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Apr. 9 2009 - 5:50 pm | 59 views | 2 recommendations | 11 comments

Rep. Michelle “Mama Che” Bachmann Officially Insane

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When Michele Bachmann, the Republican Congresswoman from Minnesota, called upon the good people of Minnesota to get “armed and dangerous”, she got our attention.

Bachmann’s call to arms was so successful in bringing her the press coverage she so badly craves, the Congresswoman couldn’t help but go that next step – an appearance on Sean Hannity’s radio program where she dramatically issued her call for an “orderly” revolution (whatever that is).  It was a notion that quickly won Hannity’s heart and support as he joined Bachmann in her effort to encourage America to rise up against its democratically elected government.

Of course, it was of no consequence to Bachmann and Hannity that using a national radio broadcast to advocate a revolution feloniously violated federal statutes which prohibit inciting their audience to riot or engage in civil disobedience (see my post of March 28th discussing federal statute 5 USC Sec. 7313). After all, what is a felony or two between friends when the fate of a nation hangs in the balance?

With nary a word of complaint from the Justice Department, let alone an indictment, Rep. Bachmann has seized upon her  free pass and run with it in ways I would not have thought possible, the latest salvo being fired this past Saturday when Michelle “Mama Che” Bachmann appeared as a guest on a local, Minnesota radio program.

This time, her target was the “Serve America Act,” the popular legislation proposed by Senator Edward Kennedy to encourage young Americans to get involved with community service through the expansion of the existing national community service program from its present level of 75,000 positions to 250,000. The Bill, which was enthusiastically endorsed by the Obama Administration, passed Congress by a vote of 275-149 in the House and 79-19 in the Senate.

However, Bachmann is much too smart to fall for such an obvious trick. While the rest of Congress may have been fooled by what is clearly an extreme left wing plot to do good, Mama Che used the air time to express her profound fear that the White House was using the legislation to create re-education camps where the minds of our young could be coerced into becoming the foot soldiers of the Obama socialist movement.

Okay, that last bit were my words, not hers. What  Bachmann actually said was just as ridiculous, only she actually meant them. See for yourself:

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.

Maybe she’s right. Why encourage our children to become involved in working to benefit their communities when they would be so much better served learning the tools of the investment banking trade – an enterprise  that has made American the country it is today?

It is difficult to know whether we should simply enjoy the entertainment value of a Michele Bachmann or take her and her partners in crime as a serious threat. To that end, keep this in mind – there are people in Minnesota who actually elected this woman to a national office.

And that is where it stops being funny.


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    It’s hard to tell whether the Michelle Bachmann era is the funniest or most awful thing to happen to our country in a long while. If someone had told you a few months ago that a politician would soon put Sarah Palin to shame, you’d never have believed it.

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    Brian
    True…but don’t write off Sarah Palin just yet. The Great White Trash Debate between Palin and the pimply 16 year old kid who knocked up her daughter and then bailed, promises to provide some great comedy in the months to come!

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    Maybe we should put those in Minnesota that actually voted for her in the “re-education” camps! Actually, it’s a sad commentary on “average” Americans that just blindly follow a party ideology and never take the time or effort to delve into an individuals values or moral beliefs, let alone qualifications.

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      An excellent plan! And you could not be more correct when you point out that people follow party ideology (we must be related as this is what I spend too much of my life pointing out.) To most Americans, politics is a football game. You either play for the red team or the blue team, and if you are a fan rather than a player, you sit in the stands and waive a pennant for your team. The good news is that we are starting to get past this, I think. Things are so messed up right now that it can’t be all about ideology – it has to be about what works and what doesn’t work.
      From your ID, it looks like you are a new reader to the site. Thanks for reading and I hope you will keep coming back!

      In response to another comment. See in context »
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    What a joke, I can only hope that Mr. Ungar is not back when this site goes fully functional.

    Just be careful that your “Red Team” community projects don’t turn into reflections of the post-Stalin political prisoner camps.

