A couple of days ago, I said that race mongering had gone stark raving mad, by comparing Martin Luther King unfavorably to sneering cop-killer Mumia Abu-Jamal.
Tonight I have to say that the federal government, my former employer, has likewise gone stark raving mad. I refer specifically to its siege of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy.
I don't know all the merits of the dispute. I'll assume arguendo that the Bureau of Land Management is 100% correct in claiming that Bundy is poaching on federal land, by grazing his cattle there without paying.
But this justifies a para-military siege? Use of dogs on Bundy's unarmed son? The stationing of snipers?
As John Hinderaker of Powerline writes, the use of that degree of force in a dispute of this character is essentially madness. Do the people at BLM not remember the disaster at Waco, where the stakes (possibly children subject to on-going abuse) were incomparably higher?
At the same time this Administration is falling all over itself to go easier on drug trafficking, with the rampant violence inevitably associated with it, it sends in a quasi-army to deal with a cattle rancher who won't pay up.