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    Let's Be Honest About Sen. Robert Byrd


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    Written by Chip Wood
    Friday, 09 July 2010 22:30

    There’s been a lot written over the past 12 days about the death of Robert Byrd, the so-called “last lion of the Senate.” But the West Virginia senator was no lion despite all the accolades that have been heaped on him since his death. He was a pig. In fact, when it came to grabbing as much government booty as he could, the distinguished senator was the greediest pig of all.

    Fox News commentator Fred Barnes put it well when he said, “[Byrd] epitomized what most members of Congress try to do: maximize the flow of Federal funds to their state or district. Only he did it better. He was not only extraordinarily effective in funneling largess to West Virginia; he was unabashed about taking credit for it in an ostentatious way.”

    Citizens Against Government Waste denounced Byrd as the “King of Pork.” In 2006, a group called Porkbusters gave Byrd their Lifetime Achievement Award for establishing “a pork record second to none.” Should being the biggest porker of all time really be called an achievement?

    There are more than 50 projects in West Virginia — all financed by taxpayers in other states — that are named for Byrd or his late wife Erma. Byrd frequently gloated about how much loot he was able to snare for his state. Here, for example, are his remarks at the dedication ceremony four years ago of the Robert C. Byrd Biotechnology Center at Marshall University in Huntington: The effort began, he said, “with a visit to my office, yeah! Yeah, man. Yeah, man, a visit to my office, yeah” by the school’s president. So Byrd then proceeded to do what he did best: “I rolled up my sleeves to do the work in Congress to secure the Federal funding. Yeah, man, you’re looking at Big Daddy. Big Daddy!”

    As you can see, Byrd loved to brag about how easily he got the Federal spigot turned in West Virginia’s direction: “I’ve been [in the Senate] longer than anybody else ... so I added $35.6 million. That ain’t chicken feed. No man, that’s not little stuff. That’s not small stuff.”

    Actually, when compared to a Federal budget of $3.8 trillion, and a deficit of $1.3 trillion, that is chicken feed to our big-spenders in Washington. But not in West Virginia, one of the most impoverished states in the union. Which brings up a point I have not heard anyone else make: Why did all those untold billions that Byrd was able to grab for his state do so little good for the people there?

    Think about it for a minute. Thanks to Byrd’s efforts, along with a compliant bureaucracy and kowtowing administrations, for most of the 51 years he served in the Senate, West Virginians received more bang for their bucks—that is, more tax dollars back from Uncle Sam than they contributed—than any other state in the union.

    If sucking at the teat of Big Government makes you stronger and healthier, why isn’t West Virginia one of the richest states in the nation? Instead, when measured by the jobs its has created, the pay for those jobs, the living standards of its inhabitants, the quality of medical care and education and just about any other standard that’s important to your quality of life, West Virginia is a disaster.

    Byrd could serve as a poster boy for the bad effects of big government. Instead, the mass media acted as though there was something good and noble about his life’s work — well, about his life work on behalf of big government at least. The media downplayed another aspect of Byrd's life. Presumably it is now deemed ancient history that Byrd, in his youth, was an enthusiastic supporter of the Ku Klux Klan. In fact, when he was 24, he helped form a chapter of the noxious organization in his hometown. He was elected to the state legislature in 1946 and the House of Representatives six years later. In those early campaigns, he made sure he used the “n” word in every speech he made. Later in life, Byrd claimed to have softened his stance against blacks. But he was still a foul-mouthed bigot. Four years ago, to show how “fair and balanced” he had become, he told a TV interviewer, “I’ve seen a lot of white niggers in my time.” Gee, Senator, how fair-minded of you.

    Let’s be honest here. Byrd spent the first half of his adult life as one of the most racist, bigoted, downright nasty politicians the South has ever produced. He then spent the second half of his life building monuments to himself with your money.

    This is someone we should admire?

    Chip Wood was the first news editor of The Review of the News and also wrote for American Opinion, our two predecessor publications. He is now the geopolitical editor of Personal Liberty Digest, where his Straight Talk column appears twice a month. This article first appeared in PersonalLiberty.com and has been reprinted with permission.
    By faith Noah,being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear,prepared an ark to the saving of his house;by the which he condemned the world,and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith Heb.11:7

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    Pig is an understatement!

