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A Senator's Shame ("Sheets" Byrd)
Washington Post ^ | 6/19/2005 | Eric Pianin

Posted on 06/18/2005 10:16:26 PM PDT by T-Bird45

In the early 1940s, a politically ambitious butcher from West Virginia named Bob Byrd recruited 150 of his friends and associates to form a chapter of the Ku Klux Klan. After Byrd had collected the $10 joining fee and $3 charge for a robe and hood from every applicant, the "Grand Dragon" for the mid-Atlantic states came down to tiny Crab Orchard, W.Va., to officially organize the chapter.

As Byrd recalls now, the Klan official, Joel L. Baskin of Arlington, Va., was so impressed with the young Byrd's organizational skills that he urged him to go into politics. "The country needs young men like you in the leadership of the nation," Baskin said.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Government; News/Current Events; US: West Virginia
KEYWORDS: 109th; butcher; byrd; grandkleagle; kkk
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And so began the decades-long run of "Sheets" as the prime economic force for the state of West "by God" Virginia.
1 posted on 06/18/2005 10:16:27 PM PDT by T-Bird45
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To: T-Bird45

Early 40s?

He said he did it to "fight Communism", a cause not possible until 1946 at the earliest.


2 posted on 06/18/2005 10:21:18 PM PDT by SteveMcKing (What happens in Vegas -- stays on your record.)
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To: T-Bird45


Oh, he's penned a book! Pasadena.


3 posted on 06/18/2005 10:24:45 PM PDT by onyx (Pope John Paul II - May 18, 1920 - April 2, 2005 = SANTO SUBITO!)
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To: T-Bird45
"Confronting the issue, Byrd went on the radio to acknowledge that he belonged to the Klan from "mid-1942 to early 1943," according to newspaper accounts. He explained that he had joined "because it offered excitement and because it was strongly opposed to communism." He said that after about a year, he quit and dropped his membership, and never was interested in the Klan again.

Byrd won the primary, but during the general election campaign, Byrd's GOP opponent uncovered a letter Byrd had handwritten to Green, the KKK Imperial Wizard, recommending a friend as a Kleagle and urging promotion of the Klan throughout the country. The letter was dated 1946 -- long after the time Byrd claimed he had lost interest in the Klan. "The Klan is needed today as never before, and I am anxious to see its rebirth here in West Virginia," Byrd wrote, according to newspaper accounts of that period. Byrd makes no mention of the letter in his new book. Stunned Democratic state party officials, including then-Gov. Okey L. Patteson, urged him to drop out of the race. Byrd survived the ensuing political firestorm, won the general election and went on to serve six years in the House before winning his Senate seat in 1958. During his Senate campaign, he told a newspaper reporter that he personally felt the Klan had been incorrectly blamed for many acts committed by others." (emphasis mine)

really now? i wonder if we shoudl forward this article to some black discussion boards... this is a great recruiting tool
4 posted on 06/18/2005 10:25:05 PM PDT by minus_273
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To: T-Bird45

Interesting how the Washington Post can write this entire article without any reference to the close ties in the South between the Ku Klux Klan and the Democratic Party. The Klan kept blacks and other undesirables away from the polls and the Democrats in office.

During Reconstruction, the Klan lynched scores of Republicans as well as blacks.


5 posted on 06/18/2005 10:28:13 PM PDT by kaehurowing
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To: kaehurowing

The are skilled at that.


6 posted on 06/18/2005 10:31:20 PM PDT by ncountylee
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To: T-Bird45
I hope the people of West Virginia retire that old Klansman before he decides it's time to do so himself. Robert Byrd has never hidden his bigotry, it has been the mainstream Press who have sugar coated his remarks and actions simply because he has the letter "D" before his name.

Can you imagine the press doing the same for an ex Klu Klux Klan member if he had an "R" next to his name?

7 posted on 06/18/2005 10:32:50 PM PDT by MJY1288 ("Dingy" Harry Reid & "Disturbed" Durbin are a Waste of Tax Payers Money)
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To: minus_273

"Byrd said in the Dec. 11, 1945, letter -- which would not become public for 42 more years with the publication of a book on blacks in the military during World War II by author Graham Smith -- that he would never fight in the armed forces "with a Negro by my side." Byrd added that, "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"

and Obama raised money for him. GO OBAMA!


