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OPINION - What's right is right, what's wrong is wrong

by Chris Conley

NEWS BLOG (WSAU) For whatever reason, we consider hypocrisy one of the great sins. 'Gotcha' news stories often center around hypocrisies.

Like Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy. Conservatives rallied around the rancher in a dispute with the Federal Bureau of Land Management. And then they backed away after a rambling, awkward news conference where he mused that blacks might be better off if slavery still existed.

"Ah ha!" says the media. " A racist is their anti-government poster child." And the spin is that supporters have egg on their face and must now run for the exits. I've even seen some commentary saying that the small-government movement has always had a racist strain to it. The Tea Party has faced a similar smear since they came onto the national stage.

Bundy's land claims and Bundy's racism are two entirely different issues. And there's no reason why his supporters with integrity can't stand up and say he's right in his dispute with the Feds, and is wrong on his opinions about race. And the government is getting a pass after engaging in atrocious behavior because very few people are willing to plant their flag on the issue. This is a dispute over grazing fees. The response from our government was to surround a family ranch with a para-military force. Thats ridiculous. And that point is going will be lost because people who stood up have sat back down once the race card is in-play.

Liberals love Jesse Jackson's work on civil rights, while distancing themselves from his extramarital affair that produced a love-child. Al Sharpton is welcome at the White House, even though his past associations include drug dealers, the mafia, and false-rape-accuser Tawana Brawley. And people who support their work in one area are never even questioned about distancing themselves from the rest. Gotcha?

Chris Conley

Image: Rancher Cliven Bundy (Reuters/Jim Urquhart) via wsau.com