A Farewell to Senator Robert Byrd of West Virginia

Yesterday, the people of the United States lost a distinguished advocate for peace, Senator Robert C. Byrd of West Virginia. A true character suited for historic legend, Senator Byrd served in the Senate for 51 years.  His impact and influence on the history, contemporary, and future of our nation are remarkable and will remain unforgettable.

He is said by some to have been seen walking the halls of Congress waiving his walking cane before him, hollering, “Make way for liberty.” With his pocket Constitution in hand, Senator Byrd stood defiantly against the Bush Administration’s Iraq War policies, doing what he did best on the floor of the U.S. Senate Chamber: speaking truth to power.

Honoring his memory and some of the lessons he would have perhaps wished to bestow upon us, below are a few videos featuring Senator Byrd speaking out against how little time Senators were given to pass the AUTHORIZATION OF THE USE OF UNITED STATES ARMED FORCES AGAINST IRAQ, and taking direct aim at the constitutionally granted powers of Congress that were relinquished to President Bush with limited discussion and debate.

Looking back eight years, as America remains militarily engaged in scarcely understood conflicts and occupations abroad and as the reality of the Bush Administration’s horrific blunders remain relatively unspoken of, hiding under a persistent fog of  denial and political inexpediency, Senator Byrd’s determinant voice and call for a reevaluation of America’s interest in the bloody awful costs of war should be heeded, repeated, and remembered.

Rest in peace, Senator Byrd. You are in our hearts and are on our minds, and you will be missed.

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