Friday, April 25, 2014

The Forbidden Subject

It seems that no matter who you are, how innocent your deeds, or how ethically you treat your fellow man, you are absolutely forbidden to speak on certain subjects, on pain of ostracism, being abandoned to the mercies of the State, or worse. The premier such subject, eclipsing all others, is the correlation between certain socioeconomic conditions and race.

Cliven Bundy, the rancher whose cause animated hundreds of freedom lovers to rally personally, bearing arms, to his defense against an overbearing federal government, has dared to touch on that forbidden subject:

"I want to tell you one more thing I know about the Negro," he said. Mr. Bundy recalled driving past a public-housing project in North Las Vegas, "and in front of that government house the door was usually open and the older people and the kids -- and there is always at least a half a dozen people sitting on the porch -- they didn't have nothing to do. They didn't have nothing for their kids to do. They didn't have nothing for their young girls to do.

"And because they were basically on government subsidy, so now what do they do?" he asked. "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."

Maybe it’s me. Maybe I’m the stupid one. Even a genius can be topically or contextually stupid. But for the life of me, I can’t see the smallest thing wrong with what Bundy said. I can’t spot any inaccuracies in it. Quite a lot of black welfare-ridden families match Bundy’s description. It might upset us to hear it, but those who’ve seen it at close range, or have lived close enough to it to be touched by its consequences, can’t sincerely deny it.

Bundy’s rhetorical question:

"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?"

...surely wasn't intended as an endorsement of chattel slavery. It was his way of highlighting the unique squalor that comes from the acceptance of government dependency as a way of existence.

There are more varieties of slavery than chattel slavery, in which one is deemed the property of another. A slavery that leads one to the passive acceptance of idleness and despair is one of the worst kinds. Ask any prison inmate who's been denied the privilege of working at something during his confinement.

But race! Daring to cite the particular effects a government policy has had upon a particular race is unthinkable! The speaker shall be anathematized, banished to the outer darkness, where there is the weeping and the gnashing of teeth. Nevermore shall we ponder the offenses done to him by others -- not even others with guns and dogs and sniper rifles -- for his words, regardless of their veracity, have rendered him untouchable!

Maybe it’s not me. Maybe we really are a nation of cowards. Not in the odious Eric Holder’s sense, though.

It seems so clear to me. The Left is desperate to "keep 'em on the plantation" of government dependency. There’s no physical barrier around the Left's prison for poor American blacks. The emotional and financial walls are quite high enough. Nor is it necessarily because those folks are black, except in one sense: poor black Americans, especially those concentrated in Northeastern cities, were the target population for the Sixties campaign to expand the welfare state.

There’s an important lesson here for anyone with the stomach to accept and digest it.

It’s been a staple of Leftist political strategy to create what Thomas Sowell has called mascot groups: populations united by some common characteristic, to which leftist panderers can offer some seeming benefit with addictive properties in exchange for political allegiance. The most obvious such benefit is financial: welfare payments, subsidies, and preferential treatment in government hiring and contracting. The Left has had extraordinary success seducing American blacks in that fashion. If you doubt this, consider the distribution of black votes in presidential elections since World War II.

It’s not enough simply to offer money for votes, though. Even the most downtrodden, hangdog victim of fate is likely to recoil indignantly from such an offer. Few Americans lack sufficient personal pride to react another way – white, black, brown, yellow, or red.

The pitch had to be accompanied by a justification. Black Americans in marginal economic circumstances had to be told that "the Man owes you." They had to be persuaded that what they were being offered was only what was due them. Unless that barrier could be conquered, their pride would enable the overwhelming majority of them to resist the appeal of the welfare state.

Hundreds of thousands of them bought into it.
They accepted that they were still in thrall to white America.
They accepted that the unemployed among them were jobless because of racism.
They accepted that black entrepreneurs were slighted by white-owned companies because of racism.
And all the rest, including all the social and political consequences, followed as the night follows the day: inevitably.

It might be the greatest single crime ever perpetrated against a race.

Cliven Bundy's sin has been to make open, unembarrassed note of the above. That leftists should pillory him for it is unsurprising; that’s just what they do. That conservatives should do so is saddening and wrong.

We in the Right like to think of ourselves as persons of intelligence and dispassionate judgment. Admittedly, everyone wants to think of himself that way, but for us it’s a pillar of our self-image. Yet it seems that on this subject, the Left, with the help of its media annex, has cowed us so thoroughly that we can’t even hear a string of oral observations about the reality before us all -- a reality that’s objectively verifiable ! -- without cringing and begging forgiveness, when the subject is “racially sensitive.”

