If you haven't already heard of him, meet newly-minted conservative icon Cliven Bundy. He's recently been the darling of conservative media and a hero to conservative politicians because he denies the existence of the federal goverment. He refused to pay grazing fees for years for his cattle to feed on public lands. So when federal agents showed up to confiscate his cattle for the over a million dollars he owed, he and local militiamen presented an armed insurrection against the American government. And instead of responding with outright slaughter, the government stood down.
So you can see the easy appeal to conservatives.
Rich white guy who doesn't believe in paying his share? Check.
Hates the federal govermnent? Check.
Loves him some guns? Check.
Here's what Bundy said over the weekend:
“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.”
Let us not forget, that this man has been made a hero by the Conservative Media and Republican elected officials.
Also, why is it we always seem to get this batshit crazy militia bullshit when we have 2-term Democratic Presidents?