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Wednesday, April 07, 2004

The Good 'ole Days

"It has often been said that the man and the moment come together. I do not think it is an exaggeration at all to say to my friend from West Virginia that he would have been a great Senator at any moment. Some were right for the time. Robert C. Byrd, in my view, would have been right at any time. He would have been right at the founding of this country. He would have been in the leadership crafting this Constitution. He would have been right during the great conflict of civil war in this Nation. He would have been right at the great moments of international threat we faced in the 20th century. I cannot think of a single moment in this Nation's 220-plus year history where he would not have been a valuable asset to this country. Certainly today that is not any less true." - Senator Christopher Dodd, Democrat

The obvious questions follow: Does Senator Dodd really think Robert Byrd was "right" when he said that he would rather die than fight for our country side-by-side with a person of African-American heritage? Was Sen. Byrd "right" when he was an active member of an organization (the KKK) that terrorized, threatened, lynched, and generally ignored the legitimate laws of our nation, all because they didn't want the impurity of other races to tarnish their Aryan greatness? Was Sen. Byrd "right" when he used the term "white ni**ers" a few years ago? Would Sen. Byrd have made a good Senator during the Civil War, when he would have supported the institution of slavery and keeping black people "in their place", thereby perpetuating the most bloddy and devestating conflict our country has ever endured?

If asked to stop and think before flapping his well-oiled jawls, I dare say he would say, "Well, er, uh...that isn't exactly what I meant."

A few months ago, in a similar circumstance, a Republican Senator made an equally stupid remark. He was forced to appologize, at least a dozen times, in public. He faced IMMEDIATE calls for him to step down from leadership, to even resign. Several news cycles focused on his comments, and "how could someone make such a comment in this day and age" anyway? THIS particular Senator was removed from leadership, and humiliated, for comments that were actually less racially insensitve than the ones made by DEMOCRAT Dodd. And yet, have Dodd's comments been the lightening rod that past precident says they should be. Of course not.

Those of you who discount the idea of liberal media bias explain this one to me, would you?


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