Robert Byrd quotes

  • To the American people I say, awaken to what is happening. It is the duty of each citizen to be vigilant, to protect liberty, to speak out, left and right and disagree lest be trampled underfoot by misguided zealotry and extreme partisanship.
    -- Robert Byrd

    #People #Liberty #Citizens

  • 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 Byrd

    #Fighting #Land #Race

  • It is money, money, money! Not ideas, not principles, but money that reigns supreme in American politics.
    -- Robert Byrd

    #Money #Ideas #Principles

  • One's family is the most important thing in life. I look at it this way: One of these days I'll be over in a hospital somewhere with four walls around me. And the only people who'll be with me will be my family.
    -- Robert Byrd

    #Family #Wall #People

  • The money the president wants to borrow for Iraq will come directly out of the American taxpayer wallets in the form of Medicare and Social Security receipts. That's your money
    -- Robert Byrd

    #Iraq #President #Want

  • Hitler never abandoned the cloak of legality; he recognized the enormous psychological value of having the law on his side. Instead, he turned the law inside out and made illegality legal.
    -- Robert Byrd

    #Law #Sides #Psychological

  • My old mom told me, 'Robert, you can't go to heaven if you hate anybody.' We practice that. There are white niggers. I've seen a lot of white ***** in my time. I'm going to use that word. We just need to work together to make our country a better country, and I'd just as soon quit talking about it so much.
    -- Robert Byrd

    #Mom #Country #Hate

  • It is the Constitution of the United States that has been undermined, undercut, and is under attack. It is the American people's liberties that is in jeopardy. That is why I wrote 'Losing America.'
    -- Robert Byrd

    #America #People #Liberty

  • I am a former Kleagle [recruiter] of the Ku Klux Klan in Raleigh County. The Klan is needed today as never before and I am anxious to see its rebirth here in West Virginia. It is necessary that the order be promoted immediately and in every state in the union.
    -- Robert Byrd

    #Virginia #Order #Ku Klux Klan

  • The last UN weapons inspectors left Iraq in October of 1998. We are confident that Saddam Hussein retains some stockpiles of chemical and biological weapons, and that he has since embarked on a crash course to build up his chemical and biological warfare capabilities. Intelligence reports indicate that he is seeking nuclear weapons...
    -- Robert Byrd

    #Iraq #Nuclear #Biological Warfare

  • To engage in war is always to pick a wild card. And war must always be the last resort, not a first choice. I truly must question the judgment of any president who can say that a massive, unprovoked military attack on a nation which is over fifty percent children is 'in the highest moral traditions of our country.'
    -- Robert Byrd

    #Country #Peace #Children

  • This war is not necessary. We are truly sleepwalking through history.
    -- Robert Byrd

    #War #Sleepwalking

  • There is no doubt that constitutional freedoms will never be abolished in one fell swoop, for the American people cherish their freedoms, and would not tolerate such a loss if they could perceive it. But the erosion of freedom rarely comes as an all-out frontal assault but rather as a gradual, noxious creeping, cloaked in secrecy, and glossed over by reassurances of greater security.
    -- Robert Byrd

    #Loss #Erosion #People

  • Political correctness gets in the way of all too many things in this country of ours, I am not a subscriber of political correctness by any means, shape or form.
    -- Robert Byrd

    #Country #Mean #Political

  • America’s true power lies not in its will to dominate but in its ability to inspire.
    -- Robert Byrd

    #Lying #America #Inspire

  • Be sure you avoid the Ku Klux Klan. Don't get that albatross around your neck. Once you've made that mistake, you inhibit your operations in the political arena.
    -- Robert Byrd

    #Mistake #Ku Klux Klan #Political

  • It was the separation of powers upon which the framers placed their hopes for the preservation of the people's liberties. Despite this heritage, the congress has been in too many cases more than willing to walk away from its constitutional powers.
    -- Robert Byrd

    #People #Liberty #Heritage

  • I have never seen such extreme partisanship, such bitter partisanship, and such forgetfulness of the fate of our fathers and of the Constitution.
    -- Robert Byrd

    #Father #Fate #Bitterness

  • Is it any wonder, why the approval ratings of the Congress go up every time we go into recess?
    -- Robert Byrd

    #Approval #Wonder #Congress

  • We, unlike Nazi Germany or Mussolini's Italy, have never stopped being a nation of laws, not of men. But witness how men with motives and a majority can manipulate law to cruel and unjust ends.
    -- Robert Byrd

    #Men #Law #Majority

  • That's what the Senate is about. It's the last bastion of minority rights, where a minority can be heard, where a minority can stand on its feet, one individual if necessary, and speak until he falls into the dust
    -- Robert Byrd

    #Fall #Dust #Feet

  • To contemplate war is to think about the most horrible of human experiences
    -- Robert Byrd

    #War #Thinking #Horrible

  • Mission accomplished? The mission in Iraq, as laid out by President Bush and Vice President Cheney, has failed.
    -- Robert Byrd

    #Iraq #President #Vices

  • Our ideals of freedom, set forth and realized in our Constitution, are our greatest export to the world.
    -- Robert Byrd

    #World #Constitution

  • The ongoing strife in Iraq, and the billions of dollars that the President is seeking to continue that war, give me little comfort that this Administration has learned from its mistakes in Iraq.
    -- Robert Byrd

    #War #Mistake #Iraq

  • Congress is not an ATM.
    -- Robert Byrd

    #Atm #Congress

  • Can it be that we, too, are ready to embrace the foul concepts of atheism? Somebody is tampering with America's soul, I leave it to you who that somebody is.
    -- Robert Byrd

    #America #Scary #Soul

  • Do not run a campaign that would embarrass your mother.
    -- Robert Byrd

    #Running #Mother #Campaigns

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