Monday, June 20, 2005


High school athletics? Boy Scouts? The military? The Ku Klux Klan??

We all have had one job or one position of responsibility that was the first opportunity we were given to lead that we seized upon. And there is always key mentor who gave us that opportunity.

It was interesting hearing about Sen. Robert Byrd's description of his first such opportunity -- with the Ku Klux Klan -- given high praise and a high rank by a Grand Dragon. Byrd wasn't just a member, he was a key leader and very successful recruiter of new members.

Can you conceive of a Republican politician being able to walk through the front door of the US Capitol having been a KKK member, let alone an "Exalted Cyclops?" Yet Byrd is able to explain away his success in the KKK:

I was sorely afflicted with tunnel vision - a jejune and immature outlook - seeing only what I wanted to see because I thought the Klan could provide an outlet for my talents and ambitions.


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