The following E-mail was sent by MoveOn.org, and was apparently signed by (to use Robert Byrd’s terminology) “race mongrel” and “throwback to the blackest specimen of the wilds” Barack Obama. Its purpose was to raise money to help reelect Robert Byrd, aka Senator Sheets, to the Senate.
Dear MoveOn member,
I’m writing today about a senator who needs your urgent support. Senator Robert Byrd was one of the first senators I met with when I came to the Senate 3 months ago. Senator Byrd understands the history, the importance and the role Senate plays in our government–at 87 years old, he’s the most senior senator.
He has spoken out passionately against a Bush foreign policy that has alienated our allies throughout the world. Today, he is fighting an attempt by Republicans to change the 200-year old rules of the Senate that would allow Republicans to ram federal judges through the Senate with no regard for what others might say. Above all, Robert Byrd understands just how sacred the Constitution of our country truly is and fights every day to protect it.
Now he needs our help. In 2006, Senator Byrd will be the target of Republicans because he stands up for what he believes.
I want to be sure Robert Byrd is here fighting for us in the Senate. Will you join me in supporting his campaign for re-election, before a critical deadline this Thursday?
You can give online at: …I hope you will give generously to help send Robert Byrd back to the Senate for another term to fight for the Constitution and the freedom of speech we all enjoy.
Remember, in order to win back the Senate majority, we need Robert Byrd. [And Robert Byrd said, “The Klan is needed today as never before…”]
The work you do is extremely important–you and millions of others, working through MoveOn, have helped change the way politics works in this country. Thank you for your help.
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Robert Byrd stands up for what he believes:
- “[The Ku Klux Klan] is an effective force in the struggle against communism and in the promotion of traditional American values.” –Robert C. Byrd, speaking as a “Kleagle” for the Klan, 1942
- “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” — Robert C. Byrd, in a letter to Sen. Theodore Bilbo (D-MS), 1945
- “The Klan is needed today as never before and I am anxious to see its rebirth here in West Virginia and in every state in the Union.” — State Rep. Robert C. Byrd, letter to the West Virginia KKK Grand Wizard, 1948
And who was Theodore Bilbo? If Robert Byrd’s mentor had had his way, Barack Obama would not only not be in the Senate, he would not even be allowed to vote.
A master of scathing filibuster and a “rough and tumble” fighter in debate, Bilbo became a synonym for white supremacy. He held unapologetic “anti-Negro” views and was a fiery defender of segregation.
Bilbo was also outspoken in his belief that blacks should not be allowed to vote anywhere, the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments to the Constitution to the contrary. There were many allegations of disenfranchisement by black veterans, along with allegations that his campaign tactics provoked violence.