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.