The Ballad of Cliven Bundy

  • Aired:  04/24/14
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Rogue rancher Cliven Bundy becomes a conservative folk hero by bravely standing against paying his bills. (7:24)

OF COURSE, THESE DAYS THERE'SSTILL ONE GROUP OF PEOPLE YOU'RE

ALLOWED TO ATTACK-- WHITE GUYS.

SURPRISE!

CASE IN POINT, NEVADA RANCHERAND EXTRA FROM "SMOKEY AND THE

BANDIT," CLIVEN BUNDY.

I KNOW, I LIKE HIM, TOO.

FREQUENT VIEWERS OF MY SHOW KNOWTHAT I'VE BEEN MEANING TO TELL

YOU ABOUT CLIVEN FOR WEEKS.

BUT HERE'S THE STORY.

BUNDY'S CATTLE WERE SEIZED BYTHE FEDERAL BUREAU OF LAND

MANAGEMENT UNDER THE FLIMSYEXCUSE THAT HE'S GRAZED HIS

CATTLE ON FEDERAL LAND FORDECADES AND OWES $1 MILLION IN

GRAZING FEES.

$1 MILLION TO LET COWS EAT.

WHAT ARE THEY GROWING IN THATDESERT, LOBSTER TAILS?

BUT BUNDY HAS A SIMPLEEXPLANATION FOR NOT PAYING.

>> I DON'T RECOGNIZE THE UNITEDSTATES GOVERNMENT AS EVEN

EXISTING.

( LAUGHTER )>> Stephen: OKAY, YOU CAN'T

PAY A GOVERNMENT IF ITDOESN'T EXIST.

ESPECIALLY NOT WITH THE MONEYTHAT IT ISSUED.

...

( LAUGHTER )BY BRAVELY STANDING AGAINST THE

FORCES OF PAYING YOUR BILLS,BUNDY BECAME A HERO TO

CONSERVATIVES LIKE SEAN HANNITYWHO TURNED BUNDY'S 10 GALLON HAT

UP TO 11.

>> MY NEXT GUEST IS A RANCHERWAGING A BATTLE AGAINST THE

GOVERNMENT.

BACK WITH US IS CLIVEN BUNDY.

BACK WITH US IS CLIVEN BUNDY.

AND BACK WITH US TONIGHT TORESPOND IN A HANNITY EXCLUSIVE

IS RANCHER CLIVEN BUNDY.

CLIVEN, I'VE GOTTEN TO KNOW YOUAS THE CONTROVERSY IS UNFOLDING.

YOU AND YOUR FAMILY SEEM LIKEREALLY NICE PEOPLE.

>> Stephen: MAN, HANNITY ATEUP THAT STORY SO HARD, BUNDY

SHOULD HAVE CHARGED HIM GRAZINGFEES.

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ).

AND THANKS, THANKS TO SEAN'SSYMPATHETIC COVERAGE, ARMED

PATRIOTS FLOCKED TO BUNDY'SRANCH TO DEFEND HIS RIGHTS.

>> WE WERE ACTUALLY STRATEGIZINGTO PUT ALL THE WOMEN UP AT THE

FRONT.

IF THEY'RE GOING TO STARTSHOOTING, IT WILL BE WOMEN THAT

WILL BE TELEVISED ALL ACROSS THEWORLD GETTING SHOT BY THESE

ROGUE FEDERAL OFFICERS.

OFFICERS.

>> Stephen: NOW, THAT'S NOTAS MONSTROUS AS IT SOUNDS.

I'M SURE THEY WERE GOING TOPROTECT THE WOMEN WITH A LINE OF

CHILDREN.

( APPLAUSE )NOW, NO SURPRISE, THE FEDS DID

NOT HAVE THE SACK TO SHOOTTHROUGH A LADY LINE, SO THEY

PACKED IT IN.

AND IN THAT MOMENT OF VICTORYAGAINST AN ENCROACHING FEDERAL

GOVERNMENT, CLIVEN BUNDY BECAMEMORE THAN JUST A MAN.

>> THERE IS A GROWING NUMBER OFSUPPORTERS FOR RANCHER CLIVEN

BUNDY, ALL VOWING TO STANDBEHIND A MAN WHO HAS BECOME

THEIR HERO.

>> A SAVIOR, IF YOU WILL, OR ASYMBOL OF RURAL AMERICA STANDING

UP TO THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT ISA HERO, A FOLK HERO IF YOU WILL.

>> Stephen: OH, I WILL.

( LAUGHTER )AND LIKE EVERY FOLK HERO, HE

DESERVES A FOLK SONG.

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )♪ HIS NAME WAS CLIVEN BUNDY

A OF BUNKERVILLE, NEVADA.

