Hatred can actually be a pleasant feeling. Otherwise, people would not hate so much. But like an addictive drug, if consumed with uninhibited enthusiasm hatred eats up those who partake of it.
Just the same, propagandists find hatred useful. Hence, headlines such as these should not have surprised us.
- Republicans denounce rancher Cliven Bundy’s racist comments (www.cbsnews.com)
- Republicans distance selves from Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy over racial remarks (www.washingtonpost.com)
- ‘I’ve often wondered if negroes are better off as slaves picking cotton?’ The shocking racist rant made by ‘hero’ Nevada cattle rancher (www.dailymail.co.uk)
Will the almighty state allow a mere rancher backed by his neighbors and sympathizers to defy it? Not likely. So Bundy must be separated from any support. He must become an object of hatred.
Is Cliven Bundy a racist? That’s doubtful. It’s likely he is an inexperience public speaker, and he did say something the Socialist Democrat news media thought extremely disagreeable.
In fact, what’s ironic is that even the excerpt (who knows what’s missing?) posted by the Washington Post makes it clear Bundy doesn’t hate blacks and Mexicans. Instead, his question is pertinent.
“I want to tell you one more thing I know about the Negro,” Bundy said, according to the video. “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. (emphasis added)” (from here)
As wards of a welfare state, are blacks better off? Is dependency upon manipulative politicians equal to freedom? Is a culture that encourages abortion and fatherless children (and crime — the statistics are quite clear on this) what Martin Luther King fought for during the heyday of the Civil Rights Movement? If Bundy, out in wilds of Nevada, thinks he is suffering from too much government, is it racist for him to ask whether urban blacks might be suffering more?
Times change, but men remain the same. Apparently, the Socialist Democrat news media thinks Bundy is a racist, and they are determined to cow any Republican who supports him. So with feral vigor they spout that hate word, “racist”. Once men cowed their political opponents by calling them Jew or nigger lovers. Now the same sort of man calls his opponents racists and religious bigots, but isn’t what defines a real bigot someone who just wants a handy excuse to hate and bully people?
Instead of being cowed into submission with a word, perhaps we should remember that all men have rights, even so-called racists. Just because hate-mongers want us to join in their hatred does not mean Bundy’s ranch should not have grazing rights on government land. Even if Bundy is a racist, that does not give the government the right to abuse him.
We don’t have to agree with Bundy, but we do have an obligation to protect his right to speak.
Otherwise, we risk losing our own right to speak our minds.