A spokesperson for current U.S. Senator and former Klansman Robert Byrd says the Senator was admitted to a Washington D.C. hospital late Friday May 15th, 2009 with a spike in his temperature. Byrd's doctors say he is suffering from a minor infection. They say he is being treated with antibiotics and is responding well. He is expected to be released from the hospital later this week.
At the age of 91, Senator Byrd is the oldest member of the Senate and the longest serving senator in American history. He had been the chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee until 2008, when the Senate opted for newer blood with its new chairman, Sen. Dan Inouye (D-HI), who is 85 years old. As the president pro-tempore of the Senate, Byrd is third in line for the U.S. Presidency.
The senator has been in frail condition for some time, using a wheelchair to navigate the halls of Congress. In February 2008, Senator Byrd was briefly hospitalized after a fall in his home when he started complaining about subsequent pain. Doctors were looking for signs of broken bones or other injuries.
Why do I refer to Robert Byrd as a "former Ku Klux Klan member"? It's not because I'm offended by that fact; that was a long time ago and he's long since severed any Klan ties. It's because of media hypocrisy. The media will never refer to Byrd as a former Klan member, but every time they do a story about Dr. David Duke, they always refer to him as "former Ku Klux Klan wizard David Duke", even though in 1979, Dr. Duke ALSO severed all ties with the Klan.
Perhaps one of the reasons is because Senator Byrd may have sanitized his Klan history. Senator Byrd has repeatedly explained that he joined the Klan during World War II - not because he was a racist - but because the Klan had taken a strong stance against communism, a system of government that then existed only in the Soviet Union. However, a January 2003 post on Free Republic questions that statement. Here's the pertinent post:
...Byrd's KKK alibi doesn't stand up to even the most cursory historical scrutiny, as a World War II veteran pointed out to NewsMax.com Wednesday.
"When Byrd said he joined the Klan, it couldn't have been famous for being anti-Communist, since in 1943 the Soviet Union was our crucial ally in World War II," said our source, who served in Air Force, then known as the Army Air Corps, in preparation for the Normandy invasion.
"In 1943 Franklin Roosevelt was still calling Stalin 'Uncle Joe'," he added. "And I remember U.S. military maps that showed the Red Army's advances toward Berlin, which was something we were all happy about."
Further puncturing Sen. Byrd's KKK alibi, the World War II vet recalled, "There would have been no reason for any patriotic American to have been anti-Communist in 1943 - because we were doing everything we could to help the Reds beat Hitler on the Eastern Front."
In fact, anti-communism didn't emerge as a genuine force in American politics until 1947, with the outbreak of the Cold War - four years after Byrd says he left the Klan. Two weeks ago the West Virginia Democrat's press secretary Tom Gavin said his boss had belonged to the Klan for only "a number of months."
It was during this period that Byrd - supposedly by then an EX-Klansman - was advising Grand Imperial Wizard Samuel Green on whom to appoint to important posts in the hierarchy of the hate group. In a letter to Green, Byrd urged, "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."
A year later in 1948, Byrd opposed President Truman's initiative to integrate the Armed Forces - and he did so using the language of a very much active Klansman.
The powerful Senate Democrat vowed then that he would "never submit to fight beneath that banner (the American flag) 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."
"If Byrd said he thought the Klan's main job was fighting communism, he's either not being honest about why he joined - or he was a Klansman a lot longer than he now wants to admit," said the World War II vet.
Another possible reason is that, although Senator Byrd has also publicly distanced himself from the doctrine of racial separatism, Dr. Duke continues to promote peaceful racial separatism, although he does not promote the forcible transfer of non-Whites or any other form of racial abuse. Thus Dr. Duke continues to be smeared as a "hater", although during an interview with CNN's Wolf Blitzer in December 2006, when Blitzer asked him, "Do you hate Jews?", Dr. Duke clearly said, "No, I don't". This answer is further validated by the title of his second book, "Jewish Supremacism"; the title alone conveys the message that Dr. Duke does NOT take issue with Jewish existence, but merely with a specifically pathological form of behavior called Jewish supremacism. Dr. Duke acknowledges that only a minority of Jews are Jewish supremacists, although their dominance of the media makes it appear that they speak for the entire Jewish community. Some of the most flagrant examples of Jewish supremacism include:
-- The Anti-Defamation League maximizing their Holocaust and minimizing genocide against other peoples, while characterizing anyone critical of Jews and Israel as being "anti-Semitic".
-- Jailing dissenters in Germany and Austria merely for publicly disputing conclusions about the Holocaust.
-- Continuing a 14-year harassment campaign against the LDS Church over proxy baptisms of deceased Holocaust survivors even though the Church has renounced the practice, counseled members to do that type of work only for their own deceased family members, and implemented better name-screening practices.
-- Continuing to extract Holocaust reparations from Germany 64 years after the fact, even though Jewish religious law calls for a jubilee every 50 years, in which all debts are supposedly forgiven.
The mere existence of a Jewish state in Israel should not be considered in and of itself as a form of Jewish supremacism, although the boundaries of the state are still considered in dispute. All peoples have the right to self-determination. But Jewish supremacism should be considered just as repugnant as any other form of racial or religious supremacism.
In the final analysis, the media needs to judge Robert Byrd and David Duke by the same standards. Both severed ties with the Klan long ago. Thus, either describe both as former Klan members, or neither, unless the story is specifically intended to explore Klan ties.