Clinton’s Byrd eulogy: ties between Klan, Arizona Latinos and Obama DOJ.
Christian Adams and Bill Clinton.
Who would have thought a heretofore unknown career Justice Department lawyer and the famously garrulous former President could combine to turn the spotlight on the centuries old — if never formally acknowledged — alliance between progressives and racism?
President Clinton first.
In winging along in his eulogy for the late West Virginia U.S. Senator Robert Byrd, former President Bill Clinton decided (impulsively?) to address the much commented upon knowledge that Senator Byrd spent part of his early career as an “Exalted Cyclops” of the Ku Klux Klan.
Blurted Clinton of that which must not be mentioned by liberals:
“He once had a fleeting association with the Ku Klux Klan, what does that mean? I’ll tell you what it means. He was a country boy from the hills and hollows from West Virginia. He was trying to get elected. And maybe he did something he shouldn’t have done and he spent the rest of his life making it up. And that’s what a good person does. There are no perfect people. There are certainly no perfect politicians.”
So. Bill Clinton says Robert Byrd was dallying with one of the most famously racist organizations in American history because he “was trying to get elected.”
OK. Fair enough. (Not really, but we’ll come back to this.)
But trying to get elected… to do what, exactly?
Well, as it happens, we know the answer to that. Senator Byrd spent his entire career as an elected official supporting — hold on — Big Government. Really. The whole shebang from the social programs to the big buildings and unions that housed and ran those programs. When he could get away with it, which was often, he loved having whole chunks of that Big Government built or removed to the end of that country road that was heaven to him — West Virginia.
And with Bill Clinton’s frank acknowledgment, we now have, at long last, an on-the-record nod to what has been the dirty little secret of the American left since its beginning.
And that dirty little secret would be?
The immutable connection between the sheerest, rawest forms of racism — and the political necessity of using that racism to successfully sell and build Big Government. Race is the social concrete required for the resulting political edifice over which progressives love to endlessly preen, build, re-build, enlarge and preen again. And all of it — the massive programs, the resulting bureaucrats, the mushrooming government unions — the entire framework cannot be successfully erected unless racism, fear of “the other,” is used as the pouring mixture. As Robert Byrd did with such early skillful success.
This is not some political reminder of the past, either. Robert Byrd and his affection for racism was not — is not — a relic of liberal days gone by.
To dismiss what Byrd did to get up onto his first political rung in the late 1940s as just the antics of some country boy with straw still in his ears is to seriously misunderstand what we are seeing in American society right this minute. To misunderstand what Christian Adams has stumbled onto in, of all places, the U.S. Department of Justice. Not to mention what we have seen in one form or another from progressives/liberals/the American left for some two hundred years.
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