With the Presidential election just weeks away the usual two party system charade is in high gear. One manifestation works like this–a supporter of one party says something hyperbolic about the other. The other party pretends to get all offended while the ‘supporter’s’ party chortles. Extra points if the “offensive” comment is taken out of context (a la Romney’s ‘47%’ comments) or is completely over the top or metaphorical.
And that’s what we have today–easily excited and left leaning MSNBC personality Chris Matthews has raised the ire of the right with comparisons of the Republican position on abortion to Muslim ‘Shariah law’. First of all, here’s what Matthews said prior to the second Presidential debate. He suggested that the Ryan/Romney ticket wants to extend Constitutional rights to the unborn, continuing:
“Whatever that mean. An egg that had just been fertilized, right after sex, if you will.”
“And to have that notion that that would be a person under this personhood thing that Ryan’s pushing, and under the 14th Amendment rights, the platform that Romney’s running on. This is extremism. I say (to the) center right tonight — it’s almost like Shariah.”
Of course that raised hackles on the other side of the aisle although Matthews’ comment is fairly accurate. ‘Sharia’ law is usually found in Muslim cultures and, simply stated, is a a moral code and religious law extended to secular areas. Since many’anti abortion’ types base their opposition on Biblical concepts it’s in the same ballpark–basing secular law on religious morality. This isn’t to say that they’re right or wrong to do this, but that there are many similarities on a philosophical level.
Matthews continued to say that Repblicans want to sent a message that they intend to:
“operate under a religious theory, under a religious belief. We’re going to run our country this way, to the point of making a woman’s decision to have an abortion, her reproductive rights, as criminal, perhaps murderous.”
Matthews’ comments may have been a bit ‘over the top’–he’s clearly a mark for Obama who has said that the President’s speeches “send a thrill up his leg”–and Newsbusters writer Matt Vespa responded:
“After exposing the theocratic conspiracy of the Republicans and the Sharia enemies within – Matthews came off as utterly unhinged.”
And so the two party system charade continues. There are many more similarities than differences not only between Obama and Romney but between the Democratic and Republican parties but ideologues focus on ‘zinger’ comments and meaningless trivia like ‘binders full of women’ and ‘Big Bird’. The good news is that these hysterical comments on both sides of the aisle should die down significantly following the election.