Some reasonable comments on the Cliven Bundy speech

Via Big Fur Hat

Sorry, I know a lot of us on the Right are tripping all over our tongues to bash Bundys’ comments. I heard more than one Conservative talk host say Bundy was clearly defending slavery. But what he said was not rooted in racism, he NEVER said that slavery was good, he NEVER said let us bring it back. Yes, he did “wonder” if Blacks were happier under slavery, which is incredibly idiotic, but I doubt he meant that literally. Yes, he did use the word “Colored” and “Negro”. No, he should not have. No, he should never have gone down the picking cotton road either. What he did, or tried to do, was to point out that we are all being pushed towards greater dependence on government, and that Blacks have been hurt by many of these programs the Left touts so highly. Did he say it well, no. But the over reaction to what he said is asinine. We have allowed political discourse to reach a point where everyone is terrified of speaking about certain topics because unless we talk in scripted talking points, we will be demonized. This is what the Left wants, for us to quake in fear of even broaching certain subjects. What the Right is currently doing is helping the Left accomplish that goal.

Let me give you some words written earlier this year, read them and then tell me is this racist? Should someone who says, or writes such words be thrown under the RAAAAACISM bus? Here  they are

Most of the problems faced by the black community have their roots in a black culture that differs significantly from the black culture of yesteryear. Today only 35 percent of black children are raised in two-parent households, but as far back as 1880, in Philadelphia, 75 percent of black children were raised in two-parent households — and it was as high as 85 percent in other places. Even during slavery, in which marriage was forbidden, most black children were raised with two biological parents. The black family managed to survive several centuries of slavery and generations of the harshest racism and Jim Crow, to ultimately become destroyed by the welfare state. The black family has fallen victim to the vision fostered by some intellectuals that, in the words of a sociology professor in the 1960s, “it has yet to be shown that the absence of a father was directly responsible for any of the supposed deficiencies of broken homes.” The real issue to these intellectuals “is not the lack of male presence but the lack of male income.” That suggests that fathers can be replaced by a welfare check. The weakened black family gives rise to problems such has high crime, predation and other forms of anti-social behavior.

The cultural problems that affect many black people are challenging and not pleasant to talk about, but incorrectly attributing those problems to racism and racial discrimination, a need for more political power, and a need for greater public spending condemns millions of blacks to the degradation and despair of the welfare state.

Well, many of these SAME points were made by Bundy weren’t they? So, tell me Conservatives is the person who wrote this defending slavery? I mean he mentioned slavery and two parent homes, he MUST be a RAAAAACIST! So, are the words racist? No, they were written by Walter Williams, who is to me one of the wisest men of our time. Certainly Williams speaks far better than Bundy, but much of the theme of his article is along the same lines.

Bundy matters because of the government over  reach in this case. Is Bundy a patriot? I do not know. I do know he has lost many court cases in his fight, and I know there are serious questions as to his “righteousness” in this case. We ought not let the media drive this story away from HOW the feds tried to handle this situation. Perhaps the government is right in trying to get their money, maybe not. How they tried to get it is the key issue. Focus on that!

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