Sunday, April 17, 2016

The drollery of William F. Buckley Jr.

“It’s very hard to stand up carrying the weight of what I know.”

William F. Buckley Jr. (1925-2008)

If you’re at all familiar with Buckley’s potent command of language, you won’t have any trouble believing he said that.

Certainly, the man was literate and learned.

Too bad he wasted all that talent on being a champion of the rigidly righteous and repeatedly wrong Right Wing of just about everything in American culture and politics in the 1950s and the ‘60s and the ‘70s.

In my youth I was an ardent Buckley acolyte. I had dinner with him once in my college daze.

As I have learned more and more in my life since then, I have come to understand that it wasn’t his knowledge that was a burden to him—it was his blindness to many realities of the human condition.

Copyright © Richard Carl Subber 2016 All rights reserved.

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