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Friday, January 14, 2011

Matthews Off Again

Several people have been posting this clip of Chris Matthews supposedly owning a Tea Partier:

For those of you who can’t tolerate Matthews, he basically jumps on the Tea Partier, who says that the Arizona shooting is unusual.  Matthews talks about all the assassinations in American history and says were far more violent than any other country.  No other country, in his estimation, has been as violent as ours.

This is hogwash.  First of all, the attempted assassination of Gabby Giffords was the first high-profile attempt I can remember in a very long time.  A President has not been shot or shot at since Reagan.  That was almost 30 years ago.  The most recent assassination attempts against Cheney and Bush both happened outside of the United States.  Part of this is because of improved security.  But part of this is because a general decline in violence in the United States and a general decline of political violence.  Matthews talks about the wave of assassinations and attempts that took place in the 1960’s and 70’s—more than a generation ago (as the Tea Party guy correctly notes).  Matthews leaves out that, with the exception of MLK, this was not because of a wave of conservative redneck violence.  Sirhan Sirhan was pissed about the Middle East.  Oswald was a Communist who also attempted to murder General Walker.  All of the terrorist acts of that time were from Left Wing groups like the Weather Underground.  Fromme and Hinckley were nuts.  Etc.

As for his second assertion, Matthews needs to learn how use wikipedia.  Just in the last decade, the world has seen a couple of dozen coups and attempted coups.  The African continent, in particular, has been racked by multiple coups, assassinations and civil wars—events far more violent and deadly than assassinations.  The number of coups that have taken place in the US?  Uh, zero.  We have a few rebellions; none of any significance since 1865.

As for assassinations, India has seen two leaders go down in a hail of bullets.  The Soviet Union was, for decades, ruled by those who murdered their way to the top and their current de factor leader has assassinated numerous critics.  That’s not to mention the many satellite nations the Soviets created who were also ruled by murderers and thugs or the current or recent leaders of the Middle East, many of whom (Saddam Hussein specifically) killed their way to the top and maintain their rule through blood.  Did Matthews sleep through the attempted Green Revolution in Iran?

Fuck, there is wave of political violence going on in Tunisia right now that Matthews and the MSM have pretty much ignored.  And it’s had some results, as Tunisia’s President is promising not to run for re-election in 2014.

OK, maybe we should compare ourselves to similar democracies.  But even that fails.  Or has Matthews missed the rioting in Greece and France and the UK?

As for Matthews’ final assertion—that bringing guns to political rallies in unnecessary and potentially violent: the Tea Party guy is right again.  Guns brought to political rallies have not been used for violent acts.  I’m not fond of guns bring bought to political rallies myself.  But the intention is not to intimidate or threaten, least of all to shoot.  The intention is to remind our leaders of our fundamental liberty.

Oh, well.  In the modern world, winning an argument mainly consists of successfully talking over your opponent.  In that sense, Matthews did “win” this one.

Posted by Hal_10000 on 01/14/11 at 09:36 AM in Left Wing Idiocy  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink
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