Buckley and Reagan: The Qualities of Conservative Greatness
- The first common characteristic is that both men were devoutly religious -- it is impossible to think of either man without soon noting the importance of God in the biography. Buckley's first book, God and Man at Yale, wrote about the absence of God from universities: who else then would have even noticed? Yet Buckley, a deeply religious man, realized that all political problems are ultimately moral problems, and all moral problems ultimately religious problems. The attempt to expunge God from politics, therefore, was the first step toward totalitarianism and the sort moldy social jelly that it Europe today.