Joseph Sobran, Former Constitution Party VP Candidate, Has Passed Away

Joseph Sobran, who was briefly a Constitution Party VP candidate in 2000, has passed away from complications of diabetes. Sobran was asked by Howard Phillips to serve as his running mate, and he initially agreed, but he stepped down after a short time. They reportedly disagreed on the Panama Canal. I’m not sure if there was more to it than that.

Joseph Sobran was an absolutely brilliant writer. I will miss his eloquent prose.

5 thoughts on “Joseph Sobran, Former Constitution Party VP Candidate, Has Passed Away

  1. randallthayes

    I didn’t always agree with Joe Sobran, but he was undeniably brave and conscientious.

    His writing ability made him one of the best opinion journalists of the last few decades, but his devotion to the truth put him in even higher company.

  2. Peter Gemma

    If Joe hadn’t been a man of conviction and courage, writing about what he believed and why, he wouldn’t have small dogs nipping at his legacy (cf David Frum, American Spectator, and the neo-con establishment).

    He’ll be well remembered for such great lines as:
    • “The U.S. Constitution poses no serious threat to our form of government.”
    • “an anti-Semite is a person who’s hated by Jews
    • a bigot is one who practices sociology without a license”
    • “a bribe is an irregular transaction through which the citizen may get his money’s worth of service from the government”
    • “An isolationist is an American who thinks America should behave like other countries; a rogue nation is a country that behaves like America”

    Talking about taboo subjects with compelling arguments will also be part of Joe’s reputation. As a writer and thinker, that’s not a bad way to be remembered.

  3. C James Madison

    I have read many of his articles over the past 17 years in a little-known newpaper called “The Conservative Chronicle”. Intelligent, articulate, brave, and constitutionally-correct. I am sad to hear this news.

  4. Ted Brown

    My favorite Sobran quotes are:

    “If you want government to intervene domestically, you’re a liberal. If you want government to intervene overseas, you’re a conservative. If you want government to intervene everywhere, you’re a moderate. If you don’t want government to intervene anywhere, you’re an extremist.”


    “Today, wanting someone else’s money is called ‘need,’ wanting to keep your own money is called ‘greed,’ and ‘compassion’ is when politicians arrange the transfer.”

  5. Bob Bird

    Just learned about Sobran’s passing. In our family, this is a tremendous loss. His columns provided much dinner-time fodder for conversation, be it politics, religion, art … even baseball!

    I credit him with getting me to “think outside the box” and drive home the truth about the phoniness of the 2-party system. Like myself, he was a serious Catholic who would not hesitate to critisize the American Catholic Bishops for failing to teach/elucidate/propagate the Church’s ancient and timeless truths; who have corrupted themselves into the political system; failed to take their duties as shepherds of the Faithful seriously or properly; and provided cover for so many clerical misdeeds.

    But, above all, he understood American politics with a clarity and brevity that was counter-balanced by a sense of humor that loved irony. He also had an Augustinian sense of his past, and gave us brief glimpses into his own conversion and the endless renewal which must occur within all of us before our time is up.

    CP Presidential candidate Michael Peroutka also once told me that Sobran’s humility and inner peace were tangible for anyone who was in his presence. I am sorry I never met the man, and had to content myself to a few emails and one phone call.

    May God rest his courageous and pious soul.

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