8 posted on 06/18/2005 10:33:11 PM PDT by Pikamax
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To: T-Bird45
Bryd in hell
9 posted on 06/18/2005 10:49:50 PM PDT by Boazo (From the mind of BOAZO)
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To: kaehurowing
In Byrd's day the Klan never dreamed of establishing the level of control over blacks, Jews and catholics that the rats have achieved today.
10 posted on 06/18/2005 10:50:30 PM PDT by mmercier
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To: T-Bird45
THANK YOU for linking to the Printer Friendly version of the article.

Those of us trapped in 56K dialup HELL really appreciate it!

11 posted on 06/18/2005 10:53:56 PM PDT by upchuck (If our nation be destroyed, it would be from the judiciary." ~ Thomas Jefferson)
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To: kaehurowing

The Ku Klux Klan and the Red Shirts were both started by The Democratic Party, that's why they didn't mention it.


12 posted on 06/18/2005 10:54:49 PM PDT by GloriaJane (http://music.download.com/gloriajane "Seems Like Our Press Has Turned Against Our Country")
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To: upchuck

de nada...;-)


13 posted on 06/18/2005 10:56:31 PM PDT by T-Bird45
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To: T-Bird45
He described it essentially as a fraternal group of elites -- doctors, lawyers, clergy, judges and other "upstanding people" who at no time engaged in or preached violence against blacks, Jews or Catholics, who historically were targets of the Klan.

Where have I heard that before?

14 posted on 06/18/2005 11:03:48 PM PDT by Mr Ramsbotham (Laws against sodomy are honored in the breech.)
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To: Boazo

'Oh sheet!"


15 posted on 06/18/2005 11:13:41 PM PDT by sheik yerbouty
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To: T-Bird45


Grand Dragon Senator "Sheets" Byrd

 

16 posted on 06/18/2005 11:14:11 PM PDT by Smartass (Si vis pacem, para bellum - Por el dedo de Dios se escribió)
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To: Mr Ramsbotham

Sounds like Byrd's book will be a real pant load and he will skate as usual. I really think the Trent Lott affair was hilarious compared to this guy. If Byrd was a Republican he would of had to resign in disgrace years ago. The NAALCP would have assigned a 24 hour Rent-a-mob to him until he did.

Incredible.


Regards


17 posted on 06/18/2005 11:17:44 PM PDT by headstamp
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To: headstamp

The fact that the NAACP has never targeted Byrd for removal...is a total mystery. The only senator who openly was racist...and admitted such...yet they won't even attempt to go and bring this dude down.


18 posted on 06/18/2005 11:22:23 PM PDT by pepsionice
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To: T-Bird45

This state will never get rid of its pork KKKing. When he dies they'll wire him for sound and send him out on tour with Jimmy Hoffa.


19 posted on 06/18/2005 11:26:58 PM PDT by WestVirginiaRebel (Carnac: A siren, a baby and a liberal. Answer: Name three things that whine.)
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To: headstamp

Will he bring up the filibuster of the civil rights act? It is not like he changed after leaving the klan.


20 posted on 06/18/2005 11:28:05 PM PDT by Brimack34
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To: Smartass

Where is that Confederate Battle Flag? All I see is the Stars & Stripes.


21 posted on 06/18/2005 11:36:07 PM PDT by Nasty McPhilthy (Those who beat their swords into plow shears….will plow for those who don’t.)
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To: SteveMcKing
Byrd went on the radio to acknowledge that he belonged to the Klan from "mid-1942 to early 1943," according to newspaper accounts. He explained that he had joined "because it offered excitement and because it was strongly opposed to communism."

As opposed to the political party he belongs too which is strongly opposed to anti-communism....

22 posted on 06/18/2005 11:36:16 PM PDT by freebilly (Vast Right Wing Conservative Christian Heterosexual Conspirator....)
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To: freebilly

The communists were our ALLIES in '42 and '43! How does he get away with this?


23 posted on 06/18/2005 11:39:35 PM PDT by SteveMcKing (What happens in Vegas -- stays on your record.)
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To: Nasty McPhilthy
Troubling isn't it!   The pic doesn't appear to be that old.
24 posted on 06/18/2005 11:43:27 PM PDT by Smartass (Si vis pacem, para bellum - Por el dedo de Dios se escribió)
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To: SteveMcKing

Because we were on Commie hunts in our country. Sheets is trying to absolve his sorry self of everything bad the KKK did. What's a few years here and there to him? He can claim senility and say he and his KKK were "onto" the Rosenberg's and all other Jews who were working against our country out of some twisted loyalty to the mother country Russia. Always remember that we spy on friends too and they do the same to us.


