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Bruce St. James and Pamela Hughes

Dear America: Cliven Bundy is a racist, not a 'hero'

Rancher Cliven Bundy speaks at a protest camp near Bunkerville, Nev. Friday, April 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Las Vegas Review-Journal, John Locher)

It's getting harder to make Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy into a "hero."

Thankfully, I was always skeptical of the hysteria surrounding this story. Since I like to think for myself, and don't need to be led around by the nose by people who have a vested interest in lying to me, I looked objectively at this story and quickly got to the truth.

Cliven Bundy is no different from the separatists who deny the existence of the federal government and want to establish their own "sovereign" nation on American lands. They rail against "government" while demanding subsidies for their industry and gleefully cash their Social Security checks.

Give me a break.

The latest, and possibly final, hole Mr. Bundy dug came as he waxed poetically about "The Negro" and wondered why more of us don't focus on all the GOOD things American slavery did.

His words, unedited.

"I want to tell you one more thing I know about the Negro," he said. Mr. Bundy recalled driving past a public-housing project in North Las Vegas, "and in front of that government house the door was usually open and the older people and the kids -- and there is always at least a half a dozen people sitting on the porch -- they didn't have nothing to do. They didn't have nothing for their kids to do. They didn't have nothing for their young girls to do.

"And because they were basically on government subsidy, so now what do they do?" he asked. "They abort their young children, they put their young men in jail, because they never learned how to pick cotton. And I've often wondered, are they better off as slaves, picking cotton and having a family life and doing things, or are they better off under government subsidy? They didn't get no more freedom. They got less freedom."

Game. Set. Match.

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I may not be a native, but I've been in Arizona long enough to forget what it's like back East. I moved to Tucson in the 5th grade where I graduated high school and attended the UofA. The radio bug hit me early and I was a DJ at the age of 17 in Tucson. Besides being on-air at times, my main career focus has been the behind-the-scenes programming of radio stations. I have an extensive background in music radio, in addition to working at and/or running some of the biggest and most influential radio stations in America. My radio career took me to Los Angeles, San Diego and then back to Phoenix. The chance to be back on-air, and to do it at 92.3 KTAR, was too good to pass upů so here we are! Weekends are usually reserved for racing as I own and drive my own dirt track Sprint Car all over the country. I am unmarried (never have been), childless (that I'm aware of) and don't even have any pets at this point. I do own 1 plant but the fact it has survived this long without watering leads me to believe it may be plastic. I love what I do and enjoy hosting a talk radio show for people who don't like "talk radio".

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