    Pigs are just dumb animals.

    He was a thief!

    Racist!

    Liar!

    Corrupt to the core!

    -Doc

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    I thought this is a gun site. Not a conservative, Christian view on life.

    Postings like this one, shout the need for a rule 9 on this website.

    I ask the site admin to invoke a rule 9.

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    Quote Originally Posted by theicemanmpls View Post
    I thought this is a gun site. Not a conservative, Christian view on life.

    Postings like this one, shout the need for a rule 9 on this website.

    I ask the site admin to invoke a rule 9.

    9. We have learned from bitter experience that discussions of certain subjects (politics, religion, abortion, sexual orientation, etc) often degenerate quickly. For this reason, we prohibit these subjects in our discussions. We also discourage "caliber wars" and the virtues of "open carry" topic; strongly encouraging you to take these discussions to other forums where these topics are the focus
    Politics
    Anything to do with Politics EXCEPT 2nd Amendment issues. Only for thick skinned. There will be strong opinions here.
    ENTER AT YOUR OWN RISK.

    'Nuff said.

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    The subject is appropriate in this forum. The former KKK recruiter and recent Senator Byrd was no friend of the Constitution. Unfortunately, there are few friends of the Constitution to be found anywhere in the USA.

    The enemies of our Rights and accomplices to the powers that Byrd represented include those who state they support the Constitution but always find some way to apply limits to it.
    People don't like to be meddled with. We tell them what to do, what to think, don't run, don't walk. We're in their homes and in their heads and we haven't the right. We're meddlesome.--River Tam

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    Quote Originally Posted by rainman97361 View Post
    Politics
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    ENTER AT YOUR OWN RISK.

    'Nuff said.
    Exactly. I thought that was pretty easy to read. Perhaps it needs to be in big block letters. It amazes me that there are others that would like to tell Luke how to run his site. I think most of us if we did not like a site and its rules would go somewhere else rather than always complaining about others and the way the site is run. Last time I looked there were neither bars nor a ball and chain or any laws that make someone come back here.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NDS View Post
    The subject is appropriate in this forum. The former KKK recruiter and recent Senator Byrd was no friend of the Constitution. Unfortunately, there are few friends of the Constitution to be found anywhere in the USA.

    The enemies of our Rights and accomplices to the powers that Byrd represented include those who state they support the Constitution but always find some way to apply limits to it.

    I wholeheartedly disagree with the assessment that there are few friends of the Constitution. There are plenty of friends of the Constitution. The issue is that most of them aren't elected officials who can do something about it. Most of us friends of the Constitution are just plain average Joe Americans with nothing but a pen and a vote.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rainman97361 View Post
    I wholeheartedly disagree with the assessment that there are few friends of the Constitution. There are plenty of friends of the Constitution. The issue is that most of them aren't elected officials who can do something about it. Most of us friends of the Constitution are just plain average Joe Americans with nothing but a pen and a vote.
    Disagree all you please but you will be hard pressed to find people who are willing to limit the government to Constitutional actions.

    Read this forum for examples of those who ostensibly support Constitutional limits on government but always have a point or two where they wish to limit the Constitution and permit government more power than the Constitution allows.

    If you don't support all of the Constitution you should Amend it rather than ignore it.

    As for common citizens supportiing the Constitution --- what percentage of them have actually read it?

    When I taught US History I made it a point to read the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution to my students and discuss each paragraph in turn. I don't know of any Social Studies teacher that even assigns the reading of those documents today. I guess they're considered 'peripheral' to the laws of the present USA.
    People don't like to be meddled with. We tell them what to do, what to think, don't run, don't walk. We're in their homes and in their heads and we haven't the right. We're meddlesome.--River Tam

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    Quote Originally Posted by rainman97361 View Post
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    ENTER AT YOUR OWN RISK.

    'Nuff said.
    +1 RAINMAN, If THEY don't want a hair cut, don't go to the Barber Shop. If THEY don't like what you read here, don't come to this site. If you can't stand the heat in the kitchen, get the hell out of it. NOT sure what part of this some people don't understand. Probably was told it was OK when he soiled his diapers

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  11. Byrd said the N-word on national television. He is a racist.

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