A good article in Newsweek summing up the whole affair.
UPDATE: It turns out that Cliven Bundy’s claimed “ancestral rights” to graze cattle “from the time the very first pioneers come here [sic]” are a lie. A local TV station discovered that his parents bought their ranch in 1948, and didn’t start grazing cattle there until 1954.
Protestors are claiming that Bundy is being forced off his land, just like the Indians were:
They are literally treating western United States citizens, ranchers, rural folks like this- are the modern day Indians. We’re being driven off of our lands. We’re being forced into reservations known as cities.
Ironically, the Paiute Indians were forced onto reservations in 1875, but two years before that they were promised the very land where Bundy’s ranch is located.
Ever seen “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance”? It’s about an idealistic lawyer who believes in the rule of law, who is forced to confront armed thugs working for cattle ranchers…
Just put it on my Amazon “wish list”. You didn’t mention it was Jimmy Stewart.
“When flag-waving white people with guns decide to break the law, what can you do?”
That is perhaps (depressingly) my favorite line that I have ever read on this site, because it is true. Imagine how Fox’s coverage would have changed if they had been any other race.
“Armed Islamists/Black Panthers/Cartel thugs face off with uniformed heroes over welfare cow-queens mooching off of taxpayer brush.”
Something like that.
Not surprisingly, Cliven Bundy has now said some pretty ugly racist things, including speculating that “the Negros” were better off as slaves. See http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2014/04/cliven-bundy-wants-to-tell-you-all-about-the-negro/361152/
After reading your links on the previous post IK, I thought Bundy possibly fell into the category of hapless idiot being manipulated by the right media for ratings gains. Unfortunately I was wrong, Bundy appears to have led them into the lion’s den and they happily followed.
Jeez Louise, why can’t everybody do there homework like the folks at PI
This is more fun than Duck Dynasty and the Stupids. Once more we see Fox News, embodied by Sean Hannity, look sound and taste like the complete uninformed fools they are. Before any facts are out Hannity is actually defending a law-breaker, then attempting to deny he ever said anything. When will they pull this program and put next to Real Housewives and other usless programs?