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Matthews: Tea Party Treats Ayn Rand's 'Atlas Shrugged' 'Like It's the Little Red Book of Mao'
NewsBusters ^ | July 11, 2014 | Matthew Balan

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]

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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-

MATTHEWS: Yeah-

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.


TOPICS: Issues; Parties
KEYWORDS: atlasshrugged; aynrand; chrismatthews; economy; howarddean; lping; ronreagan; teaparty
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I would bet that the "average" Tea Partier has never heard of Atlas Shrugged or Ayn Rand.
1 posted on 07/11/2014 11:38:07 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I don’t have a copy.


2 posted on 07/11/2014 11:40:21 PM PDT by Darksheare (I don't have a copy. one's free..... Even robots will kill for it!)
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To: Darksheare

It is a loooooooong and windy book.


3 posted on 07/11/2014 11:42:32 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out for himself.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

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.


4 posted on 07/11/2014 11:42:38 PM PDT by lee martell
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

As opposed to Matthews love for and adherence to the original ‘ Little Red Book of Mao’


5 posted on 07/11/2014 11:43:48 PM PDT by rdcbn
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>> ‘Like It’s the Little Red Book of Mao’

Mao is in your camp, ya’ Leftist pig.


6 posted on 07/11/2014 11:45:38 PM PDT by Gene Eric (Don't be a statist!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

How does it compare to the 900+ pages of Red Storm Rising?


7 posted on 07/11/2014 11:45:48 PM PDT by Darksheare (I don't have a copy. one's free..... Even robots will kill for it!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Never read it. Of course, Matthews enjoys talking out of his ass.


8 posted on 07/11/2014 11:59:59 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
"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."

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?

9 posted on 07/12/2014 12:03:14 AM PDT by jonrick46 (The opium of Communists: other people's money.)
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To: Darksheare
Apples and giraffes. I'm re-reading the whole Wheel of Time series in which each of the 14 books averages around 700-800 pages.
10 posted on 07/12/2014 12:04:34 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out for himself.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

When did you read it and why?


11 posted on 07/12/2014 12:06:18 AM PDT by Misterioso
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To: Misterioso

Years ago because a lot of people were talking about it. Unlike most cases, I recommend the movie.


12 posted on 07/12/2014 12:10:12 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out for himself.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

From the mouth of the slobbering assclown mouth piece of the fascist party.


13 posted on 07/12/2014 12:12:58 AM PDT by Busko (The only thing that is certain is that nothing is certain.)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

Matthews is all ass.


14 posted on 07/12/2014 12:20:16 AM PDT by jospehm20
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I doubt that.


15 posted on 07/12/2014 12:20:37 AM PDT by A Navy Vet (An Oath is Forever)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Vs Christy and MSNBC that treats The Little Red Book of Mao as Their Little Red Book of Mao?


16 posted on 07/12/2014 12:22:50 AM PDT by tophat9000 (An Eye for an Eye, a Word for a Word...nothing more)
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To: rdcbn

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?


17 posted on 07/12/2014 12:23:51 AM PDT by jsanders2001
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To: Busko
"From the mouth of the slobbering assclown mouth piece of the fascist party."

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.

18 posted on 07/12/2014 12:24:29 AM PDT by A Navy Vet (An Oath is Forever)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Barney Frank and Cris Dodd , Their mortgage fiasco lead to the melt down.

Deregulation had nothing to do with it

That is a fact

19 posted on 07/12/2014 12:25:59 AM PDT by reefdiver (Be the Best you can be Whatever you Dream to be)
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To: A Navy Vet; Busko

I think he was talkin about Christine Matthews.


20 posted on 07/12/2014 12:30:50 AM PDT by PieterCasparzen (We have to fix things ourselves)
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To: PieterCasparzen

LOL, I mean, he really captured the essence of the guy.


21 posted on 07/12/2014 12:31:29 AM PDT by PieterCasparzen (We have to fix things ourselves)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Oh, when was I born? Years ago.


22 posted on 07/12/2014 12:31:36 AM PDT by Misterioso
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To: A Navy Vet; Busko

LOL, I mean, Busko really captured the essence of the guy.


23 posted on 07/12/2014 12:32:19 AM PDT by PieterCasparzen (We have to fix things ourselves)
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To: jospehm20

Chris Matthews is a twofisted drunk

In Fact alot of them are drunks.


24 posted on 07/12/2014 1:15:04 AM PDT by LtKerst
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To: rdcbn

Now we all know why Homeland bought all that ammo....

to protect the illegals as they invade...


25 posted on 07/12/2014 1:16:25 AM PDT by LtKerst
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

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.

Again...

Atlas Shrugged - Cautionary Tale, not an instruction Manual.

Mao’s Red Book - Instruction Manual of Tyranny.


26 posted on 07/12/2014 1:24:03 AM PDT by GraceG (No, My Initials are not A.B.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Farthest I ever got with Ann Rand is her Wikipedia page.


27 posted on 07/12/2014 1:26:55 AM PDT by Politicalkiddo (The more helpless the victim, the more hideous the assault.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
It is a loooooooong and windy book.

...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.

