The extension of Obama's press office – MSNBC – hasn't taken too kindly to the idea of defunding ObamaCare.
Lapdog media member Chris Matthews went as far as to call Ted Cruz, Rand Paul and Mike Lee “the political terrorists of the right.” He calls their strategy to defund ObamaCare “terrorism: This is the first time I've seen a political party, or even a fraction of it, say that their number one goal is to shutdown the American government, kill a bill that's already been passed by congress, and refuse to pay bills already run up by congress in an attempt to basically risk default.”
A few comments about Matthews' statement.
First of all, even Matthews' guests including Obama advisor David Axelrod thought his comments went too far. I would obviously agree. Terrorists use violent means to pursue an agenda. I don't see punches being thrown, rockets being launched, windows being smashed in order to intimidate people into supporting their plan to defund ObamaCare. That's not what we do in America. All we are talking about is legitimate, legal political strategy to stop funding the worst piece of legislation in modern political history. I agree with Axelrod that to compare Cruz and others to terrorists is disrespectful to those who have been effected by real terrorism.
I also want to point out that Chris Matthews and others in the liberal media are doing exactly what the Obama White House wants them to do: They want to make the American people believe that Republicans want a government shut down. Any honest person who has actually been paying attention will tell you that this is far from the case. Legislation will be in place to fund the rest of the government in its entirety, everything other than ObamaCare. It will then be the Democrats' choice as to whether they want to shut down the government over ObamaCare. They can have everything else, just not that. No one is refusing to pay any bills other than the funding necessary to implement a bill that is predicated on lies and misinformation. In fact, the bill is so unworkable that the president himself refuses to implement it as written … so why should Congress be held to a different standard?
But this sort of rhetoric is pervasive on this network. In the same day Matthews called these Republicans political terrorists, you have contributors also comparing Cruz to the Taliban.
It's amazing that people like Ted Cruz have only been in Washington for a few months and yet their commitment to conservative principles has managed to stir up so many on both the left and the right. Guess that means they must be doing something right or they would simply be ignored.