Chris Matthews Nails It

obama sucks“He [President Obama] is going to destroy this country, and we’re either going to stop him or the United States of America is going to cease to exist.” -Alan Keyes

By the way, over a decade ago, Keyes had a nightly program on MSNBC. Are you ready for the punchline? It was called, “Alan Keyes Is Making Sense.” I’m not kidding you.

Just in case you happened to miss Hardball last week on MSNBC, Chris Matthews’ special report, The Rise of the New Right , was one of those rare (these days) moments of essential viewing that we would be wise not to ignore. It will probably be repeated several times in the next few weeks and I urge you to keep your eye out for it. Seriously, if Matthews doesn’t get an Emmy for this program there is no justice in this world.

The program is the most comprehensive look yet (at least on non-public television) at the crack-up the Conservative movement in this country is now going through. Let’s face some serious facts here, boys and girls: The right wing in this country has always been (since the days of the Confederacy and before) a tad crazy  – not to mention dumber than doggy doo doo. What is happening to them now is beyond anything in their long and entertainingly weird history. In effect they’ve totally lost it. Here’s a quaint little soundbite from last night’s program that illustrates perfectly what I’m talking about. The words were uttered by some pathetic, bat shit-crazy woman at last year’s “March on Washington”:

“We are losing our country. We think the Muslims are moving in and taking over. We do not believe our president is a Christian – and he let us believe that. The president is a liar. God bless Joe Wilson.”

Isn’t that sweet? We can only assume she was not referring to the same “Joe Wilson” who is married to Valerie Plame, but that’s just a hunch on my part.

Once upon a time people this - “ill informed” shall we say? - were to be found mostly on the fringes of the American political scene. Not even in the days of old Joe McCarthy did it get this strange – not on such a national level anyway. Back in the good ol’ days, the type of behavior we are witnessing today was pretty much restricted to KKK rallies in the deep south and the editorial offices of the Wall Street Journal. A half a century ago political extremism hadn’t yet gone mainstream. It has now. In fact it’s ready for prime time! For this we can all thank the nice people at FOX Noise.

It was Rupert Murdoch’s “News Group” that promoted this movement from their inception. Murdoch himself has denied this accusation over and over again, but the videotapes are there - and video doesn’t lie - unless, of course, it’s a taped replay of a typical Sean Hannity program. The Plutocracy, with FOX as its propaganda arm, has brilliantly managed to convince a huge segment of the American public – a lot of whom could barely be qualified as middle class – that the problem with this country is all those damned, bleeding heart Liberals. The question needs to be put to them: “Where were you assholes when George W. Bush was driving this nation into the economic ditch?”

chris matthews“We need to defeat these bastards. Wee need to wipe them out.” -Rush Limbaugh

Ah, yes! The language of inferred violence! It’s out there, folks. They’re not reporting it on FOX but it’s out there. One person, a Tea Party candidate named Sharron Angle who is running for Harry Reid’s seat, actually said that the Nevada senator should be “taken out”. This hideous personage then went on to say that what is direly needed was a “Second Amendment solution”. You know what she’s talkin’ about, don’cha? Sure ya do! It’s the same type of solution implemented by John Wilkes Booth and Lee Harvey Oswald when they took on the policies of two noted politicians with which they disagreed. It’s the same “solution” Sirhan Sirhan used when he murdered Robert Francis Kennedy 42 years ago this month. It is the exact “solution” carried out by (let’s be fair to the ultra-Conservatives) Arthur Bremer in 1972 when he attempted to assassinate right-wing icon and uber-racist George Wallace.

This is the new political atmosphere of the United States. I fear that it is only a matter of time before the ultimate act of violence is carried out. I pray to God that I am wrong, but I don’t think I am; in fact I am certain of it.

“I have a message – a message from the Tea Party that is loud and clear and does not mince words: We have come to take our government back.” - Rand Paul

“Take our government back”? From whom??? Is he referring to the same people who were duly elected via legal democratic processes? Is he implying that the administration of Barack Obama is somehow not legitimate? Of course he is! Most of these jackasses refuse to believe that the president is an American citizen in spite of overwhelming evidence to the contrary. What we are dealing with here is a political movement made up of people whose senses have decided to take a permanent vacation.

