The voice of reason for the past 10 years in the United States Senate has died.
He will be remembered for a long time.
Bob Byrd used to piss me off big time and his past, to say the least, is checkered.
Ultimately, he became one of the true liberals voices of reason in the senate. He raised his voice and opposed almost all the ridiculous aspects of the Bush doctrine that we are now paying heavily for. He was not afraid to speak out against both wars and the "patriot" act. He recently told WVians to grow up and get away from their coal mentality (my words but his intent).
He apologized for the rest of his life for his opposition to the civil rights act of 1968. Many politicians expressed regret for their opposition but few apologized and recanted their position like RCB did. His regrets for his past racist behaviors were true and honest.
I eventually learned to love the guy.
Take a moment and applaud the life of someone who always did what they thought was best, was willing to admit mistakes and humbly ask forgiveness and served his nation for his entire life.
Robert C. Byrd: A true patriot.