Monday, March 23, 2009

Michele Bachmann: Keeper of the Conservative Flame

Regular readers may remember my post from last fall, "Michele Bachmann and the Conservative Future." At the time, Representative Bachmann was facing a battle for her political life after the netroots hordes excoriated her for speaking truth to power about the Democratic-socialists in the United States Congress. I quickly logged on to her website, Michelle Bachmann for Congress, and made a contribution. I'm now on her mailing list, proudly so.

Well it turns out Ms. Bachmann's in the news for the
commments she made over the weekend during a Northern Alliance program with John Hinderaker and Brian Ward. It turns out Ms. Bachmann was discussing her current work in resisting the collectivists in Washington. When discussing her use of modern social-networking technologies to keep in contact with her constituents, Ms. Bachmann remarked:

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.
Minnesota's Smart Politics puts this in the context by providing quotes of her earlier statements:

I would say there are probably 30 keepers of the flame over here…The main thing we can do right now is be foreign correspondents reporting to you from enemy lines ....

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'll be the first to say, unequivocally, this is not controversial.

Really, as the old saying goes, "politics ain't beanbag." As far as I'm concerned, the Obamacrats are indeed the enemy, out to destroy this country, and Michelle Bachmann
knows it: "Michele Bachmann isn’t afraid to stand up to the Democrats and say what she believes." Naturally, the lefties don't like it. The closer she hits to home, the harder the nihilists hit back. Here's a sample of the comments from the Smart Politics thread:

Unfortunately, this is what happens when politicians are incapable of understanding the issues, unwilling to listen to people who can fix the situation, and would prefer to take the whole country down rather than work with or learn something from someone new.


I want this nutjob - and others like her - stripsearched every time she comes close to the President. It would NOT at ALL surprise me if at one point people like her get the insane idea that they need to "save" the nation and do stupid things.

The last comment is particularly totalitarian. Exercizing your First Amendment rights gets you - "and others like her" - "stripsearched"?

But check out Firedoglake as well as well, with a post attacking Representative Bachmann as Nazi stormtrooper:
This is beyond unhinged. It sounds like a press release from Stormfront.

Let's imagine for a moment the Faux News/National Review/InstaMalkin/RedState freak out if, say, Debbie Wasserman Schultz gave a radio interview with Kos in 2005 and referred to the Bush administration and the GOP congress as an evil, foreign enemy.

How loud and non-stop would the drumbeat of right-wing outrage get before she'd be forced to apologize on the House floor?

But that's the thing about the right-wing. They engage in this kind of political hate speech so often, it literally goes unnoticed when one of their sitting members of Congress calls the President "the enemy."
Well, I don't know about Debbie Wasserman Schultz, but Markos Moulitsas is up for the job:

I have been sweating rumors that Bush will replace Cheney with someone more exciting, charismatic, engaging, friendly, and, well, less evil ... I won't rest easy just yet ... Bush needs Cheney so he, himself, can look less evil. Literally.
God bless Representative Michelle Bachmann. She speaks for me!


Anonymous said...

Whoa, there pardner.

What happened to the Donald Douglas who said opposing the CIC was unpatriotic? I don't remember you objecting to Michael Reagan and David Horowitz when they demanded war protestors be tried or shot.

You got some 'splainin' to do.

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