The Left adores its "racism" narrative. It is practically the only narrative they have left, and they have used it repeatedly like a cheap prostitute at a party for sex addicts. One of the cheapest political whores on the national scene is Dirty Harry "Cleanface" Reid, the ignoble, utterly corrupt U.S. Senate Majority "Leader." Harry has now added his wormy voice to the cacophony of leftist sluts calling Cliven Bundy "racist." Let's get our facts straight.
The Left is able to promote this narrative for two main reasons: 1. they lie. 2. the media repeats the lie. So let's dissect their lie about Bundy. How did they lie? As usual, they edited remarks to create the perception they want, using only that portion of Bundy's remarks where he intimated that blacks were better off under slavery. They carefully left out the portion that put the statement in context.
Let's also acknowledge something the Left never will in their vicious campaign to slander people who have the audacity to threaten their franchise. The Left cares little about the target individual, or the inconvenient facts that may humanize him somewhat. You can't cultivate sympathy for one you want to destroy. Cliven Bundy is not a wealthy man. He is not an educated man. He has not had decades in the practiced art of prevarication that is the Left's stock in trade - in fact one of the only things the Left does well. He is a simple man who simply expresses his opinion, without careful word crafting, without considering that there is an entire industry out there with nothing better to do than put his words under a microscope so they can misrepresent them for their own unscrupulous purposes.
Let's now compare his comment with some from famous Democrats. Why is it when Democrats make eye-popping, racist remarks, no one blinks? Bundy is no statesman. Here are some words from Democrats who hold themselves out to be:
Harry Reid: Called Obama, "'a light-skinned' African American 'with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one.'"
Joe Biden: "You cannot go to a 7-11 or a Dunkin' Donuts unless you have a slight Indian accent. I'm not joking."
Bill Clinton: Said of Obama, "'A few years ago, this guy would have been carrying our bags.' State Trooper Larry Patterson said Clinton used "ni***r to describe Jesse Jackson and Arkansas black activist Robert “Say” McIntosh.“ One of Clinton's girlfriends said, "Not only did he use the N-word, he called him a ‘GD-N’.”
Lyndon Johnson: "These Negroes, they're getting uppity these days. That's a problem for us, since they got something now they never had before. The political pull to back up their upityness. Now, we've got to do something about this. We've got to give them a little something. Just enough to quiet them down, but not enough to make a difference. If we don't move at all, their allies will line up against us. And there'll be no way to stop them. It'll be Reconstruction all over again."
Bundy shouldn't have used the slavery analysis, but in his ham-handed way observed what many have said for decades, i.e. that the Left has created a nightmare for the black community, and that many blacks are much worse off today than they were before the great liberal welfare experiment of the 1960s. The welfare state is primarily responsible for destroying the nuclear black family, and endemic crime, drug addiction and unemployment are the direct result. Prior to President Lyndon Johnson's "Great Society" welfare expansion, the unemployment rate for young blacks was lower than that for whites. Today the unemployment rate for black males in major metropolitan areas is 50 percent. Out of wedlock pregnancies were a fraction of what they are now, and crime and drug addiction, while problematic in inner cities, were nowhere near today's levels. The Wall Street Journal coined the phrase "liberal plantation" decades ago to capture the essence of the liberal establishment's view of blacks. That view hasn't changed.
E.W. Jackson, a black preacher and former Virginia gubernatorial candidate, agrees. He says, "It wasn't slavery that destroyed the black family... But the programs that began in the sixties, the programs that began to tell women 'you don't need a man in the home, the government will take care of you,' the programs that began to tell men 'you don't need to be in the home, the government will take care of this woman; the government will take care of these children.' That's when the black family began to deteriorate." His whole clip is worth watching.
Democratic politicians justify the burgeoning welfare state as reflecting compassion for the “poor and oppressed,” but the fact is that the Left created the welfare state deliberately and specifically to capture the minority vote forever. The infamous socialist authors of the "Crisis Strategy," Richard Cloward and Frances Fox Piven, had much to do with this, and they admitted as much, saying, “If organizers can deliver millions of dollars in cash benefits to the ghetto masses, it seems reasonable to expect that the masses will deliver their loyalties to their benefactors.”
