Yes, you read that correctly. And no, this isn’t a Obama Birther email conspiracy.
This conservative columnist makes some good points about this shocking development. Or perhaps it follows under the nearly universal truth that someone who is adamant about an issue is usually acting against their views. So, in this case, the jingoistic Representative apparently sees no dissonance in questioning the patriotism of her opponents while also applying to be a citizen of another country.
HuffPost asked [Marcus Bachmann] if he thought it was appropriate and fair for a question to be asked of his wife in the debate Thursday night about whether she would be “submissive” to him, her husband, if she were president.
“The answer was brilliant,” he said.
I asked him again.
“They need to focus on what’s important in this country,” Marcus Bachmann said, pointing to jobs and the economy as the topics that should take priority. “It’s unfortunate that they focus on things that are not as important.”
I suppose a potentially debilitating health concern could be a problem for somebody asking to be President. But … I’d think the desire to hold McCarthy-style hearings to root out the socialists in Congress or the paranoid insistence that a few American cities are governed by Sharia law would be a bigger disqualifying factor.
Yes, exactly, once again the media is focusing on the wrong issue regarding Bachmann AGAIN. This just seems like a rather unfair personal attack that ends up giving someone with horrendous views sympathy. Health, mental or physical, really, unless its an imminent problem, shouldn’t be an issue for a presidential candidate, otherwise we never would have elected Lincoln or Roosevelt. Being a paranoid extremist is.
The news this past cycle has been on Michelle Bachmann’s husband’s gay clinic and the horrible things he’s said about homosexuals. But here’s my problem with this news coverage. Is Bachmann anti-Gay? Of course! It’s par for the course at this point in the GOP presidential race.
The coverage and focus on her husband is a bit misleading because it makes it seem that she’s an aberration, when in fact, the majority of the GOP primary voters probably feel sympathetic to her cause.
Of the candidate so far it’s Tim Pawlenty who has seemed something of a non-extremist when it comes to the LGBTQ community, though he reverts back to the “its a choice” argument whenever he can. Ironically its the two Mormons, Mitt Romney, and former Utah Gov. Jon Hunstman who’s actually courting LGBTQ voters that are the acting the most moderate in the GOP field.
Gay fear mongering is just another primary voter fear mongering that a GOP candidate has to cater to in order to get the nomination, just like taxes, health care, abortion, and gun control.
What should be reported is that Bachman has a record of some of the most extremist rhetoric of any presidential candidate in the race. You could see her terrible views on gays and somehow say “well, that’s the GOP.” But other statements of hers are so extreme that they display a pathology of hyper-jingoistic delusion, along with a dangerous and literal white-washing of American history (when she’s not getting it just plain wrong).
Here are just a few:
On how swine flu is a Democratic conspiracy: “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.” (The swine-flu outbreak of 1976 occured when Gerald Ford — a Republican — was president.)
On what she thinks is evolution: “Where do we say that a cell became a blade of grass, which became a starfish, which became a cat, which became a donkey, which became a human being? There’s a real lack of evidence from change from actual species to a different type of species. That’s where it’s difficult to prove.”
On what is happening in the Iraq of her mind: “Iran is the troublemaker trying to tip over apple carts all over Baghdad right now because they want America to pull out. And you know why? It’s because they’ve already decided, that they’re going to territory, they’re- they’re going to partition Iraq and half of Iraq, the western northern portion of Iraq is going to be called, the United, uh, the, the uh, -oh, I’m sorry, I can’t remember the actual name of it now, but it’s going to be called, um, uh, the, the, uh, uh the Iraq State of Islam, something like that.”
On Calling for a Neo-McCarthy hearing prior to the 2008 Election: What I would say is that the news media should do a penetrating expose and take a look. I wish they would,” Bachmann said. ”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 be — would love to see an expose like that.”
On How Americorps is a Government Brainwashing program:“I believe that there is a very strong chance that we will see that young people will be put into mandatory service. And the real concerns is that there are provisions for what I would call re-education camps for young people, where young people have to go and get trained in a philosophy that the government puts forward and then they have to go to work in some of these politically correct forums.”
On Why Minnesotans should literally fight to stop the “cap and trade” bill “I want people in Minnesota armed and dangerous on this issue of the energy tax because we need to fight back. Thomas Jefferson told us ‘having a revolution every now and then is a good thing,’ and the people—we the people—are going to have to fight back hard if we’re not going to lose our country. And I think this has the potential of changing the dynamic of freedom forever in the United States.”
On How the Census will be used to put us in Labor camps “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 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 them to round them up in violation of their constitutional rights.”
Bachmann praises the Founding Fathers for their commitment to…diversity: “It didn’t matter the color of their skin, it didn’t matter their language, it didn’t matter their economic status, it didn’t matter whether they descended from known royalty or whether they were of a higher class or a lower class, it made no difference. Once you got here [to the United States] you were all the same. Isn’t that remarkable?”
On Slavery and the Founding Fathers: “I think it is high time that we recognize the contribution of our forbearers who worked tirelessly — men like John Quincy Adams, who would not rest until slavery was extinguished in the country.” (While Adams was a noted opponent of slavery, he wasn’t one of the Founding Fathers, many of whom owned slaves and fought to keep it legal.)
On Gas: “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.”
This isn’t to point out how funny it is that she thinks the battles of Lexington and Concord were in New Hampshire or that she confused John Wayne Gacy with John Wayne. People make gaffes.
I’m arguing that focusing totally on her clinic and views that are harmful to gays makes her, more mainstream, in a sad way. It needs to be shown instead as part of a larger context where she, time and again, has denied objective fact and objective reality, and made policy off of her own distorted world view made up of a dangerous series of talking points, right wing myths, and Evangelical eschatology.