Robert Reich recently posted this on Facebook and it really struck a chord with me. Tea Party people like to say that guys like this are the extremists and not the norm, but I think we all know that’s not entirely accurate. Yeah, he may be a little crazier than most in the party (women as human shields!), but I think most of them share more of his views than they want to admit.
In what world is Cliven Bundy, the 68-year-old rancher who refuses to pay his tab for grazing cattle on federal lands, a patriot? He drapes himself in the American flag but says “I don’t recognize the United States government as even existing,” while attracting a collection of thugs with assault rifles in the Nevada desert to force the Bureau of Land Management to back down from a court-ordered confiscation of his cattle. One of Bundy’s supporters, Tea Party leader Richard Mack, who is in the National Rifle Association’s Hall of Fame, says he plans to use women as human shields in a violent showdown with law enforcement. Fox News host Sean Hannity has all but encouraged a violent confrontation.
Bundy and his defenders aren’t patriots. What would you call them?