I was living in Minnesota when Michelle Bachmann was elected to Congress. During the same election, my district sent Keith Ellison to Washington, D.C. as well. As a Muslim, Ellison took national headlines as the first Muslim elected to a U.S. governmental position. It seemed confusing to some, but those of us in Minnesota were faced with a different question: How the hell did Bachmann win?
Despite billboards advertising pro-life, country music, and right-wing radio pundits making up the landscape, the reason for Bachmann’s initial win was obvious to the rest of the country, and thus, not cause for alarm. She represented family values and a desire to regulate federal spending. But at the base, she aims to eliminate Planned Parenthood and abortion for any reason outright, and to reduce government spending by cutting most, if not all, of federally funded social programs.
For those in Minnesota, even by conservative standards, Bachmann was noted as batshit crazy. She makes Sarah Palin look [relatively] sane. Glenn Beck even went as far as to question her motives after her rebuttal to President Obama’s recent State of the Union address. If it were not for the recent rise of the Tea Party, she more-than-likely would have been a one-term Congresswoman.
Having conversations with God through household appliances aside, which lends its hand to her brand of crazy, she is purposefully misleading in an effort to promote party politics. There are two maxims she has used since Obama won the presidential election that fall into conspiracy theory, both of which were applied to her recent rebuttal of Obama’s SOTU.
The first conspiracy theory is that Obama is on a not-so-secret mission to bring America into a one-world government, starting with the elimination of the U.S. dollar as the world’s economic backdrop and the adoption of a one-world type of currency. According to Bachmann, such a move would “destroy America.”
Falling in line with this is Bachmann’s constant assertion that Obama, like the rest of the Democrats, are anti-American and want to tax us to death. Aside from the fact that such a maneuver is not happening, she is using a slippery-slope fallacy in which the end result (death of America) is so base and vile that taking a first step should be avoided (accepting that Obama is and will continue to be president).
The second conspiracy theory she spouts is that the EPA should not only end its cap-and-trade policy, but that EPA — and environmental protection in general — are in fact, leading the U.S. down a path of destruction. As with the first theory mentioned, she attempts to instill fear into the minds of Americans that such “liberal” ideologies are destructive and will ultimately lead to the end of America as we know it.
Since her being elected in 2007, Bachmann has warned the citizens of her home state to be “armed and dangerous” against the EPA and their energy tax. In 2009, she went on record claiming that Thomas Jefferson told us that “a revolution every now and then is a good thing,” adding, “We the people are going to have to fight back hard if we are not going to lose our country… changing the dynamic of freedom forever in this country.”
To add to the insanity, Bachmann has announced that she is going to run for President of the United States in the 2012 election. Despite tying her Minnesota buddy Tim Pawlenty for sixth place during the recent CPAC straw-poll convention in Washington, D.C., nationally she was deemed the winner by major U.S. newspapers, primarily — like Palin — as a result of her “rock-star status.”