Saturday, October 16, 2010
Leave it to mouth-foaming, leg-tingling Chris Matthews to find a way to turn the "feel good" news story of the year into an anti-conservative tirade.
Watching the near-miraculous rescue of the Chilean miners who had been trapped underground for 69 days, Matthews suddenly declared that if they had followed the Tea Party's "every man for himself" philosophy, they wouldn't have gotten out alive...and then trumped himself by declaring that the miners "would have been killing each other after about two days."
Matthews arrived at this pithy observation based on his assessment that the Tea Party's belief system is "No more taxes, no more government, no more everything. No more safety net. No more health care for everybody. Everybody just get out there, make your buck, save it, screw the government, move on."
He forgot to mention "Kill and eat the weak," which apparently turns up regularly on Tea Partier's signs in Mr. Matthews feverish hallucinations.
But the truth is that the Chilean rescue actually has much more in common with the Tea Party's principles than those of the liberals. Far beneath the surface of the Earth, the miners were given jobs and schedules...because they knew that idleness would lead to lack of strength and hope. They additionally drew resolve from faith and family...which aren't exactly liberal party platforms.
And as Daniel Henninger brilliantly points out in the Wall Street Journal, it was quite literally capitalism which saved the miners, owing to technologies that were developed not by governments or unions...but by private companies which were seeking profits (gasp!) through innovation.
Hope n' Change is grateful for the safe return of the Chilean miners. And we must admit that we're enjoying seeing liberals like Matthews dig themselves into a much deeper hole than ever held those brave men for 69 days.