Did rancher Cliven Bundy just forfeit his cause — and take the Tea Party down with him?

Kathy here, guest posting for Arnie, in “just askin’…” mode.

Dennis Prager likes to point out that merely talking about race is the new “racism.”

Is this the latest example? 

Is Bundy making a semi-valid point about learned helplessness and the “Democratic plantation” extremely clumsily, or is he just a moron?

The New York Times has overheard Cliven Bundy—the Nevada rancher who, instead of paying decades of overdue grazing fees, met the Bureau of Land management with guns and a small militia—saying this:

“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.”