June 30, 2010

Obama Disgraces Flag, Nation With Byrd Honor


Shameful -- utterly shameful.

President Barack Obama has ordered flags on federal buildings to fly at half-staff until the burial next week of Sen. Robert Byrd, except for Independence Day, when they should be flown at full staff to honor the veteran legislator, the White House said Wednesday.

A proclamation issued by Obama made the order “as a mark of respect for the memory and longstanding service of Sen. Robert C. Byrd,” who was the longest-serving member of Congress in history.

Byrd, who represented West Virginia, is scheduled to be buried on July 6, and Obama’s proclamation said the U.S. flag should fly at half-staff until sunset on that day. At the same time, it called for flying the flag at full staff on July 4 “in honor and tribute to this great patriot.”

Why do I consider an honor given often to senior elected officials upon their deaths being given to Robert Byrd? Because of this.

"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."
-- Senator Robert Robert Byrd (1917-2010)

I'm sorry -- the expression of such sentiments ought to permanently disqualify anyone from being honored by Old Glory flown at half-staff. The expression of such sentiments during time of war (those words were written during WWII, a conflict in which Byrd, unlike most men his age, did not wear the uniform) are certainly seditious, arguably treasonous, and certainly offensive. I don't care what he later did or how he repented of his racism, the disrespect of country and flag are an even higher offense than the racism.

Personally, I find the absolution given Byrd by the Left and the MSM (but I repeat myself) is disgusting. Not that I believe there is no place for forgiveness for one's past transgressions, but the liberal mouthpieces in the press made Byrd appear as white as his sheets back in the bad old days. While I'm not a Glenn Beck fan, I think that he gets it exactly right here.

H/TWeasel Zippers

Forgive, but do not forget.

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