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Not content to simply disregard the existence of the Federal Government, Nevada Rancher and Fox News current "Joe the Plumber" Cliven Bundy also believes that black people might be “better off as slaves" than living under the government.

The full quote: “I want to tell you one more thing I know about the Negro,” he said. Mr. Bundy recalled driving past a public-housing project in North Las Vegas, “and in front of that government house the door was usually open and the older people and the kids — and there is always at least a half a dozen people sitting on the porch — they didn’t have nothing to do. They didn’t have nothing for their kids to do. They didn’t have nothing for their young girls to do.

“And because they were basically on government subsidy, so now what do they do?” he asked. “They abort their young children, they put their young men in jail, because they never learned how to pick cotton. And I’ve often wondered, are they better off as slaves, picking cotton and having a family life and doing things, or are they better off under government subsidy? They didn’t get no more freedom. They got less freedom.”





I'm not sure what terrifies me more - that 150 years after the US Civil War there are still people who believe and promote these beliefs, or that this statement was just "one more thing" that he wanted to tell the reporter and thus the world.

So what does that mean for all our GOPpies that fell over themselves to defend him? Let's go down the list from CNN

Rand Paul, the Kentucky Libertarian who criticized Harry Reid's description of the group as domestic terrorists, released a statement, saying "“His remarks on race are offensive and I wholeheartedly disagree with him."

Dean Heller, the Nev Senator who made national news for what might have been the first time ever last week for saying “What Sen. Reid may call domestic terrorists, I call patriots,” also backtracked, releasing a statement saying "completely disagrees with Mr. Bundy’s appalling and racist statements, and condemns them in the most strenuous way."

Reince Priebus, RNC Chairman and one of the 13 notable residents from my hometown according to Wikipedia who had not previously weighed in on the land dispute, said in a statement that "Bundy's comments are completely beyond the pale. Both highly offensive and 100% wrong on race."

Meanwhile on the Dem's side:

Harry Reid said "Bundy revealed himself to be a hateful racist. But by denigrating people who work hard and play by the rules while he mooches off public land he also revealed himself to be a hypocrite."

And the Nevada DNC "These comments are reprehensible, and every Republican politician in the state of Nevada who tried to latch on to Cliven Bundy's newfound celebrity with TEA Partiers and the militia movement should be ashamed of their actions."

"Every Republican elected official who risked inciting violence to gain political capital out of Cliven Bundy now owes the people of Nevada an apology for their irresponsible behavior of putting their own political future ahead of the safety of Nevadans,"

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  •  I love Reid's quote on this (2+ / 0-)
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    NancyWH, trkingmomoe

    I am waiting to read the next expose of Bundy. Next thing you know, he'll be telling us of his fondness for children and his favorite pastime of taking potshots at migrants. Fine American that Bundy.

    I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do, because I notice it always coincides with their own desires. - Susan B. Anthony Everything good a man can be, a dog already is. - pajoly

    by pajoly on Thu Apr 24, 2014 at 10:49:51 AM PDT

  •  "requires." (2+ / 0-)
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    NancyWH, gramofsam1

    go for full titular alliteration.

    This comment is dedicated to my mellow Adept2U and his Uncle Marcus

    by mallyroyal on Thu Apr 24, 2014 at 10:59:46 AM PDT

  •  Awesome! (0+ / 0-)

    Between Chris Chrispie and Bundy, the skids for Progressives have just gotten nicely greased! Not that we can rest on this, but it appears the uphill battle has leveled somewhat.  

    "The light which puts out our sight is darkness to us." Thoreau

    by NancyWH on Thu Apr 24, 2014 at 11:29:24 AM PDT

  •  My Az Rep. Paul Gosar went up to Bundy's place (0+ / 0-)

    and met with him.  He liked him.

     Here is my comment on both of Gosar's Facebook pages,  "Rep. Gosar, do you still back Mr. Bundy and his views that African Americans would be better off as slaves? Isn't it time to publicly reject this mans utter racism? Near as we know, you continue to support him until you say something otherwise. Or, do you think like this too? How can we know without a statement from you?

      So far they have deleted it off of one of his pages but I just reloaded the comment on it.  I want and deserve a reply, don't you think?

      David

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