Roger L. Simon

A llittle racist music from USA Today

Something missing from the lede in this “opinion” piece from Thursday’s USA Today?

Robert Byrd, the longest-serving member of the Senate, counts only a few regrets in his 47-year career: filibustering the 1964 Civil Rights Act, voting to expand the Vietnam War and backing airline deregulation.

This week he added a new one: having joined the stampede in 2001 that passed the dubiously named USA Patriot Act weeks after the 9/11 attacks.


Only a “few”regrets indeed. Missing from this article is the biggest one all of all – membership in the Ku Klux Klan. That’s like leaving out membership in the Nazi Party. How do we take these people seriously?

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