25 posted on 06/18/2005 11:45:02 PM PDT by onyx (Pope John Paul II - May 18, 1920 - April 2, 2005 = SANTO SUBITO!)
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To: Nasty McPhilthy
>> Where is that Confederate Battle Flag? All I see is the Stars & Stripes.

""The original Ku Klux Klan was organized by ex-Confederate elements to oppose the Reconstruction policies of the radical Republican Congress...and to maintain “white supremacy.” After the Civil War, when local government in the South was weak or nonexistent and there were fears of black outrages and even of an insurrection, informal vigilante organizations or armed patrols were formed in almost all communities... It was organized at Pulaski, Tenn., in May, 1866...dressed in flowing white sheets, their faces covered with white masks, and with skulls at their saddle horns, posed as spirits of the Confederate dead returned from the battlefields. Although the Klan was often able to achieve its aims by terror alone, whippings and lynchings were also used, not only against blacks but also against the so-called carpetbaggers and scalawags...A general organization of the local Klans was effected in Apr., 1867, at Nashville, Tenn. Gen. N. B. Forrest, the famous Confederate cavalry leader, was made Grand Wizard of the Empire and was assisted by ten Genii. Each state constituted a Realm under a Grand Dragon with eight Hydras as a staff; several counties formed a Dominion controlled by a Grand Titan and six Furies; a county was a Province ruled by a Grand Giant and four Night Hawks; the local Den was governed by a Grand Cyclops with two Night Hawks as aides. The individual members were called Ghouls...The Klan was particularly effective in systematically keeping black men away from the polls, so that the ex-Confederates gained political control in many states."
-- http://www.factmonster.com/ce6/history/A0859144.html

That answer your question about the Klan's confederate "hertiage"? I don't see any union vets from the war between the states showing up at their grand opening.

26 posted on 06/18/2005 11:54:33 PM PDT by BillyBoy (Find out the TRUTH about the Chicago Democrat Machine's "Best Friend" in the GOP - www.NOLaHood.com)
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To: T-Bird45

The WP is dumping on Sheets .. Whooo Hoooo! What brought this on ..??


27 posted on 06/19/2005 12:01:11 AM PDT by CyberAnt (President Bush: "America is the greatest nation on the face of the earth")
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To: CyberAnt

He agreed to their interview because his damn book is being published tomorry.


28 posted on 06/19/2005 12:04:01 AM PDT by onyx (Pope John Paul II - May 18, 1920 - April 2, 2005 = SANTO SUBITO!)
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To: WestVirginiaRebel
When he dies they'll wire him for sound and send him out on tour with Jimmy Hoffa.

When he dies they undoubtedly re-name West Virginia, Byrdland.

29 posted on 06/19/2005 12:04:59 AM PDT by dancusa (Appeasement, high taxes and regulation collects in the diapers of bed wetting liberals.)
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I think we have a new nickname for Sheets:

When it came time to choose the "Exalted Cyclops" … Byrd won unanimously.

30 posted on 06/19/2005 12:27:08 AM PDT by D-fendr
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so glad to see the WaPost "revealing" that:

"he joined with other southern Democrats to oppose the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Byrd filibustered the bill for more than 14 hours"


31 posted on 06/19/2005 12:33:31 AM PDT by D-fendr
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To: pepsionice
The fact that the NAACP has never targeted Byrd for removal...is a total mystery. The only senator who openly was racist...and admitted such...yet they won't even attempt to go and bring this dude down.

I am reminded of January 20, 1993 when Clinton was being inaugurated one of his minions was offended at the Air Force traditional flyover and cursed the military. His companion said, "Remember, those are now OUR planes now."

The Democrats have no values. They are opportunists who seek only power. They will pander to any groups, the blacks, women, homosexuals, whomever, just to gain and keep power. They have no problem with hypocrisy as long as it gains and keeps power. Byrd a Klansman? Who cares? He is THIER klansman. The NAACP? They don't care, he votes the way the left wants him too.

