Posts by William Hennessy

Co-founder of St. Louis Tea Party Coalition and Nationwide Chicago Tea Party
Persuasive design expert
Latest book: Turning On Trump: An Evolution (2016)
Author of The Conservative Manifest (1993), Zen Conservatism (2009), Weaving the Roots (2011), and Fight to Evolve (2016)

I believe every person deserves the dignity of meaningful work as the only path to human flourishing.

What Buckley Has Done

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This forum provides neither the time nor the space for one to adequately thank, or even mention, all of the debts owed William F. Buckley Jr.  He holds markers for the world, the country, journalism, conservatism, and me and millions like me.  Thankfully, Buckley’s collection methods are, at most, mild, like his disposition.

I have been in a room with Mr. Buckley but once, and it remains one of the highlights of my life.  His reception at Meramec Community College in Kirkwood, Missouri in 1983 was remarkable.  I was sitting next to a gaggle of middle-aged, genetically Democrat, Irish geese who arrived hours early, like me, to get a seat in the front row.  They disparaged Buckley for much of the forty minutes we awaited his entrance to the hall, reserving the balance of the time for hateful denegration of Ronald Reagan and pious lectures explaining that I betray my heritage by even considering voting Republican.

“Every Irish in America would have been killed or sent home if it weren’t for the Democrats,” one woman hissed, her face turning an unhealthy red that betrayed her ethnicity. “As were the blacks,” I responded.

Since time is short, I must find precisely the right thing to mark the passing of National Review’s ownership from Mr. Buckley to a cadre of hand-selected successors.  In this search, I realized that no greater tribute can be paid than to look at his first words in that magazine—easily the most important magazine of the second half of the 20th century. 

Re-reading this essay yesterday, I was struck by the perpetual nature of the war between the collectivist and the individualist.  I was reminded of Buckley’s point in God and Man at Yale, here paraphrased, that the battle between freedom and Communism is the same battle as between good and evil, God and Satan, except on a different plane.  The war between conservatism and liberalism, then, must also be this battle fought on still another plane.  Or is it the same as freedom and slavery? 

I urge you to read this article on NRO and consider that so little has changed in all these years.  This observation proves that National Review has, at least to some degree, fulfilled Buckley’s dream of stopping history, even when so few were disposed to doing so. 

Over 10,000 Iraqi Deaths

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Iraq’s population is about 25 million. It’s 2004 death rate is 5.66 deaths per 1,000. The US population is more than 10 times that at just under 300 million. Our death rate is 8.34 per 1,000.

Before you go crying about all the people we are killing in Iraq, bear in mind that your chances of dying in 2004 are much, much greater here than there. Iraq is obviously safer than the United States.

WMD Smoking Guns

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Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld revealed that coalition soldiers from Poland have discoverd WMDs in Iraq.

Bet you won’t hear it on television news, though. So read the source.


Now what’s actually happened?  Right now you have the Iraqi Survey Group, which is a multinational group that’s out there reviewing documentation and looking at suspect WMD sites.  I was with the Polish minister of defense this weekend in Istanbul, Turkey at the NATO Summit.  And in the course of that, he pointed out that his troops in Iraq had recently come across – I’ve forgotten the number, but something like 16 or 17 – warheads that contained sarin and mustard gas. 


 Now these are weapons that we always knew Saddam Hussein had that he had not declared and they have tested them and I have not seen them and I have not tested them, but they believe that they are correct that these, in fact, were undeclared chemical weapons — sarin and mustard gas — quite lethal and that is a discovery that just occurred within the last period of days.  If you think about — most people remember the image of where Saddam Hussein was captured in that hole — that pit that he was living in.  That pit, that hole in the ground was probably big enough to hold chemical and biological weapons sufficient to kill tens of thousands of people.  And therefore, it is not hard to hide things in a country the size of California.  It’s quite easy to hide things.  In fact, we finally found a bunch of jet aircraft that they’ve buried underground. 

The Seething Hatred of Maureen Dowd

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In today’s New York Times, Maureen Dowd–as rotten a human being as she is a writer–rips George Bush for writing “Let Freedom Reign,” instead of “ring” on a note announcing the control of Iraq had been passed to Iraqi’s governing council.

Maureen Dowd must be a joy. I hope I never meet her. Virtually the whole her being now works toward displaying her visceral hatred for George Bush and for anyone who would vote for him. She snipes, bitches, rants, spits, and hisses her vituperations from the pulpit of the most corrupt, unethical, and unreliable newspaper in a major market. Does her psychologist read these things? If so, why isn’t she getting more aggressive treatment.

I take solace in the fact that fifty years hence, authors and historians will continue to write books about the President who fought the terror wars even after Maureen Dowd’s bitter, angry existence has reached some anonymous end.