To be fair, I don’t think Hannity had any idea about Bundy’s racial theories. However, it’s generally a good idea to be wary of lionizing people who go around saying: “I don’t recognize the United States government as even existing.”
Anyhow, Cliven was toast, although he did make an appearance on CNN, in which he explained that his racist remarks were all about — yes! — freedom. In this case, the “freedom to say what we want. If I call — if I say ‘negro’ or ‘black boy’ or ‘slave,’ I’m — if those people cannot take those kind of words and not be offensive, then Martin Luther King hasn’t got his job done yet.”
— Gail Collins, Of the Fox and the Cattle, NYT, today
I was happy, when I read that column this morning, to see that people are catching on to this rightwing “stick-the-label-’freedom’-onto-whatever-we-want-to-do” thing–this is very big at the Supreme Court these days–but now I’m having second thoughts.
I’ve always wanted a ranch out West. And I don’t really recognize Cliven Bundy as even existing, nor the Recorder of Deeds in his county as even existing. And if I can get a group of folks together who don’t either, I see no reason why I can’t fulfill my dream and have a ranch out West even though I can’t actually afford to buy one.
My dream involves horses, though; not cattle. But there probably are some horse ranches in that county whose “owners” I don’t even recognize as existing, so while I don’t really want the land they claim is theirs–the Bundy ranch is big enough for my needs, and it looks nice–I’m sure my group and I can manage the horse-herding thing from one ranch to another. At least as long as we have enough ammunition for our AK-47s.
The best part is that one of my senators–not Harry Reid; the other one–will be very supportive of me in this. I can’t wait to vote for him in 2018. If I haven’t shot myself with my semi-automatic by then.
I now want to see the Republicans regain control of the Senate. So maybe I can convince the Democrats to feature ads quoting Heller on this whole freedom/Bundy issue. I’m sure the Dems think that would scare some moderate folks into voting Democratic, so they won’t see my real purpose. But I know better. A lot of moderates want ranches in the West, too.
Wanna join me on the ranch?