Thursday, October 14, 2010

Chris Matthews: Chilean Miners Would Be Dead if They Followed Tea Party Philosophy

Chris Matthews, the host of MSNBC's "Hardball", was so egregiously inaccurate with his mis-characterization of the Tea Party and its platform on his show the other day that one has to assume that he really is a Democrat shill.  Matthews, in his discussing with AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka, made the asinine comment that if the trapped Chilean miners had followed the tea party’s “every man for himself” philosophy, there would have been no survivors. 

He then goes on to articulate a grossly distorted and inaccurate view of the Tea Party platform saying that they are for "No more taxes, no more government, no more everything.  No more safety net.  No more health care for everybody.  Everybody just get out there, make your buck, save it, screw the government, move on." 

Now I have to assume that Chris Matthews, being the intelligent guy that he is, knows that is NOT the platform of the Tea Party.  The Tea Party does not want to eliminate taxes or government, rather they want to eliminate un-Constitutional and wasteful spending that necessitates higher taxes.  They want a smaller, more limited government that governs via the consent of the governed by Constitutional restrictions upon the federal government's scope of power. 

Chris Matthews surely must know this, and yet he chose to characterize the Tea Party in a manner in which Robert Gibbs or David Axelrod would be proud.  It amazes me that anyone affiliated with MSNBC, and Chris Matthews in particular, can claim to be honest reporters of fact while still keeping a straight face.  As has been said before, you are entitled to your own opinions, Mr. Matthews, but not your own self-created "facts".  You owe an apology to the millions of Americans that support the Tea Party's platform, accordingly.  I won't be holding my breath, though.

2 comments:

Dave Splash said...

Matthews makes a correct analogy in this interview. The tea party message for the last two years has been that anything for the collective good of Americans is evil and Communism or Nazism. If that philosophy had been utilized by those minters, very few would have survived. They would not have shared (an evil Hiter-like word) their rations, and would not have lasted the 17 days until they were initially found.

Liberals sat, dumbfounded, with no real response to this "every man for himself" "helping others is Hiler-esque" message coming from the tea party. Now, they are finally responding and making real world comparisons to what the tea party states it supports.

If those miners had been Americans, the tea party would have opposed any government intervention whatsoever. They would have been left to die (which is not Matthews argument, it is mine). The private mining company would have resisted any rescue effort that could have potentially hurt future mining efforts. That is how they think.

If the ugliness of the tea party message is so offensive, maybe you should re-consider being a member.

T. Paine said...

Splash, that is utter nonsense and certainly not the Tea Party message. You are falling for all of the hateful distorted rhetoric from the left regarding them.

Further, when the Crandall Canyon Mine collapsed awhile back and trapped those miners in Utah, it seemed the federal government, rather than trying to assist the rescue workers, were too busy trying to afix blame and were actually a hinderance to the process of the rescue attempts.

Further, the absurdity of your and Matthew's argument that the Tea Party is all about oneself is contrary to what the reality is.

The Tea Party is about restoring liberty and fiscal responsibility so as to strengthen our nation for everyone.

Further, there is a strong undertone of reliance upon God in that Tea Party message. Therefore, our Christian duty is to help each other; NOT to rely upon mandatory confiscation of our money so that the government can determine whom and how to help others.