Reality Check:
Anyone who denies that the core of the Tea Party’s rage is the fact that our president is an African American is kidding themselves. The evidence is too stark to ignore: This is a white supremest movement, kiddies. To be sure, at any Tea Party gathering there can always be seen on the peripherals of the crowd a pathetic, token Uncle Tom or two, chomping the hell out of some unfortunate watermelon. And while it would be unfair to categorically state that every member of the Tea Party is a racist, this is essentially a White Nationalist movement we’re dealing with here. Let’s stop kidding ourselves. By the way, Malcolm X had the perfect description of the Alan Keyeses of this world: “House Niggers”. The man really had a way with words, didn’t he? You gotta love him!

Here’s the good news: When the Republicans stupidly embraced the Tea Party last year, they effectively kissed a viper smack dab on the lips. It is my belief that this nutty movement of freaks and malcontents will end up doing that party more harm than good. Last January on this site, I predicted that Harry Reid was a goner on Election Day next. That was before the Nevada GOP cheerfully nominated the Tea Party’s newest sweetheart Sharon Angle to run against him – she of the “Second Amendment solution” fame. This extremism run-amok is starting to frighten the hell out of the segment of the electorate who identify themselves as “moderate”. Without the support of the moderates, the “party of Abraham Lincoln” is screwed. Remember you read it here.

You know, I was just thinking: We sure do live in interesting times.We really do!

Tom Degan
tomdegan@frontiernet.net


Afterthought

Here is a link to where you can watch The Rise of the New Right in all its nasty entirety on the Hardball website.

Otherwise keep an eye out for it in your TV listings. They will be airing it again. It is absolutely essential viewing. Seriously.

Suggested Reading
What’s The Matter with Kansas, by Thomas Frank

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Comments

  1. Warren Wilson says

    Chris Matthews is not a clueless moron, he is the kind of intellectually dishonest media whore that will look at the noonday sun and say it’s pitch black. To call TEA party people inherently racist is just a lie that is being used as a foundation for more lies. This is like when Lyndon Johnson first ran for Texas Senate- he told his henchmen to spread rumors that the opponent fornicated with pigs as a youth. The campaign worker said “Damn, Lyndon- You can never prove that” to which Johnson said “Sure, but I’d like to see him try to deny it.”
    Piss Matthews is the same kind of self-serving lie machine except that he’s only doing it for attention. He can accomplish no good, only help a dark and evil agenda. Or are you going to call me racist for saying “dark”?

  2. Elaine says

    Chris Matthews nailed it alright but it isn’t what you think!
    His kind of nailing it is not to be discussed on public forums.

  3. gil vasquez says

    To many reactionaries are allowed to use this media. I have no interest in their retorts for I already know their mind set.

  4. SK says

    Wow, Tom, dumber than doggy doo doo? You are seriously underestimating the many people from both the left and the right who are disgusted with Obama. Republicans don’t have a corner on the stupidity market. How many on the left don’t even realize they just got shafted by Obama’s “Insurance Industry Profit Protection and Enhancement Act?” Talk about gullible! Obama may even have been the one who undermined our chance at the public option by making a backroom deal with the hospitals and insurance companies.
    Obama apologists are still pretending this guy is gonna do what he said he would. Even the simplest, most honest changes haven’t been made. Like transparent government. Whoops, he needs those secret meetings with the insurance and other industries that installed him in office. And we thought it was all of our little donations powering his campaign. Nope, what us puny supporters gave is peanuts compared to the companies that are getting payback from our president now.

    But keep on pretending everyone who’s against our fearless leader is an ignorant racist. That’s an attitude that’ll pay off well next November when regular old Democrats sit out the vote in disgust.

