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Thursday, April 24, 2014
Foot-N-Mouth; Right Up to the Ankle
Well, apparently a couple of severe cases of Foot-N-Mouth disease have broken out.
One involves the challenger to the Senate Minority Leader, Mitch McConnell, Matt Bevin. The first question I have is why all of the hype?
At a rally to encourage the legalization of Cockfighting in Kentucky, Senate hopeful Matt Bevin spoke. Not about cockfighting, or even the legality/illegality of cockfighting, but on states rights and the over reach of the Federal Government. There was no cockfighting at the rally at all, and no one spoke about cockfighting while Bevin was there. If Bevin was a Democrat we would have never known about the incident.
But he's not. And he is probably beating Mr. Inside-The-Beltway himself, Mitch McConnell. So the media will, between now and May 20, find any reason to bad mouth Matt Bevin. If Bevin gave a 5 minute speech at a Baptist Nursing Home, the media would use that to say he was calling for a return to Prohibition.
This is where McConnell is going. No attack ads on Bevin's positions, no discussion of the problems in Washington; no debates on the issues with Bevin. Have a field day on the fact that one day he spoke to a group who are LEGALLY advocating for a relaxation of the rules on cockfights. And Bevin is right; historically cockfighting was the purview of the wealthy. Some of the Founding Fathers would have attended cockfights, and doubtless some of them raised fighting cocks.
I'm saying that makes the practice fine; I'm saying that the activity was once not only legal, but accepted.
Bear in mind, I am not a fan of cockfighting. I think it is cruel to the animals and should be banned.
But that doesn't mean the effort to have it legalized should be banned. You have the right to free speech, not matter how vile your goal.
Or your speech.
Which brings us to case 2 of the Foot-N-Mouth Club; Clive Bundy. He is our 67 year old Nevada Rancher who is locked in a fight with the Federal Bureau of Land Management.
Yes; he open his mouth way to wide. Yes; what he said was offensive.
Now explain to me how his opinions on Blacks, Slavery and The Modern Welfare State have any effect on his battle with the BLM? Mr. Bundy has the right to hold and express any opinion he wants to hold or express. Can we call those opinions crazy, offensive, out-dated and worthy of the KKK? Yes we can. Can we let his opinions, however bizarre, become an issue in a situation that has absolutely nothing to do with anything he has expressed a stupid opinion on?
I also have my issues with this quote. Just like with Phil Robertson a few months back, I think a left leaning reporter created a situation from whole cloth. Not that he has put words into Bundy's mouth, but I do think a lefty reporter- like there is any other kind- took an old man who has spent weeks under incredible pressure and let him talk until he got himself into trouble.
That doesn't mean I don't think Mr. Bundy holds these opinions, and that doesn't mean I agree with him, but it does mean that a sneaky bastard got an old man to spout off without his filter. And now is using that quote to discredit him.
And its working. Bundy's support is dropping away like the fall leaves from a maple.
Why? Does his opinion on anything but the BLM case matter to the BLM case?
Or is it that easy for the left to win? Coax someone to say something not generally accepted as a mainstream opinion and then the fight is over?
Clive Bundy's opinion on Blacks, Welfare and Slavery may not make him a more likeable character, but it doesn't change his fight over land with the BLM.