♪ IF YOU DON'T KNOW HIS STORY ITHINK YOU REALLY OUGHTTA.

♪ BACK IN 1993, THE FEDS DEMANDGRAZING FEES ON PUBLIC LAND THE

BUNDY PLAN SINCE THE 1870s.

BUNDY PLAN SINCE THE 1870s.

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ).

♪ NEVADA STATE DECREE FROM 1953GAVE FEDERAL AUTHORITY OVER ALL

STATE PUBLIC PROPERTY.

♪ AS STATED IF THEGUADALUPE-HIDALGO TREATY

( APPLAUSE )( LAUGHTER )

( APPLAUSE )BUT CLIVEN COULDN'T

UNDERSTAND, WHY SHOULD HE HAVETO PAY FOR LAND?

THIS LAND BELONGS TO YOU AND ME.

THIS IS WHAT HE TOLD SEANHANNITY.

♪ THIS IS THE BALLAD OFCLIVEN BUNDY.

TAKE IT.

>> I WANT TO TELL YOU ONE MORETHING I KNOW ABOUT THE NEGRO.

>> Stephen: OKAY, THAT'SENOUGH OF THE SONG.

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ).

UNFORTUNATELY, NOTHING RHYMESWITH NEGRO.

OKAY, LET'S SEE, WHERE-- WHEREWERE WE?

OH, YES, CLIVEN BUNDY.

( LAUGHTER )CLIVEN, WHAT WERE YOU SAYING

ABOUT OUR AFRICAN AMERICANBRETHREN?

>> THEY ABORT THEIR-- THEIRYOUNG CHILDREN.

THEY PUT THEIR YOUNG MEN IN JAILBECAUSE THEY NEVER LEARNED HOW

TO PICK COTTON.

AND I'VE OFTEN WONDERED ARE THEYBETTER OFF ENSLAVED, PICKING

COTTON.

>> Stephen: CALM DOWN.

THAT'S NOT RACIST.

THAT'S BEING EXISTENT.

HE DOES NOT BELIEVE IN THEFEDERAL GOVERNMENT SO IT WOULD

BE HYPOCRITICAL TO BELIEVE THEEMANCIPATION PROCLAMATION.

I'M SURE HE HAD A CHANCE TOCLARIFY THE STATEMENT.

>> ARE THEY HAPPIER NOW UNDERTHE GOVERNMENT SUBSIDY SYSTEM

THAN THEY WERE WHEN THEY WERESLAVES AND THEY WAS ABLE TO HAVE

THEIR FAMILY STRUCTURE TOGETHERAND THE CHICKENS AND GARDENS,

AND THE PEOPLE HAVE SOMETHING TODO?

>> Stephen: WELL, THATCERTAINLY MAKES IT CRYSTAL

CLEAR.

HE LEFT THE CHICKENS OUT THEFIRST TIME.

THEY REALLY TIE THE WHOLE IDEATOGETHER.

THE POINT IS, THIS MAN IS AVICTIM OF RACISM, AS IT MADE

CLEAR ON THE BUNDY FACEBOOK PAGESAYING, "CLIVEN IS A GOOD MAN.

HE LOVES ALL PEOPLE.

HE IS NOT A RACIST MAN.

HE WANTS WHAT IS BEST FOREVERYONE."

OKAY, HE WANTS WHAT'S BEST FOREVERYONE.

AND HE'S JUST WONDERING IF FORSOME PEOPLE THAT'S SLAVERY.

( LAUGHTER )IS IT A CRIME TO WONDER NOW?

AND, FOLKS, MY ONE REGRET HEREIS THAT I DID NOT EMBRACE CLIVEN

BUNDY SOONER, LIKE SEAN HANNITYDID, YOU KNOW, REALLY DRAW HIM

TO MY BOSOM, TO LINK USINEXTRABLY, TO HANG HIM

AROUND MY NECK LIKE SOME KIND OFLUCKY DEAD SEA BIRD.

BUT YOU BEAT ME TO IT, SEAN.

YOU'RE GOOD, BUDDY.

YOU'RE GOOD.

THANKS TO YOUR NONSTOP SUPPORTOF COVERAGE OF BUNDY, NOW WHEN

ANYONE THINKS OF FOLKS WHO HAVEINSIGHT INTO THE NEGRO, THEY'LL

THINK OF SEAN HANNITY.

I MEAN, THESE TWO--( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )

THESE TWO GO TOGETHER TO LIKE KUAND KLUX.

I MEAN-- SALUTE YOU, SEAN.

I SALUTE YOU FOR BRAVELYSTANDING BY A MAN WHOSE ONLY

CRIME WAS BREAKING FEDERAL LAW.

WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

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