Chris Matthews is well known for his movie references — at times, they can be interminable. Before his Gone With The Wind reference last night, he most recently compared Rush Limbaugh to Bond villain Mr. Big, wishing someone would “jam a CO2 pellet in his head[…].”
I’m a bit of a movie buff myself, as it happens; and I happen to be very pro-military. So here are some movie references for Chris the Wide-Mouth Frog.
First up, my favorite war movie: Saving Private Ryan. I’ve already written a lot about this for Veterans Day, so I won’t bother to rehash the whole movie. But I would point out that Chris Matthews’ enemy is all through this clip.
Did you see him, right there at the end, grab Private Ryan by the shirt? Did you hear him, Matthews’ enemy, demand that Private Ryan live a life worthy of his sacrifice?
In this movie, who are Chris Matthews’ allies?
How about The Patriot? Mel Gibson really has made some good movies, and whether you love him or hate him, The Patriot had some great scenes in it. The death of Tavington was especially climactic — after knowing Tavington’s depravity, his destruction of the innocents, we have this scene:
Did you see Matthews’ enemy? Rebel scum (different movie, I know) were slaughtering the British armies for no good reason, right? Remember what Tavington had done to this point, and ask yourself: Who is Chris Matthews’ ally in that fight?
All right, enough of the (very) thinly veiled attacks on Matthews’ rationale — that veil is getting in my way. Here’s the movie verson of what I want to say to Chris Matthews:
COL. SAMUEL TRAUTMAN: lt’s over, Johnny. lt’s over!
JOHN RAMBO: Nothing is over! Nothing! You can’t just switch it off! lt wasn’t my war. You asked me, l didn’t ask you! l did everything to win, but someone didn’t let us win. And at home at the airport those maggots were protesting. They spat at me, called me a baby murderer and s*** like that! Why protest against me, when they weren’t there, didn’t experience it?
TRAUTMAN: lt was hard, but it’s in the past.
RAMBO: For you! Civilian life means nothing to me. There we had a code of honor. You watch my back, l watch yours. Here there’s nothing!
TRAUTMAN: You’re the last of an elite troop, don’t end it like this.
And then, of course, there’s the end of the second Rambo movie:
Trautman: John where are you going?
Rambo: I don’t know.
Trautman: You get a second medal of honor for this.
[Rambo looks over at the rescued POWs]
Rambo: You should give it to them. They deserve it more.
Trautman: You don’t belong here why don’t you come back with me?
Rambo: Back to what? My friends died here, let me die here.
Trautman: The war, the whole conflict may have been wrong but damn it don’t hate your country for it.
Rambo: Hate? I’d die for it.
Trautman: Then what is it you want?
Rambo: I want, what they want, and every other guy who came over here and spilled his guts and gave everything he had, wants! For our country to love us as much as we love it! That’s what I want!
So Chris, if you want to know what it means to support the troops, start there. West Point isn’t “the enemy camp.” We’ve never been your enemy. Matter of fact, let’s look at a brief hypothetical here: Let’s say the Taliban won. Let’s say America became an Islamic nation, complete with Sharia law.
Chris Matthews would be executed for any number of heresies he says on a nightly basis. The women of MSNBC would be forced off the air, and into burqas. Keith Olbermann would be burned, and his body hung from a bridge for his support for homosexuals. Ed Schultz’s corpse would be paraded through the streets by a mob to which conservatives serve as the main opposition. I’ll say that again, conservatives oppose the possibility of circumstances which might lead to an angry mob that would actually harm the idiot MSNBC TV hosts.
We’re not the enemy, you pontificating pinheaded blowhard. We’re your first, best, and only line of defense. Step back from your petty partisanship for one bleeding second, enough to appreciate us. That’s all we ask.