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19 Mar

Hillary Clinton’s Judgement Is Pathetic

Senator Hillary Clinton voted ‘yea’ on the Iraq War

On March 19, 2003 the United States, along with coalition forces primarily from the United Kingdom, initiates war on Iraq.

President Bush and his advisers built their case for war on the lie that Iraq, under dictator Saddam Hussein, possessed or was in the process of building weapons of mass destruction.

No weapons of mass destruction were found in Iraq.

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Robert Byrd

The McGlynn:

As Byrd once announced:

“I shall never fight in the armed forces 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.”

Why does Hillary Clinton get a pass for her friendship with a former, high-ranking KKK member?

Senator Robert Byrd was a Kleagle, a Klan recruiter, in his 20s and 30s

In a video uploaded to the State Department’s official YouTube page on June 28, 2010, Clinton commemorated late Sen. Byrd by saying, “Today our country has lost a true American original, my friend and mentor Robert C. Byrd”

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.

Although Byrd later renounced his affiliation with the KKK, saying it was the worst mistake of his life, he also voted “no” against the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Not only did he vote “no,” he joined Southern Democrats in an unsuccessful filibuster against the landmark 1964 Civil Rights. Furthermore, Byrd used the term “white nigger,” an early 20th-century anachronism, not once, but twice during an interview with Tony Snow in 2001.

By Eric Pianin
Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, June 19, 2005

“Today our country has lost a true American original, my friend and mentor Robert C. Byrd”

You are invited to watch the video below. Hillary Clinton praises and remembers her friend and former Klansman, Senator Robert Byrd


Here’s her full statement:

Today our country has lost a true American original, my friend and mentor Robert Byrd.
Senator Byrd was a man of surpassing eloquence and nobility. I will remember him most for a heartfelt comment he made to me in the dark days following 9/11, when my state of New York was reeling and we were scrambling to provide support and relief. “Think of me as the third senator from New York,” he said. And he meant it. Thanks to the leadership of Senator Byrd, who chaired the Appropriations Committee, New Yorkers got the help they needed. I will never forget his devotion and his friendship in that critical time.

It is almost impossible to imagine the United States Senate without Robert Byrd. He was not just its longest serving member, he was its heart and soul. From my first day in the Senate, I sought out his guidance, and he was always generous with his time and his wisdom. I admired his tireless advocacy for his constituents, his fierce defense of the Constitution and the traditions of the Senate, and his passion for government that improves the lives of the people it serves. And as Secretary of State, I continued to rely on his advice and counsel. I have been grateful for the support he has provided as a leader of the Appropriations Committee to our diplomats and development workers as they serve our country and advance our interests all over the world.

Robert Byrd led by the power of his example, and he made all of us who had the honor of serving as his colleagues better public servants and better citizens. After more than five decades of service, he has left an indelible imprint on the Senate, on West Virginia, and on our nation. We will not see his like again.

I am heartened to know that Senator Byrd is now reunited with his beloved Erma, the high-school sweetheart who became his wife of nearly 70 years and the love of his life. My thoughts and prayers are with their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

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