Cliven Bundy And The Real Racists

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So, Cliven Bundy is a racist; and by extension, so are all conservatives.

We know this, because Bundy said some racist stuff; and the Democrats and their lapdog media have declared him to be a spokesman for the entire right side of the American political sphere. According to The New York Times’  Cliven Bundy Accidentally Explained What’s Wrong With the Republican Party”.

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Granted, Bundy’s statements were artless at best. But “..the negro(s)…didn’t get no more freedom. They got less freedom..” is essentially the opposite of “..musing about whether slavery was so bad.” A fair argument could be made that Bundy was professing a very 21st century attitude in the language of his own mid-20th century upbringing. If he ought to update his lexicon, then someone ought to tell the United Negro College Fund, among others.

Whatever the case, even accepting the ludicrous “Bundy is a racist; and therefore so are all Republicans” argument as fact, an armed Bureau of Land Management strike team seems like a mild overreaction to a mouthy rancher who’s overdue on grazing fees and in desperate need of a better publicist.

But let’s pretend we’re good little liberals, and put facts aside. Presuming we believe the Democrats’ charge that Bundy is a racist; and by extension, so are all conservatives, then I have some very, very bad news for our port-side pals: compared to you guys, conservatives are practically Rosa Parks. After all, Bundy is a lone Nevada rancher. He’s hardly a spokesman for anyone other than himself; and not even a particularly good one. But real racists run through the Democrat roster like rats through a sewer. And unlike Bundy, their relationships with the Democratic Party are as official as they are intricate.

I’m not just talking about d-list “comediennes” like Janeane Garofalo, either; although Garofalo’s suggestion that Herman Cain is only conservative because white conservatives pay him to be is one of the more shocking moments of televised Democratic bigotry since they stood as a party against the Civil Rights Act.

Robert Reich, the Secretary of Labor under President Bill Clinton, heads a fun little collective called Common Cause. Funded in part by Democratic Party sugardaddy – and former Nazi collaborator – George Soros; Common Cause purports to be “Holding power accountable.” They even do so with the kind of tax exemption President Barack Obama’s IRS would very much like to deny to “conservative” groups. And they have quite a history. In 2011, the group picketed outside a California hotel during an event hosted by the liberally-reviled Koch brothers. Among the forum’s guests was Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. According to the picketers, Thomas’s conservatism ought to earn him anything from being “sent back to the fields” (BACK to the fields?), to having his toes cut off and force fed to him, to an outright lynching. One picketer even suggested Thomas’s wife Ginny ought to share his fate. That’s a far cry from suggesting “the negro…didn’t get no more freedom.”

And the current Democratic A-listers have a pretty poor track record on race, as well. Everyone’s favorite Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid once described President Obama as speaking with “with no negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one.” I suppose that’s Harry’s version of living up to the proud standard set by former Senate Majority Leader Robert Byrd; although I have no more evidence to support the conclusion that Reid was ever in the Klan than Reid does about Mitt Romney’s taxes.

Just this past week, Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, so generous to Democratic causes that the NAACP planned to honor him for his efforts, told his girlfriend “It bothers me a lot that you want to broadcast that you’re associating with black people.” I wonder why the same people who tried to bolt Cliven Bundy to the GOP can’t seem to drum up the same outrage for Sterling’s sputum; or for Harry Reid’s, or for Common Cause’s, among other Democratic standard-bearers. Actually, no I don’t.

Ben Crystal

is a 1993 graduate of Davidson College and has burned the better part of the last two decades getting over the damage done by modern-day higher education. He now lives in Savannah, Ga., where he has hosted an award-winning radio talk show and been featured as a political analyst for television. Currently a principal at Saltymoss Productions—a media company specializing in concept television and campaign production, speechwriting and media strategy—Ben has written numerous articles on the subjects of municipal authoritarianism, the economic fallacy of sin taxes and analyses of congressional abuses of power.

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