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KKK defends the late Sen. Byrd: ‘He wasn’t a Klansman long enough to get his sheet broke in’
The Daily Caller ^ | 07/01/2010 | Kyle Peterson

Posted on 07/01/2010 4:35:32 PM PDT by OldDeckHand

As politicians and columnists across the country debate the life and legacy of the late Sen. Robert Byrd, the West Virginian’s membership in the Ku Klux Klan has been a sticking point for many. Today’s KKK, though, says Byrd did nothing to warrant such ire.

“He wasn’t a Klansman long enough to get his sheet broke in,” said Travis Pierce, national membership director for the Ku Klux Klan, LLC, one of several groups that uses the KKK name. “It’s much ado about nothing.”

It’s unknown how long Byrd held membership in the Klan. According to the Washington Post, the future senator joined in 1942, and later publicly stated that he lost interest after about a year, although in a letter dated 1946 Byrd wrote, “The Klan is needed today as never before, and I am anxious to see its rebirth here in West Virginia.”

During his tenure, Byrd held the titles of Kleagle and Exalted Cyclops within the organization. What he did in those positions is somewhat difficult to pin down, since the Klan is a loose-knit organization, and roles differ between local chapters.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; Political Humor/Cartoons; US: West Virginia
KEYWORDS: kkk; klan; robertbyrd; senate
If these are the best character witnesses available, is the defense even worth mounting?

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KKK defends the late Sen. Robert Byrd: ‘He wasn’t a Klansman long enough to get his sheet broke in’

1 posted on 07/01/2010 4:35:35 PM PDT by OldDeckHand
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To: OldDeckHand

Democrats covering for Democrats. SSDD.


2 posted on 07/01/2010 4:40:25 PM PDT by Riley (The Fourth Estate is the Fifth Column.)
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To: OldDeckHand

Who cares how long he was in the Klan? Point is, he was a member of that racist organization. Spin all they want, the man was in the Klan. ‘Nuff said!


3 posted on 07/01/2010 4:42:30 PM PDT by Sister_T ("Calling ILLEGAL aliens "immigrants" is like calling shoplifters 'customers'!"-UCFRoadWarrior ><>)
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To: OldDeckHand
Isn't that like the Taliban and Al Qaeda coming to the rescue of OBozo?
4 posted on 07/01/2010 4:43:35 PM PDT by fish hawk (Hussein Obama: Golf/Gulf, not very good at either.)
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To: OldDeckHand

Gee, If a person joined the Nazi party under Hitler for only a short time I guess that would mean he was really Jew friendly...


5 posted on 07/01/2010 4:44:07 PM PDT by Beowulf9
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To: OldDeckHand

“The Klan is needed today as never before, and I am anxious to see its rebirth here in West Virginia.”

What part of this statement do liberals not understand?


6 posted on 07/01/2010 4:46:32 PM PDT by Huskrrrr
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To: OldDeckHand
How does this guy know how long KKK Byrd was in the Klan? It seems to me you have to be in it for a while to get such an exalted name as Byrd had.
7 posted on 07/01/2010 4:47:50 PM PDT by guitarplayer1953 (Rebellion to Tyrants is Obedience to GOD! Thomas Jefferson)
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To: OldDeckHand

This is just your prototypical liberal nutjob double standard and hypocrisy. Just look at how the NYtimes did the obituary different b/t Byrd vs. Thurmond. They are both racists, but one was lib, one was GOP. And liberals constantly forget that the KKK was formed as a paramilitary branch of the DEMOCRATIC party. It was the GOP who had as their original platform to abolish slavery.

the libnuts got bent out of shape with Rand Paul’s comments about the Civil Rights act, but they seem to forget that their exalted Byrd voted AGAIST the act in 1964.....so he’s not a racist, right?

So the libnuts defend Byrd, a card carrying member and leader in the KKK. Can you imagine all the hell that would break loose if Palin were to just talk to a KKK member in a grocery store?

NO MORE HYPOCRITES!!!


8 posted on 07/01/2010 4:52:34 PM PDT by DecentAmerican
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To: OldDeckHand

My BS meter is pegged out-if you want to really pi** off a Kluxer, call their robes “sheets”.


9 posted on 07/01/2010 4:53:50 PM PDT by mozarky2 (Ya never stand so tall as when ya stoop to stomp a statist!)
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To: OldDeckHand
“He wasn’t a Klansman long enough to get his sheet broke in,”

How'd you like that to be the epitath on your headstone?

10 posted on 07/01/2010 4:56:07 PM PDT by circlecity
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To: OldDeckHand

So the Klan is stating that it is a problematic organization and it’s better if politicians or anyone wanting a good public reputation doesn’t join.

Interesting.


11 posted on 07/01/2010 4:56:07 PM PDT by SaxxonWoods (Gone Galt and loving it)
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To: Sister_T

No justice, no peace!

Anyone remember Sen. Trent Lott and how the Republicans betrayed him for:

At the Thurmond birthday party, Lott said: “I want to say this about my state. When Strom Thurmond ran for president, we voted for him. We’re proud of it. And if the rest of the country had followed our lead, we wouldn’t have had all these problems over all these years either.”


