Do you remember growing up asking Big Mama, how did you know this or that and she would tell you “I just know”. Well, that is kinda how I felt after hearing old man Bundy revealed his views on black people. I have lived long enough to have seen his kind before! He was saying it all along, and you could tell by the company [Fox and militia] he keeps.
First of all, his language all along was taken from the Posse Comitatus, which is a loosely organized confederate and far-right social movement that opposes the federal government and believes in localism. There is no single national group, and local units are autonomous.
Posse charters were issued in 1969 in Portland, Oregon, by Henry Lamont Beach, a retired dry cleaner and one-time member of the Silver Shirts, a Nazi-inspired organization that was established in America after Hitler took power in Germany. William Potter Gale has been described by one expert as the founder of the movement. Posse members believe that there is no legitimate form of government above that of the county level and no higher law authority than the county sheriff. Many Posse members practice survivalism and played a role in the formation of the armed citizens’ militias in the 1990s.
It is important to understand that this concept was used to maintain control over ex-slaves following the Civil War during reconstruction and continued throughout the south – some say to this very day. When they say only the sheriff has power and authority. Let me remind you of who covered up and allow the brutalization, to include murder, during the era of segregation. In this context, a blind man could clearly see this was coming. Yet, those on the right call him a “patriot” and a hero!
So now the Rancher has said out loud, and with conviction that the “Negro” fared better under slavery represents the latest in a series of incendiary racial comments from a new crop of folk heroes embraced in some conservative circles Like Ted Nugent and Duck Dynasty star. This guy got fifteen minutes of fame due in part by the extreme conservative radio host Sean Hannity and of course the right-wing circus.
This nut that’s on welfare himself because of his much-publicized land dispute with the federal government endeared him to conservatives and defended his comments as idle thoughts. The old man said to reporters and videotaped that “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.
He also said, “In my mind I’m wondering, are they better off being slaves, in that sense, or better off being slaves to the United States government, in the sense of the subsidies? I’m wondering. That’s what. And the statement was right. I am wondering,” he said Thursday on “The Peter Schiff Show.”
Yesterday, when asked whether he was any more or less a “welfare queen” as those who get entitlement checks, since his cattle have been feeding off the government, literally, by eating grass on public land, Bundy said, “I might be a welfare queen, but I’ll tell you I’m producing something for America and using a resource that nobody else would use or could use… He said, “I’m putting red meat on your table. Maybe I’m not doing enough, but I’m trying.” No dude, you are stealing!
But politicians like Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, a potential 2016 presidential GOP contender, Nevada Republican Sen. Dean Heller and other conservatives scrambled to distance themselves like scalded dogs from the controversy.
I will agree with Mark Anthony Neal, an African-American studies professor at Duke University, who remarked, “We are looking at some of the last white men standing,” as a result of the demographic shifts that show minorities now represent more than half of the nation’s population born in 2010 and 2011, according to the most-recent Census data. In other words, “His comments represent that and people that rally around him because of this idea that white men are under siege. They are calling out the political establishment to stand by them,” he said.
But Bundy’s comments were much like those of another so-called patriot Ted Nugent. Then there was the Duck Dynasty star, who shared similar sentiments during an interview with GQ last year pastoral recollections of blacks “singing and happy” as he and his family worked alongside them in Louisiana cotton fields speak to a certain politically active fringe element that speaks to the far-right base.
We should be afraid, and very afraid, because there are a lot more of these types than you realize, and they are closer to you than you know. And that’s my thought provoking perspective…