BUNKERVILLE, Nev. — Cliven Bundy stood by the Virgin River up the road from the armed checkpoint at the driveway of his ranch, signing autographs and posing for pictures. For 55 minutes, Mr. Bundy held forth to a clutch of supporters about his views on the troubled state of America — the overreaching federal government, the harassment of Western ranchers, the societal upheaval caused by abortion, even musing about whether slavery was so bad.
I have two essays forthcoming on serious matters such as the recent Supreme Court rulings against affirmative action and removing limits on campaign donations.
However, Cliven Barton's freak show of deranged whiteness in Nevada demands a quick comment.
Wednesday night, I watched Captain America: The Winter Soldier a second time. It is a great movie. Truly. I am a ghetto nerd. I be who I be...without apology.
And because I am a ghetto nerd, I wonder--more like a hope and a dream--that President Obama, he who is also one of the clan, has funded a version of the Marvel Universe's super secret spy organization S.H.I.E.L.D., and given it the mandate of infiltrating white conservative organizations in order to further discredit them.
Racism and conservatism are one and the same thing in post civil rights America: the Republican Party channels white identity politics and white supremacy. Maybe President Obama has issued an order to his field agents with the directive to make that fact even more plain and obvious to the (white) American public?
Of course, such thoughts are fantastical and absurd. However, because movement conservatism has been possessed by conspiranoid thinking, its adherents are fools and marks that will believe anything that the Fox News, Right-wing echo chamber, commands.