Tuesday, June 29, 2010

A Brief Word About The Death of Senator Robert Byrd


Normally when someone important passes I do a Rest In Peace post. However given Byrd’s Klan past, I just cannot bring myself to actually post such a title.

The media also seems to be having some difficulty with Byrd’s Klan history.
Newsbusters: When Republican Sen. Strom Thurmond died, the MSM was quick to stress his segregationist past. The New York Times ran the headline Strom Thurmond, Foe of Integration, Dies at 100,” leaving readers to imagine the South Carolinian had remained an advocate of segregation.  The very first line of USA Today’s story described Thurmond as “the nation’s most prominent segregationist.”
Strange how the MSM can suddenly become reticent about mentioning someone’s segregationist past when the late politician in question is a Democrat.  On Morning Joe today, Mark Halperin and Mike Barnicle used elliptical language worthy of a State Department dispatch to avoid mentioning that Byrd had been a member and leader of the Ku Klux Klan.
In the opening paragraph of this blog item, the NY Times’ headline on the death of Strom Thurmond was noted: “Strom Thurmond, Foe of Integration, Dies at 100“.
The Grey Lady’s headline today?   Robert Byrd, Respected Voice of the Senate, Dies at 92
I am certain that there are more than a few Democrats who are now breathing a sigh of relief now that Byrd is gone. Robert Byrd was living proof and a constant reminder of the Democrats true history regarding segregation and the Civil Rights struggle. Now that he is gone, Democrats can now press on with their revisionist history safe in the knowledge that there will be no one in the media to correct them.

21 comments:

Kelsey said...

I hate the media with a fiery passion.

Fuzzy Slippers said...

Agreed. And isn't it bizarre that people actually believe that the democratic party is not riddled with racists steeped in a long history of virulent racism? Sure, they hide it better now, have totally rewritten history (as far as socio-cultural memory goes, anyway, the truth is right there, in the history books--just not the books available to our kids), but it still boggles my mind every time I bother to try and correct the crazy leftists who just don't know the history of their own country. Or "their" party.

They also don't see that the racism is now firmly hidden but still very evident in every policy, every decision made that affects black Americans, keeping them essentially "out of the way." What was it Johnson said about Civil Rights? Give them something, just not enough to make a difference. Nice guy. But that's pretty much been the democratic view of an important part of our society. *shakes head* It's just bizarre that so few liberals, including--especially black liberals, are stuck in the lies and being played for fools. It makes me mad, but what can ya do?

The Born Again American said...

It's amazing the selective memory the MSM has...

The two words I think best surmise the situation are TERM LIMITS...

Just a conservative girl said...

Paul Begela wrote a piece, it was quite glowing; and somehow brought up Reagan. Reagan was against some civil rights legislation back in the 60's. He of course forget to mention the reason he was against them.

He also said racism was the reason that the south became republican. I can't remember who he wrote it for, but you should be able to find it on Real Clear Politics. The revisions have already begun.

Curmudgeon said...

I made no RIP comments in my blog on this guy either.

It should be remembered that the Grand Kleagle NEVER RENOUNCED his membership in the Klan - nor the Klan itself. He also never publicly apologized for participating in the filibuster of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.

Now if this had been a Republican, the Dems and their butt buddies in the media would be screaming for a public apology.

Dems = hypocrites = scum.

El Cerdo Ignatius said...

Robert Byrd may have renounced his racist views (I don't know if he truly did or didn't - probably only God knows), but even if he did, his repetitive re-elections to the United States Senate are a disgrace to his home state, his party, and the Senate itself. And a million brickbats to the MSM, which once again is going out of its way to avoid mention of the racism in the Democratic Party's past and in its midst today.

Anonymous said...

Especially when a topic like this comes up, I suggest everyone drop over at NoQuarter, even though the comments on Byrd started to tail-off last night (still worth a scan).

http://www.noquarterusa.net/blog/

I'm hoping that we are all heading toward a great convergence. Conservative, Independent, Puma, Tea Party, ....

