Hardball with Chris Matthews, 9/19/13, 7:58 PM ET

Matthews: Are the 'Looney Tunes' taking over?

Chris Matthews speaks on those on the Right who he calls "Looney Tunes" who are threatening a default on the federal debt.

Are the GOP ‘Looney Tunes’ taking over?

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Do you ever get the feeling that the Looney Tunes are taking over?

Why would any normal person want to detonate the American economy? Least of all, why would those calling themselves the patriots want to do it?

If they love America, why are they out to bring it down by having the U.S. government default on its debt?

Look, I used to be a newspaper boy. We were encouraged back in our day to buy U.S. savings bonds. It was the good, patriotic thing to do. Besides, it was a guaranteed deal. Those patriotic-looking savings bonds were as solid as the U.S. Government itself.

It’s  that U.S. government the Looney Tunes are now pushing down, knocking the recovery off its feet with them, leveling our 401ks, killing hopes for retirement.

And, while they’re at it, they want to carry pistols, rifles, semi-automatics, whatever they can carry, whatever firepower man has created, in there when they go to buy a Frappuccino.

Who are these people who want to cash out of the U.S. government, cash it in as a going institution, meanwhile arming up themselves to be one-men, one-women constabularies?

Is this the right-wing future, the dreamland of the Looney Tunes? Government that’s gone into default, a Main Street they can prowl loaded for bear?

Are the GOP 'Looney Tunes' taking over?

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