Cliven Bundy, the Nevada rancher currently under fire for remarks he made about “the Negro,” explained himself on The Peter Schiff Show today, saying that he’s just “wondering” whether black people are better off being actual slaves or better off being slaves of the federal government.
You’ve probably seen the spectacle of Clive Bundy and his band of militia who chased off government officials attempting to collect the hundreds of thousands of dollars he owes in grazing fees last week. After the government left, the militia hung around and it turned into sort of a gubmint bashing party right down to the barbeque, with Teabagger pols lining up to swear their allegiance with Bundy and his newfound hatred of the government. Oddly, they did this all while waving US flags around. But now Bundy opened his mouth one too many times and the party is probably over:
Raw Story — Republican politicians began backtracking on their support of Nevada anti-government rancher Cliven Bundy after the New York Times caught Bundy making racially-inflammatory remarks blaming African-Americans for willingly submiting to dependency on federal assistance.
“They abort their young children, they put their young men in jail, because they never learned how to pick cotton,” Bundy was quoted as saying to a group of supporters last Saturday. “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.”
Incidentally, the land Bundy owes grazing fees on is federal land, he’s demanding he get that for free even though every other rancher has and continues to pay a nominal fee. That chirp about being ‘better off under government subsidy’ was apparently said without a clue or hint or irony.
Sympathizers had a big hoedown last weekend where they wore firearms and name tags reading ‘domestic terrorist.’ Imagine someone doing that after 9-11 during the previous administration. One of the common complaints is ‘the government owns 85% of the land’ in Nevada. Which should probably be checked considering the way these clowns play fast and loose with facts, but if it’s true, by all means, buy all the land you want.
I just checked online and there is plenty of land available in Nevada, for sale by the acre or square mile or larger tracts. Some of the fed land is parks and military bases used for secret stuff or missile ranges. But there’s no shortage of land for sale. You can buy scrub, land bordering or on old bases, lots for commercial or residential development, up to whole ranches in that sprawling state. Bundy was mooching on other people’s land, specifically, Our Land, got caught, and authorities tried to work with him for two decades and finally got fed up.