Here's one more thing you should know about Cliven Bundy—the Nevada rancher who defied the U.S. government's efforts to restrict his cattle grazing—his neck isn't simply red; it's downright crimson.
Bundy, who has become a cause-celebre with Glenn Beck and Fox News, reportedly spoke with some of his supporters last weekend when he said African-Americans might be better off as slaves:
The New York Times reports that Bundy flapped his gums on a number of "societal issues:"
"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.”
Two Idahoans, both armed, joined Bundy in his standoff with the Bureau of Land Management; but the current liaison for the Idaho Lightfoot Militia cautioned his members not to participate in the incident.