Knight Of The Mind

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Location: Alexandria, Virginia, United States

Greetings and welcome. My name is Steve, I'm 35 years old and I work for the US Army as an Operations Research Analyst. Hence my blog title Knight Of The Mind.

Friday, March 04, 2005

The Pot Calls The Kettle Genocidal

A man who once served as a domestic terrorist for The Klu Klux Klan is not the sort of person who should go around comparing anyone's tactics to Adolf Hitler. Unless, perhaps he's drawing off of knowledge gleaned from personnal experience.

Senator Robert Byrd, who honed his leadership techniques in the KKK, seems to think hubris is a hip new martial arts craze, because this is exactly what he recently did on the floor of the U.S. Senate.

"Hitler never abandoned the cloak of legality; he recognized the enormous psychological value of having the law on his side," the Democrat from West Virginia said. "Instead, he turned the law inside out and made illegality legal."

The Republicans and The Anti-Defamation League wasted no time in calling Senator Byrd on his hateful rhetoric.

Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania, a member of the Republican leadership, said in a statement, "Senator Byrd's inappropriate remarks comparing his Republican colleagues with Nazis are inexcusable."

ADL Director Abraham Foxman said: "It is hideous, outrageous and offensive for Senator Byrd to suggest that the Republican Party's tactics could in any way resemble those of Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party."

CNN reports that Senator Byrd trotted out a spokesman/lackey to clean up his rhetorical dogpile.

"Terrible chapters of history ought never be repeated," said Tom Gavin, spokesman for Byrd. "All one needs to do is to look at history to see how dangerous it is to curb the rights of the minority."

Republicans poured on harder at that juncture.

"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.

Yes, Mr. Brooks indeed had a point there. The pot did indeed have the audacity to call the kennel genocidal.


As you may or may not already be aware, members of the Watcher's Council hold a vote every week on what they consider to be the most link-worthy pieces of writing around... per the Watcher's instructions, I am submitting one of my own posts for consideration in the upcoming nominations process.
Here is the most recent winning council post, here is the most recent winning non-council post, here is the list of results for the latest vote, and here is the initial posting of all the nominees that were voted on.

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