    In the mean time I guess the days of no real thought and being amused by the likes of Polovoi’s Monkey approach.

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      Preston-

      I’m going to need a little help here as your post makes no discernable sense.

      I don’t think your suggestion that community projects that might turn into “reflections of the post-Stalin political prisoner camps” is a notion that would typically be associated with the “red team”. Just to give you the basics, the “red team” is generally viewed as a euphemism for American conservatives while the “Blue Team” is reserved for the liberals.

      Now, if we have the nomenclature straight, you may want to restate your point of view, if in fact, you have one.

      Maybe you will also clear up which part of the post is “the joke”? Is it Bachmann’s suggestion that Obama is attempting to place our kids into re-education camps that provides the comedy? If this is your perspective, we clearly agree. Or, are you suggesting that my ridiculing her for her increasingly insane pronouncements are the problem? I truly cannot tell what is troubling your mind.

      Finally, while very impressed by your reference to obscure Russian literature, care to explain how the reference makes any sense in the context of what you are trying to say…not that I actually understand what it is you are trying to say.

      Tragically, I’m afraid I am likely to survive when the site goes “fully functional”. At such point as I can actually determine what your point of view may be, I’ll either look forward to your continually either beating me up… or not.

      In response to another comment. See in context »
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      Preston-
      OK. Now, at least, I have some sense of where you are coming from.

      I wonder if you might agree that there is a significant difference between the concept of “revolution” and the notion of change? Every candidate who ever ran for office against the party that is power, does so based on the notion of change. If they did otherwise, they would simply be agreeing with the party in power thereby suggesting that there is no need to make a change. Revolution is an entirely different matter and I think that any rational person, no matter what their political point of view, would agree.

      My suggestion that Bachmann (and Hannity) deserve to be indicted is based on my belief that they have violated a federal statute that would make their behavior a felony. I provided you with the citation in the piece – and further pointed you to my earlier post where I set out the relevant section of the statute.

      Had you argued that Bachmann’s and Hannity’s statements do not meet the statute or are protected by a first amendment right that takes their words outside the statute, while I might not agree, I would certainly have to see your point. However, to suggest that Obama’s call for change, on CNN or anywhere else, constitutes a call to revolution is just silly. Just from reading your comments, I suspect you are smarter than this and capable of forming a much more cogent response to my piece. Can you point to any violations of law-federal, state or local- on Obama’s part? If you are going to suggest that he be “punished” for his words on CNN, don’t you owe us a reference to what law you believe he has broken?

      As to your comment that what is really bugging me is that radio (not sure why you think the word “radio” should be capitalized) is the only media outlet not dominated by leftist ideologues, I can only say…do your homework! If you take a moment to review my many posts, you may be surprised to find that I pick on Keith Olberman as much as I pick on Sean Hannity. Extremist points of view- no mater what side they come from- are not what I believe should be filling our airwaves. I really do prefer intelligent discussion of the issues. You might also be surprised to find that I am hardly what you would call a “liberal ideologue.” My liberal friends think I’m too conservative and my conservative friends think I’m too liberal. And that’s the way I like it. We should all be sick of people assuming their default positions as a way of avoiding real solutions – not ideological bullshit. By my being open to good ideas, no mater where they come from, I allow myself to be exposed to great conservative minds such as my friend Bill Bennett, while also listening to ideas from everywhere other point of the political spectrum. Yes, I think Michelle Bachmann is absolutely nuts. I also think Barney Frank has behaved like a guy who is willing to dish blame off on his dog if that would keep him from ‘fessing up. So, what does that make me?

      And by the way, you should at least be accurate. I don’t think Fox News would agree that all of television bears a liberal bias. I watch Fox all the time – haven’t seen their liberal bias yet.

      In response to another comment. See in context »
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    What are the odds that we see a Bacchus/Bachman 2012 campaign?

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      I’m not sure if you are suggesting Bacchus would run against Bachmann (he is a Democrat and she is a Republican) or if you are thinking about them running together.