Glory be to God, people! Where is your pride? Where is your regard for the truth? Where is your love of justice, that you should reflexively kowtow to the Panjandrums of Political Correctness and retreat from the defense of a decent man who’s merely trying to defend a business his family has operated for more than a century? Would you be so quick to back away from him if he and his family were black?

Find your spines and get them straightened out before it’s too late for us all.


Adrienne said...

Amen and alleluia!

I was appalled listening to Sean Hannity ripping the poor man to shreds. He called what Bundy said "despicable" and many other things I can't remember.

My thoughts? Sean Hannity and the rest of the toadies (including Rand Paul) are despicable and dishonorable.

I well remember the blacks in the 1950's in Minnesota. They dressed, talked, and acted like us. For the most part they were all upward mobile. Certainly isn't that way anymore.

Wasn't it alleged that Johnson said he'd have the niggers voting Democrat for 200 years?

He was right...

Anonymous said...

Thank you Frank. Speaking truth has always been unpopular, see the Scriptures, Old and New Testaments. The Pharisee's didn't like what Jesus said either.


PJ said...

"It might be the greatest single crime ever perpetrated against a race."


However I should say that some of the complaining has been about tactics rather than about the truth of his words. Given the artful massaging of his statement, to put it in the worst possible light, if Bundy had the chance to rewind and do it over again, would he be saying the same thing the same way? It seems doubtful. In the middle of a battle, it is unwise to hand one's opponent a weapon.

It's not as if the point Bundy made was new. It's been said over and over again, and said better. Humanity was not thirsting for the Wisdom of Bundy.

But I am not too concerned. The world will not end because of this. There was never a Revolution in which no missteps were made.

Anonymous said...

After watching the MSM making this thier lead story this a.m., and making Cliven Bundy out to be an out an out "racist", it seems obvious to me that the MSM have given thier tacit approval to government slavery as opposed to chattel slavery....

robins111 said...

Nothing this Bundy fellow said, hasn't been echoed by such other notable racists such as Thomas Sowell and Walter Williams. The MSM just puzzled in their own dinner over this one...

Unknown said...

Having spent the last 25 years working in the inner city I have witnessed the slow and steady decline of the family unit that has decided to wallow in the welfare trough. Welfare rewards the single mom and reinforces the idea that the "father"/ sperm donor need not worry about his offspring. The "system" will provide for all their needs and in return for this all they need to do is vote for those who make their life on the government plantation so much easier. After all these poor souls are owed at least this much based upon the fact they have a different color skin. The true racist is the Democrat party that has decided that blacks don't really need an even chance, they just need to be taken care of.

DAN III said...

"But for the life of me, I can’t see the smallest thing wrong with what Bundy said."

I can't either.

Anonymous said...

How can we turn this around for Bundy ? How do we get everyone to understand our side ?
Or do we just let this slide ?~!!?

Unknown said...

robins111 said: "Nothing this Bundy fellow said, hasn't been echoed by such other notable racists such as Thomas Sowell and Walter Williams."

Now just what in blazes makes you call Thomas Sowell or Walter Williams "racists"?? You should really be careful, because when you point a finger at others there are four pointing back at you.

Anonymous said...

I believe you missed the subtle sarcasm in the charge of "racism" against messrs Sowell and Williams, as both gentlemen, as you undoubtedly know, are black. Who in their right mind would label someone an anti-black racist, who themselves were black? AKA: race traitors. Only the professional Left uses that tactic, hence the sarcastic accusation of "notable racists" in this article.

emdfl said...

Anyone who hasn't seen the actual complete remarks by Bundy - as opposed to the oh so very carefully edited nyt/prog version - should do so before commenting on what he said.
And as for Sean and the rest of those fair-weather conservatives, blah; it's good when they show their true colors to the base.

MtTopPatriot said...

There is nothing wrong with what Mr. Bundy said.
What is wrong is those running things are terrified because Mr. Bundy defied these psychopaths running things. Scared of Mr. Bundy's defiance, terrified he is not alone in defying them, afraid of the existential threat a plurality is to their reign of power.

