Friday, April 25, 2014

Weighing Cliven Bundy's now infamous comments

Much has been said, mostly by the frothing political Left, after Cliven Bundy made some comments, reported by the New York Times, that some have deemed to be "racist."

I made the effort to track down video of Bundy's remarks, and no, I don't see him embracing some romantic vision of American slavery as some of his most viral critics contend.  In a rambling and awkward way, he seems to ask if people aren't being pulled back into enslavement by gimmicks and games of government. And Bundy's use of archaic terms, words like 'negro' or 'colored' just don't play well with today's politically correct speech police.

Then there's this, first reported by CNN, and picked up by Talking Points Memo. One of Bundy's bodyguards at the ranch is black:
"Mr. Bundy is not a racist," he told CNN. "Ever since I've been here, he's treated me with nothing but hospitality. He's pretty much treating me just like his own family."
"Cliven Bundy is a robustly imperfect individual," says William Norman Grigg at

Robustly imperfect. Think about it.

If Americans wait for the perfect specimen to rise up to challenge our imperfect and increasingly forceful government, we stand no chance of regaining the kind of balance that the founders intended.

Note: Don and I spent a good deal of time discussing the Bundy situation near the open on this week's show. Program's available here.

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