Robert C. Byrd, Corrupter of American Politics, RIP

We are not supposed to speak ill of the dead and I do try to hold to that, but as I clicked on the news this morning and saw alleged Republican Orrin Hatch lauding Senator Byrd, I began to be outraged. It is not a heroic thing for Byrd to have served in the Senate since 6 years before I was born – it is absurd. In addition to that, what Byrd did while Senator was a criminal betrayal of the American ideal.

Think I’m being harsh? Here’s a list of some of the things Byrd had named after himself (from Citizens Against Government Waste):

Robert C. Byrd Drive, from Beckley to Sophia (Byrd’s hometown)

Robert C. Byrd National Technology Transfer Center at Wheeling Jesuit University

Robert C. Byrd Highway

Robert C. Byrd Federal Correctional Institution

Robert C. Byrd High School

Robert C. Byrd Freeway

Robert C. Byrd Center for Hospitality and Tourism

Robert C. Byrd Science Center

Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center of West Virginia

Robert C. Byrd Cancer Research Center

Robert C. Byrd Technology Center at Alderson-Broaddus College

Robert C. Byrd Hardwood Technologies Center, near Princeton

Robert C. Byrd Bridge between Huntington and Chesapeake, Ohio

Robert C. Byrd addition to the lodge at Oglebay Park, Wheeling

Robert C. Byrd Community Center, Pine Grove

Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarships

Robert C. Byrd Expressway, U.S. 52 near Weirton

Robert C. Byrd Institute in Charleston

Robert C. Byrd Institute for Advanced Flexible Manufacturing

Robert C. Byrd Visitor Center at Harpers Ferry National Historic Park

Robert C. Byrd Federal Courthouse

Robert C. Byrd Academic and Technology Center

Robert C. Byrd United Technical Center

Robert C. Byrd Federal Building (there are two)

Robert C. Byrd Hilltop Office Complex

Robert C. Byrd Library and Robert C. Byrd Learning Resource Center

Robert C. Byrd Rural Health Center

Robert C. Byrd Clinical Addition to the veteran’s hospital in Huntington

Robert C. Byrd Industrial Park, Hardy County

Robert C. Byrd Scholastic Recognition Award

Robert C. Byrd Community Center in the naval station, Sugar Grove

Robert C. Byrd Clinic at the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine

Robert C. Byrd Biotechnology Science Center at Marshall University

Byrd doesn’t deserve a eulogy – he deserved flogging. By his oily political gamesmanship he helped to corrupt America. He turned the office of a Senator in to the Office of a Crook…using taxpayer money to pay off cronies, build monuments to himself, and bribe his own people.

Bryd’s fate is now decided – God will judge him with absolute justice. As with all people, I pray he obtains salvation in spite of his sins. But let’s not fool ourselves – never forget that Byrd did continual disservice to our nation and played a huge role in the moral, economic and political corruption of our society.

UPDATE: According to West Virginia’s vacancy laws, there will be a special election in November to fill the remainder of Byrd’s term. Can’t think of a better way to honor him than to ensure a Republican takes his seat.