There has been much coverage of the Senate service, death and funeral of Senator Robert Byrd. Byrd’s service spanned 51 years (9 terms). He helped invent the “separation of church and state” (which does not exist in the Declaration of independence or Constitution) and loading bills with self-serving “pork” from taxpayers. Like Democratic “lions” Kennedy (47 years) and Murtha (36 years), Byrd passed away and was memorialized.
Byrd doubtless rendered many valuable services in his career. Mainstream media cites some and missed others. For one thing, Byrd declared honestly that the “reconciliation” process he created in the 70’s to quickly renew funding for existing programs, was mis-used by other Democrats to pass any major bill such as Obama’s massive “health care” (and student loan) takeover.
What most media somehow neglected completely, though, is that Byrd was an actual, card-carrying, hood-wearing member (and state leader) of the Ku Klux Klan. Not some Tea Party member that is called a "KKK" for protesting spending and debt or unsecured borders, but an actual militant racist. He wrote in a 1944 letter that, “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”. That was before the Progressive movement taught the Democrats to stop openly oppressing minorities and do it covertly, by controlling welfare. As Byrd said, “in the real world, exemplary personal conduct can achieve more than political agenda.”
The DNC family tree’s roots were the Southern delegates to the Continental Convention, preventing stronger condemnation of slavery in 1775, though most Founders hated the practice. They also thwarted abolition in the Constitution, 1787, settling for a 20 year phase-out of slavery. They forced postponement and abandonment of abolition with the Missouri Compromise (1820) and Republicans weren’t able to accomplish it until Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation during the Civil War (1863). Progress was made, though Democrats opposed desegregation and equal rights. Democratic President Wilson re-segregated schools and military that had been reasonably integrated until his administration (1913). The “Negro Project” was planned in the 1920's and organized under the pseudonym “Planned Parenthood”. Many remember Governor George Wallace and other Democrats blocking black school kids and equal rights marchers until Republican President Eisenhower sent in National Guard troops (1957). Byrd and others supported Wallace and filibustered against the Equal Rights Act of 1964.
Of course, nobody’s perfect.
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