lets see if i follow this correctly...
100 years before there was a Robert Byrd, there was Nathaniel Bedford Forrest. He grew up in a racially segregated south. he did some wicked bad things. At some point, later in his life and not for political expediency, he changed his views, mirroring what could be called societal growth. Should he be called to accounting for his actions? Of course. But can we make allowances for change? Apparently not.
Then comes Robert Byrd. He also grew up in the south, embraced racial hatred, engaged as a leader of the Klan, then at some point changed. What motivated his change? Meh...who knows...who cares. he is held up as a hero. Why? Could it be because he had a (D) after his name that so readily causes some to see the good in him that they deny in a man who lived and died 100 years earlier in a much different time?
If we truly stand on the shoulders of giants...then...what was Byrds excuse? If he was "such a man as this" then why wasnt he able to embrace the growth of "lesser" men from history instead of embrace the evil for a good portion of his adult life?
Last edited by VanceMack; 02-10-11 at 02:50 PM.
One could only assume that if Robert Byrd had been born 100 years sooner, that he would have been a slave owner, and that he would have fought with the south in the war against slavery.*He is the only U.S. Senator to have opposed the nomination of both of the only two African-American Supreme Court justices - Thurgood Marshall and*Clarence Thomas. He was also a leader in the opposition to the nomination of Dr.*Condoleezza Rice*to the position of Secretary of State.
*He opposed*President Clinton's efforts in 1993 to allow*gays*to serve in the military. Byrd opposes*affirmative action
in*1964*he opposed the*Civil Rights Act*by*filibustering*it for 14 straight hours. He was against*U.S. President*Harry S. Truman's integration of the military. He opposed the nomination of*Thurgood Marshall*to the*United States Supreme Court*in*1967--he wrote to FBI director*J. Edgar Hoover, asking if there was information about Marshall's ties to Communists. Byrd lead the*segregationist*members of the Senate in opposition to Marshall's nomination.
Last edited by The Barbarian; 02-10-11 at 03:28 PM.
"I am appalled that somebody who is the nominee...would take that kind of position"
"A court took away a presidency"
"...the brother of a man running for president was the governor of the state..."
It's horrifying because Trump is blunt instead of making overt implications.