Skip to comments.Matthews: Tea Party Treats Ayn Rand's 'Atlas Shrugged' 'Like It's the Little Red Book of Mao'
Posted on 07/11/2014 11:38:07 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
On Friday's Hardball, Chris Matthews and Howard Dean slammed the supposedly "lunatic" Republican Party for opposing President Obama's $3.7 billion request to deal with the ongoing crisis at the U.S-Mexico border. Dean likened the political stalemate over this issue and in general in Washington to McCarthyism in the 1950s: "It reminds me of the 'who lost China' debate...where one side is frothing at the mouth and finding communists under every bed; and the other side including some reasonable Republicans...actually trying to run the country."
Matthews endorsed the former Vermont governor's take, and targeted fiscal conservatives/the Tea Party as somehow akin to Mao's Red Guards: [MP3 audio available here; video below the jump]
CHRIS MATTHEWS: ...I think the governor is right. A lot of these lawmakers are sitting around reading Ayn Rand's 'Atlas Shrugged' like it's the Little Red Book of Mao. (Reagan laughs) It's like all the information's in this book. All we have to do is deregulate which is how we got into the problem, as the governor points out, in terms of the financial crisis. Everybody knows that we got into trouble because of deregulation. They say the answer now is deregulation.
Midway through a segment with Dean and Hardball regular Ron Reagan, Matthews bewailed the current political climate, and zeroed in on the Benghazi scandal and the border crisis:
MATTHEWS: What a joke this all is. I mean, I love politics. I believe the system works somehow. I still believe it. But when they spend all this time on Benghazi, and they spend all this time you know, refusing to help the President deal with these 50,000 kids which is not an immigration issue. It's a humanity issue right now. Short term urgent let's deal with the kids make sure they're taken care of well. They get their fair rights.
It's not about the long-term, big questions. They can't even deal with the basic blocking and tackling of politics which is cutting a damn deal when you have to, and moving on, like Pelosi who is a pro suggested you have to do in these situations.
The Vermont politician advised congressional Republicans to go along with the President's funding request. He continued by changing the subject to the economy, in order set up his "lunatic" attack on the GOP:
HOWARD DEAN, (D), FMR. VT GOVERNOR: I think that's right. I mean, if I were leading the Republican Party right now, I'd say, okay, Mr. President. I'll give you your 3.7 percent your $3.7 billion. Now, in this bill, is going to be some border security. Why not? Then they can go home and declare a victory to all their friends. They have lost their way-
MATTHEWS: Why aren't they doing you're a politician. Why can't they do that?
DEAN: Because they've completely lost their way. And honestly, there are a great many of them that are completely incapable.
Well, I mean, I've seen I saw the chairman of the Finance Committee the other day talk about of excuse me, the one of the committees in the House Banking Committee, I guess it was-
DEAN: Talk about how the restrictions on banks are hurting the economy. The restrictions on banks are hurting the economy? How did we get into the economy? We got into the economy by not having the restrictions on big banks-
MATTHEWS: Of course!
DEAN: This is lunatic this is ideological nonsense.
Dean then dropped his "who lost China" historical reference, which led to Matthews's Ayn Rand line.
I don’t have a copy.
It is a loooooooong and windy book.
I actually would expect a real Tea Party person to be familiar with the concepts of her work, if not the actual prose. Chris Matthews needs to realize everyone has some source of learning and inspiratiion. Just ask the Clintons and Obama about Saul Alinski. They worship him, and consider his tactics to be as potent as the blackest magic around.
As opposed to Matthews love for and adherence to the original ‘ Little Red Book of Mao’
>> ‘Like It’s the Little Red Book of Mao’
Mao is in your camp, ya’ Leftist pig.
How does it compare to the 900+ pages of Red Storm Rising?
Never read it. Of course, Matthews enjoys talking out of his ass.
Useful stooges like Mathews have no idea what this fight is about. Or, maybe he does and is part of the strategy to import poverty into America. Either way, he is a useful fool.