Johnson agreed. In passing his Great Society welfare plan, Johnson said, "I'll have those ni****s voting Democratic for the next 200 years." It worked. In 1960, only 58 percent of black voters were Democrats. By 1968, 92 percent were Democrats and only three percent were Republicans.
In 1961, Cloward co-founded an experimental welfare program called "Mobilization for Youth." Presidents Kennedy and Johnson used his model to envision a massive federal infrastructure that would both fund leftwing activism and buy off minorities. What followed was President Johnson’s “War on Poverty,” and the Office of Economic Opportunity created to implement it. OEO financed "10,000 organizations employing several hundred thousand people” to radically transform U.S. policy outside the political process, according to conservative activist Howard Phillips, who ran OEO in 1973. He identified Cloward and Piven as OEO’s “ideological architects.”
If you have not read Cloward and Piven's treatise on the Crisis strategy, you should do so now. Once Johnson established the welfare state, Cloward and Piven pointed out that government could never meet promises it had made if everyone who qualified for welfare demanded it. They stated that minorities could precipitate systemic crisis and collapse, creating the pretext for a "guaranteed annual income," i.e. socialism. This was Cloward and Piven's real goal all along, and they helped found the National Welfare Rights Organization and ACORN to execute it. The rest, as they say, is history, and today’s epidemic of welfare fraud, waste, crime, overspending and decaying inner cities can be laid directly at the Left's feet. So Bundy's remarks were not far off.
Bundy is not a polished pundit. His statement about slavery was stupid and clumsy, but that's it. He qualified it by saying that "we've progressed quite a bit from that day until now, and we sure don't want to go back," and further qualified it by describing blacks as victims, not perpetrators. Under welfare, he said, they have no purpose, and "that's all government, it's not freedom." Of illegal immigrants he said "They're here, and they're people, and I've worked side-by-side with a lot of them. Don't tell me they don't work and don't tell me they don't pay taxes. And don't tell me they don't have better family structures than most of us white people." Sadly, that is a true statement.
Bundy made things worse by trying to explain his statements the next day. A friend suggested "His fame has gone to his feet." He should leave the PR to the professionals. But still, he is no racist. Here are the words of a black man who knows him personally. The photo he refers to is posted above:
The media distorts information to the point of social division. This is a photo of myself and the resilient, often charismatic, and maybe not so tactful Cliven Bundy. He’s a cowboy and a helluva family man, not an orator. One thing he definitely isn’t – a racist. I found his comments to not only be NOT racist, but his own view of his experiences. Who the heck are we to determine another man’s perspective on the world around him?! Just because Picasso’s view of the world was abstract, does it negate the fact that his art was genuine? Furthermore, if you take the time to do your own research, you’ll find that his statements about some black Americans actually hold weight. He posed a hypothetical question. He said, “I wonder IF” … Hell, I’m black and I often wonder about the same about the decline of the black family. Bottom line is that we are all slaves in this waning republic, no matter our skin color.
Bundy may be his own worst spokesman, but these are not the words of a racist. That he can't use 50 cent words may be an advantage for the Left, but as usual, it is only because the Left is willing to stoop so low in its never-ending rhetorical war with America. The liberal plantation is a slave state featuring epidemic murder and other crime, misery and hopelessness. All the Left wants is votes, and the only way to guarantee that is to keep minorities, and increasingly the rest of us, on that plantation in perpetual poverty. With the Obama administration, it seems to be official policy.
More to the point, this is not about Cliven Bundy anyway. This is about the BLM, and for that matter many other federal agencies, like the Army Corps of Engineers, the EPA and others using federal regulations to destroy lives and steal property. Consider for example, what they have done to California's San Joaquin valley, where for the sake of a three-inch fish, the entire region - which produces fruit and vegetables for the world - is threatened by a man-made drought. It has been going on for decades, and the image of hundreds of armed agents in riot gear staring down an elderly man and his sons set off a nationwide reaction that has been simmering a long time. In this case especially, the corrupt hypocrite, "Cleanface" Dirty Harry Reid, and many fellow leftists, stand to gain personally from the solar power developments planned for that part of Nevada. BLM land surrounding the Bundy ranch is to be used as a sanctuary to mitigate the ill effects of the environment-killing solar farms. The Left's ulterior motives are shamefully obvious.