If you are a conservative and you don’t feel a great debt to William F. Buckley, Jr., you are a very ignorant conservative indeed.

William F. Buckley, who founded and was editor-in-chief of, the National Review, proved that conservatism is an intellectual pursuit, confounding decades of liberals who repeatedly tried (and still try) to portray conservatives as uneducated yahoos who just like to shoot things. William F. Buckley will be sorely missed. But his legacy is strong as his magazine is still must reading, and at the National Review Online.

William F. Buckley Jr. dies at 82 – Yahoo! News
His assistant Linda Bridges says Buckley died Wednesday morning at his home in Stamford, Conn. She says he had been ill with emphysema and was found dead by his cook.

Buckley became famous for his intellectual political writings in his magazine, the National Review, and his frequent television appearances, including on his own long-running “Firing Line.”