Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Michele Bachmann: Sarah's Soul Sister

It is only recently that Representative Michele Bachmann, a Republican from Minnesota's 6th District, crossed my radar screen.  Ms. Bachmann, like my representative Marsha Blackburn, Ann Coulter and Rush Limbaugh, blamed poor minorities for the credit crisis, a view that I am unable to share, since facts get in my way which never seems to bother this crowd.Minnesota Independent: News. Politics. Media. » Bachmann: Blaming minority lending for economic crisis ‘does not mean I’m a racist’Activists Angered By Blame For Crisis - washingtonpost.com chicagotribune.com   This caused me to find out a little about her.  Michele says she was a Democrat but became a Republican after reading Gore Vidal's 1973 "Burr", for reasons that would not make any sense to those who are not already brain dead. Michele Bachmann - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia  The rest of the Wikipedia article explains why Michele was meant to always be a member of the Taliban wing of the Republican party.  She wants to teach creationism in the public schools as science.  Bachmann is a member of a church that is part of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod whose "doctrine teaches that the Roman Catholic papacy is the Anti-Christ identified in the Scripture."  In her own words,  God called upon to run for Congress.  While a member of a school board, she refused to allow the Disney movie Alladin to be screened because in her view it promoted "paganism".  When she was criticized for that view, she resigned from the school board believing any criticism of her position on the Disney movie was anti-Christian discrimination, as opposed to assessing her own position as just plain nutty.    She is supported by James Dobson, as you would expect, the one who wanted to ban Sponge Bob Squarepants for promoting a gay agenda. The rest of her views are predictable.

The foregoing is not why I decided to talk about Michele. We all know that there are millions of Michele Bachmann's in the U.S., and their thought process is virtually identical as if they were all created from the same cookie cutter, imbued with a few cliches and then sent on their way to turn the American public schools into an Americanized version of the Madrasas.

What caught my attention recently was her interview with Chris Matthews.  In that interview, she questioned whether Obama has "anti-American views" and called for an investigation into whether members of Congress were "pro-America or anti-America".CQ Politics | Self-inflicted Wound Puts Bachmann in Jeopardy 
This is a quote:  "The news media should do a penetrating expose and take a look. I wish they would. I wish the American media would take a great look at the views of the people in Congress and find out are they pro-America or anti-America. I think people would love to see an expose like that,” she said.

This is basically the same tact that Sarah is taking on the campaign trail, although Sarah is a tad more subtle and possibly more intellingent than Michele. McCain, Palin turn to risky politics :: CHICAGO SUN-TIMES :: Mary MitchellSusie Hoeller: Sarah Palin -- A Demagogue in a Skirt

Now, I voted for Lamar Alexander (R) for the U.S. Senate in Tennessee.  Generally, I view Lamar as an intelligent conservative.     What exactly is Michele Bachmann?  She has a great deal in common with Sarah.

I noticed a comment that has been repeatedly uttered by Sarah recently that her "faith in God" has been mocked in the campaign.Palin: Faith, God in General has been Mocked Through this Campaign - The Brody File: David Brody Blog - CBN News  She did not give an example and I am not aware of one.  I would submit that these kind of comments have at its source the same chip of the shoulder complex that caused Michele to resign from the school board, both have the mind set that any criticism of their policies is an attack on their religious beliefs.   Or, possibly, Sarah's repeated incantation of this remark is just a cynical political maneuver to make evangelicals angry  so they would be motivated to vote in the election.

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