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On The Chilean Miner Story



I haven't blogged a lot about the story of the Chilean miners because, well, I figured that it was all over the interwebs and cable networks and you didn't need yet another voice in the mix.

But now I do have something to say about it.

First, let me start by saying that I am so pleased. I'm pleased that these guys outlasted the odds (which were stacked heavily against them). I'm pleased that they can now be re-united with family and friends. And most of all, given the usually dreadful headlines in the news cycle, I'm pleased that this story has a happy ending.

Let me tell you about that which I am not pleased: hyper-partisans who immediately turn to making this story about politics.

Case in point #1: Chris Matthews.
The message coming out of the Tea Party people, and lot of them are good people, is every man for himself, basically. "No more taxes, no more government, no more everything. No more safety net. No more health care for everybody. Everybody just get out there, make your buck, save it, screw the government, move on." Right? You know these people, if they were every man for himself down in that mine they wouldn't have gotten out.
Seriously dude -- why go there? Why make a crass comparison to the Tea Party movement when these miners are seeing the light of day for the first time in months? After all, there are about a million different metaphors that you could use to pick apart the political philosophies that are espoused by the Tea Party movement.

Case in point #2: Freepers.

"I love it that the MSM is forced to report on the faith of these miners. Must be driving them bats." -anniegetyourgun

"Yes,the sight of real men falling to their knees praying with rosaries and bibles in their hands must have upset the libs!" -Dr. Ursus

"It's a good thing they don't have the ACLU in Chile - they might have gotten an injunction to stop the rescue." -GreenHornet

Case in point #3 (honorable mention): @Sky_Bluez:



...and...



You see what she did there? She made a nudge, nudge-y, wink, wink-y kind of thing. @Sky_Bluez wants to remind you that if this mining incident had happened here in the United State, that our President, Mr. Commie-Pinko-Leftist-Baby-Killer would have either a) exploited it to gain in the polls or b) blamed the mining companies for the disaster.

Question: would any of these Cases In Point have said the same things if (heaven forbid) the mine had collapsed and the miners had all been killed? Yeah, probably not.

What I'll never understand is why people find it irresistible to insert their political ideology into virtually any situation. Why can't we all just sit back, look at this story and say, "Man, that's awesome. I'm so glad that these guys are safe and back home with their families." Why is it that in the rare instance of good news being reported around the globe, ├╝ber-partisans have to thumb their noses at the situation, and be sure to push their viewpoint upon anyone who will listen?

I'm done. I'm not listening any more.

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