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Matthews: 'Don't know much about history' isn't a campaign message

Let me finish tonight with a simple message, one that Rick Perry, and Sarah Palin and Michele Bachman and the rest of these characters need to have printed in l

Let me finish tonight with a simple message, one that Rick Perry, and Sarah Palin and Michele Bachman and the rest of these characters need to have printed in large letters in their copy books.

We had Congresswoman Bachman on awhile back where she said we in the media ought to investigate Democratic members of Congress for anti-American attitudes.


Here’s the exchange from October 17, 2008:

Chris Matthews: How many do you suspect of your colleagues...

Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn.:  Look, I think that...

Matthews:  ... as being anti-American?

Bachmann:  What I would say-what I would say is that the news media should do a penetrating expose and take a look.  I wish they would.  I wish the American media would take a great look at the views of the people in Congress and find out, are they pro-America or anti-America?

Now, as many of you recall, she's not the first member of Congress to come up with a bright idea like that.  Here's a memorable moment from a different member, same idea.


Joe Welch responding to Sen. McCarthy on June 9, 1954:

"Have you no sense of decency, sir? At long last, have you left no sense of decency?"


That happened this day, June 9, 1954, same day as this.

Here's another of this merry band, Rick Perry, talking about Texas seceding from the union. Brilliant idea. 

Another that's been tried before, the result being 600,000 dead Americans, dead from shooting at each other across open fields, good men, dead because somebody thought 'secession' was a great idea.

What can I say about the other comments made lately that are so wrong I don't know what to say.           

Of course, I do.  You "know" I do.

Palin's got Paul Revere confused with a 30 second spot for that National Rifle Association.  Paul Revere running around, like some NRA lobbyist, warning the government not to grab our guns.  I think the historic figure she was thinking of was a fellow named Charlton Heston. Sorry, Sarah.

Another Bachmannism – that claim of hers that the founding fathers worked their butts off to end slavery.   She was off in that one by about a century.  Again, that Civil War we had.   That was about ending slavery.  Wouldn't have needed it if those Founding Fathers had done what Sarah said they did.

Finally, from the zaniest.  Sarah Palin's claim that a Vice President runs the US Senate, that if he "wants to" he can pass bills there or whatever else.

The vice president is there to pound the gavel.  If he were ever to try to even attend a meeting of either party he would learn what Lyndon Johnson learned when he tried it as vice president.  He would get the message pronto.  You're not wanted here.  You belong downtown with the president. Senators are the ones who decide what the senate does.

Why do I have to tell this to someone who thinks of themselves as a national leader.  I thought "Don't' know much about history" was a song, not a campaign message. By the way, the message I mentioned up front:  "Those who cannot remember history are condemned to repeat it."