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Robert Byrd and the Privileges of Aristocracy

posted at 3:26 pm on July 1, 2010 by

Mike Riggs at the Daily Caller reports on a remarkable statement of support for the late Senator Robert Byrd from the NAACP:

On Monday the organization released a statement from NAACP President and Chief Executive Benjamin Todd Jealous claiming that Byrd’s life “reflects the transformative power of this nation.”

Jealous goes on to say that Byrd, who once asserted that it was an affront to dignity to ask white men to serve alongside blacks during World War II, “went from being an active member of the KKK to a being a stalwart supporter of the Civil Rights Act, the Voting Rights Act, and many other pieces of seminal legislation that advanced the civil rights and liberties of our country.”

As Mike Riggs points out, Byrd was a committed opponent of the Civil Rights Act, and the Voting Rights Act of 1965.  He wasn’t just a member of the Ku Klux Klan – he was part of its leadership.  Within the last few years, he made statements that could at best be characterized as “racially insensitive,” which means “instantly fatal to the career of any Republican who said them.”

Of course, the NAACP’s embrace of Byrd has nothing to do with principle.  It’s a heartless, soulless political calculation, made by a group that profits handsomely from the immense government Byrd nourished.  His endless incumbency gave him control over billions of tax dollars, and his votes were crucial to the agenda of Big Government, which the NAACP also serves.  The statement from Jealous actually cites Byrd’s vote in favor of ObamaCare as one of the ways he “stood with” the NAACP.

There is no reason for any intelligent person to take the NAACP seriously after its morally bankrupt endorsement of Robert Byrd, and its complicity in whitewashing his white sheets.  However, for the sake of argument, let’s pretend they remain an organization dedicated to principle, rather than another mindlessly hungry organism in the Big Government ecosystem.  Benjamin Jealous is saying that Byrd’s activities in later years completely erase the stain of racism from his energetic membership in the KKK.  Several years after joining, Byrd told a Grand Wizard that “the Klan is needed today as never before, and I am anxious to see its rebirth here in West Virginia, and in every state of the nation.”  He was not a confused teenager when he made this statement.  We are now assured that it doesn’t matter at all.  His signature on the Democrat policy agenda was the baptism of an entirely different Robert Byrd.

Is there any way such indulgence would be granted to a private citizen?

Of course not.  This moral barter system is available only to the aristocracy.  The NAACP will mercilessly destroy the career of any private individual who violates its posted ordinances against racial insensitivity, but they are easily paid off by spending a few billion dollars of other peoples’ money.  The transparent cynicism of this arrangement, made clear by the spectacle of wretched old Robert Byrd lying in state while his past is lovingly airbrushed by “journalists” at the New York Times, transforms the moral revulsion of racism into an instrument of tyranny.

The NAACP, and similar groups, gain prestige and authority through the patronage of politicians.  In return, they offer precious moral capital to the politicians they endorse.  This is a completely closed system, accessible only by members of the political and cultural elite, who support the agenda of increasing government power… with very expensive associate memberships available to well-heeled donors of compatible ideology.

When we observe that no Republican could hope to have his biography re-written to transmute bitter racism into championship service in the cause of civil rights, we aren’t merely clucking our tongues at the unfairness of partisan dirty pool.  We’re watching one of the supreme moral judgments of our society become another sharp fang in the jaws of the leviathan State.  Few indictments in our culture are more devastating than the charge of racism… and this charge is applied, or neutralized, almost entirely on the basis of the target’s usefulness to the State.

The Democrat Party represents the State (and is increasingly disinterested in representing anyone else.)   The life and death of Robert Byrd demonstrate that loyalty to the Party and its agenda provide total inoculation against offenses which are completely inexcusable for the rest of us.  As we saw in the aftermath of Ted Kennedy’s death, faith in the State leads to miracles of moral transformation.  It is beneath the dignity of free people to accept such privileges for an aristocracy which judges them morally unfit to control their own lives.

