Cliven Bundy’s Last Act as a Republican Showcases the True Craziness of Conservatism

Cliven-BundyI know, I know – we’re all sick and tired of hearing about welfare rancher Cliven Bundy.  I honestly hadn’t thought much about him in a few weeks until I heard about how he had denounced his affiliation with the Republican party for new political ally, the Independent American Party.

Though let’s be honest for a second.  The good folks over at Fox News would still be lifting this criminal up as an American hero had a video not surfaced where he proved himself to be a blatant racist.  Up until that video went viral, Fox News absolutely loved this guy, with Sean Hannity basically claiming he was his best bud.

But now that the dust has settled, and most people have moved on from this story, Bundy made an interesting switch over to the Independent American Party.  It seems once Fox News and the Republican party abandoned him, he felt he needed a new group of crazies to align himself with.

That doesn’t change the fact that, for a few weeks at least, Fox News made Cliven Bundy out to be the epitome of conservative values.  Which, following his new party affiliation, is quite interesting.

You see, the Independent American Party has 15 principles on which they base their party.  Naturally you’d assume that this is the typical right-wing “anti-government, Constitutional values” type of party.  And I’m sure that’s what these people think that they represent.

Except their very first principle listed on their website directly contradicts our First Amendment:

Principle 1

Preservation of liberty is dependent on faith in God and adherence to the Ten Commandments.

Then their third principle does the exact same thing:

Principle 3

The principles set forth in America’s Founding Charters (Declaration of Independence, Constitution of the United States, and Bill of Rights) are based on Scripture and suited exclusively for a moral and religious people.

And ironically following those two principles:

Principle 4

The Constitution of the United States is the supreme law of the land.

So, two of their first three principles essentially say that this country is based on a theocracy, then they follow that by saying that the Constitution is the “supreme law of the land” – right after advocating for principles that directly violate it.

They also advocate against all forms of socialism like Social Security and Medicare.

And while he’s no longer a “member of the Republican party,” it wasn’t too long ago that Fox News was building this guy up as everything that conservatives should be.

Except he just joined a fringe political party that essentially wants to abolish all social programs, completely erase our First Amendment and believes that only “moral and religious people” should be protected by our Constitution.

By the way, that last part essentially says that anyone who isn’t a Christian, or adheres to whatever set of religious rules and laws this group would put forth, would be stripped of the rights given to them as United States citizens.

Again, the “Republican hero” Cliven Bundy just joined this political group.

Nothing quite like building up someone who you claim displays the kind of anti-government fervor you believe more conservatives should have – only to find out later that their passion is derived from racism, insanity and beliefs that are 100% unconstitutional.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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