West Virginia Senator and former Klu Klux Klansman, Democrat Robert Byrd has recently published his memoirs. His life story is a glaring example of the despicable role Democrats have played in America’s racist past. And how today they have remade their image by rewriting history.
According to the Washington Post:
In the early 1940s, a politically ambitious butcher from West Virginia named Bob Byrd recruited 150 of his friends and associates to form a chapter of the Ku Klux Klan. After Byrd had collected the $10 joining fee and $3 charge for a robe and hood from every applicant, the “Grand Dragon” for the mid-Atlantic states came down to tiny Crab Orchard, W.Va., to officially organize the chapter.
As Byrd recalls now, the Klan official, Joel L. Baskin of Arlington, Va., was so impressed with the young Byrd’s organizational skills that he urged him to go into politics. “The country needs young men like you in the leadership of the nation,” Baskin said.
The young Klan leader went on to become one of the most powerful and enduring figures in modern Senate history. Throughout a half-century on Capitol Hill, Sen. Robert C. Byrd (D-W.Va.) has twice held the premier leadership post in the Senate…
I don’t know if it is more disgusting that Mr. Byrd was a part of the Klan or that his membership in the Klan simply as a means to get into a position of power. He admits that he wanted to use this platform to gain political power.
Byrd says he viewed the Klan as a useful platform from which to launch his political career. He described it essentially as a fraternal group of elites — doctors, lawyers, clergy, judges and other “upstanding people”…
So if he joined the Klan simply to get into office, how do we know that all he does today isn’t simply to stay in office? It is a little hard to tell, since Byrd has not exactly been open and honest about his past.
Byrd’s book offers a truncated description of his days with the Klan that does not completely square with contemporaneous newspaper accounts and letters that show he was involved with the Klan throughout much of the 1940s, and not merely for two or three years.
And just because he supposedly left the Klan in the mid 40’s that did not mean that his Racist views on Blacks and Civil Rights had changed.
Byrd’s Klan past became an issue again when he joined with other southern Democrats to oppose the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Byrd filibustered the bill for more than 14 hours as he argued that it abrogated principles of federalism. He criticized most anti-poverty programs except for food stamps. And in 1967, he voted against the nomination of Thurgood Marshall, the first black appointed to the Supreme Court.
Democrats, not once but twice have elected this man into leadership positions in US Senate. And they want to call Republicans Racist?!
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