RIP William F. Buckley: “I will then use my power, as I see fit.”

I haven’t gotten around to writing a tribute to William F. Buckley Jr., yet. I’ve enjoyed his columns from time to time, and his “Firing Line” show I remember from my childhood (it was the show that came on after one of my cartoon favorites … kinda like “Soul Train”).

But once I became interested in politics, it didn’t take long to discover his magnus opus, The National Review. There I found the eloquent presentation of my political gut instincts: That government should be little more than a set of ground-rules allowing individuals to make the choices that best suit them.

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“I will not cede more power to the state. I will not willingly cede more power to anyone, not to the state, not to General Motors, not to the CIO. I will hoard my power like a miser, resisting every effort to drain it away from me. I will then use my power, as I see fit. I mean to live my life an obedient man, but obedient to God, subservient to the wisdom of my ancestors; never to the authority of political truths arrived at yesterday at the voting booth. That is a program of sorts, is it not? It is certainly program enough to keep conservatives busy, and liberals at bay. And the nation free.” William F. Buckley Jr., in Up From Liberalism

Our country is stronger thanks in part to Buckley’s life and his work. I’m also proud to see that Buckley’s office bears a striking resemblance to my own – strewn with the messy leavings of a preoccupied mind.

UPDATE: forgot to add the picture that explains my last sentence. williambuckley13.jpg

One day, I hope to have an office large enough to house such an unholy mess.


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