Wasserman-Schultz can’t tell ‘the difference between a Democrat and a socialist’ on ‘Hardball’

Wasserman Schultz HardballChris Matthews’ “Hardball” delivered one of the most revealing moments on cable news in years on Tuesday when he asked DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman-Schultz what the difference is between modern Democrats and socialists. She literally refused to answer the question. The spokeswoman for the DNC could not give an intelligent answer on what separates Democrats from socialists.

Mediaite reported:

Matthews: “What is the difference between a Democrat and a socialist? I used to think there was a big difference. What do you think it is? Between a Democrat like Hillary Clinton and a socialist like Bernie Sanders?”

Wasserman-Schultz: The more important question is the difference between being a Democrat and a Republican.

Matthews: But what’s the big difference between a Democrat and a socialist? You’re the chairman of the Democratic Party. Tell me the difference between you and a socialist.

Wasserman-Schultz: The relevant debate that we’ll be having over the course of this campaign [Chris Matthews’ slight laughter in the background] is ‘What is the difference between a Democrat and a Republican?’

Matthews: “I think there’s a big difference. I think there’s a huge difference.”

Wasserman-Schultz: The difference between a Democrat and a Republican is that Democrats fight to make sure that everybody has an opportunity to succeed, and the Republicans are strangled by their right-wing extremists.

The look on Mrs. Wasserman-Schultz’s face when Chris Matthews asked her to differentiate modern Democrats from socialists spoke volumes. It was as if she were locked in a room with a man whose stomach was well into its way of processing a dozen rotten eggs he had eaten hours before.

Republicans are “strangled” be “extremists,” and yet the DNC chairwoman can’t tell a cable news host the difference between a Democrat and a socialist. Classic.

Ask yourself this question: If there was such a “huge difference” that wasn’t elucidated for Chris Matthews’ audience, then why did he move on to another subject instead of explaining it to them? The answer is that a “huge” difference does not exist.

Years ago I had a job that allowed me to travel all across the country talking to people about public policy issues. There were often older men and women at these events who really seemed to believe the Democratic Party was still one that would welcome a man like John F. Kennedy. As the DNC chair’s non-response demonstrates, those days are over.

The sad truth of the matter is that the modern Democratic Party essentially sees no area of American life that should be shielded from the bureaucratic bombardments of an ever-expansive federal government. The modern Republican Party is filled with spineless men whose jiggle-jowls wobble back and forth while they play lip service to the virtues of limited government, but little else.

The American people get what they deserve, and right now we deserve Debbie Wasserman-Schultz leading the DNC and Donald Trump leading in the polls. If that doesn’t tell you all you need to know, then it is highly likely that you were a key player in creating the political climate that now exists.

Chris Matthews: I call conservatives a bunch of racists — with no proof — because I can

Chris Matthews

Chris Matthews is a sick man. He is ill, and it is for that reason I do not like to talk about him. Discussing Chris Matthews and his obsession with race at this point makes me feel like a jerk. It is not nice to pick on people with mental problems, but his commentary in the wake of the Obama administration’s IRS, Associated Press and Benghazi scandals illustrates the dangerous racial game he and his ideological allies are playing.

First, Matthews:

“The problem is there are people in this country, maybe ten percent, I don’t know what the number, maybe twenty percent on a bad day, who want this president to have an asterisk next to his name in the history books, that he really wasn’t president. … They can’t stand the idea that he’s president, and a piece of it is racism.It’s the sense that the white race must rule, that’s what racism is, and they can’t stand the idea that a man who’s not white is president. That is real, that sense of racial superiority and rule is in the hearts of some people in this country. Not all conservatives, not even all right-wingers, but it always comes through with this birther crap and these other references and somehow trying to erase ObamaCare, erase his record in history, and a big part of it is bought into by people like John Boehner, who’s not a bad guy, but he knows the only way he can talk to the hard right is talk their language, (Chris Matthews, MSNBC. May 15).

Where does Matthews get this 20% number? Since when is it okay to just pull numbers out of your butt and label 20% of the population a bunch of racists? And he’s not talking about “all conservatives” — just everyone who John Boehner talks to on “the hard right”? Translation: “My producers told me I shouldn’t flat-out call conservatives racists, so this is my half-hearted attempt to placate him.”

Now, the NAACP’s Julian Bond:

“I mean, here are a group of people who are admittedly racist, who are overtly political, who tried as best they can to harm President [Barack] Obama in every way they can … They are the Taliban wing of American politics and we all ought to be a little worried about them,” (Julian Bond, MSNBC. May 14, 2013).

Since when has the tea party “admitted” it was racist? It hasn’t. Ever. Because it’s not. Perhaps I should go on the radio tomorrow and talk about the time Julian Bond “admitted” to being a child molester — or not, because I don’t just make up things to hurt people out of thin air.

