Why I oppose Michele Bachmann


I’ve recently come under heavy criticism for daring to link less-than-flattering articles about Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (R-MN) on my Facebook page.  One Facebook friend accused me of being threatened by a strong woman while another feels that by my sharing other people’s criticisms on Ms. Bachmann somehow compromises my standing as a “centrist.” I admit, I see a special kind of irony involved here.  These same friends have no problem whatsoever bashing the current president on every move he makes.  They have also spoken out, loudly, that President Obama was never properly vetted prior to the election.  Yet these same gentlemen are upset when the candidates for president they support have the light shown to brightly on their pasts.

I’ve had to give this issue more thought than I normally might have.  My initial knee-jerk response is to simply point out that the Congresswoman is extremely flexible with the truth and facts.  If it weren’t for the fact that she sometimes actually acknowledges and owns up to her misstatements, one could say she actually believes what she says, therefore it’s not actually a lie (unlike her counterpart Sarah Palin).  While many pundits characterize Bachmann as “bat shit crazy,” I think that title too is a bit too divorced from reality and should also be reserved for the former half-term governor of Alaska. 

This is not to say that I do not have deep-seated issues with Congresswoman Bachmann’s quest for the Presidency of the United States; however, I need to make a couple points crystal clear.

I do not “hate” Michele Bachmann.  What I do know of her leads me to think that she is a very strong-willed person that attempts to correct those issues that she feels is wrong in her view.  She is obviously a sharp woman, misstatements aside.  She obviously cares about people otherwise she would not have volunteered to serve as a foster parent while raising 5 children of her own.  My point here is that whatever criticisms of Ms. Bachmann I may have, it has nothing to do with her as a person and everything to do with the policies she would seek to instill on this country. 

Ms. Bachmann is a self-described evangelical born-again Christian that seeks god’s counsel for her decisions.  Some might consider her “crazy” for talking to and listening to her god; however, this is the central part of her appeal to many Americans who feel the same way as she does.  While she is campaigning against President Obama and citing the economic ills of the country as the need for a change in course, it does not detract from what her key policy goals will be if she were to be elected to the office of president.  These goals would include:
          Reverse any gains made on Marriage Equality
          Overturn Roe V. Wade
          Make Intelligent Design/Creationism a core component of the US Science curricula
          Ensure any future Supreme Court nominee would support her conservative Christian agenda
I don’t even have to make a case for any of these statements.  Her record speaks completely for itself.  This is not a “hate-filled” criticism of Ms. Bachmann – she has clearly and articulately stated her positions on these issues over her years of public service.

That she is “creative” with the truth to support her agenda is not necessarily an admirable trait; however, she is after all a politician, which is to say that she is guilty of the same of the same manipulations of facts as nearly every other elected member of our government.

That I do not share her vision of America as a place where a neo-conservative, Christian-version of Sharia would be the law of the land is not being disrespectful to her – it simply stands as an opposition to her policy agenda.

Yes, I oppose her and her agenda.  It’s not personal — unlike the scathing attacks many have made on President Obama and his family, rather than his policies.

All that said, there are obviously millions of people in this country that welcome her vision for America and will support her candidacy for President.  They certainly have a right to voice their opinions and their support, but I find it amazing that these people that proclaim to “love freedom” are the same ones that attempt to staunch any opposing voices.  Come on people – this isn’t Nazi Germany – at least not yet.  This still remains a country of ideas and freedom. Why spend all the energy and effort to shout down anyone that disagrees with you?  Have more faith in your own beliefs instead of belittling the ideas of others.   Just because everyone doesn’t see it the same way as you do does not make you better or them worse.

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9 Responses to Why I oppose Michele Bachmann

  1. Anonymous says:

    Sean,Excellent analysis as always, my commentary would only be that extremists on both the right and the left seem to want to quash discussion about/with those they are most opposed to – I realize that you didn't state that it was only the right wing extremists who are doing this, but I wouldn't want anyone to read something like that into your analysis.Mark Chambers

  2. Sean Asbury says:

    Mark – Thanks!This is American Politics 101. Always demonize your opponent first before offering solutions. People on the Left certainly demonized GWB during his presidency so neither side is without dirty hands. I'd love to say this is how far down the politics of this country has sunk to, but from a historical perspective, this is simply continuation of business as usual.I will say however that the Right is better than the Left in terms of approaching their criticisms with a bloodlust that the Left rarely has the stomach for. The Left may say something mean, then feel that they have to apologize for being offensive 😉

  3. Matt Foss says:

    Being a centrist doesn't mean that you have to balance the scales on every single issue. It's not about finding an even compromise between extremist positions; it's about finding the truth. Sometimes reality has a strong bias one way or the other.

