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If Matthews hasn't figured out what 'the other side' is like yet, then I doubt he ever will.
In a speech to political science students at the University of Toronto yesterday, the host of the CNBC current affairs show Hardball had plenty of harsh words for U.S. President George W. Bush, as well as the political climate that has characterized his country for the past few years.
"The period between 9/11 and Iraq was not a good time for America. There wasn't a robust discussion of what we were doing," Matthews said.
"If we stop trying to figure out the other side, we've given up. The person on the other side is not evil -- they just have a different perspective."
I am a TV talking head who thinks everyone walks around thinking like me.
If everyone thinks like me, then clearly whatever would drive me to murder others must also be their motivation. Only the most extreme injustice gone unpunished would drive me to kill or harm another human being. Therefore that is what must be driving 'the other side'.
The possibility that some people might consider me less than human does not enter my mind. The possibility that some people might like to eradicate me and everyone like me does not enter my mind. I cannot understand that some people are so violently opposed to everything I stand for they would lie about their motivations. That they would tell me anything to strengthen their hand while they work to defeat me.
I cannot comprehend the idea of 'evil'.
When a Bush Administration representative uses the word 'evil' to describe our enemies, I feel they are using simplistic emotional words to manipulate my allegiance. After all I don't understand 'evil', and I am a smart man. Therefore only simpletons could believe in 'evil'.
If the Bush Administration is intentionally using the word 'evil' to describe the 'other side' then they are the true enemy for trying to manipulate us. If they believe actually believe in 'evil', then they are simpletons.
Either way, they are more dangerous than a bunch of Arabs killing Iraqis.
I will use my TV program to defeat them.