The Madness Of Congresswoman Michele Bachmann

Author: July 10, 2011 2:25 pm

Republican Congresswoman Michele Bachmann

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.

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  • The heart of GOP power in America is the forced indoctrination of the children into a belief system that denigrates critical thinking. When people are conditioned to believe unconditionally unbelievable things, then the GOP can have its own facts. A free and liberal education system is the only way to give people those critical thinking skills so desperately needed by this country.

  • Not Bachman alone. Everyone of the Republicans in insane, moronic,
    or a zombie under the bosses control Or all three.

  • The only thing I object to in the above is the assumption that everyone over 70 is decrepit and senile. Not true. There are 70-year-olds who have learned profoundly from a lifetime of experience and challenge, and there are 30-year olds who have no intellectual curiosity or analytical thinking skills whatsoever.

    Just as an example, how many 70-year-old people do you know who think Michele Bachmann would be a good President?

  • well ill tell u, it all sounds good..some of it. The fact that people are still talking about the end of the myan calender in december 2012 is beyond me. Let me clear one thing up tho, so u idiots can get back to running ur country. The Myan Calender, has already run out. like ten times. If u were smart u would read books not CNN, or FOX(cuz we know the got the truth). The Myan calender is nothing more then a bunch of bullshit and future of conspiracy theorists in this country (USA), thank god im Canadian. In a country run by someone with a very extensive resume, much like an astronaut, a country where parliment can be dissolved and a new prime minister be voted in , all within a month and of half time period, i think its safe to say that the united states of america, is in some serious and i mean serious trouble.

  • If you guys could, tell me what traits are favorable in a presidential candidate and what traits are not. This could help my checklist and give me tips for an oh-so obvious position I aspire to achieve. ;)

    • Sure Alex, here’s a list:

      1) Be smart.
      2) Have an academic background of achievements to be proud of.
      3) Have an IQ over 130.
      4) Be articulate.
      5) Don’t be a racist.
      6) Don’t hate gay people.
      7) Keep your religious beliefs to yourself, unless you are a cult member like a Mormon or Scientologist, or some other fundie; then we have a right to know.
      8) If you think the world is going to end in the Appocolypse when Jesus and the four horseman show up, you are not eligible.
      9) Accept that America is not the center of the universe and play nice with other countries.
      10) Stop pandering to the rich and giant gazzilionaire corporations, make them pay their fair share.
      11) Believe that the Earth is more than 10,000 years old, because of science.
      12) Understand why Intelligent Design is not another ‘theory’ to be taught in a science class.
      13) Understand why there should be a separation of church and state.
      14) Accept that health care in a rich industrialized society is a human right, not a privilege.
      15) Reject the death penalty and torture, just like every other industrialized non-crazy country has (for the most part).
      16) Realize that we don’t need troops in 150 countries around the world, nor do we need to spend $1.4 trillion dollars on the military.
      17) Understand the importance of education for all, including poor people.
      18) Stop pursuing stupid failed policies like the war on drugs; accept that sometimes one has to admit that a policy choice is expensive, harmful, and causes more problems than it solves.
      19) Figure out why we keep arresting a disproportionate number of ethnic minorities and throwing them in jail.
      20) Stop locking up people in jail indiscriminately; strive to lead the world in education, longevity, health care, science, space exploration, something other than jailing citizens.
      21) Address the issue of illegal immigrants in this country, not by deporting 12 million people, but my providing a path to citizenship. Stop the wholesale exploitation of illegal immigrants as modern day slaves.
      22) Understand that having lots of multiple choice tests and homework in schools achieves nothing at all, other than lowering the standards of our education system further.
      23) Accept that welfare should be expanded so as to help people back to work, and the social problems that caused the need for welfare in the first place should be humanely tackled.
      24) Realize that the Supreme Court should not have jobs for life any more. Set a term limit of 10 years or the age of 70, whichever comes sooner. There is no excuse for having a bunch of decrepit old folks that can’t be fired sitting on that bench. For that matter get rid of any judge over 70. It’s too old to be dealing with such serious matters. While we are at it, I’d like to see a law preventing anyone over 70 from running for President. Old people are not necessarily wise, they are just old, and old people need to retire, not make life or death decisions for millions of people.
      25) Make laws that allow easier transition between states. There are too many stupid little boards and licensing committees that prevent professionals moving easily around the United States. If we are united, it should be easy to move from one state to another.
      26) Protect the rights of women; reproductive, social, career, and personal.
      27) Free speech is awesome, but if it is some asshole from a church protesting gay marriage at a veterans funeral, don’t be afraid to break out the tear gas, water cannons, and rubber bullets.
      28) Take cameras out of court rooms. We don’t need tragic cases paraded on TV like a reality show.
      29) Pass a law that prevents news channels having a political bias or other agenda. News is supposed to be factual journalism, otherwise it isn’t news any more. Fund real journalism and fine overt political bias, then Americans will be better informed on real events.
      30) Reform our government so that politicians cannot be bribed by lobbyists and special interest groups.