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Term limits.

For ALL elected officials. Dog catcher to POTUS.

BobMbx on July 1, 2010 at 3:48 PM

White washing 40 years of racial hate, didn’t know that was the NAACP charter.

tarpon on July 1, 2010 at 3:57 PM

White washing 40 years of racial hate, didn’t know that was the NAACP charter.

tarpon on July 1, 2010 at 3:57 PM

It is if you have a (D) next to your name.

Then you can be a member of a terrorist organization like the KKK and the NAACP will look the other way & shake your hand.

tetriskid on July 1, 2010 at 4:14 PM

Well said Doc.

jeanie on July 1, 2010 at 5:40 PM

National
Association of
A$$holes,
Crackheads, and
Punks

…people who would sell out their own kind to an organization that within living memory and within their own borders was responsible for all manner of depravity…

I just cannot think of anything to say, besides suggesting to ship the lot of them to some Turd-World african nation and seeing how they like ‘life without whitey’.

Dark-Star on July 1, 2010 at 9:53 PM

Shame on you Doctor Zero, using “disinterested” when you wanted “uninterested”.

But yeah, the rest of it was right on as usual.

KGB on July 1, 2010 at 10:54 PM

They sell their souls and stay on the plantation.

docflash on July 2, 2010 at 6:50 AM

Like any organization, it all boils down to leadership. The NAACP has none that embraces freedom. DemoRats likewise. Code Pink, NOW, AQ, Hezbollah, the KKK, the list goes on.

Without embracing freedom, a group only stands for mindless servitude.

Robert17 on July 2, 2010 at 7:55 AM

Byrd did what all Democrats did, he realized that he could get more use out of blacks by enslaving them politically & economically rather than physically. The NAACP is simply filling the time-honored role of keeping the slaves quiet, submissive and productive thereby assuring themselves special considerations and privileges from the master.

29Victor on July 2, 2010 at 1:37 PM

As late as 2001 in one of his last long intereviews, Senator Byrd used the odd (and insensitive) phrase “white-ni**er”) on a broadcast interview. That the NAACP “dispenses indulgences” is the issue you properly emphasize. I pray that Senator Byrd saw the light but that’s between him and his Maker. NAACP has no moral authority. Same goes for the Revs. Sharpton and Jackson. THe question is: can we shame the MSM for continuing to ‘project’ the NAACP/Jackson/Sharpton as “spokesmen” for a race? In itself, projecting such flawed institutions/people is INSULTING.

chaswv on July 2, 2010 at 1:45 PM

The Democrat Party represents the State (and is increasingly disinterested in representing anyone else.)

We must not only throw them all out. We must also vote for people who will change their rules and we must also go back to selecting senators the way the founding father intended to.

Alas…

Schadenfreude on July 2, 2010 at 1:46 PM

Hey, the NAACP chastised Donavan McNabb for becoming a classic NFL drop back quarterback instead of maintaining the image of a fleet stereotype like Michael Vick. Surprisingly, that was gleaned from Jason Whitlock’s latest leavings.

a capella on July 2, 2010 at 1:49 PM

Term limits.

For ALL elected officials. Dog catcher to POTUS.

BobMbx on July 1, 2010 at 3:48 PM

No, just the ability to recall them, at any time, and an abolition of governors’ ability to “appoint” replacements, as opposed to holding special elections.

Virus-X on July 2, 2010 at 1:52 PM

Maybe Mel Gibson can slip the NAACP a few million here or there and they’ll let start talking about him nicely, too.

The two stories couldn’t have been juxaposed with better timing if it was scripted.

