of National Review, enfant terrible, mischievous maverick, and host of the award-winning Firing Line. Here at Regnery, we were proud to know him as one of our beloved bestselling authors.

In 1952, Regnery published Bill Buckley’s very first book-the groundbreaking God & Man at Yale. It’s been selling steadily and influencing new generations of conservatives ever since. Fifty years later, we were honored to publish Buckley’s moving, elegant autobiography, Miles Gone By.

Nothing we can say will do justice to this literary master. So we mourn and honor him with his own words. The following excerpts are taken from Miles Gone By, which chronicles Buckley’s extraordinary life, from his childhood in Sharon, CT, to his college days at Yale, from his transoceanic sailing exploits to debating Ronald Reagan or chauffeuring Whittaker Chambers.

Excerpts from Miles Gone By, A Literary Autobiography.

Conflict Over Unusual Words.

Some words, Dwight Macdonald wrote in a celebrated review of Webster’s Third, belong in the “zoo section” of the dictionary. I.e., the words do exist, but the need for them is so remote, you can-and should-keep them caged up in the zoo until it is absolutely necessary to take one out, which may be never. I know a word that describes the feeling you have in the roof of your mouth when peanut butters sticks to it, but I will never use it; in fact, I decline to disclose it.

Why Don’t We Complain?

We are reluctant to make our voices heard, we are afraid that our cause is too trivial to justify the horrors of a confrontation with the Authority…As I write this, on an airplane, I have run out of paper and need to reach into my briefcase for more. I cannot do this until my empty lunch tray is removed from my lap. I arrested the stewardess as she passed empty-handed down the aisle on the way to the kitchen.

“Would you please take my tray?”

“Just a moment, sir!” she said, and marched on sternly.

Shall I remind her that not fifteen minutes ago she spoke unctuously into the loudspeaker the words undoubtedly devised by the airline’s highly paid public-relations counselor: “If there is anything I or Miss French can do for you to make your trip more enjoyable, please let us-” I have run out of paper.

On Yale and God.

Yes, God and Yale coexist…As I think back, I wonder that any apologetics need go any further than the remark I ran into at Yale.

“I find it easier to believe in God than to believe that Hamlet was deduced from the molecular structure of a mutton chop.”

I wish I had said that.

The Secret of Fireflies.

Outdoors it was very very still, and from our bedroom we could see the fireflies. I opined to my sister Trish that when the wind dies and silence ensues, fireflies acquire a voice.

“Why do they care if it’s quiet outside?”

I informed her solemnly that it was well known to adults that fireflies do not like the wind, as it interferes with their movements. Inasmuch as I was thirteen and omniscient, my explanation was accepted.

The Essence of Sailing.

When you are in the harbor, four congenial people around the table, eating and drinking and conversing, listening to music and smoking cigars, the wind and the hail and the chill outside faced up to and faced down, in your secure little anchorage-here is a compound of life’s social pleasures in the womb of nature.

On Ronald Reagan.

Yes, there was the legendary aloofness, but this was forgivingly accepted…Reagan sat at one end of the table with sandwiches and a glass of wine telling stories, making Thanksgiving credible for his friends. It’s hard to imagine him out of action, and best not to dwell on it.

On Whittaker Chambers.

The tokens of hope and truth were not, Chambers seemed to be saying, to be preserved by a journal of opinion, not by writers or thinkers, but only by activists. Though Chambers was intellectual, insatiable and relentlessly curious, it was action, not belletrism, that moved him most deeply.

Typical Buckley.

I said to Johnny Carson that to say that the CIA and the KGB engage in similar practices is the equivalent of saying that the man who pushes an old lady into the path of a hurtling bus is not to be distinguished from the man who pushes an old lady out of the path of a hurtling bus: on the grounds that, after all, in both cases someone is pushing old ladies around.

Regnery joins the rest of the conservative community to
mourn the passing of our founding father. RIP, WFB
.

Source: Human Events-email.

Buckley Athwart History.

I believe that the duel between Christianity and atheism is the most important in the world. I further believe that that the struggle between individualism and collectivism is the same struggle reproduced on another level.

“God and Man at Yale,” 1951.

It seems altogether possible that did National Review not exist, no one would have invented it. . . . For we offer, besides ourselves, a position that has not grown old under the weight of a gigantic, parasitic bureaucracy, a position untempered by the doctoral dissertations of a generation of Ph.D.s in social architecture, unattenuated by a thousand vulgar promises to a thousand different pressure groups, uncorroded by a cynical contempt for human freedom. And that, ladies and gentlemen, leaves us just about the hottest thing in town.

“Statement,” National Review, 1955.

