Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Uncivil disobedience

I suppose that in a nation of over 300 million, statistically it's inevitable that you can find a few hundred people to support anything. That's the only explanation I can find for the support for Cliven Bundy.

He and his supporters seem to feel that the mere act of defying the federal government, whose existence he denies, is enough to justify their actions. Resist tyranny, seems to be their cry. They cloak themselves in the rhetoric of the American Revolution and the civil rights movement.

Here's a dose of truth: Bundy's a liar and a thief.

His family didn't own the land on which he illegally grazes his cattle before the federal government owned it.

He owes the United States government — and by extension, me and everybody else who pays taxes — those grazing fees he hasn't paid since 1993.

He owes his life and livelihood to the existence of the United States and its government. His citizenship is precious, but he doesn't recognize that. That makes him a moron or an ingrate as well.

He and his ignorant allies aren't patriots. They're armed thugs, no better than the average bank robber.

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