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Thursday, February 28, 2008

William F. Buckley passed away yesterday at the age of 82. He is widely known as the father of the modern conservative movement, as well as the founder of the conservative periodical, the National Review, and the host of Firing Line.

Firing Line was the first political commentary show I ever watched, and it is the only one I truly missed once it left the airwaves. Buckley's gift for rhetoric and descriptive language was uncanny. He treated his guests, both liberal and conservative, tactfully and respectfully. Sometimes, it was difficult to parse his language, but the challenge of doing so was a welcome change of pace to the blandness of, first, high school and then, college classes.

Buckley is last of the three great conservatives of the 20th century that influenced my world view - Reagan and Friedman were the other two. They leave behind a vacuum that will not soon be filled.


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