The attempted assassination of Sukarno last week had all the earmarks of a CIA operation. Everyone in the room was killed except Sukarno.

Editorial, National Review, 1957.

We deem it the central revelation of Western experience that man cannot ineradicably stain himself, for the wells of regeneration are infinitely deep. . . . Khrushchev cannot take permanent advantage of our temporary disadvantage, for it is the West he is fighting. And in the West there lie, however encysted, the ultimate resources, which are moral in nature. . . . Even out the depths of despair, we take heart in the knowledge that it cannot matter how deep we fall, for there is always hope. In the end, we will bury him.

Address in New York, after Khrushchev was invited to speak at the U.N., 1960.

The glorious development of this year was the nomination of a man whose views have given the waiting community a choice. . . . Now is precisely the moment to labor incessantly to educate our fellow citizens. The point is to win recruits whose attention we might never have attracted but for Barry Goldwater: to win them not only for Nov. 3 but for future Novembers: to infuse the conservative spirit in enough people to entitle us to look about, on Nov. 4, not at the ashes of defeat but at the well-planted seeds of hope, which will flower on a great November day in the future.

Address to Young
Americans for Freedom,
September 1964
.

At a press conference during his campaign for mayor of New York City: Do you have any chance of winning?

Buckley: No.

Q: Do you really want to be mayor?

Buckley: I’ve never considered it.

Q: Well, conservatively speaking, how many votes do you expect to get?

Buckley: One.

Q: And who would cast that vote?

Buckley: My secretary.

1965 (When later asked what he would do if elected, he replied, “Demand a
recount.”)
.

A good debater is not necessarily an effective vote-getter: you can find a hole in your opponent’s argument through which you could drive a coach and four ringing jingle bells all the way, and thrill at the crystallization of a truth wrung out from a bloody dialogue — which, however, may warm only you and your muse, while the smiling paralogist has in the meantime made votes by the tens of thousands.

“The Unmaking of a Mayor,” 1966.

I first met [Whittaker] Chambers in 1954. An almost total silence had closed in on him. Two years earlier he had published “Witness.” . . . The bitterness of the Hiss trial had not by any means subsided. For some of the reviewers, Hiss’s innocence had once been a fixed rational conviction, then blind faith; now it was rank superstition, and they bent under the force of an overwhelming book. . . .

The tokens of hope and truth were not, he seemed to be saying, to be preserved by a journal of opinion, not by writers and thinkers, but only by activists, and I was to know that he considered a publication — the right kind of publication — not a word, but a deed. Though Chambers was a passionate literary man, always the intellectual, insatiably and relentlessly curious, in the last analysis it was action, not belletrism, that moved him most deeply.

“Odyssey of a Friend,” 1969.

Henry Gibson: Mr. Buckley, I have noticed that whenever you appear on television, you’re always seated. Is that because you can’t think on your feet?

Buckley: It’s very hard to stand up carrying the weight of what I know.

Appearance on “Laugh-In,” 1970.

I am lapidary but not eristic when I use big words.

Column, 1986.

How gifted do you need to be to publish Whittaker Chambers and Russell Kirk, James Burnham and Keith Mano? . . . If an editorial note is reserved for me in the encyclopedias, it will appear under the heading “Alchemy.” . . . And, yes, we did as much as anybody with the exception of — Himself — to shepherd into the White House the man I am confident will emerge as the principal political figure of the second half of the 20th century . . . He said, at a critical moment in history, that the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics was an evil empire. . . . We were missing only the galvanizing summation; and we got it from President Reagan: and I think that the countdown for Communism began then.

Address at National Review’s 35th anniversary banquet, upon his retirement as editor, 1990.

Above all, conservatives tend to intuit that materialist terminology is insufficient to express the depth of American attachments to their ideals. It remains, for some reason, arresting that one speaks of the “sanctity” of life, of our “devotion” to our ideals, of the “holy” causes in which we engage. American conservatives never exclude those who discountenance transcendent perspectives, but we tend to live by them.

“To Preserve What We Have,” essay in The Wall Street Journal, 2002.

Ah, but the sea always has something lying in wait for you. . . . You are moving at racing speed, parting the buttery sea as with a scalpel, and the waters roar by, themselves exuberantly subdued by your powers to command your way through them. Triumphalism — and the stars also seem to be singing together for joy.

“Thoughts on a Final Passage,” essay, 2004.

Despair is inappropriate for a culture as buoyant as our own.

Address at the Yale Political Union, 2006.

Source: Opinion Journal. (WSJ)

While this video is 51:31 minutes long, it is truly a must listen!

Hat tip: Andrei.

I haven’t been able to put into words the shock and dismay I am feeling, so I have allowed those who knew him better than I to do so for me. Thank you.

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