  5. Marie R. B. says

    From the first day I started hearing about the Tea Parties, I knew what thy were all about, if one thinks that only the KKK disliked people of color they have another thought coming. There are those who lives in their ivory white suburban houses who thinks that they are better than those of us of color, forgetting a few things along the way such as don’t like you but it is alright for you to nurse my child, don’t like you but it is alright to clean and cook for me. You are lazy but working for nothing is better for you. Blacks as slaves build this country brick by brick stone by stone, yet you were deemed lazy unable to do the things that only a white man could. These people carrying these signs don’t think a black man is capable of running this country after all blacks don’t have that kind of education or since to do this he must be Muslim or some other Race they will never admitt that you are anything but that old black joe that they have heard so much about after mama and popper have taught us about them they only kill themselves and do drugs. My question was what do they want and why are they hidding behind the Constitution since nobody took it away from them in the first place what could they meant by take our Constitution back? Of course just like you and every one who have read this article we knew what they were speaking about and why they was flexing their muscles showing their fire arms. It was an invitation letting those who of color that we did it once we can do it again but as I said before it will not be as easy as it was once a long time ago, I do not advocate violence but I as most of us do not hide any longer, we have the taste of freedom and not about to give it up for anyone of you. Those Black who thing that these people gives a dam about will find that they have been used and used good, usually these are the one who runs to Jessie Jackson or Al Shopton for help once things have turned on them wait and see this I predicts.

    • Sallie Parker says

      No, it is not all right for you to nurse my child. Don’t ever imagine that. I know that’s the party line going around with ‘leftists of culluh’: “Oh dey wants us to takes care o’ deyselves when dey’s babies an’ push dey wheelchair when dey old fokes.”

  6. annieR says

    This country faces an existential threat: the ignorant, stupid fringe who are gleefully manipulated by the Republican party. John Stuart Mill said “Conservatives are not necessarily stupid, but most stupid people are conservatives.” It’s a very real threat.

  7. Marshall says

    Degan has changed his status, he use to have some other position but wanted to become a media guy. I use to tell him to go back to the other job cause he was not making it with this one. I guess he thinks he is now making it as a media guy and I still do not. He has not learned how to write without his anger coming out.

  8. Marshall says

    I really liked the part about dummer than dog doo. The folks that protect us must be in that group. I suggest we draft liberals into the army or marines until the percent of that group matches their population ratio. If liberials are 20% of the population, then we need and want 20% of the military to be liberal, that way we will have some military members that are smater than dog doo. We have to draft cause they are too smart to just join.

  9. VinceP1974 says

    My God you folks are pathetic. You have established your lies about particular groups of people and then all clap like seals when someone perpetuates your disinformation.

    You folks are begging for a dictator and would gladly accept one.

    • says

      Yada Yada “we love George (The Real Dictator) Bush” “Palin (who wanted Alaska to succeed from the U.S.) is our Goddess” Yada Yada “We ain’t racist, but we shout faggot and nigger at duly elected officials” Yada Yada ” Lies, But George Bush/ Cheney weapons of mass destruction wasn’t lies.” Yada Yada “No birth certificate (Multiple proof there is).” “Were Patriots (who want to succeed from America and destroy those who don’t agree with you).” Yada Yada “We believe in the constitution (but we want to interpret it so that it works only for us and delete the parts that don’t work for us).” Yada Yada Yada “You are just sheep and cheerleaders (while we yell for and believe everything that Palin, Limnbaugh, Rove, and any other idiot who legitimatizes our hate). We are spiritual Christians (who will blow your tail away even if the book we profess to follow says ‘The weapons of our warfare are not carnal (physical like guns) but mighty (spiritual) through God)
      Yada Yada “You’re pathetic (but we follow people who really don’t have our best interest at heart and who are sold our to big oil money that has destroyed the Gulf and millions of wildlife and all the jobs on the gulf coast. Let’s see who was it that said Drill baby Drill which became spill baby spill, then kill baby kill as all life dies in the ocean and the coast?)
      Now who’s really pathetic?

    • Marshall says

      Degan is having job issues, perhaps he should join the military as a video media dud and can follow the real brave folks around and make some good news.

    • Robert A. Letcher says

      Kelly, wow! What a really insightful comment! How much effort did you put into making it?! By the way, your sentence lacks a subject. Please write again, but please put at least some thought into what you do write.

  10. Mad Jayhawk says

    It is hilarious that the writer’s ‘proof’ that tea partiers are racists is picture a smug lady wearing an OBAMA SUCKS tee-shirt at a Tea Party rally. Notice that right behind her is, gasp, a black man. How did a black guy get into a white separatist racist tea party? Could it be there are black folks just as p****d off at what is happening in this country as their white friends and neighborhoods and are going to tea parties too? So much for the tea partiers are racists line if that is true.

