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These Bills Are Outstanding

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By my calculation, this is Day 33 of our #30DaysHathBucktember webathon. Well, I was never good with calendars. But I am solid with this: Sunday, November 19, at 11:59 p.m., marks the end of this effort.

Let’s get the linkage done up front:

Want to know why Rich Lowry thinks you should give? Read all about it here.

Want to know why Charlie Cooke is excited about the podcasting plans NRO has concocted? Get informed here.

The answer is “Of course I do,” so: Do you want to give to NR? Terrific. Donate here.

Now let’s get mystical. Behind whatever we do here, lurking in our memories, staring down from pictures around the office, echoing through the dimensions, are words of direction and wisdom and inspiration from two outstanding Bills. The guys in the picture.

Buckley and Rusher. The giants on whose shoulders we stand. Through National Review, they launched, sustained, and expanded the conservative movement, winning millions of hearts and minds. Their efforts brought freedom to countless people around the world — and landed a guy named Reagan in the White House.

Vital to the Bills’ broad project was keeping National Review surviving and thriving. As younger men nurturing a baby weekly publication (yes, NR once came every week!), come 1958, with investment funds running out and a tsunami of red ink flowing in, they dodged collapse by turning to the people who believed that they, too, had an important part in this National Review thing, yes, a magazine, but even more so a cause. B & B turned to NR’s readers and subscribers. And they gave. Generously.

And still do.

NR today continues to rely on its friends to do what we all deeply want — defending and articulating and propagating conservatism for our own sakes, and for those of our children and theirs and theirs too.

So that gets us back to NRO’s Fall 2017 Webathon. We’re trying to raise $200,000 to put some major muscle and mucho oomph behind our popular and growing podcasting effort, the nuts and bolts of which are spelled out here.

Do you think the world is a better place for NR’s existing, and that this third rock from the sun would be an even better place were NR able to expand its means of propagation (as we are in the process of creating a top-shelf, sharp, meaningful, lots-of-ears and lots-of-eyes podcast/video operation)?

If you answer yes, then please donate here.

We admit to this: You have no scintilla of obligation to NR. But we hope this: You will find it in your heart and then in your wallet or checkbook to endorse our mutual cause by making a selfless donation.

How much? We decline nothing this side of S&H Green Stamps: A sawbuck, a twenty, $50, $100, $250, or more. What would be particularly helpful are numbers that have commas: Some have given $10,000 (and $25,000, and even more, albeit in past webathons). And every cent of any amount given or to be given has been or will be very well spent.

And deeply appreciated.

I am asking this of you for myself, and I am sure, for Bill and Bill, as they watch and encourage and nag from a much better place, praying that the vital mission they crafted, launched, nurtured, and expanded will persist and triumph. Through NR.

We’ve raised more than half our goal. Good. But we’ve still got a long way to go to hit $200,000. Help us get there by making a generous donation here. PayPal contributions can be made here. Checks, made payable to “National Review” and mailed to 19 West 44th Street, 17th Floor, New York, NY 10036, will be happily received and, as I said, deeply appreciated.

Many thanks and God bless, especially to those who chose to donate.