Recently, Rep. Michelle Bachmann (R-Mn) was issued a challenge by high school sophomore Amy Myers, to a debate on the United States’ Constitution, history, and civics. Myers was met promptly with silence from the Congresswoman and her staff, and for good reason too- Bachmann wouldn’t stand a chance again the well-informed teen.
In a letter to Bachmann, Myers had some brave and critical words for the Representative, which hit the mark brilliantly.
“The statements you make help to serve an injustice to not only to the position of Congresswoman, but women everywhere,” she wrote in a letter to Bachmann. She was appalled at Bachmann’s “grossly distorted” and “factually incorrect” view of history, the Constitution and public education in our country- but was eager to give the Congresswoman a chance to reply.
After the challenge was issued it reverberated across the blogosphere and the media. But before discussing that, it is best to get a good idea of where Myers is coming from with her view of Bachmann.
Not much was known about Minnesota’s first female representative before the growth of the Tea Party movement. She was not really much to speak of. Her most admirable accomplishment however, still remains just the fact that she was elected. Of course, since being elected, she has worked hard to undo any of the good that she might have done young women by limiting their reproductive rights and access to preventative care.
The bill that passed the House this month, H.R.3, was something she was completely behind. It was called the “No Taxpayer Funding For Abortion Act.” This, of course, is nothing but a complete farce because there already is no taxpayer funding for abortions except in the cases of rape and incest. And in general, Bachmann is against a woman’s right to choose.
An interesting and sad irony of her political career, is that she attributes her being a Republican to reading Gore Vidal’s novel, Burr.
“He was kind of mocking the Founding Fathers and I just thought, ‘what a snot.’ I just remember reading the book, putting it in my lap, looking out the window and thinking, ‘you know what? I don’t think I am a Democrat. I must be a Republican,” she said during an interview with the Star Tribune.
After the birth of the Tea Party movement, Bachmann quickly came into the fold of the modern conservative movement in this country. Still, she has distinguished herself with an impressively strong brand of ignorance- no easy task in the circles in which she runs. Since her time as the Representative of Minnesota, she has been involved in several really dumb pieces of legislation.
One such piece was the Light Bulb Freedom of Choice Act, which was designed to repeal the phasing out of conventional light bulbs with florescent bulbs, arguing that the mercury in the light bulbs is more harmful for the environment than the benefits the bulbs hold buy conserving energy.
Another example of poor foresight is that Bachmann was very vocal in her opposition of the bailouts that occurred after the recession began in 2008, which saved the country from depression. She also was against the Census, stating that taking a census is unconstitutional.
“I know for my family the only question we will be answering is how many people are in our home, we won’t be answering any information beyond that, because the Constitution doesn’t require any information beyond that,” she said on back in June, 2009 in a press release. It’s a pity that she is dead wrong, but no point splitting hairs.
The Congresswoman is on Fox News all the time, talking about what she believes “traditional values” to be. Some of these statements are rather hysterical. She made a statement on Huckabee on May 21, 2011 about her beliefs of what America stands for.
“I’m talking about traditional American values – Standing up for the unborn, standing up for marriage, standing up for family, standing up Israel,” she said. Apparently, she is also into standing up for scattershot and for random words.
If one listens to Michele Bachmann talk for an extended period of time, it sounds less and less like a politician making valid arguments and more like somebody playing Mad Lib with their friends.
Yes, I stand up for dominos, stand up for pizza, stand up for cardboard, and stand up for Timbuktu, that’s how it sounds, and makes about as much sense. Bill Maher said it best on Joy Behar’s show on May 3, 2011 about Bachmann.
“Michele Bachman: for people who find Sarah Palin too intellectual,” he said, and is absolutely right. Behar herself had had a great opening to that line, comparing Palin and Bachmann.
“One doesn’t read, the other doesn’t read history,” she said. No matter how wrong she is proven, Bachmann never can stop herself from saying something else which is equally ridiculous.
16-year old Myers never got a response from Bachmann herself. She did get a lot of vitriol from conservatives and Tea Party supporters. She got threats, called words that aren’t newspaper appropriate, called a lesbian repeatedly. According to her father, she just laughed this off. Good for you, Myers.
Michele Bachmann is nothing more than an act that is starting to lose its place in the American culture. The way-too-far-to-the-right conservatives are nothing more than a breed of people who were started by two guys, Ron and Rand Paul, who had a good idea, but brought out bigotry from the crowd they attracted.
People like her and Sarah Palin are gradually going away because their train that they ran on, once upon a time, is running out of steam and these people are being called out for the ignorant people that they are.
If only Bachmann would accept Myers’ challenge. Watching a high school girl school debate a US Representative would make great television.