June 19, 2005

Senator Robert "KKK" Byrd's origins still haunt him

People keep telling me that they can't believe that ol' Robert Byrd (KKK-WV) was truly a member fo the Klan.

In the early 1940s, a politically ambitious butcher from West Virginia named Bob Byrd recruited 150 of his friends and associates to form a chapter of the Ku Klux Klan. After Byrd had collected the $10 joining fee and $3 charge for a robe and hood from every applicant, the "Grand Dragon" for the mid-Atlantic states came down to tiny Crab Orchard, W.Va., to officially organize the chapter.

As Byrd recalls now, the Klan official, Joel L. Baskin of Arlington, Va., was so impressed with the young Byrd's organizational skills that he urged him to go into politics. "The country needs young men like you in the leadership of the nation," Baskin said.

Today's Washington Post piece goes on to talk about how his "association" with the Klan still dogs him.

Y'ask me, I think he's still got those "tendencies" floating 'round his head...

(More coverage from Michelle Malkin & others)

Posted by mhking at June 19, 2005 09:09 PM

If someone I knew was in the KKK told me America "needs men like you in the leadership of the nation," I would have to take a good, hard, critical look at myself.

Posted by: McGehee at June 20, 2005 09:08 AM

Fortunately, he's old, which means we won't have to put up with him for much longer . . .

Posted by: Lola at June 20, 2005 10:29 AM

The link about Robert Byrd via Michelle Malkin
should be read by all. The Washington Post is
too liberal for me so anything they write is
watered down from the truth. Racists like Bill
Shockley who argued with Dr. Rice in the 1980's
at Stanford are better then who wear hoods and
sheets. The Japanese were racists against the
Chinese, Koreans, and the United States. In August of 1945 their country was in ruins. MacArthur published all over Japan picture of
himself and Hirohito beside him. You can guess
who was the taller.
Individuals may be the best in their fields and
the culture in which they are raised may help.
James M. Barber

Posted by: James M. Barber at June 20, 2005 12:24 PM
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