DrAllecon on July 2, 2010 at 1:58 PM

This is why I am at odds, not only with the NAACP, but with my own family: they’re blind NAACP supporters, and I’m a hard-right Reagonite Conservative. In the Christian sense, yeah, I forgive Byrd. However, that doesn’t mean you have to like the person, pal around with the person, etc. Byrd, as far as I’ve seen, was an unrepentant Klansman; it was clear from his speech, it was clear from the letters he wrote in his supposed ‘post’ Klansman days. As far as I’m concerned, the NAACP is not much better than the KKK or NAAWP; they’re all organizations that exist for nothing more than the perpetuation of racism. All claim to be organizations that believe in God, but none of them worship Jesus Christ, so as far as I care, they’re just as big a group of heathens and pagans as hindus. All twist and contort the Bible (and probably even re-write, in some cases) for their own purposes, ignoring a very important part: Rev. 22:18-19. They also ignore Matthew 7:15 and Matthew 7:21. The sickening and disgusting bedfellowship of Grand Cyclops (or whatever he was) Byrd and the NAACP was nothing more than politics in it’s dirtiest, most pungent form.

Putting icing on the cake is Slick Willy’s ugly eulogy, eulogizing the racist as having a ‘fleeting’ relationship with the most notorious racist, murderous domestic terrorist organization in the United States, justifying it as a way to be elected to office. He even had the audacity to paraphrase the Apostle Paul’s legendary epistle (letter) to Tim:

“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.”

Byrd fought “the good fight”?! He “finished the race” and “kept the faith”?! Faith in what? Obviously, it must be in Satan, the true god of racial supremacists, everywhere. Byrd was no Apostle Paul. Paul was a great man; one of the greatest men in the Bible, and the man most responsible for bringing Christendom to the gentile world. Byrd was a worthless scumbag that made his living by sucking money off the state like a tick, and spreading a message of ethnic-based hatred, discrimination and isolationism. If he makes it to Heaven, I will be well and truly shocked. More likely, he’s drinking brandy with Kennedy.

Virus-X on July 2, 2010 at 2:09 PM

Virus-X on July 2, 2010 at 2:09 PM

Awesome comment.

If he makes it to Heaven, I will be well and truly shocked.

Yeah, well no one can judge the salvation status of another, as you demonstrate that you know. However, due to Byrd’s refusal to serve in WW2 because blacks were a part of the force, I have repeatedly suggested that, if Byrd did get to Heaven, his job would be a servant to this Pearl Harbor hero. God is certainly more merciful than I am.

More likely, he’s drinking brandy with Kennedy.

No yummies in the Hot Place.

baldilocks on July 2, 2010 at 2:25 PM

Byrd fought “the good fight”?! He “finished the race” and “kept the faith”?! Faith in what? Obviously, it must be in Satan, the true god of racial supremacists, everywhere.

Virus-X on July 2, 2010 at 2:09 PM

Byrd’s “faith” was in the state. And Satan. But I repeat myself.

UltimateBob on July 2, 2010 at 3:30 PM

Reminds me of the national feminist organizations, such as NOW, excusing or absolving Bill Clinton of sexual predations because he was too useful for their abortionist agenda.

NNtrancer on July 2, 2010 at 3:39 PM

Maybe Mel Gibson can slip the NAACP a few million here or there and they’ll let start talking about him nicely, too.

The two stories couldn’t have been juxaposed with better timing if it was scripted.

DrAllecon on July 2, 2010 at 1:58 PM


Getchyour racial-absolution here! Buy one, get one free.

The Race Card on July 2, 2010 at 4:05 PM

The Race Card on July 2, 2010 at 4:05 PM

Count your blessings. It could be Buy one, get one freed.

The Race Card on July 2, 2010 at 4:07 PM

The Race Card on July 2, 2010 at 4:05 PM

Count your blessings. It could be Buy one, get one freed.

The Race Card on July 2, 2010 at 4:07 PM

Having conversations with yourself now?

Have you gone off the deep end, or just off your meds?

UltimateBob on July 2, 2010 at 4:18 PM

Give it a few years. It will be reported in public school textbooks that Byrd supported and voted for the Civil Rights Act.

Vashta.Nerada on July 3, 2010 at 1:26 PM