William F. Buckley Jr., the erudite Ivy Leaguer and conservative herald who showered huge and scornful words on liberalism as he observed, abetted and cheered on the right’s post-World War II rise from the fringes to the White House, died Wednesday.
This is a sad day for conservatism. By helping build the intellectual and political basis of conservatism, Buckley helped make America and the world a better place. Without him, there may not be a conservative movement this day, and there certainly would been no President Reagan.
Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and may his soul and all the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.