And this is how Cliven Bundy just killed any chance for public support to his cause. On April 18th, Bundy appeared in his “weekly press conference” whereupon he revealed his personal views on African Americans and their reliance on government,
I want to tell you one more thing I know about the Negro,” he said. Mr. Bundy recalled driving past a public-housing project in North Las Vegas, “and in front of that government house the door was usually open and the older people and the kids — and there is always at least a half a dozen people sitting on the porch — they didn’t have nothing to do. They didn’t have nothing for their kids to do. They didn’t have nothing for their young girls to do.
And because they were basically on government subsidy, so now what do they do?” he asked. “They abort their young children, they put their young men in jail, because they never learned how to pick cotton. And I’ve often wondered, are they better off as slaves, picking cotton and having a family life and doing things, or are they better off under government subsidy? They didn’t get no more freedom. They got less freedom. (Nagourney)
And if you didn’t believe it yourself, here’s the video wherein Mr. Bundy goes on in own words that African Americans would be better off as slaves than reliant on federal assistance. Suddenly Mr. Bundy’s fall as Conservative/Constitutionalist icon to pariah, and validating my initial premise of “opening your mouth”, came into sharp focus. In this seemingly open (albeit crude) comparison of a personal experience to federal involvement in the lives of some citizens, Mr. Bundy has single-handedly undermined his entire base that came to support him (despite the fact his entire claim on grazing rights was invalid). Politicians once supportive, Like Senator Dean Heller (R-NV) and Rand Paul (R-KY) were quick to distance themselves. (Blake) It remains to be seen how many of Mr. Bundy’s supporters and militia members who have persisted on, will continue now that the context of “racist” has been applied to Mr. Bundy. The sad thing here is while the genuine issue of government encroachment and infringement of personal property may have been the central issue that Conservatives should have been drawing attention to, the entire argument has now been undermined as Progressives will undoubtedly use Mr. Bundy’s statements to question EVERYTHING about the standoff, Mr. Bundy himself, and Conservatism. So here’s to you Mr. Bundy, for clearly opening your mouth…
On to the next topic du jour.
Blake, Aaron. Cliven Bundy on blacks; ‘Are they better off as slaves?’. 24 April 2014. 24 April 2014. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2014/04/24/cliven-bundy-on-blacks-are-they-better-off-as-slaves/.
Nagourney, Adam. A Defiant Rancher Savors the Audience that Rallied to His Side. 23 April 2014. 23 April 2014. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/24/us/politics/rancher-proudly-breaks-the-law-becoming-a-hero-in-the-west.html?hpw&rref=us&_r=1.
The adage being, “It’s better to keep your mouth shut and let people think you’re an idiot, than open your mouth and confirm it”. And in the case of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), two who exemplify not only haw far apart we as Americans are becoming – but frankly how stupidly uncompromising we are as well.
In early April, Cliven Bundy garnered his 15-minutes of nationalized spotlight when he became embroiled in a standoff with members from the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) as they attempted to clear Mr. Bundy’s cattle from federal lands in the Clark County region. The BLM was enacting a court injunction not only barring Mr. Bundy from said federal…
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