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Ahhh, Cliven Bundy: newest Conservative hero and, surprise! he’s a racist,too.
I admit I haven’t paid much attention to the Bundy Ranch story. Jan, IIRC, referenced it in a comment last week and there was a Twitter #bundyranch hashtag a few days ago but I’ve been busy with work and Spring and stuff so I have only a vague idea of thw whole story but what Krauthammer says about Bundy could be said about any number of people:
CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER: … why conservatives, or some conservatives end up in bed with people who, you know, he makes an anti-government statement, he takes an anti-government stand, he wears a nice big hat and he rides a horse, and all of a sudden he is a champion of democracy. This is a man who said that he doesn’t recognize the authority of the United States of America. That makes him a patriot? I love this country, I love the Constitution, and it is the Constitution that established a government that all of us have to recognize. And for him to reject it was the beginning of all of this. And now what he said today is just the end of this.
And I think it is truly appalling that, as Chuck says, there are times when somehow simply because somebody takes an oppositionist stand, he becomes a conservative hero. You got to wait, you got to watch, you got to think about it. And look, do I have the right to go in to graze sheep in Central Park? I think not. You have to have some respect for the federal government, some respect for our system. And to say you don’t and you don’t recognize it and that makes you a conservative hero, to me, is completely contradictory, and rather appalling. And he has now proved it. http://mediamatters.org/video/…
A thought similar to the bolded part came to me this morning as I was thinking about how Bundy grazing cattle on government land was patriotic but the Occupy folks were radical activists. And while it scares me that I’m on the same page as Krauthammer he’s correct. The Right is somehow anti-government and patriotic at the same time. They live in fear but are tough on national security. There is this dichotomy of thought or belief that somehow makes sense to someone and doesn’t get challenged. Is it because no one thinks that hard about it? If you stand for law and order you cannot be a vigilante. If you are pro-life you cannot support the death penalty. If you are anti-government you cannot be patriotic.