Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Attorney General Bob McDonnell on the passing of William F. Buckley Jr.

Today we mourn the passing of William F. Buckley, Jr.

For those who view conservatism as the animating philosophy in their lives, William F. Buckley was their tireless advocate and champion.

For those who suffered under communism and fascism, William F. Buckley was the consistent and uncompromising voice of freedom.

William F. Buckley was the intellectual father of the modern conservative movement. His founding of National Review magazine in 1955 was one of conservatism's seminal events. As the host of Firing Line for 33 years, William F. Buckley provided a haven for vigorous debate and discussion in a media that locked out conservative thought. As the author of more than forty books and regular columns in three-hundred newspapers, William B. Buckley pointedly and precisely limned the framework of freedom in the lives of men and operations of government.

The results of his nearly sixty-years of work dominate America's political and cultural landscape.

- the Republican party is the conservative instrument in American politics;
- the Soviet Union and its satellites consigned to historic infamy;
- the crusade of Barry Goldwater that led to the presidency of Ronald Reagan;
- the proliferation of c onservative magazines, talk-shows, and think tanks.

All this was done by William F. Buckley with a wit and a love for the English language that preserved a degree of civility and grace in public discourse. We will greatly miss our Champion of Conservatism.

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