Edward Cline did — bury one, that is. It’s well deserved.
Buckley saved their necks and provided them
with a "system" of ideas they could feel at home with. He persuaded a
spent and ideologically rudderless conservative movement to base its
political philosophy on religion, altruism, and self-sacrifice as an
alternative to the "atheistic" liberal welfare state of society,
altruism and self-sacrifice. Individual rights were nothing to him if
not "God-given." He was as much an enemy of freedom – and of freedom of
speech – as any holy-roller Democrat. Fundamentally, there is no
difference between the policies advocated by "atheistic" or secular
collectivists and "religious" ones. Buckley never seriously challenged
the "status quo" of controls, deficit spending, or the regulation of
business and industry. He was one of the original advocates of
volunteerism or mandatory public service.
Damn right. Read the whole thing. The title is Billy’s line.