Asshole Of The Day
Cliven Bundy, Asshole of the Day for April 24, 2014
by TeaPartyCat (Follow @TeaPartyCat)
Cliven Bundy is a rancher who claims to be a patriot, flies the American flag, but doesn’t pay his grazing fees (now over $1 million for last 15 years) or recognize the federal government. He’s also threatened to open fire on government officials.
And yet somehow Sean Hannity and other people who claim to be patriots but latch on to any opportunity to side with people against America while Obama is president— Putin for example— have decided to take up Bundy’s cause. Having him on the show, encouraging people to defend him, and praising the militias that went out for a chance to fire on government troops. Jon Stewart did a good job taking apart all this treasonous silliness, including how you can’t pretend you care about the Constitution or the Founding Fathers and support guys like Bundy who are no different than the Whiskey Rebellion that George Washington himself crushed.
But now that Hannity has given Bundy this platform, Bundy keeps on talking. And it’s not pretty. Here’s what Bundy had to say about black people, which isn’t even related to his land dispute, but he just felt he had to tell the world:

“I want to tell you one more thing I know about the Negro,” the rancher began as he described a “government house” in Las Vegas where he recalled that all the people who sat outside seemed to “have nothing to do.”
“And because they were basically on government subsidy, so now what do they do?” he said, as quoted by the Times. “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.”

Black people were better off as slaves.
He really said that.
And what does Hannity have to say? He says Bundy’s remarks are “beyond repugnant” and reinforce the “ignorant view” that conservatives are racist.
But now this is where it gets interesting. Hannity thinks it’s an “ignorant view” that conservatives are racist. But how ignorant is it? Let’s review where Mr. Bundy might have heard such things:
Maybe he heard Phil Robertson saying that blacks were better under Jim Crow and just confused that with slavery.
Maybe he heard the GOP’s Virginia Lt. Governor candidate E.W. Jackson say that “welfare hurt black families more than slavery ever did”.
Or maybe he remembers the pact that Michele Bachmann and Rick Santorum signed in Iowa in 2011 while running for president, which opened:

"Slavery had a disastrous impact on African-American families, yet sadly a child born into slavery in 1860 was more likely to be raised by his mother and father in a two-parent household than was an African-American baby born after the election of the USA’s first African-American President," the opening statement reads.

Mr. Bundy didn’t come up with these ideas on his own. The racist view that African Americans were better off under slavery or Jim Crow is something that gets said by conservatives from time to time. Hannity’s claim that it’s an “ignorant view” that conservatives are racist is just hot air. Hannity and others may not be personally racist, but they are popular with racists, and they know it. Or more concisely:

Cliven Bundy is not a racist for saying “blacks were better off as slaves”; he’s just plagiarizing Michele Bachmann and E.W. Jackson.
— Top Conservative Cat (@TeaPartyCat) April 24, 2014
So, for claiming that people were better off under slavery, Cliven Bundy is the Asshole of the Day, but let’s not pretend he came up with this all on his own.
It is Cliven Bundy’s first time as Asshole of the Day.
Full story: Talking Points Memo

Cliven Bundy, Asshole of the Day for April 24, 2014

by TeaPartyCat ()

Cliven Bundy is a rancher who claims to be a patriot, flies the American flag, but doesn’t pay his grazing fees (now over $1 million for last 15 years) or recognize the federal government. He’s also threatened to open fire on government officials.

And yet somehow Sean Hannity and other people who claim to be patriots but latch on to any opportunity to side with people against America while Obama is president— Putin for example— have decided to take up Bundy’s cause. Having him on the show, encouraging people to defend him, and praising the militias that went out for a chance to fire on government troops. Jon Stewart did a good job taking apart all this treasonous silliness, including how you can’t pretend you care about the Constitution or the Founding Fathers and support guys like Bundy who are no different than the Whiskey Rebellion that George Washington himself crushed.

But now that Hannity has given Bundy this platform, Bundy keeps on talking. And it’s not pretty. Here’s what Bundy had to say about black people, which isn’t even related to his land dispute, but he just felt he had to tell the world:

“I want to tell you one more thing I know about the Negro,” the rancher began as he described a “government house” in Las Vegas where he recalled that all the people who sat outside seemed to “have nothing to do.”

“And because they were basically on government subsidy, so now what do they do?” he said, as quoted by the Times. “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.”

