Robert E. Lee On Cliven Bundy
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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.

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