The Other Buckley

by John J. Miller on December 14, 2010

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James L. Buckley served as a U.S. senator from New York, an under secretary of state, and a federal judge. He’s also my latest podcast victim.

His new book, Freedom at Risk, includes a short “Political Credo.” He wrote it in 1976, the year he lost re-election to the Senate. Here’s the opening:

For too many years, the ideologues in Washington have been in the driver’s seat. They don’t believe that free men and women can be trusted to govern themselves, and so they insist that the truly important decisions be moved as far away from the people as possible.

The more things change, the more they stay the same.

Next week’s podcast: Otto Penzler on Christmas mysteries.

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