Coverage of this Cliven Bundy fellow seems determined to paint him as some kind of right wing folk hero. Because they think they already know the answer — he’s a raciss gun nut, as all conservatives are — they don’t bother to ask themselves why that might be the case.
I know, I know, if they were capable of sustained thought they wouldn’t be liberals. But on the off chance any of ’em wander by here, I’ll explain, in small, simple words.
Our Betters believe the personal is political. It may be the only thing they believe, when you come right down to it — I want what I want, and it’s society’s fault that I don’t have it, and the government has to get it for me (and punish everyone who stood in the way).
Well, ok. We get that. But because we paid attention in math class, we know there’s this thing called the transitive property of equality. If A = B, then by definition B = A, too.
So if the personal is political, than the political is also personal.
Right now, the state is making it very clear that there are certain personal matters it simply will not tolerate. What’s Cliven Bundy’s legal argument? Do you know? Do any of the reporters who writes the hit pieces on him know?
I’m a casual follower of the news — in this, I am a typical low-info voter — and all I know about the guy is he’s a raciss. He has Unapproved Opinions, and for this, and this alone, he must be punished. As must anyone who is willing to give him the time of day, or to wonder if he might have a point.
Well, ok. So: Let’s stipulate that I’m a white male Christian. Those things are personal, in the most basic meaning of that word. They are the three most basic things about my personhood, my fundamental identity as a human being. Two of them I can’t change, and the third I won’t, no matter what (we’re stipulating I’m a real Christian). As these are quite clearly Unapproved by the current political regime, I must form an alternate political regime of my own. The transitive property of equality requires it.
That’s why Cliven Bundy is a “right wing folk hero.” Nobody cares about the man himself. It’s what he represents that’s important; he’s the clearest example yet of what happens when a badthinker comes under the gaze of the current government. Do I want a White People’s Party? Am I rooting for the rise of a Christian Taliban? Of course not. But by pretending that this Cliven Bundy dude is a representative of them — and by openly cheering for his destruction because of them — the media and the government are inadvertently calling those very things into being.
And political power rests on armed force. Think about it. Because the media and the current regime (BIRM) sure as hell won’t.Loading Likes...