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Sen. Robert C. Byrd
IBD Edirorials ^ | June 28, 2010 | Investors Business Daily staff

Posted on 06/28/2010 4:44:53 PM PDT by Kaslin

R.I.P.: The passing of the longest-serving senator gives mainstream media another chance to rewrite history. Will he be touted as a constitutional scholar or a free-spending former Klansman who fought civil rights?

That Robert Byrd left his mark would be an understatement. Our prayers are with his family and the people of West Virginia. He was both the dean of the Senate and the prince of pork. He knew the history of his chamber better than anybody, having authored a four-volume history of the upper chamber, and the Constitution better than most.

He also, quite shamelessly, brought home so much bacon to his home state of West Virginia, the joke was that every other streetlight was named after him. He was, first and foremost, a politician, and his record, his complete record, should not be shielded from scrutiny or even erased from the public memory.

According to Citizens Against Government Waste, Byrd directed $3.3 billion in pork to West Virginia just between 1991 and 2008. At least 40 projects, buildings and installations bear his name. He succeeded in locating the Coast Guard's National Maritime Center in landlocked Martinsburg.

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TOPICS: Editorial; Government; News/Current Events; US: West Virginia
KEYWORDS: byrd; civilrights; civilrightsact; congress; democrats; government; kkkkukluxklan; robertbyrd; senate; stromthurmond; thurmond; trentlott; westvirginia

1 posted on 06/28/2010 4:44:56 PM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin
Was he in the military?
2 posted on 06/28/2010 4:46:07 PM PDT by Glenn (iamtheresistance.org)
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To: Kaslin

Trent Lott must feel vindicated that all the democrats praising the klansman will be losing their jobs any minute now.

yep aaannny minute now.....


3 posted on 06/28/2010 4:49:00 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: Glenn

I don’t believe so, but let me check


4 posted on 06/28/2010 4:50:57 PM PDT by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: Glenn

He was an Armed Service Committee member. Does that count?


5 posted on 06/28/2010 4:55:24 PM PDT by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: Kaslin

Did he have a DIFFERENT name??? I heard something about that on FOX tonite.


6 posted on 06/28/2010 4:55:24 PM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion...the Human Scarifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: Ann Archy

born Cornelius Calvin Sale, Jr.


7 posted on 06/28/2010 4:57:45 PM PDT by presently no screen name ( Repeal ZeroCare!)
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To: Kaslin
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8 posted on 06/28/2010 4:59:16 PM PDT by magslinger (If recycling makes cents as well as sense, I am all for it.)
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To: Kaslin

Are we following Mama’s rule here of not saying much of anything if we can’t say anything nice?

:)

I think I can safely say he was the ultimate poster boy for term limits.


9 posted on 06/28/2010 5:02:39 PM PDT by onyx (Sarah/Michele 2012)
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To: Kaslin
He was an Armed Service Committee member.

I sort of remembered it that way. WV is the most patriotic state in the nation, the way I see it. I had four uncles retire from the military and still have one Uncle who is MIA. My brother also retired as a Warrant after 28 years and my cousin's hubby retired a full bird colonel out of the Marines about 10 years ago.

Me, personally, I took my brother's advice in a letter from Vietnam that I not try to trip over my lottery number in 1971 to 'do something'.

Byrd was like a lot of the politicians in WV. And Rockefeller, whom I have met both professionally and socially when our boys were born on the same day, is, to me, the true definition of a 'carpetbagger'.

I've got a couple of other relatives who will vote for every Democrat who ever runs. That's how it works 'in the holler'.

10 posted on 06/28/2010 5:03:10 PM PDT by Glenn (iamtheresistance.org)
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To: Ann Archy
Yeah, I heard Shep Smith say his birth name was Cornelius Calvin Sale Jr. His mother died in the 1918 flu Pandemic when he was just one year old. His aunt and uncle, Vlurma and Titus Byrd, got custody and they renamed him Robert Byrd
11 posted on 06/28/2010 5:06:24 PM PDT by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: onyx

He definitely was. His reelection would have been in 2012


12 posted on 06/28/2010 5:09:50 PM PDT by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: Kaslin; Glenn

Nope - he was a Rosie the Riveter.....welder to be exact.


13 posted on 06/28/2010 5:12:21 PM PDT by ErnBatavia (It's not the Obama Administration....it's the "Obama Regime".)
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To: Kaslin
Amazes me that these fossils can die in office.

As with most of his ilk, he will probably keep voting, though.

14 posted on 06/28/2010 5:23:26 PM PDT by elkfersupper (Member of the Original Defiant Class)
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To: ErnBatavia

Well, I was being more or less sarcastic. He was a gas-station attendant, grocery-store clerk, shipyard welder, and butcher, before he won a seat in the state legislature in 1946


15 posted on 06/28/2010 5:25:19 PM PDT by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: Kaslin

If he didn’t wear the uniform of one of the services, being on the Armed Forces Committee does not give him veteran status. However, because he was in the Senate he gets honors all the same..flag draped coffin etc..sickening isn’t it for one of his background.


16 posted on 06/28/2010 5:27:31 PM PDT by celtic gal
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To: Glenn
Was he in the military?

No, he was in the Ku Klux Klan

17 posted on 06/28/2010 5:28:45 PM PDT by Boston Blackie
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To: celtic gal

Indeed


18 posted on 06/28/2010 5:41:25 PM PDT by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: Kaslin

The only white guy who could get away with using the term:White Ni**er on Fox News and not a peep from the media.


19 posted on 06/28/2010 5:48:13 PM PDT by pistolpetestoys (Outside of a dog a book is a mans best friend;inside a dog it's too dark to read.)
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To: Kaslin

On positive about his long destructive life; the devil had plenty of time to dig a deep enough hole for this miserable SOB


20 posted on 06/28/2010 6:24:17 PM PDT by muir_redwoods (Obama. Chauncey Gardiner without the homburg.)
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To: Kaslin

No comment...


21 posted on 06/28/2010 7:08:07 PM PDT by Professional
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To: Glenn
No I'd say he was not.

this from Wikipedia:

“ 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,

May he rot in hell.

22 posted on 06/28/2010 7:21:39 PM PDT by yooling ( FUBO)
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To: yooling
May he rot in hell


I just wish that more of them would hurry up and die
23 posted on 06/28/2010 8:32:23 PM PDT by dagoofyfoot
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To: Ann Archy
Did he have a DIFFERENT name??? I heard something about that on FOX tonite.

The Exalted Cyclops of the Ku Klux Klan.

24 posted on 06/28/2010 10:27:41 PM PDT by BigSkyFreeper (In 2012: The Rookie and The Wookie get booted from the White House.)
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To: onyx
I think I can safely say he was the ultimate poster boy for term limits.

Yeah, he ran against The Grim Reaper in a runoff election today and lost.

25 posted on 06/28/2010 10:31:19 PM PDT by BigSkyFreeper (In 2012: The Rookie and The Wookie get booted from the White House.)
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To: Kaslin

Who’s going to take care of Billy?


26 posted on 06/28/2010 11:09:52 PM PDT by beelzepug ("Don't be a wise a**.")
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To: BigSkyFreeper

The scroll on FOX NEWS said Byrd was a KKK memebr for a VERY SHORT TIME in the 1940’s!! You don’t get to be the Grand Cyclops or the GRand Kleagle by being in for a VERY SHORT TIME!! Fox News is PATHETIC!!


27 posted on 06/29/2010 3:14:28 AM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion...the Human Scarifice to the god of Convenience.)
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