Byrd is and always has been an egotistic self-promoter. Rewriting history as he goes is a time accepted tool of the left. Byrd, LBJ, and Slick Willie have a lot in common. He brags about bringing a lot of pork to W.V. but notice he names it all after himself. The first four lane divided highway he takes credit for? Part of Eisenhower's (Republican) national highway system. We must understand the left and quit judging them by our standards of decency.

32 posted on 06/19/2005 12:46:26 AM PDT by Mind-numbed Robot (Not all that needs to be done needs to be done by the government.)
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To: D-fendr
From the US Senate's website: When Condi Rice was confirmed, only 13 voted against her. Look who one of those 13 was.

NAYs ---13
Akaka (D-HI) Bayh (D-IN) Boxer (D-CA) Byrd (D-WV) Dayton (D-MN) Durbin (D-IL) Harkin (D-IA) Jeffords (I-VT) Kennedy (D-MA) Kerry (D-MA) Lautenberg (D-NJ) Levin (D-MI) Reed (D-RI)
33 posted on 06/19/2005 12:47:25 AM PDT by graycamel
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To: T-Bird45
The Dems redneck poster boy.


34 posted on 06/19/2005 12:51:19 AM PDT by M. Espinola (Freedom is never free)
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To: onyx

Well .. no book is going to save his sorry behind.


35 posted on 06/19/2005 1:52:45 AM PDT by CyberAnt (President Bush: "America is the greatest nation on the face of the earth")
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To: Boazo
ROFL ............

Time for a smoke break, kids.

36 posted on 06/19/2005 2:03:03 AM PDT by beyond the sea (Sounds of laughter, shades of life are ringing through my open ears exciting and inviting me)
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To: T-Bird45
"To imagine someone who was a member of the Klan in his youth who managed to become the majority leader of the Senate, it's really quite striking," said congressional scholar Thomas E. Mann of the Brookings Institution.

NOT REALLY! The ideals of the KKK became an integral part of the essence of the Democrap Party - THE POLITICS OF FEAR, DIVISION, and HATRED!

This was manifested this week with the HATE-THE-UNITED-STATES and the MILITARY statements of Senator Dickhead Turbin.
37 posted on 06/19/2005 2:25:28 AM PDT by leprechaun9
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To: WestVirginiaRebel
WV: Capito Reportedly Considering Challenge To Byrd

The Hill (3/8, Savodnik) reports WV2 Rep. Shelley Moore Capito (R) "is mobilizing for a possible challenge next year to Sen. Robert Byrd...getting a head start on fundraising and making top-level personnel changes. At a luncheon last week in Charleston that included 40 to 50 state GOP and business leaders, Capito stressed that she is keeping her options open for 2006, a West Virginia Republican who attended the event said." The Republican "added that two guests at the event particularly caught his attention — representatives from the West Virginia Automobile and Truck Dealers Association and the West Virginia Manufacturers Association." Ruth Lemmon, "executive vice president of the automobile and truck dealers association, who attended the event, said Capito indicated that she would run for reelection to the House in 2006. But in a sign that the association might back a Capito Senate bid, Lemmon said: 'We think that having her in Washington in whatever capacity she ever chooses would certainly benefit West Virginia.'"

If you have some spare change, send it to draft Shelly...

Click the pic, to know more about her.

38 posted on 06/19/2005 2:42:45 AM PDT by pageonetoo (You'll spot their posts soon enough!)
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To: T-Bird45; All

The host of C-SPAN just read much of the WP article and is taking calls now on the subject.


39 posted on 06/19/2005 4:06:47 AM PDT by leadpenny
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Kind of funny. The host, who is a WP staff writer in his other life, just cut off a caller on the Republican line who was blaming Republicans for getting this article on the front page of the WP.


40 posted on 06/19/2005 4:47:06 AM PDT by leadpenny
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To: leadpenny; Mo1; Howlin; Peach; BeforeISleep; kimmie7; 4integrity; BigSkyFreeper; RandallFlagg; ...
From the article:

According to his book, Byrd wrote to Samuel Green, an Atlanta doctor and "Imperial Wizard" of the Ku Klux Klan, in late 1941 or early 1942, expressing interest in joining. Some time later, he received the letter from Baskin, the "Grand Dragon" of mid-Atlantic states, saying he would come to Byrd's home in Crab Orchard whenever Byrd had rounded up 150 recruits for the Klan.

