by: Les Carpenter
Rational Nation USA
Birthplace of Independent Conservatism
Chris Mathews, another paragon of leftist progressive thought, occasioned to hammer away at Rep. Michelle Bachmann's statements with respect to slavery in early America. Lets take a look at what Mathew's issues are.
Chris Matthews was nearly apoplectic in his questioning of Tea Party Express co-founder Sal Russo on the topic of Congresswoman Michele Bachmann and her controversial re-imagining of history where the founding fathers found a way to end slavery in their lifetime. Repeatedly calling Bachmann a “balloon head,” Matthews demanded to know why Russo and the Tea Party wanted Bachmann to give a response to the State of the Union address or, more generally, why they ever wanted her to open her mouth in the first place?
Given that Russo was eager to steer the topic away from what Bachmann does or does not know about slavery, the “interview” ended up being just Matthews berating Russo with questions like “do you know how little this woman knows about American history” and “what is she talking about?” Joan Walsh was also a guest for the segment, but there was a little time for her, since it was clearly much more entertaining watching Matthews scream at Russo “are you hypnotized – can you answer a question,” whenever Russo struggled to defend Bachmann.
Mathew's purpose was to do all he could to cast a shadow on not only on Bachmann but the Tea Party in general. Mathews is technically correct with his comments with respect to slavery. The founding fathers held slaves -- there is no question. It is also true that Washington and Jefferson -- as well as other Founders -- freed their slaves upon their death. It is also true that General Washington enlisted slaves into the American cause during the Revolutionary War. Their payment for serving... freedom. Other politicians and activists of the era fought tirelessly to change the blight of slavery on our nation. So while Backmann may have over spoke a bit and stretched historical reality, it is also clear that "air brain" Mathews was only interested in focusing on a rather minor point. In doing so he was able to shut down debate on substantive matters he wished not heard because it favors the rational non progressive side of politics.
You heard Mr. Chris (air brain) Mathews. You, the educated and in touch readers of Rational Nation USA and the Left Coast Rebel be the final judge.
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