As long as his actions followed suit, that's all that matters.But we're talking an Dixiecrat who said whatever needed to be said at the time to maintain his Senate seat, nothing more.
How is it cynical? I simply don't care what an elected official's personal beliefs are. I only care about their policies.That's pretty cynical of you, but I appreciate your honesty.
Depends on what they're saying. For instance, I'd have no issue with Byrd if he says he thinks that jews are inferior, but that he has no inclination to enact legislation discriminating against them. How is that not "honestly believing what they say"? Or someone who says they are personally against abortion and find it abhorrent, but have no desire to enact legislation to enforce that personal belief on the populace. How is that cynical? Cynism is based in distrust. What I'm saying has nothing at all to do with trust.You don't think it's important that politicians honestly believe in what they say? I call that cynical. I mean, that's the very definition of cynical.
Holding a personal belief and having the desire or inclination to enact legislation forcing that personal belief on others are two entirely different things.
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As far as Robert Byrd goes, I'm glad he's dead. He's part of the reason most young Americans are so disenchanted with government. It is crowded by too many people who would have been forced to retire in ANY other field of work.
As far as his race politics go. He was a racist when he was young, but hey, Bush was a heavy drinker in his age and Charlie Wilson was a womanizer. We all make mistakes. It's what you do after them that determines whether or not you've changed. He certainly changed his with actions.
I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality. - MLK
Didn't see this previously:
I don't recall making any judgement on Obama regarding Wright. I don't recall really caring about it at all. I had legitimate reasons not to want Obama in office.I'm going to hold you to that. I wonder if you felt the same way about Obama and Rev. Wright?