When Baskin finally arrived, the group gathered at the home of C.M. "Clyde" Goodwin, a former local law enforcement official. When it came time to choose the "Exalted Cyclops," the top officer in the local Klan unit, Byrd won unanimously.


Cyclops Sheets.............or.........Sheet the Cyclops.....or.........One eyed Sheets
41 posted on 06/19/2005 5:04:11 AM PDT by OXENinFLA
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To: OXENinFLA

Cyclops!!! LOL. A new nickname for the old racist.


42 posted on 06/19/2005 5:08:28 AM PDT by Bahbah (Something wicked this way comes)
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To: SteveMcKing

bttt


43 posted on 06/19/2005 5:13:29 AM PDT by ConservativeMan55 (DON'T FIRE UNTIL YOU SEE THE WHITES OF THE CURTAINS THEY ARE WEARING ON THEIR HEADS !)
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To: leprechaun9
Exactly.

There is nothing surprising about Byrd's career nor did he ever make a break with the Klan. He is continuing his anti-American policies to this very day.
44 posted on 06/19/2005 5:14:28 AM PDT by iowamark
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To: T-Bird45

How many crossburnings and lynchings did the democrat senator KKK Byrd and his 150 recruits conduct? Senator Byrd needs to come clean about the acts of terror he and his recruits committed as a klansman.


45 posted on 06/19/2005 5:16:59 AM PDT by jimbo123
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To: OXENinFLA
Some years later, he wrote, he learned that his father had been a member of the Klan and took part in the parade.

Gee .. he didn't mention that on Thursday when he was telling about his daddy giving him crayons

46 posted on 06/19/2005 5:55:19 AM PDT by Mo1 (Democrats Sold Out America ... just to regain power)
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To: BillyBoy
That answer your question about the Klan's confederate "hertiage"? I don't see any union vets from the war between the states showing up at their grand opening.

The other poster didn't say anything about who started the Klan or where it was started.

Interestingly enough, one of the largest and most active memberships in later years was in INDIANA, which, last time I checked, was NOT in the south.

The point was, and is, that left-wing anti-southern, anti-white, anti-Christian, (largely) YANKEE rabble-rousers continue to try and remove all traditional and historical symbols and vestiges of the Confederacy because they SUPPOSEDLY have a link to slavery, racism, blah blah blah.

As one of the posted photos of the KKK shows, the flag of the US was flown at KKK rallies too. If we're gonna get rid of the Confederate battle flag, we might as well get rid of Old Glory to, huh?

Either would be, and IS, LUDICROUS, since, of the 200+ years of slavery in this country, only 4 years were under the Confederacy.

Those that love to whine and complain about the South (mainly Yankee democrats), should focus their whining and complaining towards the real racists (mainly democrats like "Sheets" Byrd), and they should STFU about our honorable Southern symbols, history, and traditions.

47 posted on 06/19/2005 6:01:18 AM PDT by DocH (Gun-grabbers, you can HAVE my guns... lead first.)
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To: Mo1

And how daddy dearest "Saved the cake... But always ate it!"

It is a shame that we are not capitalizing on all this. He states lies in his book, and will 100% get away with it. There is no doubt that if a republican lied about KKK service in a book, he would be hung by the media. What a shame.

Well, I pray for Shelly Capito


48 posted on 06/19/2005 6:07:34 AM PDT by CarlEOlsoniii (A WMD can be a person)
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To: DocH

Yeah!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


49 posted on 06/19/2005 7:01:11 AM PDT by SwatTeam
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To: SteveMcKing

Actually, anti-Communism, as a political movement began in the early 1920s, spurred on by Wilson's AG, Mitchell Palmer.

Of course it didn't take on real significance until the Cold War, but there were several "Red Scares" in between 1917 and 1946

The reason the Nazi government was initially not objected to by anybody is that everyone thought Hitler was going to be a useful bulwark to Stalin.

Also of note, in the Presidential Election of 1928, the election results in Alachua County, Florida are kind of telling.

Smith (Democrat)- 35%
Thomas (Socialist)- 32%
Foster (Communist)- 30%
Smith (Republican)- 3%

The Communist candidate also recieved (somehow) 5% of the vote in adjoining Gilchrist County

The fear of Communism existed in the 20s, and for very good reason.


50 posted on 06/19/2005 7:02:46 AM PDT by AzaleaCity5691 (I will never be reconstructed, Deo Vindice)
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