I’m retracting some of the material below because I think this video of the full context of the rant really contradicts Politico’s headline appraisal. That also means that all my appraisals below are based on insufficient information. I still wish Bundy had not given the media an opportunity here. I realize he has the right of free speech, but he is also engaged in a conflict with the Federal government that largely hinges on winning a propaganda war.
I may delete this post but my basic point, that a person’s “bad” beliefs, do not give the Federal government permission to attack him, is valid. And I think it needs to be said. Even when we defend Bundy against the way he is portrayed in the media the more important point is that it shouldn’t matter what he believes or says in a free country. The government attacks cannot be legitimized on the basis of allegations about Bundy’s ideas or words.
I just saw this story today at Politico.com: “Rand Paul slams Cliven Bundy’s racist rant.”
But on Thursday, The New York Times reported Bundy using the word “Negro” and wondering if blacks were better off as slaves.
“They abort their young children, they put their young men in jail, because they never learned how to pick cotton,” Bundy said over the weekend, according to the Times. “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.”
Appearing on “CBS This Morning” on Thursday, Texas Gov. Rick Perry said he hadn’t seen Bundy’s comments. The Republican called Bundy a “side story” in the greater issue of how the federal government deals with public and private land.
This is pretty much a perfect storm of facts mixing with fictions and flowing out of Cliven Bundy’s mouth. Bundy may think he is making sense but he is actually giving cover for the welfare state. Before the “Great Society” and the “War on Poverty” African Americans showed almost none of the behaviors that Bundy attributes to them. Statistically, they were still catching up with wealthier whites, but they were closing the gap. Anyone who has read the works of Thomas Sowell or Walter Williams will know this. They had not yet been put on the interior reservation constructed by White Liberals.
It would be interesting to compare African Americans to Whites in the same income range. I doubt whites on welfare would compare all that favorably to their Black counterparts.
Also, while there is violent crime statistically prevalent among black males (though, again, you have to adjust for average age and income to compare the problem across races), they are not the ones imprisoning themselves. Aside from how welfare has perverted their family structure and upbringing, many African Americans are incarcerated for non-violent crimes due to police targeting and an inability to afford legal representation compared to Whites. Happily for Rand Paul, this is an issue he has campaigned about. Anyone who looks at his record will know he has always been opposed to Bundy’s ignorance.
I’m really angry at Bundy because he has deliberately set an anti-conservative, propaganda snare for Tea Party Republicans. He gained their public sympathy and support only to smear them now with his own stupid prejudices.
All I can say, as angry as I am over Bundy, is that I still don’t think he or his family deserves to be Wacoed to death. And even though I don’t feel much sympathy for his personal well-being, it would still be a social threat to everyone, in principle, for the BLM to continue to be able to force ranchers out of business.
In a free society, even stupid people with stupid opinions should have their basic human rights protected.