28 posted on 07/12/2014 1:37:16 AM PDT by re_nortex (DP - that's what I like about Texas)
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To: Darksheare
Because Red Storm Rising is a pager-turner. Couldn't put it down. Years after starting it, I'm still not finished with Atlas Shrugged. I guess I'm going to have to watch the movies.

Scouts Out! Cavalry Ho!

29 posted on 07/12/2014 1:56:52 AM PDT by wku man (Veterans, it's up to us to save the Republic...let's roll.)
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To: wku man

Ah .
I haven’t read Ayn Rand.
But I have read all 900+ pages of RSR in one sitting.


30 posted on 07/12/2014 2:01:39 AM PDT by Darksheare (I don't have a copy. one's free..... Even robots will kill for it!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

But it hits the nail on the head when it comes to our current problems.


31 posted on 07/12/2014 2:41:37 AM PDT by RWB Patriot ("My ability is a value that must be earned and I don't recognize anyone's need as a claim on me.")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet; All
I've got a copy..and I've actually
read it, too..reading it now (third time).

32 posted on 07/12/2014 2:43:04 AM PDT by skinkinthegrass (The end move in politics is always to pick up a weapon...0'Jihadist/"Rustler" Reid? d8-)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

It is a loooooooong and windy book.

* * *

Agree! Heinlein said it better and shorter: “The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress.”


33 posted on 07/12/2014 2:51:42 AM PDT by Hetty_Fauxvert (FUBO, and the useful idiots you rode in on!)
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To: re_nortex

Her support for abortion alone doesn’t shoot down her words on government and individual rights.


34 posted on 07/12/2014 2:55:38 AM PDT by RWB Patriot ("My ability is a value that must be earned and I don't recognize anyone's need as a claim on me.")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

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.


35 posted on 07/12/2014 2:56:13 AM PDT by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: Hetty_Fauxvert

Heinlein had real world experience, including time as a naval officer. It shows.


36 posted on 07/12/2014 2:59:58 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out for himself.)
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To: skinkinthegrass

I’m also reading 1984 again...
Another cautionary tale that the Libs use as a instruction manual.


37 posted on 07/12/2014 3:03:01 AM PDT by Samurai_Jack (ride out and confront the evil!)
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To: lee martell; All
truly it is..I've read it twice.
some of parts are long/airy.
like, John Galt's speech.

38 posted on 07/12/2014 3:11:21 AM PDT by skinkinthegrass (The end move in politics is always to pick up a weapon...0'Jihadist/"Rustler" Reid? d8-)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

He’s just upset about his books being treated as the bargain bin toilet paper they are by everyone.


39 posted on 07/12/2014 3:11:46 AM PDT by edpc (Wilby 2016)
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To: Hetty_Fauxvert

I do wish we could “throw rocks at them.”


40 posted on 07/12/2014 3:12:13 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: Darksheare
R.S.R., is more riveting thoughtout, like the latter parts of A.S.

41 posted on 07/12/2014 3:15:45 AM PDT by skinkinthegrass (The end move in politics is always to pick up a weapon...0'Jihadist/"Rustler" Reid? d8-)
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To: jonrick46; All
"Do they think we are so stupid?"
well..look @ the hosts of DNC's MSNBC
(America's Wacko network)

42 posted on 07/12/2014 3:26:05 AM PDT by skinkinthegrass (The end move in politics is always to pick up a weapon...0'Jihadist/"Rustler" Reid? d8-)
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To: Misterioso; 2ndDivisionVet; All
for me; it was a interesting book, it appealed
to my budding conservatism. (age 20/now 59)

43 posted on 07/12/2014 3:32:03 AM PDT by skinkinthegrass (The end move in politics is always to pick up a weapon...0'Jihadist/"Rustler" Reid? d8-)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
It sounds to me that prissy Chrissy is projecting again. TEA Party people are usually quite informed, unlike Matthews. Matthews has an IQ below that of a rock.
44 posted on 07/12/2014 4:12:48 AM PDT by MasterGunner01
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

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.


45 posted on 07/12/2014 4:38:00 AM PDT by CommieCutter ("For an idea to be too simplistic, it must first be proven wrong" --Thomas Sowell)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
I would bet that the "average" Tea Partier has never heard of Atlas Shrugged or Ayn Rand.

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.

46 posted on 07/12/2014 4:41:29 AM PDT by CommieCutter ("For an idea to be too simplistic, it must first be proven wrong" --Thomas Sowell)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
It is a loooooooong and windy book.

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.

47 posted on 07/12/2014 4:51:13 AM PDT by Flick Lives ("I can't believe it's not Fascism!")
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To: Samurai_Jack; All
never read “1984“; watched the movie w/John Hurt. scary stuff...

48 posted on 07/12/2014 4:59:14 AM PDT by skinkinthegrass (The end move in politics is always to pick up a weapon...0'Jihadist/"Rustler" Reid? d8-)
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To: MasterGunner01
A rock, can probably carry-on a more intelligent conversation than w/Crissy Mathews.

49 posted on 07/12/2014 5:05:11 AM PDT by skinkinthegrass (The end move in politics is always to pick up a weapon...0'Jihadist/"Rustler" Reid? d8-)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Much better listening on tape.


50 posted on 07/12/2014 5:48:41 AM PDT by nfldgirl
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