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April 24, 2014 - 11:40 am

It’s not particularly surprising that an elderly rancher has some retrograde views on race.

But if the federal government has moved on, Mr. Bundy — a father of 14 and a registered Republican — has not.

He said he would continue holding a daily news conference; on Saturday, it drew one reporter and one photographer, so Mr. Bundy used the time to officiate at what was in effect a town meeting with supporters, discussing, in a long, loping discourse, the prevalence of abortion, the abuses of welfare and his views on race.

“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.”

Bundy’s remarks are reprehensible and indefensible. Expect progs who read this post to ignore the previous sentence.

Bundy is also railing against government subsidizing dependence and fostering irresponsibility, which is an evil thing to do in a republic and that is worth railing against, but in their rush to celebrate a gotcha moment and use it to smear millions of good people, the progs aren’t noticing that. Or maybe they are, and hope to use the racism to discredit the rest. Ta-Nehisi Coates does a particularly despicable job of linking Bundy’s racial views to “rugged individualism” and resistance to increasing the food stamp rolls.

Wanting people to be free, independent and self-reliant, and hoping for a government that fosters those values, equals racism now? Today it does, tomorrow it won’t, as soon as some prog hero talks good about working their way up from nothing without even having to resort to fake claiming to be a minority to further their academic career, or falsifying a wartime military career.

Bundy’s remarks will have fewer real-world consequences than many uttered by Margaret Sanger, yet today she’s a progressive hero and Hillary Clinton and Nancy Pelosi are both proud holders of the Margaret Sanger Award, which is named after someone who blithely hoped for government to conduct genocide in American cities. Progs don’t hate all racists or all monsters.

You’re not going to get intellectual consistency out of progressives. You’re only ever going to get childishness and opportunism out of them. So the same people who are today demanding that every single Republican answer for Cliven Bundy, whether we leaped to his defense or not, pretend that Jeremiah Wright doesn’t exist and that Barack Obama did not spend 20 years listening to the reverend’s racist rants. They support Al Sharpton, the racist hoaxer with the shady past who has blood on his hands. They kept a Grand Dragon in the Senate for about a fifth of the life of the republic. They abuse Clarence Thomas and Allen West because both have the audacity to think for themselves.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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"Bundy’s remarks are reprehensible and indefensible."

Based on what, Bryan? Politically incorrect & a bit blunt but hardly what you describe above.

You need to visit most any gov't housing complex on a warm day (yes, I have done so plenty of times over the course of working as a home-health nurse). You will see very few cars but plenty of people taking in the day sitting outside their front doors. They have no jobs. What else are they supposed to do, sit in front of their TVs all day? They all know one another well & like to keep up with one another.
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Would Dr. Carson, LTC Allen West, et al agree or disagree with Mr. Bundy? Perhaps someone should ask them.

They probably wouldn't use the non PC, and hence forbidden, words "Negros," or even "Colored People" (as in NAACP), and they would not likely suggest that slavery had any significant merits. But I'd bet that their views about the Democrat Plantation are not much different from Mr. Bundy's. Or mine.
30 weeks ago
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He was saying what anyone who drives through Gary, Indiana or Detroit, Michigan can see for themselves. Federal bureaucracy and immoral policy ruined those cities and the people in them.
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Clearly Bundy skipped all of the trailer parks that exponentially outnumber the gov't housing complexes.
Trailer parks filled with unemployed, uneducated, unclean, white people that receive more gov't assistance than black people ever will. They too sit on their trailer porches and drink beer, smoke meth and count their teeth as they fall out. Everything black learned about lazy was taught to them by the examples of white people whom have done it lazier and longer. White people invented drive by shootings, mob beatings, and mass murder... everyone else just followed your lead. Take a long look in the mirror, white people. And while your looking also look up the welfare stats and you'll see that there are more white people on welfare than there are black people in America. Welfare is not a black issue it's a poverty issue. Education is the key!
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30 weeks ago
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Picking cotton? Really? How can anyone say something that dumb?
Does he not have a TV? Radio? Movin' pichers?
He's done more than shot himself in the foot. This is how the left smears the right. If one of us is an idiot, then we all are.
30 weeks ago
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Based on the quotation you used, I can see no racism spouted by Bundy. Where, in that quote, is there anything racist?
30 weeks ago
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"Bundy’s remarks are reprehensible and indefensible. "

No they weren't.

While his word might not ahve been polished and shiny... all Mr. Bundy was pointing out was how blacks have been hoodwinked into accepting another form of dependency. One that has done nothing to improve their lot in life. And, in fact, has damaged it in many ways.

But rather than point out that truth, and put an end to this bull-crap once and for all, all the national Republican and conservative "voices have jumped on the "crucify Bundy" band-wagon. Afraid they'll be labed racist if they don't.

And, quite frankly, I'm sick and tired of all you lilly-livered chickens. It's no wonder the left is able to walk all over you.
30 weeks ago
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When will people learn to not assume that the NY Times is honestly reporting? Ignoring what Mr. Bundy said directly before and after the excerpt is despicable. For a conservative or libertarian to fall for this and have the gall to criticize someone (who does not make his living by the way in public speaking) based upon out of context responses to a leftist set up, is almost as reprehensible as the NY Times itself..
30 weeks ago
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I think Cliven Bundy is just a stressed out old man that is tired of being harrased by the media and intelligentsia and just wants to be left alone.
30 weeks ago
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You want to see real racism? Look at the Congressional Black Caucus. They really are racists. Bundy? Not so much. Of course, lefties (especially) tolerate and even applaud the racism of the CBC, because it's different when black folks discriminate on the basis of race.
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The bottom line is that the guy didn't say anything racist and hasn't done anything racist, though the media is using carefully edited material to make intellectual lightweights (Rand Paul, Sean Hannity and any and all lefties) think he has. He said a few things I don't agree with, and was imprecise in his language, but nothing he said was racist.
30 weeks ago
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LBJ: “I’ll Have Them N*g*rs Voting Democrat for the next TWO HUNDRED YEARS!” And Mr. Bundy is the racist?

Note to low information types (i.e. Democrats): LBJ, Lyndon B. Johnson, was the Democrat President who started all these welfare programs back in the 1960's. Think of him as a white Obama, only more honest.
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"Think of him as a white Obama, only more honest."

Well... in private, maybe. Not so much in public. But then that's the M.O. of pretty much every leftist.
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