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What Cliven Bundy tells the American people about the Republican party

One must wonder why Cliven Bundy's recent comments on race are shocking to anyone.

Rancher Cliven Bundy speaks during a news conference near his ranch on April 24, 2014 in Bunkerville, Nevada.
Photo by David Becker

Earlier this month, Nevada Rancher Cliven Bundy found himself in the battle of American politics. On the political right, Bundy was hailed a hero against the "evil" big government. Many libertarians highlighted another government attempt to squash the little guy while Republicans saw it as an opportunity to tie President Obama and Senate Majority leader Harry Reid to another negative story. On the flip side, liberals and many independents saw the story for what it was: a radical freeloading rancher who was mooching off of the government and owned the country and its citizens a million dollars in back grazing fees.

Bundy was defended by the likes of Sean Hannity and the rest of the crew at the conservative leaning Fox News, but that all came to a striking halt when the New York Times released a video of Bundy talking about what he calls the "negro," and asked whether or not they would be better off as slaves picking cotton than under government subsidies.

“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.”

Following Bundy's racist comments, he appeared on multiple radio shows attacking the New York Times's story, stating that the paper took him out of context. The Times then released the actual video of the exact words Bundy said and it matched the Times' transcript perfectly.

Bundy then appeared on The Peter Schiff Show on Thursday and doubled down on his comments.

"I'm wondering if they're better off under a government subsidy and their young women are having the abortions and their young men are in jail and their older women and children are sitting out on the cement porch without nothing to do.

I'm wondering: Are they happier now under this government subsidy system than they were when they were when they were slaves and they was able to their family structure together and the chickens and the garden and the people have something to do.

So in my mind, are they better off being slaves in that sense or better off being slaves to the United States government in the sense of the subsidy. I'm wondering. The statement was right. I am wondering."

One of the few at Fox News who didn't support Cliven Bundy was Bill O'Reilly who seemed to take a shot at many on his own network when he stated "If you are going to partner up with someone ideologically, you better know who that person is."

Mr. Reilly's words actually sum up one of the main problems with the Republican party. Many within the GOP, their base and conservatives around the country seem too quick to take the attitude of "the enemy of my enemy is my friend." This kind of childish thinking has no place making key decisions that effect the rest of the nation. Whether it's George Zimmerman, Ted Nudget or Cliven Bundy, jumping to the defense of someone without properly vetting them is not just irresponsible, it's bad politics and just bad for the country.

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