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William F. Buckley, Jr. Conservatives adored him. Liberals admired him. He was described by many on the right as their cause’s most articulate, erudite voice. Translation: he uses a lot of big words, talks in long, twisty sentences and we can’t make heads or tails of what he is saying. But sometimes Buckley got right to the point. Simple, direct statements. Like his view that the war in Iraq was an imperialistic train wreck. And that if we had a parliamentary government Bush would been gone long ago. Pundits say that the passing of Buckley marks the death of the conservative movement. I don’t think so. Buckley’s conservative movement died the moment the neo-cons made imperialism a conservative value.

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