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July 6, 2020 · OPINION

The speaker and her revisionist view of history

Portraits of Charles Crisp and James Orr removed from the Speaker’s Lobby in the U.S. Capitol on June 18.
By Harry F. Burroughs III

I want to congratulate Speaker Nancy Pelosi for her decision to remove four former speakers of the House, Charles Crisp, Howell Cobb, Robert Hunter and James Orr from the Speaker’s Lobby. These four men strongly supported the Confederacy and slavery.

She is also leading the charge to remove the statues of 11 men designated by their states to reside in Statutory Hall within the U.S. Capitol. Sadly, what the speaker has repeatedly failed to mention is that all of these elected officials were proud members of the Democratic Party.

Speaker Pelosi has also never mentioned that Democrats and not Republicans strongly supported slavery, voted against the Civil Rights Act of 1964, violently tried to stop integration, and that the former Democratic majority leader of the U.S. Senate, Robert Byrd was a recruiter for the Ku Klux Klan.

In 1948, Robert Byrd wrote to the KKK Grand Wizard Joel L. Baskin that, “The Klan is needed today as never before, and I am anxious to see its rebirth in West Virginia and in every state in the nation.” While the senator apologized for his membership, his picture stills hangs in the Old Senate Chamber. Madame Speaker, should it be removed?

In her June 18 weekly press conference, Speaker Pelosi opined, “There’s no room in the hallowed halls of this democracy, this temple of democracy to memorialize people who embody violent bigotry and grotesque racism of the Confederacy. We must lead by example.”

I agree with that statement. I am confused, however, on why you didn’t take this action when you were first elected speaker in 2007 or when you were reelected speaker in 2009? They are the same pictures, the same statues and the same men. As President John Adams liked to say, “Facts are stubborn things.”

We should all celebrate that it was our greatest president — Abraham Lincoln, a Republican — who freed the slaves and it was Republican members of the House of Representatives and U.S. Senate who provided the votes to enact the 13th Amendment to our Constitution and historic Civil Rights legislation in the 1960s.

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AmericanPatriot · July 6, 2020 at 5:30 pm
Democrats will never own their past, or their present.

Its quite embarrassing. Fortunately for them, they have a mindless horde of morons who will eat anything served up by cnn, msnbc, or the dnc.

FairandBalanced · July 6, 2020 at 5:17 pm
hey BS why you so full of BS? its so easy to hurl insults right back at you because you never talk about facts its always hygiene, personal habits, name calling, intelligence, social status...its like you guys, yeah guys like you pal, never got past the third grade. stupid is stupid does. stay away from the diner, pal.
FairandBalanced · July 6, 2020 at 5:08 pm
Connecticut artist Judith Pond Kudlow applied for PPP funds, according to remarks made in an interview with ABC by her husband, Larry Kudlow, White House chief economic adviser and director of the National Economic Council.

Among the loan recipients disclosed Monday is KTAK Corporation, a Tulsa, Okla.-based operator of fast food franchises owned by Rep. Kevin Hern (R-Okla.)

Rep. Mike Kelly (R-Pa.) benefited when three of his car dealerships, located outside of Pittsburgh, received a combined total of between $450,000 and $1.05 million

One of the wealthiest, Rep. Roger Williams (R-Tex.), said in a May 5 blog post that his auto dealerships had received loans. Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.) said that businesses owned by her family had received PPP loans, after they were disclosed in the Columbia Tribune.
Billy S · July 6, 2020 at 5:05 pm
Give it a rest. Can’t wait for a dozen comments from you, one after the other, on and on. Self appointed smart guy on just about everything. Gets really old. Who’s ass you going to whip at the diner or parking lot today/tonight? You just wait for these types of posts/opinions to come up and that’s your gas on the fire to run silly with it.I bet you have weeds to pull or windows to wash at your double wide. Please do all of us a favor and go do it and save these ridiculous posts to yourself pal. Wash your car or pet your dog. Better than this stupid shit you offer up. Have a pleasant evening.
FairandBalanced · July 6, 2020 at 1:59 pm
we should rather focus on this. the third should write one his artful dodgers on this:

The swamp is alive and well in Washington, D.C.,” said Mike Tanglis, one of the report’s authors. “These (lobbying) booms that these people are having, you can really attribute them to their connection to Trump.

Forty lobbyists with ties to President Donald Trump helped clients secure more than $10 billion in federal coronavirus aid, among them five former administration officials whose work potentially violates Trump's own ethics policy, according to a report.

The lobbyists identified Monday by the watchdog group Public Citizen either worked in the Trump executive branch, served on his campaign, were part of the committee that raised money for inaugural festivities or were part of his presidential transition. Many are donors to Trump’s campaigns, and some are prolific fundraisers for his reelection.

FairandBalanced · July 6, 2020 at 1:26 pm
Do we really want to go there? The third is an artful dodger. it seems to me that minorities have a pretty good idea of what they are doing when joining the Democratic party. They recognize that the Democratic party of today looks and sounds a lot more like the Democratic party of the North that with near unity passed the Civil Rights Bill of 1964 than the southern Democrats of the era who blocked it, and today would, like Strom Thurmond, likely be Republicans.
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