Can someone explain to me why Donald Sterling will be dispossessed of what is close to a billion dollar sports franchise for making racist remarks — off camera, in private, not intended for public consumption — while Cliven Bundy is not separated from his immense Wyoming ranch for something one would think more serious than mere ranting, namely openly and brazenly breaking federal law, refusing to pay taxes, defying federal agents, and, for good measure, when there's no doubt the camera is full upon him, calling for the return of slavery?
The return of slavery?!
Donald Sterling would not call for the return of slavery. Not no way, not no how. Sterling fancies himself as anything but racist, conceives of himself as a charitable man, a good man, a mensch. He sorrows over being thought of as racist, and promises never to "do it again."
Sterling is, however, a complete and total schmuck. With racism per se off the table, he finds another way to defame Magic Johnson, this time on grounds that Magic has HIV and therefore isn't a "good example for the children of Los Angeles."
Thing of it is, I can relate to Sterling. I can imagine him as the billionaire uncle I never had (my uncles averaged out as schnorrers) who blew cigar smoke at me as he boomed on about the things I should learn from him because he had made all this gelt.
Gelt, after all, being knowledge.
I want to tear myself away, for now, from Sterling scenarios, including those involving Magic Johnson.
I want to return to Cliven Bundy, and a scenario I continue not to understand.
Next time I refuse to obey the law — say refuse to pay taxes — should I do it in Wyoming, should I do it with a rifle, should I do it on a horse?