Robert C. Byrd: Line-Item Veto Speech XIV

(1993)

Senator Robert Byrd’s speeches before the Senate exhibited the oratorical skills of nineteenth-century statesmen, complete with flowery rhetoric and grand gestures. He recited poems; quoted historical figures, particularly the Roman statesman and orator Cicero; and frequently used parables from history and classical fairy tales to make his point. His Line-Item Veto Speech XIV, the last in a series of fourteen speeches against the line-item veto that the congressman delivered in the U.S. Senate, is replete with references to the French emperor Napoléon Bonaparte, the French...