Cliven Bundy Betrays Rightbloggers, Forcing Them to Denounce (Some of) His Crazy Ideas
Funny as it is, it's kind of a shame that Bundy's stupid ideas about race have obscured his stupid ideas about the rule of law.
To nutshell it for you: A few weeks back rancher Cliven Bundy, who had refused to pay his grazing fees to the federal government for 20 years because, in his words, "I don't recognize the United States government as even existing," enlisted some like-minded individuals with guns to come defend his sovereign-citizen fantasy.
As we then chronicled, some of the smarter rightbloggers kept their mouths shut about this. The more slippery ones tried to play it both ways -- e.g. John Hinderaker of Power Line, who admitted "legally Bundy doesn't have a leg to stand on" while cheering on his illegal standoff ("20 Cowboys Break Fed Blockade in Nevada, Retrieve Cattle. Sure, it's Infowars, but it's still a great headline") and even suggesting the rebel was targeted not for his lawbreaking but because "it is a safe bet that Cliven Bundy is not an Obama or Reid contributor."
But many of the brethren straight-up decided armed resistance to the U.S. Government was patriotic and consistent with conservative principles, and said so out loud.
"AMERICA'S NEWEST HERO: MEET THE REAL CLIVEN BUNDY," hollered WorldNetDaily. At National Review, Kevin D. Williamson caught insurrection fever: "Acts such as Mr. Bundy's are not only bearable in a free republic but positively salubrious," he wrote, and compared Bundy to George Washington and Gandhi. PJ Media's Victor Davis Hanson supported Bundy based on more overt right-wing ressentiment: "The point is Mr. Bundy is no Rahm Emanuel, Al Gore, or Jay Carney," sighed Hanson. "He is no Jay-Z or Sean Penn. He is a world away from the Kardashians and the BMW meets Mercedes crowd of the California coastal corridor," etc.
The Negro may not appreciate this, but maybe The Chinaman will! (Via.)
"Resistance to the Stamp Act killed its implementation in the United States but paved the way for war," reasoned Ben Shapiro at TownHall; "resistance to the BLM's enforcement of federal law in the Bundy Ranch situation ended in federal withdrawal, but is merely the first step in a far-larger conflict." Comes the Revolution, comrade, Ben Shapiro will be your drummer boy!
The brethren also circulated rumors that the feds only messed with Bundy to protect the Chinese solar power interests of Nevada Democratic Senator Harry Reid and his son ("Breaking: Sen. Harry Reid Behind BLM Land Grab of Bundy Ranch" howled TeaParty.org), a conspiracy theory which has the distinction of having been debunked by both Politifact and Snopes.com (which perhaps only shows how eager the Illuminati are to hush it up).
Oh, Bundy was also supported by actual Republican elected officials such as Senators Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, and Dean Heller, and Texas Governor Rick Perry. (Yeah, we know: America is finished. Be brave, we still have this column to get through.)
Shortly thereafter, as you've no doubt heard, Bundy shit the bed but good, basically suggesting that because he once saw some black people (or, as he put it, The Negro) hanging out on a sidewalk and they didn't look as happy as Song of the South had taught him to expect, he wasn't sure whether life as a welfare buck/queen wasn't worse than slavery had been for them.
This led to all the Republicans running for the exits, and general chaos among conservatives. Bundy lost his best friend Sean Hannity, and even reliable controversialist Ann Coulter compared the poor old renegade to Occupy Wall Street, which is a right-winger's greatest insult next to "Obamacare" and "living wage"
What of the rightbloggers who'd backed Bundy to the hilt? Some haven't acknowledged the incident at this writing, perhaps because they're on a long vacation in the Arctic Circle.