  11. Mad Jayhawk says

    A typical Bush bashing the Tea Party is a bunch of racist White Supremists article by someone who has probably never been within 50 miles of a Tea Party Rally. The left wants the folks at the Tea Parties to go away, far away. The last thing a true liberal wants is for someone to put the brakes on the size of government and size of corporate and special interest give aways (vote buying) so they are afraid of the attitudes of the typical tea party goer catches on their little game is over. Tea Party folks generally are not anti-Obama. Quite a few of them voted for Obama and would again if Obama did what he said he was going to do. Being anti-Obama doesn’t mean that you are a racist either. That is just the usual leftist name-calling smoke screen they throw up every time someone wants to talk about things they disagree with. All you Tea Party critics need to go to a rally and see for yourself instead of believing all the ‘expert’ commentators who haven’t been to a rally either and wanting to believe the selective editing of MSNBC or CNN. If you believe OBAMA SUCKS on a tee-shirt is racist then you must believe BUSH SUCKS on a tee-shirt is racist too.

  12. Elaine says

    Obama does lie out both sides of his mouth at one time. What is the first thing he did after inauguration? He went running over to Europe & started criticizing America & Americana & apologizing for us for being arrogant, dismissive & derisive. He tells a group of Muslims we are no longer a Christian Nation but a Muslim Nation. To all of those that voted for him & never could figure out his change for America do you understand now what it is? He gave 2B to Brazil last year where George Soros is drilling for oil. This 2B was taxpayers money & I for one do not like it. I do not like the fact he is pushing for a One World Order. Do you know anyone who is a member of Van Jones America’s Future 2010, who just had a meeting last week? Nancy Pelosi spoke at that meeting & so did Brenda Lee. Do you know Brenda Lee who is a member of the Communist Party in district 8 in California & also a member of America’s Future 2010? Do you agree with their You Tube Video:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=53EuoMd5t40
    I wonder how many of his friends are going to spread the wealth, especially Nancy Pelosi. Now that they have admitted this health care bill is not going to save any money & is going to cost more then they thought, what do you think we should do?

    • Robert A. Letcher says

      I get so frustrated trying to respond too comments like Elaine’s because i can’t even figure out a place to start, and because there seems to be so little prospect of actually making communication happen. I mean, what does a thinking person do when confronted with a bald assertion that a person lies out of both sides of his mouth at the same time? It’s definitely cute, but what possibly can i reply to. Perhaps the best i can do is to include a copy of my comment to the S. Palin article:

      ‘I don’t hate Ms. Palin. But I do fear her–greatly. I also fear her followers. Two plus two equals four, for good reasons; not just because her “the liberal media” says so. Similarly, some tasks require deep understanding; for example, you do have to be a rocket scientist to do the work of a rocket scientist. Glosses on history, such as much of the substance of Ms. Palin (also Ms. Bachmann) provide too-easy explanations for complex problems. Simple-mindedness holds little promise for remedying such problems, no matter which side of Alice’s looking glass Ms. Palin finds it convenient to look through.”

  13. says

    Yes, the Muslims are moving into the U.S., and it’s not a matter of being on the left or the right wing before being concerned, because Muslims are on a whole different bird, their ideology making them refuse to assimilate while demanding Muslim superiority, creating mini-countries inside ours with their own religion-based law that flouts separation of church and state, while they outbreed everybody and force their children to become Muslim for life with death as punishment for leaving, all in obedience to the Quran. Until somebody invents a new form of Islam that isn’t about superiority but only wants equality and respects the right to quit, female equality, the right to be gay, etc., Islam is best left quarantined on a worldwide basis as it has been for over a thousand years so the rest of the world can progress.

    Study Islam’s history free with the Historyscoper and see how it got started and developed its ideology, and how it played out over the centuries:

    http://go.to/islamhistory

    Keep up on the daily news of Islam v. West:
    http://historyscoper-islamwatch.blogspot.com/

    • Robert A. Letcher says

      re: “Until somebody invents a new form of Islam that isn’t about superiority but only wants equality and respects the right to quit, female equality, the right to be gay, etc., Islam is best left quarantined on a worldwide basis as it has been for over a thousand years so the rest of the world can progress.” I have never encountered a Christian who didn’t think of that religion as “about superiority”–think Crusades! Also,what about male only clergy among Catholics? That’s not equality!

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