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Old 06-28-2010, 03:09 AM   #1
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Default Robert Byrd Dies at 92

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Old 06-28-2010, 05:04 AM   #2
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I hated his politics, but he was a fighter to the end...RIP, Senator Byrd
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This leaves the KKK without any former members in the Senate. As far as we know.
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This leaves the KKK without any former members in the Senate. As far as we know.
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Old 06-28-2010, 08:32 AM   #6
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Old 06-28-2010, 09:51 AM   #8
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One of the few with the balls to vote against the Iraq war.

But his KKK membership will always be a part of his legacy.
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Old 06-28-2010, 10:11 AM   #10
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Old 06-28-2010, 11:55 AM   #11
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Old 06-28-2010, 01:30 PM   #12
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Old 06-28-2010, 01:51 PM   #13
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A testament to the fact that people can change. from being a klansman to supporting our 1st african american president.
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A testament to the fact that people can change. from being a klansman to supporting our 1st african american president.
Maybe. But regardless of whether I do or don't agree with the other aspects of a candidate's policy beliefs and values, there is no way on Earth that I could possibly support for public office someone who as an adult belonged to certain groups -- Nazi Party, Aryan Nation, NAMBLA....and KKK to name a few.

KKK membership (in Byrd's case, for a period of years) is evidence of profound defects of character and judgement. There's a point beyond which "I made a youthful mistake" or similar excuses just don't cut it. Shame on West Virginia and on the Democrats. (And yes, shame on the Republicans for Strom Thurmond.)
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You don't join a group like the KKK and then wake up one day with a revelation that it was all wrong. Maybe he joined through peer pressure at the time or maybe he represses those opinions now (well, did) but unless he was completely incapable of thinking for himself, it's impossible to justify both opposing positions like that, in my opinion.
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You don't join a group like the KKK and then wake up one day with a revelation that it was all wrong. Maybe he joined through peer pressure at the time or maybe he represses those opinions now (well, did) but unless he was completely incapable of thinking for himself, it's impossible to justify both opposing positions like that, in my opinion.
Eh, I wouldn't buy an overnight change, but I think people can truly change over a period of time. Particularly when you factor in where and when he grew up, it's not that hard to believe he (like many from that generation) came to have new experiences and form new conclusions and regretted his past.

Not to say I was fan of him on the whole, but I'm willing to believe he was genuine in his regret about his earlier racism.
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keepin' strom thurmond company now i guess...
So do we find out that Byrd had a black hook up and had a malado kid somewhere in America?
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