Do you remember the time Chris Matthews was called out by a Winston Churchill scholar for misquoting the famous Prime Minister, and Matthews’ response was to say: “How can you prove someone never said something?” I do. So I will now take this time to ask the following question: How can Chris Matthews call conservatives racists when it is a well known fact that he once said he only voted for President Obama’s white half? How can Chris Matthews call conservatives racists when he once told a reporter at a Center for American Progress event that 15% of all Democrats are still proud of LBJ’s segregationist past?

See how that works, Chris? See how despicable it is to make up racial lies and slime individuals or whole groups?

I am generally a patient man and I am slow to anger. I do not hate anyone because life is short and I have no desire to fill my heart with such a toxic emotion. With that said, when Chris Matthews, Julian Bond and others like them go on television and say that I oppose President Obama because of some weird desire for “racial superiority,” it tests my patience and it tests my ability to filter my untreated emotions into something pure.

By putting out such hateful ideas into the world, Chris Matthews creates the very animosity he claims to abhor. How does the man with little patience who is quick to anger respond to Chris Matthews? My guess is that when Matthews and Julian Bond liken white people to the Taliban, they actually end up creating a few racists in the process. If you beat someone over the head with accusations of racism — no matter how long and how hard they protest the lies — at some point they will unconsciously say: “You want a racist? I’ll give you a racist,” and the hate will begin flowing through their veins. And when that happens, a chain of events will occur that will only end badly for all parties involved.

I hope Chris Matthews gets the help he needs. I truly do. But at the same time, the world should know that in the mean time he is poisoning the intellectual well for his community of viewers. Ideas are not always the sole propriety of the individual. They can be shared. And so, the first question Mr. Matthews should ask himself when he finally gets better should be: “How many people did I contaminate and how can I make it right?” He has a lot of work to do and not much time to finish it in.

Using Chris Matthews’ own logic, he is now a racist

Chris Matthews

I feel sorry for Chris Matthews. Years from now conservatives will cite the most infamous of all Chris Matthews quotes to drag what is left of his reputation through the mud. It will be ugly. And to think that he allowed himself to be overheard in Dupont Circle saying:

“Yes, I admit it: I, Chris Matthews, hate black people — but most Americans don’t know it because those feelings are surpassed by my burning contempt for Republicans.”

Want proof that he said it? Conservatives don’t need to give proof because Chris Matthews’ own logic dictates that misquotes are not misquotes. Don’t believe me? I do have proof of that:

Winston Churchill had so many sayings misattributed to him that one academic gave the phenomenon a name: “Churchillian drift.” Richard Langworth, editor of “Finest Hour,” a journal published by the Churchill Centre, an international organization dedicated to promoting scholarship and appreciation of the late British prime minister, says he constantly fields questions about Churchill quotes from speechwriters, students and Churchill fans — but “not so much professors, who think they know everything.” …

Mr. Langworth says Chris Matthews, a fellow Churchill Centre board member and host of MSNBC’s “Hardball,” has misquoted Churchill. Last year Mr. Matthews made a promotional ad for MSNBC in which he recounted Churchill being told during World War II that he should cut government funding for the arts.

“Then what are we fighting for?” Churchill replied, according to Mr. Matthews.

Mr. Langworth says Churchill never said it, though many over the years have used what Mr. Langworth calls “this famous ‘red herring’ nonquote.”

Mr. Matthews, a self-described “Churchill nut,” insists he hasn’t misquoted his hero, but adds, “How can you prove someone never said something?”

Telling, isn’t it? If you ever wondered why Chris Matthews is such a fan of making accusations of racism, look no further. A man who believes he should be able to misquote historical figures in the pursuit of his vision for the world is the kind of man who would have no problem making up malevolent motivations for his political opponents. If the world all thought like Matthews, over time we could turn Reagan into a liberal; we could make Ghandi a warmonger; and we could turn Judas into loyal guy. For Matthews, it isn’t about the accuracy of the information — it’s about having the correct people (i.e., those who agree with Chris Matthews) controlling the information.

Imagine if you woke up tomorrow, you were on trial for your life, and clones of Chris Matthews happened to fill the roles of the prosecuting attorney, the judge and the jury?

Chris Matthews (Prosecutor): “Tell us about the circumstances on the night you killed your wife and admitted it to Officer Matthews during an interrogation?”
YOU: I never said that.
Chris Matthews (Prosecutor): “Can you PROVE you never said that?”
YOU: I never said that.
Chris Matthews (Officer): He did, your honor.
YOU: I NEVER said that! Am I in the Twilight Zone?
Chris Matthews (Jury): Guilty! Crucify him! Crucify him!
Chris Matthews (Judge): Guilty. The sentence is death — by Chris Matthews firing squad, to be held at sundown. If you do not have any last words, some will be made up for you in time.

