IS BUNDY A RACIST, OR ARE THE CONSERVATIVE MEDIA COWARDS?
Kristie Pelletier and Michael S. Coffman, Ph.D
May 5, 2014
The New York Times edited 67-year old Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy’s comments to mean something the exact opposite of what he crudely said. That’s exactly how the progressive media attack someone with whom they disagree. It doesn’t matter to progressives that they are destroying the black culture and the lives of millions of blacks; progressives will continue to pour “free” money into the black community to get the black vote. It has nothing to do with compassion.
One of the most horrifying examples of blame-shifting by progressives occurred April 17, 2014 when Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid called supporters of rancher Cliven Bundy “domestic terrorists.” By doing so he was saying that the sovereign state must be protected at all costs from average citizens. Somehow in a complete disconnect, Nidal Malik Hasan can scream Allah Akbar while killing 13 people and attempting to murder 32 more at Fort Hood, Texas, and it is officially “workplace violence.” But Cliven Bundy and his supporters are “domestic terrorists?” Reid’s hate-filled comment was either born in insanity, or a carefully crafted effort to take the spotlight off the horrendous actions of the BLM and put on Bundy’s supporters.
To set the record straight, the only ones who committed violence and destroyed property in the standoff were BLM jackboots, not the peaceful citizens.With over 200 armed BLM, some hotheads pointing guns at citizens atcitizens, things got to a hair trigger. Most people don’t know how bad it was. Sheriff Richard Mack, who went all the way to the Supreme Court to successfully get the Brady Bill declared unconstitutional, was driving to the Bundy ranch when one of the members of his CSPOA organization called him with an update: "Sheriff, these agents are going to kill us. At first, they threatened to arrest us, but now they are threatening to shoot us. There is no question in my mind; they are going to kill us. Please, just tell my wife that I love her."He suddenly hung up.
Thankfully, that did not happen. Only the BLM lost control and tasered Bundy’s son and knocked down his near90 year old mother. Only the BLM systematically shot and killed at least a dozen head of Bundy’s cattle, some in ways that brought maximum pain suffering to the cows as they slowly died. Only the BLM deliberately destroyed water tanks and corrals, which they knew were Bundy’s private property. Except for a select group within these agencies, agency personal do not have any constitutional right to have police power and be armed.
Apparently the police power and right to carry guns was granted to the agencies by the agencies themselves, even though there is no constitutional provision for it. Except for the FBI and other very limited cases, the massive militarization of almost every federal agency began during the Clinton administration. In 1996 alone at least 2,439 new federal agents were authorized to carry firearms, including the BLM. Today there are over 120,000 armed federal bureaucrats. This should turn the blood of every American to ice. Especially since the government bought over 1.7 billion rounds of ammunition last year andmore are being bought this year. What in the world would they use it for, except against the citizens? It seems that our bloated government is afraid of its citizens. Why?
Conversely, Bundy’s supporters were well disciplined and calm for the most part. Just who are the terrorists in this case? It’s certainly not Bundy or his supporters. Fifty, even thirty years ago, Bundy and his fellow ranchers would have been called the “salt of the earth.” A bit too salty for some, perhaps, but this author has worked with many of them, and while they can be crusty, even abrasive in their opinions, they usually have hearts of gold.
Progressivism is going off the deep end of fantasy and ad hominine lies that will not end well – for anyone. Yet, just because Bundy is inarticulate with more rough edges than anyone can count framed his discussion of Negro slavery vs. the government plantation in a seemingly disgusting way to most American’s, doesn’t mean he was wrong. After fifty years and more than 16 trillion dollars of expenditures the War on Poverty has almost zero net effect. Fifteen percent of the American people are in poverty today, down somewhat from 19 percent at the start of President Johnson’s War on Poverty.The number of children living in poverty remains the same. America was promised by Johnson that his legislation would wipe out poverty all together. True many people have justifiably benefited from the various programs as a safety net.
Worse, all the giveaways and having big-daddy government provide for your every need has destroyed the black culture. In 1964, only 6.4 percent of children were born out of wedlock. It was 24 percent for blacks. Today, nearly 41 percent are. In the black community 73 percent are born to single mothers. Progressive ideology has systematically destroyed the African American family, resulting in a cascading tragedy that is getting worse and worse.
Although blacks make up only 13 percent of the U.S. population, the FBI reports that blacks were arrested for 49 percent of the homicides in 2012, 32 percent of the rapes, 34 percent of aggravated assault and 55 percent of all arrests for robbery. Nearly half of all murder victims are black – over three times the percentage found in the general population. Welfare, as designed by Johnson and his progressive ideologue friends has stripped African Americans of their humanity decimating communities.
Bundy is not a racist, although progressives want to convince you he is to hide their own bigoted assault on African Americans. A video of Bundy’s talk showed the New York Times that inflamed America was deliberately taken out of context; something that progressives routinely do to destroy anyone who is opposing them. Racism is un-American and deplorable, even sickening. However, when falsely used as a dishonest tool to destroy someone is even more heinous. Even the black community says Bundy is not racist in his comments once you stripe away all the crude rhetoric.
Former UN Ambassador Alan Keys said “He wasn’t talking so much about black folks, but about the harm and damage that the leftist socialism has done to blacks.” Roger Innis, national spokesman for the Congress of Racial Equality agreed, but added this comment: “What would've been better is if Cliven had said, ‘Look, there are a number of blacks and Latinos and poor whites now that are involved in a real slavery, which is the slavery of government dependence.’”
Speaking for himself, Innis said “I was just talking with a local businesswoman who pointed across the street and talked to me about low-income housing or free government-subsidized housing and how the people there do not work because they don't have to… They may not even know that they are slaves, but there is in fact a neoslavery that exists. When you take out individual initiative, individual responsibility, and the hope that every individual is born with, to better their lives, to climb the economic ladder, to pursue happiness, that is in fact a neoslavery." That’s exactly the point Bundy was trying to make in his own rough and ready way. And it’s true. Progressive ideology has destroyed pride in the black culture that has become their nightmare.
A personal black friend of Bundy’s also came to his defense: “The media distorts information to the point of social division. This is a photo of myself and the resilient, often charismatic, and maybe not so tactful Cliven Bundy. He’s a cowboy and a helluva family man, not an orator. One thing he definitely isn’t – a racist. I found his comments to not only be NOT racist, but his own view of his experiences. Who the heck are we to determine another man’s perspective on the world around him?!”
Indeed, what about Bundy’s First Amendment rights? What the New York Times (NYT) did in a blatant and despicable way was to use political correctness in place of factual news to smear a person whose injustice by the federal government was destroying him. Even if Bundy were a racist, the violation of his constitutional rights by the federal government, the destruction of his ranch and the despicable smear campaign by the NYT is not even in the same universe as a few racial words that harmed no one.
Equally offensive, and the most disappointing is the complete rout of support by the conservative media and pundits in their terror of being labeled racist by politically correct fear mongering. They dumped Bundy within minutes of the NYT accusation, without even getting the facts before opening their mouths to call “retreat!” If they were cars, the stench of burning rubber caused by their escape would be overwhelming. Cowards all.Do the American people really want political correctness to replace constitutional protections? If what happened to Bundy is an example, apparently so.
No wonder progressive ideology is destroying America when alleged conservatives crumble in the face of insane political correctness. The NYT article did what it was designed to do; distract the American attention from a case that revealed abuse by the federal government and the will to correct it, to a totally superfluous non-issue of racism where everyone thinks, ho hum, Bundy doesn’t deserve my support. If you don’t support him, you will be next sometime in the future, maybe sooner than you think.