News Flash: Cliven Bundy is not perfect.
The New York Times ran a story pointing out some racially insensitive remarks Bundy made at a recent press conference.
This is what Cliven Bundy allegedly said (quoted from the New York Times article):
“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.”
Now, I would like to think that most Americans – including those who have supported Cliven Bundy up till now – would agree that the assertion that African-Americans would be better off living in slavery is one of the dumbest sorts of dumb there is. And anyone who, in this modern age, thinks using the word “negro” is okay should be put on notice: don’t. Just don’t. If you can’t grasp why that term is offensive, please just keep it to yourself. Yes, you have the freedom to say what you like, but don’t be surprised when that word gets you some understandable backlash.
I do agree with Cliven Bundy that many Americans have sold themselves into a form of modern-day slavery in the form of government dependence. Personally, I wouldn’t limit it to black Americans – I have seen Americans of many races fall into the same trap. But even so, the slavery of the modern welfare state is undoubtedly preferable to working people to death in the cotton fields of the South and treating human beings as property because of their skin color. If Bundy truly wonders whether African-Americans would be better off as slaves on the cotton fields, then he doesn’t know how slaves in the deep South were treated.
With these remarks, Cliven Bundy has done irreparable harm to his cause, and this is unfortunate, because Bundy’s errant views on race, slavery, and the modern welfare state in no way diminish the larger issues surrounding the BLM’s illegal actions in Nevada and elsewhere across our nation.
Nothing Cliven Bundy could say or do could change the fact that for years, the federal government has claimed ownership of state land in violation of Constitutional limitations on the federal ownership of land. Nor does it diminish the importance of the events in Nevada earlier this month.
Regardless of how you feel about Cliven Bundy’s remarks, the fact that BLM bureaucrats showed up in Nevada bearing military-style weapons, complete with snipers and automatic weapons should be worrisome to every American. The fact that the BLM demanded “grazing fees” in order to maintain the land, failed to maintain the land, and then branded Bundy a criminal when he refused to pay fees for management that was not taking place should at the least still garner him some small measure of support on the original issue that brought him into the public spotlight. The fact that the BLM used its regulatory powers to drive off every other rancher in that area should give freedom-loving Americans pause. The fact that the BLM is currently working on a massive land-grab in Texas, and that the EPA is working on expanding its regulatory power to include all land within the United States should enrage every person in America who cares about freedom and the Constitution.
One dumb, insensitive remark by Cliven Bundy in no way changes the fact that our federal government is absolutely out of control, seizing more and more power and engaging in more and more lawlessness by the day.
While these remarks will prove convenient to the agenda-driven New York Times and other leftist activists in their never-ending campaign of The Politics of Personal Destruction, one man’s shortcomings do not change the truth.