Black people were better off as slaves.

He really said that.

And what does Hannity have to say? He says Bundy’s remarks are “beyond repugnant” and reinforce the “ignorant view” that conservatives are racist.

But now this is where it gets interesting. Hannity thinks it’s an “ignorant view” that conservatives are racist. But how ignorant is it? Let’s review where Mr. Bundy might have heard such things:

Maybe he heard Phil Robertson saying that blacks were better under Jim Crow and just confused that with slavery.

Maybe he heard the GOP’s Virginia Lt. Governor candidate E.W. Jackson say that “welfare hurt black families more than slavery ever did”.

Or maybe he remembers the pact that Michele Bachmann and Rick Santorum signed in Iowa in 2011 while running for president, which opened:

"Slavery had a disastrous impact on African-American families, yet sadly a child born into slavery in 1860 was more likely to be raised by his mother and father in a two-parent household than was an African-American baby born after the election of the USA’s first African-American President," the opening statement reads.

Mr. Bundy didn’t come up with these ideas on his own. The racist view that African Americans were better off under slavery or Jim Crow is something that gets said by conservatives from time to time. Hannity’s claim that it’s an “ignorant view” that conservatives are racist is just hot air. Hannity and others may not be personally racist, but they are popular with racists, and they know it. Or more concisely:

So, for claiming that people were better off under slavery, Cliven Bundy is the Asshole of the Day, but let’s not pretend he came up with this all on his own.

It is Cliven Bundy’s first time as Asshole of the Day.

Full story: Talking Points Memo



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Asshole of the Day for June 20, 2013: E.W. Jackson
The Virginia GOP ticket seems to be a constant competition to see who the biggest asshole is. Last time state Sen. Mark Obenshain won for pushing a bill to force women to report miscarriages to police, which beat out E.W. Jackson for his comparison of Planned Parenthood to the KKK.
But E.W. Jackson is back! Now he says that black families have done worse under the Great Society welfare programs than they ever did under slavery.
Let me just stop you right there, sir. Any time you are arguing that black people were better under slavery, YOU HAVE LOST THE ARGUMENT!
Full story: http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2013/06/20/2185871/virginia-gop-nominee-great-society-programs-worse-for-black-families-than-slavery/

Asshole of the Day for June 20, 2013: E.W. Jackson

The Virginia GOP ticket seems to be a constant competition to see who the biggest asshole is. Last time state Sen. Mark Obenshain won for pushing a bill to force women to report miscarriages to police, which beat out E.W. Jackson for his comparison of Planned Parenthood to the KKK.

But E.W. Jackson is back! Now he says that black families have done worse under the Great Society welfare programs than they ever did under slavery.

Let me just stop you right there, sir. Any time you are arguing that black people were better under slavery, YOU HAVE LOST THE ARGUMENT!

Full story: http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2013/06/20/2185871/virginia-gop-nominee-great-society-programs-worse-for-black-families-than-slavery/



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Asshole of the Day for May 20, 2013: Mark Obenshain
The Virginia GOP is lining up an all-asshole lineup for this year’s elections. At the top of the ticket, for governor they’ve got Ken Cuccinelli, who still wants to jail people for sodomy even though the Supreme Court says he can’t.
Then in the lt. lovernor spot they’ve got E.W. Jackson, who compares Planned Parenthood to the KKK.
But it’s their candidate for attorney general, Virginia state Sen. Mark Obenshain, that stands out today. He has proposed a law requiring women to report miscarriages to the police within 24 hours. There’s no law against miscarriages, so he just wants police to make sure women feel bad enough about it.
So much for GOP outreach!

Asshole of the Day for May 20, 2013: Mark Obenshain

The Virginia GOP is lining up an all-asshole lineup for this year’s elections. At the top of the ticket, for governor they’ve got Ken Cuccinelli, who still wants to jail people for sodomy even though the Supreme Court says he can’t.

Then in the lt. lovernor spot they’ve got E.W. Jackson, who compares Planned Parenthood to the KKK.

But it’s their candidate for attorney general, Virginia state Sen. Mark Obenshain, that stands out today. He has proposed a law requiring women to report miscarriages to the police within 24 hours. There’s no law against miscarriages, so he just wants police to make sure women feel bad enough about it.

So much for GOP outreach!



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