Chris Matthews, host of the MSNBC program â€œHardball,â€ (a venue which rivals â€œAir America in popularity) was on his high horse last week castigating conservatives who followed Rush Limbaughâ€™s directive to cross party lines and vote for Hillary Clinton in the Indiana and North Carolina primaries. According to Matthews, they should be â€œashamed of themselvesâ€ for ostensibly sullying the alabaster institution of American democracy which, he reminded us, was bought by â€œthe Founding Fathers and all of the soldiers who fought for this countryâ€™s freedomâ€ etc. and should not be thus trivialized.
In truth, it is Matthews and his kind who ought to be ashamed, first for his sanctimony, but even more so for his hypocrisy. Matthews is able to conduct his program as he does because those same â€œFounding Fathers and soldiersâ€ secured for the citizens of this Republic the rights of a free press. The Founders well understood the critical importance of information in the hands of the public as the ultimate check on government action.