  4. Anonymous says:

    She does presents herself slightly better than Palin though, so many may support her to show they can support a strong woman – how diversified is that? (gag). I'm afraid many are blinded by her christian mores and soft looks. No matter of her personal life, I simply can not raise my children in a world where her values would be what I would want as our future.

  5. I see all these things as good things for a presidential hopeful to want to do:1)Reverse any gains made on Marriage Equality2)Overturn Roe V. Wade3)Make Intelligent Design/Creationism a core component of the US Science curricula4)Ensure any future Supreme Court nominee would support her conservative Christian agendaSounds good to me.Debra…

  6. Sean Asbury says:

    Debra – thanks for commenting!I'm sure that Ms. Bachmann's positions on these social issues appeals to millions of Americans, but at the same time there are millions that believe in a true separation of church and state and prefer their government remain secular and free from religious strictures. I find it unfortunate that Republican candidates for president can not hope to make it out of the primaries without swearing a fealty to the church with promises to uphold their religious agendas.America is not yet a theocracy, but we are certainly attempting to move in this direction – some of us in America will continue to fight for our founding principles… 🙂

  7. Hi there Sean :o)A person's core beliefs make up who that person is and such beliefs will always play a part in that person's decision making. This is just how it is. We are what we are. And just as a homosexual cannot leave his homosexuality at the door, a Christian cannot leave his Christianity at the door either.I like to know as much as the candidate lets be known about his/her core beliefs. And of course there is no test, so I listen and hear what the person is willing to share with us. I also look for fruit (actions), which tells me far more.There is to be no litmus test to run for the office of presidency. This would include a test that would rule out people of Michele Bachmann's faith belief.The constitution protects this country from becoming a theocracy, but it does not hinder a president from practicing his/her faith belief in the everyday work of the presidency. Basically, the constitution protects us from congress making a law saying that we all have to be Baptists, but does not stop congress from making a law that reflects beliefs that are held by Baptists, as they pertain to issues at hand.For example: The Unitarian Universalist church (UUC) believes that it is a woman's duty to abort an unwanted baby. The UUC was very instrumental in the Row v Wade case, and it has played a major roll in laws that have been passed, pertaining to abortions. Many lawmakers in congress share the same beliefs as the UUC and have voted their faith-beliefs, while writing, voting for, and passing laws that continue to allow abortions. They have not made a law saying that we all have to be Unitarian Universalist, but they have made laws that reflect their faith-beliefs. Just as it is an American heathen's right to run for office, so too is it am American Christian's right. And just as heathens don't have to vote for the Christian, Christians don't have to vote for the heathen. Debra…

  8. Anonymous says:

    The entire political spectrum has shifted so far to the left that today's moderates are leftists. For instance, when I hear Paul Ryan talk about protecting the "social safety net" the socialism shows. The Rs are mere socialists. The Dems on the other hand our out of the closet Marxists because they unapologetically promise all things on the backs of the producers.Sorry. Your appearance of moderation ignores the truth.

  9. starcrashx says:

    "A person's core beliefs make up who that person is and such beliefs will always play a part in that person's decision making. This is just how it is. We are what we are. And just as a homosexual cannot leave his homosexuality at the door, a Christian cannot leave his Christianity at the door either."Yeah, they can. It's called being objective.I'm certain you're aware of the story of Pontius Pilate sending Jesus to his death and freeing Barabus. His opinion – clearly stated – was that Jesus was innocent and didn't deserve death. But he represented the people, and did what they wanted… not what he himself wanted. He was objective.While you probably don't agree with the outcome of this case (you'd rather Jesus had been freed, correct?), you believe this story is fact and therefore is good evidence that a person can be objective and leave their personal beliefs seperate from their politics.Good article, Sean.

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