Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Where Is The Next William F. Buckley?

We need him, if not for the good of America, for the good of South Dakota.

Yesterday Gordon Howie's site allowed Brad Ford to take racial stereotyping to a low that I haven't seen in years. Pat Powers took Ford's "analysis" to task.

Today, Howie gives the John Birch Society a soapbox. There's no William F. Buckley on the conservative horizon, but Buckley's original analysis of the Birchers is still relevant. (Listening to Howie's interview, I am left to conclude that Howie would consider Buckley a liberal.)

The following comes from a retrospective in Commentary:
In the next issue of my magazine, National Review, I published a 5,000-word excoriation of Welch:
How can the John Birch Society be an effective political instrument while it is led by a man whose views on current affairs are, at so many critical points . . . so far removed from common sense? That dilemma weighs on conservatives across America. . . . The underlying problem is whether conservatives can continue to acquiesce quietly in a rendition of the causes of the decline of the Republic and the entire Western world which is false, and, besides that, crucially different in practical emphasis from their own.

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