The conservative world mourns the loss of William F. Buckley. I am no wordsmith. All I can say is that he was an icon of conservative thought and action. One of my House colleagues said to me, "Bill Buckley kept the flame of conservatism alive." I responded to him, "No, my friend, I must correct you. William F. Buckley LIT the conservative flame in this country.
I believe that I have lost not only an ideological soul-mate, but also a brother in Christ.
Rest in peace, Bill.