Robert Byrd, fully Robert Carlyle Byrd

Byrd, fully Robert Carlyle Byrd

American Senator and U.S. Representative from West Virginia

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We're seeing the legislative process go down in this Senate.

We ought to have a plan to bring our people home, ... I'm not suggesting any particular deadline, but I think our men and women ought to be brought home. The National Guard, in particular, ought to be here serving our country when we have storms like Katrina.

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.

We encourage people to use microfilm when that will be sufficient for their research purposes. We want to preserve (the bound volumes) for purposes that demand some aspect of utilizing the original format.

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.

We are truly sleepwalking through history.

To contemplate war is to think about the most horrible of human experiences.

To the American people I say, awaken to what is happening.

This war is not necessary. We are truly sleepwalking through history.

Those peckerwoods don't know what they're doing. They don't. They're not being realistic.

This ill-considered (ticket tax) proposal resulted in real cuts in firefighter grants, first responder grants, Coast Guard operations, and in the number of airport screeners,

This is our basic document. It guarantees our freedoms, ... I think the American people revere it, but they don't know a lot about it. I'm trying to inspire students and teachers . . . to study it, to read it.

There's more to come. We've got to level with the American people.

They call me 'The Pork King,' they don't know how much I enjoy it.

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.

The season has come for Americans to look homeward ... instead of continuing to spend billions of dollars in Iraq ,

There doesn't have to even be a vote.

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.

The questions continue to grow. The doubts are beginning to drown out the assurances. For every insistence from Washington that the weapons of mass destruction case against Iraq is sound comes a counterpoint from the field -- another dry hole, another dead end.

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

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.

The market for horsemeat is not an American market ... Horsemeat is shipped abroad. The three slaughterhouses in the U.S. are foreign-owned. Thus, American horses are sold to a foreign company, killed for consumption in a foreign market, and foreign-owned companies profit from the export of horsemeat. Many Americans would be shocked to learn that our animals suffer such a fate, all in order to satisfy the tastes of those living in Europe and Asia.

The Constitution doesn't say that that nominee shall have any vote at all.

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. Will you please inform me as to the possibilities of rebuilding the Klan realm of W. Va.

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.

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American Senator and U.S. Representative from West Virginia