      I think that is a pretty decent start to the list…

  • When Obama made a trip to India Ms. Bachmann was out there claiming that the trip would cost 200 MILLION a day ( http://econ.st/aDl6s9 and many others). How could any intelligent person that had any concept of numbers/dollars/value whatever believe that? HOW? Either she is an educated idiot, or a liar.

    200 million a day for the presidents trip, 6000 years for the age of the earth, I don’t want that woman or anyone with that frame of reference having anything to do with the education system of my grandchildren, ever.

  • Second Amendment Democrat

    I’m afraid she may very well represent ‘mainstream’ America. They education policies of the midwestern and southern states has always focused on integrating biblical fables with science. They can’t help it, it’s how their daddies raised ‘em. Hate anyone not your race, economic level and/or belief set.
    if you have an IQ over 85 you probably should have your passport ready, and a lot of travel brochures for Canada or New Zealand…

    The crazies are taking over the asylum, and NOBODY in a position of power is doing anything to stop it, or even slow it down. Despite all the rational odds that say Nostrodamus was just another long-range thinker whose followers have issues, it could be that in Dec. 2012 the biblical bullshit is made to come true – if the GOP wins in Nov 2012, especially if they actually lose but are put in power again like Bush in 2000, the ensuing revolt could well be the beginning of the Third American Revolution. And if it goes down like that, then it well should be.

  • “we have been picking dumb-ass idiots”
    The truth is, & has been for a long time, that if you’re one of the best and brightest Americans, you would never go throgh the humiliating, soul-crushing, ideal-compromising process of running for any high office, let alone President. When the fact that you once smoked a doobie, or joined a questionable group in college for about 6 months, gets you, your friends, & your family dragged through the mud 24 hours a day on cable “news”, most exeptional people choose to do something that will actually get results while keeping a sane & normal life, whether it be in the corporate world, as a religious leader, or maybe as an educator, or even, yes, a scientist or astronaut.
    Unless you’re hugely egotistical. Or crazy. The trick to voting for president is to figure out which candidate is the LEAST of those, because all of them have a healthy dose. Otherwise, they wouldn’t be running for president, now would they?

  • What really scares me is how we pick our leaders. We are often told that ‘government doesn’t work’ but is it any real surprise when we consider crazy people like this for president?

    A few years ago I was fortunate enough to have seen the space shuttle launch in Florida. It was breathtaking and I’ll never forget that night time launch. As we approached the launch site we were all given a little brochure where you could read the bios of the astronauts who were flying that day. These people were amazing, it was like “medical doctor graduated top of his class, found cure for cancer, decided to go back to college and study advanced physics at PhD level, blah blah…” These people were just amazing, and it is easy to see why they were chosen by NASA.

    However, when we pick our leaders for president, instead of picking our greatest minds, who also have street smarts and charisma. What we have been picking are dumbass idiots.

    George Bush; laughed about being a ‘C’ student. Mitt Romney, wears magic underwear and joined the Mormon cult, believing the invented rantings of a con-man who started the cult. Sarah Palin, the bimbo picked by old man McCain; noted for having crashed about six plane in the military having graduated nearly bottom of his class. A man so old and out of touch he would have been retired off at any normal corporation. A man who said the fundamentals of the economy were sound right before it tanked in the worst way in 50 years. A guy cheating on his wife who had cancer, and having a secret love baby. A woman who while competent, was only really in the running because of who her husband had been. And this year some no name nobodies.

    It all seems a bit silly. In other countries the resume of their leaders are amazing, kind of like those astronauts. Yet here we pick leaders who we’d like to have a beer with. Which is why we get exactly what we deserve.

    And before some right wing nut job tries to defend this woman, ‘riddle me this,’ of all the women in this great nation, can you really put your hand on your heart and a stack of Bibles and tell me that you think this woman is even in the top 100, smartest and most capable leaders, who really represent mainstream America?

    • REED RICHARDS

      ZCT,

      You hit the nail right on the head. I often say I have no sympathy for people whose wounds are self inflicted. And getting Bush for a third and possible fourth term is a wound the asylum may not recover from………….

  • We need to stop entrusting our future to people who think we don’t have one. They’re not going to work toward building a better one if they don’t believe we’re going to get there anyway.

    It’s insanity to entrust ANYTHING to those who think destruction is inevitable.

  • ha3 a good candidate indeed…

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