It’s well known that a deep undercurrent of hypocrisy runs throughout the far-right wing and everything they do, which is somehow universally ignored by both conservative media and voters. However, it’s critically important for the rest of us to notice and call them out for it, lest their false narratives and appeals at moral and ideological superiority gain any sort of legitimacy that they certainly do not deserve. It will come as no surprise that the leader of the “militia” that has taken over a federal building in Burns, Oregon, has had no problem with federal government when it comes to getting him some money.
Ammon Bundy, the son of rancher Cliven Bundy whose refusal to pay $1 million in grazing fees almost led to a bloodbath between anti-government extremists and federal agents, arrived in Oregon a month ago to help protest the sentencing of two ranchers for setting forest fires on federal land. He speaks long and loud about the overreach of the federal government and the evils of President Obama’s tyranny, yet somehow had no problem accepting a $530,000 loan from the government to start a small business servicing semitrucks.
Bundy wrote on Facebook that “simply put, the federal government has adversely stolen the lands and resources from the people, destroyed thousands of jobs, and the economy of an entire county. Now anyone who has enough guts to stand against them, they annihilate through their own court systems.” With this standoff, he is possibly putting his life at risk to protest an institution he has happily taken money from. The hypocrisy is so mind-boggling it is truly hard to comprehend.
Opinion columnist and former editor-in-chief of Occupy Democrats. He graduated from Bennington College with a Bachelor's degree in history and political science. He now focuses on advancing the cause of social justice and equality in America.