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Cliven Bundy: A Political Land Mine Conservatives Should Have Avoided

Before taking sides in a fight, be sure you know what and who you are really fighting for. Cliven Bundy, the Nevada rancher whom some Republicans and tea party activists have rallied around as he fought the federal government’s efforts to restrict the land his cattle can graze on, launched into a tirade on African American families this past weekend. As the New York Times reported, Bundy shared his views on “the Negro”:

“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.”

Liberals and the “mainstream” media will now use Bundy’s comments to substantiate their ridiculous claims that the tea party and all conservatives are indeed racist.

“A List of Cliven Bundy’s Supporters, Now That We Know He’s a Pro-Slavery Racist,” the latest headline reads. The list features Republican Senators Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, and others. Both Cruz and Paul have roundly denounced Bundy’s remarks. But that doesn’t matter to this dishonest, liberal media.

Conservative leaders like Tucker Carlson and Glenn Beck were wise to warn the right about reflexively supporting Cliven Bundy.

The Bundy case is proof that people, regardless of political ideology, are way too eager to make martyrs of men before knowing all of the facts. The Bundy story also proves that the enemy of your enemy is not necessarily your friend. Conservatives should not pick our friends based on who our foes are.

Sure, sending in armed guards to recover cattle from a Nevada rancher who dodged fees is insane and should be shamed. However, the shaming should also be extended to Cliven Bundy for his rabidly bigoted and backwards remarks on race.

To be clear, liberal Democrats love, lionize, praise, promote, elect and, reelect their racists. Of course there is former West Virginia Senator Robert Byrd who was a Klan leader. Democrats made him a party leader for decades, he was president pro tempore until he died in office. Bill Clinton defended Byrd’s bigoted past saying, “He once had a fleeting association with the Ku Klux Klan, what does that mean? I’ll tell you what it means. He was a country boy from the hills and hollows from West Virginia. He was trying to get elected.” 

Byrd’s position in the Klan as Exalted Cyclops (chapter President) was not a “fleeting association.” But that’s how liberals rewrite history to protect their racists’ legacy. And the media lets them get away with it every time.

Meanwhile, as the “mainstream” media devote wall-to-wall coverage to Bundy’s racist remarks, not one network has broadcasted the disgustingly offensive comments made by Illinois Democrat Gov. Pat Quinn, who compared Black Republicans to Jews who collaborated with Nazis.

Yes. A sitting Governor (currently running for reelection) likened black Republicans to Nazi collaborators. Luckily for Quinn, he’s a Democrat and will receive no more than a slap on the wrist from the mainstream media–maybe less. Quinn was on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” Thursday, and his comparing black Republicans to Nazi collaborators wasn’t mentioned. It’s as if Quinn’s racist remarks weren’t made.

As conservatives zealously championed Bundy, the case of Trayvon Martin came to mind.  The mainstream media used the Trayvon Martin incident to incite racial tension, but conservatives didn’t have to reflexively defend George Zimmerman, celebrate his acquittal, and revere him as some sort of hero.

Cliven Bundy was a political land mine conservatives should have avoided. And now because of Bundy’s insane race comments, conservatives will be pulling shrapnel out of their heads for weeks.

 


Alicia Powe

Staff Writer

Alicia Powe is a staff writer for Daily Surge. She worked in the War Room of the Rudy Giuliani Presidential Committee and served as a White House Intern during the George W. Bush administration. Alicia has written for numerous outlets, including Human Events, Media Research Center and Townhall.com.

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