Treacher: Is It OK To Not Give A Hoot About Cliven Bundy?
(Daily Caller) I haven’t been following the Cliven Bundy case because, believe it or not, southwestern grazing disputes have never been among my interests. I know the Daily Caller has done stories about him because I’ve seen the headlines, but I haven’t followed the whole thing. I haven’t written a word about him before today. I don’t care.
Notice: I haven’t written anything about him or the situation, either. The only references are in link posts.
But now that this Bundy fellow has publicly said things that have offended a lot of black people, suddenly, he represents everybody to the right of Karl Marx. Suddenly I’m obliged to have an opinion about him.
If you want to know what I think about some rancher in Nevada, I tend to agree with the always delightful and perceptive Kira Davis. Be warned: I’m told she isn’t a proper African-American because she’s a conservative. Be that as it may, here she’s 100% correct.
That’s a hell of a good point. Jim goes on to note
Like Kira said, it’s not about one guy. It’s about the media abusing their power to stifle dissent against government control. Just ask anybody who’s been raked over the coals for daring to complain about their health insurance. Ask Joe the Plumber. Ask Ben Carson. Ask Carrie Prejean. Ask anybody who inconveniences the left.
It’s also about The Government sending tons of agents, armed with automatic weapons and sniper rifles, dressed like storm troopers, to a ranch, taking his cattle, and even killing his cattle.
Bundy doesn’t represent me. He doesn’t represent most of us. Why did he say what he said? I don’t know. Is he a racist? I don’t know. I don’t know him. I’ve ignored most of the news on this issue. The only article I read was this one from Powerline. Of course, every lefty is attempting to say that Bundy is the ultimate representative of Republicans, Conservatives, Tea Party members, etc.
Does Bundy have hate in his heart, hating Black people? I don’t know. Has anyone asked him? Or is he just a normal guy who speaks his mind in an inarticulate manner? I do not know. Not everyone speaks politispeak. What Bundy said was idiotic, foolish, and perhaps bigoted. He did have a point, though: how are Blacks doing? Many of them are stuck in poverty, living in government housing, with little in the way of job prospects (Blacks have a higher than average unemployment rate, especially amongst Black youths). So many are reliant on government, while being surrounded by crime, violence, gangs, sexual assault. Are they better off than under slavery? Of course! No one can sell them, or beat them legally, or split them up. Now the families are split up by gangs and prison and violence. Does it make Bundy a racist for saying what he said? We’d have to look into his heart to see if he hates Blacks, or just said something incredible stupid.
Anyhow, this will surely be my one and only post on the subject. Because this is not something I care enough to write about. RS McCain wrote
One of the joys of being an independent blogger is that you don’t have to pay attention to anything that doesn’t interest you, or about which you have nothing helpful to say. At least 90% of what Fox News and talk radio spend their time blabbering about falls into that category for me. It’s not that those stories aren’t important. Rather the question is, what’s the point in me becoming the 143rd blogger to add my two cents on a particular story, unless I have something to say that hasn’t already been said better by someone else?
This “value-added” approach to blogging explains why I haven’t had anything to say about the Cliven Bundy BLM confrontation. There were a couple of times in recent days when I almost blogged about it, but then something else would catch my eye — who can resist a LESBIAN POLYGAMY headline? – and I’d forget about it. But so what? Everybody was blogging about the Bundy story, and the value of my two cents would have been negligible anyway.
Boom. Bundy doesn’t represent me. But, when The Government comes for you, maybe because you changed the pond out back, or bought a house in the wilderness and The Government doesn’t like you using ATVs to get there, you’ll remember the bigger point.
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