"We, unlike Nazi Germany or Mussolini's Italy, have never stopped being a nation of laws, not of men," Byrd said. "But witness how men with motives and a majority can manipulate law to cruel and unjust ends."What is the purpose of politics if not to convince other people to do what you think is the right thing? If that's the case, and it is, then why is Senator Byrd is consistently criticized for being a KKK member AGES ago? Shouldn't he be complimented for having seen the err in his ways, and having displayed a VOTING RECORD that has consistently tried to create equality?
Byrd then quoted historian Alan Bullock, saying Hitler "turned the law inside out and made illegality legal."
Byrd added, "That is what the 'nuclear option' seeks to do."
The nuclear option is the nickname for the proposal to end filibusters of judicial nominations because of the devastating effect the plan, if enacted, would have on relations between Democrats and Republicans.
Abraham H. Foxman, national director of the Anti-Defamation League, said Byrd's remarks showed "a profound lack of understanding as to who Hitler was" and that the senator should apologize to the American people. He called the comparison "hideous, outrageous and offensive."
"With his knowledge of history and his own personal background as a KKK member, he should be ashamed for implying that his political opponents are using Nazi tactics," said Matt Brooks, executive director of the Republican Jewish Coalition.
Don't get me wrong, Senator Byrd will never have a good enough excuse for why he was in the Klan in his 20s, but in life you are supposed to be able to make good on your mistakes, especially according to JESUS! However, I think living in West Virginia is sorta excuse enough.
Anyway, I suspect if you Google "Byrd KKK" you will find hacks across the world creating nicknames for him, and continuing to use it as a moniker before any argument about what policies he's advocating for/against are even mentioned. I expect nothing less, of course.
Now take Trent Lott, a man who doesn't have such a voting record, and who very recently was speaking on behalf of Strom Thurmond (thank goodness he's dead) who was a hypocritical racist til the day he died. There's a difference.
As for Byrd's recent comments, well, they make total sense. Abe Foxman can suck me.
It just so happens that rules and laws become obsolete, and are abused by the worst types of people. Good people don't do these things; the bad ones do. In order to make a comparison about what the Republicans are doing wrong, Byrd is almost forced to use examples like Hitler and Mussolini. Would Pol Pot suit you better? What about Stalin? What's the difference?
Well, if he had used Pol Pot I'm sure Abe Foxman would have nothing to say.
In pointing out the types of persons who change laws for political gain we have to shine the light on the types of people who have done it in the past. We should always focus on the worst types to put on display what theoretically could happen.
As a JEW and an ITALIAN, I'm not the tiniest bit insulted that a former Klan member used Mussolini and Hitler to make his point about certain Americans in our government. In fact, some of our congress people would have goose-stepped right along with Hitler and Mussolini had they been in those countries back in the day, and THAT'S THE REAL ISSUE.