Chris “Tingles” Matthews demonstrates once again why MSNBC’s credibility continues to go down the tubes.
During an interview with the AFL-CIO’s President Richard Trumka, Matthews was discussing the recent successful evacuation of the 33 Chilean miners that were trapped for just over 2 months. He then came up with an interesting observation; that if the miners would have been under “Tea Party influence”, they would have “never gotten out”.
Because according to Chris Matthews, “they would’ve been killing each other”.
Leave it to liberal morons like Matthews to take two completely unrelated subjects and Frankenstein them together to inject their own viewpoints.
So why would “Tingles” make a remark like that?
Here are a couple of his excerpts from the interview:
“They (The Tea Party) believe in every man for himself. … No more taxes, no more government, no more everything. No more safety net. … Make your buck. Save it. Screw the government.”
He then continues his rant…
“You know these people, if they were every man for himself down in that mine, they wouldn’t have gotten out. They would’ve been killing each other.”
Ok Chris… put on your dunce hat, go sit on the stool in the corner, and listen up; I’m about to take you to school. And try to keep your finger out of your nose.
First, let me straighten you out on your “facts” about the Tea Party movement.
They are not about “every man for himself”. You are assuming that because we are individualists, we care for no one but ourselves. Let me explain to you what an individualist is.
An individualist is someone who not only takes care of himself, but those he chooses to care about as well. Just because we do not like having our money seized from our paychecks by the government by force, and have it redistributed to faceless strangers simply because they “need” it, does not mean that we are an uncaring lot. We care for who we choose to care about, not who you think we should care about.
An individualist understands that he is where he is now, because of the personal decisions that he has made that led him to that point. If we are wealthy, it is because we made good decisions that made us wealthy. If we are poor, it is because we made bad decisions that made us poor.
An individualist understands that there are consequences for all our actions. We have only ourselves to blame, no one else. True, Obama and his administration have been making terrible decisions for our country, but if it weren’t for our indifference and lack of interest in the actions of our elected officials, we wouldn’t be in this mess to begin with.
An individualist understands that if he needs money, he needs to go out and get it. He does not scramble in the streets with the other peasants for coins tossed by King Obama as he rides by in his golden limo, nor does he demand to the King that he seize someone else’s money so that it can be given to him because he “needs it”.
Now, to address the other claims by Matthews…
The Tea Party is not about “no more taxes, no more government”. We understand the need for taxes, we just want the government quit raising them, and control its spending! That means balancing the budget! We understand the need for a strong, central government (no one wants anarchy)… but a government that not only protects the producers, but encourages and rewards hard work, not punishes it by seizing even more money from you. Where is the incentive to succeed if all the government is going to do is punish you for it?
We believe and understand the need for a safety net. Even the best laid plans can go awry. The unexpected happens. The problem is that too many people are abusing this safety net to the point that it’s no longer what it is supposed to be, but a way of life. That needs to end.
Are you still listening, Mr. Matthews (take your finger out of your nose!)? Well, I can see by the cross-eyed look your giving me that I’m going way over your head, so I’ll try to make this next part simpler for you.
You have stated that if Tea Partiers were trapped in that mine, we would’ve killed each other because as individualists, we’d only be out for ourselves. We never would’ve been able to come together as a group and unite for a common goal (in this case, getting out of the mine).
If that’s true, then how do you explain all the huge Tea Party rallies that have been going on? By your own logic, aren’t they all individualists? The fact that conservative individualists, who usually like to keep to themselves and have actual jobs to go to, yet manage to turn out by the thousands at Tea Party gatherings and events like Glenn Beck’s “Restoring Honor” rally flies in the face of your logic.
Yes, Mr. Matthews, we do care about people other than ourselves. We care about how more and more of other people’s money, including you liberal’s money, is being seized by the government. We care about the alarmingly rapid pace our government has been growing in the past few years (yes… during the Bush years as well, I could see you about to mindlessly yell out his name), including the takeover of auto companies, student loan companies, our health care and the insurance industry, the impending bankruptcy of our Social Security (which is the world’s biggest scam), and the massive debt, the biggest portion being held by hostile nations like China, just to name a few. Do you understand what I’m telling you now?
Uh oh, it appears we’re in need of a mop and bucket, Mr. Matthew’s head just exploded. I guess he just lacked the intellectual capacity to handle it.
Clean up in the MSNBC studio.
Chris Matthews: Tea Party Miners Would’ve Killed Each Other: Ray Rahman, Mediate.com, 10/14/2010 (article and video of interview, video is at the bottom of the page)