What Senator Reid may call terrorists, I call patriots.
Senator Dean Heller, R-NV, referring to rancher Cliven Bundy and his pals as they face off against the Bureau of Land Management over grazing rights, fees, and cattle confiscations.
I want to tell you one more thing I know about the Negro. They abort their young children, they put their young men in jail, because they never learned how to pick cotton.
Cliven Bundy, in an interview with the New York Times.
It would seem all that kowtowing to the ultra right wing can backfire on you once in a while. Especially when you actually believe the gooey bilge which insists the tea party movement isn't chock full of guys who will tell you, one more thing they know about the Negro.
Even Rand Paul was singed by brother Bundy's patriotism. He had lectured Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid about his level of rhetoric when, after they pulled guns on federal agents, Reid called the Bundy Bunch, "...domestic, violent, terrorist wannabes." Paul also mused, "The federal government shouldn't violate the law, nor should we have 43 federal agencies carrying weapons and having SWAT teams."
The Senator from Kentucky, who has had his own problems when it comes to African Americans and race relations, was quick to bail on Bundy and crew. He issued a statement saying, "His remarks on race are offensive and I whole heartedly disagree with him."
Heller, perhaps too embarrassed to show up in public, had his people release a statement which read, (the Senator) "completely disagrees with Mr. Bundy's appalling and racist statements and condemns them in the most strenuous way."
Heller's first clue about true nature of this vivid splash of neo patriotism should have come when Bundy supporter, Richard Mack told reporters, "We're actually strategizing right now to put all the women up at the front. If they are going to start shooting, it's going to be women that are going to be televised all across the world getting shot by these rogue federal officers."
I'll admit that sometimes I'm a little fuzzy on my history, but honestly, I don't recall the Minute Men employing that particular tactic on the Lexington Green, or at the bridge in Concord. Obviously they didn't have a strategizer as brave and resourceful as Mack, who is reportedly a former Arizona sheriff.
Bundy's conflict with the government has gone on for years and involves not only grazing fees and fines, but environmental concerns and at least one endangered species. He and the Bureau of Land Management have faced off in court on numerous occasions and he has lost every decision.
He likes to portray this as some dramatic constitutional issue involving state's rights, but it really isn't. It is more akin to when Terry Nichols tried to skip out on $40,000 in credit card debt by claiming since he didn't recognize the government of the United States, it's laws didn't apply to him. After the courts refused to agree, he went out and helped Tim McVeigh blow up the Oklahoma City federal building.
Yes, Cliven Bundy and his supporters can caterwaul all they want about federal over reach and an individual's rights, but in the end he is just another two bit tax evader, much like Leona Helmsley was. They threw her saggy ass in prison for it and they should do the same to him.
Then he'll really know another thing about some, Negros.