Reject Bundy, keep concern about government overreach

By Neal McNamara | April 25, 2014
Cliven Bundy

Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy’s recent comments on race are reprehensible – but should what he said stop us from being angry with federal government overreach?

“I want to tell you one thing I know about the Negro,” Bundy told a New York Times reporter as the pair drove by a housing project in North Las Vegas. “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?”

KTTH hosts David Boze and Ben Shapiro have labeled Bundy’s comments as racist and awful. But should Bundy’s views on race affect the larger issue of government largesse?

Shapiro spoke to Fox News commentator Juan Williams about the issue. Williams said that it’s “game over” for Bundy, but the initial appeal of Bundy’s situation was that the government had taken his land, forced him to pay them, and when he didn’t, tried to take his private property. That the government can come to your home with a gun and take you or your property is an issue that still matters to many Americans.

LISTEN; JUAN WILLIAMS TALKS TO SHAPIRO ABOUT CLIVEN BUNDY

“There’s a pall over Bundy; this calls into question all his other assertions,” Williams said. “But it does not undermine concern about government overreach.”

“I guess my problem with the [exposure of his racist comments] today is that nobody was looking to him as a racial expert. Why exactly should that change any of the stances of the folks who say we should be worried about government overreach?” Shapiro asked.

Williams said that Americans should not look to Bundy as some kind of poster boy or martyr for the issue of government overreach.

“Once it was seen that the group [that supported Bundy] could be lumped in with people who are racists, it hurt that cause in the larger narrative. There’s still a legitimate concern in the country over the size of government,” Williams said.

Boze posed the question, “what should the right do” now that its most recent hero has turned out to be a racist, anti-government fringe wing nut. For the answer to that question, he looked to comments Dr. Charles Krauthammer made in the wake of the Bundy comments.

“You have to disassociate yourself entirely from the man,” Krauthammer said. “This is a man says he doesn’t recognize the authority of the United States of America, and that makes him a patriot? I think this is truly appalling.”

“I think that about sums it up,” Boze said.

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