Monday, June 20, 2005

Don't Look. Just Move On People, Move On

The Dems are famous for their hypocrisy & double standards, but this is a new low. Robert C. Byrd, has a new book out in which he talks about his activities in the Ku Klux Klan. In it, he describes the Klan as, "essentially [a] fraternal group of elites -- doctors, lawyers, clergy, judges and other "upstanding people" who at no time engaged in or preached violence against blacks, Jews or Catholics, who historically were targets of the Klan". Yet, he professes to have left the Klan & be against it.

His explanation for why he not only joined the Klan, but was the founding member of the local chapter: "[I] was sorely afflicted with tunnel vision -- a jejune and immature outlook -- seeing only what I wanted to see because I thought the Klan could provide an outlet for my talents and ambitions". He wanted an outlet for his talents & ambitions! Talents & ambitions for what, may I ask. Did he want to develop his talents for terrorizing people & lynching them or his ambitions for keeping people "in their place" & bringing back slavery, as those are the only kinds of talents & ambitions that the KKK can provide an outlet for.

In his attempts to brush off any of the real implications of his decision, he pulls out the old Southern bashing. He says that, "[h]is parents and the boarders who lived with them inculcated Byrd in "the typical southern viewpoint of the time" i.e. if you're Southern, you're a racist. It's not my fault, but that of my environment. Cry me a river Mr. Bryd.

He also lies about the extent of his involvement in the Klan. In the book, he claims to have been involved for only about two years (ending in 1943), yet there is much evidence to counter that claim. His letters, in 1945, decrying integration of the military, as well as a letter he handwrote to the KKK Imperial Wizard in '46 saying, "The Klan is needed today as never before, and I am anxious to see its rebirth here in West Virginia," not to mention his denial of the true nature of the Klan, in 1958, "[d]uring his Senate campaign, he told a newspaper reporter that he personally felt the Klan had been incorrectly blamed for many acts committed by others", tell of a very different person from the public persona.

I find the Dems lack of outrage for this man fascinating, especially considering their reaction to Trent Lott & Strom Thurmond. "To imagine someone who was a member of the Klan in his youth who managed to become the majority leader of the Senate, it's really quite striking," said congressional scholar Thomas E. Mann of the Brookings Institution". I don't expect high standards of behavior from liberals, but their whitewashing & defending Byrd, who is clearly not contrite nor has had a change of heart, is scraping the bottom of the barrel.

I can't help wondering if the liberal fetish for apologizing to dead people for the actions for dead people & submitting to shakedowns is merely a diversionary tactic to get us to ignore the Dem's reluctance to deal with the trash in their own backyard.

HAT TIP: Pejmanesque, Michelle Malkin

You can't expect the Dems to criticize Byrd in any way, not when he has been so vocal against the Bush administration. It would not serve their interests to say anything negative about one of their old heroes of the Senate.
Unbelievable! How can anybody but another Klan member buy Byrd's claims about the benevolent, genteel, upper-class nature of the Klan??? There ARE older people, especially in the South, who buy into this (my grandmother is one), but anybody under the age of sixty who has studied the horrible and murderous record of the Klan or seen its rallies or heard its speakers must know EXACTLY what kind of an organization it is and always has been. Where is the NAACP? Jesse Jackson? Al Sharpton? The Congressional Black Caucus? This man is white-washing (no pun intended) one of the most odious and villainous organizations in our history. Yet, because he's a democrat, he gets away with it.

Can't we sue the Democrats for false advertising? They are hardly democratic, just look at how the southern Democrats imposed segregation, and fought so hard to keep it.

Now look at their antics in the Senate where as a minority party they are preventing majority voting on nominations. So undemocratic.
The Dems aren't too democratic are they? How they justify their name, I do not know.

But, have you noticed that whenever a Republican crosses the line or even approaches it, he is reprimanded, not by the MSM, not by any "advocasy group", but by the Republican party it self. Look at Trent Lott & Newt Gingrich. Look at how the Pres is being pummled.

Why can't the Dems, who scream about fairness & justice, do the the same. As you point out Jim, where the heck is the NAACP, Jackson, Sharpton & a certain former "first black president", our very own "gang of four", in all this?

I know there have been a lot of critisism from conservatives, calling the Reps spinless, but I disagree. I think that the ability to police ones own self is important. It is one the major reasons I am a conservative & proud to be one.

The core of conservatism is accepting responsibilty for one's own actions. That means accepting blame when due as well as the resulting punishment. This sounds harsh & judgemental, not at all syrupy sweet like the song of therapism, you are not responsible for what you do, it was your environment that made you do it. However, if one were to trancsend the barrier of emotionalism, it is easy to see how truely empowering the philosophy of self-responsiblity is.

If, according to liberalism, man is a passive actor and devoid of choice, then, not only can we absolve ourselves of any guilt, but we cannot enjoy the feelings of joy & pride in our accompishments, as such a doctrine nullifies the entire concept of accompishment. An accomplishment is a chosen action, if there is no choice, there can be no accomplishments.

Conservatism is hard & it does hurt, but, no pain- no gain, & no joy. I pity the liberals, they are deprived.
Jim, you are living proof that personal choice can overcome environmental influence. You should be very proud of your-self, you have accomplished a great thing.
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