Buckley leaves an enormous legacy, but to the detriment [of] everyone, the right left Buckley years ago. Where Buckley stood athwart the tide of history and beat it back with wit, sophistication, and argument, we today get best-selling Regnery screeds from lowest-common-denominator clowns like Ann Coulter, Dinesh D'Souza, and Glenn Beck. Where Buckley mistrusted government and aimed to slow the world down, he's been usurped on the right by the likes of William Kristol and David Brooks, men who want to use government to remake the world in their own image. Where Buckley flourished in cosmopolitan
Clowns, indeed, for the most part. There are a couple of examples Balko cites that I don’t agree with, but his point is very well taken. WFB’s wry humor, articulation, and simple goodness will be sorely missed. I’m afraid WFB was a man of another age… a time when one could disagree with a person on any given subject…but most especially politics… yet still respect the person you disagreed with and extend your hand in friendship, which Mr. Buckley did, and often.
RIP, Mr. Buckley. And thank you.