Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, having turned out to be soft on illegal immigrants, as I predicted, has now duly grovelled, as I also predicted (Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy apologizes for race remarks, by John M. Glionna, Los Angeles Times, April 25, 2014). To be fair, it wasn`t a full grovel, he just asked for “forgiveness” if he`d offended anyone, and repeated his libertarianish critique of government intrusion. Of course, it won`t do him any good anyway. The MSM will continue to portray him as another James von Brunn. And Conservatism Inc`s panic-striken flight from Bundy will be used to discredit its own favorite argument against welfare dependancy, because Bundy was saying the same thing. Serves it right.
Here`s the Robert E. Lee anecdote I mentioned. It`s from Earl Shenck Miers` The Last Campaign: Grant Saves the Union:
The attack was so poorly handled that General Hill, watching from the rear of a nearby church, thundered at the blundering Wright and his needless casualties. Standing behind Hill, Lee spoke quietly:
“These men are not an army. They are citizens defending their country. General Wright is not a soldier; he`s a lawyer….When a man makes a mistake, I call him to my tent, talk to him, and use the authority of my position to do the right thing the next time.”
I would commend this to Conservatism Inc. for use the next time a grass roots figure like Bundy is being tortured to death. But no doubt they would flee in panic from any mention of Robert E. Lee too