Best wishes and thanks from a Recovered Demoholic.

trinity said...

The Democratic party seems to have conveniently forgotten about the Southern Dixiecrats of days gone by. Actually, they are still alive and well, in my opinion.

babyboomer59 said...

Being a christian I am commanded to forgive Robert Byrd and accept his apology for the horrible things he has done to Blacks. However I don't have to forget what he represented when he wore that sheet. HATE!!! nothing more, or nothing less.

Sparky said...

Agreed here too! And I find anyone being a racist very unattractive. To dislike someone because of political leanings, or they pick their nose in public or whatever is understandable but not their lineage! Like, we can help who our ancestors are??! NOT! That's insane and just pure meaness. The Demoncrats are full of racists and often use "hate speech".

BTW, I just learned that "Rev." Wright is a Muslim. Anyone surprised?? I thought not.

Gorges Smythe said...

I wonder how many people know that "Robert C. Byrd" wasn't REALLY from West Virginia, or that his real name was something entirely different. Like Jay Rockefeller, he decided that having a "good name" and being a democrat was all that was required to win elections in West Virginia. Sadly, both for West Virginia and the nation, he was right. (The same could be said of Rockefeller.)

Janelle said...

Caption for that photo....."Theres no fool like an old fool".

Anonymous said...

@Just a conservative girl:

actually, the Republican Party was created to fight slavery

relative to the recent gun rights decision in the Supreme Court, and a historical reminder:
http://www.georgiacarry.org/cms/wp-content/uploads/2007/11/racist-roots-of-ga-gun-laws.pdf

It's really worth a look -- more than about guns -- I was stunned by text, illustrations, and newspaper clippings

Recovered Demoholic

Tyrone said...

After seeing the photo of Byrd in his Klan outfit, I popped over to Wikipedia to see if there was an explanation for the whole sheets and hood get-up. In the very first paragraph - the Klan is described as a "right-wing" organization. I am sickened. Here a Democrat Grand Poobah of the KKK dies and no one makes a peep about it - yet when a Rebublican guy who also has some segregationist history dies - they can't stop talking about it. History is being conveniently rewritten right under our noses - even so-called unbiased sources are contaminated.

Fuzzy Slippers said...

@ Anonymous Recovered Demoholic, isn't is just mind-blowing how the left denies this? They just can't be bothered to do the research on (er, Google) our history, and believe whatever they're told. Try telling a leftie that MLK was a republican and why that matters. It's almost funny, or it would be if it weren't so darned sad.

Mats said...

Yeah, I am sure that Dems are relieved with his death.

Anonymous said...

Hey that picture of "sheets" sure looks natural....heh heh..Maybe the fool got it out of his attic and put it on for the picture ?


SB Smith
TX

rosewood59 said...

Byrd was a Bad Man. I grew up in the South. Men who wore this uniform were feared by us whites, as well as the blacks. He needs to burn in hell, along with Clinton, Obama...and the rest of the US INsurgents!

Hazaa Blue-Eyes said...

Yeah, it's kind of sickening how the libs all falling all over themselves, saying what a "great man" he was.

Well, he was only in the Senate for 90 years, so he MUST have done something good during that time... but certainly don't need to cannonize the guy.

Justin said...

Hey,
aren't the Black Panthers no better than Ku Klux Klan as well? They profess hatred of white people and one of them came and said "I hate white people and all crackers!"

Isn't this racist as well? How they're not racist and the Klan are racists in the eyes of the media?
Racism of another skin color is not acceptable by members of a minority group against whites or vice versa.

I think it's disgusting. How about you?
The Democrats support these people, too. You know.
Just like Robert Byrd, the former Klansman.

Nick Rowe said...

"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." -R. Byrd (1945)

A politically incorrect (but true) history of the civil rights movement.

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