      Either way, the possibility of either being on a ticket is very remote. It is difficult to imagine, at this point, that any Democrat is likely to take the nomination away from Obama in 2012. Of course, you never know what might happen between now and then.

      As for Bachmann, one would like to think that Republicans would shy away from nominating a candidate who has openly advocated a revolution. Were Bachmann to win the nomination in the primaries, we have a very serious problem. Such a decision by Repubs. could put us on a path towards another civil war – and I don’t believe that this is where anyone is headed.

      In response to another comment. See in context »
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    Rick,

    Please, allow me to clear up any opaqueness.

    The Red Team reference is for the Red Star typically associated with Socialism.

    The Joke is the irony of your statement. You articulated that Ms. Bachmann should be punished for trying to insight revolution when the whole leftist movement is currently shouting “change”. What is change if not a revolution? How should Mr. Obama be punished for preaching revolution to the nation via CNN? I think what really bugs you is that Radio is the only media outlet not dominated by leftist ideologs.

    I fear that we are being legislated into the New American Man and Woman, just a shell of consumerism driven by the media. The parallels between what is happening in America today and what happened in Russia are frighteningly similar.

    Any time that government money is spent on community projects I cringe, not because community projects are not worthy of funding, but because they are often fronts for corruption. Should infrastructure be improved? Yes. Should the poor be helped? Yes. Should we take away the incentive to earn? No. How do we thread this line?

    Not by throwing money at problems in blind hope, praying they go away.

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      Preston-
      OK. Now, at least, I have some sense of where you are coming from.

      I wonder if you might agree that there is a significant difference between the concept of “revolution” and the notion of change? Every candidate who ever ran for office against the party that is power, does so based on the notion of change. If they did otherwise, they would simply be agreeing with the party in power thereby suggesting that there is no need to make a change. Revolution is an entirely different matter and I think that any rational person, no matter what their political point of view, would agree.

      My suggestion that Bachmann (and Hannity) deserve to be indicted is based on my belief that they have violated a federal statute that would make their behavior a felony. I provided you with the citation in the piece – and further pointed you to my earlier post where I set out the relevant section of the statute.

      Had you argued that Bachmann’s and Hannity’s statements do not meet the statute or are protected by a first amendment right that takes their words outside the statute, while I might not agree, I would certainly have to see your point. However, to suggest that Obama’s call for change, on CNN or anywhere else, constitutes a call to revolution is just silly. Just from reading your comments, I suspect you are smarter than this and capable of forming a much more cogent response to my piece. Can you point to any violations of law-federal, state or local- on Obama’s part? If you are going to suggest that he be “punished” for his words on CNN, don’t you owe us a reference to what law you believe he has broken?

      As to your comment that what is really bugging me is that radio (not sure why you think the word “radio” should be capitalized) is the only media outlet not dominated by leftist ideologues, I can only say…do your homework! If you take a moment to review my many posts, you may be surprised to find that I pick on Keith Olberman as much as I pick on Sean Hannity. Extremist points of view- no mater what side they come from- are not what I believe should be filling our airwaves. I really do prefer intelligent discussion of the issues. You might also be surprised to find that I am hardly what you would call a “liberal ideologue.” My liberal friends think I’m too conservative and my conservative friends think I’m too liberal. And that’s the way I like it. We should all be sick of people assuming their default positions as a way of avoiding real solutions – not ideological bullshit. By my being open to good ideas, no mater where they come from, I allow myself to be exposed to great conservative minds such as my friend Bill Bennett, while also listening to ideas from everywhere other point of the political spectrum. Yes, I think Michelle Bachmann is absolutely nuts. I also think Barney Frank has behaved like a guy who is willing to dish blame off on his dog if that would keep him from ‘fessing up. So, what does that make me?

      And by the way, you should at least be accurate. I don’t think Fox News would agree that all of television bears a liberal bias. I watch Fox all the time – haven’t seen t

      In response to another comment. See in context »
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