12 posted on 07/01/2010 4:56:28 PM PDT by donna (The best security for old age: respect your children. - Sholem Asch)
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To: mozarky2

You mean Sheets Byrd was po’d everytime we called him SHEETS?

GOOD.


13 posted on 07/01/2010 4:57:27 PM PDT by Marty62 (marty60)
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To: OldDeckHand
After the funeral, there will be a reception at the Klan Hall. The menu for the evening:


14 posted on 07/01/2010 5:13:26 PM PDT by reg45
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To: guitarplayer1953
You're right. No organization is going to pluck someone from the lower ranks to lead them if their mettle hasn't been tested.

Regardless of how long he was a member.....the intent was in his heart to join and keep those he considered "inferior" out of his neighborhood/town.

15 posted on 07/01/2010 5:16:22 PM PDT by LaineyDee (Don't mess with Texas wimmen!)
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To: LaineyDee

Doesn’t anyone else find it odd that a KKK honcho is defending Robert Byrd’s rep?


16 posted on 07/01/2010 5:20:02 PM PDT by traderrob6
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To: traderrob6
Pointing out the absurdity with the absurd? :)
17 posted on 07/01/2010 5:23:42 PM PDT by LaineyDee (Don't mess with Texas wimmen!)
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To: OldDeckHand

Travis Pierce may be a member of the modern KKK, but his statement reveals that he really doesn’t know sheet about sheets.


18 posted on 07/01/2010 5:23:50 PM PDT by Biblebelter
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To: OldDeckHand

I never belonged to the Klan. I never belonged to any organization that was based on breaking people’s dreams. All people want to just be happy first. A people just released from involuntary servitutude were suddenly faced with a bigotry that would deny them their dream. That bigotry is hard to excuse. Hope God is all merciful, Senator Byrd.


19 posted on 07/01/2010 5:31:16 PM PDT by maxwellsmart_agent
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To: Sister_T
Who cares how long he was in the Klan? Point is, he was a member of that racist organization. Spin all they want, the man was in the Klan. ‘Nuff said!

Not only that, but Byrd claimed to have been raised a Christian and that he was a life-long Christian.

You can't be a Christian and be a member of an organization like the KKK. You can be in the KKK and call yourself a Christian, but you are not a Christian, as you have clearly not learned and applied Christ's teachings.

If Byrd been born and raised a Christian, and had taken Christ's lessons to heart, he would have not only turned down the KKK, he would have publicly worked against them.
20 posted on 07/01/2010 5:48:17 PM PDT by af_vet_rr
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To: OldDeckHand
Wonder if the Klan will send a Color Guard to the funeral on Friday?


21 posted on 07/01/2010 6:53:39 PM PDT by jaz.357 (If you don't know where you're going, you will surely get there.)
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To: OldDeckHand

He may have stepped down from leadership but he never gave up the ideals. I don’t care what anyone says just listening to some of his interviews would tell you that!


22 posted on 07/01/2010 7:08:07 PM PDT by chris_bdba
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To: DecentAmerican

Bryd didn’t just vote against it he tried to fillibuster to keep it from being brought to the floor.


23 posted on 07/01/2010 7:10:20 PM PDT by chris_bdba
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To: guitarplayer1953
Exalted Cyclopes!

How appropriate.

That's the same thing the funny boys in San Francisco call a really big D%$#.

24 posted on 07/01/2010 7:22:00 PM PDT by IMR 4350
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To: IMR 4350

In my opinion he really was a big prick.


25 posted on 07/01/2010 8:13:41 PM PDT by guitarplayer1953 (Rebellion to Tyrants is Obedience to GOD! Thomas Jefferson)
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To: af_vet_rr

EXACTLY!!!! Good post.


26 posted on 07/01/2010 9:46:22 PM PDT by LibertyRocks (http://libertyrocks.wordpress.com ~ Anti-Obama Gear: http://cafepress.com/NO_ObamaBiden08)
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To: IMR 4350

I won’t ask how you know that! ;)


27 posted on 07/01/2010 9:47:13 PM PDT by LibertyRocks (http://libertyrocks.wordpress.com ~ Anti-Obama Gear: http://cafepress.com/NO_ObamaBiden08)
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To: IMR 4350

And, please don’t tell me about it, either! LOL


28 posted on 07/01/2010 9:48:17 PM PDT by LibertyRocks (http://libertyrocks.wordpress.com ~ Anti-Obama Gear: http://cafepress.com/NO_ObamaBiden08)
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To: OldDeckHand

Ooooohhhh, GROSS!!!


29 posted on 07/02/2010 12:27:06 PM PDT by CodeToad (Obama is proof the President should not be an affirmative action hire.)
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To: LibertyRocks

Clinton is defending Byrd, saying Byrd just joined the KKK to help his election chances. That makes Byrd out to be even worse.


30 posted on 07/03/2010 3:07:37 PM PDT by af_vet_rr
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