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Washington (CNN) -- Sen. Robert Byrd, the 92-year-old Democrat from West Virginia who is the longest-serving Congress member in history, has been hospitalized in serious condition, his office said Sunday. Byrd was admitted to a Washington area hospital last week and his condition is "seriously ill," according to the statement by his office.
Originally posted by seataka
If he goes. God will Bless Him, because he will go knowing that he did the best he could for the good people of West Virginia considering what he had to work with... in D.C.
[edit on 27-6-2010 by seataka]
Byrd joined the Ku Klux Klan when he was 24 in 1942. His local chapter unanimously elected him the top officer of their unit.
According to Byrd, a Klan official told him, "You have a talent for leadership, Bob... The country needs young men like you in the leadership of the nation." Byrd later recalled, "suddenly lights flashed in my mind! Someone important had recognized my abilities! I was only 23 or 24 years old, and the thought of a political career had never really hit me. But strike me that night, it did."
Byrd held the titles Kleagle (recruiter) and Exalted Cyclops.
In 1944, Byrd wrote to segregationist Mississippi Senator Theodore Bilbo:
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.
You got me going there for a second. Hilliary Clinton is probably waiting for him to pass on so she can be one step closer to the edge!
Originally posted by Romantic_Rebel
What we need in Washington is another Kennedy. We need the Kennedy's to clean up the filth in America.
When the Truman administration tried to segregate the army in 1945, Byrd wrote an angry letter to “Mississippi’s segregationist senator Theodore Bilbo, wherein he expressed anger over the Truman administration’s efforts to integrate the U.S. military.” He wrote: “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.”