American Sickness: Trump and the Bundys Get a Pass, While Hillary is Condemned for Something She Didn't Do
Don't tell me there's not a double standard at work.
Don't tell me there's not a double standard at work.
As I noted yesterday, I can't help but to compare law enforcement's reaction to protesters in Ferguson, Missouri versus law enforcement's reaction to the Bundy Ranch fiasco.
A quick check of social media activity for that name turns up what appear to be the Facebook and Twitter accounts belonging to the guy police say is their gunman. As Charles Johnson over at Little Green Footballs says, the Brent Douglas Cole revealed in these timelines is pretty much your average "Sovereign Citizen" kind of crazy.
Remarkably, no one in the press has asked the White House about the Bundy Ranch standoff since it ended two months ago, and aside from some jokes at the White House Correspondents' Dinner, the President has never commented about it. Since the shootings in Las Vegas have put the Bundy Ranch back in the news, I asked incoming White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest if President Obama was satisfied with the way the BLM handled the standoff.
It was only a matter of time before video emerged of the Las Vegas gunman, Jerad Miller, speaking to a reporter during the Bundy Ranch fiasco.
The news media has moved on from Nevada rancher and Racist The Time Forgot Cliven Bundy, but according to Rep. Steven Horsford's (D-NV) office, residents in the Bundy Ranch's Bunkerville community still don't feel safe, as armed miltiamen continue their discomfiting presence. Rep. Horsford sent Clark County Sheriff Douglas Gillespie a letter nearly two weeks ago, sharing constituent complaints about militia activities, but Sheriff Gillespie's office told The Daily Banter, on Friday, that they're "currently looking into the situation."
Here's "Three Percenter" Mike Vanderboegh at a Bundy Ranch rally suggesting that a civil war is coming and the conflict will never end until one side is victorious. He goes on to say to Majority Leader Harry Reid, "Don't poke the wolverine with a sharp stick, Harry, unless you want your balls ripped off."
Conservative hero turned right-wing Rosetta Stone Cliven Bundy continues to dominate news coverage after his remarks about "the negro" surfaced Wednesday, and were followed by more and more of Bundy's ruminations about slavery. When video of Bundy's remarks came out, the last hope of his conservative defenders evaporated, but the clip also casts some doubt as to whether he used the arcane, yet once "polite," term negro, or an even more offensive n-word.
Nevada rancher and racism grenade Cliven Bundy has Republicans and conservatives scrambling to deal with his remarks on the state of "the Negro," and the BLM bugaboo is not making their job easier. In an interview with Tom Woods Thursday morning, Bundy was asked about the charges of racism being leveled against him, and he responded by doubling down on those remarks, telling Woods "That's exactly what I said, I'm wondering if they're better off...
As Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy blows up in the faces of conservatives who championed his cause by articulating what is, in fact, mainstream Republican thought, the left waits to see which conservatives will back away, and which will lean into it. Conservative radio host and media figure Dana Loesch has given us an idea of what the latter will look like with a comical defense of Bundy's remarks about "the Negro" that will, hopefully, be adopted by many of her contemporaries.
What Hannity is doing by relentlessly validating Bundy and his militia buddies' armed standoff with the federal government -- providing them, night after night, with a big sloppy kiss and a phalanx of Fox News's powerful Marshall stacks to amplify their neo-Confederate rhetoric -- is helping to push this whole thing further and further toward a violent confrontation.
According to Dr. Hannity, property rights are conditional — at least in cases where the property is owned by the government — on whether the owner has plans to build something on it. This is a groundbreaking interpretation of property rights that lesser minds like say, John Locke, were too limited to envision.
It's called BundyFest and, at first, I didn't think it was anything more than a clever joke in reaction to the ridiculous gathering of rebellion cosplayers and militia hooples at the Bundy Ranch to defend a millionaire scofflaw. But it looks like it's shaping up to be a real thing.
During a speaking engagement last week at the University of Tennessee College of Law, Scalia discussed how it's constitutionally permissible for Congress to impose taxes on citizens. Fair enough. However, Scalia added, "if it reaches a certain point, perhaps you should revolt."
The Bundy Ranch fiasco is the gift that keeps on giving wingnuts a chance to come out of the woodwork. On Friday night's All In with Chris Hayes, host Chris Hayes did a live remote with Nevada Assemblywoman Michele Fiore, who says she's been camped out with the Bundy mob for six days now. Amid the usual cable news talkovers, Fiore posited a rather stunning maxim: that armed federal officers can't expect citizens not to "fire back."
In this week's edition of The Daily Banter Mail Bag, Bob, Ben and Chez discuss the Bundy Ranch militia, the Banter's most discussed topics and our biggest fears.
Get ready for the right to shriek that Reid's the problem here.
Over the weekend, a quick glance at Twitter might have led you to believe that the feds were trying to jack up the Brady Bunch, or that conservatives were fighting hard to defend the Bunny Ranch, but now that everyone has caught up to the story of the Bundy Ranch, the dueling narratives have become "something, something, LIBERTY" and "conservatives defend freeloader." The buried lede here is that the peaceful end of this standoff would have been very different had the cops been responding to a mob that was smaller, less white, and unarmed.
As soon as Cliven Bundy squared off against the big, bad Bureau of Land Management — instantly becoming a folk hero to idiots who romanticize the notion of armed insurrection against the federal government, seeing it, ironically, as an act of patriotism — you knew it was only a matter of time before either Fox News or RT consulted the legislative Patient Zero of this whole movement. And so it is that Ron Paul’s recent appearance on Neil Cavuto has begun making the rounds, with Paul issuing dire warnings of another showdown between Bundy and the feds that’s surely on the horizon.
Every time we start thinking we've seen or heard the worst thing possible from Fox News, something even worse comes along. It's almost unimaginable that words like these would come out of the mouth of a correspondent for a national news organization.
There are so many layers of ridiculousness in the Bundy Ranch story, it's difficult to know where to begin. Above all else, it ended up being a fantastic opportunity for a pack of ignorant states' rights cowboys to get intimate with their rebellion and secessionist fetishes, while figuratively pointing a rifle at the president's head.