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robdogbucky Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-07-11 08:52 PM
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30. Except Bob Byrd and the Immortal 23
"...The foremost voice of restraint in Congress was Senator Robert Byrd, Democrat of West Virginia, the longest serving senator in U. S. history, first elected in 1958. His eloquent opposition to this momentous resolution is vividly captured in Body of War:

This is a real blotch on the Congress and the Chief Executive of the United States forever, for having cast a political vote to send our men and women to war and to possible death in a country that never attacked us, a country that never invaded us, a country that did not, I say. did not then, and does not now, constitute a threat to my country.

I stood and 22 other senators stood with me. No, we will not turn over this power to declare war which the Constitution says Congress shall have the power to declare war. Article One, Section Eight. So that was no problem to me. I stood by the Constitution, Im proud of it. And there were 23 of us. The immortal 23.

In the final riveting scene, the two streams of the film come together, as Tomas visits Senator Byrd in his office on Capitol Hill. Together, they review the historic Senate vote and read aloud the names of the Immortal 23 who stood against the war..."
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