Wednesday, February 27, 2008

a renaissance man and a faithful friend

William F. Buckley, Jr. was a man of intellectual brilliance, entertaining wit and personal charm, and an amazing vocabulary.  but he will always be remembered first as the founder of the modern American conservative movement. he conceived it, nurtured it, grew it, and, when needed, skewered it.  today the conservative movement in America is broad, strong, and vibrant—we all owe so much to the great man who began and guided it for so long.

“I am, I fully grant, a phenomenon, but not because of any speed in composition,” he wrote in The New York Times Book Review in 1986. “I asked myself the other day, `Who else, on so many issues, has been so right so much of the time?’ I couldn’t think of anyone.”

he will be sorely missed.

William F. Buckley, Jr.   1925-2008

Shiloh’s Golden Nutmeg ‘n Irish Creme – “Meg”

May 29, 1994 -  February 25, 2008

a faithful friend.  a beloved member of our family.  a free but gentle spirit to the end.

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Tuesday, January 15, 2008

redefining conservatism?

i have been listening to talk radio this afternoon abit and a few notable conservatives including newt gingrich have been giving signals saying that maybe its time to redefine what conservatism is and to fine tune it for a new generation. excuse me?  good grief!  the principles of conservatism are timeless such as:

1.  small government  – “WE have a government not the other way around” (Ronald Reagan)
2.  lower taxes – trusting the american taxpayer to make the best decisions on how to spend their $$
3.  strong national defense — including our borders i might add
4.  life is a God given right
5.  the Constitution means what it says….  it doesn’t need periodical tweeking to keep up with the times.

and these are just a few!  redefining conservatism to make room for a weak slate of republican candidates is disturbing at best.  wouldn’t it be better to force aka strongly suggest the candidates rise to the occasion?

don’t forget:

and there is this one…

and then of course my favorite…

stand tall.

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