Last updated on: 1/12/2011 | Author: ProCon.org

William F. Buckley, Jr. Biography

Title:
Founder and former Editor-at-Large of the National Review
Position:
Pro to the question "Was Ronald Reagan a Good President?"
Reasoning:

“Reagan had the best intuitive sense of priorities of any president in the postwar period, when it became a constant struggle to know what to pay attention to. His designation of the Soviet Union as an ‘evil empire’ froze the blood of international diplomacy, but agitated the moral imagination and did more to advance U.S. national objectives than a year’s Pentagon spending. Speaking of which, Reagan was exactly correct in knowing that the resources of the U.S. could not be matched by those of the enemy. His willingness to install theater weapons in Europe, to explore anti-missile technology, and to commit great sums to defense effectively disarmed the potential aggressor. And then who, more resonantly than he, made the case against Big Government? Could he have known that a Democratic president, seven years after Reagan left office, would serve as an echo chamber on the matter of an end to Big Government?

Reagan belongs on Mount Rushmore, and he’ll be there, after the carpers die off.”

“‘There You Go Again’: Liberal Historians and the ‘New York Times’ Deny Ronald Reagan His Due” by Alvin Felzenberg, Policy Review, Mar.-Apr. 1997

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Founder and former Editor-at-Large, National Review, 1955-2008
  • Host, Firing Line, the longest running program with a single host, 1966-1999
  • Member, US Delegation to the United Nations, 1973
  • Presidential Appointee, National Advisory Commission on Information, 1969-1972
  • Former Officer, Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), Mexico City
  • Former Staff, American Mercury
  • Education:
  • BA, Political Science, Yale University, 1950
  • Other:
  • Died on Feb. 27, 2008
  • Recipient of the following awards: Heritage Foundation’s Clare Boothe Luce Award, 1999; Adam Smith Award, Hillsdale College, 1996; Presidential Medal of Freedom, 1991; Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Award, 1989; American Book Award for Best Mystery for Stained Glass, 1980; Television Emmy for Outstanding Achievement, 1969; Best Columnist of the Year, 1967
  • Born on Nov. 24, 1925
  • Quoted in:
    Pro & Con Quotes: Was Ronald Reagan a Good President?