It is with sorrow that I today heard of Senator Robert Byrd’s passing.
Although he might have been the typical “pork barreling politician,” at least he tried to put the people of his own state first. And throughout his career, he has been right on a number of issues.
- He filibustered the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
- He, along wtih Strom Thurmond, voted against the Immigration Act of 1965 (possibly the worst piece of legislation in American history), while people like Bob Dole voted for it.
- He voted against NAFTA.
- He voted against the Iraq War.
- And he voted against the McCain-Kennedy amnesty bill of 2007.
He also was an amateur historian and well read in European history – both ancient and modern. His charm and grasp of the political tradition (unlike the idiocy of other Democrats) will be missed. At least on the bright side, we no longer will have to listen to PC Republicans and neocons say that the only former klansman in Congress is a Democrat.
Addendum: Leave it to the homosexual Satanist Alex Knepper to “remember Byrd’s racism.”
Everyone should read Rob Sanchez’s “Requiem for Senator Robert Byrd”
Unsurprisingly, Obama “disses” Byrd.