Honestly, if it wasn't downright scary, this snapshot could become a poster for American madness. Here's a dude wielding a weapon nobody outside of the military really needs, except, he'd say I'm sure, people like him who are ready for a moment just like this one, when the federal government's jackboots, descending from black helicopters, appear as if out of nowhere to take away God-given American rights. Listen, this guy's a real patriot because he'll kill rather than give up the freedom the founding fathers gave him, thank the Lord. He's a true American.
The woman behind him, imperiled by government thugs, looks on anxiously, sure as anything that Obama's secret police are out to destroy hard-working, white Americans who love this country, brave men and women who dare to take on the socialists, who are really, down deep, nothing more than communists. Behind her, a whole bunch of patriots snap pictures, because someday soon some scrulptor will create a great tribute to the man with rifle, an image just as heart-stirring as the one of those GIs raising the flag on Iwo Jima. They'll have pictures. They'll be able to tell their children and their children's children that they were to witness a true American ready, willing, and able to die for freedom.
It's scary. It really is.
The left has its own gallery of rogues. Jeremiah Wright didn't help Barack Obama a whole lot and said some downright stupid things I'd likely think a whole lot less stupid if I were Black; but I don't remember ever seeing him in a flak jacket, poking a machine gun between concrete barriers, armed and ready to hold off the American government.
I was watching Fox News a few nights ago when Shawn Hannity baited Cliven Bundy, the rancher from rural Nevada, who, for a time at least, was the hero of the kind of folks who created Tim McVeigh. I heard Hannity ask the man ridiculous questions meant for an audience just hoping for some thick raw meat. This man Bundy complied, gave him everything Hannity hoped his audience was looking to hear.
And honestly, I couldn't help think, right at that moment, that this ten-gallon hat of his had absolutely nothing beneath it.
Look, let's assume Cliven Bundy employs, say, twenty cowhands, ten of whom are African-American. He doesn't, but let's just assume that he might. Let's assume, in other words, that the man isn't racist. He says he isn't, after all--just as he says he doesn't believe in the federal government. He's a God-fearing American; I say, just for a moment, we take him at his word.
Let's assume he's a good man, but just, well, rough around the edges. Unquoth maybe, so sheltered in the back forty that he has no clue about political correctness, okay?
Here's just part of what he said:
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.Even if he's not a racist--and he obviously is--those three sentences are spectacularly stupid. Slavery made family life impossible, as I think--I hope--most grade school kids understand. Slavery destroyed families. Even if Mr. Bundy isn't racist--which he is--he's a moron.
And it's only right that people like Shawn Hannity get shit on 'em when they cozy up to men and women like Cliven Bundy, men and women who end up being their own worst enemies. The best thing to happen in this whole sordid range war is that Sean Hannity went face first in bullshit.
And what about this guy with the assault rifle? I bet he's still there, watching for black helicopters, ready to die for freedom.
Bundy is, that's for sure. He's got a head full of steam now; after all, he was crowned into celebrity status by people like Rand Paul and Shawn Hannity. In fact, everyday at four he holds a news conference because he's the right's latest Joe the Plumber or that old guy from Duck Dynasty. Heroes all. Be there.
Wait! Let me get my camera.