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26 January 2005 @ 10:35 am
Senate flips Rice the Byrd  
I was moved to tears this morning at hearing Senator Robert Byrd's courageous and lucid remarks accompanying his refusal to approve the nomination of Condolezza Rice for U.S. Secretary of State:

"Accountability has become an old-fashioned notion in some circles these days...I believe that there needs to be accountability for the mistakes and missteps that have led the United States into the dilemma in which it finds itself today, besieged by increasing violence in Iraq, battling an unprecedented decline in world opinion, and increasingly isolated from our allies due to our provocative, belligerent, bellicose, and unilateralist foreign policy."

On the Senate floor, Byrd was my knight in shining armor, my hero, and my voice.  He and the others who are standing up and speaking out, including Senators Edward Kennedy, Barbara Boxer, and John Kerry deserve our deepest respect and unrelenting support. These are the people who are truly willing to put themselves on the line and fight for the sane, progressive American values that seem to have evaporated into a foul, lingering haze of paranoia, racism, and fear throughout so much of our country. 
paisleychick on January 26th, 2005 06:32 pm (UTC)
I really like Byrd. I also really like Henry Waxman. Whenever there's a democrat in the House stirring up shit, it's him. I have a *lot* of respect for that man. I wish there were more of them.

I really really really really hope that Dean becomes the next DNC chair. That would rock my socks off