Michele Bachmann is at It Again April 6, 2009

Michele Bachmann is at It Again

Hey, it’s Ron Gold here:

One of the most out-of-touch-with-reality Congresspeople is Rep. Michele Bachmann, a Minnesota Republican. She was first elected in 2006 after claiming God told her to run for office, which she explained during a speech at a church:

“Twenty-two months ago, He called me to run for United States Congress. And my husband thought, you need to do this. This is a big deal to do something like this. So we set aside three days where we fasted and we prayed, and long about the afternoon of day two, we knew. We knew that we knew that we knew. This was it. And so we jumped in, and little did we know that out of 435 seats for Congress, this race would turn in to being one of the top three in the country.”

Now in her second term, Bachmann has entertained the country with one high profile embarrassment after another. Essentially, her agenda is to instill her Fundamentalist ideals on the country (she thinks evolution is bullshit, homosexuals are sexual deviants who target children, and that the Christian God wants America to destroy radical Islam) and start another Red Scare (she told Chris Matthews that the media should investigate politicians for anti-Americanism).

Like her or hate her, you have to admit Bachmann is an expert at claiming the spotlight. And not surprisingly, she’s found yet another way to get back in the public eye, this time by comparing a proposed expansion of the AmeriCorps program with Communist re-education camps.  She said this on a local radio show (audio here):

It’s under the guise of — quote — volunteerism. But it’s not volunteers at all. It’s paying people to do work on behalf of government. …

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.

The funny thing is how I never get the least bit angry at Bachmann’s paranoid, reactionary declarations. In fact, I would even consider myself a fan of hers. Right now, she’s little more than a benign straw person for Fundamentalism. If anything, she probably turns people away from her political stances.

Of course, the thought of President Bachmann is scary as hell, but as long as she is a comically-marginalized voice in a minority party, I say keep her talking.

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  • *sigh*

    If she didn’t wield actual power, I would simply point and laugh.

  • Replace “volunteerism” with “military” and she hits the nail on the head. She perfectly describes the brainwashing done by the military.

  • beckster

    I think she’s a robot.

  • Troll

    She is a robot.

  • Stephan Goodwin

    Describing the level of stipend they give Americorps as “pay” is hilarious!

  • Todd

    I thought she was pretty amusing, too. Right up until that guy blew away three cops in Pittsburgh. I no longer think the nut jobs are amusing.

  • J Myers

    … she’s little more than a benign straw person for Fundamentalism.

    … but she’s an actual fundamentalist; 100% straw-free.

    If anything, she probably turns people away from her political stances.

    So much so that they elected her twice.

  • Jeannette

    is she BFF’s with Sarah Palin?

  • The people of Pennsylvania elected Rick Santorum twice, as well, and all he got out of it was a funny nickname.

  • I haven’t heard about her before (not living in the US and all) but she makes FOXNews sound sane.


    I always wonder how people can love god so much when he didn’t care to give them a fully functional brain

  • 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.

    Hmmmm….. Training young people in a philosophy and expecting them to spread that philosophy. Is it just me, or does that sound like what churches do?

  • Chakolate

    I love both Bachman and Coulter. They both make moderate Republicans want to be Democrats. 😉

  • Americorps gave me a little over $4000 for a year’s internship. If they want to make me a commie they’ll have to up the payout.

  • Vic

    She got re-elected, even after making a nationwide blunder on the air, so she is to be taken seriously. Who can in good conscious vote for the woman is beyond me. Her re-election and the Coleman-Franken race being so close makes me want to move.

  • Lost Left Coaster

    “It’s paying people to do work on behalf of government.”

    OH MY GOD! That’s horrible! And completely unprecedented — as far as I know, no one currently is paid to do work on behalf of the government.

  • forkboy1965

    Wouldn’t the re-education camps merely be an extension of W’s “No Child Left Behind” programme?

    😉

  • anthuswilliams

    Whenever I volunteer to adjudicate high school debate tournaments, they give me twenty dollars for two days, crammed full. This translates to roughly a dollar an hour. And here Bachmann is essentially claiming that I am not a volunteer because I am paid for it.

    It doesn’t matter whether it’s working for free or working for recompense so small no one would ever agree to do the work. It’s still volunteerism either way.

    And now that I think of it, isn’t Bachmann herself being paid as a Congresswoman to do the work of government? What is she so angry about?

  • She reminds me of Saddam’s Comical Ali

  • DeafAtheist

    As an atheist that hails from the state of Minnesota, she’s an embarrassment.