We have nations all over the globe where children are living in hell holes. All these nations are socialist dictatorships. Perhaps best the way to remedy the poverty is for nations to adapt a democratic system that works. Maybe those exported kids would have figured that out and would have changed their country for the better. But, that is not what this issue is about. It is about importing poverty and the attendant result of a made-to-order electorate that votes Democrat. Do they think we are so stupid?
When did you read it and why?
Years ago because a lot of people were talking about it. Unlike most cases, I recommend the movie.
From the mouth of the slobbering assclown mouth piece of the fascist party.
Matthews is all ass.
I doubt that.
Vs Christy and MSNBC that treats The Little Red Book of Mao as Their Little Red Book of Mao?
Hey Matthews, has it EVER occurred to you that 0 brought the brownskins to the U.S. to seal the deal on Democrats having control of elections for decades to come and that the children were just a psychological ploy to keep us from turning them around and sending their butts back across the border, and furthermore that ole Barry might not be using that money for what he says he is?
You apparently didn't get his meaning or you are so biased in your thinking. The poster you are denigrating is a true blue Patriot.
Deregulation had nothing to do with it
That is a fact
I think he was talkin about Christine Matthews.
LOL, I mean, he really captured the essence of the guy.
Oh, when was I born? Years ago.
LOL, I mean, Busko really captured the essence of the guy.
Chris Matthews is a twofisted drunk
In Fact alot of them are drunks.
Now we all know why Homeland bought all that ammo....
to protect the illegals as they invade...
Hey Chrissy big freeking difference!
Mao’s Red Book was an instruction manual, Atlas Shrugged is a Cautionary Tale of what happens when large chunks of Mao’s Red Book are implemented.
Atlas Shrugged - Cautionary Tale, not an instruction Manual.
Mao’s Red Book - Instruction Manual of Tyranny.
Farthest I ever got with Ann Rand is her Wikipedia page.
...by an advocate of murdering children. Ayn Rand also absolutely despised President Ronald Reagan. Sure, she spins a fairly good yarn -- albeit very wordy with one-dimensional cartoonish characters (the good guys are always thin, smoke a lot and have sex outside of marriage) -- but since she's a Christ-denying atheist and abortionist, I personally have no use for the woman or her thoughts. A lot of RINOs and liberaltarins seem to wax rhapsodic over her. Guess they aren't pro-life and have no problems with abortion mills.
Scouts Out! Cavalry Ho!
I haven’t read Ayn Rand.
But I have read all 900+ pages of RSR in one sitting.
But it hits the nail on the head when it comes to our current problems.
It is a loooooooong and windy book.
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Agree! Heinlein said it better and shorter: “The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress.”
Her support for abortion alone doesn’t shoot down her words on government and individual rights.
Man, this is the blind leading the lame in a discussion of politics and economics. It’s fascinating in the way a car wreck or freak show is.
Heinlein had real world experience, including time as a naval officer. It shows.
I’m also reading 1984 again...
Another cautionary tale that the Libs use as a instruction manual.
He’s just upset about his books being treated as the bargain bin toilet paper they are by everyone.
I do wish we could “throw rocks at them.”
And if you start reading it in this day and age it will do nothing else but make you angry—because that world is here now.
It's funny that he's comparing that book to a communist book when she is the product of escaping the Bolshevik Revolution. Looks like Matthews just discovered her as well.
Let's talk about Rules for Radical, Mr. Hissy fit.
Rand's "Anthem" is a shorter book covering many of the same concepts as "Atlas Shrugged" of a dystopian future where individualism has been wiped out by collectivists. Actually, "Anthem" would make a good movie, but I suppose Hollywood would rather make "Transformers 42" instead. Don't want to make any movies that criticize the Regime, even tangentially; look at what happened to Dinesh D'Souza. Make a movie criticizing the Regime, get prosecuted by the Regime.
Much better listening on tape.