I was recently discussing some political issues with a Republican, and they made the statement that Sarah Palin was incredibly smart, which immediately set off some alarm bells given the obvious reality that Sarah Palin is a complete imbecile. But in the way that Republicans do these days the person I was speaking with doubled down with their next statement. “Say what you want about Palin, Michelle Bachmann is the one to watch; she is highly intelligent and Presidential…”
I was pretty floored by that statement, aware as I am of reality, but it made me wonder how many other people are out there harboring this misconception. I decided to dig a little deeper and find some quotes from the woman herself, so we can evaluate her view of the world, her judgement and her fitness to rule over the most powerful country on the planet…
“Take this into consideration. If we look at American history, between 1942 and 1947, the data that was collected by the Census Bureau was handed over to the FBI and other organizations at the request of President Roosevelt, and that’s how the Japanese were rounded up and put into the internment camps. I’m not saying that that’s what the Administration is planning to do, but I am saying that private personal information that was given to the Census Bureau in the 1940s was used against Americans to round them up, in a violation of their constitutional rights, and put the Japanese in internment camps.” -Rep. Michele Bachmann, June 2009
This was part of her argument against giving the government census data.
“Carbon dioxide is portrayed as harmful. But there isn’t even one study that can be produced that shows that carbon dioxide is a harmful gas.” -Rep. Michelle Bachmann, April, 2009
I wonder if Bachmann would be willing to prove this for us.
“There are hundreds and hundreds of scientists, many of them holding Nobel Prizes, who believe in intelligent design.” -Rep. Michele Bachmann, Oct. 2006
In all fairness, I believe she said this on Make Shit Up Thursday…
“We’re in a state of crisis where our nation is literally ripping apart at the seams right now, and lawlessness is occurring from one ocean to the other. And we’re seeing the fulfillment of the Book of Judges here in our own time, where every man doing that which is right in his own eyes—in other words, anarchy.” – Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, appearing as guest on radio program “Prophetic Views Behind The News”, March 6, 2004.
This is common among radical right-wing religious nut jobs, the belief that the world is about to end, and that any kind of progress, change or modernizing of society is proof that such events are happening. It is scary to imagine that someone who believes that the world is about to end, wants to run for office. I wonder if their policies will be guided by that? Slow down global warming? Why try if the world is going to end? Ensure that people retiring in 2030 will have social security available to them? Ah, we’ll all be in Heaven by then…
“I find it interesting that it was back in the 1970s that the swine flu broke out under another, then under another Democrat president, Jimmy Carter. I’m not blaming this on President Obama, I just think it’s an interesting coincidence.” -Rep. Michele Bachmann, on the 1976 Swine Flu outbreak that happened when Gerald Ford, a Republican, was president, April 28, 2009.
Who even makes this kind of statement, even if it were historically true? Perhaps someone who thinks that illness is a punishment from God.
“Listeners should rejoice right now, because there are believers all across your listening area that are praying now. And I would say that if you can’t attend the rally, you can pray. And God calls us to fall on our faces and our knees and cry out to Him and confess our sins. And I would just ask your listeners to do that now. Cry out to a Holy God. He wants to hear us, He will hear us if we will confess our sins and cry out to Him. Our children are worth it and obedience to God demands it.” — Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, appearing as guest on radio program “Prophetic Views Behind The News”, March 6, 2004.
This was her rational response to a debate on same-sex marriage.
“[Talking about gay marriage:] This is probably the biggest issue that will impact our state and our nation in the last, at least, thirty years.” — Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, appearing as guest on radio program “Prophetic Views Behind The News”, March 20, 2004.
It’s almost impossible to know what to say about this. How can any sane human being care less what happens if two people in love get married consensually and as legal adults?
“And what a bizarre time we’re in, Jan, when a judge will say to little children that you can’t say the pledge of allegiance, but you must learn that homosexuality is normal and you should try it.” — Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, appearing as guest on radio program “Prophetic Views Behind The News”, hosted by Jan Markell, KKMS 980-AM, March 6, 2004.
Another common trait among radical fundamentalists in America is the belief they have that the world and the country is out to get them. Like they are being oppressed by forces of Satanism or Atheism and the whole country is going to Hell etc. etc. I mean is any judge at all in this country forcing children to learn about homosexuality and/or try it? Of course not. It’s back to the incredibly stupid notion that if you talk about homosexuality people will just turn gay.
“If you’re involved in the gay and lesbian lifestyle, it’s bondage. It is personal bondage, personal despair and personal enslavement.” — Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, speaking at EdWatch National Education Conference, November 6, 2004.
“They aren’t just kind of gay-friendly, they are gay advocates at Proctor and Gamble… Here’s just a few other companies that support the pro-homosexual agenda. They include Levi-Strauss, American Airlines, Sarah Lee Bakery, Jaguar and LandRover.” —Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, speaking at EdWatch National Education Conference, November 6, 2004.
“You have a teacher talking about his gayness. (The elementary school student) goes home then and says “Mom! What’s gayness? We had a teacher talking about this today.” The mother says “Well, that’s when a man likes other men, and they don’t like girls.” The boy’s eight. He’s thinking, “Hmm. I don’t like girls. I like boys. Maybe I’m gay.” And you think, “Oh, that’s, that’s way out there. The kid isn’t gonna think that.” Are you kidding? That happens all the time. You don’t think that this is intentional, the message that’s being given to these kids? That’s child abuse.” — Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, speaking at EdWatch National Education Conference, November 6, 2004.
Any teacher telling kids what a gay person is, is now committing ‘child abuse.’
“Normalization (of gayness) through desensitization. Very effective way to do this with a bunch of second graders, is take a picture of “The Lion King” for instance, and a teacher might say, “Do you know that the music for this movie was written by a gay man?” The message is: I’m better at what I do, because I’m gay.” — Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, speaking at EdWatch National Education Conference, November 6, 2004.
“Don’t misunderstand. I am not here bashing people who are homosexuals, who are lesbians, who are bisexual, who are transgender. We need to have profound compassion for people who are dealing with the very real issue of sexual dysfunction in their life and sexual identity disorders.” — Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, speaking at EdWatch National Education Conference, November 6, 2004.
Finally, if you’d like to see more of her craziness, feel free to watch and listen to her telling it how it is:
Like so many of her ilk she talks about the evils of government interference until it comes to all her personal beliefs (religious, social, and political). When it comes to using the government machine like a sledge-hammer to drive home her issues, she’s all about that. It’s okay to use government to impose the ‘right’ policies and ideas, it’s just wrong when liberals are allowing government to do something. At that point it’s simply evidence that government “doesn’t work.”
She objects to a government census in a conspiracy theory even Glen Beck dismissed as crazy, but wants our government to impose their will on something as fundamental as marriage. She opposes sex education, but would probably leap for joy if prayer were in school instead. She thinks Intelligent Design is another ‘scientific’ option that should be laid out for children to ‘decide.’ Yet I suspect she would object to climate change being taught, or a religion class that focused on Islam. She has pledged to bring down Planned Parenthood, despite all the valuable services they bring to millions of women that have nothing to do with abortion. And she believes we are in the end times, and the world could end any minute now. And to be honest, if she were elected President of the United States, I’d be inclined to agree with her.