Charges of racism are the ultimate trump card, even if they are the hallmark of the intellectually bankrupt. There is no way to prove someone isn’t a racist because there is no way to look into the heart and soul. To Chris Matthews, truth and accuracy don’t matter because in his mind accomplishing a “goal” (e.g., discrediting opponents) is bigger than the lie. What’s wrong with fudging the facts, lying or outright inventing “evidence” if it forwards the vision of the anointed?

Conservatives are in a tough position. For instance, such a mindset allows Chris Matthews, Al Sharpton and others to say with a straight face that John McCain’s concerns about Ambassador Susan Rice have racist roots, despite the fact that McCain’s adopted daughter is from Bangladesh. How do you debate an opponent who is willing to say and do anything to destroy your character? Perception is often reality, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing if you have intellectually-honest brokers trying to describe reality. It all falls apart when you have one guy who says: “How can you prove someone never said something?”

To quote Chris Matthews: “Liberals are a rotten bunch, but sometimes you can still make a mean cider out of sour apples.”

Now go make some cider, conservatives.

Chris Matthews: His race-baiting mind flatulence knows no bounds

Ignoring Chris Matthews’ race baiting is like ignoring an immature, flatulent kid. Let me explain.

A few years ago I was in an elevator with some teenagers. One of them had a device (at least I hope it was a device) that mimicked a case of bad gas. As the elevator slowly went up to my intended floor the kid intermittently farted. I ignored it the first time. I ignored it the second time. I ignored it the third time. In fact, I ignored it the entire way up. Then, as I got off I couldn’t resist. I turned around and said to them: “You guys — you’re hilarious. No, I mean it. You’re hilarious.” I couldn’t resist saying something on that day, and I can not today.

For the past week Chris Matthews released his noxious, race-baiting rhetoric out into the airwaves as if he ate his weight in race-baiting beans. He speaks of racist “dog whistles” used by Republicans, but the weird thing is … he’s the only one who hears them. He says it’s because he lives in a “black majority city,” (even though he really lives on the “mean streets” of Chevy Chase, Md.), but the real reason he’s hearing things is because he’s listening to the voices in his head. He’s so obsessed with race that his mind works overtime to make connections to it every time he listens to someone he disagrees with. It’s sad and it’s desperate and it’s not going to work because more and more Americans are no longer afraid to tell guys like him to shove it.

As election day nears, expect Chris Matthews and Co. to become more unhinged. The proper response is call them desperate fools and continue talking about $16 trillion dollars of debt, Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security. Chris Matthews and his friends fart race-baiting mind nonsense into the air because they want to clear the room of debate. They would  love nothing more than to shut down honest, frank discussions on the issues that will determine the living standards of our children and grandchildren. Don’t let them. Instead, keep a straight face and intellectually pummel them into the ground.

Rush Limbaugh has God Inside Him.

Rush Limbaugh has God inside him (and so do you).

If that’s too much for you to swallow (without actually thinking about it), then I suggest reading my post on Iron Man for a watered down version of the ideas I’m about to write about, as well as what makes America great. However, if you’re willing to entertain the idea, then read on.

Years ago, straight out of the military and with no political affiliation, I went to college. Before encountering liberal professors who claimed, “Only redneck Republican hicks who are happy to get a free pair of boots join the military,” prompted me to start looking into conservatism, there was this guy on the radio who made me laugh by turning Elvis’ “In the Ghetto” into an Al Gore Global Warming parody titled “In A Yugo.” His name was Rush Limbaugh. He hooked me with humor, but it wasn’t long before he introduced me to his more substantive side with appeals to intellectual giants like Thomas Sowell, Walter E. Williams, and Friedrich Hayek. Through his radio show I was encouraged to pick up Paine’s Common Sense, J.S. Mill’s On Liberty, Tocqueville’s Democracy in America, as well as books by Natan Sharansky and Dinesh D’Souza.

What does all of this have to do with God? Or Rush Limbaugh? Simple. It’s impossible for anyone to read the catalog of thought mentioned above without coming to the conclusion that each and every one of us is in possession of God-given talents we can harness to contribute to the creation of a better world. It’s also near-impossible for someone to read the works of those authors without doing a little soul-searching of their own.

There are people out there who decry Rush Limbaugh and any number of out-of-context quotes taken from his radio show on a daily basis, but the fact remains that he inspires millions of people to take control of their lives.  When someone realizes that they’re here for a purpose and that they control their own destiny—as opposed to unprincipled politicians in Washington, DC—an awesome transformation happens.

Rush Limbaugh is one of the most positive personalities alive today, contrary to what the talking heads at MSNBC say. Sure, he’s pessimistic about public figures who want to “plan” every aspect of your life, but he’s inspirational when it comes to empowering the individual.  And Chris Matthews and Keith Olbermann and the New York Times can’t stand that.

