President Reagan with William F. Buckley, Jr
President Reagan with William F. Buckley, Jr 1988 By White House photo office [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

William F. Buckley's peculiar South

Conservative icon William F. Buckley was found dead today in his Connecticut study at the age of 82. The magazine he founded is in mourning, with tributes on the National Review's Web site from political heavyweights like Sen. John McCain, who deems Buckley a "Great American."

Also weighing in is Charles Murray, the author whose controversial theories link race and IQ. In a piece is titled "WFB the Sweetheart," Murray writes that Buckley "had the kind of manners that are so good that they cease being manners and become a warming aura. Yes, I know he changed the world, and I'm glad about that. But what so often occurred to me in his presence was that I was talking with an extraordinarily good man."

Really? Are the following truly the words of a "Great American" -- of an "extraordinarily good man" with a "warming aura"? They appeared in an unsigned National Review editorial, probably penned and undoubtedly published by Buckley, that ran on Aug. 24, 1957, titled "Why the South Must Prevail":

"The central question that emerges . . . is whether the White community in the South is entitled to take such measures as are necessary to prevail, politically and culturally, in areas in which it does not prevail numerically? The sobering answer is Yes-the White community is so entitled because, for the time being, it is the advanced race. It is not easy, and it is unpleasant, to adduce statistics evidencing the cultural superiority of White over Negro: but it is a fact that obtrudes, one that cannot be hidden by ever-so-busy egalitarians and anthropologists.

"National Review believes that the South's premises are correct. . . . It is more important for the community, anywhere in the world, to affirm and live by civilized standards, than to bow to the demands of the numerical majority."

Buckley undoubtedly had a way with words, and is remembered fondly by friends and family. But a warming aura?

Feels pretty chilling from here.

President Reagan with William F. Buckley, Jr 1988 By White House photo office [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
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re: William F. Buckley's peculiar South

Yeah, it's a bummer that Bill Buckley wrote those words. But the man was a product of his time. He should have known better. But it was 1957. He was wrong about a number of things but he had more class than the loud mouth hate mongering neocons like Hannity and O'Reilly and Coulter and everyone at Fox "News" who have hijacked the conservative movement. A movement that is pretty much DOA in the age of Obama. Too bad Bill didn't live to see Obama become President! Woulda been hilarious to see his reaction!

re: William F. Buckley's peculiar South

It is said that if all you have is a hammer, everything starts looking like a nail. In this case the quote is supposed to prove racism, because racism is what the author wants to see.

But isn't it also possible that living by civilized standards means exactly that? The statistics for America's blacks should be alarming to everyone. What affirmation of civilized standards lead to a 70% chance that a black baby will be born to a single mom? What affirmation of civilized standards has lead to a lost generation of young black men who are growing up with the important influence of a strong, positive male role model?

Instead we get charges of "racism". That's just the mantra the left uses to end conversations that make them uncomfortable. Now we face a protected class of Americans who cannot, they are told repeatedly, fend for themselves in America without the avuncular, and destructive, interference of the government and the liberals. How well is that working out? Our treasury is empty and our prisons are full.