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Just In Case You Forgot, If You Want To Take Back America & Love The 10th Amendment, You’re Racist

posted at 6:30 pm on November 19, 2012 by

Empowered by an election result that will enable Chris Matthews to hear racist dog whistles anytime, anywhere, the fevered MSNBC Hardball host began a segment today to showcase just how racist the Republican Party is, especially white Southerners. He had all the stats of who voted by race, where. Missing from that, of course, was the stats of blacks voting almost 100% for Obama in key precincts in Pennsylvania. But I digress.

Matthews finishing his racial thesis, then begins this line of inquiry to his two guests – Republican strategist John Feehery and Democrat strategist, Joy Reid:

Matthews: Let me just go to something in the rhetoric, and you can read it both in your own ways. Romney kept saying, we’ve got a little montage, I’m going to take back America. We’re going to take back America. Take back America. You know, I have to live with the fact that the Dallas Cowboys are America’s team. I guess they gave themselves the name. I don’t know how they got it. But they do. But how did he get to be the American candidate? That’s what I want to know. Who named him that?

John Feehery: Well, that’s a frequent thing in politics. People always…

Matthews: I never heard Obama say take back America.

Feehery: Well, you know, this is not that unfamiliar. The idea that we’re going to take back the White House, we’re going to restore America, we’re going to renew America, hope and change, whatever you want to call it, the team that’s out of power wants to take back power. And that’s, I don’t think that’s racially motivated. I think it’s ridiculous to think it is.

Joy Reid: No, but you know what, John? Look at the Tea Party’s rhetoric, because that’s where this whole take back America stuff started. These were people that were looking at the colonial period as the idyllic period in American history, the period before you had unions, before you had racial integration, this sort of America in which African-Americans were 3/5th of a person. That was the era that the Tea Party saw as the idyllic period in American history. And I think to your point about 2010, let’s not compare apples to oranges. What happens in midterms is that minority voters and younger voters stay home. So sure, you can win a Pennsylvania or an Ohio or a Michigan in an off-year election when basically, white voters are the ones coming to the polls. When you add the ethnic dimension, and you add younger voters, all of a sudden it becomes a lot harder for Republicans.

So now if you say you want to take back America, regardless of whether it’s on policy or not, you’re racist. But Matthews wasn’t through. A moment later, all you 10th Amendment people, you’re now racist, too.

Matthews: Anyway, you talk about the 10th Amendment in the South. Why is the 10th Amendment, which reserves powers to the states from the federal government, so much at issue with Republicans? Why do they love that 10th Amendment so much? It sounds like the Civil war to me.

Exit question: How long before someone on MSNBC proclaims the 22nd Amendment as being racist, because it prevents the first black president from being able to be president for life? After all, the 22nd Amendment was ratified in 1951, and you know how racist that period of time was, don’t you? I mean, that was pre-civil rights era.

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