Monday, June 02, 2008
October 2002In perhaps his finest moment, Robert Byrd, Senator from West Virginia, spoke at length in the Senate against the resolution to authorize the use of force in Iraq. Byrd accused his fellow Senators of abdicating their Constitutional duties by turning over to the Executive the power, unilaterally, to decide when to commit America to war.
Part of that speech, remembered here, as Senator Byrd is hospitalized tonight in Virginia:
...the Senate is rushing to vote on whether to declare war on Iraq without pausing to ask why. We don't have time to ask why. We don't have time to get the answers to that question why. Why is war being dealt with not as a last resort but as a first resort? Why is Congress being pressured to act now? As of today, I believe 33 days before a general election when a third of the United States Senate and the entire House of Representatives are in the final highly politicized weeks of election campaign.Byrd failed to persuade many Democrats or Republicans, but I will always remember that he fought that good fight. I hope he is safe tonight and returns to good health swiftly.
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No subject for immortal verse
That we who lived by honest dreams
Defend the bad against the worse."
-- Cecil Day-Lewis from Where Are The War Poets?
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