Look, folks; there is no doubt this person is deranged. There is also no doubt she will be featured on this blog more than a few times in the future. But this time, she’s gone over a very serious line, and it’s time to rein her in.
There is no contest for our Right Wing Idiot of the Day, who is… who else?
Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Loony, MN)
Most of the following information is from the Smart Politics blog, and I urge you all to go and read the whole story. If you do, you’ll see that this woman is a wide-eyed lunatic, who should be defeated next time around, not just because she’s an embarrassment, but because she’s downright dangerous.In fact, if there is a recall mechanism available in Minnesota, I'll even give a few bucks to the campaign.
It seems she was on a radio program Saturday afternoon, where she stated her firm opposition to almost everything Democrats have done so far this session. But it’s not her opposition that makes her the loon of all loons. It’s the WAY she urges opposition to issues such as the TARP bailout, the recently passed tax on AIG bonuses, and President Obama’s cap-and-trade tax proposal on energy.
Now, for the record, in hindsight, we should have resisted giving Bush the TARP money, and we have against the tax on AIG bonuses on constitutional grounds, at the very least.
But we don’t go so far as to encourage people to arm themselves attempt to incite armed revolution.
Yeah, that’s right. A Congressperson representing a good chunk of the people of Minnesota, is encouraging her constituents to rise up with arms against the “nefarious activities” being engaged in by “enemies” in Washington, DC, meaning other Congresspeople and the Obama Administration.
“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."
I’m just curious. How are we going to “lose our country” by taxing energy usage, and encouraging people to use less than they’re using now? Given the number of wars that have been fought, and are destined to be fought in the future over oil, it seems to me we risk greater harm by doing nothing than by charging people a few extra dollars a month in taxes.
But look beyond just the stupidity of it. She’s encouraging armed insurrection, which is not beyond the belief system of her most ardent followers. Does she even realize that a huge percentage of the numbnuts who vote for people like her actually believe that the government is out to shoot them and take everything they have? What is she going to do, should one of her followers actually take up arms and do something stupid?
This is not the first time she’s said crap like this. For example, the following line appears in various forms on both her Facebook page and Twitter:
"I’m a foreign correspondent on enemy lines and I try to let everyone back here in Minnesota know exactly the nefarious activities that are taking place in Washington.”
This is roughly the same line she used in a radio interview the day before Obama’s inauguration, and she apparently thinks it’s funny. But it’s not funny. For a member of Congress to refer to other Americans who simply disagree with her on policy as “enemies” is, quite frankly, disgusting, especially given her unerring support of the previous administration, which treated the Constitution as so much toilet paper. See, when we were complaining about actually lawbreaking by the Bush Administration, and not just differences in policy, we never called for violence; we just wanted his and Cheney’s asses impeached, given a trial and thrown in jail. (Yeah, I know, there’s a death penalty for treason, but I’m against the death penalty.)
And may I point out that Bachmann seems to have a revisionist view of the purposes of the American Revolution. The revolution was over “taxation without representation,” and not taxation itself; especially a tax that has merely been proposed and hasn’t even been voted on yet. But that’s kind of the key; Congress, including Bachmann, can vote against it if she wants.
And that was what Thomas Jefferson was talking about; revolution doesn’t necessarily mean armed insurrection; in fact, in world history, many revolutions have taken place without a shot being fired, or with very little bloodshed. In this country, we had a Civil War, but we’ve also have a couple of reform movements, that made major changes in how we did things, without anything “armed and dangerous” happening. And Jefferson was talking about tyranny, anyway, such as the kind we survived for the last eight years. He was most certainly NOT talking about a few extra tax dollars per person, with the money targeted to relieving our addiction to oil.
Bachmann... you NOT be the woman!
For being a Congressperson who is hell-bent on causing armed insurrection, and for being one of the looniest people to ever soil the towels of Congress…
Michelle Bachmann… PCTC’s Right Wing Idiot of the Day...