The Curmudgeon


Saturday, April 26, 2014

Legitimate Constitutional Questions

When it comes to small government, even right-wing Republicans have their limits, especially if they happen to be drawing their salary from the taxpayer. A Nevada rancher with the near-unimprovable name of Cliven Bundy has caused sincere offence to the likes of Senator Rand Paul with some indiscreet remarks about African Americans. Bundy's remarks are all the more indiscreet as he had previously endeared himself to the more right-wing elements of the right-wing part of the US political mainstream's various right wings; whether by illegally grazing his cattle on public land (how the West was won), by facing down the government bureaucrats who tried to stop him (individualism) or by maintaining a private army (patriotism and Mom's apple pie). “If I say Negro or black boy or slave, if those people cannot take those kind of words and not be offended," Bundy proclaimed, "then Martin Luther King hasn’t got his job done yet. We need to get over this prejudice stuff.” Bundy has also pontificated on whether black people might be "better off as slaves, picking cotton", although it is not clear whether he has considered the logical extension of that argument: that white people might be better off taking the Road to Serfdom.


  • At 12:55 am , Anonymous Madame X said...

    And let's not forget his line-of-fire explanation for women and children first. His only error was not speaking in code. Former Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan says essentially the same things but uses language that allows him some plausible deniability (at least such that the press can ignore it).

  • At 12:58 am , Blogger J Sewell McEvoy said...

    "near-unimprovable name of Cliven Bundy"

    lol, after a horrible few days, thanks for raising a smile here.


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