Robert Byrd, fully Robert Carlyle Byrd

Robert
Byrd, fully Robert Carlyle Byrd
1917
2010

American Senator and U.S. Representative from West Virginia

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The Congress and certainly this Senate is not ordinary, and certainly not Lilliputian. We're senators.

Our recommendations to the president have been followed, in that he is reaching out across the aisle and getting most of the views of the senators on both sides of the aisle.

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

I've given most of my life to serving the people of West Virginia, and it began here 59 years ago, ... six more years, six more years.

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

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.

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.

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.

It is time to come home, America. Time to look within our own borders and within our own souls. There are many questions to be answered and many missions to accomplish right here on our own soil.

It is the American people's liberties that is in jeopardy.

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.'

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

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

I refuse simply to toe the party line when it comes to Supreme Court justices. I hail from a conservative state. And, like a majority of my constituents, I prefer conservative judges.

I want answers - we all want answers - as to why it took so long for rescue teams to get on the ground. There is no excuse for the days of delay and the inexplicable lack of coordination in the response effort... We knew the danger was coming. Yet, the government failed to respond. Lives were lost because the government failed to do its job.

I will never submit to fight beneath that banner 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.

I refuse simply to toe the party line when it comes to Supreme Court justices, and I make up my mind after careful contemplation. ... I am a registered Democrat -- everyone knows that. But when it comes to judges, I hail from a conservative state, and like a majority of my constituents, I prefer conservative judges. I've been saying that for years and years. That is, [I prefer] judges who do not try to make the law.

I have the best job in America because I represent you, the people of West Virginia. And I want to keep this job,

I look at it this way: One of these days I'll be over in a hospital somewhere with four walls around me.

I have seen our government at its best, but today I fear that we see our government at its worst.

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

I have been in Congress for more than a half century. I have lived through times of fear and times of hope. Of despair and of achievement. I have seen our government at its best, but today I fear that we see our government at its worst.

I have had the faith of a mustard seed, and I've been able to move mountains, ... And there are other mountains, and I'll be able to move them.

I have lived through times of fear and times of hope. Of despair and of achievement.

I am very pleased with the court's decision, which I believe to be a great victory for the American people and our Constitution,

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First Name
Robert
Last Name
Byrd, fully Robert Carlyle Byrd
Birth Date
1917
Death Date
2010
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American Senator and U.S. Representative from West Virginia