Cliven Bundy thinks he’s on a mission from God.
If you don’t know who Cliven Bundy is, John and I have written several posts about Nevada’s infamous resource-stealing subsidy-mooching now-former GOP/Wingnut media darling, Cliven Bundy.
If you want the background, it’s here.
Then came the day last week when Mr. Bundy said he had something he needed to tell us about The Negro.
You see, as Bundy tells it, the problem with African-Americans it that they’ve forgotten how to pick cotton, and in the end, they’d all be better off as slaves, rather than living in government-subsidized housing.
There was also something about black women sending their sons to jail and having abortions, lots of them.
When Bundy isn’t opening interviews by holding up a dead calf, he’s excoriating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s ghost for failing to make it so racists could say racist things without anybody being offended… well, according to Cliven Bundy, God himself speaks to him.
Crazy attracts crazy
I kind of knew all along we were dealing with a special kind of crazy out there in Bunkerville. But according to Caty Enders of Esquire, we’re only seeing a tiny fraction of the batsh*t insanity in that northeast corner of Nevada.
In a story posted in Esquire on Friday, Ms. Enders lets us in on the Tea Bagger Wingnut rodeo / conspiracy theory circle-jerk, including:
- An ‘Oath Keeper‘ named Mark who says the Bureau of Land Management, which is a subdivision of the Department of the Interior, a cabinet-level position in our government, actually works for the United Nations. “They might as well be wearing blue helmets,” he says.
- A self-trained “lawyer” who agrees with the previous and says that any attorney who is Bar-certified has actually sworn allegiance to Great Britain, whose laws encourage Bar attorneys to have sex with clients.
- News that Bundy and his supporters believe the entire reason for the BLM actions recently wasn’t them deciding after 20 years they’d had enough of Bundy’s refusal to pay his grazing fees and court-assigned penalties, and his wanton destruction of ecologically sensitive desert by grazing too many cattle. No, the real reason is because Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and his brother Troy want to build a solar energy facility and/or wind farm on the land, supposedly involving the Chinese government. (Wow…)
- At least one old dude drives around in a car plastered with signs warning that anybody born after 1980 has been implanted with government microchips, and advises people to Google ‘MKUltra.’ On the other hand, another supporter says what’s wrong with today’s kids is the Internet itself. I guess these two didn’t meet up.
But it’s Cliven Bundy who’s the star of the show
And it’s clear he knows it.
What isn’t clear is whether Mr. Bundy is actually sane.
I’m not kidding or exaggerating.
The crowd, fresh off their victory at the Battle of Bunkerville, gives Bundy a standing ovation. But he doesn’t seem pleased. (Bundy) reproaches the crowd for failing to follow the word of God – to the letter – which he says is being delivered through him. They failed, for example, to follow his instructions to tear down the toll booths at Lake Mead and disarm the Park Service.
This isn’t gonna end well…
Mr. Bundy remonstrated his supporters, saying, “The message I gave to you all was a revelation that I received. And yet not one of you can seem to even quote it.”
Ho-lee-cripes. He really means it.
He’s not just Cliven Bundy, patriot rancher standing up to those gol-darned gub’mint Revenuers and Chinese solar-farm companies!
Cliven Bundy is on a mission from God!
In case you were wondering, there are day-use fee stations near the Lake Mead National Recreation Area. Five days of access for a normal visitor is $5. A year-long pass costs $30 — but only $10 if you’re a senior and it’s free if you’re active military.
Cliven Bundy wants these stations to be destroyed and the National Parks Service employees taken into custody.
Cliven continues, sermon-like: “The records of our bible — how long have they been kept? Thousands of years. They’ve been turned over generation after generation, buried, and all kinds of things happen to ‘em. And yet, here, something I felt was inspired [by God] and yet we haven’t even carried it forth for even a couple of days. Shame on us.”
How dare that Parks Service fee station remain un-smited! T’is an abomination!
According to Esquire’s journalist, Ms. Enders, there was a “smattering of clapping” at this new harangue and finger-wagging from Mr. Bundy. Perhaps because some of the attendees had some wee inkling they were listening to a man whose cheese was no longer firmly centered on its cracker? And hadn’t been for some time?
Maybe that was why they didn’t run off to destroy the NPS fee stations in the first place?
Bundy went on to say that while the BLM had been temporarily thwarted, he wasn’t pleased because his supporters (acolytes?) had failed to head out and destroy those toll booths / fee stations at Lake Mead within the one hour deadline given to him personally by God several days back. And to disarm any National Parks Service employees present, of course.
According to the Esquire article, a few days before when Bundy’s supporters had declined to obey his order to go on a fee station rampage, after the initial one hour deadline had expired, he’d climbed onto his own bulldozer to go do it himself.
However, the ‘dozer soon got stuck in the mud. (Satan’s mud! Must’ve been!) At which point, in this later speech, Bundy recounted another revelation from God.
“It come to my mind real plain — the good Lord said, ‘Bundy, it’s not your job, it’s THEIR job.’ So we come back over here and heard that they had brought some cattle back. So I want you to understand,” addressing the crowd, “This is not my job, it’s YOUR job.
“This morning, I said a prayer, and this is what I received. I heard a voice say, ‘Sheriff Gillespie, your work is not done. Every sheriff across the United States, take the guns away from the United States bureaucrats.’”
I didn’t know the 2nd Amendment, which these folks are so fond of, didn’t apply to government employees.
But seriously though…
The other day, I mentioned how one of my fears was Bundy and his people wanted to spark another Waco or Ruby Ridge incident, hence the talk from Oath Keeper Richard Mack about making sure the Feds killed a bunch of unarmed women and children first.
Now though, I worry whether Bundy, Mack, and the rest of them are working themselves up to the point where someone gets inspired to go blow up a Federal building.