Senator Robert Byrd (D-KKK) Blocks Rice Vote
"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
Michelle Malkin and Newsmax point out that the only member of the KKK serving in the US Senate, Robert Byrd of West Virginia, is blocking a vote on the nomination of Condi Rice to be Secretary of State, despite the fact that she has more than enough members of the Senate publicly pledged to confirm her.
Let's recap the Byrd Record.
This ex-Klansman wasn't just a passive member of the nation's most notorious hate group. According to news accounts and biographical information, Sen. Byrd was a "Kleagle" -- an official recruiter who signed up members for $10 a head. He said he joined because it "offered excitement" and because the Klan was an "effective force" in "promoting traditional American values." Nothing like the thrill of gathering 'round a midnight bonfire, roasting s'mores, tying nooses, and promoting white supremacy with a bunch of your hooded friends.
The ex-Klansman allegedly ended his ties with the group in 1943. He may have stopped paying dues, but he continued to pay homage to the KKK. Republicans in West Virginia discovered a letter Sen. Byrd had written to the Imperial Wizard of the KKK three years after he says he abandoned the group. He wrote: "The Klan is needed today as never before and I am anxious to see its rebirth here in West Virginia" and "in every state in the Union."
The ex-Klansman later filibustered the landmark 1964 Civil Rights Act -- supported by a majority of those "mean-spirited" Republicans -- for more than 14 hours. He also opposed the nominations of the Supreme Court's two black justices, liberal Thurgood Marshall and conservative Clarence Thomas. In fact, the ex-Klansman had the gall to accuse Justice Thomas of "injecting racism" into the Senate hearings. Meanwhile, author Graham Smith recently discovered another letter Sen. Byrd wrote after he quit the KKK, this time attacking desegregation of the armed forces.
The ex-Klansman vowed never to fight "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."
Thus Byrd will have the distinction of attempting to prevent the confirmation of the first two African-Americans to the Supreme Court and the first African-American woman to serve as Secretary of State. He is also supporting the delay in voting on Alberto Gonzales for Attorney General. I guess the Democrats are really going back to their traditional values, with "Sheets" Byrd in the lead.