I said “no” here, citing one of the few men brave enough to vote against it: Barry Goldwater.
Now others ask the same question — decades too late for it to matter, however. But still a brave effort.
PLUS: another thing I keep sayin’…
I am afraid that William Voegeli’s subtle and almost serpentine essay is somewhat weakened by its use of William F. Buckley as a symbol and a symptom. Buckley — I realize with shock that I knew him for 30 years — was not a systematic thinker and, at least in his latter years, was wholly motivated, so far as I could tell, by status and insecurity.