Excusing The Mendacity of the Loquacious Robert Byrd
We can always count on Clinton to revise history with a quaint narrative….something about his hermeneutics always triggers a migraine……”Robert Byrd was a ranking member of the KKK”……”Well, that depends on what the meaning of was is”……okay, another Bubba seminar on the relativity of truth as it pertains to lipstick on a segregationist pig. There’s no real value or benefit in Clinton’s effort to lionize Byrd while vindicating him through the back door. Byrd’s history is well documented in the public record. Clinton’s gratuitous legacy-gilding falls short of being worthy of anyone’s serious attention…another case of Clinton volunteering an excessive and remarkably extraneous explanation that no one asked for. The disbarred, impeached and yet still media addicted former president just can’t shut up and spare us his compulsive, pseudo-academic exculpatory jabber…
Tiresome stuff, no?
Gosh, guess it’s all OK then. Like dismissing the voter intimidation case against the National Black Panther Party (after it was won by default). Like swearing and promptly violating oaths to uphold the Constitution. Byrd’s embrace of a philosophy that awarded rights according to race was dry cleaned at the liberal laundromat of history…run through the progressive power washer, dried, pressed, folded and expected to be forgotten. The ends justify the means when the left finds itself facing a negative poll dynamic. Prevent the opposition from voting against you and fabricate votes in your favor. Use the Acorn method of manipulation. Use the Gore method and sue when you loose. Murder, lynching, arson, rape and bombing – anything to degrade, humiliate and terrorize the Jews….hold it, those were the Nazis. Murder, lynching, arson, rape and bombing…anything to degrade, humiliate and terrorize black Americans…that was the Klan… Shucks Moses, we was all “just goin’ along to get along.” The offender deflects guilt by playing the victim. Byrd’s service as “Kleagle” and as “Exalted Cyclops” (whatever it is, it sounds fairly authoritative) betrays somewhat more than a brief association with the Klan. Indeed, if anything, his association appears to be more career focused than fleeting. But heck golly, good ol’ Bob was just a “country boy from the hills and hollers of West Virginia who, “wanted to be elected.” Without the support of the black community, apparently.
Ku Klux Klan
“In the early 1940s, Byrd recruited 150 of his friends and associates to create a new chapter of the Ku Klux Klan.
His local chapter unanimously elected him the top officer of its unit.”
This is Clinton’s idea of a “brief association”….Insert the operative phrase, “Can’t we all just move on,” here.
“According to Byrd, a Klan official told him, “You have a talent for leadership, Bob … The country needs young men like you in the leadership of the nation.” Byrd later recalled, “suddenly lights flashed in my mind! Someone important had recognized my abilities! I was only 23 or 24 years old, and the thought of a political career had never really hit me. But strike me that night, it did.” Byrd held the titles Kleagle (recruiter) and Exalted Cyclops.
“I shall never fight in the armed forces with a Negro by my side … Rather I should die a thousand times, and see Old Glory trampled in the dirt never to rise again, than to see this beloved land of ours become degraded by race mongrels, a throwback to the blackest specimen from the wilds.”
-Robert C. Byrd, in a letter to Sen. Theodore Bilbo (D-MS), 1944
In 1946 or 1947 Byrd wrote a letter to a Grand Wizard stating, “The Klan is needed today as never before, and I am anxious to see its rebirth here in West Virginia and in every state in the nation.” However, when running for the United States House of Representatives in 1952, he announced “After about a year, I became disinterested, quit paying my dues, and dropped my membership in the organization. During the nine years that have followed, I have never been interested in the Klan.” He said he had joined the Klan because he felt it offered excitement and was anti-communist.”
It was anti something alright, but we don’t think communists were ever really in the front of Byrd’s mind. This blog concludes in memory of the blackest specimens from the wilds. Believe in Byrd’s conversion myth if you must…But really, you know better…you know you do. Byrd’s attitudes and activities, like those of many others before and after him, served only to cripple and retard social unity in the United States. Today, they’re being replicated by nightstick wielding thugs in Philadelphia…with berets and boots instead of pointy hoods and robes. But a uniform is still a uniform…you know now and you know better.