Thursday, November 24, 2005

George Will

On Wm F Buckley, Jr. Between National Review, Firing Line, columns, books, and speaking engagements, he gave shape to a modern American conservatism that was not racist or conspiratorial, but grounded in rational analysis and an appreciation of liberty.

As a longtime NR subscriber, my favorite Buckley works are the sailing books, perhaps because of the enticement of covetousness of the position of being able to take a month at sea to be in the presence of this man, and the remarkable company of his friends.

I’m exhausted simply by reading Mr. Will’s recounting of Buckley’s accomplishments. Where do men get this kind of energy and drive?

If God had not provided us with Mr. Buckley, it would have been impossible to invent him.