Others on this blog have described how Rep. Lloyd Doggett, D-TX, demeaned his constituents for having the audacity to oppose socialized medicine at a public meeting. (Doggett called their self-expression a â€œreal desperation tactic.â€) However, it’s worth memorializing the way the host of MSNBC’s Hardball, Chris Matthews, views those who reject ObamaCare: they’re jihadists. As one who has been repeatedly falsely accused of calling my critics terrorists, I find this noteworthy.
After his introductory segment with Representative Doggett, Matthews brought on Jonathan Martin of Politico.com and talk-show host Michael Smerconish. Matthews began: â€œEverytime a member of Congress or Senate calls a town meeting now, the people show up, and itâ€™s like, I donâ€™t know, itâ€™s like Iran, itâ€™s like the streets of Tehran.â€
This after Matthews opened his segment with Doggett by saying, â€œNoisy, angry, vengeful crowds are shouting down members of Congress who are trying to talk up President Obamaâ€™s health care push.â€
If Matthews truly believes interrupting a Congressman should be verboten, where was he when Cindy Sheehan (the pro-Hugo Chavez, America-hating “peace activist”) tried to shout down the president during the 2006 State of the Union Address? Capitol police say they ejected the world’s most conspicuous griever for being â€œvocalâ€ inside the halls of Congress.Â Her wail became the most high-profile part of appeasement group Code Pink‘s efforts to drown out Bush’s speech in public places. (Sheehan scored a seat in the gallery, temporarily, as the guest of left-wing California Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey.)
Does the outrage over conservatvies’ insufficient deference to their Democratic betters come from the same Left that cheered when a foreign â€œjournalistâ€ threw his shoes at the president of the United States in the middle of a war region? The same Left that assembled in crowds when beckoned by United for Peace and Justice, International ANSWER, and Not In Our Name (each led by avowed Marxists) and denounced the president as a genocidal murderer, or marched with placards reading, â€œBush is the disease. Death is the cureâ€? The same Left that publicly spoke of assassinating the president on numerous occasions?
Where was the concern over decor when campus leftists shouted down Congressman Tom Tancredo â€“ or when the rage that campus radicals had been long stoking finally boiled over into physical violence against David Horowitz, Ann Coulter, William Kristol, and Pat Buchanan?
Instead the man who wrote the “malaise” speech equated middle Americans — who carried signs reading â€œCapitalism Not Socialismâ€ and objected to Arlen Specter making â€œjudgments very fastâ€Â — to the Islamic fanatics who kidnapped Americans on his former boss’s watch. President Barack Obama refuses to be so disparaging of one of those fanatics, Mahmoud Ahmadinejiad, whom he would like to meet without preconditions for a nice, cozy tÃªte-Ã -tÃªte.
That might be instructive about which party’s views are most simpatico with those of Islamic fundamentalists.