Thursday, June 16, 2011

Michelle Bachmann is dangerous scary!

Michelle Bachmann has been scaring me for a few years now. Originally I was hoping she was from some radical district out of Minnesota and wouldn't stand a chance on a national stage. Unfortunately, my hopes are turning out to be just that as they are not manifesting themselves in reality. It didn't take long for me to figure out that she was an Evangelical Christian wingnut, but she does a descent job of hiding it. The Daily Beast has a great article discussing how she hid her views during Monday's debate.
On Monday, Bachmann didn't talk a lot about her religion. She didn't have to—she knows how to signal it in ways that go right over secular heads. In criticizing Obama's Libya policy, for example, she said, "We are the head and not the tail." The phrase comes from Deuteronomy 28:13: "The Lord will make you the head and not the tail." As Rachel Tabachnick has reported, it's often used in theocratic circles to explain why Christians have an obligation to rule.
Note to my father - This here is a reason why it is good to know what is in the Bible. Christians talk to each other in code, so to speak, and it is good to be able to decipher such code.

Yikes! It gets worse when they reveal that she worked as a research assistant on a book that "argues that the United States was founded as a Christian theocracy." Oh, and the author of that book, John Eidsmoe, supposedly has a history of addressing white supremacist groups. And he is apparently one of the guys Bachmann gets her distorted versions of history from.
Reading Eidsmoe, though, some of Bachmann's most widely ridiculed statements begin to make sense. Earlier this year, for example, she was mocked for saying that the Founding Fathers "worked tirelessly" to end slavery. But in books by Eidsmoe and others who approach history from what they call a Christian worldview, this is a truism. Despite his defense of the Confederacy, Eidsmoe also argues that even those founders who owned slaves opposed the institution and wanted it to disappear, and that it was only Christian for them to protect their slaves until it did. "It might be very difficult for a freed slave to make a living in that economy; under such circumstances setting slaves free was both inhumane and irresponsible."

I've heard she also gets history from David Barton, who is known to make obvious factual errors in the things he says.

I really don't even want to touch on her homosexual bigotry. That is a topic that angers me too much. Just go ahead and read it for yourself!

On the plus side of everything, I keep hearing about how even Republicans are not happy with their choices of candidates thus far, so maybe Bachmann doesn't represent the base of the least not yet.

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