God didn’t put you on this earth to sit back and abdicate the most important decisions in your life to some third party whose only real worry is how they’re going to get reelected. You’re here because you’re worthwhile.  You’re here because work is a virtue, and nothing is more satisfying than finding out what you love to do and then doing it for your family, the community, and the world at large.  No matter what Rush Limbaugh’s faults (and we all have faults), his consistent efforts to educate Americans in self-determination, liberty, and individual freedoms will pay dividends for decades to come.

What would the trajectory of my life have been if I had never turned on the radio and listened to Rush all those years ago?  I’m not sure. I think my family, my faith, as well as my time in the military instilled values in me that would have served me well regardless of my midday radio preferences.  But, I think it’s safe to say that the liberal mind-forged manacles my professors encouraged me to willingly slip into would have been around for a lot longer. And that would have been a shame because life is precious, but life is short. It seems as though the older I get the more I realize how little time we really have to leave our mark upon the world. And while we can have a positive impact on humanity at any age, it’s sad to think of all those wasted moments and missed opportunities we can never get back.

We all have saints inside us, and we’re all sinners. The challenge is to bring the former to the forefront much more often than not. Rush has done that, and he’s inspired millions to follow in his footsteps. And for that I’m thankful. Worst Person in the World, Keith Olbermann? I beg to differ.

No go out there, and make a difference.

Rush Limbaugh: Introducing us to the best and brightest intellectual minds for decades. Challenging you to find the best inside yourself for decades.

Conservative Outreach, Preserving Principles, and Intellectually Pummeling Creeper Chris Matthews.

I was recently talking to a friend of mine who told me his cousin thought conservatives opposing Barack Obama’s initiatives were “racist.” Because the Elusive Racist Teaparty Bigfoot is in the news so much lately,  I asked what this particular person did for a living and was told that he was a small business owner. Knowing this, I asked how it was racist to advocate the following on behalf of the small business owner:

• Less legal mazes to wander through to expand his business.
• Less taxes, so that he could keep more of his own money to use as he saw fit (again, presumably, to grow his own business).
• More power to come to agreements, unencumbered by government interference, with prospective employees.
• More power to chart the direction of his life, freed of third-party decisions made miles away from professional politicians—who always use a one-size-fits-all approach to solve unique problems (unless the politician’s special interest buddies coughed up enough dough, in which case exceptions are made).

The response? Not much of an answer. I did find out that this was essentially a one-man operation, which lead me to believe the individual is exactly the kind of person whose business gets hit hard by the blunt thumbs (all ten of them) of the federal government’s “helping hands.”

I followed up this line of questioning with another regarding the President’s recent proposal to do away with unpaid internships. Since this business owner did detail work on automobiles I said:

“Your cousin doesn’t have the money to expand his shop right now, but there’s a promising kid in the neighborhood who would really benefit from learning this skill set. And he wants to learn. But your cousin can’t pay him. Isn’t it wrong that the Obama administration would willingly enact policies that would take the chance away for a kid to legally learn a skill and develop his innate talents?”

Again, not much of an answer.

I tell this story because my friend and his cousin are minorities.

Chris Matthews thinks Conservatives go to bed at night to have an excuse to put a sheet over their head, yet he's a proven creeper who I don't want to think about in conjunction with bed sheets (ask Erin Burnett). Regardless, you should still intellectually pummel his liberalism every chance you get. Just keep it above the belt. Fight clean.

Instinctually, they are conservative. Outside the context of “this is a conservative trying to convince me of something,” I’m 100% sure that the bullet points listed above would resonate with my friend’s cousin. However, stereotypes exist, and because of them conservatives need to avoid—whenever possible—doing or saying anything that plays into the left’s depictions of us as mean-spirited, homophobic, racists who eat babies when the Synder’s Pretzels run out. I don’t believe conservatives should ever compromise their principles or pander to a specific group. That is out of the question and just invites problems later on.

Engaging in the “is she or isn’t she gay” games of a Supreme Court nominee? Not cool. Spending time, money, and resources to prove that Barack Obama is a muslim? Not cool. I think the vast majority of conservatives shy away from this sort of thing, and they know that the Chris Matthews Man-Boy Creeper Fan Club is always itching to paint us as gun-wielding klan members who can’t wait to go to sleep just so we can have a sheet over our heads. But it should be reiterated for those on our side who really just like to counter the left’s low blows with counter punches to the political groin area.

Myself? I like a good hard jab to the face. Repeatedly. Gut-shots are always good too, because liberals are usually soft (literally and figuratively). But there’s nothing to be gained by winning ugly. Train hard and fight hard, but make it clean (in a Chris Christie “common-sense porn” kinda way). In the end, we’ll be better for it. And we might even gain some traction with the local minority business owner. Think about it.