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Chris Matthews: States’ Rights Equals Racism

Posted on February 11 2010 12:34 am
Liz Blaine is a financial analyst, author and freelance writer on finance, economics and politics. Follow her on Twitter and her blog Liz Blaine.
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MSNBC’s Chris Matthews is  never one to let the facts get in the way of race-baiting. According to Matthew’s and Tuesday’s Hardball guests partisan shills, constitutionally guaranteed states’ rights are now racist!

Using Debra Medina, Republican candidate for Governor of Texas, to launch an attack against the 10th Amendment, Matthews kicked things off by calling names and mocking Medina for  acknowledging the States’ Constitutional rights during a recent interview.

Following that up he built his strawman argument, jumping from John Calhoun to Jim Crow, as he equated nullification and interposition to equal rights. Equating the succession movement to the equal rights movement is just nonsensical, Chris. Just because people have  used these words doesn’t undermine the validity of the concepts presently at hand.

You could almost feel the terror when guest, Wayne Slater of the Dallas Morning News, described the fright “stump talk about the 10th Amendment” and “state rights” gives the Left,

Kind of gives you a shiver because that phrase is obviously freighted from the civil rights movement. To ignore the nativist racial aspect of this is to ignore the reality of the success and appeal of this pitch to a conservative Republican primary constituency.

But the fair and balanced coverage didn’t end there. James Byrd, co-author of “Bush’s Brain,” argued that Medina and Governor Rick Perry” know” they’re being racist when they talk about state rights,

“I don’t think there’s any question about it, Chris. I don’t think they’re doing a very good job of hiding it. If you look at the crowds out there, those aren’t exactly diverse crowds.”

You just have to laugh when the Left brings in three people with the same opinion to defame Constitutional rights, yet fails to read one sentence from the Constitution itself. Even funnier is when all three leftists try to change the language to control the argument by defining conservatism as a centrist ideology with Republicans to the far right.

Obviously under the post-racial Presidency of Barack Obama, if you don’t agree with the status quo you’re a racist. But Matthews conveniently ignores the fact that Medina is married to a Hispanic, and that the Democrats’ favorite Senator to drag into Capital Hill in his wheelchair for a last minute vote to push their agenda is former Klansman Robert Byrd.

Perhaps Chris “I forgot he was black tonight for an hour” Matthews would be better served to actually study history. Thomas Jefferson and James Madison recommended nullification and interposition if the Feds exceeded their powers. If that failed, secession was the ultimate ace in the hole to protect the States from the federal government.

But in today’s era of expanded powers under the rule of President Obama and the Democrat Congress you’re unpatriotic and racist if you wish to abide by the Constitutional foundations of this country. “If you aren’t for us, you’re against us.” You can just as easily be labeled a terrorist for not supporting whatever ideas they conceive, especially if you’re overweight.

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