RIP William F. Buckley Jr.
If I ever appear to be open minded it is because as a young man I had the great fortune of watching Firing Line. I did not often agree with Mr. Buckley — but I could not simply say that he was stupid, and that conservatism was stupid. In fact, if you ever want to appreciate what a total ass Bill o’Reilly really is, just watch some old footage of someone who was both a real conservative, and an intellectual. Buckley was a culture warrior — o’Reilly is a bigot and a fool.
Thank you Mr. Buckley for making me a better person. I will try to repay your tremendous gift by listening to individual thinkers who are careful with their words, and broad in their reading, whatever their ideological bent.
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