By now most people know about the accusations against Michael Vick with regard to dog fighting and the cruelty associated with his participation in that sport. There are reports that Vick helped kill dogs that were injured or deemed not mean enough in some of the most cruel fashions imaginable. Vick is accused of hanging dogs, dousing them with water and electrocuting them and with continually slamming them on the ground until they died. These allegation, if true, point out to serious mental disorders in Vick and his thug friends who are charged in the crime.
Senator Robert “Sheets” Byrd (D-WV) expressed his dissatisfaction to a nearly empty Senate chamber when he startled tourists by shouting out his condemnation of the allegations of dog abuse:
“Barbaric,” Sen. Robert C. Byrd, D-W.Va., shouted four times in a Senate chamber that was mostly empty except for two dozen somewhat startled tourists.
“Let that word resound from hill to hill and from mountain to mountain, from valley to valley across this broad land,” he thundered, raising his right hand. “May God help those poor souls who would be so cruel. Barbaric! Hear me!” AP (via WBAL)
Of course, given Byrd’s past life as a sheet wearing Klansman, this speech could have been an admonishment of him and his former linen clad friends. In Byrd’s world he can be rewarded (by election to and continued service in the Senate) for belonging to an organization that committed many more barbaric acts that were just as, or more cruel, to fellow human beings because the color of their skin happened to be black. Byrd continued:
“I am confident that the hottest places in hell are reserved for the souls of sick and brutal people who hold God’s creatures in such brutal and cruel contempt,” he said.
As well as those who brutally mistreat people because of their race.
I understand the outrage and any person who is not repulsed by the behavior of Vick and company simply lacks enough brain power to live in a civil society and should not be allowed in public without supervision (and certainly not allowed to vote). I can certainly understand that Byrd would be upset, as would any normal person, but the verbal display of outrage smacks of hypocrisy when one considers the Senator’s colored past. For him to chastise anyone for cruelty is beyond reason.
It is like the kettle calling the pot black…