This contagious sense of uprising, of people who stick together and revolt and rebel against their agenda, who are not afraid of tyrants is the only threat to their power those in power face.
It must be stopped before enough people realize the power of a plurality, their legitimate, sovereign Liberty, becomes a cascade preference. Stop the truth that consent of the people, or not to consent, and the primal freedom to exercise ones consent is the only legitimate power that exists.
Tyrants only have the power people consent to. That is where legitimacy or illegitimacy comes from.
All the guns and monopoly of violence of the state and it's actors ain't worth a bucket of warm spit without consent.

MtTopPatriot said...

And I would like to add, Freemen of Mr. Bundy's character scares all kinds of people. Terrifies them. It's not just tyrants like Harry Reid, it's people like Hannity, and Styen, and all the rest of the "conservative" "thought leaders". Freemen scare them to death, cause the moment people who have had enough become a plurality these "leaders" are finished. The fat lives they lead and the monetary compensation they garner for murmuring platitudes and dancing around the awful truth of how fucked we are is gone. Their notoriety, their fame, poof! Like a fart in a hurricane. And the truth they could have, with their vehicle of media power, cause people to revolt and defy the powers that be and take their, THEIR country back. But they have not. But they sure have no problem with besmirching the character and convictions of a man and his band of brothers who are standing up and defying what they themselves all should have done long ago only if they was true leaders of Liberty.

Quislings by any other definition.
Makes me want to vomit.

Anonymous said...

Lyndon B Johnson after passing welfare laws:
"I will have these n****rs voting for us for the next 200 years"! That is a direct quote and, it has come to pass.

There is nothing wrong or incorrect in what Mr. Bundy has stated. We all know that the truth can hurt but, it also brings about a change. (The Bible stated that)

Unfortunatly - many white americans have become cowards when it comes about speaking black americans.
It is also factual that welfare has made black people lazy - self reliance would never allow such laziness as does welfare receipts.
Attitude as a whole by black americans has adjusted and excused their behavior and personal responsibility:
1. The white man owes me.
2. The white man only wants to put me in jail.
3. It's the white man's fault that I can't go to college.
4. It's the white man's that I don't have a good job.
5. It's the white man's fault that I have to live in this dump.

I could name more but, I think my point is taken.
The welfare laws have allowed to avoid all responsibilities including in personal behavior, professional behavior and societal behavior.

The excuses made by the race hustlers for lazy and irresponsible behavior as well as societal behavior to insert control and keep the mind directed at the only one culprit of all black americans: The white American!

There is a reason that democrats/progressives receive the majority of black vote; the behavior of entrenched dependency is the reason. Freebies is all that matters.

Before my retirement from the Armed Forces at first, followed by civilian leadership positions have convinced me that the attitude is too entrenched and, difficult to mitigate. I had a number of black employees and, caught myself on occasions to cater to them at least a bit and, realized that giving them a little finger they will take your whole hand.
At first it was being late 5 mins; than 10, 20, 1 hour and ended with calling in sick or even just not showing up.
The firing followed and, it never failed of being accused of racism. Rather than understanding their contribution to their firing they placed the blame on
Those who continue to excuse black americans behavior rather than confronting it do so at their own peril. Our current leadership and the fanning of flames towards white americans has risen extensively - we have knock out games, flash mobs robbing business, the newest one is slap and run.

I blame black leaders, politicians, ministers/preachers etc.. for the continuing poverty and destruction of the black family.
Then again - race hustling is a lucrative business; the Black Caucus and, their racist antics continue to keep the divide while these politicians continue to stuff their pockets on blacks backs.
Obama and Holder are doing the most evil of evil - adjusting the justice system to either make crimes easier to commit, or reducing standards to below minimum on tests or job positions, reducing the prison sentences or do way all together and supporting all that is wrong.

If I wouldn't know any better - I believe that racial tension being increased by the current administration, assisted by groveling leaders and other politicians. It is the wrong thing to do.

Unless everyone is willing to be honest, assess in honest intentions and educate rather than making excuses and, being afraid to speak the truth in the matter - it will get a lot worse.

It is also the reason that Obama and Holder among many are being allowed to violate the constitution, being lawless in doing what no other president and AG ever would have done or tried.
There are no consequences to a lawless leadership in the white house just because president Obama is black and, AG Holder is black!

Shame on all of them!

Robert What? said...

I understand what he is saying and I think it has a lot of validity. Just look what decades of leftist policies has done to the black underclass family and especially the black male. Can anyone legitimately argue that - barring the odd sadistic master - they were worse off under slavery?