Flags are lowered about town today for Robert Byrd, the U.S. Senator who favored any and all bridges to nowhere (provided that Nowhere began or ended in the state of West Virginia.) Now, let’s hear from Bill Clinton:
“They mention that he once had a fleeting association with the Ku Klux Klan, and what does that mean? I’ll tell you what it means,” Clinton said. “He was a country boy from the hills and hollows of West Virginia. He was trying to get elected.”
O.K., but wasn’t it Robert Byrd who created and signed up the entire chapter? Yes, actually. Are all “country boy[s] from the hills and hollows of West Virginia” Klan members? No, actually. Not even back during WWII.
The scene today and last Saturday:
Oh, and speaking of WWII, what about this?
“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.”
Now, I’m not sure when Bob Byrd made that statement but it was some time during that war when black pilots in propeller planes were taking on German jets over Europe. Is that why he boycotted WWII?
And, as far as “trying to get elected” is concerned, the only election he won during his “fleeting” association with the KKK was the Kleagle office of the chapter he started.
When you’re 12-stepping away from your past, you need to come clean. Otherwise it doesn’t work.
So, Why are We Lowering Our Flags Today for Super Cracker Senator Robert Byrd?