William F. Buckley died yesterday, he was 82. President Bush pays tribute:
America has lost one of its finest writers and thinkers. Bill Buckley was one of the great founders of the modern conservative movement. He brought conservative thought into the political mainstream, and helped lay the intellectual foundation for America's victory in the Cold War and for the conservative movement that continues to this day. He will be remembered for his principled thought and beautiful writing — as well as his personal warmth, wit, and generous spirit. His legacy lives on in the ideas he championed and in the magazine he founded — National Review.
Laura and I send our prayers to Chris Buckley, the Buckley family, and all who loved this good man.
I never met Mr. Buckley, but I did, and do, love him. I so wish I could write a tribute worthy of such a giant of conservatism but I can't. As an e-mailer to The Corner stated, I am saddened by the passing of William F. Buckley, but our loss is Heaven's gain, and I'm sure the Good Lord told his angels to "Bring me a dictionary, Buckley's coming." A dictionary sure does come in handy when reading the beautiful, thoughtful, inspiring words of William F. Buckley.
I will let Senator John Cornyn words speak for me:
“William F. Buckley was the intellectual inspiration for the modern conservative movement. For more than a half-century, he prodded, and questioned, and amused and inspired millions. His work served to lift up countless Americans. His influence on both policy and history is almost immeasurable. America is safer, stronger and freer thanks to his life.
“Mr. Buckley has been honored by President Reagan and countless others for his contributions, and justifiably so. He was the embodiment of “morning in America,” the optimistic conviction that our values are enduring and our best years are still ahead. His role in the development of conservative thought was unique, and he can never be replaced.”
God Bless William F. Buckley, Jr. R.I.P.