American Elephants

But don’t you question his patriotism! by The Elephant's Child


Democrat presidential candidate, Barack Obama, was asked about the absence of a flag lapel pin during an interview in Iowa. He said that, “I decided that I won’t wear that pin on my chest. Instead, I’m going to try to tell the American people what I believe will make this country great, and hopefully that will be a testament to my patriotism.”

Mr. Obama is supposedly running for the office of President of the United States of America, Commander in Chief, and the man who takes an oath to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States, and he is uncomfortable wearing a flag pin on his lapel?

He earlier told a New Hampshire audience that, “We’ve got to get the job done there [in Afghanistan] and that requires us to have enough troops so that we’re not just air-raiding villages and killing civilians, which is causing enormous pressure there.” Our military that is deployed in Afghanistan would be startled to learn that their mission is to kill civilians.

After US troops were pulled out, he went on to say, he would suggest that China and Saudi Arabia could be persuaded to take over. The Tibetans might have some advice for him.

But never fear, Mr. Obama wants to go to the United Nations and say, “America’s back,” and work with the UN on little matters like terrorism, nuclear proliferation, and “climate change” among other issues. He promised unconditional summit talks with the dictators of the rogue states of Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Syria, and Venezuela. But not to worry — he announces that it would be a, “profound mistake to use nuclear weapons in any circumstance”. 

It is, indeed, a testament to his patriotism.

American Elephant adds:

I have no problem with a politician who doesnt wear a flag pin on his lapel. Wearing a pin or not wearing a pin doesnt make one person more patriotic than another. What I do have a problem with is a person who stops wearing the American flag they had been wearing because they aren’t getting their way politically. That is the antithesis of patriotism. The entire American system only works because we all agree that we will debate the issues and then resolve them democratically. And when the majority has chosen a direction, in wartime most especially, patriotism requires that we swallow our pride and do our best to support the country in its new direction. What Obama’s actions have shown, is that he only supports America when he gets his way, which means he doesnt support America at all.

Republicans Should Pull Out of MSNBC Debates by American Elephant
October 5, 2007, 1:53 am
Filed under: News, Politics | Tags: ,

Chris MatthewsChris Matthews is not a journalist, he’s a vitriolic partisan hack. (As is Keith Olberman.) Republicans should stop lending him credibility he doesn’t deserve by appearing on his show or in debates which he moderates.

I’m reluctant to make such a call after Democrats ridiculous hissy fit over FOX, but there is a major difference — Matthews is a former Democrat political operative and has demonstrated an unhinged, vitriolic bias whereas Brit Hume has been objectively rated as the most balanced of all major news anchors.

And here is just the latest example of why Chris Matthews has absolutely no business in the journalim industry:

Chris Matthews had barely finished praising his colleagues at the 10th anniversary party for his “Hardball” show Thursday night in Washington, D.C. when his remarks turned political and pointed, even suggesting that the Bush administration had “finally been caught in their criminality.” …

The Clinton camp, he said, never put pressure on his bosses to silence him.

“Not so this crowd,” he added, explaining that Bush White House officials — especially those from Vice President Cheney’s office — called MSNBC brass to complain about the content of his show and attempted to influence its editorial content. “They will not silence me!” Matthews declared.

“They’ve finally been caught in their criminality,” Matthews continued, although he did not specify the exact criminal behavior to which he referred. …

Matthews left the throng of Washington A-listers with a parting shot at Cheney: “God help us if we had Cheney during the Cuban missile crisis. We’d all be under a parking lot.” [read more]

Nevermind that his accusations are ridiculous, unhinged and baseless, the man has just demostrated he is thoroughly unfit for journalism. One of the first rules of journalism it that you dont make any accusation you cant back up. And of course the Clinton adminstration never tried to pressure him, he presents their propaganda as fact on a daily basis. But no one has forgotten how the Clinton’s threatened to sue ABC if they aired “The Path to 9/11”. And it was just last week that it was reported that the Clintons threatened GQ magazine that they would never again have access to Bill if they went forward with an article unfavorable to Hillary. (They pulled the article)

Nor does Matthews say how the Bush administration supposedly tried to silence him, but I’d bet good money it didnt try to silence him at all, but only tried to appeal to him to stop his blatant and intentional mischaracterization of administration war and anti-terrorism policy.

Apparently many of the NBC News insiders that made up the audience agree with me that Matthews has shown he is not fit for journalism:

Following his remarks, a few network insiders and party goers wondered what kind of effect Matthews’ sharp criticism of the White House would have on Tuesday’s Republican debate in Dearborn, Michigan, which Matthews co-moderates alongside CNBC’s Maria Bartiromo.

“I find it hard to believe that Republican candidates will feel as if they’re being given a fair shot at Tuesday’s debate given the partisan pot-shots lobbed by Matthews this evening,” said one attendee. [emphasis mine]

Of course they won’t get a fair shot. Matthews will do exactly what he’s done previously and ignore all substanative policy issues and focus entirely on trying to alienate the candidates from the base. He’ll ask Romney 20 times if he thinks people are ready to elect a mormon and focus on Giulianis abortion position and divorces. And just as in the previous Matthews debates, the candidates will get zero opportunity to address any of the issues people care about, because Matthews knows Republican policy proposals will be far better than the unadulterated socialism Democrats are serving up.

Republicans should have nothing to do with MSNBC until the network stops pretending as though Chris Matthews and Keith Olberman are anything but complete partisan hacks.

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