cur-mud-geon: anyone who hates hypocrisy and pretense and has the temerity to say so; anyone with the habit of pointing out unpleasant facts in an engaging and humorous manner
Redemption is alive and well within our U.S. Senate. Two recent deaths from within the group of then-currently seated Senators gave us that redemptive window through which to view these people.
Senator Robert Byrd died yesterday at the age of 92 after a long illness that kept him off the Senate floor except for key votes when he was wheeled in to make his vote. The liberal press has, for all intent and purpose, forgotten the history of this man. He was a Ku Klux Klan (KKK) leader. He filibustered against the Civil Rights law. He brought more taxpayer dollars to his home state of
That having been said, Sen. Byrd was an arch-defender of the protocol of the Senate and wielded his fierce protection of that body whether it was a Democrat or a Republican that threatened to defile its reputation. Then-Senator Joe Biden was the recipient of one of Byrd’s ‘comeuppances’ in a federal appeals court vote in 1986. Byrd carried a copy of our Constitution with him at all times and was not bashful about pulling it out to deliver a lecture as he thought appropriate.
As with other Senate members, such as Edward Kennedy, we see complicated personalities that had both good and not-so-good episodes in their adult lives. They were redeemed, as much by the forgetfulness of the mainstream media as by their changed ways.
Unfortunately, I continue to feel it necessary to ask the question of whether or not a conservative would’ve been accorded the same opportunities for redemption.