It’s really hard to fathom how MSNBC has such putrid ratings when they offer up such piercing insights such as these. The wet-brained Chris Matthews gives us a look at how the Obama years will be looked at historically.
They will read of a U.S. Congressman yelling “You lie!” during a State of the Union. They will read how the Speaker of the House invited, without informing the president, a foreign leader to denigrate his foreign policy before the entire Congress.
Wasn’t that like five years ago already? Oh, and by the way, he did lie. But back to his screed:
And as of this week, they will learn that a new senator from Arkansas got the signatures of 46 other senators on a letter to the hardliners in Iran urging that they reject the efforts of this president to keep them from building a nuclear weapon.
Uh, Chris, is Obama really trying to prevent them from going nuclear? Besides, he legally has to have any treaties ratified by the Congress, so what’s your point?
They will read all this and wonder what was it that made this Republican opposition so all out contemptuous of an American president? What made it treat him as below respect, below the dignity historically accorded his office.
It’s BECAUSE HE”S BLACK, am I right?
They will look at the concerned , concerted effort of legislative leaders in three dozen states to make it harder for minorities to vote. Even claiming partisan victory when successful in that effort. They will then look at a picture of this president, a picture of this man, and perhaps get the idea that the age of Jim Crow managed to find a new habitat in the early 21st century Republican Party.
Matthews fails to point out it was his party that created Jim Crow laws. So today’s GOP is trying to emulate old school Demcorats?
The American Civil Rights Union, a conservative group that has filed suit in favor of voter-integrity measures, has had enough of such tactics. Its leaders include former attorney general Ed Meese and former Ohio secretary of state Ken Blackwell. ACRU has just published a booklet on the real history of Jim Crow. Available for free at TheTruthAboutJimCrow.org, it sets the record straight on a hidden racial past that many Democrats would rather see swept under the carpet. While Richard Nixon’s “Southern Strategy” is constantly referenced in the media as a tool to attract white voters, less well remembered are Woodrow Wilson’s segregation of the entire federal civil service; FDR’s appointment of a member of the KKK to the Supreme Court; John F. Kennedy’s apathy toward civil-rights legislation; and the rise of Robert Byrd, a former member of the KKK, to the post of Democratic leader in the Senate in the 1980s.
Is it fair to remind people of the awful historical antecedents that can lurk within a political party? The study quotes author Bruce Bartlett as asking, “If the Republican party is to bear responsibility for Joe McCarthy through all time, why doesn’t the Democratic party have to bear responsibility for a century of racist leaders?”
Good questions, and one we doubt Matthews will ever address. To him and the rest of the MSNBC buffoons history began in January 2009.
What a dope: